MORELAND residents’ safety fears over smart meters have prompted Wills federal Labor MP Kelvin Thomson to investigate the electricity distributor installing them.
Mr Thomson last week wrote to distributor Jemena calling on it to look into claims it used inferior meters and tell him who tested the technology prior to installation in Pascoe Vale, Coburg, Glenroy, Hadfield and Coburg North.
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It comes amid confusion over whether the new meters are “exploding” after Jemena replaced 11 meters in the Moreland area, which it said were damaged by power surges and vandalism.
Mr Thomson wrote that he was “advised that the electronic switching component in your model is of poor quality and that it can fail, following a power surge event”.
Jemena spokesman Scott Parker said there was no basis for Mr Thomson’s claims. He said it was one of four distributors using Secure Australasia meters.
Mr Parker said Jemena and the National Association of Testing Authorities tested the meters, whose components were designed and tested to be compliant with 13 different Australian standards.
Broadmeadows Progress Association will call on Moreland Council to join its fight to halt the roll out of smart meters “until there is a satisfactory resolution to their safety”.
Spokeswoman Sonia Rutherford invited concerned residents to join its push at this week’s council meeting on March 14.