Installing smart meters to monitor electricity use would cost up to $1000 a household, the State Government has claimed as it tries to short-circuit Opposition Leader Mark McGowan’s appeal to families battling high power bills.
As a report criticised the States for the slow rollout of meters, Energy Minister Peter Collier warned yesterday that their use could lead to peak power prices soaring.
In WA, households pay a flat-rate tariff for electricity irrespective of when they use it.
Smart meters have already been installed in more than 10,000 Perth homes as part of a trial, with findings to be released next year.
Mr Collier said there were some advantages to using smart meters but based on the Victorian model – the only State where they had been rolled out en masse – it would cost about $1000 a household to buy, install and monitor each unit.
“I’m not prepared to inflict that on the WA public without justifiable evidence from the trial we’ve established,” Mr Collier said.