In a live studio interview with Engerati at the European Union Sustainable Energy Week, Howard Porter, Strategy Director, ESMIG, discusses how the new upcoming challenging energy targets can be tackled using existing technology held by European industry. He says that the European Commission should view European industry as a partner to reach energy efficiency goals.
He explains that member states and utilities must ensure that smart metering roll-out plans are carried out as this will be key to meeting these goals. In addition, the consumer interface feature is crucial in order for the benefits of demand response to be realised.
He adds that smart metering infrastructure, with the right functionality, must be in place to support demand response programmes and appropriate tariff structures. However, Porter points out that despite the benefits of smart meters, there are still a number of member states that, after carrying out research, will not be adopting smart meters.
“This is disappointing since consumer benefits such as accurate and detailed billing cannot be attained effectively without being connected to the utility via a smart meter.”
While it is true that some consumers do not want a smart meter, Porter says there are some distributors who do not want to be connected to the consumer as this involves more service offerings and reduced energy consumption due to a higher level of consumption awareness.
“If there is political will in a member state, smart metering will happen. If there is no political will and the government and regulators don’t understand metering and feel that it is inappropriate for their state, then smart metering will be shelved.”