Electricity and smart meters

 

Sir, – We are told that the provision of “smart electricity meters” will, among other things, make it easier for consumers to switch their energy provider. It is easy to see where this will lead. Just as in the telecoms industry, different energy providers will offer “schemes” that are so differently structured as to be impossible to compare, and the consumer, once again, will be baffled and gulled. – Yours, etc,

TERRY MOYLAN,

Dublin 12.

Sir, – In this increasingly Big Brother environment, I am pretty sure I don’t want a smart meter until I am convinced they are safe, and from what I have seen on a variety of BBC programmes, they are not safe. I don’t know when I last saw someone from Electric Ireland visiting to read my meter. As a not very treasured customer, I know what I will tell them to do with their smart meters. – Yours, etc,

MARY GLENNON,

Naas, Co Kildare.

Sir, – Would swapping all our under-used water meters for smart electricity meters be a shocking idea? – Yours, etc,

BRIAN FLANAGAN,

Blackrock,

Co Dublin.

Sir, – Somebody, somewhere, is going to make an absolute fortune out of this project. Who is it and can I buy shares in their company? – Yours, etc,

DAVID JOHNSTON,

Gorey,

Co Wexford.