Power of Choice
Power of Choice
Power of Choice is a Government-led industry wide program with new rules providing customers more opportunities to use electricity products and services, primarily through allowing access to new digital (smart) meters. With digital (smart) meters, customers will be able to access more detailed electricity consumption data providing more information for better decision making about electricity use, products and services.
The new rules under Power of Choice mean that older-style meters will be phased out and replaced with digital (smart) meters for residential and small business customers.
What are the different electricity meter types?
|Basic (accumulation) meter||Interval meter||Digital (smart) meter
(via Power of Choice)
|How does the meter measure energy usage?||From one point in time to another (usually 3 months)||Every 30 minutes||Every 30 minutes|
|How is the meter read?||A meter reader physically attending the property, locating the meter and recording the usage reading||A meter reader physically attending the property to download the readings||Automatically sending usage data over mobile networks.
The digital meter also allows two-way communication
|Who is responsible for installing the meter?||Your distributor||Your distributor||Your retailer|
How will a digital (smart) meter benefit customers?
- Remote meter reading capability – this means no more estimated readings or the need for customer to provide access to the meter readers.
- Access to detailed energy information – customers can access specific breakdown on energy usage in half an hour blocks to help monitor and manage electricity usage
- Remote Power Turn on and Turn Off capability – making it easier (and lower cost) for customers to move in and out of their homes.
- Accessing data via in-home display: customers can monitor own usage in almost real time using web portals with in home displays that are now available. This provides more information and ability to control daily energy use.
- Accessing solar system data: customers can easily monitor what percentages of solar and mains electricity they are using and change usage patterns to take advantage of the solar generation.
What if I already have a digital (smart) meter?
If you are unsure of what type of meter you have, you can contact us.
What if I am building a new home?
What if I don’t want a digital (smart) meter installed?
Are digital (safe) meters safe? Do they cause health issues?
The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency have reviewed the impact of frequency from smart meters and have stated “Health authorities around the world, including ARPANSA and the World Health Organization (WHO), have examined the scientific evidence regarding possible health effects from smart meters. Current research indicates that there are no established health effects from the low exposure to the RF EME from smart meters”. You can read more here.