Smart Meters launched in Ireland

As previously discussed on this blog, Ireland aims to roll out smart meters to all domestic users by 2012, providing everyone with the information they will need to manage their electricity consumption better. 15,000 will be installed to pilot the scheme, but I expect these will rapidly increased.

I haven’t got a full spec for the meters yet to tell you what they are capable of, but here is a list of some of the features that have been mentioned so far.

Remote reporting – no more meter reading men

Timed reporting – this will allow electricity to be charged at different rates for different times

Load shedding – If needed, the ESB could switch off some of your non-essential loads (dishwasher/electric car) at times of peak demand

Net-metering – If you have an electricity generator in your house, it could measure the electricity you export to the grid, netting it off your incoming electricity

In my previous post I’ve talked about other features which may have been included, I’ll let you know if they made it in or not.

Finally, can I encourage all those who receive letters offering you a meter as part of the pilot phase to take it. Perhaps you can write a review here.


8 Responses to Smart Meters launched in Ireland

  1. DaveAllen says:

    is it possible to request this Meter from the ESB?

  2. greennav says:

    The powers that be tell me that it will be random selection. If I hear differently, I’ll give let you know

  3. greennav says:

    Hi guys, This is the “official” response

    Q. Can I be involved in the Smart Metering Trial?

    The purpose of this Trial is to test across the national population how Smart metering enabled energy efficiency initiatives can help customers reduce the amount of electricity they use. We need, therefore to make sure that participants our representative of the total population in Ireland. This is done by taking a random selection of customers and inviting them to participate. This ensures there is an unbiased spread of customers across different counties, different levels of electricity usage and different types of customers, from the total customer group.

    While we welcome your interest, unless you are lucky enough to be randomly selected you cannot take part.

  4. DaveAllen says:

    thanks for that. Lets hope we are among the chosen few……….

  5. Paul Cullen says:

    Hi Paddy

    Firstly I’d like to compliment you on your site, and I hope it works out to be a success for you. I loved the link to the GM clip on the Electric Car in particular.

    In particular I want to compliment you on your efforts to engage people to think about their energy consumption.

    Irelands Smart Metering program is now underway, and the first batch of customers have volunteered to participate in the trials. The program involves a very extensive trial both of the technology itself and in particular a focus on its ability to change customer behavior.

    Here is a link to a webcast given to Institute of Engineers of Ireland a few months ago that I expect you may find informative;

    Unfortunately it does not take you directly in, you then have to click on “Smart Metering; Utility and Supplier Perspectives”.

    Hopefully of use…………….. Let me know.


  6. greennav says:

    Thanks Paul

    Great you hear from you


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