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'Smart meters' evidence check

The Science and Technology Committee invited views on the strength of the evidence in relation to smart meters.

The forum is now closed and the Committee is considering next steps.

586 Responses to Send a comment to the 'Evidence check' web forum

J. Berg says:
January 30, 2016 at 07:54 PM
Smart meters are a poor investment.
First off, they make a percentage of the population ill from overexposure (e.g. in high density areas).
Secondly, they catch fire.
Thirdly, they violate building codes regarding allowable levels of EMF in buildings. See Curtis Bennett's website for more information on the technical aspects. This violation alone is reason for insurance companies to refuse to pay for damages caused by smart meters. Lloyd's of London already includes a clause that states they will not insure against damages from smart meters (to property or people). This alone should be cause for the smart meters to be stopped.
And lastly, they are like all digital technology: the technology becomes obsolete in a few years and it must be continually updated. Oh, and they can be hacked. Ever heard of rolling blackouts caused by unstable electrical grids? Talk about chaos and millions of dollars in economic damages?

These are all real problems that have been shown to happen in smart meter rollout experiences. Don't believe the marketing. Get out before the money wasted is too great.
jon burke says:
January 30, 2016 at 04:52 PM
i am totally against smart meters for the following reasons

*the radiation they emit
*long term health implications
*being spied on
*data protection
*loss of jobs(meter reader man/woman)
*they won't make anything more efficent

i will not allow anyone to fit one in my property, if necessary i will install a diesel generator and be independant of any supplier.
Stephen Thomas says:
January 30, 2016 at 03:31 PM
Simple really, the fact that these have been banned in numerous countries should be enough for you to realise that something is very wrong.
Lucy bassett says:
January 30, 2016 at 02:40 PM
I do not want smart meters or any extra type of WiFi in the house.
Hadi says:
January 30, 2016 at 01:49 PM
Despite claims from power companies that radiation emitted by smart meters is safe, this radiation has been making many people sick.
Henry gillespie says:
January 30, 2016 at 07:44 AM
There is clear scientific evidence of harm to human health. This is sheer madness!!!
Paul Vonharnish says:
January 30, 2016 at 02:33 AM
Human rights, or machine rights? Utilities companies now employ ghouls who make a living off the suffering and death of others. Your world has become a disgusting and morbid pile of industrial machinery.
Huw Jones says:
January 30, 2016 at 01:08 AM
To whom it may concern. I would like to make aware that I will be objecting and withdrawing my consent for any so called smart technology to be placed within my property. I have already sent my legal notice of Non-Consent for ‘Smart’ Meter Installation and Notice of Liability to all of my energy providers.

Smart’ Meters cause endangerment to residents through many factors and my reasons for denying consent for
installation include (these are just a few of many):

Wireless ‘Smart’ Meters, when activated, emit intense, pulsed bursts of non-ionising, RF microwave radiation. More than 5,000 studies have shown that non-ionising microwave radiation/RF EMF is harmful to humans, animals and plants.

On 31st May 2011, the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) categorised RF EMFs as a possible CARCINOGEN (Class the same as lead, DDT, chloroform & methylmercury

The ICNIRP safety standards which the UK Government and HPA continue to use fail to recognise the non-thermal,biological effects of microwave radiation. These standards were voted obsolete by the European Parliament, 522 to votes – yet still remain in use in the UK!!??

European surveys have shown at least 1 in 20 people are moderately or severely sensitive to RF EMF radiation,experiencing a broad range of debilitating symptoms.

Please note* I have been informing family, friends and neighbours to just some of the potential health risks and infringements of privacy, if they do decide to install smart meters. Many of them have not been made aware of any of these health/privacy issues.

It is the responsibility of the government to at least make people aware of any/all potential health risks so the individual can then make an informed decision on whether to consent and to install smart meter within their property.

I hope this clarifies my standing on this matter.

Mr Jones
Elaine Bennett says:
January 30, 2016 at 12:23 AM
Simply and plainly...A RIGHT TO CHOOSE/A RIGHT TO SAY NO!
J Burns says:
January 30, 2016 at 12:01 AM
Comment on changes which should be put in place immediately as a minimum to the current SMICOP regulations:-
In advance of any action by… [the energy company], …or its representatives the Company must ensure, and be able to prove, without use of coercion or pressure to effect a specific outcome, that:-
1. Installation must be adhered to as for the Government guidelines for ‘smart’ meter installation (OFGEM Smart Metering Installation Code of Practice [SMICOP] Regulations, April 2013), excepting Item 2 below.
2.Pursuant to Item 1 above, under Item 3.3.6.(15) of the SMICOP] Regulations, April 2013, if the Customer chooses to have the ‘smart’ meter and wants to have it installed in a different location from the existing analogue meter, they will not incur cost for the work on the basis that it is being sited elsewhere in a place which carries less potential risk to the building users.
3.Under Item 3.3.17 of the SMICOP] Regulations, April 2013, the customer must be made aware of any additional sources of help and information, ….. from independent and impartial sources (NB: Only the literal meaning of this phrase shall be inferred, not limited solely to Government controlled, or linked sources of help and information).
4.It is essential to ensure under Item 3.9.7 17 of the SMICOP] Regulations, April 2013, that details of the goods or services offered are accurately presented and the benefits are not over stated, including any possible constraints on interoperability.
5.Owner/occupants have been advised that they may retain their existing analogue utility meter and reject the fitting of a ‘smart’ meter. Alternatively, tenants may request a wired ‘smart’ meter, which has had the wireless capability completely disabled / turned off such that it will not emit radio frequency signals whilst operating.
6.Owner/occupants have been advised not only of the potential advantages of ‘smart’ meters, but of the widely broadcast potential risks of having this type of device installed in, on, or near their homes.
7.If a ‘smart’ meter is accepted for installation by the tenant, it shall not be installed inside the house, or close to (NB: define “close”) habitable rooms, and particularly in regard to bedrooms (NB: Children’s bedrooms are the most vulnerable locations).
8.If installed, a ‘smart’ meter can be rejected at any time and for any reason by the Owner/occupant in favour of an analogue meter. It will then be removed forthwith by the Company at no charge, or other penalty to the detriment of the Owner/occupant, to include a less favourable tariff.
9.Owner/occupants’ personal data will never be given to third parties, or otherwise sold for financial, or other commercial gain, or used in a manner of which the tenant has not been made aware in advance and agreed to in writing.

From the Science and Technology Committee pdf:
"smart meters will bring an end to estimated billing, consumers will only be billed for the energy they actually use, helping them to better manage their budget. Suppliers will have access to accurate data for billing, removing the need to manually read meters"

Smart meters do not mean an end to estimated bills. You will be charged an average of your annual use. This, and the 'in-home' display will not empower customers to save money, as Lord Bourne contends.

Smart meter customers' health complaints, include sleep problems, headaches, nausea, anxiety, heart palpitations, tinnitus and ear pain, concentration and memory problems, dizziness, immune, nervous and hormonal system impacts.

The most vulnerable groups include people with EMF sensitivities, medical implants, compromised immune systems, children, pregnant women, the elderly and the environment!
Comparative levels of EMR:
Switzerland’s safe limit: 1 microwatt/m2
USA & Canada: 10.6 10M microwatts/m2
Power density/signal strength:
0.2billionths of 1 microwatt/cm2: minimum required to operate a cell phone.
0.05 microwatt/cm2 children aged 8 to 17 had headaches, irritation, concentration difficulties and behavioural problems.
1.0 microwatt/cm2: (laptop and Wi-Fi strength):
sperm and DNA fragmentation and decrease in sperm viability in vitro;
bodily effects of:- headaches, dizziness, irritability, fatigue, weakness, insomnia and disturbed sleep patterns, chest pain, difficulty breathing, indigestion.
2.5 microwatts/cm2: altered calcium metabolism in heart muscle cells.
4.0 microwatts/cm2: brain changes in the hippocampus affecting memory and learning abilities.
6.0 microwatts/cm2: DNA damage in cells.
7.93 microwatts+/cm: A single smart meter.