Electricity consumers told to get smart meters as stocks of old analogue devices start to run out

Electricity consumers told to get smart meters as stocks of old analogue devices start to run out

Some manufacturers have stopped producing analogue meters, according to energy companies, which means supply will soon dry up

Electricity consumers told to get smart meters as stocks of old analogue devices start to run out

Customers in the UK are being told by energy firms to install smart meters because stocks of traditional analogue devices are now running out. While customers can refuse installation of a smart meter,…



Dominion’s smart meters are coming. If you want to opt out, it could cost you.

Dominion’s smart meters are coming. If you want to opt out, it could cost you.

Dominion plans these updated electricity meters across the state

Dominion Energy wants to soup up the electric meters it uses to bill its customers — but if customers want to opt out, it could cost them extra.

The electric monopoly wants to update some 2.1 million meters across the state as part of its multi-billion-dollar grid modernization plan, saying the improved “smart” devices will allow customers to better manage their power use — and electric bills.

While the company expects to spend $394 million installing the new meters, customers who don’t want them would have to pay a price of their own — an initial fee of $84.53 and a running monthly surcharge of $29.20, on top of their regular electricity bill, Dominion said in a filing with the State Corporation Commission.

The new meters would give a half-hourly readout of electricity use, instead of the once-a-month tally meters now provide.

Nathan Frost, the company’s director of new technology and energy conservation, said that more detailed information will help customers manage their use of electricity in ways that could save money. More frequent readings would also allow Dominion to more quickly pinpoint glitches on its grid.

And the improved meters will also save the company money.

Dominion currently collects electric use information by sending out a fleet of trucks that can receive radio signals from its meters on monthly rounds. In some cases, it still needs to send humans to walk up to a meter once an month and read it that way.

The upgraded system will feed its half-hourly data into a new wireless network, Frost said.

That means Dominion no longer needs to send those meter-reading trucks or actual meter readers out — and it is the cost of that, Dominion says, that it would recover through the new opt-out charges.

The company calculated it would take combined one hour, 45 minutes of three employees’ time to deal with the paperwork and inventory management issues when a customer opts out, which is what the initial charge would cover. The monthly charge would be the estimated half hour of a meter reader’s time to take a monthly reading, according to its SCC filing.

As Dominion installs the meter upgrade, it will also launch a new system for customers to check on their power use, Frost said.

With this could eventually come new ways of charging for power — with, for instance, lower rates for power used in the middle of the night, when overall demand is low and higher rates at peak times.

Knowing half-hourly power use could also help customers save if the utility moves toward seasonal pricing to take account of the wintertime peaks in the morning and evening, when chilly customers wake up and when they return home from work.

The utility is also looking at ways customers could use the new power use information system to program when and how they receive electricity, Frost said.

Dominion plans to install the upgrades in Newport News, Hampton, the Historic Triangle and Norfolk beginning next year. It should finish up all but about 3,000 customers’ meters by the end of 2021, and complete the rest in 2022. It will begin the changeover in Virginia Beach and Suffolk in 2021, and in Chesapeake in 2022.

Attorney General Mark Herring’s office is reviewing the company’s 1,000-plus-page grid modernization plan, which includes more renewable energy facilities and upgrades to equipment on its network of wires as well as the smart meters, and will comment on the proposed opt out charge when that review is farther along, spokesman Michael Kelly said.

Danish legal opinion concludes 5G contravenes human and environmental laws

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Danish legal opinion concludes 5G contravenes human and environmental laws

Excerpt: Posted on November 4, 2019 by Stop Smart Meters Australia Attorney-at-law Christian Jensen, of Bonnor Lawyers in Denmark, examined potential health damages and risks of 5G in relation to human rights and environmental conventions.The legal opinion is centred around results that have positively documented actual damages or risks to humans, animals and plants.  Jensen points out that this research is “inherently of much greater significance than examinations which have been incapable of identifying a damage or risk thereof, since the latter group does not in itself exclude the possibility that there exist real damage or risks”.He explains that “If it has on one occasion defensibly been scientifically proven that there is a damaging effect or risk of damage, then the fact that ten other defensible trials did not show such an effect or risk is irrelevant.  It is then merely up to the scientific community to clarify why the ten defensible trials did not show what is scientifically proven, in order to better understand why and how the damages occur or could occur”.In his final remarks, on page 64 of the 75-page document, Jensen states that:“It is the conclusion of this legal opinion that establishing and activating a 5G-network, as it is currently described,  would  be  in  contravention  of  current  human  and  environmental  laws enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, EU regulations, and the Bern- and Bonn-conventions….SNIP
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