Before the end of the year, Australian utility Western Power plans to begin deploying smart meters to 8,900 homes in Perth’s eastern suburbs as part of a $15 million, three-year trial program. The meters will be installed at no cost to residents living in the Bassendean, Midland, Forrestfield and Darlington suburbs of Perth. Western Power will cover up to $13 million of the total cost so the company can “determine the suitability for a range of new technologies right across the network.”
Earlier this month, the Australian government approved the country’s first commercial-scale smart grid project in an effort to help Australians to save power and connect domestic renewable energy to the grid. The Smart Grid, Smart City demonstration project will commence later this year in Newcastle and parts of Sydney, running until 2013. The cost of the project is estimated to be £46.3 million.
Despite EnergyAustralia’s growing fiber and WiMAX-based infrastructure in New South Wales, the energy retailer has opted against becoming a retail service provider (RSP) under the National Broadband Network (NBN). EnergyAustralia has established a wide-ranging network consisting of 800km of fiber infrastructure, and is in the process of deploying 140 WiMAX base towers around the state to transmit electricity usage information from smart meters to data collection units and mobile field devices. As part of its winning bid for the