When we began the roll out of next-generation meters, nearly half were electromechanical meters that had reached the end of their useful life and had to be replaced. Electromechanical meters, with a spinning disc and several dials, haven’t been manufactured in North America since 2010.
Next-generation meters are now part of the basic service approved by the Régie de l’énergie [Québec energy board]. 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, which must be read manually.
A non-communicating meter, with the payment of the associated charges, is the only alternative to a next-generation meter.