Smart Meters and RAF Fylingdales

Discussion in 'Electricians' Talk' started by Whitling2k, Oct 29, 2020.

  1. Whitling2k

    Whitling2k Member

    Does anyone know anything about restrictions to installing smart meters in parts of North Yorkshire because of interference between the SMETS2 RF frequency and the radar station up on Fylingdales?

    Apparently I can't get a smets2 smart meter because of it - but all I can find is hearsay and he-said she-said.

    Any sources/links/opinions?

    I know some people don't like smart meters, I'm not looking for a fight about how good/bad/ugly they are!
  2. Herbs

    Herbs Active Member

  3. Herbs

    Herbs Active Member

  4. Whitling2k

    Whitling2k Member

    Yeah, I have seen those thanks.

    They are dated 2017/2018, so getting on a bit now. They seem to mention a successful workaround being considered/developed, but no talk of implementation, roll-out etc.

    It's strange how there is so little acknowledgement of the problem, or end in sight.

    I like the idea of some of the newer smart-tariffs for EV charging etc, but we seem at an unfair disadvantage with no end in sight.

    The smart meter installers seem to know more, but I only get a 5 min chat when my gen 1 smart meter develops a comms fault (more frequently than I would like!). And the smart-tariff suppliers just tell me we aren't compatible/eligible (depending on who you speak to) for SMETS2 & therefore a smart tarif.
  5. Herbs

    Herbs Active Member

    I agree. It would be good if you could raise awareness somehow. Issues like this are often emailed or tweeted to Martin Lewis as his profile allows him to raise issues directly with DCC and so on. Maybe that’s worth a try, especially as you’re not being allowed to move to cheaper tariffs because of it when it isn’t your fault
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  6. Whitling2k

    Whitling2k Member

    good point! I have emailed my MP, but he's as much use as chocolate fireguard unless it's something he can make money from... aah, the blue wall o_O
  7. Whitling2k

    Whitling2k Member

    And OfGem.

    The problem is that most of these intermediaries don't take non-specific enquiries, or deal with the general public. It's definitely a gap!
  8. I had the smart meter on order from octopus when my electric car arrived. I was really chuffed when the meter fitters phoned on the day they were supposed to arrive and said it can't happen because I live too close to the fylingdales. Therefore I can't have a smart meter or the EV tariff. I now have huge electric bills, should have got a diesel!

    Interestingly octopus don't seem to understand the issue and think it is because we don't have the correct wireless reception.

    Rant over!
  9. Whitling2k

    Whitling2k Member

    You have described my exact concern and situation. Octopus don't seem to get it, neither did OVO or Igloo.. Perhaps their second line tech staff might? (lol. clutching at straws here!)

    I wrote to our MP and they wrote to Ofgem - and their message was very clear. The suppliers should understand the problem give you a timeframe for a SMETS2 meter. But they just can't!! Our EV purchase has been delayed - but is inevitable (long story) - so there isn't much I can do apart from hope the situation improves.

    "Suppliers are responsible for delivering the benefits of smart metering to their customers and we expect suppliers to be able to tell their customers when they can expect to become eligible for smart metering."

    Which reminds me, I should probably follow it up!

    Which car did you go for? We're eyeing up the e-niro.
  10. Banallsheds

    Banallsheds Active Member

    There are no benefits to their customers. Smart meters benefit the suppliers only.
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  11. Whitling2k

    Whitling2k Member

    I beg to differ, I love my Smart Meter (before OVO b******d it up. But I'm not rising to an argument. Each to their own.
  12. Bob Rathbone

    Bob Rathbone Screwfix Select

    I agree with banallsheds, but if you are happy with the arrangement, then who are we at disagree with you. But you have become disillusioned since OVO took over, is this a smart meter or a billing issue?

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