25 Jun 2009

Power companies to be reprimanded over home meters

8:25 am on 25 June 2009

The electricity industry is expected to get a reprimand over household metering on Thursday.

It will be accused of failing to use state-of-the-art technology that could dramatically ease the energy crisis. Electricity demand is growing by an average of 2% per year.

Power companies began installing smart meters some years ago to help people limit this growth by using power at a time when prices are cheap and the supply plentiful.

But the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment is to tell the companies their smart meters are not smart enough.

The commissioner will urge adoption of systems that interconnect with the real cost of electricity, and turn on appliances automatically when prices are cheap.