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Households to pay up to $194 more in 2014 for AMISat, 23 Nov 2013 01:04 pm By admin
The Victorian energy regulator has given approval for electricity distributors to increase metering charges in 2014.
Different supply authorities have differing fee increases, with Jemena having the highest increase of almost $194. Powercor will increase their metering fee by a modest $115.
The distributors are experiencing difficulties clawing back costs associated with the rollout of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), and will now increases the fee they charge for smart metering, which will be directly passed onto consumers by retailers.
Unfortunately, the Victorian Liberal Party, who under the Baillieu leadership, decided in 2012 that the Labor-initiated rollout of AMI should continue, did not consider future price rises, and have ultimately led to higher costs for householders.
Approved 2014 Charges (Single Phase Meter)
SP AusNet $160.21
United Energy $141.33
Source: Herald Sun
This metering charge increase comes only days after it was announced that customers who have refused to have a new smart meter would be slugged up to $150 extra per year.
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$150 p/a for refusing a smart meter Mon, 18 Nov 2013 06:34 am By admin
The electricity supply authorities in Victoria are planning to slug customers extra $150 per year on top of their normal electricity bills if they refuse a smart meter.
Those who refuse to have the new digital meters installed (as part of the Advanced Metering Infrastructure rollout) will be charged the extra fee, due to the authorities deeming it 'unfair' because everyone else has allowed the new meters to be installed.
It comes a week after SP Ausnet have announced that their AMI rollout completion date has been delayed, and will miss the end-of-year deadline.
Because nearly every premises has the new metering installed, supply authorities are now finding it uneconomical to send meter readers out to take readings of a handful of analogue meters, and hence are attempting to slug customers more to make up for the costs. It is a growing trend where authorities are using more aggressive methods to force customers into accepting the new meters.
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It has been reported that over 100 smart meters have been vandalised to date. Suburbs where the vandalism was most prevalent are Coburg, Footscray and Pascoe Vale.
This equates to approximately 2 per week since the rollout started.
The vandalism is being investigated by police.
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From The Age, September 23, 2012
"DETAILED information about electricity customers' power usage, which gives insights into when a house is occupied, is being shared with third parties including mail houses, debt collectors, data processing analysts and government agencies.
Customers with smart meters who sign up for Origin Energy's online portal must consent to their data being shared with a string of third parties. The data is stored in Australia but shared with US company Tendril, which is described by Origin as a smart energy technology provider."
Read More on The Age IT-Pro.
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