Put ‘troubled’ smart meters programme on hold, urges Institute of Directors

Put ‘troubled’ smart meters programme on hold, urges Institute of Directors

The Institute of Directors has called for the next government to put the smart meters programme on hold to avoid “mushrooming” costs.

“The programme has already failed to deliver interoperable meters for switching, is behind schedule, is over-budget and wedded to out of date technology. Not only that, the legal obligation on suppliers to install potentially incompatible meters by the deadline of December 2020 or else pay large fines is already pushing up inflationary costs in wages and advertising,” states the latest instalment of its Business Manifesto, Future-proofing Energy.

As those spiralling costs will be added to business and household bills, “an urgent pause, and thorough review, needs to be undertaken”, suggests the IoD, that should revise both EU-derived legislation and the 2020 rollout timetable.

“We do see a need for smarter meters, but much cheaper solutions that can offer automated meter reading and faster switching need to be included. Top-down rigidity is not the answer,” it states.

The IoD’s wishlist also includes policy to deliver better value renewables support via more competitive auctions rather than fixed term subsidies, better value new nuclear procurement, and for government to push harder on unlocking shale gas resources.

The IoD also urged policymakers to resist “crude” interventions such as energy price caps and instead task Ofgem with creating a standard regulated default tariff based on a transparent breakdown of wholesale price plus each supplier’s network, billing, customer service and other costs.

That approach is advocated by economists such as Dieter Helm. Currently, no supplier offers such a transparent tariff, although Engie, which is entering the domestic market, says it plans to do so.

See the full document here.

http://theenergyst.com/put-troubled-smart-meters-programme-on-hold-urges-institute-of-directors/

Study shows big smart meter investment yielded ‘very small’ electricity savings

Study shows big smart meter investment yielded ‘very small’ electricity savings

Date:
May 31, 2017
Source:
University of Waterloo
Summary:
Canadian researchers compared data for nine months before and nine months after time-of-use rates were introduced in November 2011 by an unidentified distribution company with more than 20,000 household customers in Ontario. Using advanced statistical tools to factor out the impact of weather differences, their analysis showed residential demand for electricity dropped just 2.6 percent during on-peak periods and 2.4 percent during mid-peak periods following the change.

Smart meters and time-of-use electricity pricing have only modestly reduced residential energy demand during the most expensive peak periods, a new study suggests.

Researchers at the University of Waterloo compared data for nine months before and nine months after time-of-use rates were introduced in November 2011 by an unidentified distribution company with more than 20,000 household customers in southwestern Ontario.

Using advanced statistical tools to factor out the impact of weather differences, their analysis showed residential demand for electricity dropped just 2.6 per cent during on-peak periods and 2.4 per cent during mid-peak periods following the change.

“There is a gain, but the gain is very small,” said Lukasz Golab, a management sciences professor and Canada Research Chair at Waterloo.

Smart meters to enable time-of-use pricing were installed by hydro utilities across Ontario at a cost of about $1 billion. A key goal was shifting demand away from peak periods to reduce maximum capacity requirements and save money on infrastructure.

The study did not attempt to assess if the cost of the switch to time-of-use pricing has been justified by modest changes in the behaviour of residential customers.

“Is it enough?” asked Catherine Rosenberg, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and also a Canada Research Chair at Waterloo. “Of that I’m not sure. We don’t have the data to decide if these kinds of savings warrant the use of smart meters.”

The findings also suggest that time parameters used to set rates may not be aligned properly with actual usage, at least for residential customers. The summer on-peak period on weekdays in Ontario is noon to 5 p.m., but demand actually hit its highest point at 6 p.m. in the utility used for the study.

The research, which also involved former master’s student Reid Miller, was recently published in the journal Energy Policy.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170531084437.htm

Part II — EKG Proof That “Smart” Meters Affect the Human Heart

Part II — EKG Proof That “Smart” Meters Affect the Human Heart
Information & Perspective by Warren Woodward
Sedona, Arizona ~ May 31, 2017

Some people weren’t satisfied that my last video was proof enough that “smart” meters affect the human heart. They want to see me get tortured repeatedly, and they want to see others get tortured.

According to one skeptic, I may have had a condition that just happened to coincide with the “smart” meter transmission. How did he know my secret? I must confess I do have a condition. It’s called being healthy, and what the video showed is what happens when a healthy heart gets zapped by a “smart” meter.

Part II of EKG Proof That “Smart” Meters Affect the Human Heart shows that the results of the first video are repeatable. There’s another victim in the video too, so it should be obvious to all that “smart” meters affect everyone. If it’s not obvious to you then hook yourself up to an EKG and hang out near a “smart” meter; I’ve done it enough.

Some people were also concerned that the “smart” meter may have interfered with the EKG device itself and not the human heart. So we have a segment showing what happens when the “smart” meter transmits with the EKG running but with no human hooked up to it. Spoiler alert: nothing happens!

Can we get “smart” meters removed now, or do I have to show someone getting a heart attack?

Watch EKG Proof That “Smart” Meters Affect the Human Heart, Part II here: https://youtu.be/UIobFr3m8kk