- A Week in Smart Metering

Could load management be the key to unlocking customer engagement, asks Rose Bundock of
Published: Wed 03 Jun 2015

As observers of global smart metering rollouts, it is endlessly fascinating to see how each country is approaching deployments in their own unique way.

This week we ran a story about a new development in France. Energy provider Engie (previously GDF Suez) launched its first commercial offer for customers with Linky meters.
The attractive tariff, called the 'dolce weekend' offer, presents a carrot to draw in more users to the uniquely French smart metering scheme, said a representative of the energy supplier. Consumers can benefit from a 30% discount for electricity used between 11pm on Fridays and 7am on Mondays.The offer is also available after 11pm each weekday night, until 7am the following morning and should save a household with an annual consumption of 10,000 khw and a bill of 1,500 euros, an estimated annual savings of 60 to 130 euros.
It will be equally fascinating to see how well this offer is embraced by customers and if it offers a key to unlock customer engagement with load management.

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In South-East Asia, the Philippines' largest distributor of electrical power has secured regulatory approval for a 40,000 rollout of smart prepaid meters. The Manila Electric Company, also known as Meralco, will install phase one of the rollout this year as part of the utility US$324 million (Philippine Peso 14.5 billion) capital expenditure budget for this year.
In European deal news, IT solutions company S&T has secured a deal to supply 120,000 smart meters and a data management system in a contract valued at EUR 10 million to the Smart City Wroclaw project.
In Europe, Compton Greaves (CG), part of the Avantha Group, has secured a deal to supply data concentrators to Portuguese energy operator Energias de Portugal (EDP). CG won a tender to supply PRIME Alliance-certified data concentrator units made by its Spanish subsidiary ZIV.
With the increasing use of energy and its rising cost, the sustained accuracy of energy meters is more important now than ever before, writes Bal Mukund Vyas, DGM of Yadav Measurements, Udaipur (India). In many countries, there are indirect commercial implications to the use of energy. Consumption recorded by meters is also used to estimate carbon emissions.
The International Energy Agency's How2Guide for Smart Grids in Distribution Networks (Distribution SG H2G) seeks to provide decision makers with tools and steps for developing and implementing a strategic plan for smart grids at the national, regional or municipal level.
In India, Honeywell and Tata Power Delhi Distribution (TPDDL) have partnered in an automated demand response project which will improve energy reliability for commercial and industrial entities in Delhi. By linking more than 160 buildings in its distribution network, TPDDL will be able to more effectively managed the load to its C&I customers.