WEL ‘smart box’ installation prevented

WEL ‘smart box’ installation prevented

One Hamilton resident has reported on a strategy that was successfully used to prevent WEL Energy from installing a “smart box”.  (The “smart box” is a new technology being introduced by WEL Energy to send information remotely to to WEL Energy.)

The procedure used to prevent the “smart box” installation was to send WEL Energy a letter by registered mail.  The text of the letter is below.

In response to this letter, the customer received the a reply from WEL Energy, which you may read by clicking on the image.  WEL Energy letter 16 May 2013 de-identified:


Text of letter sent to WEL Energy which prevented the installation of the “smart box”:




This is a legal notice.


Be advised, you and all other parties are hereby denied consent for installation and use of any and all “Smart Meters”, “Smart Boxes”, “Advanced Meters” or any other surveillance and activity monitoring device, or devices, at the above property. Installation and use of any surveillance and activity monitoring device that sends and receives communications technology is hereby refused and prohibited. Informed consent is legally required for installation of any surveillance device and any device that will collect and transmit private and personal data to undisclosed and unauthorized parties for undisclosed and unauthorized purposes. Authorization for sharing of personal and private information may only be given by the originator and subject of that information. That authorization is hereby denied and refused with regard to the above property and all its occupants.


This property is owned under ‘a grant in fee simple title’ and trespass applies for entry without invitation or the express written permission from the property owners.


All contact with the property owners must be in writing.


Yours sincerely



Hamilton’s WEL Energy starts “Smart Box” installation

WEL Energy in Hamilton is now installing what it calls a “smart box” on properties in the city and environs.  The “smart box” is another wireless  device which communicates remotely with WEL Energy.  Reports from Hamilton indicate that this  new technology is being installed on properties that have already had “smart meters” installed.

You can read what WEL has to say about its “smart box” programme on the company’s website at this link:


If you do not want a “smart box”, please see the post “WEL ‘smart box’ installation prevented”

for an example of how one Hamilton resident stopped the company installing this device.