A Ministerial Advisory Council for the Advanced Metering Infrastructure program has recently been formed in Victoria, focusing on the benefits of smart meters to consumers and giving people in Victoria a voice in the program.
The Council aims to give the key stakeholders a collaborative framework, including consumer groups and industry representatives to bring forward the benefits of the smart meter program. It will monitor smart meter consumer information and engagement programs to ensure that the people of Victoria have the facts about smart meters.
Members of the Council include key stakeholders, including consumer groups and industry representatives. These are:
- AGL Energy
- Citipower and Powercor
- Community Information & Support Victoria
- Consumer Action Law Centre
- Consumer Utilities Advocate Centre
- Council on the Aging
- Energy Retailers Association of Australia
- Origin Energy
- SmartGrid Australia
- SP AusNet
- St Vincent de Paul
- United Energy Distribution
- Victorian Council of Social Service.
The AMI rollout was around 40% complete at the end of February 2012, with around 1 million meters installed, many of these already being remotely read. The rollout is expected to be complete by the end of 2013.