The British testing organization, Which?, questioned 2,000 UK adults about their attitudes regarding smart meters. Nine in ten people say that energy suppliers should pay for smart meters if they are going to save money from the scheme.
Which? Chief executive, Peter Vicary-Smith argued: “Understandably, people don’t see why they should pay for something that will save energy companies hundreds of millions of pounds a year.”
The results of the survey are mirrored in a German study that was released in May 2010 by the Federation of German Consumer Organizations (vzbv). It showed that while 71 per cent of consumers approve of the technology in general, only 4 per cent were willing to pay for a smart meter.
For further information, see: http://www.which.co.uk/about-which/press/press-releases/campaign-press-releases/energy/2010/07/consumers-not-prepared-to-pay-for-smart-meters.jsp and https://www.vzbv.de/start/index.php?page=themen&bereichs_id=1&themen_id=89&dok_id=932&search_1=smart&search_2=&hiliting=yes
Source: Which? and vzbv