by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions
I have previously written a number of articles demonstrating how smart meters are not economically justifiable for broad-based deployments and that the vast majority of consumers will suffer a financial “net loss” with smart meters.  In particular, we have seen how families are punished by ‘Smart’ Meters and Time-of-Use (TOU) rates. 
A recent reminder of these facts came in the form of a November 2016 radio program from Australia, “Electric Shocks.”  At one point in the radio program Lew Owens, the CEO for a privately owned electricity distributor called ETSA, stated the following:
The words ‘smart meter’ sounds fantastic. I mean, it’s smart, it must be good.
But what it actually is saying that we will force people to reduce their consumption by making the price so great that they have a response and turn it off.
Well, that’s fine. But just understand the social implications of that. It is saying that pensioners, people at home in the daytime, will be forced to reduce their energy consumption for air conditioning so that we get a demand reduction.
And if that’s what society wants, well fine. But the people who are at home who we are trying to get to reduce their air conditioning consumption, because peak demand occurs on a weekday between 4 o’clock in the afternoon and 7 o’clock at night… so, it’s people at home. They are the pensioners, the sick, parents looking after children at home, that’s who we’re targeting when we’re saying ‘Put the price up so people will consume less.’
Lew Owens made an important point by stating, “And if that’s what society wants, well fine.” … So, … is that what we want?
Early last year I wrote an extensive article on how smart meters are being deployed without transparency or necessary public debate.  Unfortunately, that is still the case.
 “Vast Majority of Consumers Suffer Financial ‘Net Loss’ with Smart Meters,” SkyVision Solutions Blog Article, February 2016, at https://smartgridawareness.org/2016/02/16/consumers-suffer-financial-loss-with-smart-meters/
 “Families Punished by Smart Meters and TOU Rates, Recent Study Confirms, SkyVision Solutions Blog Article,” January 2016, at https://smartgridawareness.org/2016/01/31/families-punished-by-smart-meters-and-tou-rates/
 ABC Radio National, “Electric Shocks,” November 5, 2006.
 “Smart Meters Being Deployed without Transparency or Necessary Public Debate,” SkyVision Solutions Blog Article, January 2016, at https://smartgridawareness.org/2016/01/26/smart-meters-deployed-without-transparency-or-public-debate/