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Smart meters: an energy-saving revolution or just plain dumb?

Their introduction is set to cost consumers £11bn, but studies show they cut energy consumption by 3% or less – so why is the UK spending so much on rolling out “smart” electricity and gas meters? That is the question some commentators are asking after it emerged […]

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Smart meters ‘only useful for providers’: ACE

Smart meters fail to provide customers with “genuinely” useful information, and are only useful to electricity providers who can use them to cut costs, according to the honorary president of the Association for the Conservation of Energy. Andrew Warren, who is also chair of the British Energy […]

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AECB News: Will the Smart Meter Roll-Out be Another Government IT Disaster?

Fears the Government’s Flagship Smart Meter Programme Could be Heading for Trouble by Andrew Warren 13-April-2016 (….The MPs raised detailed concerns about failures with technical, logistical and public communication issues – each of which have resulted in yet further delays to the much-postponed national roll-out programme. The […]

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Will smart meters be worth the money? – BBC News

Millions of energy users in Britain are about to get a new metering system – smart meters – technology which has been rejected by Germany and found not to be not cost-effective by other nations. Source: Will smart meters be worth the money? – BBC News You […]

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Doorstepping fears over plans to change energy sector rules

Doorstepping fears over plans to change energy sector rules by Neil Pooran – STV News – March 29, 2016 http://stv.tv/news/politics/1348043-energy-company-rules-change-could-lead-to-deceptive-sales/ ….Following the announcement of a UK Government-led scheme to fit smart meters in all homes across England, Scotland and Wales by 2020, CTSI also warned meters could […]

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£11bn UK smart meter plan thrown into doubt by EU reforms

An ambitious £11bn plan to install electricity smart meters in 50m UK homes has been thrown into doubt amidst proposed EU reforms designed to harmonise the domestic market with that of the continent. This would see the intervals at which electricity is traded shortened from 30 minutes […]

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Dan Lewis: Smart meters are a bad deal for consumers

Dan Lewis is Senior Energy and Infrastructure Adviser at the Institute of Directors. The biggest infrastructure project of this government is one most people haven’t heard of – the £11 billion smart meters programme. The goals are to automate gas and electricity meter readings, facilitate easier switching, […]

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The great smart meter rip-off: Energy giants will use devices to DOUBLE the cost of power when you need it most

Energy giants are set to use digital smart meters as a way to double the cost of power when families need it most — adding nearly £60 a year to the average bill. A Money Mail investigation has discovered Britain’s leading power firms are expected to introduce […]

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Smart meters set to cost Blighty as much as replacing Trident • The Register

‘Significant issues already exist’ with spybox tech, too Smart meters will cost as much as the Trident nuclear deterrent to implement, with the full cost of the scheme rising to £19bn, according to a government report. [emphasis added] Total lifetime costs of the programme have now risen […]

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Scandal of the £11bn smart meter rollout plan – Sunday Times

The Sunday Times ~ Ruth Emery Published: 29 March 2015 The government aims to have one in every home by 2020 [Ed. – ‘smart’ meters are voluntary] — but experts warn it risks ‘disaster’ WHEN Malcolm Wilson had a smart meter fitted in his small architecture practice, […]

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Smart Meters a government IT disaster waiting to happen – read the damning IoD report

27 March 2015 IoD calls for Smart Meters scheme to be ‘halted, altered or scrapped’ to avoid ‘unjustified, over-engineered and expensive mistake’ The Government’s rollout of Smart Meters, digital energy meters designed to provide real-time usage statistics, should be “halted, altered or scrapped” to avoid a potentially […]

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Smart meter scheme could be IT disaster, says IoD – BBC News

The government’s smart meter scheme could be an “IT disaster”, the Institute of Directors (IoD) has said. The risks involved with “the largest UK government-run IT project in history” were “staggering”, a report said. It recommended that the government drastically scale back the programme or abandon it […]

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UK Smart Meter Rollout Delays Are Costly – DECC Report

Technical, logistical and public communication issues have resulted in costly delays in the UK’s smart meter rollout. In December last year, we published a guest article written by Nick Hunn who expressed his aggravation at the constant delays surrounding the UK smart meter rollout. [Engerati-UK Smart Meters […]

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Lloyd’s of London EXCLUDES liability coverage for harm from RF-EMFs/wireless radiation

via Smart Meter Harm and Citizens For Safe Technology Credit to Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters in British Columbia, for bringing this information to the public’s attention.  Listen to an interview with Sharon here. Lloyd’s of London excludes any liability coverage for claims; “Directly […]

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Smart meters may not be delivered to UK homes on time, MPs warn

[From the Guardian (no mention of health or cyber risks, both of which add substantial and unaccounted for costs for the programme)] Delays to government’s flagship energy scheme to supply smart meters to 30m UK households and small businesses by 2020, enabling them to cut bills, could […]

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What a pity: Rollout of hated UK smart meters delayed again • The Register

Diddums. ‘No feasible way to maintain time-scales’ – Crapita The timescale for the installation of 50m smart meters at a cost of £11bn is up for revision (again), junior minister and member of the House of Lords, Baroness Verma, has admitted. By 2020, the government wants everyone […]

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Head of Ofgem says Big Energy firms are failing to cut prices

[SSM] Does anybody honestly believe that this picture will change with the introduction of invasive, energy usage profiling technology, AKA ‘Smart’ Meters?  [/] Britain’s energy fatcats have been accused of failing customers – by not passing on falling prices. The head of the industry regulator says competition […]

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The £11bn+ ‘Smart’ Meter White Elephant – more delays and another £90MN added to the bill

  via The Telegraph Widespread installation of electricity and gas “smart meters” was due to begin late next year but could now be delayed until October 2016 The Government’s £11bn plan to install “smart” energy meters in every home is being delayed by up to a year […]

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€1bn Irish smart meter project in jeopardy over ‘minimal savings’

THE future of a €1bn project to install electricity and gas smart meters in all homes and most businesses by 2020 could be in doubt after a recent cost-benefit analysis indicated savings, if any, would be minimal. The report commissioned by the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) […]

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The Smart (Meter) Agenda – Mike Mitcham, AV5

In this presentation from the AV5 conference in May, Mike exposes the massive downsides of the so-called “Smart” Meter programme and sheds light on exactly why Big Energy/Utility cannot afford to tell you the facts about them. Uploaded with the kind permission of AV5’s organisers.  Book your […]

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