In a recent post on Stop Smart Meters Tasmania, Tasmania’s Don Maisch writes about a presentation he attended at the University of Tasmania about smart grids and how grid implementation varies from place to place. The speaker, who was apparently pro-smart meters, admitted that Stop Smart Meters Australia has had an impact on the rollout of smart meters across other Australian states. Surprisingly, she even showed a webpage of Stop Smart Meters Australia in her presentation!
This is not an exact word for word quote of the speaker, Associate Professor Heather Lovell, but the sentiments she expressed:
Victoria was selected as the test case for a planned mandatory roll-out of the smart grid, with the rest of the nation to follow suit later. However the activist group Stop Smart Meters Australia (SSMA) was very effective in raising public concern about various problems with the implementation of the smart grid in Victoria. As a consequence, plans for a further mandatory roll-out in other states were shelved.
SSMA was not criticised but was presented as how a committed public interest activist group can influence policy.
Don also writes that Tasmanians (and others) have had an impact on the Tasmanian rollout of smart meters through their submissions to the Tasmanian government’s proposed energy policy.
Congratulations and thanks to all the groups and individuals who are helping to curb the poorly considered rollout and installation of dangerous wireless technologies.