On Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:07:10 +0000, Tim Lamb wrote:
That's within the range of "close". B-)
An auto-recloser is a box up a pole withe the three phases looping
through it. An air switch is an open frame work with the three phases
passing through it (or not if it's left normally open...) this has a
bar running down the pole to a locked lever handle to open/close it.
The crews complain of poor mobile signals as they have to get
clearance from the DNOs control rrom before they start flicking
switches on/off. Only the control room has a complete picture of
which switches are open or closed or which sections have faults or
which sections are under maintenance.
Auto-recloser then. Family history has it that one of father's cows got
its head jammed in the pylon (welded gantry and air switch) next to what
used to be a substation and caused some interesting pyrotechnics. A
protective fence was hurriedly erected.
But what about the yearly "safety checks" that the meter readers perform?
BG were fond of sending letters with red print stating that they could
get a court order to obtain access to your property if you didn't make
an appointment to let the meter reader in to perform the "SAFETY CHECK".
These letters were routinely sent out if the meter hadn't been read for
18 months irrespective of providing multiple self reads. However, most
meter readers were in it for an easy life and this meter read could be a
self meter read if you filled in the numbers on a card and left it
outside for them to collect.
That is BS.
Electric meters don't have batteries to run flat and smart gas meters
wouldn't shut the gas off because of safety concerns.
You probably heard it from a paranoid I don't want a smart meter person.
Then we'll all be on "green" tariffs.
I have also heard on good authority ("Big" Clive Mitchell) that in the
future, domestic smartmeters can be switched to a mode that will take
account of, and penalise you for, presenting a load with a poor power
Its not *done* to commercial users, they get rates depending on factors
like; power factor, peak power, etc.
The savings can be enough to get big sites to actively cut some power
when demand is getting high.
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