Hi, Scottish Power are offering to install a Smart Meter, and I wanted to check if anyone knows if they are yet installing the '2nd Generation' Smart Meters?...these were meant to be rolled out by ALL companies during 2017 to avoid many of the problems associated with the earlier models and to establish some kind of 'standard' to help when moving home etc. We have wanted to hold off until these newer models are being installed as a result.
Hi @Wizbit, all of the Smart Meters being rolled out by ScottishPower just now are the 1st Generation, however by the end of 2018 these will all have received a software update to allow you to change supplier without losing any functionality. If you plan on switching supplier within the next year you may be better holding off, although if you are on a fixed price deal which takes you beyond 2018 then you can go ahead and get a 1st generation meter installed no problem. This topic was also discussed in this post.
My Smart meter installation has been a total farce. It's taken over six weeks and a replacement meter for Scottish Power to finally accept that signals were not getting from the gas meter to the base meter. They now promise all will be well when the second generation meters become available.
I asked when this will be and so far haven't had an answer.
I saw an article in the press that said as of Feb a total of 80 second generation meters had been installed.
the words 'piss up brewery couldn't organise' spring to mind.
The worst thing is - what's the point of Smart meters. All that guff about saving us money etc is a total nonsense. The costs of this botched installation must be enormous and we will all pay the costs .
It's a crazy situation. Also I have a poor mobile signal where I live. Are there so-called Smart meters able to connect via WiFi to report their data?
What happens if the meter can't connect on the mobile network?
Hi James, Smart meters use the mobile phone network to send in their readings, as far as I know there is no possibilty to use the internet/Wifi. The meters can use different phone networks so there is usually a signal from one of the networks. I suppose if there is no phone signal at all then a smart meter is not possible, and will only be possible if a phone company improves the signal in your area.