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Smart Meters Background

Smart Meters Will Help Ontario Meet Its Energy Needs
Between now and 2025, Ontario must build almost a whole new electricity system. This includes replacing about 80 per cent of our current generating facilities as they retire over time, and expanding the system to meet our future growth.

Building new supply is vital. So is conservation.
Conservation will help us to make the best use of our existing electricity resources and slow the growth in our demand.

Thatís why Ontario is introducing new tools - like Smart Meters - that can help.
Smart Meters will encourage us all to think more about how and when we use electricity.


How Are Smart Meters Different?

A Smart Meter is a huge advance over Ontarioís current devices.
Old-style meters can only measure the total amount of electricity used over an entire billing period because they have to be read manually.

A Smart Meter can automatically record when electricity is used.
Thatís what makes a Smart Meter so different. Your Smart Meter will record your total electricity consumption hour by hour. And it will send that information to your utility through either a wireless or another form of technology.

Smart Meters make time-of-use (TOU) prices possible.
With the ability to measure when electricity is used, different prices can apply at different times of the day. With time-of-use pricing, you will have a new way to manage your electricity use and your bills. Link to time-of-use (TOU) Rates.