Smart meters are a ‘costly mistake’ that’ll add BILLIONS to bills – UK Institute of Directors

A report from the Institute of Directors (IoD) warns that the government’s rollout of smart meters “should be ‘halted, altered or scrapped’ to avoid a potentially catastrophic government IT disaster.”

The report, entitled “Not too clever: will Smart Meters be the next Government IT disaster?” describes the £11bn scheme as “unwanted by consumers, over-engineered and mind-blowingly expensive.”

The Major Projects Authority has carried out three assessments into the smart meter programme; however, the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has refused to publish them, citing commercial sensitivity.

Dan Lewis, report co-author and Senior Infrastructure Advisor at the IoD, describes a “political consensus” regarding the rollout as “a conspiracy of silence among politicians in thrall to big ideas and even bigger budgets.”

“This is not an age when we have to take the government in trust on numbers. This is not where we should be at in the twenty first century,” Lewis told The Register.

Earlier this month, the Energy and Climate Change Committee stated the program was running the risk of being “a costly failure,” and was likely to cost most consumers more than it could save them.

The IoD also raised concerns that the the largest government IT project in history may quickly become obsolete, and could even expose consumers to cyber threats.

Alongside providing a vector for criminal data access, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) reported in 2012 how the rollout entailed “considerable risks to the protection of personal data,” from the smart meter providers without adequate consumer protections in place.

“It enables massive collection of personal data from European households and may lead to tracking what members of a household do within the privacy of their own homes.” stated Peter Hustinx, the EDPS.

The IoD report recommends that an incoming government should consider the following changes:

Stop the smart gas meter deployment – only a handful of EU nations are planning to deploy gas smart meters by 2020. This would save billions of pounds.

Remove the requirement for an “in home” display – expected to cost £800m in total, the displays will be out of date in a few years. Far better to connect smart meters to people’s phones, tablets and PCs.

Abandon attempts to stretch the rollout to tower blocks – the most technically challenging aspect of the project with the lowest potential returns. This would remove seven million homes from the scheme.

Make the programme genuinely voluntary – offered to customers at their own expense, not subsidised by all.

Abandon the whole programme and develop a smart phone app instead.

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10 Responses to Smart meters are a ‘costly mistake’ that’ll add BILLIONS to bills – UK Institute of Directors

  1. Dietmar Shipholds says:

    The people of Victoria must ALL disconnect from the grid en masse. That will demonstrate to these *@$T@RD$ how “collusion” is done good and properly.

  2. Rik says:

    Pity they didn’t do this before Victoria forced the Stupid meters onto everyone here. They are the worst things ever and they cost a lot more than we save. We DONT save anything with smart meters. The only people that profit from this is the power companies and the government as they must’ve gotten paid to force them onto us

  3. thomas bice says:

    the stupid uk government will go the same way as our own fools here, REFUSE to have one.

  4. Boopsy says:

    Thank-you so much for this article.

    If only the backwards politicians here would read and follow this directive themselves. I am glad to see that it was only a matter of time until this whole matter was shown for the expensive, invasive farce that it is (that all of you at SSMA already knew).

    • Cedar says:

      I don’t think the politicians are backward so much as evil. They want money and they are prepared to pretend to disbelieve the research that tells them these meters are dangerous. They don’t mind selling their own people down the river as long as there’s a buck in it; and there are a lot of bucks in this case. The more money the more corruption.

  5. Paul R says:

    I know that they are not technically ‘metering’ devices but I thought that they should rename them to Digital Utility Meters or “DUM”, for short. This acronym is more suited to the concept of these ‘meters’.

  6. Paul says:

    Wow, the British government’s estimated cost is 11b pounds. In our currency that’s about 20,000 million dollars! Put into perspective, at a spending rate of one million dollars per week, it would take 400 years to spend that amount of money. Compare that to the negligible cost of maintaining their existing (reliable and safe) analogue meter infrastructure. Just thought I’d mention this as an indication of how governments worldwide are experts at wasting money, yet they will chase someone to the ends of the Earth in order to ensure that a $5 fine is paid.

    The Institute of Directors are not fools but the British government in all its collective wisdom (?) will, like our state government, choose to ignore their report. The big question is what’s in it for any government? The only possible answers are CONTROL and FINANCIAL GAIN.

    Governments generally seem to think that people are fools, particularly our ‘Danny Boy’ and his predecessors.

    • John M says:

      “Governments generally seem to think that people are fools, particularly our ‘Danny Boy’ and his predecessors.”

      It’s the whole mentality and belief based on Darwins evolution theories, eugenics etc. While it’s true a good proportion of the public do indeed choose to remain ignorant and foolish in denying what they have or trying expand their own intellect.

      If you look at what is done to the majority of the masses with vaccines, fluoride and various other chemicals and contaminants in food and water. Lead in just about everything in the past. Brain washing and indoctrination through media, lousy education to limit intellect and knowledge, and now the various radiation emitting devices that do so much biological and neurological harm etc.

      The class system where those with an increasingly higher IQ feel it it their right to rule and make decisions for the rest of humanity is largely an artificial construct with inflated ego and arrogance constantly at play to deny, suppress and to oppress. The worship of Mammon leaves an underclass of victims which is truly the vast distinction between the super rich and mega poor, and not intellect.

      It is inconceivable to those who have climbed the ladder to ‘success’ that there would be the antithetical who have the intellect but chose not to pursue many career paths to limit doing harm to others in the pursuit of gathering wealth and power.

      The true fool is one that underestimates those socially and financially beneath them based on erroneous assumptions and arrogance.

      • Cedar says:

        I agree with a lot of what you say, however, I don’t think the class system has anything to do with having a higher IQ. Let’s face it, the experts who have come out with information on the dangers of these meters (and other things you’ve mentioned) are ignored or vilified by the pollies and industry, whose only aim is to make money. We do not value high IQ in Australia (or probably anywhere else,) as someone looking smarter than we are makes us feel inadequate. We all have talents of one sort or another and everyone should be valued for them.

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