Smart Meters Can Overbill By Up To 582 Percent Higher Than Actual Consumption, Study Reveals

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Five of the nine meters tested gave readings much higher than actual usage!

Science Daily reported about overcharges new electronic ‘energy meters’—aka “smart meters”—are capable of pulling off due to false readings, as per a report of what’s been happening in Dutch households in The Netherlands.

The study was undertaken at the University of Twente (UT) in collaboration with the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS).  Due to rumors of overwhelming overbillings, Professor Frank Leferink of UT investigated electronic meters to determine if they, in fact, can give false readings.

AUAS  tested nine different electronic meters in this study. The meters in question were manufactured between 2004 and 2014. The meters were connected, via an electric switchboard, to a range of power-consuming appliances, such as energy saving light bulbs, heaters, LED bulbs and dimmers. The researchers then compared the actual consumption of the system with the electronic energy meter’s readings.  [1]

So what were the findings?

  • Five of the nine meters gave readings much higher than actual usage!
  • Two of the meters gave readings that were 30 percent lower than actual usage!
  • Overall, in some of the setups there was a 582 percent higher reading than consumption!

Those study findings parallel what smart meter consumers in the USA have complained about since the retrofit of AMI Smart Meters, only to be blown away by utilities and public utility commissions as “not so!”

What was the explanation for the false readings?   According to Science Daily:

The inaccurate readings are attributed to the energy meter’s design, together with the increasing use of modern (often energy-efficient) switching devices. Here, the electricity being consumed no longer has a perfect waveform, instead it acquires an erratic pattern. The designers of modern energy meters have not made sufficient allowance for switching devices of this kind.

What are consumers to do if they suspect their AMI Smart Meters are overbilling?

In the USA, from what I’ve heard, it’s a totally different story [than other countries.   Utility customers who complained to their utility company, in most cases, were told the meters were operating correctly and “you owed the bill, so pay up.”

The better way to fight [utility corporations]  is to document electric power usage every way you can, e.g.,

  1. Chart monthly use. Refer to previous months/years utility billings, which usually have charts showing actual usage for 12 or 13 months.
  2. Document the brand, type, quantity and watts of light bulbs used.
  3. Document the brand and type of all electrical appliances. Refer to factory users’ manuals for information regarding usage that may be helpful.
  4. Learn how to read and record digital meter readings and keep a log – daily readings if need be – to prove your point.
  5. Document clock times someone is at home; at work; special appliance usage: dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer; and try to keep to a routine schedule so there is a pattern of use established either daily or weekly that can be factored into the consumption equation.

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Catherine J. From povich, Activist Post
Waking Times Media

March 3, 2017


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One Response to Smart Meters Can Overbill By Up To 582 Percent Higher Than Actual Consumption, Study Reveals

  1. Branson Hunter
    Branson Hunter March 10, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    The California PUC is simply not protecting utility users. Edision gets what it wants, when it wants and as often as it wants. So you challenge your bill with Edison, they come out and check it, and most likely determine it’s okey dokey, then you are billed for the service of them checking their smart meters and it ends up on your your next monthly bill..

    I closly watch my EDISON electric bill. It has been consistently at a very low rate because I work very hard at keeping my usage at a minimum and maintaining a low foot print on Mother Earth.

    I believe I am being over-billed but don’t have the technology to prove it. I don’t think a utility corporation is likely to admit their smart meters are over billing customers. The clear exception is when the bill so over the top high that they CANNOT be justified or explained. But smaller overcharges for residential users each month is difficult to prove.

    The PUC tells you to go fly a kite!

    Last billing, EDISON was requesting two (2) rate increases pending before the PUC. Is there any doubt they will be granted?


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