AGL is rolling out smart meters in South Australia – but is avoiding the word “smart”.
While the roll-out is not ‘compulsory’, it is by default. People will need to ring AGL to cancel the installation of a smart meter prior to the installation between 31 October and 11 November.
However, residents are given only one week’s notice to cancel the installation.
Quotable quotes from AGL:
“The technology in your electricity meter is over 100 years old. So it’s time for an upgrade. That’s why we’re replacing your old meter with a new digital electricity meter.” [Which won’t last 100 years, but between 10 and 15 years – before it will have to be replaced again!]
“AGL is upgrading your electricity meter free of charge. Then, you will no longer need to worry about manual meter reads or estimated bills.” [Who “worries” about manual reads??]
“If you would prefer not to be upgraded, simply call us on 1300 669 245 any time before 31 October or visit agl.com.au/upgrade”
AGL refers to wireless smart meters as ‘digital meters’. This is misleading. Of course all communications-enabled smart meters are digital meters, but NOT ALL digital meters have a radiofrequency communications chip.
Does AGL fear people will be more inclined to opt-out of having a so-called ‘digital’ meter if they are fully aware of what they are being offered: a wireless device that emits pulsed radiation every day, 24 hours per day?
See below for copies of AGL propaganda sent to South Australian residences (which is identical to the NSW versions).