In the Netherlands they're also forcing these so-called "smart meters" through your front door. They pose a lot of problems. First is the remote monitoring: If someone gets access to that system they just have to look for houses that suddenly use less energy to know who is on holiday (good candidates to break in!). The functionality cannot be turned off. Well you can tell them to "turn it off", which means they'll set a flag somewhere in their system telling them not to remotely read your meter.
A friend of mine did this, then put an aluminum cage around his meter. Two weeks later he got a call from the network company saying they couldn't read his meter.