Smart meter rollout
Introducing smart meters in Victoria
A major upgrade of
Victoria’s electricity infrastructure means all households and
small businesses throughout the state will have the existing
electricity meter at their premises upgraded with a new digital
smart meter by the end of 2013. Smart meters present new
opportunities that have not been possible with previous meters.
Unlike the old metering technology they replace, smart meters
are two-way, digital communication systems that record electricity
usage every 30 minutes and can automatically send this data to
electricity distributors. This will virtually bring an end to
estimated quarterly bills and manual meter reads.
Connecting or disconnecting electricity, switching to a new
electricity retailer or feeding electricity back in to the grid
from roof-top solar panels will all be cheaper and easier with a
smart meter. You will no longer need to wait for your next
scheduled meter read when switching electricity companies, making
this process also quicker and cheaper. To find out more about
reading and identifying your electricity use, please
click here. To read about our web portal, Energy Easy,
please click here, or
visit the Department
of Primary Industries to learn more about in-home displays.
Another key advantage of smart meters is they can notify us
instantly if your power is out. These outage alerts can speed up
the time it takes for us to source problems, so our repair crews
can get you back on supply much sooner.
A brief history of the smart meter program
Following an in-depth review in 2011 by the Department of
Treasury and Finance, together with an assessment of the safety of
the program by Energy Safe Victoria, the current Victorian
Government announced at the end of 2011 that it would proceed with
the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) program and rollout of
smart meters to residential and small business properties across
In early 2006, the previous Victorian Government had endorsed
the deployment of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) to all
Victorian electricity consumers taking supply of less than 160 MWh
per annum. With growing energy demand and rising electricity
prices, the then Government identified a need to give consumers
greater control over their energy consumption.
For further information, please visit the Department
of Primary Industries (DPI) smart meter page.