Infrastructure to support emerging tech
Homeowners will be able to better measure and control their energy consumption with Western Power’s rollout of 180,000 new meters in the next two years – a move also expected to facilitate the emergence of new sustainable housing technologies.
More than 100,000 advanced meters have been installed so far at South West households as part of the initiative, which enables homeowners to receive up-to-date billing, remote detection of service line faults, faster re-energisation services and more detailed information about energy consumption.
The data is now available at half-hourly intervals and shows how and when homeowners use their electricity.
By June 2022, there is expected to be almost half-a-million new meters in Western Australia, with new homes and buildings where the meter needs to be replaced set to be the first to receive them.
Energy Minister Bill Johnston said the meter rollout was part of an overarching State Government plan to improve WA’s energy system and share helpful information with homeowners.
“Advanced meters will not only improve safety at homes, it will provide Western Australians with greater control over how they use and manage their energy consumption,” he said.
“The meters will enable customers to take advantage of emerging technologies, including community batteries, micro grids, embedded networks and electric vehicles, as well as support the increased use of rooftop solar.”
The meters are the latest initiative in a slew of state projects designed to help homeowners save on energy bills, including the recently announced Distributed Energy Buyback Scheme.
Under the scheme, eligible homes with batteries, electric vehicles and rooftop solar systems will be offered payments for energy sent to the grid.
Homeowners that send electricity between 3pm and 9pm will earn 10 cents a kilowatt-hour, while energy exported at all other times of day will earn three cents.
With one in two WA homes expected to boast solar panels within a decade, a number of batteries have been launched across the state to support the gradual energy transformation.
The State Government is currently observing how Tesla batteries it launched at Margaret River and Port Kennedy this year are supporting homeowners, following successful trials in Meadow Springs, Falcon, Ellenbrook and Kalgoorlie.
The trials were reported to improve power flow and quality, and save homeowners on their energy bills.
Other places across the state participating in energy efficiency experiments include Busselton, Kalgoorlie and the Kimberley, which is set to benefit from
$21 million in infrastructure projects focused on renewable energy technologies.