Project title: Second opinion Smart Meter communication
Client: Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs
Publication date: December 2006
Complete document: PDF, 164kB (Dutch) PDF

Introduction:

Currently a large scale roll-out is being prepared for remotely accessible, digital energy meters (electricity and gas) for the consumer market. An infrastructure consisting out of these so-called 'Smart meters' provides opportunities:

  • To access a meter's measurement values both remotely and locally
  • To remotely limit or cut off the energy supply

Electronic communication is an essential part of the 'Smart meter' implementation. It is expected that with 'Smart meters' certain aspects will become possible:

  • End-users' awareness about energy consumption through simple access to information
  • Efficiency in administrative processes
  • Availability of value-adding services surrounding energy usage

The Ministry of Economic Affairs makes sure that in the preparation toward large scale roll-out of 'Smart meters' that the right conditions are created for a well functioning energy market, in which:

  • End-user interests and sustainability are guaranteed
  • Open and honest competition takes place between commercial parties
  • Further innovation and services are made possible

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