In a return of the classic spin used to promote smart meters to Victorians six years ago, the Sydney Morning Herald is spruiking the supposed benefits of smart meters.
But as Victorians who have had their fingers burned will tell you, their electricity consumption mysteriously sky-rocketed after the forced installation of a smart meter on their property. Like Tina Lyons in the SMH article, many of these people have had little choice but to monitor their electricity consumption by the minute in order to be able to pay the higher bills. Those who fiercely hung onto their analogue meter have not been so heavy-handedly ‘incentivised’ to reduce their electricity consumption.
A search on the term ‘smart meters’ on the Sydney Morning Herald website produces a plethora of articles that are critical of smart meters. Working down the list of search results we have:
- Smart meters: You paid billions for electricity companies to benefit – report
- Smart meters coming despite cost concerns
- Consumers out of the loop on role of smart meters
- Smart meters are the future but it’s not clear who is going to pay
- Macquarie eyes profit in smart meters
- Smart meters, but at whose expense?
- Half-hourly checks to monitor smart meters
- Smart meters too toxic to touch
- Japan to tap smart meters, fuel cells to tackle climate change
- AP Exclusive: ‘Smart’ meters have security holes
- Look closely and smart meters are really not so smart
Only by the time you get to the bottom of these negative sounding articles (sorted on relevance) do you find more positive sounding articles, written at the time of the commencement of the rollout of smart meters in Victoria, when consumers did not yet know that they were being told a pack of lies. History repeats itself, no doubt. The NSW media is now in positive spin mode, selling the supposed benefits of smart meters.
One has to wonder whether the NSW government has persuaded the SMH to find something positive to say about smart meters, now that they are being rolled out in NSW. It’s great if you can rely on people having short memories of negative reviews they read months ago. Perhaps the NSW government now needs to persuade the SMH to remove the old negative articles from its website.