Meter programme makes a slow start

23 January 2013
By Mark Venables
Mobile version
Share |
Smart meter

Smart meter

The UK government’s first annual progress report on its smart meter programme has received a mixed reception from industry players, with many calling into question the sector’s ability to hit its 2020 targets.

Smart energy meters incorporate communications functions so they can be read remotely.

Consumption data can also be presented in near real-time on an in-home display (IHD) or transmitted securely to other consumer devices over a home area network, helping people to manage their energy use better.

The report pledged that consumers will have choice on how often their energy supplier can access their consumption data and that suppliers will not be able to use that data for marketing purposes without explicit consent.

Suppliers will also be required to give their customers reminders about the choices they have made and how to change them.

The Government will request annual reports from all larger energy suppliers setting out their plans and progress with the roll-out.

In addition a new central delivery body will help consumers to use smart metering to better manage their energy consumption and expenditure.

The first version of the Smart Metering Equipment Technical Specifications (SMETS) was published in April 2012, covering gas and electricity meters and the in-home display (IHD).

A second version is due this year with further detail in specific areas, such as the standards for the home area network and the requirements for the communications hub.

“From what I can see in this report there is no real ‘new’ content; it seems mostly to be restating existing policy,” said Mark England, CEO of smart metering technology company Sentec.

“Interestingly, it does now admit that some suppliers will not rollout significant volumes of meters during the Foundation Stage.

“This isn’t a surprising statement when you consider the investment risks suppliers will face developing integrated systems that potentially will not be used.

“From a vendor point of view, the volumes of SMETS1 products are now so low it has become hard to justify the development effort.

“As a result there are very few vendors with suitable tested products.

“When you add in the risk of choosing the wrong home-area network (this is work in progress), it’s not hard to see why initial ambitions for the foundation phase are being scaled back.”

Latest Issue

E&T cover image 1604

"Should the UK's engineers be in or out of Europe? The IET sets out its official position on the EU referendum this week - will you agree?"

->

E&T jobs

  • Solutions Engineer

    Bristol Water
    • United Kingdom
    • £41,000 - 49,000

    We serve a population of over one million people and all the associated businesses in an area of 1,000 square miles centered on Bristol.

    • Recruiter: Bristol Water

    Apply for this job

  • Senior Mechanical Engineer

    Bristol Water
    • United Kingdom
    • £41,000 - 49,000

    We serve a population of over one million people and all the associated businesses in an area of 1,000 square miles centered on Bristol.

    • Recruiter: Bristol Water

    Apply for this job

  • Software Renewals Manager

    BAE Systems
    • Preston, Lancashire, England
    • Negotiable

    Software Renewals Manager Would you like to work in a resourceful and developing role within IT Services? We currently have a vacancy for a Software Renewals Manager at our site in Preston Channel Way. As a Software Renewals Manager, you will be responsi

    • Recruiter: BAE Systems

    Apply for this job

  • Technical Manager

    Aggregate Industries
    • Hulland Ward, Ashbourne
    • Attractive salary plus comprehensive benefits

    A key Technical Manager role driving product improvement and compliance with Aggregate Industries, market leader in Construction Solutions.

    • Recruiter: Aggregate Industries

    Apply for this job

  • Field Application Engineer

    Intel
    • Madrid

    Responsible for giving product presentations to the customer describing how Intel products provide the optimum solution to their application.

    • Recruiter: Intel

    Apply for this job

  • Engineers and Scientists

    European Patent Office
    • Munich and The Hague
    • See job description

    We are looking for Engineers and scientists in various technical fields for our locations in Munich and The Hague.

    • Recruiter: European Patent Office

    Apply for this job

  • Director of Product Management

    EMS Recruitment Group
    • West Yorkshire
    • Circa £70,000 PA + car allowance, excellent benefits including lucrative bonus scheme

    Our client is the undoubted world leader in their field. A highly innovative and progressive specialist electro-mechanical product manufacturer....

    • Recruiter: EMS Recruitment Group

    Apply for this job

  • Electrical Engineer

    Premium job

    Scottish Prison Service
    • Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh
    • £40,654 to £48,579 plus annual supplement of £10,000

    Build Your Engineering Career. The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) is an Agency of the Scottish Government, working in partnership.....

    • Recruiter: Scottish Prison Service

    Apply for this job

  • Sales Electronics Engineer

    Premium job

    Precision Microdrives
    • London (Greater)
    • £25,000 - £30,000 starting salary, inclusive of on-target commissions.

    Precision Microdrives (PMD) is a fast growing technology company that designs, produces and trades miniature electro-mechanical mechanisms

    • Recruiter: Precision Microdrives

    Apply for this job

  • Installation and Commissioning Engineer

    Premium job

    Crest Solutions
    • Corby
    • Competitive

    You will be involved in installation, commissioning & servicing of printing and machine vision related solutions.

    • Recruiter: Crest Solutions

    Apply for this job

More jobs ▶

Subscribe

Choose the way you would like to access the latest news and developments in your field.

Subscribe to E&T