Smart meter roll out for Victoria

More than 1.1 million smart meters will be installed in homes and businesses across CitiPower and Powercor Australia’s Victorian electricity distribution networks.

Partnering with smart meter manufacturers Landis+Gyr and PRI Australasia for the provision of smart meters, and with Silver Spring Networks for the provision of network infrastructure, the agreements to support the rollout are worth more than $3 million, and represent the largest single commitment so far to the Victorian Government’s Advanced Metering Infrastructure Project.

The partnerships were formally announced by Victorian Minister for Energy and Resources, The Hon. Peter Batchelor.

“Victoria is the first state in Australia to give the go-ahead for the widespread rollout of smart meters and represents one of the most significant improvements to electricity distribution infrastructure in the state’s history,” said Mr Batchelor.

Smart meters will be a valuable tool for Victorian households and small businesses to manage their electricity use.

“CitiPower and Powercor Australia has undertaken an extensive assessment of the technology options to meet the Government’s objectives,” added CitiPower and Powercor CEO Shane Breheny.
CitiPower and Powercor expect to begin installing the smart meters late this year, and to complete the project by the end of 2013.

In April, electricity distributors Jemena and United Energy Distribution announced plans to begin rolling out smart meter infrastructure.

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