Gef’s Daily Roundup

Smart Meters

Manx Utilities will shortly begin installing meters for its much anticipated Island-wide smart metering system. Smart meters will form part of a smarter energy grid allowing Manx Utilities to be more precise about energy production and supply, enabling a reduction in waste and better support low carbon technologies for transport and heating.

Over the next four years all of Manx Utilities’ 50,000 meters in homes and businesses will be replaced with accurate consumption information sent directly to the organisation through a dedicated low-power wireless network. The wireless network has been commissioned and the first 15,000 smart meters have been manufactured and in-house testing of the system is progressing to plan. 

Domestic prepayment meters in the north of the island will be replaced first and Manx Utilities will be contacting those customers prior to the commencement of the roll-out, currently anticipated for June 2021.

Chairman Tim Baker (DoI Minister) said: ‘Manx Utilities will, in the coming weeks, be sending out information to every home and business on the Island so that customers understand how smart metering will help to modernise our Island’s electricity infrastructure and support gov’s Climate Change Action plan.’

Air Pumps

Smart meter installation is the beginning of the new Smarter Living concept which is helping MU support actions to mitigate climate change.  Heat pumps support the Smarter Living ethos as they use natural resources to heat a home more efficiently.  With 4kW of heat output for every 1kW of energy input, they can supply more heat than they consume, which makes them more efficient than a standard boiler. Heat pump users qualify for Manx Utilities’ ‘ComfyHeat’ tariff which offers half-price electricity during the afternoon and overnight for the entire house.  

The first phase of a recent Air Source Heat Pump trial has been successfully delivered with 40 heat pumps being installed. The gov said that feedback from these customers has been positive with home owners experiencing a more comfortable living environment. Users have indicated that they would want to use their heating systems for a year, in order to measure the savings versus fossil fuel.  Based on the positive feedback to date the trial has been extended with a further phase to allow up to 165 homes to be assessed overall.

Mr Baker added: ‘With Tynwald approving a ban on fossil fuel heating by 2025 for new properties it is important for Manx Utilities to better understand the benefits for customers in a variety of different home set-ups enabling consumers to make informed choices for the future.’

Disgraceful Fly Tipping


On Sunday night, someone dumped a load of rubbish at Eairy Cushlin, Patrick. 

A statement from the Western Police Team said: ‘This is absolutely shocking and the attached pictures speak for themselves. Whoever has done this gained access via a padlocked gate and dumped this load, not only on one of our most treasured beauty spots but an area where livestock roam and would endanger animals. If you have any information or have seen anything suspicious please contact PC 19 Webb at Peel Police on 842208 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.’


George Floyd Trial Delay

A US judge has delayed jury selection in the case of an ex-Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd, an unarmed black man, last May.

Derek Chauvin faces murder charges for kneeling on Mr Floyd’s neck for over seven minutes in a widely-viewed video that sparked protests worldwide.

The delay came as the judge awaits an appeals court decision on whether a new murder charge can be added. Jury selection could resume on Tuesday morning at the earliest. Mr Chauvin is accused of second-degree unintentional murder and manslaughter in the 25 May death of Mr Floyd. The maximum sentence he faces on that count is 40 years.

The TV Event of the Year

Will you be watching? Tonight millions will sit down in front of the tele to watch TV icon Oprah interview Meghan and Harry about their split from the Royal Family. It’s live on ITV tonight at 9pm. 

The Kids are Back

The first day back at school for millions of children in England has “gone well”, say head teachers.

They are reporting high levels of take-up of Covid tests and compliance with new rules on wearing masks in secondary school classrooms. Primary schools have opened in full, but most secondary schools are phasing a return to allow time for Covid tests. Prime Minister Boris Johnson described it as a “big day and an emotional day” for families.

Gers are Champions

In case you missed it, Rangers are champions of Scotland once again, 10 years after they last lifted the title. In that time the club was liquidated, relegated to the Scottish Third Division and now will return to the Champions League with Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard at the helm as manager.