As of May 2023, ESB Networks have already installed an estimated 1.3 million smart meters across Ireland. This phased rollout of smart grids will ensure that every home, farm, and business in Ireland has the option to have a smart meter installed. It is scheduled for completion in 2024.

This must see documentary reveals how “Smart Meters” emit dirty electricity causing health problems, are a fire hazard, allow in-home spying, including the ability to be hacked https://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/energy-electricity-data-use-113901, and actually increase your utility bills.  

Under the auspice of climate action, President Obama in 2008 asked for $100B to fund a smart grid which incentivized utilities with grants up to $200M each to install new digitized wireless meters for electricity, water and gas.  This plan now is in Your. homes.  Ireland and other nations have followed.  These “Smart Meters” were created to be integrated with big telecom’s 5G plans.

The executive summary is:

  • Over 6,000 published studies since the 30’s show negative health effects.
  • Smart meters emit pulsed microwave radiation – as much as 190,000 times/day.
  • The strength of each pulse is hundreds of times higher than radiation from cell phones.
  • 42:42 does a great job of quickly explaining what the definition of a smart grid is.  (A wireless system which turns every appliance in your home into a transmitting cell phone which in turn will be sent to aggregate meters where all data from your neighborhood is collected/transmitted collectively bouncing from house to house that will be sent to the utility company. An RF signal will be firing at many many times a second, increasing radio frequency exposure exponentially.  
  • 44:00 shows aphids on the leaf of an orange tree after radar equipment was installed at an airport.  You can visually see them pulsing every few seconds in tandem with the radar rotation device.  The airport was 14 miles away.
  • The switch mode power supply emits dirty electricity. (Go to 51:20 for more)
  • At 55:00 using dark field microscopy, Dr. Springob shows how smart meters in only 2 min and only 1 foot away from the meter cause cell degradation including bottle cap formation, as well as red blood cells stacking up prohibiting oxygen from being delivered to the body.  Many complain of headaches around the meters.
  • 44:44 shows a graph of peer-reviewed published science on radiation testing results/public standards.
  • At 57:30 Dr. Klinghardt discusses how fetuses are affected with a correlation between Autism and increased electromagnetic fields.
  • 48:46 in 1972 the U.S. Navy produces an unclassified report of the health effects on the human body observed from microwave radiation.  There were five pages of human health effects. (headaches, insomnia, restlessness, EEG changes, seizures, convulsions, erratic heart palpitations, anxiety, chest pains, and changes in pace-makers – among many others)
  • 58:51 Jerry L. Phillips, PhD describes smart meter research funded by Motorola that started out amicable but went sour when negative results came back.  The two pie-charts given demonstrate the polarization between non-industry studies showing a 70% harmful effect of smart meters vs only a 32% harmful effect in industry led studies.  Motorola urged him NOT to publish his findings.  (Sound familiar?)
  • 1:05 shows a frightening story of a young man who died from brain cancer due to a cell tower at San Diego State.  There was a cluster of brain cancer deaths and all of them lived next to that tower.
  • 1:08 shows the city police trespassing onto peoples’ property to allow the electric companies to trespass to install smart meters – kicking in doors and cutting locks.  A housewife was handcuffed and taken to jail for “interfering.”

I won’t go into the invasion of privacy issue which is glaring, but if you can turn your oven on with your phone, so can someone living in Shanghai if they hack into your system.  I’m also not going to touch the utility company employees kicking down doors and breaking locks to enter peoples’ homes.  Wow.  All I can say is stand up and speak in your sphere of influence.  This is not acceptable.

And lastly, at around 31:50 the author zooms out and considers how all of this can happen – essentially bringing people to a place where they willingly give up basic human rights.  In a nutshell he suggests that some are playing on fear (terrorist threats, energy crisis/scarcity, disease and yes, Martha, even global warming/climate change. etc) to get people to accept a false paradigm.  It isn’t wrong to be concerned about issues, but when the bully-fear tactic causes people to hastily give up human rights, a corner has been turned.


“Regarding right of refusal, I have been informed by the Commission for Energy Regulation that a customer that does not want an upgraded meter will be able to decline to have this new meter installed.”  Minister for Communications, Climate Action & Environment, Denis Naughten  (Oireachtas 2016)

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/

Smart Meters are Not Mandatory in Ireland.

You Have a Lawful Right to Refuse.

If you do not want a Smart Meter, you must opt out.

The Electricity Smart Meter Program is being carried out by ESB Networks Ireland  – regardless of your utility provider – and overseen by the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU).


Do not wait to get a letter from ESB or Contractors to arrive at your home.  Contact them today.

Ring the ESB Smart Meter Support Line  on 01 6985005 or 1800 928 123  informing them that you do not want a Smart Meter. You will need to give your MPRN (meter number found on bill or meter itself).

Send a follow up email to esbnetworks@esb.ie  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.

You might receive a letter from the Smart Meter Contractors who are installing meters in your area, and not ESB. Contact them also by phone and email as well as contacting ESB, as above.  There are a few different contractor companies carrying out the works around the country

We have heard of cases where ESB have not passed on the information to the contractors in time, and smart meters have been installed, even when people are not at home.

If you receive a letter about a smart meter and do not respond – whether you want one or not – it is implied that you consent to a smart meter being installed.  You do not have to be at home for contractors to install a smart meter. Most electricity and gas meters are outside the house and can be accessed easily.  

If a smart meter is installed, ESB will refuse to remove it.

In case the contractors/installers have not been informed, put a notice on your meter box or this sign.

We advise that you follow up with a Notice of Non-Consent sent by registered post to ESB Head Office, 27 Fitzwilliam Street Lower, Dublin 2, D02 KT92

Inform neighbours, friends, family and local residents associations.

Download Smart Meter Leaflet

Smart Meter Leaflet ESIreland2024


Although Gas Networks say they are not currently carrying out a Smart Meter Programme, they have been replacing gas meters in the last few years.  We have been told that these new meters are “smart ready” which mean they can be upgraded to a Smart/digital Meter in the future with the addition of a wireless component. In other countries, smart meters for gas have and are being installed so this will likely be the case in Ireland.

Do not put a lock on your Gas Meter box, or restrict access to it, as it needs to be easily accessible if there is a gas leak.  

Summary sheet

RELEASE DATE: 14 October 2019

REFERENCE: 20180150

Signed | 19/08/2020






SECTOR(S): Energy – Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply


The project will finance a national programme for the roll-out of electricity smart metering infrastructure in the Republic of Ireland during 2019-2024.

The project aims at moiternising the electricity meters across the country, by providing ca. 2.25 million smart meters, communication infrastructure, as well as the necessary IT systems. Advanced metering systems will allow remote reading and near real-time consumption information to end-customers, thus enabling better access to consumption information. Ultimately, these capabilities will increase consumer awareness of cost of energy supply thus spur energy efficiency, more efficient management of the power system, and more efficient metering and customer management operations.

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