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More reasons to halt UK smart meters – Surprise – You can’t trust energy suppliers to do anything, says Engerati member Nick Hunn

Engerati – September 09, 2016 https://www.engerati.com/article/more-reasons-halt-uk-smart-meters (….In the light of this latest exposure of their incompetence, I call on the Government and Theresa May to start an urgent review of the smart metering programme. On this evidence, the energy suppliers are not fit to run it or […]

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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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Warning over a ‘ghastly mess’ in £11bn plan for smart meters – The Times

January 03, 2016 Article from: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/business/industries/utilities/article4655613.ece An £11bn project to install more than 50 million smart electricity and gas meters in homes is a “ghastly mess” that will not work, according to a leading figure in the energy sector. Alex Henney has written to Amber Rudd, the […]

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Not So Smart – The government should listen to criticism of its latest IT plan before it is too late – The Times

January 03, 2016Article from: www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/leaders/article4655702.ece “Ever since the collapse of the £20 billion NHS effort to digitise every patient’s medical records, it has been sensible to worry whenever government takes responsibility for a multibillion-pound IT project. It is sensible to worry now. “Smart” meters that measure gas […]

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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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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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The Internet is on Fire – Mikko Hypponen, CRO of F-Secure – TEDx video + transcript

“Let me tell you a secret: when you hear that the machine is “smart”, what it actually means is that it’s exploitable.  “Smart” means “exploitable”.  “Smart TV” means an “exploitable TV”; “smart phone” means an “exploitable phone”, and so on.  That’s what it means.” ~ Mikko Hypponen, […]

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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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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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Two new reports highlight significant Smart Meter risks from EMP & RF/microwave radiation

via Take Back Your Power. Dr. Isaac Jamieson has authored two significant reports on risk awareness, both of which are directly related to liability created by so-named “smart” meters and “smart” grid technologies.  The abridged reports are linked below. The report “RF / Microwave Radiation Risk Awareness” […]

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UK gov’s smart meter dream unplugged: A ‘colossal waste of cash’

Excerpt of analysis by TheRegister.co.uk On 23 June, the village of Alfriston in the South Downs hosted Get Wired, an event celebrating old-fashioned wired analogue power meters – or, more accurately, opposing their replacement by new wireless “smart” meters. Organiser Stop Smart Meters UK is worried about […]

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Got a ‘Smart’ Meter? Get ready for your home to be turned into a public Wi-FI hotspot!

Imagine this. You get an official letter from your local government authority notifying you that the government has decided to provide a free Wi-Fi network throughout the municipality and as part of the roll-out you are going to have a Wi-Fi transmitter installed on your home without […]

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NSA PRISM: provides direct access to servers of Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, Apple and others

[SSM] On Friday (07-6-13), the Guardian broke a story about a previously undisclosed, $20m/annum NSA program called PRISM – which provides the NSA with direct access to the servers of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants.  The companies mentioned in the Guardian’s article strenuously denied […]

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“The Australia Coincidence”: Power Companies to Begin Switching Off Appliances During Peak Periods

[Dear Australia.  Kinda’ funny that you’re having this thrust upon you at precisely the same time as us, no?  Almost comedic timing (but without the funny bit)?  Or are you in the EU now as well?  With love from the (colder, wetter, less sunny, different energy profile, […]

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“Getting Smarter About The Smart Grid” – Dr Tim Schoechle, National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy

Authored by a veteran communications technology expert, in collaboration with the National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy, “Getting Smarter About the Smart Grid” offers a roadmap to a truly decentralised electricity grid capable of integrating “distributed” power generation and renewal energy sources without the privacy, […]

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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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Smart metering will disrupt weather forecasts, warns Met Office

The Met Office has warned that Ofcom’s planned deregulation of radio spectrum for Home Area Networking kit risks disrupting radar-based weather forecasts. The airwave regulator’s recent public consultation into opening up new spectrum garnered overwhelming industry support for releasing the proposed bandwidths into the public domain, so […]

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Smart Meters – Engineering a Virtual Panopticon

Our thanks go to the UK Column newspaper for featuring an article written by us this month: www.ukcolumn.org.  Please share widely. LONDON, March 7, 2013, Stop Smart Meters! (UK) If you are the average Internet and telephone user, 736 pieces of personal information are collected about you […]

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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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