FortisBC proposes modernization of British Columbia’s gas systems
By Megan Hoegler
SURREY, BC— A proposal from FortisBC would upgrade gas meters in British Columbia for the first time in 100 years.
The Advanced Gas Meters project would save an estimated 1,100 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year. The new systems would also be able to detect and respond to gas leaks using advanced monitoring technology.
“This project would help us to build a stronger, more reliable system to deliver natural gas to homes and businesses across British Columbia,” said Douglas Stout, vice-president of market development and external relations for FortisBC. “Upgrading to advanced meters would modernize our gas infrastructure.
B.C.’s current gas meters have not been fundamentally changed in over a century. The new proposed meters are smaller, have no moving parts and are expected to last longer than existing meters. They use sound waves to measure gas usage and send information to FortisBC via a wireless network. With this technology, FortisBC would not need to read individual meters manually.
FortisBC will be holding information sessions across the province in October and November. They will file an application with the British Columbia Utilities Commission approval in 2020. If approved, installation of new meters would start in 2022.