“It’s easier to save energy when you can see the energy you’re using”

In an article in the November/December issue of Energy in Business & Industry magazine, Andrew Warren, Chairman of the British Energy Efficiency Federation, questions quite how successful attempts to use the residential smart metering system to alter demand peaks this winter can possibly be.  There is no longer any requirement for an energy company to … Continue reading “It’s easier to save energy when you can see the energy you’re using”

The German government plans a new digitalisation strategy that could pave the way for greater energy efficiency

Edgar Meza writes on the Clean Energy Wire website about German plan that would help the energy sector “de-bureaucratise” and accelerate the rollout of smart meters. What are your views?   Germany aims to push energy efficiency with digitalisation strategy The German government plans a new digitalisation strategy  that could pave the way for greater energy efficiency in the … Continue reading The German government plans a new digitalisation strategy that could pave the way for greater energy efficiency

Problems continue to plague the rollout of smart meters in the UK

One day we may read a good story about the rollout of smart meters. Citizens Advice still believe they will bring benefits to consumers but so far they haven’t happened. Felicity Hannah explains in an article on the Independent website. What are your views? What is happening in your country?   We're all missing out … Continue reading Problems continue to plague the rollout of smart meters in the UK

How data protection experience in the EU provides valuable lessons for Australia

We are all having to be more and more aware of data protection in our activities. The new Data Protection Impact Assessment Template for Smart Grid and Smart Metering systems is a pioneering method whereby industry has worked together with the European Commission to make compliance reliable and cost-effective. Meant first and foremost for the … Continue reading How data protection experience in the EU provides valuable lessons for Australia

With roll out of smart meters in Australia, call for a framework of regulations that upholds data privacy, respects anonymity, and builds trust

Smart meters are being rolled out globally. Sangeetha Chandrashekeran, Lee Godden and Svenja Keele from University of Melbourne and Anne Kallies of RMIT University write on The Conversation website about increasing concerns about the need for a stronger regulatory framework to protect consumers. They argue that they should follow the data protection system in Europe. … Continue reading With roll out of smart meters in Australia, call for a framework of regulations that upholds data privacy, respects anonymity, and builds trust

“Antique” smart meters in UK will slow down roll out of electric vehicles

The roll out of smart meters in the UK has been complicated, slow and expensive (about 14 billion euros at last estimate). But the old generation of smart meters is an obsolete technology with limited functions. For the most part they do not even allow switching providers, further complicating the market. Andrew Warren of the … Continue reading “Antique” smart meters in UK will slow down roll out of electric vehicles

Australian consumers are not getting the full range of benefits from the smart meter rollout

While Europe is also seeing a rollout of smart meters, it is good to read about how it is evolving in other countries. Sangeetha Chandrashekeran, Lecturer in Geography and Deputy Director of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne together with Gavin Dufty, Policy and Research Manager at St Vincent de Paul … Continue reading Australian consumers are not getting the full range of benefits from the smart meter rollout

The energy transition in Tanzania is underway

In the north, we increasingly live in a digital world. It is happening in many places as explained by Kizito Makoye, from the Thomson Reuters Foundation on the zilient.org website. Tanzania is seeing significant developments in the use of smart phones for digital payments for electricity.   Mobile power payments and smart meters plug in … Continue reading The energy transition in Tanzania is underway

Update on smart meter roll-out in UK

While there are requirements to have most households install smart meters, for whatever reason, consumers are generally not concerned. Sam Meadows explains in an article on The Telegraph website. This being an EU obligation, it would be good to hear whether other countries are facing the same problems.   Smart meter roll-out in question as … Continue reading Update on smart meter roll-out in UK