The following is copied from an email I have sent to SPAusnet:
In the FAQ section of the SPAusnet website http://www.sp-ausnet.com.au/?id=230112250B1F1EC245EAE3FFBCA2576420082FF9D
concerning the cost of the new smart meters being installed it states:
For SP AusNet customers, the current pricing would result in an $86.10 annual
charge for the average small customer with a single phase single element meter
Clarification is needed here. Specifically:
1/ Is this an ongoing annual charge? If so, for how long?
2/ Is this different from and in addition to the normal service charge?
3/ Can I do a one-off payment for this meter and wave the annual charge?
4/ In 2009 I paid approximately $280 for a new meter for my grid connect PV system. Do I get a rebate on this cost?
I am worried that this is another case of the bean counting sharks taking back what we have gained from having a PV system.