Energy and Climate Change CommitteeWritten evidence submitted by Mrs Thompson (SMR31)

Are the Government’s cost and timescale predictions for roll-out realistic and will it deliver value for money?

1. There is nothing wrong with the present metres, and so because the country is in financial hardship, this is a total waste of tax payer’s money. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” The money would be far better spent on essential things like new hospitals or more doctors and nurses. The present meters work, they are not broken!

What are the potential benefits of smart meters for consumers, and what barriers need to be overcome in order for consumers to realise them?

2. Being subjected to microwave radiation is not a benefit. I spend my life avoiding it because of the horrendous symptoms that it produces. I DO NOT WANT ANY SMART/WI-FI TECHNOLOGY ANYWHERE NEAR MY HOME. It is my human right to live in my home without interference from any outside source, including microwave radiation. Also, I cannot see any benefits of someone else knowing when I’m using particular equipment in my own home—it is a total intrusion of privacy.

Is there a possibility that suppliers will gain considerably more than consumers from smart meters? Is enough being done to ensure that any financial benefits accruing to suppliers will be passed on to consumers?

3. I have read about people’s bills being doubled after the installation of smart meters. I would not use any less energy as a result of any different meter being used to read my consumption. This is a total myth.

What lessons can be learned from successful smart meter implementation and usage elsewhere in the world?

4. Smart meters have not been successfully implemented in other countries. Bills have increased, and customers have been bombarded with microwave radiation from these meters all day and all night. The only lesson to be learned is that they are dangerous to health.

Will smart meters empower customers to take greater control of their energy consumption?

5. MOST CERTAINLY NOT. Do you think that by having a different type of meter, people are going to inconvenience themselves by becoming cold, not cooking so much, reading in the dark etc? It is a total myth to think that they will.

Will consumers on pre-pay meters obtain the same benefits from smart meters as other consumers?

Should vulnerable customers and the fuel-poor be first in line for smart meters so they can get the benefits sooner?

7. Vulnerable customers should definitely NOT have smart meters installed as the microwave radiation that they produce is likely to make them even more ill. Such microwaves can weaken the immune system, can lead to horrendous headaches, nausea, dizziness, palpitations, tinnitus, vision disturbance and chest pain. This is first hand experience of the horrors of smart technology. Do the technology companies deny that these biological symptoms are caused by microwaves?

What is the best way of involving third-party trusted messengers, such as charities, consumer groups, community organisations, local authorities and housing associations in roll-out?

8. These groups should have been involved in the consultation process but in my area none of these has consulted with me. I feel as though the general public is being hoodwinked, with none of the adverse health issues above being mentioned. EVERY PERSON SHOULD HAVE THE CHOICE based on ALL the facts being made available.

What are the potential obstacles to rolling out smart meters in the UK and how should these be addressed? What pitfalls have hindered roll-out programmes elsewhere and are we doing all we can to avoid them?

9. THE HEALTH ISSUES of pulsed microwave radiation and those who claim to be adversely affected by them should be a huge obstacle. These people should be allowed to keep their present meters. People should have the choice. Also, the financial cost of this roll-out should not be paid for by the public purse.

Are levels of public awareness of and support for smart meter roll-out increasing?

10. No. More and more people are becoming aware of the horrendous symptoms associated with pulsed microwave technology. They are beginning to turn off their phones and wi-fi routers at night, but these smart meters would be pulsating 24/7. Many people are losing their jobs because their bodies cannot tolerate wi-fi at work. In my opinion, the cost of Health Care will increase as a result of widespread roll out of smart meters. People in other countries have reported widely that health has suffered as a result of constant microwave bombardment from smart meters.

Is enough being done to increase consumer awareness about smart meters? Could DECC’s consumer engagement strategy be improved?

11. Consumers should be informed about the current research that has been in UK, Germany, Russia, Sweden and other countries as well as the thousands of complaints by UK residents to Councils, the HPA, MP’s and charities that real people’s lives have been ruined and their health compromised by the pulsating microwaves from smart and wireless technology, and the fact that smart meters work on the same principle. Consumers are at present only given a biased opinion based on industry financed research, not independent research. This is scandalous.

Are consumers’ concerns about privacy and health being addressed adequately?

12. MOST CERTAINLY NOT. Consumers should be informed about the current research that has been in UK, Germany, Russia, Sweden and other countries as well as the thousands of complaints by UK residents to Councils, the HPA, MP’s and charities that real people’s lives have been ruined and their health compromised by the pulsating microwaves from smart and wireless technology, and the fact that smart meters work on the same principle. Consumers are at present only given a biased opinion based on industry financed research, not independent research. This is scandalous. No-one other than a consumer has the right to know the information that a smart meters collects about them. It is a gross invasion of privacy, and contrary to the Human rights Act.

Is there any evidence that consumers’ concerns about smart meters are declining or growing?

13. From talking to friends who are realising that they are being made ill by smart technology, consumer’s concerns are growing. If this project is not abandoned now, then it could be a very costly white elephant, depleting funds that are urgently needed to help vulnerable people—ie the sick, the infirm, those who have lost their jobs because of ill health through the imposition of microwave technology and the elderly whose plight is through no fault of their own, but whose own government appears to pander more to the greed of multi-million/billion pound companies than the welfare of thousands of people who have paid the NI contributions all their lives and are now being denied the essential services that they require because of lack of funding. Spend the money involved in the roll out on them and on Doctors, nurses and hospitals.

Will the commercial benefits of smart meter roll-out be captured within the UK?

14. If you take into account the £50 million spent on anti-depressants, and the £35 million spent on sleeping tablets, and the £35 spent on migraine pills, and the cost of millions of wasted Doctor’s appointments, Consultant’s appointments, CT scans, MRI scans, blood tests, Cardiology scans and tests and Neurology tests that are incurred, as well as the millions of work hours lost by a growing percentage of the population who have horrendous headaches, nausea, dizziness, vision impairments, erratic blood pressure, insomnia many of which they have discovered can be induced by an environment of pulsed microwave radiation, then the cost to the Health of the Nation and to employers and the Health Service can only be estimated to be phenomenal in the future. The cheapest way of reducing the energy consumption of consumers is to provide them with a woolly jumper and a hot water bottle. Same result! And much safer to health.

Will DECC’s current approach to roll-out, including on procurement and establishment of the central Data and Communications Company, deliver an optimal data and communications strategy?

15. Consumer’s private information should only be available via an “opt-in” clause. It appears that the DECC believes that it will somehow change people’s use of energy, and try to sell consumers with already over-stretched budgets more smart equipment which will make them even more ill and even more in debt.

What criteria should DECC use to measure the ongoing success of roll-out?

16. Each household should be sent a letter informing them of the pro’s and con’s of smart meters, including current health research warning them of the possible horrendous health symptoms which may be induced by wi-fi technology including smart meters. Consumers should be asked whether they wish to take this risk BEFORE agreeing to a smart meter being installed in their property. 

February 2013

Prepared 26th July 2013