Posted by Richard Willett - Memes and headline comments by David Icke Posted on 16 May 2024

You’d Have to be Dumb Not to Know Smart Meters Will Soon Be Compulsory

Last week, the Chief Executive of Centrica/British Gas Chris O’Shea caused outrage when he told a House of Commons committee that so-called ‘smart meters’ should be compulsory. But anyone surprised by this hasn’t been paying attention. The ‘smart grid’ has always required that all domestic and business consumers are fitted with smart meters, and compulsion is the only way that energy companies can manage the scarcity created by the U.K.’s aggressive climate policy agenda. It doesn’t matter how much this policy agenda is wrapped up in fluffy PR, it transforms the relationships between individuals, energy companies and the state.

According to the Times, O’Shea told MPs:

We think that in order to have the proper smart grid that’s required to keep costs low in the future, everybody should have a smart meter. … One of the things we should consider as to whether this is a voluntary programme, or whether it should be mandatory. … If you mandated it, then we could have that programme completed within the next five years.

Other energy retail bosses have said the same thing in the recent past.

Like many of the daftest climate and energy policies, the smart meter rollout was first devised in 2009 by Ed Miliband. Back then, the Government believed that 50 million smart meters would have been installed by 2019, but they didn’t start being rolled out until 2013.

Meanwhile, energy company bosses were candid about the reality behind promised upsides of the green agenda. In 2011, National Grid Chief Executive Steve Holliday told BBC Today :

The grid’s going to be a very different system in 2020, 2030. We keep thinking about: we want it to be there and provide power when we need it. It’s going to be a much smarter system, then. We’re going to have to change our own behaviour and consume it when it’s available, and available cheaply.

In 2013, a National Grid Director, Chris Train, caused controversy by appearing to suggest that electricity use is a ‘luxury’.

The problem that smart meters and the smart grid were always intended to solve was the fact that renewable sources such as wind and solar only provide intermittent energy. Whereas fuels like coal and gas can be stored and burned as required by power stations, neither the Sun nor the wind responds to human needs and wants. So our increasing dependence on these sources via the smart grid requires something to regulate our demand – to encourage our use of power when it is available, and to discourage it when it’s not. That mechanism is, of course, price. The smart meter, then, would encourage rationing through ‘dynamic pricing’. Furthermore, energy companies have lobbied for legislation that allows them to balance supply and demand by switching off appliances – and even supply – remotely. Hence National Grid senior staffers explaining that vast investments are required to achieve the U.K.’s emissions-reduction targets, and that the way we use energy will have to change radically.

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