CONTROVERSIAL electricity smart meters — which resulted in a politicial disaster in Victoria when they were forced upon households in a mandatory rollout in 2009 — will be introduced in NSW under a government plan tied to deregulation of the electricity retail market.
But unlike their Victorian counterparts, NSW consumers will be given the choice to voluntary take up the meters. See ‘Smart’ energy meter move that bombed, lands in NSW – Daily Telegraph
Chris Smith of 2GB speaks with NSW Energy Minister Anthony Roberts about a NSW plan to phase in smart meters.
For all Anthony Roberts’ talk about how NSW has learned from the disastrous Victorian rollout, he doesn’t seem to be saying anything much different from what authorities in Victoria have been saying. He still sees the problem as being a lack of engagement of the power company with the customer. That’s the same as what Victorian power companies have been using as their excuse for the disastrous rollout in victoria.
Anthony Roberts suggests that there could be sweetener deals to entice NSW customers to drop their guard. One such deal could see a smart phone being bundled with a smart meter (double the dose of radiation – now that’s ‘smart’!!!). But not so clearly expressed is the possibility that power bills for refusers could be higher. Nor is Anthony Roberts keen to state who will be paying for the smart meter.
Other related report: 7 News NSW report