The state of Queensland in Australia is rationing electricity by means of smart meters, putting it closer to a dystopian future of everything being rationed.
According to the Queensland state government, smart meters “record electricity consumption typically in 5 or 30 minute intervals.” The recorded data is then sent to electricity companies using “energy industry wireless communications” to determine how much energy a certain household uses.
The state government touted the purported benefits of these smart readers, including “accurate and up-to-date information on usage patterns through electricity retailer online platforms and mobile apps” and “faster services” such as billing inquiries or account transfers.
“Changes to electricity metering came into effect throughout the National Electricity Market on Dec. 1, 2017,” it said. Save for a few off-grid areas in regional Queensland, majority of the northeastern state was included in the shift to smart meters.
The Queensland government also mentioned possible options to decline having a smart meter installed – alongside the remote communications that send energy consumption data.
However, this did not quite sit well with Sen. Pauline Hanson, who leads the One Nation party in the federal senate. She has also represented Queensland as a senator in Canberra.
According to Hanson, Australia’s world-leading energy reserves should have created a legacy of abundant, cheap power for Australian homes and businesses – without the need for smart meters and energy rationing. She warned, however, that the state government was heading toward a based third world system with electricity rationing. (Related: ENERGY COLLAPSE: Australian government asks residents to turn off lights to avert power blackouts.)