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.