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Government Can Make Smart Meters Live Up To Their Name - Labour

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Charles Chauvel
Charles Chauvel

The Government needs to set standards for smart meters, so that those meters can live up to their name, says Labour's Energy Spokesperson Charles Chauvel.

Charles Chauvel was reacting to a report released this afternoon on smart meters by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright.

"I welcome Dr Wright's report. When I was a member of the Meridian Energy Board between 2002 and 2005, I supported one of the first smart meter roll-outs in New Zealand by Meridian. But these were first-generation smart meters, and technology has moved on.

"In order for consumers to get maximum benefit from smart metering, retailers need to keep installed smart meters truly smart. Smart meters need to be able to deliver two-way communication via a reliable network so that they can work for the benefit of consumers as well as retailers.

"They also need to be paired over time with 'smart appliances' that can be programmed to switch on and off at times that low power prices are available.

"Last year, Labour published the New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy. Under the strategy, the Government must consider standard setting for smart metering this year.

"There is a great opportunity here for the Government to put in place rules for smart meters that help consumers manage their power usage and their power bills.

"The potential in good standards for smart meters lies in for energy savings and the need to build further generation capacity is exciting. I hope Gerry Brownlee doesn't miss this opportunity, as he has missed so many others so far in the energy portfolio," Charles Chauvel said.

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