BT signs first smart meter deal
Everywhere by 2020
BT has joined the gathering feeding frenzy around smart metering of utilities with its first ever deal to provide the necessary internet connectivity, to a minimum of 10,000 meters.
The firm's BT Redcare division, which operates a network for security devices including alarms and CCTV, has signed a deal to connect up smart meters for IMServ, an energy management firm.
The government has said all 26 million UK households should have smart meters by 2020. The target means a potential bonanza for ISPs and savings and control for energy firms. The benefits to consumers given the proposed details of the scheme are less clear.
BT Redcare's suitably-named CEO Roger Vigilance said: "Our success was due to BT Redcare's private network capability, coupled with the operational flexibility to deliver effectively for the customer."
IMServ is mostly concerned with smart metering for large corporates such as Tesco, but for BT the deal could herald the opening of a large new market. ®
benefits for consumers will be
Dearer electricity, gas and water so that they will not be able to afford as much, so will use less and save the planet, or something like that
Oh and the reassurance that consumers will never again have (be allowed) to query a bill as they will just turn your power/gas/water off instantly till you pay up.
Then there will be loads of different tariffs depending on the colour on of the moon and availability of rocking horse shit, purely designed to make it impossible to compare charges, so that's another worry off the consumers shoulders.
Of course the main benefit will be that some bloke in Nigeria will be able to tweek it so that all your gas/electric/water is free
So, is it still possible for any 14 year old oik to power down my house, or have they gained a clue in the last few months ?
I only ask, because otherwise their may be some difficulty pinning me down for a date to gain access to my meter to 'upgrade' it...
"compensate for their failure to invest in viable generating infrastructure."
Er, I don't know if you noticed, but UK Government abrogated their responsibility for energy supply infrastructure some considerable time ago, in the Thatcher era (and Saint Tony carried it on just as She would have hoped).
Obviously unleashed and unregulated market forces driven by the need for short term profit are the best way of guaranteeing medium term energy security, right?
No, not right, but never mind, nice big bonuses for the directors will keep the lights on won't they.
Flames, 'cos in ten years or so that's what'll be keeping our houses warm in the UK.
Thanks, Margaret. I wonder how many Watt-hours she'd burn for.