Tag Archives: Electricity

Government amps up its spin on smart meter roll out

The Department of Primary Industries’ latest advertisements on radio and in major and local Victorian newspapers appears to be scraping the bottom of the barrel in its attempt to ‘sell’ smart meters to Victorians. In an advertising blitz estimated to … Continue reading

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Bills from hi-tech devices silent on crucial power readings | Herald Sun

Smart meter customers are receiving bills missing the vital information about their power usage. Herald Sun SMART meter customers are being sent electricity bills missing details of meter readings, making it harder to check and dispute high bills. But Victorias … Continue reading

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No sign of savings with electricity meters plagued by problems | Herald Sun

TWO out of five electricity smart meters are not fully working despite Victorians paying $100-$220 in meter fees each year. A Herald Sun analysis has exposed problems with the rollout of the devices, raising fears they may end up costing … Continue reading

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Smart meters here to stay | 3AW

Dean Mighell, head of Victoria’s peak electricity union says he still won’t be having a smart meter installed despite today’s announcement. Mighell is one of many outraged this morning to learn Premier Ted Baillieu will not stop the highly controversial roll … Continue reading

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Sydney – here they come!

Thousands of homes across the Hunter and in Sydney will form the first “Smart Cities” in Australia, as part of a $100 million trial that will see the deployment of smart-grid technology. Ausgrid beat tough interstate competition to win in … Continue reading

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Record complaints made against power companies, Ombudsman reports | Herald Sun

RECORD numbers of complaints are being made against gas and electricity companies as they employ debt collectors to chase thousands of struggling customers over unpaid bills. The shocking extent of bill defaulting is revealed in a new report from Victoria’s … Continue reading

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Bill normally $185 PER QUARTER, new bill – $883.45.

Being a pensioner, i keep my electricity use to a minimum, since a smart meter was installed, i now have constant ringing in my ears, and i avoid loud noise, and my faithful dog is now drained of energy, and only 6 … Continue reading

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Installed Smart Meters not being activated…………….yet!

As one power company told us, “This is not public knowledge but, even though you may have a smart meter already installed it is very likely that it is not yet activated. In other words it is not transmitting. The … Continue reading

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Geelong Smart Meter rollout confusion

ELECTRICITY distributor Powercor says it has not told Geelong homeowners about their right to defer their Smart Meter installation because they should have seen the media coverage and government advertising on the issue. Approximately 10,000 of the electricity-use monitors have … Continue reading

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