Aurora’s Honeymoon is Over!

Well this comes as no surprise!

THE honeymoon period for Aurora customers is to come to an end, with electricity disconnections set to more than double in Tasmania in the next 12 months.

Aurora had given Tasmanian customers a four-month amnesty on disconnections as they rolled out a new billing system in the last half of this year.

However, the company has warned it will soon be operating like energy companies in other states, which have been disconnecting customers at a growing rate.

In Victoria, 24,000 households had their power cut off in the past year — a 33 per cent increase from 2011. Disconnections in South Australia have grown by 38 per cent, Queensland 20 per cent, and New South Wales 25 per cent.

Aurora spokesman Richard Wilson said the company expected 2000 disconnections next year — double the average of 1000 disconnections a year for the past two years.

Only 226 Aurora customers lost their power in 2011-12 because of the four-month amnesty on disconnections to allow a new billing system to be installed, Mr Wilson said.

Disconnections dropped from 998 in 2010-11 to 226 in 2011-12. Of these, 178 were residential customers and 11 were businesses.

Mr Wilson said making regular payments through a payment plan was the best way to avoid a disconnection.

“Disconnections are the worst outcome for everyone but especially for the customer,” he said. “It affects their credit rating and they lose their electricity supply.”

Mr Wilson said the company had arranged 2490 payment plans in the last quarter.

The increased disconnections will come as a blow to the State Government, which is set to sell Aurora customers at the end of the year into a full retail contestable market.

Energy expert Frontier Economics director Danny Price told the Mercury in late October concerns about the credit ratings of Aurora customers and Aurora’s market monopoly were scaring off energy retailers.

He said the sale of energy customers on the mainland had generated about $1000 to $1500 per customer but Aurora would be lucky to get $300 per customer.

Sourced from The Mercury

Now as Tasmanians have no option but to use Aurora and with power prices having more than doubled over the last few years. Aurora’s subsidiary Momentum offering power to Victorian households at nearly half the price of what Tasmanians get from Aurora, it’s no wonder why we’re mad at all the bullshit that the Tasmanian Government keep telling us that having a closed market is better for us… :/

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Aurora's Honeymoon is Over!

Well this comes as no surprise!

THE honeymoon period for Aurora customers is to come to an end, with electricity disconnections set to more than double in Tasmania in the next 12 months.

Aurora had given Tasmanian customers a four-month amnesty on disconnections as they rolled out a new billing system in the last half of this year.

However, the company has warned it will soon be operating like energy companies in other states, which have been disconnecting customers at a growing rate.

In Victoria, 24,000 households had their power cut off in the past year — a 33 per cent increase from 2011. Disconnections in South Australia have grown by 38 per cent, Queensland 20 per cent, and New South Wales 25 per cent.

Aurora spokesman Richard Wilson said the company expected 2000 disconnections next year — double the average of 1000 disconnections a year for the past two years.

Only 226 Aurora customers lost their power in 2011-12 because of the four-month amnesty on disconnections to allow a new billing system to be installed, Mr Wilson said.

Disconnections dropped from 998 in 2010-11 to 226 in 2011-12. Of these, 178 were residential customers and 11 were businesses.

Mr Wilson said making regular payments through a payment plan was the best way to avoid a disconnection.

“Disconnections are the worst outcome for everyone but especially for the customer,” he said. “It affects their credit rating and they lose their electricity supply.”

Mr Wilson said the company had arranged 2490 payment plans in the last quarter.

The increased disconnections will come as a blow to the State Government, which is set to sell Aurora customers at the end of the year into a full retail contestable market.

Energy expert Frontier Economics director Danny Price told the Mercury in late October concerns about the credit ratings of Aurora customers and Aurora’s market monopoly were scaring off energy retailers.

He said the sale of energy customers on the mainland had generated about $1000 to $1500 per customer but Aurora would be lucky to get $300 per customer.

Sourced from The Mercury

Now as Tasmanians have no option but to use Aurora and with power prices having more than doubled over the last few years. Aurora’s subsidiary Momentum offering power to Victorian households at nearly half the price of what Tasmanians get from Aurora, it’s no wonder why we’re mad at all the bullshit that the Tasmanian Government keep telling us that having a closed market is better for us… :/

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My advice, kill it with fire! 😉

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Aurora Fined!

AURORA has been fined $40,000 for cutting off power wit hout notice to customers known to require life-support equipment.

But the energy company says the fine by the Australian Energy Regulator is too much.

Aurora spokesman Richard Wilson said the definition of life support was broad.

“Aurora accepts that the regulator can issue the fines and has paid the regulator $20,000 for each of two alleged ‘type-one’ breaches after we reported these to the regulator,” he said

“However, we were surprised the regulator chose to issue the fines and we consider them to be out of proportion to the actual impact on the life-support customers involved.

“Aurora has well-established processes around the prioritising of electricity supply to life-support customers and Aurora voluntarily provides an electricity discount to customers reliant on life-support equipment. Neither incident for which Aurora was fined by the regulator involved injury to a life-support customer.”

The Australian Energy Regulator has asked Aurora to strengthen internal processes to meet its obligations to life-support customers.

Mr Wilson said work was already under way.

“The regulator had a range of possible enforcement responses and the alleged ‘type-one’ breaches were the first of their type to be reported by Aurora under the National Energy Customer Framework,” he said. “The framework has only been in force in Tasmania since July 1 this year and Tasmania and the ACT are the only two jurisdictions in Australia that are currently subject to it.

“Aurora’s error rate is very low when seen in context.”

Mr Wilson said up to 107,000 customers experienced a planned outage each year and Aurora had processed 6800 disconnections on customer premises in the first five months since the framework started, with an error rate of 0.059 per cent of the total.

The National Energy Retail Law and Rules that started in Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory on July 1 this year were set up, in part, to establish a framework for the protection of customers with medical life-support equipment.

Sourced from The Mercury

So now lets hope that our bills don’t get jacked up because of this… 😐

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Speed Cameras

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TASMANIA Police has denied new speed cameras do not work effectively because of design defects.

Reports today claimed the mobile laser speed camera’s effectiveness was limited because it could not work properly through protective glass covers.

But Inspector Mark Beech-Jones said the cameras were working fine and would work even better when upgraded.

“They are capturing and detecting people speeding. When they were launched last week, they caught someone speeding. Yesterday the one in southern region photographed 2000 cars,” he said.

He said the cameras had a range of 70m. But by replacing the perspex covers, their range would increase to 110m.

“The cost to change the perspex will be under $500 in total. It’s only a piece of perspex we’re changing to improve the range.

“There’s nothing wrong with the equipment. There’s nothing wrong with the trailer.”

The cameras were mainly used in urban settings, where range was not a critical issue, he said.

Inspector Beech-Jones also rejected suggestions the camera mounts were on the wrong side of the trailers, saying there were four mounts in each and the operator could move the camera depending on the road and conditions.

Three mobile laser speed camera trailers were launched last week.

They were funded by the Motor Accidents Insurance Board to the tune of $42,000.

Sourced from The Mercury

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Two Week Lenses

Today I received my first pairs (yes I meant two!) of biweekly contact lenses. Since I started with contacts, I’ve been using the daily disposable type. This has meant that I have not had the routine of cleaning the lenses after each use. So this is where the fun begins! 🙂

The type of cleaning option that has been selected for me is one that uses Hydrogen Peroxide to make sure that if any bugs decide to take up residence on the lenses that their life won’t be very pleasant! This may sound strange that you would use such a strong chemical that it alone can cause problems if misused, However in my circumstances the contacts are being used as a bandage as well as for corrective vision.

The amount of correction has changed frequently as the surface of my corneas has been healing, but it seems to have settled for the moment. With correction my eyesight is pretty much back to normal, but there’s still moments of a  slight haze but this is only apparent in bright light. It was horrible when it was (for a time) this was my normal vision.

More to follow…

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Site Update Randomness

Yesterday (30th November) I rebuilt this server due to a slight problem/mistake that I caused when attempting to install ISPConfig3 on a server that had already been configured with a working environment. Notice how I said ‘working’ because after completing the install of ISPConfig3 this is where things got rather complicated rather quickly! I’ve not had much experience with ISPConfig but I was keen to see how it works and to see if it would make setting up email & web services. Well after 2 actual rebuilds I believe that I’ve managed to achieve what I set out for.

After the ‘First’ install (ISPConfig) It totally broke the server! All Web address resulted in 500 errors! Postfix was complaining about SASL Authentication I knew that I was either going to spend a lot of time trying to sort out the mess or just cheat and start a fresh. So after about 10 seconds, I said to myself…  “SCREW THIS” let’s just backup what I need and start fresh (something that is clearly stated for ISPConfig!)

Skip forward to mid morning, and things were going well until I enabled squeeze backports, then ran a system update thinking that gives me the advantage of updated software that’s not included with Debian Stable. Oh boy what a “HUGE” mistake that was! My fresh install was now pretty much in the same condition as it was when I broke it!

So again, do I even attempt to work out just how things went so horribly wrong? Oh no screw that! Enter rebuild #2. So one would expect by now that I should have a slight better idea on what/whatnot to do! Yeah OK I’m learning! but in all fairness this server is all about learning. I’m not qualified in this field of work, for me it’s just a hobby.

So there’s going to be broken links until I restore some content (wiki, statusnet, forum) as I’ll be working on that in the coming days… 🙂

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