Smart Meters

Smart meters to save power customers £64 each across Wales, report say s - 19 April 2013
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-22205299
But surely if that is a £64 overpayment you get it back either as a lu mp sum refund or by a £64 reduction in your payments for the next year. There is *no* £64 overall saving. All you may have lost is the interes t on £64 but at current *savings*, ie not current account, rates that is about a quid. More fecking spin...
It also mentions the privacy issues that half hourly or even daily readings raise.
Warning over smart meters privacy risk - 12 June 2012 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-18407340
The default should be readings only required for billing purposes. As a
country we have been happy with quarterly readings for a long time... If people wish to opt in to a higher frequency of reading then that is fine but only as an opt in. With half hour intervals it would be very clear when the property is actively occupied.
The bills need to have the reading frequency on them as well, so when yo u take over a property you know what you have and can get it changed if required. I bet there is still a possibilty for the meter to do one thin g and the billing system to think another though.
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Smart metering, as currently proposed, is entirely for the benefit of the suppliers, not you.
With an effective industry regulator, it could have been the other way around.
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On 19/04/13 14:19, Andrew Gabriel wrote:

Its a desperate measure by the EU to make renewable energy appear to work, by removing anyone from the grid they dont like, when the sun goes behind a cloud or the wind stops blowing.
Naturally a fully paid up Party Membership Card will be the best insurance.

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Why don't you read the meter every month and submit the readings online. I do that for our village hall.
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On 19/04/2013 14:19, Andrew Gabriel wrote:

Agreed, however 'smart' the meter is it is not on your side.
Couldn't a really smart meter be on the customers' side and be empowered to negotiate on behalf of the customer the best tariff on an hour by hour basis. No obscure 'confusion marketing' deals, just give me your price for the next hour/day/week? (with a regulated obligation to supply).
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On 19/04/13 16:23, Chris K wrote:

I smell the 'raspberry pi meter' in the offing...
Its a lovely thought..

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Yes indeed. Also things like: "I need to run my washing machine sometime in the next 48 hours. Who's going to give me the best price, and at what time?"
So you might try and buy something like your base load (at 500W, say) for a low fixed price, and then you can choose to buy a peak load (like a morning shower) from someone else who is more competitive (and more able) to handle that sort of short burst, but probably at a higher price.
Instead, all it's likely to bring you is the ability of the supplier to remotely cut off your supply, or more likely a hacker who gets in to the supply's computers doing it, possibly as part of switching off millions of the supplier's customers. I would like to see the disconnect rights passed over to an independant process that requires court action first, so the suppliers can get their hands on that switch.
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On Fri, 19 Apr 2013 23:23:44 +0000 (UTC), snipped-for-privacy@cucumber.demon.co.uk (Andrew Gabriel) wrote:

Sounds to me like it will create loads of extra work for the customer so they can save a few pence a week. IOW not worth it.

Knowing how poor security is often implemented it probably wouldn't take a hacker to cut your power off, just a kid with a mobile phone.
All disconnections should need a physical visit and it absolutely should not be able to be done remotely.
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On Mon, 22 Apr 2013 11:12:44 +0100, Mark wrote:

And a bit of URL hacking :(
http://energysupplier.co.uk/control/secure/shutdown.aspx? action=sh&code=whatever&customerID345678
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On Mon, 22 Apr 2013 11:12:44 +0100, Mark wrote:

Just an afterthought ... once people learn how to hack the meters to underread, energy companies might lose their enthusiasm for them. Especially as it's quite possible that a hack could be completely undetectable - unlike the old fashioned way with magnets (if I remember my lecturer in electrical engineering).
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wrote:

You could, not sure how you worked it out.
Brewing up improved ice cream in the lab is by far the absolute pinnacle of her career. After that it was all downhill. If it had been an animal it would have been double bagged and chucked in a canal at birth.
Stalin and Pol Pol were IMHO more acceptable leaders of their countries and did less long term damage than that, from the grave, the Bitch Thatcher, continues to inflict on this country .
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On Apr 23, 12:03 pm, The Other Mike

of her

uld have

nd did

inues

I take it you were a Trotski miner?
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wrote:

You might assume that but you'd be very wrong. The nearest I came to Trotsky is owning a copy of No More Heroes by The Stranglers.
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On Tue, 23 Apr 2013 12:03:03 +0100, The Other Mike

Improved from the manufacturers point of view, not the customer who ended up paying for more air.
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I really don't think so - otherwise it would be.
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The real evil bastards were Harold Wilson and Calaghan who destroyed the economy as socialists always do.
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On 24/04/2013 07:26, Mike Barnes wrote:

No-one else achieved anything that they can be remembered by. (go on - what did Blair do? really? Or Wilson? Or Churchill, excepting the war?)
Whether you think what she achieved was good or bad is the only matter for debate.
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On 24/04/2013 09:48 Andy Champ wrote:

Illegal war?
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On Wednesday 24 April 2013 09:48 Andy Champ wrote in uk.d-i-y:

Wars.
Privacy invasion.
Nanny state.

Got me there...

You cannot really except the war - it was rather the only thing going on.

Agree.
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