Peter Collier,
Minister of Energy,
Western Australia
 
Perth, Australia --- (METERING.COM) --- July 8, 2010 - The first smart meters have been rolled out in Western Australia, in a trial by Western Power in Perth’s eastern region.

The project, which was launched by the state energy minister, Peter Collier, will see smart meters installed in more than 8,900 homes in Bassendean, Midland, Forrestfield and Darlington, and it is expected to provide valuable information to help inform decisions about the state’s future energy direction.

“Smart meters will ultimately enable customers to closely monitor their power consumption, allowing them to make more informed choices about their energy use,” said Collier. “For householders who want to embrace a sustainable future with energy efficiency, solar panels and electric vehicles, this is the way forward.”

The Au$15million (US$12.9 million) trial is part of the Perth Solar City program, one of seven solar cities being developed under a federal government initiative to challenge households and businesses to better manage the way they produce, use and save energy.
 
The federal government is contributing Au$2 million to the trial, with the balance being provided by Western Power.
 
“The trial is a major milestone for Western Power in a project which will help determine the suitability for a range of new technologies right across the network,” said Western Power managing director Doug Aberle.

As part of the trial, smart meter customers will be able to take part in energy efficiency initiatives such as air conditioner trials, time-of-use tariffs and in-home displays, which will soon be offered.