In July 2015 the Essential Services Commission accepted an administrative undertaking from AusNet Services regarding their ‘non-compliance’ with their smart meter obligations under the Victorian Government’s Advanced Metering Infrastructure regulatory framework.
In an October 2014 audit, the Commission found that AusNet Services:
• had not used its best endeavours to install smart meters by 31 December 2013, and
• the smart meters that had been installed, were not fully operational.
In consequence, AusNet Services committed to meeting compliance targets. As of 15 June 2015, 60% of its smart meters were being remotely read. This is due to increase to 72.1% by 30 September 2016 and 96.7% by 31 March 2017.
See AusNet Services’ Smart Meter Undertaking for the complete schedule by region.
This means that people with non-complying meters in AusNet Services’ catchment area can expect to be subjected to increased pressure (along with increased levels of electro-smog) in the coming months.
However, SSMA hopes that AusNet Services installers will bear in mind that, in line with what the Essential Services Commission is reputed to have said previously, the use of bullying tactics, such as threatening to disconnect electricity or impose fines, is not consistent with using their ‘best endeavours’ to persuade customers to accept wireless smart meters.
SSMA urges all smart meter objectors to review the steps which they have taken to maintain their rights. See actions you can take here.