Which countries are at the forefront of Smart Meter deployment?
In the last five years there has been a major policy shift from keeping the electricity price as low as possible in a free and competitive market to reducing carbon emissions. This shift has also resulted in decisions to look at the deployment of smart meters to help customers understand when they use electricity and to help them plan savings.
Today, smart metering and smart grid initiatives are forcing another major transformation in the utility industry. Many utilities are rethinking their business models and business processes as a result of the shift in the way energy is generated, delivered and consumed. The state of the regulation and implementation of smart metering varies across Europe on a country by country basis. This results in wide a difference as to which is leading the smart meters rollout – the government or the industry. The variance leads to different players taking the initiative - regulatory pull to utilities push.
To a large extent the adoption of smart metering in Europe is driven by regulation. National concerns over the future energy situation and European initiatives such as EU energy Efficiency have led several countries to define mandatory requirements for the deployment of smart metering within a set timeframe. But the reality is that the compliance-based industry in which utilities operate doesn’t offer enough incentive for consumers, regulators or utilities to take the difficult steps necessary to make electrical energy markets operate efficiently.
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