Price hikes not the only answer

Smart meters and flexible pricing are essential but they shouldn't be used to delay a dedicated program to fund demand management, which can be implemented much quicker.

As pointed out most recently by the Productivity Commission (and lots of others), we need a widespread roll-out of electricity meters that can tell the time; and then have network businesses charge customers (or their retailers) on the basis of the capacity they use during peak time periods. 

This may not help solar PV, at least in the short-term, but it’s something we have to do in the long-term interests of managing decarbonising of our energy supply, as well as keeping network costs under control. 

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