Pensioners - Smart grid's enemy No. 1?

A legitimate concern for the welfare of a small group of vulnerable electricity consumers is holding back the roll-out of smart meters and smarter pricing that would lower costs for the community as a whole.

“You want pensioners dying in their homes from switching off the air-conditioner during a 40 degree day?”

This was the response of a state government energy minister to a proposal to introduce smart meters and significantly higher prices during peak demand periods.

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