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How smart is the Government’s rollout of smart meters? – ITV News

How smart is the Government’s rollout of smart meters? by Chris Choi, ITV Consumer Editor The rollout of smart meters across the UK is estimated to cost every household £215. Photo: Jens BÃŒttner/DPA If you are an energy customer this affects you. How much by? £10.6 billion […]

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UK government report deals a heavy blow to rollout of ‘smart’ meters

[SSM UK note: Given that the UK’s smart meter programme is costing a total of £12bn (excluding any unforeseen ones), the real cost to be met by each of the UK’s 28mn homes and 2mn small businesses is actually £400 – not £215.  Additional costs may include […]

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£200 smart meters every household must pay for but may not work | Mail Online

[No mention of health or privacy impacts but a very good article from today’s Mail Online.  Bear in mind that, whilst Sir Bob is keeping quiet about how much he has been paid to trumpet reckless, environmentally-devastating and decidedly non-green ‘Smart’ Meters, his fee will have come from the […]

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New meters might not be a smart move for consumers | The Sunday Times

CONSUMERS are being warned that smart meters may not save them money and could increase their energy bills. As part of a government-backed initiative, the big energy companies will spend £11bn installing 50m meters — which provide real-time rather than estimated information on how much energy is […]

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Smart meters are poor value, find 10 EU countries

[SSM note:  In 2007, the consultancy firm Mott MacDonald performed an appraisal of the costs and benefits of Smart Metering in the UK for BERR – and concluded that it will deliver a £4bn loss.  This piece of data has been ignored by those pushing for this […]

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“Not-so-smart meters” – What Doctors Don’t Tell You magazine exposes Smart Meter threats

Our thanks go to What Doctors Don’t Tell You magazine and columnist Guy Hudson for their excellent article this month on the dangers of Smart Meters. You can pick up a copy of the magazine – published monthly – in WH Smiths, or subscribe at www.wddty.com. To […]

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British Gas staff ‘paid bonuses if they inflate customers’ bills by 60%’

[SSM UK – After scandalous allegations emerged this weekend that British Gas has been incentivising staff to rip-off customers, we ask:  Can they interest you in a ‘free’ Smart Meter?] British Gas staff ‘paid bonuses tripling their £25,000 salaries if they inflate customers’ bills by 60% by targeting […]

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Insurance firm, Swiss Re, warns of large losses from “unforeseen consequences” of wireless technologies

Specialists from the Emerging Risks team at leading global reinsurance firm, Swiss Re, are warning the insurance industry that “unforeseen consequences of electromagnetic fields” could lead to a raft of claims and significant product liability losses in the next 10 years. In its Swiss Re SONAR Emerging […]

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Smart meter flaws to add £1.8bn to energy bills

Big energy suppliers urge review of the £12bn nationwide roll-out of smart meters Consumers could be saddled with an extra £1.8bn on their energy bills because of flaws in the Government’s plan to install “smart” gas and electricity meters in every home by 2020, suppliers have warned. […]

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Energy bill-payers face hundreds of millions of pound charges for ‘pointless’ smart meter displays – Telegraph

The Telegraph / 26 Dec 2013 Consumers face paying hundreds of millions of pounds in unnecessary energy bill levies to fund household “smart meter” displays that companies have warned could be largely redundant. Ministers want smart energy meters, which take automatic gas and electricity usage readings and […]

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Smart Meters to add £400 to household bills – Petition for Parliamentary Review (please sign – takes < 20secs)

With energy company profits soaring — and MPs from all sides failing to even mention the staggering £12bn cost of ‘Smart Meters’ as they seemingly struggle to find ways to help reduce energy bills — campaign group Stop Smart Meters! (UK) is calling for a full Parliamentary […]

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Is the UK roll-out of ‘Smart’ Meters illegal?

Article 7 of the UN Aarhus Convention requires full and effective public participation on all environmental issues and demands that citizens are given the right to participate in the process and achieve justice on environmental matters.  As of 2 April 2013, there were 46 Parties to the […]

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Consumer affairs group Which? calls for HALT to Smart Meters – “a £12bn luxury we cannot afford”

[SSM]  Given the on-going energy price rises scandal, the £12 BILLION price tag for ‘$mart’ Meters is highly conspicuous by its absence from mainstream commentary.  At a staggering cost of £400 for every household in Britain, Smart Meters will place a huge additional burden on the consumer. […]

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Germany REJECTS EU Smart Meter plan – too expensive, no payback in savings

Germany said it probably won’t follow smart-meter guidance from the European Union – which has recommended that 80 percent of homes install the devices by 2020 – because such a move would be too costly for consumers. The EU proposal is “inadvisable” for Germany, the Economy Ministry […]

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Smart meters ‘a waste of money’, MPs told

The plan to introduce smart meters into every home across Britain is a “waste of money”, MPs have been told. The units are designed to show people exactly how much energy they are using at any time, but the project has been delayed by a year because […]

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Smart Meters delayed by a year – pushed back to 2015

[You have to wonder how much a one year delay will cost the bill/tax payer – time to revisit the business case? [/] The introduction of energy smart meters in 30 million UK homes will be delayed for more than a year, the government has announced. The […]

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Research firm turns customer ‘Smart’ Meter data into energy ‘credit-score’

[SSM UK]  Once in place, ‘Smart’ Meters will be able to do a LOT more than we currently give them (energy) credit for.  Also see here. [/] A New York research firm that turns massive amounts of data into streamlined information, CUBRC (pronounced “coo-brick”) invested $1.2 million […]

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MPs demand police probe as energy giant SSE is fined £10.5m for ‘extensive’ mis-selling of tariffs

[More scumbaggery from Big Energy, with today’s story featuring Scottish and Southern Energy.  In the associated video (which auto-starts when you click the link), the Ofgem rep confirms that not only have SSE lied to customers extensively, but that there are an additional three mis-selling investigations presently […]

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Insurance Firms Refusing To Cover Mobile Phone Health Claims – Begin Forecasting Brain Tumour Costs Between 2020-2030

Wendy Mesley reports about how many insurance companies are not covering cell phone manufacturers and wireless carriers – 60% refuse to insure purveyors against future health damage suits. Dr. Devra Davis interviewed. What do big insurance firms know that most wireless device users do not?  Why are […]

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Lou Collins Radio Show 11/2/13 – Mike from Stop Smart Meters! (UK)

Interview starts around 7 minutes in after Lou played the trailer for Take Back Your Power.  Mike covered quite a lot of ground in this interview. Download available here (155Mb): http://stream15.mixcloud.com/cloudcasts/originals/3/e/5/6/bea4-64c4-47f8-91c1-9ad0f9402b68.mp3 via Lou Collins Radio Show 11/2/13 Mike from Stop Smart Meters UK by Lou Collins on […]

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