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One polluting power station closed – if consumers had information to make energy efficiency savings – with the use of interval meters

Posted by gmarkets on 25 September, 2007

One polluting power station could be shut down courtesy of the energy efficiency savings from interval meters, said TEC energy campaigner Jane Castle. According to Mathew Murphy, electricity use could be reduced by up to 10 per cent and almost 20 million tonnes of greenhouse gas saved through the use of interval meters. Interval meters, or “smart meters”, measure electricity consumption every 30 minutes. A report by advocacy group Total Environment Centre said electricity use could be cut between 4 per cent and 10 per cent through better informing people about when they were paying more for their electricity, reported The Age, (17/9/2007, p. B2).

Real costs “hidden”: “For generations we’ve been using electricity stupidly because the real costs have been hidden,” she said. “With smart meters we can both reduce greenhouse emissions and reduce the amount we spend on unnecess­ary infrastructure.” St Vincent de Paul social pol­icy and research manager Gavin Dufty rejected the report’s find­ings, saying it had not factored in the impact of possible price rises on low-income households.

The Age, 17/9/2007, p. B2

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