Re: So the benefits are...
2. The supply company (and any random person who is able to hack into the smart meter network) can infer details of your lifestyle, possibly including which TV programs you watch..
What, you mean like this?
And I quote
'..The utility company collected the information from Smart meters which come with a smart energy monitor, which gives households a better understanding of their energy use by showing them exactly what energy they are using on entertainment devices.'