Latest News – added in order received and on a daily basis
current-news.co.uk Smart meter installs continue to falter, rendering 2020 deadline ‘unfeasible’ Pub and Added 31 May 2019
Utilityweek.co.uk Smart Meter Installation Rate Drops As Deadline looms. Pub 30 may 2019 added 31 May 2019
bbc.co.uk Smart meters: why they are driving some people mad. Pub 14 May 2019 added 27 May 2019
thetimes.co.uk British Gas: get a smart meter or we will charge you an extra £300. Britain’s largest energy firm is refusing to offer its cheapest deal to customers unless they agree to have a smart meter installed. Any British Gas customer who sticks with a traditional meter will have to pay almost £300 a year more on average for a dual-fuel tariff. Pub and added 26 May 2019
broadcastnow.co.uk Vodafone to switch on 5G in seven cities this summer. Telco is first operated to announce a switch – on date for 5G. Pub and added 15 May 2019
telegraph.co.uk more than 2 million smart meters in the UK do not work, research suggests as energy customers continue to feel pressured into having them installed. Pub if 14 May 2019 Added 15 May 2019
bbc.co.uk Smart meters: why they are driving some people mad. Energy customers are under a lot of pressure to install a smart meter at the moment. There are government adverts on TV suggesting they are a small but important step to tackling climate change. Pub 14 May 2019 Added 15 May 2019
goodhousekeeping.com Smart meters – seven things you need to know. Busting the myths around smart meters Pub and added 9 May 2019 the
thisismoney.co.uk – SmartMedia questions answered: as half of households say they won’t have one installed, we dig in to the common concerns. NB there are many factual irregularities here. Ed. Pub and added 26 Apr 2019
thetimes.co.uk Smart meters are not up to the job. We had a so-called smart meter installed by EDF (“My smart meter’s dumb. I won’t get another”, last week). It could never connect and we still had to submit readings. We recently switched to Avro Energy and now the meter is useless. Pub and added 14 Apr 2019
manxradio.com MUA smart meters due my next summer. Around 8,000 homes to make switch. If you’re one of the 8,000 Manx Utilities customers who top up their electricity via a key meter, big changes should be in place by summer next year Pub and added 7 Apr 2019
thetimes.co.uk My smart meter’s dumb. I wont get another. Light article about a family’s reaction to smart meters.Pub and added 7 Aug 2019
moneysavingsexpert.com SSE pays £700,000 after missing smart meter target.Big six energy supplier SSE has agreed to pay £700,000 to Ofgem after missing its 2018 targets for installing smart meters. SSE met its target to install electricity meters, but fell short of its target for gas smart meters. It hit its target in February, less than two months after the deadline. Pub 3 April 2019 Added 4 April 2019
voltimum.co.uk YouGov survey: more smart meter owners report higher bills than savings. Having a smart meter installed at home very seldom means lower energy bills, according to new survey findings published by leading electrotechnical trade body ECA. In the ECA’s recent YouGov survey of adults who are eligible for a smart meter, just 1 in 14 respondents with a smart meter (7%) said that having one had reduced their energy bills, while 1 in 11 (9%) said they had increased. This is despite 1 in 4 (23%) reporting that the main reason for having a smart meter installed was to reduce their energy bills. Pub and added 2 Apr 2019
www.choose.co.uk Smart meter rollout highly unlikely to meet 2020 deadline.With less than 24 months to go, the UK’s smart meter rollout is looking increasingly unlikely to achieve its target for installations. The rollout of smart meters to UK domestic customers has not been progressing smoothly. At the current time, it looks highly likely that the 2020 target will be missed, which could leave some energy suppliers in breach of their obligations. Pub and added 2 April 2019
thisismoney.com don’t fall for a “dumb” Smart meter: energy firms to continue offering first-generation devices for months Pub 20 Mar 2019 Added 22 Mar 2019
heraldscotland.com Scottish company Smart metering Systems wins orders for up to 200,000 smart meters for small businesses from SSE. Pub 19 Mar 2019 Added 22 Mar 2019
eco-news.co.uk British Gas is forcing Essex residents to have a smart metre installed, it is claimed. Residents say they have had letters from the energy provider explaining about the installation despite some customers not wanting them. David Amess, MP for Southend West said he will raising the issue in the House of Commons. Pub and added 18 r 2019
theenergyst.com (also trade publication) Smart meters: SSE appoints SMS to do SMEs.SSE has signed Smart Metering Systems (SMS) as preferred national supplier to rollout 200,000 smart meters to its small and medium sized business customers (SMEs). The meters will be the fully smart variant, or Smets2 units. Glasgow-based SMS claims it manages some 2.8 million metering and data assets across the domestic and non-domestic sectors.Pub and added 18 Mar 2019
Dailymail.co.uk Five million UK homes set for smart meter madness as thirty per cent of devices to be installed in Government scheme won’t work properly
New ‘SMETS 2’ smart meters are meant to send data to suppliers automatically
Homes in the North of England and Scotland are the most likely to be affected Pub 16 Mar 2019 Added 17 Mar 219
dailymail.co.uk Star-studded smart meter adverts are raising YOUR energy bills by £50million a year as power firms pass on cost of campaigns featuring Twiggy and Maxine Peake to their customers. Pub 15 Mar 2019 Added 16 Mar 2019
telegraph.co.uk Smart meters with switching problems still being installed in homes after deadline. “Dumb” smart meters are still being installed in households despite a Government deadline, as energy firms have admitted there is a shortage of new-style models. From yesterday energy providers were told to stop installing old style smart meters, which can lose their smart function after households switch to a rival firm. Pub and added 16 Mar 2019
cambrian-news.co.uk Who needs a smart meter? Not me. Long cogent letter Pub 12 Mar 2019 Added 13 Mar 2019
thenorthernecho.co.uk More than half of smart meter customers have problems when switching – Poll. Pub 8 mar 2019 added 9 mar 2019
thisismoney.co.uk Can I request a second generation smart meter? I’m willing to have one fitted but don’t want to waste my time with an outdated device Pub 8 Mar 2019 Added 9 Mar 2019
which.co.uk Half of smart meters stop working when you switch energy firm How to tell if your gas or electricity smart meter will break… Pub 8 Mar 2019 Added 9 Mar 2019 AND Smart meter roll-out – the latest facts .
which.co.uk Smart meter advert banned for misleading consumers. A radio advert by Smart Energy GB has been banned for making ‘misleading’ claims that consumers could save money simply by getting a smart meter installed. Pub 6 Mar 2019 Added 7 Mar 2019 hundred and
moneysavingexpert.co.uk ‘Misleading’ smart meter ad banned. A ‘misleading’ radio advert which claimed installing a smart meter could save consumers an average of 354 kilowatt hours (kWh) a year has been banned. Pub 6 Mar 2019 Added 7 Mar 2019
thesun.co.uk Some householders have complained of being given ‘deemed appointments’ where suppliers arrange to install the new meter without giving the customer an opportunity to decline…Pub 2 Mar 2019 Added 7 Mar 2019
utilityweek.co.uk Homeowners urged to adopt “netflix” approach to energy. Households that make the most of smart meter technology and adopt more of a “Netflix” approach to consuming energy could slash their annual bills by up to 20 per cent, according to a new report. Pub 1 Mar 2019 Added 7 Mar 9
civilserviceworld.com BEIS told to get a grip on smart meter rollout costs. Committee chair Rachel Reeves said they have been too passive in ensuring suppliers address problems with the rollout. Pub 20 Feb 2019 Added 22 Feb 2019
theregister.co.uk Northern UK Smart meter rollout is too slow, snarls MPs committee. The British government is sugarcoating its smart meter project and pretending that everything will turn out all right at the end…. Pub 21 Feb 2019 Added 22 Feb 2019
utilityweek.co.uk government accused of sugarcoating smart meter problems. Alas you have to become a subscriber or trialist to read this. Added 22 Feb 2019
telegraph.co.uk the North to wait another nine months for switchable smart meters if they want a smart meter thanks to technical issues with some of the new devices. Labour’s Shadow energy minister said ongoing problems with the technology meant that the 11 billion rollouts will be held back even further. Pub 19 Feb 2019 Added 22 Feb 2019
SM00161 – thisismoney.co.uk my energy firm won’t offer mean cheaper tariff unless I have a smart meter installed – is it allowed to do this? Pub 19 Feb 2019 Added 20 Feb 2019
SM00160 – telegraph.co.uk The North to wait another nine months for switchable smart meters…. Dr Alan Whitehead, Labour’s shadow energy minister, said ongoing problems with the technology meant that the £11bn roll-out will be held back even further. Pub 19 Feb 2019 Added 20 Feb 2019
SMU00159 telegraph.co.uk Six reasons to say no to a smart meter. The great smart meter revolution has faltered and households can choose, once again, to opt out and keep hold of their old-fashioned utility meters which require manual reading. When they were introduced in 2009, smart meters were supposed to simplify the billing process and ensure readings were up to date and accurate. But the roll-out has been plagued with problems – as explained below. Now, according to research conducted by comparethemarket.com, one in five people do not want one. Pub 2 Aug 2017 Added 19 Feb 2019
SMU00158 newsandstar.co.uk 5G tech boost for a remote village and town in north Cumbria. Nenthead and Alston, which have long struggled with their internet connectivity, are now benefiting from a combination of superfast 5G and an award-winning app that can shine a light on their rich industrial heritage. Thanks to the arrival of 5G and a new 5G Rural Integrated Test bed programme from the Department of Culture, Media & Sports, the North Pennines village and town now have their own version of WAM – the World Around Me app. Pub 15 Feb 2019 added 17 Feb 2019
SMU00157 telegraph.co.uk Smart meter roll out set for severe delays as energy firms told to slow down installations. The Government’s smart meter roll out is set for severe delays as energy firms have been told to slow down installations due to a shortage of devices. Numbers being installed in people’s homes are expected “go off a cliff edge” next month, industry insiders have revealed, as energy firms will not have enough new-style devices to match smart meter appointments being booked in. Pub 15 Feb 2019 Added 17 Feb 2019
SMU00156 – telegraph.co.uk Green taxes, smart meters, profit margins: the extras adding £550 to your energy bill. Those who thought household energy bills had been reined in by the Government’s price cap were proved wrong last week when half of the “Big Six” suppliers hiked their prices again. Pub and added 17 Feb 2019
SMU00114 – juicing-for-health.com SMART METERS EMF RADIATION CAUSES STRANGE AND UNKNOWN HEALTH PROBLEMS. Exposure to smart meters EMF radiation has been reported to cause many strange and unknown health problems. Many of the illnesses caused by EMF radiation have no name. People who are affected begin to lose interest in life, they have lost their zest, enthusiasm and joy. They experience anxiety and depression, not knowing the cause of the symptoms. Pub 1 Dev 2017 Added 16 Feb 2019
SMU00113 news.co.uk LETTER Can my energy supplier insist I must have a smart meter? More and more cheap deals are only offered on condition of installing a smart meter. Pub and added 13 Feb 2019
SMU00112 telegraph.co.uk Smart Meters are not compulsory. But there aren’t many analog ones left. Homeowners could be forced to embrace “optional” smart meters due to the dwindling number of companies providing old-fashioned meters, energy experts have warned. Although meters are offered by energy suppliers, these firms actually rent them from companies known as meter asset providers, which own the hardware. Pub 12 Feb 2019 Added 13 Feb 2019
SMU00111 – naturalnews.com Smart Meters to start tracking dementia patients in the U.K. as Big Brother wields medical surveillance tech against its own citizens. Smart Meters have drastically changed how utility companies collect energy usage data from customers. Old-fashioned meters had to be checked manually, but they ensured privacy for the homeowner. Now Smart Meters share data on energy usage with third parties, tracking and analyzing every use of natural gas, electricity, and water within the home. Pub 10 Feb 2019 Added 12 Feb 2019
SMU00110 – smartmeters.org.uk a reminder – your rights in relation to smart meters. It comes as no surprise that a number of big energy firms are starting to really push hard on the Smart Meter ‘gas’ pedal. Advertising campaigns online and offline, integrated social media/direct mail campaigns, etc. are all trying to sell us on the spurious and totally unsubstantiated ‘benefits’ of placing our utility supplies on the web. Added 5 Feb 2019
SMU00109 – the Sunday Times – More delays for smart meter rollout. A no-deal Brexit threatens to tip the troubled £11 billion smart meter rollout into chaos as energy suppliers fear that imports of the devices may be disrupted. Several companies are understood to be increasing stockpiles of the meters to have them ready to install even if there are delays at the border. Pub 26 Jan 2019 Added 27 Jan 2019
SMU00108 current-news.co.uk Government could relax ‘challenging’ smart meter deadline. The UK government could extend its 2020 smart meter target if consumers stand to benefit in what constitutes the first sign of a relaxation of tight programme deadlines…. Pub 14 Jan 2019 Added 16 Jan 2019
SMU00107 – out-law.com NHS to test power of smart meters to enable digital health. The power of smart meters to monitor the health of people in the home is to be examined in an NHS trial in England in an initiative that shows the potential for energy suppliers to diversify into the health and care sector, an expert has said…. Pub 14 Jan 2019 Added 16 Jan 2019
SMU00116 – thisismoney.co.uk Exposed : Murky dealings that led to collapse of small power firm Economy Energy…to be sued b National Grid for £12m over smart meters. Pub and added 12 Jan 2019
SMU00116 – thisis money.co.uk Energy suppliers are still ‘bullying’ customers over smart meters even though they are not compulsory. – Wording of letters used by energy providers is angering paying customers … Pub and added 12 Jan 2019
SMU00115 – telegraph.co.uk Smart meters may not start to save households money for a decade. Smart meters may not start saving householders significant amounts of money until 2030 and will cost homeowners more than previously thought, the body which represents energy firms has admitted. Pub 9 Jan 2018 Added 10 Jan 2019
SMU00114 – thisismoney.co.uk Households come up against smart meter brick wall: Energy firms harrass reluctant customers and refuse to remove unwanted meters. Pub and added 10 Jan 2019
SMU 00113 – money saving expert.com One in four households now have smart meters intalled.…But she added that only 250,000 ‘switchable’ meters had been installed as of last week, of which only 10,000 were in the north of England and Scotland. Perry admitted this was “far too few”. Pub and added 9 Jan 2019
SMU 00112 greentechmedia.com Britain won’t meet its smart meter rollout deadline. The project should focus on getting it right rather than ending on time, experts say. Pub andd Added 20 Dec 2018
SMU00111 – current-news.co.uk Current’s 2018 Review: The Smart meter ‘car crash’ and evolving suppliers. Our re-cap of the year continues with the biggest stories in July and August, as the country’s smart meter roll-out is described as a car crash and independent energy suppliers ramp up investment. Parliamentarians in shock agreement, describe smart meter rollout as a car crash… Pub 19 Dec 2018 Added 20 Dec 2018
SMU00110 – www.ft.com Energy customers confused over smart meter rollout. Ofgem declines to provide a list of compliant providers. Energy suppliers would need to install 30 smart meters per minute every day during the next two years to meet the deadline.. Pub 14 Dec 2018 Added 17 Dec 2018
SMU00109 – energylivenews.com Energy suppliers accused of ‘pestering’ customers over smart meter installations. An investigation by Money Mail alleges some householders have been ‘bombarded’ with calls, emails, letters and texts… Pub 5 Dec 2018 Added 6 Dec 2018
SMU00108 thisismoney.co.uk Bombarded by the smart meter bullies: Readers pestered with calls and texts, threatened with bailiffs and have appointments made without asking
SSE customer threatened with bailiffs and told meters were ‘legal requirement’
Suppliers have been ordered to offer all households smart meters by 2020. If they can’t prove they made every effort to contact homes they will be fined…Pub 5 Dec 2018 Added 5 Dec 2018
SMU00107 – openaccessgovernment.org Curbing UK water wastage with fixed network smart meters. Tony Anderson, Business Development Manager at Arqiva, discusses how smart meters are measuring up to be one of the most debated topics for today’s energy industry. As utilities providers push to meet ambitious installation targets, consumers remain steadfast in their questioning of the need, safety and benefits of digitising their meters… Pub 30 Nov 2018 Added 4 Dec 2018
SMU00106 – dailymail.co.uk New blow to government plans to fit smart meters in all homes by 2020 as installation rates fall. Fresh doubts were thrown on the Government’s controversial smart meter programme last night as figures revealed a drop in the number of installations. Experts said it is now highly unlikely that targets to put smart meters in all homes by 2020 will be met after the number being fitted fell by 10 per cent… Pub 30 Nov 018 Added 4 Dec 2018
SMU00105 – telegraph.co.uk More than a million homes will be cut off from the new fully switchable smart meters. The £11bn smart meter roll-out, promoted by celebrities including Kirstie Allsopp has seen more than 12 million installed, but has been dogged by issues of meters “going dumb” and losing their smart functions when a customer switches energy supplier. Switching remains the best way to reduce energy bills. Customers with smart meters can switch, but they will typically lose the “smart” benefits…. Pub 30 Nov 2018 Added 4 Dec 2018
SMU00104 – telegraph.co.uk Smart meter installations suffer sharpest drop yet as ‘people refuse to have them in their homes’ Smart meter installations have had their steepest drop yet over the past three months, official data shows, amid suggestions that homeowners are refusing to have them installed. The number of smart meters being installed in homes declined by 10 per cent over the past quarter, after falling continuously for the past nine months, data from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy showed…. Pub 29 Nov 2018 Added 4 Dec 2018
SMU00103 – dailymail.co.uk – The great smart meter fiasco: Millions of the dubious devices may have to be ripped out of homes because they won’t work when you switch supplier
The Government has promised to launch a new system to fix the problem
But report has claimed that their plan may not work for all of the meters affected
Some people say they love being able to see how much energy they are using
Others claim the gadgets cause nothing but problems and don’t work properly
Many don’t like the way energy firms harass them with phone calls and letters
Pub 27 Nov 2018 Added 28 Nov 2018
SMU00102 – telegraph.co.uk Smart meters to add £500m to energy bills. Consumers are being forced to pay higher energy bills thanks to the cost of installing smart meters – and things could still get worse, according to the spending watchdog… Pub 25 Nov 2018 Added 26 Nov 2018
SMU00101 theinquirer.net NAO casts yet more doubt over smart meter targets being met
Figure includes one million fitted but borked meters. The current deadline to convert every meter to be smart is the end of 2020, but the latest report says that there is “no realistic prospect” of that being met…. Pub and added 23 Nov 2018
SMU00100 theguardian.com Smart meters rollout labelled a ‘fiasco’ as consumers face extra £500m bill. National Audit Office says that with 39m meters still to be replaced, government has no chance of hitting 2020 deadline…Pub and added 23 Nov 2018
SMU00099 – moneysavingsexpert.com Just 1.2% of smart meters will definitely stay smart when you switch. Just over 138,000 of Britain’s 12 million smart meters are guaranteed to retain their full functionality if you switch your energy supplier.There are more than 12 million smart meters operating across Great Britain, but only around 138,000 of these – 1.2% – are ‘second generation’ meters or SMETS2s – the type which are guaranteed to continue sending readings if you switch away from the supplier which installed them. The information was revealed in the House of Lords by Business Minister Lord Henley yesterday afternoon… Pub 21 Nov 2018 Added 22 Nov 2018
SMU00098 – telegraph.co.uk My bill trebled: households with solar panels face smart meter billing disaster. Solar panel owners are discovering that their energy bills rise when they have a smart meter installed. Almost a million homes are equipped with solar panels, which give owners free energy when it is sunny and payments for any excess energy sold back to the grid. Pub 17 Nov 2018 Added 19 Nov 2018
SMU00097 telegraph.co.uk Ministers braced for smart meter scolding from spending watchdog . Government ministers are braced for blistering criticism from the National Audit Office this week over its shambolic handling of the £11bn smart meter roll-out. The public spending watchdog is finalising the details of a scathing report into the heavily delayed project, which is set to be made public this week. The report is expected to criticise the roll-out, which is running over schedule and budget due to delays to the software underpinning the digital meters…. Pub 17 Nov 2018 Added 19 Nov 2018
SMU00096 – utilityweek.co.uk STA warns smart meters and solar panels ‘should be decoupled‘. Smart meters and solar panels “should be decoupled” following a number of functionality issues, according to the Solar Trade Association (STA). The STA reports that SMETS1 devices do not have the export recording functionality to link to the Data Communications Company, meaning solar panel technology was incompatible for some customers. Pub 16 Nove 2018 Added 18 Nov 2018
SMU00095 thesun.co.uk – NOT having a smart meter could be costing you £100 more in energy bills every year, according to new figures. Many gas and electricity companies are offering the cheapest tariffs to households that pledge to have the new technology installed, The Sun has found. Pub 12 Nov 2018 Added 13 Nov 2018
SMU00094 – thisismoney.co.uk ‘They might end up paying more than they should’: How smart meters can’t read energy from solar panels. The latest crisis to hit the controversial ‘smart’ meter is that the technology does not have the intelligence to correctly read the energy created from solar panels. The £11billion rollout has proved chaotic since the meters began to be installed four years ago on the orders of the Government. Despite a £224 million marketing campaign urging households to ‘save money’ by signing up, the project is costing £420 per home – a cost added to our energy bills. Pub 11 Nov 2018 Added 13 Nov 2018
SMU00093 – telegraph.co.uk Households with solar panels risk being overcharged by smart meters. Households with solar panels risk being overcharged on their energy bills if they have a smart meter fitted, it can be revealed. Some have seen their energy bills more than treble after smart meters have been installed. This is because, while the two devices are capable of working together, energy firms say they are unable to access correct information about excess energy being generated by people’s solar panels. It means nearly a million households in Britain with solar panels on their homes could face billing chaos or being excluded from the Government’s roll out of smart meters. Pub 9 Nov 2018 Added 10- Nov 2018
SMU00092 – Aberdeen News – North Western begins installation of smart meters. Alas more and more sites are ‘Unavailable due to legal reasons’. I am not sure why. Ed. Pub 5 Nov 2018
SMU00091 Highland Council accused of ‘unlawfully’ hoarding personal information stored in car park smart meters. The meters, which are in service in Inverness, Fort William and Fort Augustus and are being rolled out across the north, require users to enter their car registration number. The data, along with credit card numbers, is sent to America and then stored on a database for 12 months…. Pub 29 Oct 2018 Added 29 Oct 2018
SMU00090 theguardian.com Faster speeds and holograms: what to expect from the new 5G network. The new technology, being tested in Salford, is the network of the future. But what practical uses will it offer?…. Pub 28 Oct 2018 Added 28 Oct 2018
SMU00089 telegraph.co.uk Adverts for the Government’s smart meter roll out banned from claiming the devices are ‘free‘ Pub 26 Oct 2018 Added 28 Oct 2018
SMU00088 businessgreen.com Smart meters: Over-65s leading the charge, survey shows.Smart Energy GB research suggests pensioners are most likely age group to own a smart meter as awareness of the technology continues to grow. Britons over the age of 65 are the most likely age group to own a smart meter, according to new research today which suggests awareness of the energy management devices is growing across the UK. A nationwide survey of 10,000 people carried out by Populus found almost a quarter of over-65s had installed a smart meter, a higher proportion than any other age group. Pur 19 Oct 2018 Added 20 Oct 2018
SMU00087 thetimes.co.uk Usio is latest energy firm to burn out. About 7,000 customers of Usio Energy have been left in the lurch after the energy supplier ceased trading yesterday. They will be assigned a supplier by Ofgem, the regulator, after the third collapse of a small energy company in recent months. Customers will have their credit balances protected under Ofgem’s safety net. Pub 16 Oct 2018 Added 17 Oct 2018
SMU00086 thefreepress. AM encourages more North Wales resident’s to install smart meters. Mark Isherwood AM is urging people in North Wales to contact their energy supplier to get a smart meter fitted in their homes at no extra cost, so they can take control of how much energy they are using. Pub 10 Oct 2018 Added 11 Oct 2018
SMU00085 independent.co.uk Water companies should be given powers to introduce compulsory metering to reduce waste, say MPs. ‘We consider that using meters to ensure customers pay for they use, rather than basing bills on the outdated system of rateable values, sends a strong message to customers about the value of water’ Pub 9 Oct 2018 Added 9 Oct 2018
SMU00084 stopsmartmeters.org.uk Lloyd’s of London EXCLUDES liability coverage for harm from RF-EMFs/wireless radiation. It does no harm to revisit this statement. Ed.
via Smart Meter Harm and Citizens For Safe Technology Credit to Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters in British Columbia, for bringing this information to the public’s attention. Listen to an interview with Sharon here.
Lloyd’s of London excludes any liability coverage for claims;
“Directly or indirectly arising out of, resulting from or contributed to by electromagnetic fields, electromagnetic radiation, electromagnetism, radio waves or noise.” (Exclusion 32)
This information is from CFC Underwriting Limited, which is a Lloyd’s of London underwriter (page 12-13 of policy document, page 13-14 of pdf), and was posted by Citizens for Safe Technology Pub recent (includes older stuff) Added 9 Oct 2018
SMU00083 telegraph.co.uk Another million substandard smart meters will be put into our homes. The rollout of fully-functional smart meters has been further delayed after “teething issues” with the system. This week, the Government announced that the deadline by which energy suppliers must stop installing first-generation smart meters would be pushed back. More than half of these meters lose many of their functions when a customer switches provider. The two-month delay means almost a million more of the substandard meters will be installed, bringing the total number above 13 million. Pub 6 Oct 2018 Added 6 Oct 2018
SMU00082 Moneyweek.com Say no to smart meters. The government’s money-saving, energy-tracking revolution has turned into another costly damp squib. They were hailed as a technological advance that would save us all money, eliminate billing errors and revolutionise the way we use energy in our homes. But so far, smart meters are proving to be anything but a smart decision….. Pub 28 Sept 2018 Added 29 Sept 2018
SMU00081 the Telegraph – Just 300 of 20,000 switchable smart meters have been installed in the north. Half of the country is virtually devoid of next-generation smart meters that don’t “go dumb” when customers switch supplier, weeks before energy firms are due to start rolling them out at scale, Telegraph Money can disclose. Pub 21 Sept 2018 Added 21 Sept 2018
SMU00080 theguardian.com UK’s smart meter revolution at risk of being short-circuited. The energy industry is struggling to meet installation targets after some embarrassing glitches….But this summer saw calls for their rollout to be halted because of problems occurring after customers switch. A downbeat report by the British Infrastructure Group – a parliamentary body run by the former Tory party chairman Grant Shapps – topped the news bulletins. Pub 15 Sept 2018 Added 15 Sept 2018
SMU00079 thisismoney.co.uk The Government says they save you money but critics claim they put your data at risk, so… should you get a smart meter? Smart meters tell you how much gas and electricity you are using in your home. Privacy campaigners have warned that firms have access to data about users. Some have health concerns about the wireless signals coming from devices, Pub 11 September 2018 Added 12 Sept 2018
SMU00078 farminglife.com Northern Island Water SMART metering technology is helping customers to save money. A new SMART water metering trial, piloted by NI Water (NIW) on Rathlin Island last year, is now being expanded to some key customers on the mainland to investigate the potential benefits it can offer them. NB this applies to water meters. Ed. Pub 9 Sept 2018 Added 9 Sept 2018
SMU00077 telegraph.co.uk Energy suppliers’ new trick to get you to accept a smart meter…E.ON was criticised last year when it said customers with smart meters would be moved to a cheaper deal instead of the SVT, the usual default option, when a fixed deal ends. Some consumers who have no desire to have a smart meter may fear they will be forced to have one installed if there are few cheap tariffs available for those without. Pub 31 Aug 2018 Aded 31 Aug 2018
SMU00076 The Facts about Smart Meters? Sleaford-based charity Community Lincs has been funded to deliver impartial advice about the scheme to provide free Smart Meters that offer fuel saving information and more accurate bills. Training from National Energy Action will ensure advisers are able to provide accurate information to enable consumers to make an informed choice on whether they wish to have a smart meter installed.
Pub 27 Aug 2018 Added 28 Aug 2018
SMU00075 www.itv.com Last phase of Jersey smart meter roll-out. 80% of homes and businesses in Jersey have had smart meters installed. Pub 25 Aug 2018 Added 26 Aug 2018
SMU00074 The Guardian – is your smart meter spying on you? The French are getting heated up about their meters collecting data on their daily lives. Perhaps the British should be concerned too. Pub 24 June 2018 Added 21 Aug 2018
SMU00073 telegraph.co.uk The trouble with smart meters: the top five problems customers have. The first is the incompatibility of the meters with regards to the various companies i.e. more than half of them go ‘dumb’.
Pub 20 Aug 2018 Added 20 Aug 2018
SMU00072 The Telegraph UK – Energy minister has smart meter fitted in her home six years after roll-out began, while her boss still does not have one. Meanwhile her boss, Business Secretary Greg Clark, is still “on the waiting list” for his, the Telegraph can reveal.
The Government has been urging households to switch to smart meters, which allow suppliers to read in real time how much energy their customers are using. They are meant to reduce energy usage and save consumers money by changing the way households use appliances. Pub 17 Aug 2018 Added 18 Aug 2018
SMU00071 Yorkshire Post – Robert Cheesewright: Smart meters are first step to a greener county. IT shouldn’t be acceptable that in 2018 we still have to tell our energy supplier how much energy we’ve used – or face an estimated bill for our gas and electricity. Pub 17 Aug 2018 Added 18 Aug 2018
SMU00070 Irish Examiner Smart meters to cut electricity bills by 3% Electricity bills in future will be calculated via three time-of-use tariffs, allowing customers to switch their consumption to off-peak periods. The Commission for the Regulation of Utilities, which oversees the electricity and gas markets, has confirmed that a standard smart tariff (SST) will be introduced as part of its €1bn programme to provide 2.25m smart meters to households and businesses over the coming years. Pub 15 Aug 2018 Added 16 Aug 2018
SMU00069 Dept of Energy and Climate Change – Smart Metering Implementation Programme. The roll-out of smart meters will play an important part in Britain’s transition to a low-carbon economy and help us meet some of the long-term challenges we face in ensuring an affordable, secure and sustainable energy supply. Pub 2018 Added 16 Aug 2018
SMU00068 Dorsetecho.co.uk Letter: Smart meters will be a spy in every home. Apparently, people are so entranced by ‘smart meter’ technology that they are literally queuing up to get one installed in their homes. I guess you could call it the ‘lemming effect’. Pub 13 Aug 2018 Added 13 Aug 2018
SMU00067 Telegraph.co.uk Business It’s time to switch on to the smart meter revolution. (Ha ha the industry has been riled by the Daily Telegraph’s continual battering, and they have insisted on giving a balancing view. Step forth Dermot Nolan Chief Executive of Ofgem. Ed.) Pub 12 Aug 2018 Added 13 Aug 2018
SMU00066 Daily Telegraph UK – Letters: The smart meter men are coming, never mind whether the customer wants one installed. Pub 31 July 2018 Added 31 July 2018
SMU00065 current-news.co.uk Push smart meters deadline to 2023 urges Citizens Advice. The smart meter roll-out should be extended to 2023 to address a number of issues that have emerged for consumers, according to Citizens Advice. The consumer watchdog went public late last week on the issue, with director of energy Victoria MacGregor appearing on morning television to call on the government to extend the installation programme by three years.
Pub 13 Aug Added 14 Aug 2018
SMU00064 Thesun.co.uk TERROR WARNING GCHQ chief warns terrorists could hack super-fast 5G mobile services. Britain’s top spy Jeremy Fleming says it is among a host of new technologies which will also make the UK ‘more vulnerable’ to foeign agents and hostile states
Pub 12 Aug 2018 Added 13 Aug 2018
SMU00063 Dailymail.co. uk Mobile phone users could risk being hacked by China spies when 5G broadband launches next year, warns GCHQ boss GCHQ’s head Jeremy Fleming warned of hacking by hostile states or terrorists. Mr Fleming said UK must take measures to limit threat to national infrastructure . Comes after Huawei found UK has ‘only limited assurance’ it poses no threat. Pub 12 Aug 2018 Added 13 Aug 2018
SMU00062 The Telegraph News. Terrorists could exploit 5G network, GCHQ chief warns. The roll out of 5G could be hacked by “terrorists and hostile states”, the head of GCHQ has warned. Allowing other forms of new technology, such as artificial intelligence and “the internet of things”, to go ahead unchecked will leave Britain vulnerable to cyber-attacks, Jeremy Fleming said.
Pub 12 Aug 2018 Added 13 Aug 2018
SMU00061 Thisismoney.co.uk – New smart meter code could hand energy firms a string of powers allowing them to monitor usage, raid credit balances, raise prices and switch customers’ tariffs. *Firms could be allowed to spy on customers in their homes, revealing what they use and when and to raid credit balances, cut supplies, switch tariffs – and put up prices.
Pub 11 Aug 2018 Added 12 Aug 2018
SMU00060 How to get rid of a smart meter UK – straightfoward no nonsense article by Cathie Dowd (FB) ..if you are unlucky enough to already have a smart utility meter we urge you to get rid of it as soon as possible. Pub 20 Jan 2018 Added 12 Aug 2018
SMU00059 Utilityweek.co.uk – The government has spoken out against pushing back the rollout for smart meters by three years, following calls from Citizens Advice. Energy and clean growth minister, Claire Perry said the proposal by Citizens Advice to extend the rollout until 2023 would “only delay” millions of households from enjoying the benefits of a smarter energy system…
Pub 10 Aug 2018 Added 11 Aug 2018
SMU00058 The Telegraph – Money – Utilities – Smart meter deadline ‘should be pushed back’ to avoid consumer headache The deadline for the Government’s smart meter roll out must be extended by three years, Citizens Advice has said, over fears that dodgy installations could create a headache for consumers. Pub 10 Aug 2018 Added 11 Aug 2018
SMU00057 The Telegraph / Money / Ask a money expert….. Smart meters: can energy suppliers (or hackers) turn off my supply remotely? (NB The landscape changes by the month so this article is slightly out of date in its suppositions Ed.).
My energy provider has been offering me a smart meter for some time now.
I fear that if I do accept I will be handing them the power to switch off my supply at the flick of a switch, without warning. I’m also concerned that some other person may be able to shut off my supply for nefarious purposes. Is this possible?
Pub 19 Jan 2018 Added 11 Aug 2018
SMU00056 Eastern Daily Press 24.co.uk Reader letter: ‘Smart’ meters are not smart at all.…I was not told however that, should I wish to change suppliers, this smart meter would not be compatible with any other suppliers as they would be unable to accept readings from this smart meter…. Pub 9 Aug 2018 Added 10 Aug 2018
SMU00054 Energy-reporters.com Smart Meters rollout a flop: Study. A UK study has warned that smart meters are failing to cut energy bills and has questioned the suitability of the technology being used. …. The model appears to be one for the rest of Europe to avoid as a study by the parliamentary British infrastructure group (BIG) said “exploitative commercial agreements” meant suppliers were “needlessly replacing” meters to which they could connect. As it is estimated that it costs £250 to install a smart meter, these needless installations increased the cost of the rollout, which is passed on to residents in their bills. Pub 30 Jul 2018 Added 10 Aug 2018
SMU00053 Citizens Advice (bureau) Early consumer experience of smart meters. Pub April 2018. Added 10 Aug 2018 NB they do have a variety of articles and various dates. Check out citizensadvice.org.uk Ed.
SMU00052 Moneysavingexpert.com Switchable smart meter roll-out could be delayed AGAIN Models are incompatible with each other so when you move the meter will become redundant. Pub 3 July 2018 Added 10 Aug 2018
SMU00051 BBC – Smart meter deadline should be extended. ...Up to 53 million smart meters, designed to replace traditional gas and electricity meters, are due to be installed in 30 million homes and businesses by the end of 2020. But Citizens Advice said it would be “more realistic” to aim for 2023. Pub 10 Aug 2018 Added 10 Aug 2018
SMU00050 ComputerWeekly.com MPs call for inquiry into smart meter roll-out Government urged to conduct a review of the roll-out of smart meters for electricity and gas, and to intervene to tackle a number of failures… delays, cost increases etc. Pub 24 July 2018 Added 10 Aug 2018
SMU00049 Which.co.uk Smart meter roll-out. Article 2 of 4. (I guess you have to subscribe to get the whole lot Ed). In their usual unbiased way, Which do their stuff. No mention of the biological effects. Pub July 2018? Added 10 Aug 2018
SMU00048 Plagued by delays … benefits of smart meter roll-out risk being slashed by repeated issues. A PARLIAMENTARY report has warned that the roll-out of smart meters across the UK risks being seriously delayed and may fail to deliver the cost benefits the project had previously promised. Pub 21 July 2018 Added 10 Aug 2018
SMU00047 Financial Times UK smart energy meter roll-out hit by rising costs and delays. Fears grow that £11bn scheme will fair to meet 2020 deadline. Pub 13 may 018 Added 10 Aug 2018
SMU00046 The Daily Telegraph Stop the smart meter roll-out: a million more substandard meters will be put into our homes- and its us who will pay. Pub 14 July 2018 Added 10 Aug 2018
SMU00045 theenergyst.com SSE installs millionth smart meter as government bats away rollout criticism. SSE has installed 1 million smart meters, which means it has rolled out some 275,000 since the start of the year. The firm reported it had installed 725,000 as of 31 December 2017. Pub 8 Aug 2018 Added 9 Aug 2018
SMU00044 Yorkshire Post letters: Smart Meters are no use when switching energy supplier. From a letter: …A few years ago when our gas and electricity was supplied by British Gas, they persuaded us to let them fit smart meters for both supplies, telling us we would never have to send meter readings again. Since then I have switched suppliers several times to Npower, First Utility, Green Network Energy and others in order to get the best deal (as you are advised to do). Each time I have told the new supplier that I have smart meters and each time I have been told that they are unable to use them as they are incompatible with their (own) system…. Pub 4 Aug 2018 Added 5 Aug 2018
SMU00043 Stopsmartmeters.org.uk Leaflets please circulate. Pub 3 Aug 2018 Added 3 Aug 2018
SMU00042 Gov.uk Guidance – Smart meters: radio waves and health. You will read “Assessments made in other countries that use smart meters have found exposures that are low in relation to internationally agreed guidelines”
The problem is that the 20 year old guidelines exclude any consideration of biological effect and based purely on the rise in temperature of a human organism. Also, the ‘safety standards’ for biology are set hundreds and in some cases thousands of times higher than recent research has indicated as a risk. Ed. updated 28 June 2017. Added 2 Aug 2018
SMU00041 British Families at risk from smart meters, campaigners tell MP’s Smart energy meters offered to every British home could be as dangerous as a “bullet from a rifle” because of the radiation they emit, campaigners have told MPs. Mike Mitcham, a campaigner, said there is evidence that it could be 140 to 800 times more powerful than mobile phones. He said the exposure to radiation from smart meters is “very short in the same way a a bullet from a rifle your exposure to that is very short lived for that tiny fraction of a time that it enters the body”. Pub 24 April 2013 Added 2 Aug 2018
SMU00040 Telegraph.co.uk Energy supplier ignoring £30 ‘fix’ for ‘dumb’ smart meter problem. Smart meters that “go dumb” when customers switch to a cheaper deal can be fixed with a £30 device, as experts claim energy companies are “conveniently ignoring” the solution. The decision by Britain’s biggest gas and electric providers not to deploy the device means up to a million smart meters, equivalent to one in 10, that could be fixed overnight are being left. Pub 1 Aug 2018 Added 2 Aug 2018
SMU00039 Daily Express – Energy Bill warning: Smart meters will RAISE prices during peak times. SMART meters will be used to increase energy prices during peak periods, the boss of one of Britain’s biggest providers (Scottish Power) has admitted. Pub 31 July 2018 Added 1 Aug 2018
SMU00038 The Sun (UK) ENERGY GIANTS – Smart meters will lead to ‘surge pricing’ with energy firms changing cost of electricity every 30 mins. Experts warn that new “time of use” tariffs would mean that smart meter customers could end up getting ripped off.Tara Evans. Pub 31 July 2018 Added 1 Aug 2018
SMU00037 The Daily Telegraph – Opinion – Smart meters are yet another stupid British mess. What’s wrong with this country? Pub 31 July 2018 Added 1 Aug 2018
SMU00036 Mail online – Smart meters will lead to ‘surge pricing’, admits Scottish Power amid plans for costs changing every half an hour.Controversial plans could significantly change how households consume energy Could lead to soaring costs for watching TV and charging electronic devices. Pub. 31 July 2018 Added 31 July 2018
SMU00035 Telegraph.co.uk Smart meters will let companies change cost of electricity every 30 minutes under ‘surge pricing’ Pub 30 July 2018 Added 31 July 2018
SMU00034 Daily Telegraph UK – Letters: The smart meter men are coming, never mind whether the customer ants one installed. Pub 31 July 2018 Added 31 July 2018
SMU00033 Mail online – Smart meters will lead to ‘surge pricing’, admits Scottish Power amid plans for costs changing every half an hour.Controversial plans could significantly change how households consume energy Could lead to soaring costs for watching TV and charging electronic devices. Pub. 31 July 2018 Added 31 July 2018
SMU00032 Telegraph.co.uk Smart meters will let companies change cost of electricity every 30 minutes under ‘surge pricing’ Pub 30 July 2018 Added 31 July 2018
SMU00031 Daily Telegraph UK – Letters: The smart meter men are coming, never mind whether the customer ants one installed. Pub 31 July 2018 Added 31 July 2018
SMU00030 This is Money – Want to switch to a cheap energy tariff? Here’s why you might HAVE to get a smart meter first. Some of the cheapest tariffs are only available to those with a smart meter. Pub 30 July 2018 Added 30 July 2018.
SMU00029 Daily Telegraph UK news – Smart Meters stop people getting a better energy deal, survey finds because they fear the device would stop working or go ‘dumb’. Pub 28 July 2018 Added 29 July 2018
SMU00028 the Sun UK – HOSTAGE IN YOUR HOME How energy giants could use smart meters to cut off your power supply unless you pay your bill UPFRONT If you have a new digital meter, suppliers will be able to switch it to a pre-payment setting without entering your property. Pub 28 July 2018 Added 29 July 2018
SMU00027 Smartmetersmurder.com – a pretty good summary with loads of links. Warning – it has links to Stop the Crime.net which has a defect in its pagination making reading difficult. Added 29 July 2018
SMU00026 Mail on Line – Energy giants could use new smart meters to cut power to homes and force customers to pay their bill before turning it back on… as former energy minister reveals he got rid of his own meter. Pub 28 July 2018 Added 28 July 2018
SMU00025 The Times of UK Smart meter pioneer admits he has got rid of his own meter as a ‘barely looked at it. Pub 28 July 2018 Added 28 July 2018
SMU00024 Telegraph.co.uk – More than one million smart meters currently in dumb mode. As many as one in 10 smart energy meters in Britain is operating in dumb mode, meaning they do not send meter readings to suppliers or display usage in pounds and pence, according to a panel of MPs. Smart meters come with an in-home display which tells consumers how much the energy they use is costing them. But more than half of those who switch energy supplier to save money on their bills currently experience their meter “going dumb”, Pub 27 July 2018 Added 28 July 2018
SMU00023 Davide Icke – Evidence is undeniable – Smart Meters cause massive changes to the heart. – so what effect will the far more powerful 5G have?? VIDEO and text. Pub 26 July 2018 Added 26 July 2018
SMU00022 Thisismoney.co.uk Three quarters of consumers are worried a smart meter will push up their energy bills, allow firms to spy on them or put them at risk of fraud
* 30% of consumers say they’ve been pressured into having a smart meter
* Many say they’ve been given no choice, or told meters are a legal requirement
* 78% are worried a meter will push up their bills or allow firms to spy on them
* Energy firms have a target of 2020 by which they need to approach consumers
Pub 25 July 2018 Added 26 July 2018
SMU00021 Smart \meter roll-out in question as only a fraction of households sign up – Daily Telegraph.The Government’s smart meter roll-out is in peril as energy customers are so far failing to sign up. A Telegraph investigation reveals for the first time that less than half of households have accepted one, with take-up rates as low as one in five. 29 Aug 2017 Added 23 July 2018
SMU00019 smartme.co.uk ‘The full story on UK Smart Meters’ Trying to take an even handed view but missing some key arguments such as the effect of microwaves on the biology of people nearby. At least they are trying. Added 23 July 2018
SMU00018 Daily Telegraph UK Government’s smart meter roll out will lead to gas and electric surge pricing. Smart Meters will allow energy firms to introduce “surge pricing” to charge households for gas and electric at peak times, a former senior Ofgem manager has.warned. Pub 28 June 2018. Added 23 July 2018
SMU00017 #1 The Great Smart Meter Swindle by JoeMcGooch.
They are NOT compulsory.
We in the UK pay the bill of £11 bn. The corporations make the profit.
NB the links are not shown in full but the connection is there behind the scenes.
1. Not compulsory and Not Free:
2. Pointless. Inaccurate:
4. They cost you money and bills increase!
5. Negative health effects:
Effect on blood cells:
Cost, Disconnect and more :
10. why energy firms want them:
SMU00016 UK Guardian Smart meters to save UK households only £11 a year, report finds. Report by MPs and peers says predicted benefits of scheme ‘likely to be slashed further’ Pub 21 July 2018 Added 21 July 2018
SMU00015 Spectator Health – How a Smart Meter could save your life. They admit to data mining. A ludicrous article. Pub 18 July 2018. Added 18 July 2018
SMU00014 UK Daily Mail sell out. I am ashamed to read their version of Smart Meters. Ed. Pub 17 July 2018 Added 18 July 2018
SMU00013 Stopsmartmeters.org.uk A reminder – Your rights in relation to Smart Meters. It comes as no surprise that a number of big energy firms are starting to really push hard on the Smart Meter ‘gas’ pedal. Advertising campaigns online and offline, integrated social media/direct mail campaigns, etc. are all trying to sell us on the spurious and totally unsubstantiated ‘benefits’ of placing our utility supplies on the web. Added 17 July 2018
SMU00012 POOWWWW! I just love this presentation by the UK Family Law Reform/smartmeters. See entries on Smart Meters and 5G. Centrally justified text does not normally work for me but here it is as a work of art all in one long page. Ed Added 14 July 2018.
SMU00011 Thisismoney.co.uk Power giants are tricking and bullying us into getting smart meters. Pub 27 Sept 2017 Added 14 July 2018
SMU00010 The UK Sunday Times have published complaints by the public about the pressure to change to a smart meter. And they call this a Smart Meter.... A stupid way to organise a smart meter revolution. Alas the paper asks people to subscribe before they can read all the article so unless you are a subscriber, look elsewhere. Pub. 21 January 2018 Added 8 July 2018
SMU00009 Which.co.uk Do I have to accept a smart meter You have the right to refuse. Added 8 July 2018
SMU00008 Theguardian.com Smart Meters: customers say they can’t get firms to install them. Each month energy suppliers are putting 400,000 smart meters into UK homes. But 1m are needed to hit the 2020 target.
Pub 26 Mar 2018 Added 19 Aug 2018
SMU00007 The UK Telegraph/Money/Consumer affairs Six reasons to say no to a smart meter. The great smart meter revolution has faltered and households can choose, once again, to opt out and keep hold of their old-fashioned utility meters which require manual reading. Pub 2 August 2017 Added 8 July 018.
SMU00006 Ofgem.gov.uk studiously avoid saying you can refuse a meter but enquiries to individual suppliers will confirm that you have right of refusal. Added 8 July 2018
SMU00005 Big Brother Watch (RT) No privacy with Smart Meters ] Big Brother Watch 4:40. Pub 28 Feb 2013. Added 4 July 2018
SMU0004 Utilityweek co.uk Smart Meter rollout approaching a cliff edge. The government must take action to address the slow progress of the smart meter rollout, several current and former MPs have argued. Pub. 25th June 2018 Added 25th June 2018.
SMU00003 BBC Watchdog: Smart Meters? Reaction of viewer: Stupid Idea. The companies turn a household into a data mining operation to be sold to corporations. Nothing to do with saying the consumer money or health concerns. Pub 28 June 2017 Added 25 June 2018.
SMU00002 Free’ Gas and Electricity Smart Meters Not Actually Free | Good Morning Britain. 2:31 Pub 17 May 2017. Added 25 June 2018.
SMU00001 Smart Meter, You Don’t Want One– Electrical Engineers View. In UK it is optional whatever the company tell you. Top insider from UK commentates. Pub. 27 Nov 2017 Added 25 June 2018