Western Power is looking to install 10,500 smart meters as part of a four-year smart grid trial.
The utility has just started its search for a vendor and hopes
to have a preferred tenderer by October in order to start
installation early in 2010. Perth's eastern corridor will receive
8500 of the meters while 2000 smart meters will be rolled out in
Denmark and Walpole.
The meters would provide real-time information on energy
consumption, remove the need for manual meter readings and the need
to log fault calls, according to the company. Connecting and disconnecting services will also
be able to be carried out more quickly.
"A significant aspect of the trial will be data collection.
Western Power will use the data to better understand customers'
energy usage patterns, which will help to formulate future energy
programs," Western Power's smart grid manager Lisa Cunningham said
in a statement.
The new meters will be able to interface with Western Power's
network communication system and existing metering data management
systems, Cunningham said.
This is not Western Power's first step towards a smarter
electricity network. Last year it
trialled turning off selected customers' air conditioners
briefly in peak times to manage demand. It has also been installing
new meters capable of recording data in short time intervals since