Metering.com - A Week in Smart Metering

When it comes to metering, Europe has shown it has two very different forces at play, writes Rose Bundock, editor of Metering.com
Published: Wed 24 Jun 2015

On one side, the European continent is urbane and debates new technology calmly and rationally - as we saw in Germany deliberating the value of smart residential meters last week.

On the other side, meter tampering appears to be a growing concern - with the southern European country of Cyprus admitting that a third of its meter stocks have been bypassed.
 
While in the UK, two major energy suppliers - British Gas and EDF Energy - announced this week they are issuing stab jackets to staff. The reason? To protect personnel charged with enforcing prepaid meters on errant payers.
 
The stories just go to show that although Europe is seemingly more advanced in policy and technology deployment, the region shares common challenges with every major metering region in the world.
 

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The Australian smart meter market is preparing for change as a ruling from the energy market regulator on creating more competition among suppliers and increasing consumer engagement is expected on 1 July. The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) has outlined a draft rule determination due to start next week.
 
In the UK, an electricity distribution network operator in the North West of England has awarded Schneider Electric a three-year contract to deliver smart grid technology. Schneider will supply Electricity North West with a distribution management system in a bid to self-heal outages, gather data to improve network efficiency as well as integrate renewable energy sources.
 
In Europe, energy companies are taking a firm line against meter tampering and customer resistance to prepayment installation. In the southern European country of Cyprus, three people are in police custody after being arrested on suspicion of tampering with their home electricity meter. Meanwhile in the UK, two leading energy firms have issued staff with stab vests to protect them from attack by customers who are tampering with gas and electricity meters or refusing to pay their bills.
 
South Asia, India is forecast to be the largest consumer of Internet of Things (IoT) devices globally by 2020 – this according to Indian software trade association Nasscomm.
 
US-headquartered smart energy company Sensus has launched a new low-consumption residential electricity meter that it claims exceeds US safety standards.

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