A SMART meter company spokesman says there is no evidence
the meters are causing health problems.
United Energy is working in partnership with Jemena to
install the meters on the Mornington Peninsula, in Frankston
and through to the inner eastern suburbs.
United Energy spokesman Stuart Allott said his organisation
took all complaints very seriously but there was no evidence
to suggest the meters were causing customer health problems.
He declined to comment on the claims of a Mt Eliza woman who
told the Weekly she believed a smart meter was causing her
to feel unwell, saying her complaint was of a sensitive
nature and before the Ombudsman.
"According to the Federal Government's Australian Radiation
Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency, the combination of the
relatively low power of the transmitter, their location on
the outside of buildings and the very short time spent
transmitting means that the overall exposure from smart
meters is very low and well below exposure limits," Mr
His comments came as the state government announced that
smart meters - which measure electricity usage and
communicate this information back to the supplier using
short bursts of radio waves - would continue to be rolled
out to small businesses and households in Victoria.
The government has based its decision partly on advice from
the auditor-general, who stated in his report on smart
meters: "If the project's emerging risks delay the
installation of smart meters it is likely that consumers
will face further cost increases and gain fewer benefits."
A government review found that smart meters were safe and
fell well within the requirements for electromagnetic and
The roll out is expected to be completed by the end of 2013
at a cost of $2.3 billion.
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