*For the latest on this story, see here: Smart Meter rebellion currently underway at British Gas.*
Earlier this evening we were reviewing (privately) the Signatories to our Notice of Non-Consent for Smart Meter Installation/Notice of Liability, when something unexpected struck us.
See if you can spot it. (We have blanked out other signatories in the interests of privacy).
This has caused some genuine head scratching at Stop Smart Meters! (UK) (non-corporate) headquarters. Particularly as it was only a few days ago that we posted a story about PG&E being fined $390,000 for trying to infiltrate US-based anti-Smart Meter groups.
Why is British Gas’s Smart Metering team apparently serving Notice of Non-Consent for Smart Meter Installation/Notice of Liability to all parties listed on our DontSmartMeter.me page? Is this an HR-driven initiative seeking to limit employee damage from powerful, electromagnetic radiation pulses? Perhaps they’ve realised that employers need to minimise employee exposure to Class 2b carcinogens where possible? Or is privacy the main concern? Or maybe they’ve taken on board GCHQ’s warnings about Smart Meter security?
Or are they just being nosy, and a little bit creepy?
What our latest Signatory may not have realised is that this “Notice” is actually a legal document. It serves Notice, formally, that Smart Meters are forbidden from being installed at the Signatory’s property. It details, clearly, in 34 points, some of the reasons why no-one in their right mind would want a Smart Meter. The Notice also provides a means for the Signatory to take action against any parties listed in the Notice if their decisions in relation to Smart Meter promotion result in loss or harm to the Signatory. Why would British Gas’s Smart Metering team want to do that? And what does it mean to the programme if British Gas itself is seeking to minimise its exposure to Smart Meters?
We don’t know. Maybe they could tell us?
*Update to this story here: http://stopsmartmeters.org.uk/smart-meter-rebellion-currently-underway-at-british-gas*