By 2020, the Netherlands plans to have 15 million smart gas and electricity meters installed as part of a national rollout following a successful smart meter pilot, according to Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp.
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Russian utility Elektroset expects to make savings of more than €10 million over the next six years due to the successful implementation of a smart metering system.
“In this new system, Consumers can, for once, be king. Smart consumers, integrated consumers. With the benefit of smart meters, they can take control of their energy use. Get a better price by adjusting their usage. Avoid price peaks and cut their bills. So, we see, Market players and services will have to be more innovative:
The City of Aarhus in Denmark is in the process of rolling out smart heat meters to 53,000 district heating customers. This will be part of Aarhus’s planned intelligent energy system and will contribute to the city’s goal of becoming CO2 neutral by 2030.
A consortium of eight Danish utilities, the MV Group, is to acquire 153,000 smart meters from Kamstrup over a three-year period. The upgrade to smart meters is expected to make the utility group ready for the smart grid by enabling crucial optimizations of grid management and administration.
45,000 smart electricity meters equipped with GSM/GPRS modems are to be supplied by EDMI to global telecommunication systems vendor, Intracom Telecom, for rollout to commercial, industrial and residential low voltage customers in Greece.
In a good-news, not-so-bad news scenario, a new report from Research and Markets concludes that Europe will likely fail to meet its goal of deploying smart meters to at least 80 percent of its electricity customers by 2020. Germany’s decision not to deploy smart meters and delays experienced by other countries in planned rollouts, including France, means the penetration rate will more likely be in the 60 to70 percent range by the goal date—still a good number, all things considered.
The government has confirmed that the rollout of smart meters will not be completed until 2020, a year later than planned. In its first annual progress report last year, the government had said that the rollout would be finished by 2019. However, in its second annual progress report out today, the changed deadline was confirmed, following a review of the smart metering programme plan during the first half of 2013.
The government says its expects all major energy companies to offer smart metering services to all consumers by autumn 2015. The deadline was spelled out in a speech made to the Smart Metering Forum last week by Baroness Verma, Department of Energy & Climate Change parliamentary under secretary of state.
The Dutch government has started a consultation on the further roll-out of smart meters. A two-year trial of the meters, based on M2M technology, will end this year, and the government is now preparing for a nationwide roll-out. The consultation covers the required administrative decision and changes to the previous decision on smart meter requirements. The aim is for all households to be offered a smart meter by 2020. The consultation runs until 09 December.