What we do

Our focus

  1. Finalising the smart meter roll-outs in Europe with a focus on achieving tangible benefits for consumers and society

Smart meters are an essential first step to a digitised and decentralised energy system. Benefits such as savings on energy bills and reduced meter reading cost are a welcome economic relief, but in the long run, an invaluable benefit will be the transition of our outdated energy system to a smart, demand driven, flexible and greener one.

 

The next steps require additional services and technologies that need to be available and to work with the smart meter. We have worked intensely in this capacity with the European institutions and member states to advance the smart meter roll-out and to understand what needs to be done when the roll-out is complete, if we are to realise the expected benefits.

 

  1. Ensuring meter data can be used at full potential by all authorised energy market participants

With smart meters being rolled out in Europe, valuable data is generated that can benefit all energy market participants: consumers, network operators, DSOs, TSOs, suppliers and new energy service providers. For this to happen, the data needs to be transferred in the best way, it needs to be processed and analysed and it needs to be accessed in a secure, efficient, nondiscriminatory way and free of charge for all authorised energy market participants.

 

We are working on finding the best technical solutions for these processes and we are advocating for defining European level requirements for data characteristics and data formats.

 

  1. Advocating for security and interoperability of the advanced metering infrastructure

Companies have created impressive technologies for home energy management, but which are not yet connected in a way that can empower consumers and maximise savings. If products and systems can’t talk to one another, the benefits they promise cannot be realised and consumers are left confused and frustrated. Therefore, interoperability is critical to driving consumer adoption of energy management solutions going forward.

 

Moreover, security of the advanced metering infrastructure is essential to gain consumer trust and protect their data, as well as the hardware from eventual attacks. We have therefore made it our priority to guarantee security through initiating the first European protection profile for smart meters.

 

  1. Driving the deployment of flexible demand-side resources to support EU’s clean energy transition

Demand-side flexibility can play a key role in reducing overall system costs. For this to happen, consumers should have the chance to participate in demand-side flexibility and get rewarded if they chose to do so. Smart metering systems are the necessary infrastructure in this process, as they are used for the measuring and settlement process. Thus, they form the basis for a flexible demand-driven energy market.