The Victorian smart meter rollout is underway. Access information and resources to help you understand how it impacts you.
The electrical smart meter rollout
Over two million smart meters have now been installed in Victoria. All old electricity meters in Victorian homes and small businesses will be replaced with new digital smart meters by the end of 2013.
How smart meters work
Your new smart meter will be installed in the same spot as your old electricity meter.
There are a number of different types and models, but most smart meters tend to be a similar size as old electricity meters, but with a digital display and no dials. They measure and record power usage in 30 minute intervals.
How smart meters can help you
New digital smart meters can do things that existing meters can’t.
Smart meters send meter readings directly to electricity distributors. So someone doesn’t need to come out to your house to read your meter if you decide to change your electricity retailer.
Flexible pricing plans for smart meters
From 1 July 2013, if you live in Victoria, you could benefit from new electricity plans designed for smart meters. In Victoria, EnergyAustralia will be introducing an optional new way of charging for your electricity use, called flexible pricing.
How to use your smart meter
You can use EnergyAustralia’s eWise portal or an in-home display connected to your smart meter to access information about your electricity use.
Who installs and owns smart meters
Smart meters are owned and installed by Victoria’s five electricity distributors – Citipower , Powercor , Jemena , United Energy and SP AusNet . They own and manage the poles and wires that deliver power to Victorian homes and businesses.
You’ll need to contact your distributor if you have any questions about your new meter or any installation issues.
How much energy do they use?
Similar to your current meter's energy use, the level of energy required to run the smart meter is very low. You will not be billed for the energy used to run the metering equipment.
Full functionality may not be immediate
Your new meter may not have full functionality in the early stages of the smart meter rollout. The meter will continue to be manually read until the supporting telecommunications network and computer systems are fully operational.
Want to know more?
The Department of Primary Industries smart meter fact sheets and flexible pricing information offer more information about what smart meters do, flexible pricing, installation safety and privacy.
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