According to various news outlets today, Lord Truscott, one of the “Peers for Laws” had boasted that he had initiated amendments to legislation forcing the installation of smart meters. This may be a good thing I hear you say. But basically it is a wheeze to allow the electricity companies to sack their meter readers and force us to pay for the expensive meters so they don’t have to read them.
This has stymied a much cheaper and quicker to implement plan to put cheap-and-cheerful real time clip on monitors which can be simply connected by current clips installed by the householder and which give as good an indication to the user of what he is using when as a smart meter. The reason the utilities favour this approach is because they have sacked so many meter readers and people who understand billing, and who know where all the meters are, that they cannot read the meters or actually calculate correct bills.
For more incompetence this time from WPD, once part of SWEB see Gossage.