Smart technologies for disciplining the poor

bowbrick
7 min readJan 23, 2023
A row of gas meters, black and white photograph by MIKI Yoshihito
Smart meters by MIKI Yoshihito

(updated on 5 January 2024)

There are millions of energy prepayment meters in Britain. Over three million households with prepayment meters were cut off at least once in 2022. 18% of prepayment customers were cut off for two days or more. Meanwhile, the number of people being forced to switch to prepayment because they’ve run up arrears is surging — 660,000 households in 2022. Parts of…

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