7 Aug 2009

Commissioner urges action on smart meters

2:09 pm on 7 August 2009

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has urged a select committee considering the issue of smart meters to look at protocols for the electricity industry.

Jan Wright has appeared before the Energy Select Committee to discuss her report, released in June, on the computerised electricity meters that allow consumers to see when power prices are at peak levels and curb electricity use.

Dr Wright told the committee many smart meters currently being installed are in fact "dumb", because they don't contain a computer chip that allows the meter to relay information to households.

She says it costs a few dollars to install the chip and urged the committee to look at introducing protocols so the chips become mandatory.