If you live in NSW, Qld, SA, Tas or the ACT, don’t be lulled into complacency by the opt-out provisions of the new national electricity rule starting 1st December. The right to opt-out and keep your existing meter ONLY applies to ‘working’ meters.
If your retailer decides to do a ‘maintenance replacement’ deployment (because sample testing has shown a likelihood of meters becoming faulty) instead of a ‘new meter deployment’, there is NO requirement for your retailer to forewarn you, other than to notify you of a power interruption.
This means that you MUST convey your refusal IN ADVANCE. If you have taken this step, the new rule provides for you to be given a smart meter if your meter is subject to a maintenance replacement – but it will be one that does NOT have its wireless communications enabled. A meter reader will continue to read your meter, and you and your family will not be bathed 24/7 in microwave radiation from your own meter.
Taking these two steps also gives an added safety net if a new meter deployment (which comes with the right to opt-out) is being carried out in your area.
SSMA’s presentation on the new rule is now available on YouTube.
The 14 minute 35 second presentation gives a rundown of the problems with smart meters and provides easy steps for opt-out and refusal, plus it clears up the confusion on the various names and functionality of meters under the new national electricity rule.
This presentation was first shown on 28th October at the ‘A Green Life or a Green Lie?’ conference held in Paterson, NSW.
For previous posts on the new national electricity rule, see: