We are to be fined if we refuse
to accept new smart electricity meters, according to new rules from the Commission on Energy Regulation. These meters will charge more for electricity usage during peak hours and less for off peak hours. The cost of installation will be €750 million and that will be loaded onto ESB consumers in a ‘distribution charge’ over the next five years. That is on top of a charge of €64 ‘Public Service Obligation Levy’ a year which is used to subsidise private companies. And, yes, contracts are to be awarded for the new metering programme. Denis must be getting ready again.

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