I’m all for smart meters but that’s what they have to be – smart, not just a convenience for the power companies. A true smart meter will benefit consumers, retailers and the environment. Climate change is a reality and true smart meters can help to reduce our carbon footprint by reducing the number of power stations that need to be built. Smart meters need to be paired over time with ‘smart appliances’ that can be programmed to switch on and off at times that low power prices are available. This will allow New Zealanders to plan their energy use and save on power bills.
Last year we published New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy which included setting the standard for smart meters. Will Gerry Brownlee have the smarts to see the revolution this will bring to power consumption? If we judge by the lost opportunities he has already missed in his energy portfolio, I don’t hold out much hope.