The name 'Power of Choice' has been given to a set of government reforms designed to give customers more options to control the way in which they use and manage their electricity expenditure. The rule changes become effective from 1 December 2017 and will add competition in digital metering across the energy market.
To help answer any questions you may have about these changes, you can view our Power of Choice Industry Frequently Asked Questions below.
The new rules state that basic meters need to be replaced with digital meters. If you do not want a digital meter and your meter is deemed faulty, it will be installed with the communications functions disabled.
A digital meter is a device that measures and records how much electricity is being used by a household or a business. It uses new technology that communicates your meter readings every 30 minutes directly to your electricity meter data provider
A digital meter has many benefits including:
All new meters for both residential and small business customers will need to be digital as they have advanced technology and allows things to be done remotely depending on the state where you live. Overtime basic meters will be replaced by digital meters.
No, you don't have to have a digital meter from 1 December 2017. If your meter becomes faulty and no longer provides accurate readings your basic meter will have to be replaced with a digital meter.
The new rules for metering were developed by the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) as part of the Power of Choice reforms on 1st December 2017. New digital meter technology provides households with real-time information on their electricity usage. This in turn provides you with greater control. With growing energy demand and rising electricity prices, there is a need to give consumers greater control over their energy consumption.
At this time Alinta Energy will only be replacing basic meters with digital meters where the meter has become faulty and no longer provides accurate readings. Alinta Energy will be launching new products and services from time to time which will be designed to benefit customers. Details of the current products and services are available on the Alinta Energy website.
If you are having a digital meter installed due to a fault, we will not be making any changes to your existing product.
Click here for a link to the AEMC’s webpage and information on the Power of Choice reforms.