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Full Page Ad Campaign to Quell ConcernsThu, 17 Feb 2011 12:00 am By admin
The power distrubution companies CitiPower, Powercor, SP AusNet, Jemena, United Energy and Energy Networks Association have jointly placed a full-page ad in the newspaper that attempts to quell the concerns of Victorians.
They mention that "in 2006, the Victorian Government mandated the rollout of smart meters to every Victorian home and business", however it is not clear if the law states that you cannot refuse to install them. It is well known that people have successfully refused the installation of the new meters. The companies are using this as a new scare tactic.
They claim that after the rollout is completed, "customers can expect to see meter charge reductions". But why are customers now seeing a new "Metering Charge" item on their bills? Customers will be charged more. In fact, all electricity customers (even those without smart meters) are already paying the charge, which is hidden and built into the service charges. Why should customers pay for equipment not owned by them? Why should customers pay for an electricity company to measure how much energy they have used?
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