Letter: Insidious intrusion

Owen Carson uses his 250 words well in prising open the smart meter can of worms.

Much more has yet to come to light about this insidious intrusion into our lives, unfortunately any debate will come too late to be effective.

The December Connections leaflet blithely informs us that Electricity Invercargill Ltd has embarked on a $6.5 million project to better manage security and reliability of supply.

Of this, $860,000 is a loan to Smart Co to supply the meters while installation costs $150 per household. Yet not bothering to explain how insecure the present system is.

Ian Wishart in his book Totalataria outlines the potential influence, economic, social and political that smart meters could have on our daily lives. These will probably be buried in the fine print of the Trans Pacific Partnership.

Free access to energy supplies. Hardly contestable now we have watered down ownership of our power generation industry.

Claims of secure protection are a taunting challenge to hackers - ask Angela Merkel.

Recreational hackers could cause mischief by switching off operating appliances during the night with more sinister characters creating mayhem by holding businesses to ransom.

Smart meters can target individual consumer's supply.

The (English) Mail on Line (January 13) carried a report questioning the ethics of requiring all new home appliances to contain a triggering device to facilitate control by smart meters. This latest Big Brother encroachment is not as universally popular as some may claim.

It seems that the last acts of surrendering control of our energy generation and distribution industry, begun by Max Bradford continued on by Doug Kidd and David Caygill, are now being played out right down to the individual level.


The Southland Times