This means we are now able to offer the Pipit 500 and Rainforest Eagle, and their Solar Electricity Monitoring capability to large sections of Victoria. Currently more than 80% of Ausnet Smart Meters can be directly accessed, with the remaining ones due to completion in the lead up to March 2017.
However we have the formal contacts to prioritise the enablement of the remain Ausnet Smart Meters based upon their need for solar monitoring.
Like other binding processes you will need your electricity bill for the NMI and meter number of your premise. We will supply the MAC address and Install Code of your purchased device and help you though the process.
We have been asked about Smart Meter costs in Victoria. Below is a table of the metering charges (cost of the Smart Meters) which are being applied annually to Victoria electricity bills, including the proposed 2015 charges. Notice how despite the end of the AMI project, and the capitalisation of all the Smart Meter hardware and software, the metering charges are not even close to the low levels in 2008. It beggars belief that with the program officially “completed”, the recurring Smart Metering support costs in Jemena, United and SP Ausnet areas exceed the annualised rollout costs.
In regard to the smart meter costs for the entire program, the former Minister for Energy and Resources stated, “..it allowed the cost of the smart meter program to blow out from $800 million when it was originally scoped, to $2.3 billion. That is not money the taxpayers or the Treasury pays; that is money that Victorian electricity users pay on their bills. They have been paying that on their bills since 1 January 2010” (Hansard 20 Feb 2013)
|2010||Year 1 of 6||$105||$135||$97||$86||$69|
|2011||Year 2 of 6||$91||$137||$95||$94||$92|
|2012||Year 3 of 6||$99||$154||$103||$107||$107|
|2013||Year 4 of 6||$108||$173||$112||$123||$123|
|2014||Year 5 of 6||$117||$195||$121||$140||$143|
|2015||Year 6 of 6||$127||$220||$131||$160||$165|