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Industry watchdog recommends Pre-pay Smart Meters

Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:00 am By admin

Late last week, a report told of the NSW Energy and Water Ombudsman had recommended a controversial prepayment metering system. It believed that it may assist some customers with budgeting for energy costs and prevent 'bill shock'.

The Ombudsman's report says "A prepayment meter system should be a choice available to all Australian energy consumers". They acknowledged that whilst some customers under financial stress may "self-disconnect regularly", they add that those customers can reconnect their supply at a much lower cost than with standard metering arrangements.

The Victorian Council of Social Services believes it could be "disastrous for vulnerable customers", owing to the fact that prepay metering encourages customers to forgo electricity usage at the expense of their health and wellbeing, especially on days of extreme heat.

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