Canadian public utility Hydro-Québec will begin deploying more smart meters in the next few weeks, kickstarting phase two of its rollout to replace 3.8 million meters by 2018, reports La Voix de L'Est.

The state energy company of Québec province has sent out thousands of letters to residents within its service area in the past week to notify them of the replacement of their meter to a smart unit.

The utility expects to save US$81 million annually on the cost of meter reading by its employees.

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