Last February, 75,704 non-communicating meters were installed for customers who opted out, which represents about 2% of all meters in service, and 3,853 others were awaiting installation.
The massive roll out of next-generation meters has ended. To date, 3.7 million next-generation meters are in service throughout Québec.
To answer your other question on how many customers have blocked their electromechanical meters, we do not keep statistics about blocked meters, since they are the exception. To date, 3.7 million next-generation meters are in service and their massive roll out ended this past August.
That being said, there are serious safety issues when people pierce a meter socket; the danger is real—and potentially fatal. People should not take any risks.
The Régie allows those who prefer not to have a next-generation meter to opt out at any time, which means having a non-communicating meter installed that must be read manually. A non-communicating meter, with the payment of the associated charges, is the only alternative to a next-generation meter.
Finally, according to the Conditions of Electricity Service, approved by the Régie de l'énergie, and the electricity service contract, customers must provide access to the metering equipment, which belongs to Hydro-Québec.
For more information: next-generation meters Web site