In order to increase their own profits by firing meter readers and sometimes also so they can sell their customers private data, utility companies are greenwashing smart meters to justify forcing them on homeowners.
Smart meters do not appear likely to create any significant reductions in energy usage. A British analysis concluded that “smart meters will not give the UK a major environmental boost” and that “In other parts of the world the largest gains in energy reduction have not come from smart meter roll-outs, but from targeted measures that reduce peak consumption.” Smart meters do nothing about the fact that reducing their customers’ energy usage runs contrary to utility companies’ financial incentives:
Ross Anderson, professor in security engineering at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory … [warns] “There is no prospect it [smart meters] will meet its energy saving goals as the meters will be controlled by the retailers whose interest is to maximise sales volumes. … The project was sold on the basis of a thoroughly dishonest impact assessment …. It’s a classic IT disaster in the making.”
Smart meters also appear to be a public health disaster in the making. Wireless smart meters emit a kind of radiation that studies suggest may contribute to causing autism, cancer, insomnia, infertility, and ADHD among other things. And because environmental health assaults—especially on pregnant women—may cause generations worth of health harm, the health injustices that utility companies may be causing could potentially have human rights undermining ramifications that last for generations.
Considering that many utility companies appear to be using smart meters as a means to cut jobs, it is particularly twisted that in the U.S., smart meters are being funded—in part—by funds intended to stimulate job growth!
quotation source: “Smart power consumers becoming ‘worst nightmare’ for electricity firms,” Sydney Morning Herald
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