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The UK Smart Meter Bubble is About to Burst | Engerati – Transmission and Distribution

June 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

The smart meter rollout in the UK is under fire, apparently the established companies try to protect their turf a bit too hard. The IoD document lays out a cogent and powerful case for review. It frames the current deployment in the context of other previous government IT disasters, using input from their members to add the measure of experience about how these projects can go wrong. It also raises the important question of how any savings might be implemented.This is an important point which has largely escaped the notice of most of the programme’s proponents. DECC refuses to reveal how they came up with the figures for customer savings, which many consider to be mythical. That is why they have been hauled up before the Freedom of Information commissioner. But there’s been little debate about the industry savings, which are generally taken for granted. The most cited of these are the savings from automating meter readings and getting rid of meter readers. But there are also considerable savings attached to grid management. However, there’s a flaw even in these savings, which the IoD highlights. Source: The UK Smart Meter Bubble is About to Burst | Engerati – Transmission and Distribution

Who Owns the Data? – EnerNOC Blog

June 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

In the US alone, smart meters have been deployed to 4.6M commercial and industrial (C&I) customers, according to the Energy Information Administration. This represents only 11% of total deployment, but these smart meters serve nearly 340M megawatt-hours (MWh), making up 49% of all energy served by total advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) installed. [..] With these extensive deployments comes a high cost. Total capital costs per meter, including installation, range from $81 to $532, according to Siemens, and when multiplied by a million or so meters, costs can quickly inflate. One way utilities are accelerating their smart meter ROI is by using the AMI data to deliver shared utility-customer value, particularly for C&I customers. Source: Who Owns the Data? – EnerNOC Blog

Why 50 million smart meters still haven’t fixed America’s energy habits

June 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Many studies suggest that providing real-time feedback about an individual’s energy use can change their behavior. One of the most compelling in this respect, by Katrina Jessoe and David Rapson at the University of California at Davis, came out last year in the journal American Economic Review. It examined 437 Connecticut households, which had been randomly assigned to one of three groups. All of the households received smart meters that transmitted electricity use information every 15 minutes —  and for the control group, that’s all they received. Technology alone is not enough to help people save energy. The article tries to explain what we do need to get people to start saving energy. Source: Why 50 million smart meters still haven’t fixed America’s energy habits