“An independent report … for the government stated smart meters would not be cost effective as they would bring a £4 billion net present value cost – the civil service, in contrast, inflated this figure by £8 billion, claiming there would be a £4 billion net present value benefit instead. … How will the shoddy testing impact on our health and our privacy as well as our wallets? Who will be liable – landlords, energy companies or taxpayers when it all goes wrong?” (http://www.theecologist.org/blogs_and_comments/commentators/2983240/stop_the_11_billion_smart_meter_ripoff.html; emphasis added)
Create an electronic system that costs more to install and run than it saves, falsely inflates bills, collects unnecessary personal data about households, and emits unhealthy levels of radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation in homes. Label it ‘smart’. Job’s a good ‘un.
Plus, in the case of Scottish & Southern Energy / Scottish Hydro Electric, issue identical advertising letters and leaflets to customers three times in one month to overwhelm any concern about unnecessary costs.