A powerfully written short piece that shows the terrible situation in the UK regarding so called 'smart meters'. As the author says, there isn't too much smart about the ones being installed. Fortunatley the role out is so far behind it cold be stopped and some truly useful changes made to both the system, and then to instal proper smart meters. I doubt though that OFGEM or government will listen.
We desperately need green NGOs and campaigners to campaign for time-of-day-electricity charging. Then we will get real smart meters, not the sham ones that are being installed now. The so-called smart meters, being rolled out in a house near you, are mainly a bit of meaningless hype which won’t do the very thing that popular mythology thinks they will do — which is to ensure that electricity prices are geared so that they fit in with when electricity is being generated. As the green energy revolution gathers pace, and the number of electric cars increases, we ought to be making the system really smarter. This involves incentivizing consumers to charge their electric cars and perform other functions (wash clothes, etc.) at times when there is a surplus of generating capacity rather than when there is a shortage.