Category Archives: Bills Soar

Horizon Power backs down on inflated bill

Horizon Power in Western Australia has eventually been ‘persuaded’ to adjust the exaggerated bill of a customer after being provided with irrefutable evidence of errors in the amount of electricity consumption reported.  The dispute comes amid a flurry of increased … Continue reading

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May Day march 2016

   

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Benefits??? of smart meters

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 … Continue reading

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Life-support patient disconnected | Herald Sun

Energy retailers are wrongfully disconnecting electricity customers at a rate that is causing concern to the Essential Services Commission.  Processes intended to protect customers from spur-of-the-moment disconnections are not being adhered to.  These processes include hardship assessment, payment advice and … Continue reading

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Which meter do you trust?

Back in the good old days, before smart meters, before the privatisation of the Victorian Electrical system, there was the state government owned State Electricity Commission of Victoria.  The SECV was disbanded in 1993 as various private electricity companies (largely … Continue reading

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Networked devices are energy hungry – G20 Summit

One of the recommendations of the recent G20 summit is that: “Participating countries will work together to accelerate the development of new ways to improve the energy efficiency of networked devices.  In 2015, this work will include consideration of options … Continue reading

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Not-so-smart meters costly | Herald Sun

HOUSEHOLDS FACE EXTRA SMART METER CHARGES OVER THE NEXT FOUR YEARS. HERALD SUN HOUSEHOLDS could be slugged up to $45 extra in smart meter charges over the next four years as a major distributor fights to claw back technology costs. … Continue reading

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