6-- Wednesday, March 16, 2011 -- THE NEWS - THE NEWS/opinionVICTORIA – This summer, B.C. Hydro will start installing 1.8 million smart meters and eventu-ally upgrade every electricity customer in the province.This is contro-versial for several reasons. First, they’re doing it now because for-mer premier Gordon Campbell decreed it must be done by the end of 2012. Second, the smart grid is one of several major B.C. Hydro projects the government exempted from having to undergo a cost-benefit review by the B.C. Utilities Commission.And, of course, there is the budgeted cost of $930 million, coming at a time when B.C. Hydro is projecting rate increases approaching 50 per cent over the next five years.