- Nov 11, 2009
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So the meters allow for remote meter readings ("in realtime", like an un-dead TV broadcast), and they alert ****ty Power when there is a power interruption, is that as smart as a smart meter gets or do these meters do circus tricks as well? I expect the meters also smartly allow for selective load shedding and can be disabled for non-payment and tampering reasons.
What's the difference between this "smart" meter and the "dumb" Landis digital PAYG meter that City Power installed recently?
If it gets rid of their craptastic estimating then I'm all for it.
That company however didn't win the contract for the rollout, that went to Vivian reddy
sent and alarm when power was lost or interrupted.
Can you do prepaid on 3-phase? Wasn't aware of that...
Yes, you can but doesn't come cheap if dealing directly with City Power. Estimate cost R12 thousand last time I queried with them.
Once they do come over to do the conversion to smart-meter will let you know if the pre-paid option went successful, cos apparently the meter can do pre-paid / directly charged by the utility as the 2 auditors told me. I totally forgot about the smart-meter conversion. They had a notepad size board with them - that is the size of the meter equipment!
I have old outdated meters probably from the 60's just hope the new equipment they install last long!
Yes, their conversion cost is something like R3500 per meter - you're probably going to need 3 prepaid meters and remember to keep them all topped up
Interesting, I wonder if the telescoping tariffs will apply per prepaid meter, or per account...
Going to save about R400 a month on rental/network charge as I am on a 3phase, on prepaid if not mistaken you aren't liable for Network Charge etc. Just for the units you use.
That's the main reason that I want to switch to a prepaid meter and I'm on single phase:
Service charge: R254.61
Network charge: R98.94
then R49.50 VAT on top of that, and it comes to R403.05.
I don't particularly want the CoJ's prepaid meter, I would prefer a prepaid meter that doesn't use some crappy ass proprietary wireless comms.
I don't want to be tied into a prepaid meter company that doesn't pass on discounts for reasonable usage. The problem is finding such a prepaid meter company that operates in Joburg.
Taken from : https://www.prepaid24.co.za/tariffs-and-charges_faq_op_list_category_29Current Charges
Standard Step Tariff (for Tariff B municipal clients) (all these rates are VAT exclusive)
0-500 kWh R0.8904 per unit,
500-1000 KWh R1.0106 per unit,
1001-2000 kWh R1.0760 per unit,
2001-3000 kWh R1.1903 per unit,
>3000 kWh R1.2763 per unit.
You don't get a choice in what kind of meter goes in if it's a COJ account. The other types of meters you're talking about are 3rd party sub meters.
I run a sub meter for my cottage. The units are calculated at COJ telescoping tariff rates.
There is no other prepaid company in Johannesburg, you buy your units directly from City Power and if City powers system goes off line then we are left in the dark!