UK-Only 1% worried about installing a smart meter

UTILITY WEEK

   

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Only 1 per cent of consumers are worried about installing a smart meter, according to exclusive research conducted by Utility Week in association with Harris Interactive. This compares to 3 per cent who were worried when asked in November 2017, and 5 per cent in April 2017.

Interestingly, a static 74 per cent said they were interested in the idea of getting a smart meter, which is the same figure as was recorded in November 2017 – this is up from 62 per cent who were interested according to the survey this time last year.

This is despite suppliers reportedly being pushed into bully boy tactics by low appetite for smart meters. Money Mail’s Stop The Smart Meter Bullying campaign said “suppliers are becoming desperate to persuade more people to sign up”.

Suppliers have been told by the government to “take all reasonable steps” to try to install smart meters in all the UK’s 50 million homes and businesses by the end of 2020. If they fail to do enough, they face fines of up to £7 billion.

The Harris research found 8 per cent were not interested in getting a smart meter, which was down from ten per cent last November, and slightly down from 9 per cent this time last year.

https://utilityweek.co.uk/1-worried-installing-smart-meter/

NEW MEXICO-New smart water meters have Roswell residents questioning high bills

New Mexico

New smart water meters have Roswell residents questioning high bills

By: Allison Martinez 

Updated: May 02, 2018 05:29 PM MDT

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – The city of Roswell has started replacing its water meters with smart meters, but some residents believe the changes have led to some dumb mistakes with their bills.

One woman says the bill at her vacant home ended up being more expensive than the bill at the house she lives in with her family, and she says the city is ignoring her concerns.

“They wouldn’t tell me why it was like that at all. All they were saying is that the readings are accurate,” said Annie Montoya of Roswell.

Montoya has owned property off North Garden Street in Roswell for a few years now.

“We are here once a week using our water and that is just to water our grass and our plants,” she said. “I have some rosebushes and a willow out front that we’d like to keep watered.”

Montoya and her family recently moved to a new house, leaving the property vacant, so when her bill last month showed incredibly high water usage, she had a lot of questions.

“How did (the water usage) jump from 170 to 617,360 with us not even being here to use the water?” she said

The city claims the water usage in her vacant home increased by more than 600,000 gallons. What’s also confusing – her bill only went up by about $10.

“I am asking for a decent explanation other than the readings are accurate, that doesn’t tell me anything,” she said.

Going to the water department day after day, she couldn’t get any answers. The city says it’s in the process of installing more than 19,000 smart meters at homes and businesses around town.

The city claims the smart meters will offer more accurate customer billing and help people catch water leaks.

Still, Montoya questions, “Why the big difference in numbers? Nobody can tell me that.”

The city says it won’t comment on an individual case. They did admit to having troubles with sending out bills and with some of the smart meters, but they insist they have fixed the issues.

The city would not say how many people with the smart meters have complained about their bills. The project should be complete in September.

 http://www.krqe.com/news/new-mexico/new-smart-water-meters-have-roswell-residents-questioning-bills/1156122278

Millions of Ladybird Beetles Dying in Record Numbers as they swarm a cell base station

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    Ladybird beetles swarm on radio tower in South Australia

    ABC News

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OKLAHOMA-Hundreds of Claremore residents are petitioning for an audit because of high utility bills.

CLAREMORE, Oklahoma –Hundreds of Claremore residents are petitioning for an audit because of high utility bills.

The residents say they have been getting high electric bills for years and it’s forcing them to make difficult decisions.

Now, they are hoping to take their concerns to Oklahoma City, but first they have to get enough signatures.

Shelly Taylor has been collecting signatures for her petition for weeks now.

She says she wants to state to audit the city of Claremore over what she says are unreasonably high electric bills since the city installed smart meters in 2014.

12/23/2013 Related Story:  Claremore To Upgrade Utility Meters To Smart Meters

“Electric bills in Claremore have always been high, but in the past several years they have gotten much higher,” said Taylor.

And Taylor is not alone.  Hundreds of people, like Charity Dennis and John Dawson, have already signed the petition and say the high bills have forced them to make some difficult decisions over the years.

“We always had a $500 electric bill or more.  So, I had to make a decision – do I pay electric bills or do I make a house payment?” stated Dennis.  “We lost the house.”

“I don’t know if the city is taking advantage, but that is why I am signing this.  Let’s find out what is going on,” said Dawson.

Jonah Humes, Claremore’s Assistant to the City Manager, says the city has worked with residents to lower bills by offering to help residents understand why their bill is so high.

He says some people haven’t accepted the help.

“Our books are open.  You know, we have nothing to hide,” declared Humes.  “There is no fraud.  We do an annual audit as a city already.”

8/4/2015 Related Story:  Claremore Residents Shocked Over High Utility Bills

Humes says the average utility bill in Claremore is about $150.  He also says some of the information in the petition is inaccurate.

He says the petition mentions a 9.3 percent sales tax revenue the city is receiving when, in reality, the city gets to keep 3 percent of the sales tax revenue it collects.  According to Humes, the other 6 percent is given to the state and county.

“This comes with public services.  We are under a microscope, we are in a glass house, and we expect the public to keep us on our toes and that is not a bad thing necessarily,” stated Humes.

Regardless, many residents still want answers.

“I have friends that moved out to the country and, you know, out of the city, and their bills are a quarter of what I have got,” said Dawson.

“If I’m wrong, I’m willing to say, ‘Okay, I apologize,’ but I would rather see it checked than not checked,” said Dennis.

Taylor says she still needs about 300 more signatures.  She is planning to take the petition to Oklahoma City on Thursday.

http://www.newson6.com/story/38088089/claremore-residents-frustrated-by-high-electric-bills-petition-for-audit

MONTREAL-CLASS ACTION SUIT CONCERNING Between May 8 – 10 (possibly May 11), there will be at the Montreal Court House the Superior Court class action cumulative EMF effects

Between May 8 – 10 (possibly May 11), there will be at the Montreal Court House
the Superior Court class action

Between May 8 – 10 (possibly May 11), there will be at the Montreal Court House
the Superior Court class action cumulative EMF effects lawsuit’s trial
 
Mahons and Durand vs. Attorney General Canada, Attorney General Quebec and Hydro Quebec et als.
concerning the cumulative effects of EMF.
 
Case # 500-06-000760-153
It is worthwhile for those interested to attend this crucial event!
Kindly make this know far and wide so that those who are concerned about the effects and the many public affairs issues associated with cumulative exposure to electromagnetic fields might be briefed about the issue, in depth.
 
 
Mahons and Durand vs. Attorney General Canada, Attorney General Quebec and Hydro Quebec et als.
concerning the cumulative effects of EMF.
 
Case # 500-06-000760-153
It is worthwhile for those interested to attend this crucial event!
Kindly make this know far and wide so that those who are concerned about the effects and the many public affairs issues associated with cumulative exposure to electromagnetic fields might be briefed about the issue, in depth.