The Alternative Technology Association (ATA) welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Australian Energy Regulator’s Review of Smart Meter Remote Service Charges under the Victorian Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) program.
This submission has been formally endorsed by the following consumer organisations and members of the National Energy Consumer Roundtable:
– Consumer Action Law Centre;
– Consumer Utilities Advocacy Centre; and
– St Vincent de Paul Society, Victoria.
The ATA are well positioned to comment on smart meter related charges given our extensive involvement in both the National Smart Meter Program (NSMP) and the Victorian AMI program.
The ATA also represents the National Energy Consumer Roundtable on the National Stakeholder Steering Committee (NSSC) of the NSMP. The Roundtable comprises a range of consumer organisations with a diversity of interests.
Of particular concern to all Roundtable member organisations are costs that may impact vulnerable sectors of the community, and ensuring that the promised benefits of advanced metering technology, such as cost reduction from the full automation of some services, are sufficiently captured by all consumers under any mandated rollout program.
In line with this second objective, we are extremely concerned by a number of the proposed charges and associated methodology and assumptions proposed by the Distribution Network Service Providers (DNSPs) as part of this review.