by M Perry (13-Dec-2011)
Great Britain is making a strong commitment to smart meters and the role of smart meters as a focal point for smart energy management in homes. This Information Paper outlines the options available for automatic meter reading, monitoring and management and the challenges in implementing these technologies.
Several national initiatives are running in parallel with the smart meter programme. Coordinating these programmes will maximise the return on the substantial investment for each programme. The Paper aims to inform building and energy professionals and building owners about the exciting opportunities available through implementing smart meter technology.
Background to smart meters
Traditional electricity and gas meters
Smart meters for real-time monitoring – automatic meter reading
- General packet radio service (GPRS)
- Power line carrier (PLC)
- Short message service (SMS)
- Other data transmission media for gas supplies
Automatic meter management
The government’s smart meter programme
Energy supply and smart meters
- Future developments
- Smart meters and the energy gap – demand management
- Smart meters and the long-term energy supply model
- Feed-in tariffs (FITs)
Other impacts of smart meters
- Fuel poverty
- Electric cars
An opportunity for linking policy
Available on or after 3/1/2012.