SaskPower CEO Robert Watson resigns over Smart Meter controversy

From Citizens For Safe Technology, October 27, 2014:

Review said Crown utility didn’t adequately look after safety concerns

BACKGROUND

July 15, 2014  Smart meter installations on hold as SaskPower probes fires.
July 30, 2014 SaskPower to remove 105,000 smart meters following fires
July 31, 2014 SaskPower to remove 105,000 smart meters following fires
July 31, 2014 Smart meter recall cost balloons to $47 M, SaskPower says 
July 29, 2014 Saskatoon Light and Power sticking with smart meters August 6, 2014  SaskPower CEO apologizes for smart meters
August 11, 2014 10th “smart” meter fire hits home in Regina
August 15,2014 Sask. let “unqualified” workers install meters, NDP says
October 24, 2014 Trial period incidents should have halted smart meter program: NDP
October 27, 2014 SaskPowerCEO out after report: ‘consumer safety not a priority”
October 27, 2014 Smart meter safety not enough of a priority for SaskPower: Review
October 27, 2014 SaskPower CEO Watson resigns after release of scathing smart meter report / VIDEOS

SaskPower CEO Robert Watson has resigned following release of a report on the smart meter program.

“The potential for catastrophic meter failure was never identified as a possible risk.” CIC Smart Meter Review

Bill Boyd, the minister responsible for SaskPower, said Watson submitted his resignation on the weekend and it was accepted.

The smart meter review released Monday faulted the Crown corporation for not doing a better job looking after customer safety. During the summer, there were eight smart meter fires.

Watson was appointed to the top job at the provincially owned power utility in 2010 after six years as CEO at SaskTel, the government’s phone company.

He will not receive severance, said Bill Boyd, the minister responsible for SaskPower.  SaskPower sent out a press release Monday afternoon, stating it will be examining the review, and “take recommendations forward as planning for new smart meters continues in the next several years.”

“SaskPower employees are working hard to address the challenges faced with the smart meter program,” said Boyd in the release.

“This report provides valuable insight as to where gaps existed. We will be implementing changes accordingly over the next few days.”

SaskPower is the province’s biggest Crown corporation, with assets of $7 billion and revenues in 2012 of $1.8 billion.

Source:
http://www.citizensforsafetechnology.org/SaskPower-CEO-Robert-Watson-resigns-over-smart-meter-controversy,2,4054

 

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