Smart metering implementation in Europe: A year on
Brussels – 27 June 2014 – ESMIG (European Smart Metering Industry Group) and EDSO (European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids), in cooperation with the JRC (Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's in-house science service) and the EU-funded Meter-ON project, hosted a High Level Policy Conference on the status of smart metering roll-outs across Europe and the benefits smart metering can bring to consumers.
The conference, part of EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), focused on the status of implementation of smart metering in Europe, recommendations for future roll-outs and the importance of addressing consumer awareness and engagement. The conference was opened by Manuel Sanchez-Jiménez of the European Commission’s Energy Directorate, who presented the policy context and highlights from the recently published Smart Metering Benchmarking report. The JRC, thanks to its expertise in cost benefit analyses of smart grids and smart metering, described the methodology developed to benchmark national smart metering roll-out plans. The report’s conclusions were complemented by the methods and final findings of the Meter-ON project: key-lessons learned and recommendations to support and foster smart metering in Europe.
ESMIG and EDSO gave a pre-launch presentation of their joint initiative, a website dedicated to raising awareness of the potential benefits of smart metering and smart grids among consumers. The audience, which included EU officials and energy regulators, actively participated in the debate, providing valuable input to the development of the project.
Per-Olof Granström (Secretary General of EDSO) commented, “The development of smart grids is critical if we are to reach the EU's energy and climate objectives in a cost-efficient way. We have today addressed some of the key challenges to make this possible, highlighting knowledge sharing and consumer awareness. For member states planning to roll-out smart metering, it is obvious that the involvement of all stakeholders – governments (national and local), regulators, EU institutions, DSOs, etc., is essential for success.”
Maher Chebbo (President of ESMIG) said, “The EU’s ambitious 20-20-20 goals, and therefore the EU’s Sustainable Energy Week goals, depend on the reconfiguration of the European electricity grid into a “smart grid” always in combination with changes in consumers’ behaviour. Much of our energy demand is created by consumers, most of whom do not know or understand how to reduce demand by cutting or shifting it during the day. Smart metering is at the core of the strategy to meet these challenges.”
Notes for editors
The European Smart Metering Industry Group (ESMIG) is the European industry association that provides knowledge and expertise on Smart Metering and energy-related consumer services within the Smart Grid area at a European level.
ESMIG covers all aspects of multi-commodity metering and consumer energy management. Member companies cover the entire value chain from meter manufacturing, software development, installation and consulting to communication services, home energy management products/services and system integration.
By giving support to European Union institutions, member states, national organisations and standardisation organisations, the industry group aims to assist in the development of national and European wide introduction, roll-out and management of Smart Metering solutions and technologies related to energy management.
ESMIG is open to any supplier of Smart Metering, Smart Grids or energy management solutions and services within the European Union. For more information: http://esmig.eu/
About EDSO for Smart Grids
European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids (EDSO) gathers leading European electricity distribution system operators (DSOs) cooperating to bring smart grids from vision to reality. The development of smart grids is a prerequisite to reaching the EU's ambitious energy, climate and internal market objectives. EDSO and its members are committed to this challenge whilst at the same time promoting the reliability, optimal management and technical development of the electricity distribution grids. Our association is the key interface between the DSOs and the European institutions, promoting the development of smart grid technology, new market designs and regulation. For more information, please visit: www.edsoforsmartgrids.eu
Meter-ON is a FP7 coordination and support action to steer the implementation of smart metering solutions throughout Europe. The project aims at speeding up and optimising the adoption of smart metering technologies and infrastructures in Europe by effectively collecting the most successful experiences in the field and highlighting the conditions that enabled their development. The Meter-ON consortium is led by EDSO and comprises EnergyLab (university-linked foundation), RSE (technological institution) and ZABALA (Communication and Innovation Expert). www.meter-on.eu
About JRC & JRC IET
As the Commission's in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre's mission is to provide EU policies with independent, evidence-based scientific and technical support throughout the whole policy cycle. Working in close cooperation with policy Directorates-General, the JRC addresses key societal challenges while stimulating innovation through developing new methods, tools and standards, and sharing its know-how with the Member States, the scientific community and international partners. http://ec.europa.eu/jrc
The mission of the JRC-IET is to provide support to European Union policies and technology innovation to ensure sustainable, safe, secure and efficient energy production, distribution and use and to foster sustainable and efficient transport in Europe. http://iet.jrc.ec.europa.eu/ and http://ses.jrc.ec.europa.eu/