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Australia’s Western Power is to install approximately 238,000 smart meters as part of its meter replacement programme, and new meter installations.

The Western Australian government has said that the advanced meters will improve the safety, efficiency and reliability of electricity operations and services, and will increase operational savings once the rollout has been completed.

Says Western Power: “Advanced metering technology will help stimulate the next leap forward in electricity innovation. When combined with other network-connected technologies such as solar, batteries, home automation devices and applications, they can deliver better products and services for you.”

The rollout will also facilitate the wider implementation of time-of-use tariffs and possibly residential demand tariffs.

“Advanced metering technology empowers customers and gives them a choice on how and when they use their electricity,” said Energy Minister Bill Johnston.

The new rollout follows piloting of the technology with more than 9000 smart meters installed in the region between 2009 and 2012 in Perth, which Western Power says, saw participants save between AU$25 and AU$1,000 a year on their electricity bills.