2020 target for smart meter rollout 'will not be met' - MSE News

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  • wymondham
    wymondham Posts: 6,354 Forumite
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    I have been watching this all with interest. I can't honestly see what the benefit is, both to the consumer or the supplier? I can however see that your energy usage in real time would be a gold mine to thieves... see instantly who's in and who's out!
  • System
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    wymondham wrote: »
    I have been watching this all with interest. I can't honestly see what the benefit is, both to the consumer or the supplier? I can however see that your energy usage in real time would be a gold mine to thieves... see instantly who's in and who's out!

    If a common thief can hack a smart meter, then we are all doomed. The bigger risk is that a mass cyber attack in a given distribution area has the potential to do long term infrastructure damage to a large section of the Grid. A smart Grid, of which smart meters have a role, could result in significant cost savings which should result in less than we might have paid bills in the future. For example, faults on the Grid will be detected earlier without the need for a failure or prolonged investigation; for example, high voltage situations.

    Ps Criminals do not need to hack into a meter to know whether you are at home or not. A walk by a couple of times will tell them all they need to know.
  • Uxb
    Uxb Posts: 1,340 Forumite
    wymondham wrote: »
    I have been watching this all with interest. I can't honestly see what the benefit is, both to the consumer or the supplier? I can however see that your energy usage in real time would be a gold mine to thieves... see instantly who's in and who's out!

    Long term it is variable pricing and possibly even in the longer term the ability to remotely switch off things like fridges for short periods where it would not matter remotely to smooth out demands
    Currently the UK's energy is sized for the short period peak load demands.
    It seems that the UK population do not really like building new power stations either from a cost basis or when they are near to them.
    So the introduction of variable pricing to try and persuade people to use less energy at the time they are all now doing so (the peak time) and spread it wider across the day instead.
    Having generating capacity either idle on on spinning reserve ready and waiting for the one short period during the day when it it needed is not an efficient or economic way to run anything.
  • Former_E.ON_Company_Representative:_Malc
    Former_E.ON_Company_Representative:_Malc Posts: 6,558 Organisation Representative
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    Houbara wrote: »
    As a meter reader I have read Eco 7 smart meters. They were always only Secure Liberty smart meters. We have to press button 6 to get the reading for the day/night kwhs use.Very odd why only these meters appear capable of being set up to record Eco 7.
    Secure Liberty meters are used by the smaller suppliers and Eon


    We're now also using Landis & Gyr Economy 7 smart meters Houbara. They have a blue (SMETS1) or green (SMETS2) button to take them out of sleep mode and display a reading. For two rate meters, a second and total reading can be taken by pressing the blue or green button a second and third time.

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