Not sure if I trust them. Photo: CC/The Green Part of Ireland
A recently proposed Dutch law would make it an “economic crime” to refuse a smart meter.
The Irish Greens are also high on the wireless technology, which allows utilities to peer into your home, and determine how much electricity you are using to power individual items.
And now, in the United States, T-Mobile will soon be baking its SIM cards into smart meters from the spooky-sounding company, Echelon.
Echelon’s Networked Energy Services System (Ness) includes meters that can read your water and gas consumption, too. And some Echelon meters emit alarms when your credit with your utility, or state, runs short.
More about Echelon (the corporation), and the elite pedigree of its investors, in my next post.
Here’s a bit of that Dutch story:
I hope the debate on smart metering will not grow silent because of a small and unclear victory in our First Chamber. We need to critically watch the developments in respect of smart metering and urge research into less intrusive alternatives such as in-home displays, specified energy bills, and the use of statistical and anonymised data.
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