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Is 2012 the year for Smart Energy?

With approximately 200 million smart meters deployed globally to date, a report claims that this year is a turning point for the smart energy industry. International consultancy, Pike Research, says that the value in deployment now needs to become apparent as the smart grid sector shifts from infrastructure deployment to applications. 

The Smart Energy Conference sponsored by the Smart Energy Special Interest Group, will examine the unprecedented opportunites emerging from the change in the national energy supply and distribution system. Taking place in London on 28th March, this one day event provides the latest information and addresses the challenges of the UK Smart Energy sector. 

Recent research, conducted by IMS Research and commissioned by Cambridge-based supplier Sentec, estimates that approximately 65 percent of UK homes will be fitted with smart meters by 2015. However, in  2011, smart meter penetration had reached only 4.23 per cent homes, compared to Italy with  94 per cent and Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Finland, with 70 per cent.

The benefits of smart meters are manifold, allowing a reduction in energy demand by enabling people to turn off unused equipment and matching generation to demand. South Korea has announced that a smart meter roll-out will allow it to cancel a plan for nuclear power.

The UK faces particular challenges, such as the deregulated structure of the market which impedes rapid and co-ordinated action in a large scale initiative. However, with £2.4 billion to be spent  on smart home energy management devices over the next five years, the UK target is certainly within sights even allowing for the technical challenges inherent in a large-scale roll out.

A further challenge is customer perception of the new technology. Pike Research point out  that both customers and regulators need to be made more aware that the adoption of smart grid technologies, such as smart meters, has been worthwhile in either reducing costs or boosting energy efficiency. 

Relatively simple applications such as prepaid metering services should be straightforward, says their report, while others, like the integration of distribution automation (DA) with advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), and the adoption of microgrids, are more ambitious. 

The Pike Research report also predicts that dynamic pricing debates will escalate; architecture will be the new buzzword; cyber security failures will become almost inevitable; consumer backlash against smart meters will not go away; distribution automation and AMI will intersect; and microgrids will become reality. 


The ICT's Smart Energy Conference takes place in London on 28th March. More information and registraton details are available here.



1 person has had something to say so far

I feel the government should stay where they have hovered for the last 10 years, talking and discussing and commissioning consultants reports. Stick to talking, it's safer.
The sad truth is that none of them have a clue what smart meters are, or what they cost, so they rely on cut & paste from the reports and other publicity documents & "advisers".
The figures for Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Finland say it all,

There are no practical experienced skilled engineers at the top either in government or with these consultants. The one report I have read was quite misleading, and when I checked the members of the team, no engineers but accountants, economists, MBA business graduates, without any knowledge of what an electricity meter actually does. The blind leading the blind.
Posted on 02/04/12 00:04.

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