Postings tagged with: benefits

Smart Grid Watch Team| Jan 07, 2014

Smart grid benefits for consumers, service providers

In response to our recent post about the smart grid implications of IDC's 2014 utility industry predictions (part 1 and part 2), we received this question: How do smart grids benefit customers? There are a couple of ways to answer this: from the perspective of Siemens's customers (primarily utilities and other service providers), and from the perspective of utility customers (consumers). Utility benefits: Utilities that deploy smart grids will be able to use big data and analytics to better unde ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Oct 09, 2013

Larsh Johnson

Energy data ownership: balancing privacy and service

Smart meters can generate considerable data about how consumers use energy services. But who "owns" that data? This thorny issue makes it challenging to balance the consumer's reasonable expectation of privacy with the utility's goal of providing better service while enhancing grid operations. Next week, at European Utility Week, Larsh Johnson (Chief Technology Officer for eMeter, a Siemens business) will participate in a panel discussion exploring these issues. "Smart metering gr ...

Alicia Carrasco| Aug 27, 2012


Northern Ireland's positive business case for smart meters

Originally posted on 8/13/12 on former eMeter blog By Alicia Carrasco | August 13 2012 Congratulations to Northern Ireland, which has joined the club of over 30 states and countries with positive business cases for smart meters. Recently the Northern Ireland Department of Enterprise, Trade & Investment released the region’s smart meter cost-benefit analysis Implementing smart meters for the nearly 1 million electricity customers there is expected to yield net savings ...

Alicia Carrasco| Aug 27, 2012

U.K. moves to make energy markets smarter

Originally posted on 8/2/12 on former eMeter blog By Alicia Carrasco | August 2 2012 It’s not just meters and power grids that are getting smarter. U.K. energy regulator Ofgem is advancing plans to make energy markets in that nation “smarter” — that is: more efficient and yielding better consumer outcomes. Smarter energy markets also would provide consumers with ready access to an abundance of easily digestible information about their energy use, plus time-varying pri ...

Alicia Carrasco| Aug 27, 2012


Smart meters simplify the language of energy

Originally posted on 7/31/12 on former eMeter blog By Alicia Carrasco | July 31 2012 A British Gas website explains common energy terms and issues in plain language for business customers. British Gas has a “plain English” campaign to help business customers understand their energy contracts and bills. The website, Making Business Energy Simple, covers the basics of energy and energy costs as well as savings tips. Prior to launching this site, British Gas commissioned a researc ...

Alicia Carrasco| Aug 24, 2012


Spain: Smart meters would avoid meter reading hassles, inaccurate bills

Notice posted in the elevator of a Barcelona apartment building. Tenants must write down their current electric meter reading here in order to avoid getting an estimated bill. (Click to enlarge)  Originally posted on 7/19/12 on former eMeter blog By Alicia Carrasco | July 19 2012 In most of Europe it’s just once per year that utilities send staff out to read customer electric meters. However, most customers receive monthly or quarterly bills, based on consumption as estimated by th ...

Alicia Carrasco| Aug 24, 2012

Grid4EU: Key players across Europe collaborate on smart grid innovation

Originally posted on 5/15/12 on former eMeter blog By Alicia Carrasco | May 15 2012 A major new European Union program aims to enhance several major smart grid pilot projects happening around Europe.    The Grid4EU program helps six major European smart grid projects collaborate to spur innovation and enhance results. Grid4EU — a four-year, multi-national project — comprises six smart grid projects by utilities in France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Sweden, and the Czech ...

Alicia Carrasco| Aug 24, 2012

How sustainable cities can engage citizens: from London to New York

Originally posted on 4/13/12 on former eMeter blog By Alicia Carrasco | April 13 2012 London offers huge potential to become a truly sustainable city — thanks to smart meters, decentralized energy production, and smart people. I live in London, and am pleased that there are initiatives here which recognize and promote the deployment of smart meters for electricity (and hopefully, soon, water). These efforts note the benefits that smart meters can provide — such as helping people s ...

Alicia Carrasco| Aug 24, 2012

Denmark commits to 100% renewable energy

Originally posted on 4/9/12 on former eMeter blog By Alicia Carrasco | April 9 2012 Recently the government of Denmark committed to shifting half of its total energy consumption to renewable resources in a decade — and to go to 100% renewables by 2050.   Elements of the Danish smart grid, from Energinet/DK report. (Click to enlarge) On March 22 the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Buildings released an agreement to meet half of that nation’s electricity need with win ...

Alicia Carrasco| Aug 24, 2012

U.K. Smart Grid Forum: Progress report on the first year

Originally posted on 3/21/12 on former eMeter blog By Alicia Carrasco | March 21 2012 This week U.K. energy regulator Ofgem published a progress report on its Smart Grid Forum, which discusses the forum’s structure and what it might yield in coming months. The SGF launched nearly a year ago to provide leadership and expertise on smart metering and the smart grid to Ofgem and the U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change. So far, the SGF has organized five working groups, produce ...