I meant to blog on this earlier, but the consumer resistance to smart meters that has arisen in the
Late last month, the state’s Energy Minister, in response to concerns that low income groups would be hit hard by higher electricity prices, announced an indefinite moratorium on the rollout. Critics had argued that by facilitating “time of use” pricing, smart meter installation would disproportionately affect the unemployed and the elderly (people who spend a lot of time in their homes). Moreover, some Australian critics have argued that smart meters let local power company shift the cost of overcompensating for peak demand to their less informed and less affluent users. See here and here.
These concerns go considerably beyond the issues raised in
Given the necessarily intrusive nature of a smart meter at someone’s home, consumer resistance, as reflected in the