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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Don Maisch

Tasmanian consumers to feel the pinch in 2018 …

I’m working on a letter examining the forthcoming introduction of time-of-use pricing via smart meters by the State Government’s TasNetworks and will be sending an individually addressed copy to all State politicians. There is a litigation angle which should perk their interest.

In the meanwhile see this article from Canada’s hydro state: British Columbia. This is EXACTLY the situation with Tasmania’s Hydro power and nothing is being said in the mainstream media about it. It is a price increase by stealth.

• Download Australian letter to Australian Energy Regulator on TasNetwork’s revised tariff proposal …

TasNetwork_Dec_2016.pdf

Dr Pri in Comments: Wireless “Smart” meters are not a smart way forward at all. They will further blanket the population with unhealthy microwave RF radiation which has proven ability to damage DNA and increase cancer risk (as confirmed by the National Toxicology Program of the NIH USA recently). Keeping the analogue meters is the safest way. Dr. Pri Bandara

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9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Mick Kenny

    November 12, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    These devices simply allow power suppliers to accumulate detailed consumer consumption patterns for their own marketing and pricing advantage. They offer householders no benefit at all, although the householder pays for the data collection device that benefits them not, by way of household power charges.

    What is really needed are technologies that accommodate renewable sources and optimise logical consumption patterns, provide data to develop smarter networks and grid innovation. At best, smart meters are a crude load-shedding mechanism and consumer surveillance tool designed to maximise retailer profits.

  2. Tony Stone

    November 12, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Smart meters are just another profit growth method and like all wifi, dangerous to all life’s health.

    The claim that Tasmanians should pay the same as Australians for their energy is another laughable idiocy. What Tasmanians should be paying is less and less each year for their power.

    Bugger Australia. Its future is one of energy disaster and it has a political system so out of control as to be unworkable. We will end up with the same scenario in Tas unless we get rid of the party system and hand power directly into the hands of the people.

    To attain low cost energy sustainability it is just a simple matter of putting solar and small wind on every building and property than can cater for it. Add tide and wave generation, strategically placed solar tower generators and salt storage and develop small local grids and introduce local backup salt storage facilities.

    This way we would be able to meet all our energy needs at very low cost and be able to provide 21st century industry with reliable, low cost energy, with no need to import heavily polluting energy and the opportunity to develop and provide new industry with low cost energy, more reliable stable energy supplies, and no blackouts.

    In reality, they can install smart meters, but this won’t effect meas I’ve been off grid for decades and I absolutely love the independence, reliability and freedom. I got my investment back within 5 years and I now have virtually free energy for the last 5 years and the next 10 years at least.

    Rather than smart meters, everyone’s energy production and usage could be connected via the internet. This could occur as we roll out fibre to every home and workplace over a couple of years so everyone is connected at the same speeds and has access to governance.

  3. Kelvin Jones

    November 11, 2017 at 3:04 am

    #8.. My last sentence should read: It is hard to see how smart meters are not a way of making more money for state coffers.

  4. Kelvin Jones

    November 10, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Perhaps another view on smart meters/for Tasmania is the insatiable demand by the South Eastern grid on the mainland for peak energy.

    A couple of more Basslinks and the mainland can have a huge supply of crest peak energy.

    Of course our State government pockets a massive profit. Our Hydro power is produced at such low cost. I believe Bell Bay Aluminum is packing up in a few years time and other heavy industrial organisations are reducing load over the next few years thereby leaving much more to export.

    Therefore why should not the Tasmanian consumer pay the market price of the mainland ???

    To avoid running down the dams too much we have to import some energy back. It is a thought that an equal exchange of energy, which is a money-making scheme by State Government, actually wastes 10% of the energy transferred out and 10% for the energy transferred back. That is an awful lot of quality electrical energy wasted warming the bottom of Bass Straight.

    It hard to see how smart meters are a way of making more money for State coffers.

  5. Don Maisch

    November 9, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    A video of a recent PowerPoint talk shown at ‘A Green Life or a Green Lie?’ (Oct 28) conference held in Paterson NSW is worthwhile to see. The presentation gives a rundown of the problems with smart meters and provides easy steps for opt-out and refusal, plus it clears up the confusion about the various names and functionality of meters under the new national electricity rule.

    See the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGdokq88xx8&feature=youtu.be

  6. mike seabrook

    November 7, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    the chutzpa the pollies and their hydro appointed directors have

    sell est. 65% of tassies hydro output to crony overseas owned businesses at est. 4c per kwh delivered

    and

    hit up the battlers, farmers, small businesses at est. 30 c per kwh

    how do they sleep of a night – why no exposure??

  7. Dr. Pri

    November 7, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Wireless “Smart” meters are not a smart way forward at all. They will further blanket the population with unhealthy microwave RF radiation which has proven ability to damage DNA and increase cancer risk (as confirmed by the National Toxicology Program of the NIH USA recently). Keeping the analogue meters is the safest way. Dr. Pri Bandara​: https://www.facebook.com/pri.bandara/

  8. Pete Godfrey

    November 7, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    From what I have read these so called Smart Meters can be wildly inaccurate. I have read that they can be up to 400% out in their readings.
    I also wonder about their connectivity, as they are read remotely how much can interference on the lines affect them.
    Of course it is a power price rise by stealth. When have prices ever gone down?

  9. Chris

    November 7, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    If there is a bob or seven innit then the Gut Whinger , the Choc top Kid, Willy the Winner, Rocky the leader in wanting, Hiding to get away from Do Nothing Fergie and Harcher the resurrected TV performer will all want to privatise the meters for their ideological needs and their future well being and a share in the prophets.

    Where and when will we see their donation books, which no doubt the Ticket Wrangler will oversee to see they are all obeying the nephew of Otto?

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