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Energy data ownership: balancing customer privacy and utility service

Smart meters can generate considerable data about how consumers use energy services. But who “owns” that data? This thorny issue makes it challenging to balance the consumer’s reasonable expectation of privacy with the utility’s goal of providing better service while enhancing grid operations.

This month, at European Utility Week, Larsh Johnson (Chief Technology Officer for eMeter, a Siemens business) will participate in a panel discussion exploring these issues…

Full post: Energy data ownership: balancing privacy and service

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October 8, 2013 at 10:04 pm

UK: First Annual Energy Statement Highlights Smart Meters

Today, eMeter’s director of EMEA regulatory affairs Alicia Carrasco explained how the UK’s first-ever Annual Energy Statement highlights the role of smart meters and the smart grid in securing that nation’s energy future.

To dismantle barriers to investment in energy efficiency, the Department of Energy and Climate Change announced it’s launching a Green Deal and accelerating smart meter installations. Also, the DECC and Ofgem (the UK electricity and gas regulating agency) jointly published a prospectus for smart meters.

Read the full story: First Annual UK Energy Statement: Smart Meters Play Key Role

July 28, 2010 at 11:11 pm

How Can Smart Meters Save Europe €120 Billion?

October 12, 2009: In the packed King Harald Board Room at the Naval and Military Club in St. James Square, London, today, Ahmad Faruqui and Dan Harris explained to an elite group of industry experts how rolling out smart meters in Europe can save  €6 billion per year, or  €120 billion ($175 billion) over the meters’ 20-year life.  The means is demand response via smart, dynamic prices.  Dr. Faruqui and Mr. Harris are principal consultants with the Brattle Group and made their presentation in the eMeter-sponsored event that included Chris King’s update on the PowerCentsDC smart grid project.

Faruqui and Harris explained to the group of government officials, academics, electricity retailers, and industry consultants (and Nissan, who sees a strong link between smart prices and electric car charging) how they applied Brattle’s econometric model to Europe.  The model includes 49 results from pilots throughout North America and a few from Australia and Europe.  The consultants adjusted their results for Europe to account for much lower air conditioning usage, pulling from pilot data in places like the State of Washington, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Ottawa, Canada, where air conditioning use is also very limited.  They analyzed the UK wholesale market and other European electricity markets in assessing the value.

The presentation was important for two reasons.  Of course, €120 billion in consumer savings is important, period.  In addition, however, this seminar and others like it are highlighting both the importance of the consumer and the benefits to the consumer of smart meters in Europe.  So far, consumers are seeing relatively little benefit from the nearly 50 million smart meters deployed in, primarily, Italy and Scandinavia.  Brattle advocates that all those consumers have the chance to sign up for voluntary smart prices – TOU, CPP, or Peak Time Rebate – so they can start going after some of that €120 billion!

– Chris King

October 13, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Smart Meter Europe: Spain Jumping Ahead

Two themes marked today’s Smart Meter session in Barcelona.  First, amid tremendous energy and enthusiasm – the show has a record 3,200 attendees – many participants are frustrated by a lack of concrete progress.  The excitement comes from the EU’s directive to roll out smart meters to all consumers by 2022, from the commitments by the UK and others to do it even sooner, and from the active planning and strategy development underway by all of Europe’s major utilities.  The frustration, in contrast, comes from the small number of announced projects.  The crowd was restless, wanting to see less talk and more action.

The second theme, though, is that real progress is happening.  And that was demonstrated when Endesa’s CEO, Jose Luis Marin Lopez-Otero told the audience that Endesa will begin rolling out smart meters in three months, at the rate of two million meters per year.  Endesa is not waiting for all the i’s to be dotted and t’s to be crossed.  And Endesa is publishing its meter design to make it available to others as well, hoping to create a de facto standard, promote more rapid adoption, and reduce costs.  When I later spoke to Senor Lopez-Otero, he said one of Endesa’s main drivers is to get energy usage information in the hands of Endesa’s consumers, so they can save energy and reduce carbon emissions, and available – with the consumer’s permission – to retailers, so they can offer new pricing and service options.  He emphasized the importance of these benefits in light of his experience coming from the telecommunications sector.

Next year, Endesa and a few others will move forward aggressively, and the remaining utilities will begin implementing the plans on which they’ve worked so hard.  Net net?  2010 promises to be a big year on this side of the Pond.

– Chris King

October 7, 2009 at 6:17 pm

London Calling: Smart Meters in Europe

The battle against climate change has begun in earnest.

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