NSW urged to market smart power meters | The Australian

A NSW discussion paper has recommended the state introduce a “market-led” rollout of electricity smart meters, saying it would be costly to taxpayers and consumers if the system was mandated by government.

NSW Energy Minister Chris Hartcher on Tuesday released the discussion paper from the Smart Meter Task Force, which warned against a Victorian-styled government rollout.

The controversial Victorian scheme was initially expected to cost $800 million, but the latest estimates have seen that blow out to more than $2.3 billion.

In Victoria the smart meters have also been linked with unpopular time-of-use pricing, which charges consumers more for usage in peak periods.

The NSW government task force said a mandated introduction of the meters would “almost certainly” lead to higher consumer prices, while the state would also be saddled with the cost of the rollout.

On the other hand, it said a voluntary “market-led” approach would lead to lower take-up costs, and would encourage energy companies to develop innovative products for consumers.

Mr Hartcher said NSW was against any mandated rollout of smart meters, which typically record usage information half-hourly, giving consumers a more detailed picture of their energy consumption.

The meters also transmit that information to power companies on a daily basis.

“The NSW Government has learnt from the Victorian experience and does not advocate a mandated approach as pursued by the Victorian Government, but believes a market-based approach may have a role to play,” Mr Hartcher said in a statement.

“Energy businesses should have flexibility to offer innovative products that customers want, not ones that a government has forced upon them.

“Not all households will benefit equally from smart meters – different households will have different consumption patterns – and the NSW Government is keen to ensure that low income households and vulnerable customers are not impacted adversely by any potential introduction of smart meters.”

Public submissions on the discussion paper will close on February 28, Mr Hartcher said.

via NSW urged to market smart power meters | The Australian.

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Time to move to NSW!

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11 Responses to NSW urged to market smart power meters | The Australian

  1. Paul says:

    Until Harcher said SM’s would be voluntary I preparing for war. Chris Harcher is our local member here so I’d be camping outside his office and making sure everyone in the area got the full run down on these insane meters. Go for it Victoria..

  2. Christine says:

    To Michael, did you find the link for submissions re NSW? It is haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au. We should encourage everyone to continue writing to these politicians who claim to be ‘working for the people’ – what a load of rubbish!

    • EMR Stop says:

      Thanks so much Christine, no I didn’t. It’s a bugger to find!
      Probably intentional, yes “have your say” if you can find the forum to have your say, we dare you!

  3. Yes i might have to consider moving to nsw! its no good if they’re still going to mandate smart (dumb) meters here! Don’t want to live in a toxic emf/rf cloud. How did the Smart Meter Forum on Sunday in Oakleigh go? any important news?

  4. Kath says:

    COAG has committed Australia to become part of the worldwide energy/control grid. iF YOU MOVE TO OTHER STATES IT WONT HELP. Those Governments are just watching to see how the Victorian Government implements the roll out, so they can make the roll out more seamless in their own States. ITS UP TO US, THE VICTORIAN PEOPLE TO SHOW WE WILL NOT BE TAKEN OVER BY THIS WORLDWIDE CORPORATE CONTROL GRID. ALL LEGAL AND DEMOCRATIC AVENUES HAVE TO BE EXPLORED AND ACTED UPON, TO SAVE THE WHOLE OF AUSTRALIA EVENTUALLY FALLING TO FASCISM. AUSTRALIA IS AT A POINT BETWEEN TYRANNY AND LIBERTY. WHERE ARE THE LAWYERS WILLING TO STAND UP FOR THE DEMOCRATIC CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF AUSTRALIANS? WHERE ARE THEY?

    • EMR Stop says:

      Indeed. Everyone needs to wake up to the wolf in sheep’s clothing. Would anyone in their right mind expect that this bunch of pollies that we see in front of us would safeguard our interests?

  5. michael says:

    It seems merciful for us in NSW that the government is not (yet?) so fascist as Victoria, but that does not mean that the corporations will not “make up” for this by acting as much against the public health as the Victorian government has done. Utilities can save money by firing the meter readers, and I suspect they will want to run roughshod over public health issues in an effort to save $3.50 per year whilst adding a few billion to the mid term public health bill. Read the linked Australian article to see how the Energy Supply Association of Australia is already proving to be a case in point.

    Time will tell, and wars may have to be fought. This laissez faire attitude by NSW also does not necessarily protect me from the stereotypical boneheaded electro-toy zombie neighbour, who will think it is a great thing to submit his local area to more DNA damaging, endocrine modulating, insulin perturbing, heat shock protein liberating microwave radiation. Indeed, whilst it might be good for enhancing the ongoing neural degeneration that would otherwise be missed within his regular alcohol binges, I might not necessarily want my children to enjoy his “neural cloud”.

    Victorians, please also submit comments to the NSW government about your bad experiences with toxic EMR, for positive results in NSW may help with your Victorian activism!

    Trying to find a link for submissions to the NSW Govt is proving difficult. I will return to this page to post one, but if anyone finds it before me, please post it!

    • Eric says:

      We also need to target opposition political parties now (both State and Federal) who may be feeling it is a given that there is going to be a change of power at the next Federal and State elections. Opposition parties cannot be given a free ride into power. If they are, they also will just continue to microwave us. They must be made to state their position on the smart meter issue before anybody votes them in.

  6. Peter says:

    Sorry to disapoint you Freddie, but ALL Australian governments have commited to installing these devices through COAG, so any comments by other state governments saying they are thinking about them, in my oppinion is just a furfy! It is up to ALL Astralian customers to put a stop to them NOW! There are thousands of Victorians protestng vigerously against these things, but neither the government nor the distributors are taking a blind bit of notice! Without a doubt, in my opinion, Victoria has become a facist state, and the rest of Austrlia is abou to follow suit.

  7. Time those that can tell energy companies where they can stick their power. Stand alone solar is the way to do it, pay nothing for electricity for the future. Standard cost is $39 a month which equates to $468 per year just to have their power connected without any usage. If you generate your own then you pay nothing at all bar replacing battery bank after about 6 to 10 years.

  8. Freddie says:

    Yes, let’s move to NSW! Great news for us, my teenage kids love Sydney.

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