Dr Gill is an expert on the Australian Energy Market. As an independent consultant he is now specialising in the provision of advice and data analysis to assist consumers. He has provided advice to government regulators, distributors, retailers, consumers, asset operators and equipment vendors.
Dr Gill has a broad technical background both as an engineer and as an applied mathematician. He has used these skills to personally develop advanced communication modems, burglar alarms, electricity meters, high voltage fault monitors and power quality analysers.
Dr Gill is a metering expert. During the National Smart Metering Program he facilitated the development of a specification for Australian smart meters. Innovative metering products developed by his teams have been externally recognised with the Green Globe Award, NSW Government’s Premier’s Award and Best New Product by the Australian Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers Association.
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|If the metering industry stands to benefit why are they resisting change?
Simple cost effective solutions exist to the measurement errors occurring when electronic (smart) meters measure modern appliances. Fixing these issues benefits everyone, so why is the metering industry refusing to accept the changes?
|Should the AEMC force consumers to install meters shown to be less accurate than their current one?
The AEMC’s mandated smart meter rollout forces consumers to accept a smart (digital) meter despite laboratory testing revealing unacceptably large measurement errors when connected to modern appliances. Since the AEMC refuses to act these unreliable measurements will continue to be used to bill consumers until at least 2040!
|Who is responsible for restoring faith in the accuracy of consumer electricity bills?
Globally it is acknowledged modern appliances have significantly increased the amount of electrical noise across electricity networks. Testing has confirmed this noise adversely affects measurements made by modern electricity meters. This is a major consumer issue when these highly questionable measurements are used to calculate consumer electricity bills
|Do Consumers benefit from Energy Efficient Pool Pumps?
A recent article revealed measurement errors exceeding 500% when electronic meters were used to measure the energy use of a small pool pump. The results provide further evidence of the urgent need to review Australia’s Metering Standards
|Social equity issues raised by meter errors caused by harmonics
Testing shows electricity meter measurements are heavily affected by harmonics. Of concern is who pays for these errors? Users generating harmonics end up paying less, while consumers affected by the harmonics pay more
|How Australia’s Measurement Law fails consumers
Australia’s National Measurement Law is not working well. It allows inaccurate measurements and untested values to be used to calculate consumer electricity bills. The law needs to be changed.
|Do you trust your electricity meter?
Testing has shown harmonics can adversely affect the accuracy of electricity meters. Here analysis is used to show how harmonics affect the measurement of reactive power (var).
|Do Solar Diverters affect Power Quality?
Analysis is used to show solar diverters can generate significant harmonics on the distribution network. That these harmonics have been shown to cause significant meter errors is concerning.
Privacy issues with the AEMC Smart Meter Rollout (Part 1)
Consumers are increasingly being offered control over their data, with companies required to obtain explicit consent before sharing consumer data with third parties. Instead the AEMC smart meter rollout continues to promote implicit consent, ensuring consumers are given no control over who gets to see their data. More
AEMC Smart Meters: Consumer Privacy (Part 2) and Other Services
There is a concerning lack of understanding of the consequences of accepting an AEMC Smart Meter. More
Fantasy and Reality of Solar Savings
The installation of a solar system is a long term financial investment. To maximise benefits consumers still need to regularly check for lower cost electricity tariffs and monitor the solar system performance.