Smart Meters Being Fitted Too Slowly

 

It is rather odd, isn’t it, that in an age where we can speak at length on a visual phone without charge to someone on the other side of the world, and when we can have our metatdata examined by rows of spooks, have our credit information accessed and read by anyone who wants to and trace a car that has been parked on land without permission in order to levy some kind of fine, that we must treat our energy use being metered in ways set seventy years ago using very little of modern technology.

There is a government scheme to allow electricity and gas meters to be read remotely and allow the people who buy the energy to see accurately how much they use and that will enable people to budget, use less energy, and avoid making interest free loans to the energy companies who profit because they do not send people to read meters, but estimate the usage, o perhaps more accurately over estimate the usage.

For some reason the process of fitting what are called “smart meters” (I prefer to call them “honest” meters) is taking an inordinate amount of time and seems to be costing an inordinate amount of money.

It strikes me that it is in the interests of the energy oligarchy to delay fitting these honest meters and very much against the interest of the environment which would benefit by less energy use because there would be fewer greenhouse gas emissions and less particulate pollution.

 

3 Responses

  1. One big problem with the “stupid” meter installation programme is that energy companies want the consumer to pay for their installation by means of Gov subsidy. In my view we are paying for a illusory benefit.

    These remotely read meters do not provide any real advantage to the consumer. We can easily read/check our energy consumption already, if we’re bothered. As for only paying for the energy we use, this propaganda is obviously misleading. With monthly billing we will always be in debt or credit no matter how up to date the bill/meter is. Only if we paid daily might this industry claim have any credence.

    Currently, annual costs ‘spread’ by a monthly direct debit is a service to assist in consumer budgeting. If used as being promoted, these meters could make it difficult for those on fixed small incomes to cope with larger winter bills. Or, if direct debits continue to allow the cost to be spread over 12 months then up to date billing/smart meters are irrelevant.

    The real benefit of smart meters accrues to the energy companies who will be able to remotely switch off any meter.
    Thus:
    1. They can control our energy use to adjust to meet what is available from windmills and other intermittent sources.
    2. They can turn off supply to large groups or individuals on a whim or for other, perhaps, less attractive reasons.
    3. Government will be able to control energy use by region or for individual.
    4. The supply will be less reliable.
    5. Meters will be susceptible to internet hackers.

    Are smart meters any smarter than present ones?….. No

    • Points 1 to 4 are not enabled by smart meters- these things can be done right now. Point 5 is a possibility, I agree.

  2. Ofgem guidance related to smart meters 2010…..

    “It is essential that, where remote disconnection and remote switching to prepayment terms are technically possible, suppliers continue to comply with the licence requirements concerning disconnection and prepayment meters (PPMs) for customers in payment difficulty2.”

    Currently, individual disconnection can only be achieved by physical entry into property concerned.

    A further point, smart meters will enable energy companies to charge different rates during the day or weekend or on Christmas Day lunch time.

    In my view it is clear that so called smart meters are no more than a trojan horse to enable further profiteering by energy companies

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