Power plays not such a clever move for households

GOVERNMENTS are deep in the thrall of the power lobby.

Despite the backlash against smart meters in Victoria – the only state where they have been rolled out – and despite the spectre of even higher electricity bills as a result of their implementation, the federal government seems intent on rolling out smart meters across the nation.

The device is a boon for industry. The customer foots the cost of the smart meter and the company gets state-of-the-art access to each new household.

There is no demonstrable economic case for the smart meter as yet, and no meaningful community consultation process. What is the rush to implement this device?

Is it merely because the ”gold-plating” party is over and the power companies urgently need to recoup their investment on the grid to keep the income rising?

If the response to Monday’s story in this newspaper on smart meters is any guide – and it was a deluge – smart meters are more likely to lift energy bills then lower them.

Not every consumer who uses one is critical of the device. Those who watch their consumption like a hawk may win some savings. For the overwhelming majority though, their bills rose.

Don’t take our word for it. Victoria’s Auditor-General has been scathing about smart meters. A report from 2009 that did not get much airplay found that a consequence of the roll-out of smart meters might lead to a ”transfer of economic benefits from consumers to industry”.

Since then, the cost of the roll-out has ballooned from estimates of $800 million to $2.3 billion and rising.

”There is little evidence to show that when the project was designed, the resultant benefits and costs were adequately considered,” says the report.

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7 Responses to Power plays not such a clever move for households

  1. John says:

    Smart Grid Funding Misspent on Obsolete Technologies, Says New Report


    Smart Meters & EMR: The Health Crisis Of Our Time – Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt



  2. David Rogerson says:

    The last paragraph says it all.

  3. Carmela says:

    We need to write to national papers about our experiences in Victoria. People in other states need to know about the negative health effects of smart meters so they can act to stop their introduction.

  4. Bren says:

    Surely it is evident that the roll out of devices not wanted by the public is part of a larger picture that we are not informed as to the much larger nature of the agenda. Look into the story behind the story, maybe our governments are not what we assume in terms of their accountability.

  5. Maud Crossing says:

    Smart meters in Victoria are making thousands of people sick. If left unchecked, electromagnetic (pulse) radiation (EMR) from smart meters, and an ever growing number of wireless gadgets in society, could well become the health curse of the 21st century. There is conclusive evidence that EMR is a threat to the biological make up humans and all animal life on earth, and to plant life which forms our food chain.
    It is not too far fetched to say that our obsession with convenience technology is slowly microwaving us to death!

  6. TheBThing says:

    “There is no demonstrable economic case for the smart meter as yet”

    It’s not about finance, it’s about carbon-communism through the United Nations.

    • muzz says:

      Some analysis has shown the utilities business model is at risk unless changed even “in a downward spiral.”
      “And when I say wrecking ball I probably understate it. As this excellent overview from Stephen Lacey at Greentech Media explains, the utility sector now faces a “death spiral”, and it’s likely many of them won’t make it. This is not a theoretical future crisis – growth in renewables is the prime reason the top 20 European utilities have lost $600 billion (no, not a typo!) in value over the past 5 years. That’s what the financial carbon bubble bursting in a sector looks like – ugly and messy – and there’s many more to come.”


      Perhaps this explains the desperation to lock in this marginal technology.
      The Energy Minister at the time, Mr P. Bachelor, would have been advised of the benefit of a smart grid of which this metering is one part.
      Instead we got a dumb meter and no smart grid.
      It should have been stopped and an opt in for the remaining customers.
      The LNP stopped the NBN, fibre to the home, and now we will get a free market, haves and have not.

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