- A Week in Smart Metering

Batteries could be a serious game changer for the utility industry and its consumers, writes
Published: Thu 19 Feb 2015

Sitting at my desk in Cape Town, South Africa, the national utility Eskom and the threat of load shedding is an ever-present theme of discussion as well as cause of regular disruption.

The idea that South African businesses (including will contend with controlled blackouts for the foreseeable future drives me to daydream about an off-grid existence complete with a residential energy storage unit.

Surely batteries for home use will be the biggest game changer for the utility industry?

And change is a-coming. This week, US electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors hinted that the company is just six months away from releasing a residential-use battery pack.

Tesla says it has finished the design of a pack powerful enough to electrify a house and I don’t even need an electric car to use it.

It seems the lines between smart energy and traditional utility business is becoming ever more blurred. And until then, let’s hope Eskom can keep the lights on.

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