Calls for smart meters in every home and business

Clever the meters are expected to be installed ahead of other major electricity market upgrades as Australia strives to reach net zero, according to the Australian Energy Market Commission.

In a new draft report, the commission said that 100% adoption of clever the meters would provide a benefit of more than $500 million to all regions of the national energy market.

Clever Meters are devices that digitally measure energy consumption and allow consumers to see how much energy they are using in real time.

Committee chair Anna Collyer said that 100% adoption of the clever meters by the end of the decade would allow customers to be better informed about energy consumption before net zero emissions.

“The electricity market needs a critical mass of clever meters in households and businesses before we can introduce other significant advances needed to reach net zero,” she said.

Clever counters transform power into knowledge and knowledge into power. Consumers can make informed choices which, in turn, pave the way for greater retail options that suit their home or business usage habits. »

The commission said it was working with stakeholders to accelerate the deployment of clevermeters on the national electricity market.

The draft review also recommended further changes to the energy rules to allow for a more coordinated approach to replacing old energy meters with clever meters.

The review recommended the adoption of privacy safeguards.

Collyer said upgrading to clever meters would allow for a more efficient energy network.

“You can’t lead a clever system on dumb old technology like traditional accumulation counters,” she said.

Clever Meters are the basis of a more connected, modern and efficient energy system that allows all consumers to obtain data on their home energy consumption.

The draft report is open for submissions, and a final report is expected in the first half of 2023.

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