In an exclusive article for The Daily Blog, Rachael Goldsmith expresses her dismay that NZ’s government owned rental housing provider, Housing New Zealand (or HNZ for short), which has a large number of low-income tenants, has included a promo for Mercury Energy’s  “Glo Bug” in its latest newsletter.  The “Glo Bug” is smart-meter facilitated prepay electricity system.  The “Glo Bug” has received substantial prior adverse publicity, mainly due to the fact that the device enables the company to cut off people’s electricity remotely with very little notice and because this pre-pay power system is more expensive for some customers than other electricity plans.

 

You can read about the GloBug at this link:  http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/government-and-electricity-industry-positions/do-you-have-a-globug-prepay-power-system/

 

You can read Rachael Goldsmith’s article here:

http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2015/07/15/exclusive-hnz-globug-combine-to-take-advantage-of-people-in-poverty/

The comments at this link are also interesting:

http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2015/07/15/exclusive-hnz-globug-combine-to-take-advantage-of-people-in-poverty/#comments