€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) — which is overseeing the planned rollout of the National Smart Metering Programme to more than 2m households — said the results were “marginally negative”.

It estimated that the project would result in the net loss of €54m in the most likely scenario. However, consultancy firm PwC, which carried out the analysis, said its findings should be interpreted as “broadly neutral” given the overall scale of the project and the significant uncertainty about many of the main cost assumptions.

But the latest results will come as a disappointment to the CER as a similar earlier study was largely positive about the combined benefit of smart…

Read more at: €1bn smart meter project in jeopardy | The Sunday Times.

  1. I have studied the effects of microwave emissions from telecommunications since 2002, when I heard people were being ill near the new Phone mast 14 metres from front doors! The suffered appalling symptoms until the mast was removed on 23rd March 2011. Children had nosebleeds and insomnia; animals got cancer within 2 years – people took longer- my friend Nary died in a care home of stomach cancer on 30th May 2011 and Bob Keble – diagnosed with inoperable cancer in 2010 – died 3 days before the mast was removed. Insomnia; headache; nausea; dizziness; nose-bleeds; sore, itching bloodshot eyes; ulcerated mouths and throats; raised blood pressure, nose-bleeds; heart attacks and strokes (in order of frequency)- immediately on removal of the mast on 23rd March 2011. ON removal (also when it was off for the whole of April 2002) – EVERYONE had 7 hours sleep for the first time since activation of the mast on 1st Sept. 2001! Wi-Fi (and Wi=Max) are the most dangerous aspects of these emissions – I had a heart attack ar night in bed next to my cousin’s office, where they had Wi-Fi free-ranging! If you had Wi-Fi, PLEASE get it wired – not only to protect you and YOUR family – but to protect all your neighbours! The Russians found out they could spy on people with Wi Fi in the 1950s – and bombarded the American Embassy in Moscow with Wi-Fi to spy on the American Ambassador. Walter J. Stoessel and his successor – BOTH ambassadors died of a ‘leukaemia-like’ disease and many of the staff and their children had raised white blood-pressure! The American Government had to replace the Embassy staff twice in 2 years – after which the Russians realised the Wi-Fi was killing people – and have never used Wi-Fi in that way since! Russian permitted levels are merely 2 microwatts! Our government is aware of all the above – yet is bombarding US with 450 microwatts of emissins = and allowing the sprad of unwired WiFi – which comes into our house and makes me feel very ill! If YOU experience headaches, nausea, dizziness, -or any of the above mentioned symptoms – you (and I!) need to gt some protective material to put between us and the emissions! We would have to put it ALL AROUND our house to protect ourselves! My partner does not feel – I DO!

      Why does this truthful, proven evidence need ‘moderation’? The truth is out there! Read Paul Brodeur’s book – THE ZAPPING OF AMERICA. ISBN:0-393-06427-1
      Smart meters will be accompanied by large amounts of Wi-Fi, which will invade our homes – whether we want it or not! Many of us will be suffering appalling symptoms, and apart from that – in America where these meters were put upon homes – not only did people become very ILL – to add insult to injury – the price of electricity ROSE astronomically!
      Gillian lyden
      Gillian Lyden

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        We have a Brodeur book listed here, and will check out your recommendation.