Victorian power utilities, United Energy Distribution and Jemena, have selected the American company Silver Spring Networks to roll out smart meters to over a million Victorian homes over the next four years.

Victoria’s "smart grid" plan will give 2.5 million Victorians the ability to monitor their own energy use and allow utilities to read, connect or disconnect meters remotely.

United Energy Distribution provides power in South-East Melbourne and on the Mornington Peninsula while Jemena serves North and Inner-West Melbourne. Three more power utilities are expected to roll-out smart metering technology in other parts of Victoria in the same time frame.