Smart meters will ‘increase’ power bills – The West Australian

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.

via Smart meters will ‘increase’ power bills – The West Australian.


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4 Responses to Smart meters will ‘increase’ power bills – The West Australian

  1. Tom says:

    I have had a smart meter for about 3 years now and I discovered (almost by accident) that I had been overcharged on more than one occasion. One of the biggest problems with smart meters is that customers are unable to easily check if their bills are accurate – we have to believe what they tell us. Because older analogue meters worked off total usage consumers were able to check the reading against their bill – this is not possible with smart meters. Even if an incorrect reading was taken it would eventually correct itself because the old system always used the total usage to calculate usage for the current period (ie subtract previous reading from current one). Smart meters use stand alone readings and if wrong may never be corrected (unless, like me, you spot the problem and tell them). I discovered the problem by adding all the usage I had been billed for (since the installation of the smart meter) and compared it against the total that was displayed on my meter – the meter reading was far lower than what I had been charged for even though I read the meter about a month after the last bill!

  2. EJ says:

    Very interesting indeed. Does this mean the bullying will stop now?

  3. John says:

    Well Smart Meters are not compulsory now even though the government would like us to think otherwise & they are lying saying they are on melb radio. Most likely it will be the 80% factor when that many have them they will make it law that we gotta have them. Well it’s time for an education everyone check out this Article & watch the vids & Mp3 Audios to learn more…………..

    Smart Grid Funding Misspent on Obsolete Technologies, Says New Report

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

  4. DJ says:

    Last night on ” The Project ” Channnel !0, Julia Gillard said that the Government would not make Smart Meters Compulsory,Doesn”t that give Victorians some way out of this madness?

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