Fla. Homeowner Seeks Cert. For Smart Meter Damage Claims

Fla. Homeowner Seeks Cert. For Smart Meter Damage Claims

Law360, Miami (March 13, 2017, 10:59 PM EDT) — A Florida homeowner is seeking class certification for more than 3.5 million Florida Power & Light Co. customers whose analog energy meters were allegedly poorly replaced with new smart meters by contractor Honeywell International Inc. at the utility’s direction, resulting in risks of property damage.

Counsel for plaintiff Karen Santiago describe the proposed class action as “an exemplary model for class certification” in her motion, filed Friday in federal court in Miami, although another federal judge rejected class certification in a 2014 case stemming from the…

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Smart meters in the Netherlands found to over-inflate electricity readings by 600%

Smart meters in the Netherlands found to over-inflate electricity readings by 600%

Tests on nine smart meter brands over six months revealed that some meters repeatedly misreported readings.

Smart meters tested in Dutch laboratory experiments
Dutch scientists have found that smart meters are so inaccurate that they inflate electricity readings by up to 600%University of Twente

Dutch scientists have discovered that smart meters can in fact produce vastly inaccurate electricity meter readings that differ from traditional electromechanical meter readings by up to 600%.

Researchers from the University of Twente Enschede and the University of Applied Sciences Amsterdam in the Netherlands tested nine leading brands of smart meters commonly installed in Dutch homes over a period of six months in a laboratory.

Smart meters might diddle users

Smart meters might diddle users

Dutch boffins have tested ‘smart’ electrical meters and discovered that lots of them are giving out  false readings that in some cases can be 582 percent higher than actual energy consumption.

A study involved several tests conducted on nine different brands of “smart” meters, also referred to in the industry as “static energy meters”.

Researchers also used one electromechanical meter for reference… Experiments went on for six months, with individual tests lasting at least one week, and sometimes several weeks. Test results varied wildly, with some meters reporting errors way above their disclosed range, going from -32to +582 percent.

Researchers blamed all the issues on the design of some smart meters, and, ironically, electrical devices with energy-saving features. The latter devices, researchers say, introduced a large amount of noise in electrical current waveforms, which disrupt the smart meter sensors tasked with recording power consumption…

The researchers estimate that “potentially inaccurate meters” have been installed in the meter cabinets of at least 750,000 Dutch households and worldwide the figure is in the millions.

Some governments, especially in the EU, have pushed for smart meters to replace classic electro-mechanical (rotating disk) meters. We guess this is because they are helping their chums in the energy industry pad out their bottom lines.



Smart Meters Scheduled For Vote This Week

Smart Meters Scheduled For Vote This Week

Utilities shouldn’t be able to penalize customers for keeping old versions of their meters.  That’s the intent of legislation in Lansing up for committee vote this week.

If you don’t use a new smart meter, Consumers Energy currently requires you to pay an additional fee for maintenance of the old analogue meters.  But some lawmakers say that’s not fair.  Republican Representative Gary Glenn says it’s partly a privacy issue.

“I don’t think it’s any of my business, I don’t think it’s any of the government’s business why somebody doesn’t want certain technology installed in their home.”

Consumers Energy currently charges customers an initial fee of about $70 if a smart meter hasn’t been installed and a monthly fee of about $10 to keep their old meter.  It says the penalty is necessary, otherwise the cost of maintaining the old meters will get passed on to all other customers.

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