SaskPower Halts Smart Meter Installations Following Fires
Canadian utility SaskPower has halted its smart meter rollout as it investigates recent fires associated with the meters.
*The safety of our customers and employees is our first priority and is non-negotiable. We take each instance very seriously and, as such, are investigating fully,* the blog says. *It is important to note that in all cases, the problem has been contained to the location of the meter.*
Smart meters are a *time bomb* for utilities, warns insurance expert
For instance, a Puerto Rican utility estimates it lost $400 million in one year after criminals hacked into smart meters to under-report electricity usage. A report from the University of Cambridge confirmed that smart meters raised *several serious security issues* such as:
· Manipulated meter readings
· Misuse of private customer data
· Power outages from a cyber attack
And that article has a link in it to:
Smart Meters Pose New Risks for Energy Industry
*The risk is being underestimated outside of the industry,* Oehler said.
Informant: Martin Weatherall
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