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Requesting a smart meter

  • 14-12-2020 10:26pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 5,790 ✭✭✭ the_amazing_raisin


    Hi folks,

    Apologies of this isn't the right forum but was hoping I could get some advice on getting a smart meter.

    I saw on the ESB networks page that you can request an priority upgrade to a smart meter, what I'm wondering is

    Has anyone requested an upgrade?
    Did it work?
    Did you have to give a reason beyond "I want one?"
    Did you go to ESB or through your supplier?
    Did it cost extra for the priority installation?


Comments

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,177 ✭✭✭✭ KCross


    When I tried (last year) they could only offer a 24hr tariff at that stage. No day/night tariff so that ruled it out for me.

    Don’t know if that has changed since so check that before you go ordering it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,683 ✭✭✭ graememk


    As bonkers has just posted about more time of use tariffs coming out next year id leave it until you see what the tarrifs are and if it would be worthwhile for you. (as opposed to sticking with the day night meter)


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 15,993 Mod ✭✭✭✭ slave1


    Will we go like the UK where we get paid for consuming excess electricity supply?
    Can see folk charging batteries and getting paid for it, cheaper to pay consumers to use the electricity versus shutting a plant or element of supply train down


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,790 ✭✭✭ the_amazing_raisin


    slave1 wrote: »
    Will we go like the UK where we get paid for consuming excess electricity supply?
    Can see folk charging batteries and getting paid for it, cheaper to pay consumers to use the electricity versus shutting a plant or element of supply train down


    I'm not sure it'll work the same here as we have the PSO levy to insure renewable producers against negative pricing. So there isn't the same incentive to pass on negative rate to consumers


    As far as I can tell, the likes of Octopus agile works on the market rate plus some fixed markup. So if the rate is positive, they make money


    If the rate is negative, they still make money because they're being paid to take energy from the market and paying you less per kWh to use that energy


    So if that's the model then it'll probably be one of the smaller companies that introduce it first to get ahead of the competition


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