Authority addresses smart meter fears
The Regulatory Authority has backed hi-tech smart meters installed by power firm Belco.
The authority said yesterday that the meters comply with safety standards set by the United States Federal Communications Commission.
The authority will carry out tests because of “public concern” this month to ensure that the meters used in Bermuda are in line with approved standards.
The devices are being installed by Belco as part of its modernisation plans.
About 2,700 meters are now in place at homes and businesses around the island.
The Royal Gazette reported this week that some people have challenged the move on the grounds that electronic emissions from the meters are harmful to health.
The authority confirmed yesterday that it had authorised the use of the radio frequency or RF bandwidth used for metering.
It added: “The smart meters use RF only to transmit data from the meters.
“The RF feature is not used to monitor electricity usage.
The smart meters used in Bermuda homes transmit meter data once every four hours, which equates to a total transmission time of less than one second per day.”
The Authority pledged to test the meters’ maximum permissible exposure standards this month and report on its findings.
Jury told victim was speeding before crash
Bermudian roofs stand strong in Caribbean
Worrying, worrying signs
Plea for new homeless shelter
A Dopey way of turning tragedy on its head
Somerset apologise to referee Wyer
Gold Cup future up in the air
Workshops to teach ‘cat-friendly homing’
Anger at government silence in town meeting
Judge: claim against law firm can proceed
Cookie company is sweet success for teenager
Somerset must take ‘stern action’
Davy guilty of heroin smuggling
Police flood Crawl for ‘domestic incident’
Take Our Poll
- "Your new year's resolutions for 2019"
- Quit smoking
- Quit drinking/drink in moderation
- Do not drink and drive
- Lose weight
- Stop procrastinating
- Drive with greater care
- Total Votes: 2607
- Poll Archive