Smart Meters on Electrical Power Supply

Secret Scotland has a great posting “Smart Meters — Maybe Not So Smart”.

The US and UK–government and industry–are pushing hard to install so-called “smart metering technology” everywhere.

Smart metering allows two-way information exchange between energy users and suppliers, providing real-time (almost) information about supply and demand at the individual user level, allowing the level of that supply and demand to be accurately determined on a moment-to-moment basis. According to the Government, smart metering will slash unnecessary energy use, reduce emissions, and cut consumers’ energy bills.

However, as mentioned in the above posting and based on my understanding:

: I still haven’t seen the “proof” that the best interests of customers are retained. Where are the experiments showing before and after? While described as something to manage supply and demand, it is more likely a tool to manage “supply”, e.g. they will give you electricity when they feel like it and if they feel you are not justified getting it, they will cut you off.

: Security is a risk. Our society cannot protect our credit card transactions “on the net”. How will our newly-networked electrical supply system be protected and will it work? Surely there now new risks which are insufficiently mitigated. And what about “unitentended consequences”? See the paper by Anderson and Fuloria linked to by Secret Scotland.

: In today’s news I read that Which? Magazine warns of energy smart meter “fiasco”. Which? is reported to be concerned about the project execution risk–which surely is large as projects like this have a very poor track record–but they don’t appear to be commenting on the purpose/benefits. Yet the project sponsors are enthusiastically reporting on the purpose/benefits which seem to be appear to be unsubstantiated.

Remind me again why we are doing this?


2 Responses to Smart Meters on Electrical Power Supply

  1. fujirobin says:

    Isn’t it meant to let me have cheaper electricity when there is a surplus?

    • rms says:

      It certainly would enable it and would enable charging more when demand high. But is that good and if good is it really going to happen? Whose interest is served by that strategy? Are we spending huge sums to do this instead of meeting demand?

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