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What Is Smart Metering?

Smart MeteringWhat is a smart meter?

Smart meters are exactly how they are described by their title – they are smart.

They will replace the mainly outdated technology from the 20th century with state-of-the-art gas and electricity meters. This will herald an innovative way people think about and use energy.

Smart meters will bring an end to the estimated bill and the home visits from meter readers. They will provide accurate information on the amount of electricity and gas being used to customers and energy suppliers alike. You will be able to monitor energy use in real time, leading to informed decisions about how you manage your energy use.

Why are they smart?

Smart meters provide accurate information on the energy you use, enabling comparison between the amount of electricity or gas you use today against what was used the previous day, the previous week, the previous month and even the previous year.

The information provided by smart meters on your energy use will be available through hand-held display devices, over the internet, through a cell phone or even over digital TV.

Access to the information will be shared with suppliers, enabling them to read meters exactly and hence, charge precisely what has been used rather than working on meter readings or estimates.

Will smart meters be used by businesses?

In most countries considering smart meters the primary focus is on domestic electricity and domestic gas metering, but the operational structure currently developing should also apply to non-domestic customers. Saying that, many medium and large businesses are already benefitting from having a type of smart meter installed.

Many governments have mandated that large businesses must have smart meters within five years and are currently considering their policies on smart meters for smaller businesses.

What’s in it for businesses and domestic consumer?

Everyone will benefit from having accurate utility billing, but other benefits will be:

Real time data on energy use, which will benefit all energy users. Everyone will be able to understand the amount of energy they are using with different pieces of equipment, machinery and appliances, it will lead to easier decisions regarding the cost of that energy and how to reduce utility bills and it will lead to more energy efficiency.

Energy companies will be able to offer a range of new tariffs designed to reward clients who use energy efficiently and at off-peak times.

With more energy efficiency a substantial reduction in carbon emissions can be achieved, protecting the environment from climate change.

If clients generate their own energy through solar panels or wind generators with a Smart Meter they are able to sell it back to the energy company, which will encourage further reduction of carbon emissions.

Do energy supply companies want smart meters?

Yes. These meters will enable energy suppliers to become more effective and efficient in how they deal with their clients, as the processes of estimating bills and answering calls from clients with their current meter readings is extremely expensive and inefficient.

Energy companies will also be able to offer new types of innovative tariffs that will allow clients to benefit from potentially cheaper deals at off-peak times.

Why are smart meters being planned now?

Climate change is a foremost concern for many organisations and governments. Governments and the energy industry are continually considering more efficient and greener ways to produce and use energy.

One of the most important aspects in tackling climate change is the promotion of energy efficiency and smart meters are an important part of empowering consumers to use less energy. Many governments and organisations have completed a cost benefit analysis for introducing smart meters and revealed an encouraging business case for implementing smart meters.

Why are smart meters so important?

We are all concerned about the rising cost of energy plus the rate of climate change.

We are all aware of how much energy we use/waste and the carbon we emit. In the majority of states energy suppliers are required by law to reduce the amount of carbon that they use, and smart meters will enable them to do this on a large scale.

15 comments

  1. Ehizogie Omo-Ojugo says:

    How can these energy saving devices benefit clients who use diesle generators to generate thier own energy?

  2. admin says:

    They will highlight where energy efficiencies and savings can be made by displaying what is happening, what is being used and even wasted. Hence you can see the drop in energy use when an appliance is switched off – this then means the generator doesn’t have to run as heavily or as long to provide the power needed, as less power is being demanded.
    Follow that up with intelligent products that will do a lot of the work (such as switching off and on or adjusting demand) and it is not then dependent on direct human interaction – again reducing the demand on the generator and hence it needs less diesel to run.
    That is why Enigin have developed the Eniscope to such a high specification so that it provides far more information than standard smart meters and then they have followed up with a range of intelligent energy saving products to help businesses become energy efficient and save money on fuel, whether to a power supply company or on fuel into a generator.

  3. Dela says:

    how can these retrofit energy saving devices reduce the carbon print of power generated by hydroelectric means.

  4. Dela says:

    how can these retrofit devices reduce the capacity of a power production plant or a hydroelectric plant in order to produce just enough to meet the same consumption demand.

    a hydroelectric plant produces say 20MW for a demand. how can a retrofit energy saving device benefit this power producing plant (including thermal plants or generators) in order tomeet the same consuming demand

  5. jason coonan says:

    It was raised in a safety course I took last year when dicussing electricity you cant see it and therfore it is dangerous. This is true from a personal welfare possition however it is also true in an energy cosumption/ conservation poit of veiw. How do we save somthing we cant see. Answer make it visable.

  6. Ken Cheyne says:

    Great question. It kind of comes down to the power of one (person) to produce an effective change. Given your example, if you change out your incandescent bulbs to include all CFL lamps, would it make an measured impact at the producer? Intangible. If every person in your municipality did the same; Yes! Altering the carbon footprint of a power producer “takes a village”.

    Taking a decision to reduce your energy consumption will help you financially and also give you the knowledge that you are doing your part for the whole. In the end, the Hydro Plant (Utility provider) will be able to reduce their production.

  7. Jeff T says:

    These are all good questions. In learning more about energy and its related charachteristics the picture has become more clear for me. I can now see that through smart metering, behavioral changes, load-side products and changing out inefficient fixtures for more efficient fixtures will impact carbon emissions, global warming and natural resource depletion.

    In a nutshell anything that reduces energy demand even at the domestic level, therefore reduces the demand for power generation. A nice benefit of this scenario it that less energy demand directly means less burning of fossil fuels and as a result less carbon emissions.

    For the USA it means less dependance on foreign fuels. It will reduce the need for finding, exatracting, refining and transporting fossil fuel reserves within the states also. Bad for oil and coal companies but good for everyone else.

    Energy and energy conservation is the classic “snowball” effect. It this arena the snowballs momentum means positive effects through the entire spectrum. Go Enigin!

  8. Gary W says:

    Smart meters are being used by power companies right now. They will replace the current system and meter readers will not be driving to every home and business. How much energy & carbon will that save?
    Add to that, how much energy can be saved if we can see the same data that the power companies are seeing and our awareness is increased.

  9. Peremo Caginivula says:

    The Energy Efficiency is the untouchable aspect of Carbon Emmissions. Most people target RE generation,however to be smart you need efficient energy use.
    Coupling RE and EE is the way to go and Enigin will dominate the carbon market due to its potential to monetize the avoided emissions generated due to Energy Efficiency.

  10. Awesome…I am a leader (advocate) of Electric Consumers for the last 2 decades. Your products definitely will bring us to a cleaner and “lowered” electricity consumption.

  11. wind generators are expensive but they do deliver lots and lots of clean electrical power;”‘

  12. Mautaz Dobouni says:

    Q:
    Is this the same meter given by the energy providers and to be compared with Eniscope? If so, I do not see much diffrence between them other than you get a bettter analytics with Eniscope. Pls help.

  13. admin says:

    No the Eniscope is far more comprehensive, detailed and sophisticated than a utility meter.

    It records your electricity use as you use it, switch on some apparatus and you will see precisely what it is using, right away – not just a dial spinning faster.

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  14. roberto carrion says:

    Since you do not control what you do not measure…Is it a threat for large electricity distributors to “compete” against smart meters? is that a possible issue? if so, how should be the best way to deal with it?

  15. kojo says:

    You cannot manage what you cannot measure. Is this the work of Eniscope i.e. Give the measurement to enable management? Does Eniscope by itself reduce consumption?

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