June 26, 2009
There is much talk of smart grids and smart meters. The former concerns electricity only, whereas smart meters concerns electricity, gas and other utilities. When smart metes have two-way communication, smart meters are a first step towards a smart grid.
Already, 99% of electricity customer in Sweden and 90% in Italy have intelligent meters installed. In Norway, the Netherland and Spain the plans are for full (100%) roll-out of smart meters by 2013, 2016 and 2018 respectively. Will others follow suit? What does the 3rd Package of energy legislation envisage for smart meters in Europe? What about the USA, Canada and Australia? What are the regulatory drivers for the adoption of smart meters? Will standardization and interoperability facilitate or prevent smart metering implementation? How to overcome regulatory and operational challenges of a smart grid to facilitate the delivery of renewable energy?
These questions, and more, will be discussed at the World Forum on Energy Regulation (WFERIV) in Athens in October. Read more…Author : mogg