Victoria the enforcer!
No legislation, just bullying by the government and the power companies.
- Petition Hon Nicholas Kotsiras (stopsmartmeters.com.au)
- Smart Meters and the Federal Election – Where do candidates and parties stand? (stopsmartmeters.com.au)
- Electrical Engineer Sues Power Company Over Smart Meter (secretsofthefed.com)
- Some Consumers Push Back Against ‘Smart’ Utility Meters (npr.org)
New discussion paper cites Victorian smart meter debacle, says advanced electricity meter roll out must be ‘customer-driven’
A report issued by the Queensland government advocates avoiding a mandated rollout of advanced electricity meters, such as smart meters, citing the much-criticised Victorian experience.
The cost of the Victorian smart meter rollout blew out dramatically, with a 2011 review by the state government finding its predecessor had underestimated the cost by $415 million.
As well, the program faced criticisms about meter safety, which the review said were unfounded, and time-of-use electricity pricing. The total cost of the Victorian rollout is in excess of $2 billion, compared to an initial estimate of around $900 million.
A 30-year electricity strategy discussion paper released today by the Queensland government instead supports a “customer-driven rollout of advanced meters”, with service providers competing to offer metering services to consumers.
“Customers can choose to adopt the technology based…
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