Re: Consumer benefits?
So who benefits ? I can think of at least the following ...Electricity companies can lay off meter readers.
Smart meters have much shorter asset lives than the traditional induction meters, for the most part energy suppliers don't have the capital to play with so we have to lease the blasted things from rapacious investment banks, and we have had to make loads of system changes to get them to work (and that's before the joys of half hourly settlement and time of use tariffs).
By all means, choose to hate energy suppliers, but don't blame us for smart meters, and don't conclude that we're making money on the deal. Smartmeters are all part of the climate change agenda, brought to you by successive governments and the climate change "research" industry (which incidentally isn't powerpoint wielding consultants, but selectively funded scientists).