The energy supply sector is taking the lead with smart metering
Utilities around the world are rolling out smart meters. In Europe, the main stimulus is regulatory, with countries such as Spain and the UK setting aggressive timetables for deployment of domestic smart meters. At the other extreme, Germany has carried out additional cost-benefit analyses and only started mandatory roll-out of smart meters in 2014 – a task that will be hard to achieve in the highly fragmented German market. In the US, there is a complex structure of federal stimulus funding and state legislation generally aimed at encouraging smart meter deployment. As well as a motivation to reduce revenue leakage, there is the further benefit of reducing fraud – households and businesses that don’t pay for electricity typically have little incentive to be energy efficient. So making people pay reduces demand on the network.
This Implementation Guide takes a detailed look at the deployment strategies taken by different cities around the world and is a valuable reference for any city manager looking at how smart metering may be implemented. It includes case studies of Endesa, AES Electropaulo, Inovgrid Portugal, Inovcity and British Gas.
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