29 Nov 2011
Smart meters are only good for utility company executives (The 26 million meter dash).
The theory sounds great, but on closer inspection some inconvenient facts emerge.
1: Utility bills are increasing where smart meters are installed, not decreasing.
2: Customer information from smart meters is not formatted for customers and does not change customer behaviour towards conservation.
3: Increased utility rates may decrease energy usage, but that can be done with inexpensive time-of-use meters, rather than expensive smart meters.
4: The cost/benefit of smart meters is horrendous and is being promoted to profit the utility companies and their suppliers, not customers or our society or our environment.
5: The Smart Grid does not use or require a smart meter in each home. The necessary smart information can be gathered much more efficiently and inexpensively at energy distribution points.
6: The vast amount of unnecessary and nearly useless information to be handled and stored may actually end up raising energy usage.
7: This massive smart meter programme will leave no funds for schemes that would truly bring energy-saving solutions and the public will not be receptive to real solutions after being burned by these smart meters.