SMART meters will soon replace analogue electricity meters across the Mitchell Shire as part of new industry standards for 2013.
SP AusNet is now installing the new technology throughout the shire including Beveridge, Broadford, Heathcote Junction, Kilmore, Puckapunyal, Pyalong, Reedy Creek, Seymour, Tallarook, Tooborac, Wallan and Wandong.
“Victoria’s energy needs have changed; we are using more power today than ever before,” an SP AusNet spokesperson said.
“Smart meters are the first step towards smart grids, which can help us better manage the complex energy flows associated with an increasing contribution from renewable energy sources.”
The new technology will be installed in all Victorian households and small businesses by the end of 2013. Replacement of the meters began in 2009 and there are more than one million meters installed across the state.
Smart meters are remotely read so a meter reader does not have to visit consumer’s premises, which reduces the need for estimated billing.
The spokesperson said the smart meter has the ability to record electricity consumption in 30 minutes intervals and allows for accurate remote reading reducing the need for estimated bills.
They said other benefits of the rollout include more energy choices, restoring power faster, reducing estimated bills, faster connections, improved efficiency, accessible information and low costs.
While the information available from energy companies shows the positive effects of the new system, there are many groups opposed to the rollout.
Smart meters lobby group, Stop Smart Meters Australia, has published information about the technology on its website, highlighting many perceived flaws and health risks associated.
Some of the information compiled alludes to health risks, additional costs, privacy concerns, fire risks, environmental concerns, a link to glioma, human sensitivity to the high frequencies transmitted, and billing errors.
The Energy and Water Ombudsman Victoria said customers raised 64 per cent more issues about estimated bills in the second half of 2010 than in the second half of 2009.
While many of Stop Meters Australia’s claims are unfounded, the group has gained much support.
As of yesterday morning, an ongoing petition against smart meters which was first published on October 27, 2011, has received 1582 signatures.
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