Residents and businesses across the Mildura region have commenced receiving smart meters with the electorate office of Peter Crisp, Member for Mildura, having a new smart meter installed today by local electricity distribution company Powercor.
The rollout across the Mildura region is expected to continue through late 2012 as part of a Victorian Government mandated program to replace old meters with smart meter technology. By the end of 2013, all residential premises, farms and small businesses across Victoria will be fitted with a smart meter.
“The smart meter installation process was easy and only took around 30 minutes,” said Mr Crisp. “I recognise that a lot of Victorians have questions about the smart meter program and I hope that today’s installation at my electorate office will help Mildura residents better understand smart meters.”
In December 2011, the Victorian Government announced that the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Program will continue, and that all Victorian homes and businesses will have a smart meter installed.
“Four weeks prior to the smart meter installation on customer premises, customers will receive a letter from Powercor explaining the process and that letter will be accompanied by a Victorian Government notification,” said Powercor Regional Asset Manager, John Hardie.
“Powercor will then send a further letter informing customers of a 10 day period during which the meter exchange will occur. Areas scheduled for meter installations will also be advertised in local newspapers.”
To date, CitiPower and Powercor together have installed more than 650,000 smart meters across its networks and is on target to complete 1.1 million total installations by the end of 2013. State-wide, more than 2.5 million smart meters will be connected.
Smart meters offer a number of benefits over the old type of electricity meters. In Victoria, they will have the ability to:
· provide electricity consumption data in 30 minute intervals, which will eliminate the need for manual meter reads and estimated power bills;
· provide more information to help customers better understand when and how they use electricity;
· enable remote connection of electricity, such as when customers move premises;
· help the electricity distribution business to detect and locate outages and restore supply more quickly; and
· assist distribution businesses to manage networks more efficiently.
There is no installation fee for smart meters. The cost of the new meter is recovered over time through electricity bills, as is currently the case.
For more information, customers can call Powercor on 1300 783 882 or visit its website at