How to Refuse

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

SMART METERS ARE NOT MANDATORY –  you have a lawful right to refuse a smart meter    (Oireachtas 2016)

“The meter rollout will be phased in such a way that early adopters (consumers who are interested in having a smart meter) will be focused on first, with the aim that they will provide a positive example to others. Consumers with concerns about smart meters can opt-out and keep their “dumb” meter….. ”  April 2018

https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2018/0410/953366-smart-electricity-meters-are-coming-so-what-can-we-expect/

July 2019 – ESB announces initial roll out areas

“Areas across the midlands in 2019 include: Portlaoise, Portarlington, Mountmellick Abbeyleix, Mountrath, Durrow, Stradbally, Castledermot, Athy, Kilcullen and Baltinglass.

The Cork locations include: Bandon, Macroom, Clonakilty, Kinsale, Blarney, Carrigaline and their hinterlands.

From next month onwards, ESB Networks will make direct contact with customers from these areas, giving plenty of notice to arrange appointment times to replace electricity meters.”  https://esb.ie/tns/press-centre/2015/2019/07/03/esb-networks-announces-initial-roll-out-locations-for-ireland-s-electricity-meter-upgrade-programme

IF YOU DO NOT WANT A SMART METER YOU MUST LET THEM KNOW


 

ELECTRICITY METER – ESB Smart Meter

ESB are responsible for the installation of Electricity Smart Meters and are starting the roll-out this year 2019. They will start replacing older meters first.

If you are told that your existing meter is too old and has to be replaced, then ask for the replacement to be an analogue meter. 

ESB have confirmed that you can opt out of getting a smart meter – but this information is not available on their website.

Ring them  on 021 2386555 or send an email to esbnetworks@esb.ie and inform them that you do not want a Smart Meter. You will need to give your MPRN (meter number found on bill or meter itself).

Ask for written confirmation that you will not be part of the Smart Metering Programme and will not have a Smart Meter installed at your home.  Because there have been mixed responses from ESB with regard to this, we advise that you follow-up with a Notice of Non-Consent.

NON-CONSENT Electricity Meter  Print, sign and send registered post to:  

CEO, ESB Networks Ireland Headquarters, 27 Fitzwilliam Street Lower, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 24 


GAS METER 

Gas Networks have been replacing meters over the last few years.  They confirm that while these new meters are not Smart Meters, they are “smart ready”, which will require the addition of a wireless communications device in the future to upgrade it to a smart meter.  

If you are told that your existing meter is too old and has to be replaced, then ask for the replacement to be an analogue meter.

We have had reports that Gas Networks Ireland have threatened some people with disconnection and a large reconnection fee if they do not agree to a meter upgrade.  See question from TD Clare Daly in the Dáil and answer from Richard Bruton https://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2019-04-16a.1140&s=clare+daly+smart+meters#g1141.q

Because of this, we strongly advise that if you do not want a Smart Meter, or Smart Ready Meter, when they contact you by letter or email to upgrade your meter, that you tell them you refuse and follow up with a Notice of Non-Consent.

NON-CONSENT Gas Meter  Print, sign and send registered post  to:

CEO, Gas Networks Ireland Headquarters,  PO Box 51, Gasworks Road, Cork, T12 RX96 


 

It is also a good idea to send copies to:

  • Chief Executive of your Electricity or Gas provider if different from above,
  • Commissioner in Charge, Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU), Smart Metering Team, The Exchange, Belgard Square North, Tallaght, Dublin 24


Download Leaflet:  
STOP SMART METER LEAFLET

StopSMs-22-07-19-page-001


Display a sign/poster on your meter box and property, refusing installation of a smart meter – some templates available  Here from StopSmartMetersUK


EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT TO KNOW ABOUT SMART METER DANGERS

Even if you do not have a smart meter, you can still be affected by radiation and dirty electricity from your neighbours’ meters.

Contact your local TDs, councillors, neighbours, family and friends and spread the word.