by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions
This article provides specific information to counter claims made by smart meter proponents that smart meters provide consumers with financial benefits, i.e., saving energy and reducing their utility bill. In addition, this article presents information to help disentangle how policy makers conflate the topics of grid modernization, smart meter deployments, and sound environmental policy.
Inflated or False Claims on How Smart Meters Help Consumers Save Money
As an attempt to convince consumers that smart meters are “good” for them, they are fed propaganda-like messages regarding “consumer empowerment” by smart meter proponents. In short, and as stated by the Attorney General for the state of Illinois:
We certainly do not need to spend billions and billions of dollars on smart meters for the consumer to know that if you start shutting off switches or changing the thermostat setting that you can save energy. The whole concept is actually quite absurd. For those consumers who do want more detailed usage information, there are a number of products available online or at your home improvement store that can provide the same or better information than with a smart meter.
To help counter some of the claims, ridiculous as they may be as to how smart meters are somehow needed to help consumers save money, I have already written a number of articles highlighting studies and auditor-general reports that reveal that smart meters offer no net benefits to consumers. Among the past articles supporting this assertion are the following:
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