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More bad press for UK's smart meters

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I recently came across this article on smart meters on a British finance website. The article paints a pretty damning picture of the way smart meters have been incentivized on the isles. Most notably, the author points out that another website’s review showed that non-smart meter households had their choice of 186 tariff plans while smart meter users had just 37. On average, smart meter tariff plans are just 18 pounds cheaper than their dumb meter counterparts. 

The UK, for those who don’t know, has been pursuing an aggressive smart meter rollout for some years now. Originally, the entire nation was supposed to be on smart meters by 2020, but that goal has been pushed back. There have been a number of hiccups during the effort that have slowed progress. Perhaps most notoriously, a few million smart meters have lost their smart abilities over the years after their owners switched services. 

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As bad as the optics are in the UK, I still think their priorities are correct. There are always growing pains with new technological advances that seem important at the moment but vanish from most people’s memories once they’re reaping the real potential of the technology. I don’t expect smart meters to be any different.

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