Smart Grid foundation trial

A smart grid is a network that allows for a two-way flow of information and electricity.WP logo

Unlike a conventional grid, a smart grid uses electronic sensors to monitor its performance and feed information back to consumers and network operators.

Though this smart grid foundation project, Western Power is testing this technology to identify the benefits to consumers and the network.

Smart grid communications infrastructure and 8,700 smart meters were installed in Midland, Forrestfield, Bassendean and Darlington in June 2010 as part of Perth Solar City.

These smart meters will still do the job of the old meter and record power use, but it will also provide greater benefits to customers, such as:

  • improved meter reading accuracy
  • the early detection of power quality issues
  • the early detection of faults so they can be fixed quicker

This technology allows customers to monitor their energy consumption, make more informed choices and will enable participation in the ACT: Air Conditioning Trial and IHD: In Home Display technical trials.

For more information on Western Power's Smart Grid, view these fact sheets:

Smart meters

Smart meters and your privacy

Smart meters and radio frequency emissions 


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