Need to get an incomer replaced. Now call me cynical, but I expect the elec co will say your meter's obsolete and must be replaced, and we only have smart meters now. A smart meter is definitely not wanted. What's the legal position?
Are the cutout and meter the same company's responsibility? #
My smartmeter was at least badged by the company I paid the bills to,
who were the same as the DNO at one time, but I don't think they were at
On Fri, 20 Jul 2018 03:16:42 -0700 (PDT), firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Shouldn't be a issue,
The incomer and main cutout are the DNO's responsibilty. Which stops
at the output terminals of the cutout and the DNO supplied MET. The
DNO don't care after that (provided the installation is "safe").
The meter and tails back to the main cutout etc is the responsibilty
of who ever you pay for electricity, they don't care about the
incomer of main cut out.
On 20/07/2018 11:16, email@example.com wrote:
I was contacted a few weeks ago and informed that my meter certification
was running out and that they'd need to replace it. The email included
buttons for selecting an appointment, but did have a phone number for if
you didn't want a smartmeter. They are now due tomorrow to recertify the
existing meter instead.
As they are willing to do this, I presume that they are not allowed to
force smartmeters on you even where the meter would normally be replaced.
It did seem rather odd to me, but that is what I was clearly told.
This evening however, I have had a text from the guy who is due tomorrow
and that mentioned replacement. I queried it with him and yes, he is
replacing both electricity and gas meters (gas wasn't mentioned before)
and he confirms that they are non-smart ones.
I think that formally the certification is (usually) extended for a
_model_ of meter, rather than individual ones, based on how they've
performed in practice and testing of a sample. And it's routine to
extend them since new designs can only be certified for (from memory) a
maximum of 10 years. I've certainly known them to just come round and
label a meter for an extended life - possibly after checking visually
that it's not damaged, but with no testing involved.
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A related Q. I'm proposing to split a house into two flats which means
splitting the utilities and having extra meters fitted.
Can the suppliers insist that the new meters are smart?
I'd rather dumb metering that leave tenants free to choose their
suppliers rather than an implied lock-in to the supplier who fitted the
On Saturday, 21 July 2018 12:06:14 UTC+1, Bob Minchin wrote:
You're not locked in at all. Change & the thing is dumb again. Having a dum
b meter is the same after a supplier change. The real concern imho with sma
rt meters is they don't always display totalled energy use, making it impos
sible to question or correct dubious bills.
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