Modernizing British Columbia's Gas System
FortisBC is starting community engagement on a proposal to upgrade its gas meters to new advanced meters. The Advanced Gas Meters project would upgrade meters of over a million natural gas customers between 2022 and 2026.
"This project would help us build a stronger, more reliable system to deliver natural gas to homes and businesses across British Columbia," said Douglas Stout, VP of Market Development and External Relations, FortisBC. "Upgrading to advanced meters would modernize our gas infrastructure. The new meters would allow us to better monitor and manage our system – for example FortisBC could remotely detect and respond to gas leaks."
The gas meter technology currently used in B.C. has not fundamentally changed in over 100 years. The new meters are smaller, have no moving parts and are expected to last longer than existing meters. They use sound waves to measure gas use and send the information to FortisBC through a wireless network. This means that FortisBC no longer needs to read individual meters manually.
Benefits of the new meters for customers are: access to daily updates on gas use and not having gas service shut off during future meter exchanges.
FortisBC will be holding information sessions across B.C. in October and November. For more information visit: FortisBC.com/advancedgasmeters.