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ERROR! Smart Energy Meters Leave Hundreds Of Thousands Of Households In Billing Limbo
05-16-2015, 11:49 PM
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Lightbulb ERROR! Smart Energy Meters Leave Hundreds Of Thousands Of Households In Billing Limbo
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May 16, 2015

Americans should start to wonder about their smart meters and if there's another conspiracy about them being exposed by Europeans.

Hundreds of thousands of households are still trapped in ‘billing limbo’ – unable to pay promptly for energy usage because of errant computer systems introduced by suppliers.

Many of the billing problems stem from the installation of ‘smart meters’ that have been heralded by both the Government and the European Union as improving how energy is delivered to people’s homes and the monitoring of usage.

These meters will be rolled out more widely across homes from next year. Sending automatic readings to suppliers, they should bring to an end people overpaying for energy because of inflated estimated bills. But a number of people have already contacted The Mail on Sunday to say they have been left exasperated by the poor service they have received post installation of a smart meter.

They claim that these new meters are not an elixir to inaccurate billing woes. Jeffrey Simmons, an 80-year-old retired cab driver, who lives with wife Cynthia, 78, had a smart meter installed at his two bedroom bungalow in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.

But it has continually failed to send automatic readings to his supplier Ovo Energy. The problem first came to light over Easter last year and a visit was set up by specialist meter firm Lowri Beck to fix the fault.

But Jeffrey was told...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/bills/a...limbo.html

Hundreds of U.S. smart meters simultaneously explode Left over 5,800 customers in the dark


The utilities lied when they said “smart” or “AMI” meters would make the electricity grid “resilient” and “self-healing .”

Nothing could be further from the truth, and this latest episode is more proof of the failure of “smart” metering programs everywhere. Hundreds of “smart” meters simultaneously exploded in Stockton, California, when a truck ran into a utility pole.

http://www.realistnews.net/Thread-hundre...art+Meters

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05-21-2015, 08:47 PM
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“Smart” Meters Halted by Regulators in Indiana
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This is what it's like to have real utility regulation. Duke Energy wanted to raise rates in Indiana in order to install $1.9 billion worth of “smart” meters and related paraphernalia. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission denied Duke Energy saying:

In the absence of any sufficient evidence to support Duke’s cost estimates, even for the first-year projects in the T&D Plan, we cannot find that the estimated costs are the best estimate of the costs of the eligible improvements as required by Ind. Code § 8-1-39-10.
http://www.activistpost.com/2015/05/smar...rs-in.html

Corporate corruption? - Duke Energy Devouring North Carolina: Who's Really Governing the State?

Feb. 2014 - N.C.Duke Energy Governor Corruption Cover-up 2nd LEAKING Pipe At Coal Ash Dump INTO RIVER

March 2013 - Duke Energy & Koch Brothers Kill Clean Energy in North Carolina
As anticipated, former Duke Energy engineer and North Carolina Representative Mike Hager has introduced a version of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s “Electricity Freedom Act” into the state’s General Assembly.

House Bill 298 would fully repeal North Carolina’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS)–a state law requiring utilities to generate more electricity from clean sources over time. The existing RPS law is credited for contributing to the rapid growth of the clean energy sector in North Carolina.

By introducing a bill to fully repeal North Carolina’s RPS law, Rep. Hager is backtracking on his own promise not to eliminate current renewable energy targets for NC’s dominant utility, Duke Energy. From the Charlotte Business Journal last December:
http://www.nationofchange.org/duke-energ...1363444259

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