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CSIRO warns of smart meter hacking riskMon, 05 May 2014 10:00 am By admin
The CSIRO has announced that smart meters and smart grids could be vulnerable to hackers and cyber attacks if electricity organisations don't take action to improve the security of their electronic systems.
Hackers could potentially take control of smart meters and turn off power supplies to homes. It could potentially occur during periods of peak demand, such as heatwaves, where entire cities could be blacked out.
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Smart meter refusal fee reasonable: Denis Napthine Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:00 am By admin
Victorian premier Denis Napthine today said that the warning to customers who will be charged $150 per year for not having a smart meter is "reasonable".
"If you choose not to have a smart meter, you incur higher costs for the electricity company". Dr Napthine goes on to say that it would not be fair for other customers to share the cost incurred by a few customers who refused a smart meter.
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Victorian Energy Minister Nicholas Kotsiras has today announced he will be commissioning an independent 3rd party to perform a safety audit on smart meters.
Mr Kotsiras said the public needs to be convinced smart meters are safe and restore confidence in the system.
"I have got a smart meter and it's right outside my bedroom, and I believe they are safe, but again, people simply don't believe me and that's why it's important to get a third perspective" he says.
A report investigating the performance of power companies has found Smart meters remain the most significant issue for the community, followed closely by billing problems, contracts and tariffs. From the review, 69% of people's concerns with smart meters were about health concerns, which promoted the independent third party audit. Mr Kotsiras said the audit will "show once and for all that smart meters are safe".
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Victorian water supply authorities are considering a rollout of Smart Water Meters.
If there were any winners for electric smart meters, it is the electricity companies themselves.
So why would customers take kindly to 'Water smart meters'? Mr Kevin Hutchins from South East Water today explained that the cost of the new meters (if they are rolled out) will not be passed onto customers, and they could detect water leaks much quicker.
However, he says South East Water are shying away form the term Smart Meter, instead labelling the meters 'Digital water meters', possibly to disassociate them with the electric version, which has drawn its share of criticism.
Like the electricity smart meters, Water customers could end up paying the cost of the new digital meters.
The digital water meters are powered by a battery, and reads the water consumption every hour. But this raises questions. How long does the battery last? Who bears the cost of replacement? Will hundreds of water meter readers potentially lose their jobs? Will the cost savings from not having to pay salaries of meter readers be passed onto consumers?
The estimated cost per meter is up to $50 if the distributors buy them in bulk.
Like the electric smart meter, once invented, there would be no putting the genie back in the bottle.
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