Smart Grid technology may not be needed 

Posted: June 16, 2016 by oldbrew in government
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'Smart' meter [image credit:]

‘Smart’ meter [image credit:]

Are smart meters not such a smart idea after all? Quite possibly according to this PEI report. Germany has already turned against them.

The transition to an intelligent electricity grid in Europe can take place without smart meters, according to industry players who spoke at the annual Eurelectric conference in Vilnius this week.

Euractiv reports that the news will embarrass the European Commission, which pushed a Europe-wide plan to roll out smart meters years ago.More efficient means include quicker integration of renewables, the development of energy storage and energy demand response solutions, said the industry representatives.

The actual benefits of smart meters were also questioned at the conference, as several member states have done previously. Germany, for instance, has decided not to have a national roll-out plan at all, running counter to requirements laid out in EU legislation.

EU member states are required to implement smart meters under the 2009 Third Energy Package wherever it is cost-effective to do so, with the goal to replace 80% of electricity meters with smart meters by 2020. The 80% target applies to both households and commercial buildings, a Commission spokesperson confirmed.

The EU executive will publish in the next one to two years a report on smart meters “in the context of our regular monitoring exercise of the progress of members states,” the spokesperson said.

Progress had been sluggish across the bloc in installation of the equipment. And the countries that do have a commitment to smart meters, such as the UK, have run into hurdles in completing its roll-out because some meters would cease to work if a consumer decided to change energy supplier.

Markus Merkel, a senior advisor to the management board of German distribution system operator (DSO) EWE, told the Eurelectric conference that “there isn’t a positive business case” for smart meters in Germany.

Member states are expected to conduct their own cost-benefit analyses for their national smart meters roll-out plans, the official said.

Full report: Smart Grid technology may not be needed – Power Engineering International

  1. ivan says:

    The only ‘business case’ for ‘smart meters’ is the ability to remotely shut off the supply to the customer because.
    a) they can’t pay the excessive charge that includes all the green taxes or,
    b) there is a need to shut down domestic use to keep essential services going.

    Because of this ability and the total lack of security in the control channel the meters are open to hacking by anyone. The way the dumb idiots love ‘pranking’ I wouldn’t put it past one if them to use it for drawing pictures in lights at night on a city wide canvas.

  2. E.M.Smith says:


    What an interesting idea…. Algore in light and dark…

    BTW, in California I’ve had a ‘smart’ meter for several years. The only benfit observable is that they fired all the meter readers. We also now get Nag Letters comparing us to the neighbors in power usage, with nice time of day charts, suitable for knowing when to burgle…

    IMHO they are a complete waste.

  3. jim says:

    Each year, even with the dumb meters, we get the lie letter, that our neighbors are more energy efficient. Each year, our neighbors get the same letter. The power company even came out and changed meters one year, after I was on assignment and took a vacation on returning, they thought I was meter tampering, since it was so low, during a hot streak.
    The problem with smart meters? The power companies control of the grid. During the summer, in high temperatures, they get to control the tempreture, not you. They like 80F, that’s what you get. Not the 75F you want. Just vary a few cycles, motor works harder, burns more juice.

  4. tom0mason says:

    IMO the major problem with utility providers is the stupid idea that the public will be fooled by these dumb meters. The public’s use of a resource is not modified by how it is metered but how and why it is needed and the unit price. Installation of these ‘smart’ meters fools nobody — it is just a rouse to extract yet more money from the consumer, it just meters consumer gullibility.

  5. “More efficient means include quicker integration of renewables, the development of energy storage and energy demand response solutions…”

    It all sounds like deluded blather to me, either way; the “industry representatives” hardly seem more trustworthy than the obvious tyrants. Or as some would say, these are ALL only “solutions in search of a problem”. As these are engineering solutions, it just looks like the sociologists in charge of our “leaders” want to wrap up the engineers in their little like-minded cocoon of cancerous political power-grabbing, as they have done the climate scientists.

  6. oldbrew says:

    There’s the up-front bill to pay for installation.

    ‘You won’t be charged to have your meters replaced.’

    ‘The Department of Energy and Climate Change impact assessment puts the cost of the whole rollout at £12.1 billion. However, the benefits will be substantial: more than £6.7 billion over and above the cost of roll-out.’

    Can’t see where the £6.7 billion ‘benefits’ are supposed to come from. Meter readers don’t earn that much 😐