Has Network Tasman applied for resource consent for the relay and access points?
Yes, the Tasman District Council and the Nelson City Council have provided certificates of compliance enabling the advanced meters to be installed
Can I decide not to have an advanced meter?
Yes, you can. Please contact your electricity retailer directly.
If I choose not to have an advanced meter, will it cost me more?
This is a question that is best asked of your electricity retailer. While Network Tasman owns and is installing the meters, individual electricity retailers determine their own pricing arrangements for their customers.
What is being done with the profit Network Tasman is making from installing advanced meters?
As a consumer-owned company, any profits the company makes are either used by Network Tasman to invest and manage its electricity network or are included in the twice-yearly discounts on its consumer's power bills.
Will a meter reader still need to come to my home or business?
No. The advanced meter is fitted with a wireless communication device that allows Network Tasman to read your meter remotely.
How is information transmitted from an advanced meter?
All meter reading data is in code and can only be read by the meter system computers. No other data (e.g. voice or video) can be transmitted. Information is only transmitted via radio signal.
What level of radio frequency does an advanced meter transmit?
The level reduces the further away from a meter you are. Even if you are standing next to a meter, the emissions are still well under 1% of the threshold that is allowed in the New Zealand Standards that govern radio energy levels.