The Northern Advocate is reporting that 25,000 Wel Networks is beginning to install “smart meters” for 25,000 Top Energy customers.

WEL Networks Chief Executive Dr Julian Elder was quoted as saying that there will be “no increase in energy or lines charges related to the change of meters.”

He would not say how many meter readers would lose their jobs in a part of NZ where unemployment is already high.

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