The story runs deeper than just what your bills says but the wish to control your power, monitor your use and ultimately disconnect you remotely without due diligence. This is about Smart Metering. Click the link for more information. Smart Meters are NOT MANDATORY, whatever the power company lead you to believe. What is behind Smart Meters? Potentially a billion pound industry well seeded with politicians and academics with seats on energy and climate committees. It is about YOUR cash going into their back pockets. As a wind farm developer once said to me “Every time I see a blade turn I think ‘kerching’, money in the bank”. Yes, your bank, my money! Modern energy is about one thing. Making money for directors and shareholders. And before you get too radical, those shareholders may well be YOU! If you have a private or company pension, the odds are that some of that will be in energy companies. That is the corruption of the industry. We are all involved one way or another! And that is why they have got away with so much for so long! Time to say STOP? And we can start with wind farms and smart meters.
- by JOSIE CLARKE in The Scotsman published 9th June 2014
Some 51 per cent of 10,000 adults said they did not trust any energy supplier, with this rising to 57 per cent of those living in fuel poverty or with a disability, the poll for the government- created Smart Meter Central Delivery Body (SMCDB) found.
More than a third were concerned that their energy bills are not accurate, and 41 per cent worried that they pay for more energy than they consume.
A tenth did not know how much they pay for energy and more than a third said they do not understand their energy bill.
The survey revealed that more than two-fifths of consumers did not believe they have the information they need to choose the right energy tariff, while almost as many were not confident they had enough information to select the right supplier.
Almost half of those polled said they were interested in having a smart meter installed in their homes.
SMCDB chief executive Sacha Deshmukh said: “Our research shows that more than half of the population feel they cannot trust any energy supplier.
“In an era when we are able to compare, record and track our household spending more easily than ever before, two in five of us have no idea whether we’re paying too much for our energy.
“Antiquated systems for recording energy use and managing billing are no longer fit for purpose.
“Households need to be able to take control of their energy use and bills. For this to happen, the national smart meter roll-out is the essential transformation of the technology we use to buy energy. It will create newly empowered consumers, and increase trust in those who sell us gas and electricity, and our research bears this out.
“Today, still over a year ahead of the start of the mass roll-out of smart meters, almost half of consumers told us that they are interested in having a smart meter installed in their homes. That is why it is so important that government is driving forward the programme to install smart meters across Great Britain and has brought together all the electricity and gas suppliers and networks to deliver this critical upgrade to the energy infrastructure in all of our homes.”
More than 10,033 British adults were surveyed for the poll between 31 March and 13 April.
Independent energy firms Good Energy and Ecotricity topped the 2014 Which? energy company customer satisfaction survey. They emerged jointly victorious with 82 per cent.
Despite dominating the market, the “big six” energy suppliers – British Gas, EDF Energy, Eon, Npower, SSE and Scottish Power – all ended up in the bottom of the results table.
Out of the big six energy suppliers, Eon saw the highest customer score of 45 per cent, while Npower came last with just 31 per cent.
Npower received the worst customer score overall. It scored just one star in three areas, including value for money, how it deals with complaints and how it helps customers save energy.