Melbourne, Australia --- (METERING.COM) --- April 19, 2012 - A Ministerial Advisory Council for the Advanced Metering Infrastructure program has recently been formed in Victoria with its focus on realizing the benefits to consumers from smart meters and ensuring that Victorians have a strong voice in the program.

The Council is aimed to provide a collaborative framework for key stakeholders, including consumer groups and industry representatives, to work towards bringing forward the benefits of the smart meter program. The Council will also monitor smart meter consumer information and engagement programs to ensure that Victorians have the facts when it comes 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
  • Jemena
  • Origin Energy
  • SmartGrid Australia
  • SP AusNet
  • St Vincent de Paul
  • TRUenergy
  • United Energy Distribution
  • Victorian Council of Social Service.

As of the end of February the AMI rollout was around 40 percent complete, with over one million meters installed and many already being read remotely. The rollout is expected to be completed by the end of 2013.