PM's electricity reforms will not affect WA

The state's Public Utilities office says most of the Prime Minister's proposed reforms to cut electricity prices will not affect Western Australia.

The reforms include setting up new consumer bodies, greater power for the Energy Regulator, rewarding off-peak power users and a roll-out of smart meters in homes.

Julia Gillard believes they would cut $250 from annual household bills and is taking her ideas to a meeting of state and territory ministers on Friday.

A statement from the Public Utilities Office says most of the reforms relate to the national electricity market, which WA is not a part of.

The office concedes smart meters and time of use tariffs could have potential benefits for West Australian consumers.

Western Power's Andrew Blaver says a trial of smart meters has had positive results.

"We are really looking at how customers interact with the technology, how they save money and we've had savings between five per cent off a bill and 30 per cent off a bill," he said.

"It really depends on how much a customer uses it, really it's up to the household as to how they want to use this technology." Mr Blaver says about 11,000 West Australians are trialling the meters but he says their introduction across the state could be a long way off.

"It's very important that we understand the technology first," he said.

"We understand the costs and the benefits and then we've got to submit that to the regulator, which we've done.

"Then, of course, government and the retailer and consumer groups must all have a say in this technology and the benefits it can provide."

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