When Metering.com ran a story recently about the European Commission (EC) proposing to “monitor the functions of smart meters”, I wonder how many of you - energy companies or service providers alike - rejoiced at the news.
European Union energy commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete, addressing the Citizens’ Energy Forum, said he thought the EC had a responsibility to make sure that energy consumers aren’t “short changed” by the roll out, literally.
Mr Cañete wants to see EU citizens in countries where mandated rollouts are happening being able to use smart data to save themselves electricity and therefore money. Cañete said his comments follow concerns that some Member States are not planning on passing on energy monitoring functionality to consumers. “We may only get one shot at national rollouts of smart meters, so we should get it right,” he concludes.
So will another level of smart meter monitoring help or hinder national rollouts?
In the instance of the UK, the consumer body is strong and already vocal (just ask one of the Big Six energy companies), so will extra red tape simply mire an already complex deployment?
We’re keen to know your thoughts. Tell us what you think in The Big Question.
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