Comments on the ABC News Report.
I have emailed the ABC with similar comments on the report, which appears to lack balance. Many of the relevant facts are poorly presented while some of the information could have been critically challenged but was not.
The report raises some significant issues including the relationship between grid voltages and solar panel feedin impacts. It also provides informed opinion by two experts in addition to Mr McIndoe.
A principle premise of the report opens with advice from Mr McIndoe that he has determined he is paying $1,200 per year for his electricity because of electricity supplied at the upper voltage limit permitted.
“I’m being force-fed more electricity than I need,” he said.
"Based on the 254 volts I’m getting here, I’m roughly paying about $1,200 more for my electricity each year than I need to.“
A further comment is that this is deliberate to increase the power used by consumers.
A final point re Mr McIndoe is:
After he realised the scale of the problem he started a company that specialises in filtering out extra voltage in homes and businesses.
As a retired professional I see the prospect of ‘snake oils’ here praying on fears based on incomplete facts or half truths. The technical arguments about increased power consumption due to higher voltage are complex. Some appliances or items will use the same power as voltage changes, some will use a little more - perhaps 1 or 2%. This is not $1,200 when typical homes use between $1,500 and $3,500 of electricity per year.
The technology possibly behind Mr McIndoe’s business and needed to change (filter?) voltage is expensive or simply will consume the excess as heat. The follow up interviews by the ABC did not challenge the proposition. The ABC did not explain how the voltage reduction would be achieved. Critically until very recently the legally standard for voltage in Qld Australia was 240v +/- 6% or a maximum of 254.8v. Recently as of Oct 2018 Qld is in a transition to a 230v nominal voltage. This does not support any argument current supply voltage levels are in any way a rort or costing a thousand dollars in extra power usage.