Re: political will
Smart meters do more than that.
They allow different billing rates at different times.
- So a miscreant can raise (or lower) your bill, by moving those times around. Perhaps make the Economy period from 1:00am to 1:05am?
Many allow customers to be remotely disconnected.
- Cutting a significant proportion of a single substation's load instantaneously could easily destroy the remaining customers' equipment due to overvoltage, and may even damage the substation. This has occasionally happened when a JCB has an accident, covered by the excavation insurance. Who pays for your new TV if it's killed by smart meter hacking?
- Imagine what would happen if 10% of a region's demand were suddenly cut off without warning? What if it was more than that?
Given that all potential miscreants will be provided with their very own example of the equipment to play with...