Advanced meters to unlock more efficient, safer electricity network

The WA Government is pleased to support the deployment of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) on the South West Interconnected System (SWIS), unlocking future benefits and savings for customers.

Western Power will install 238,000 advanced meters as part of its routine meter replacement program, and for all new meters, aligning the utility with industry deployment across Australia and globally.

The deployment includes communications infrastructure to monitor two-way flows on the electricity network, which is likely to increase as demand for solar PVs and electric vehicles continues to grow.

Advanced meters will provide Western Power with improved visibility of power flows on the network, which will improve the efficiency and reliability of its operations and services provided to customers.

Additionally, they will facilitate the development of new retail products and services that will enable WA homes and businesses to have greater visibility and control of their energy use, including managing rooftop solar electricity systems and batteries.

The move to advanced meters will also provide substantial safety benefits by enhancing Western Power’s ability to detect safety issues on its network, such as neutral faults.

Source: WA Government