Between now and 2020, Europe will spend €56 billion rolling out smart meters. What value will they deliver for the 170 million homes and business that receive them?
We asked nearly 500 energy professionals to weigh in. The response was overwhelming: nearly half said that smart meters’ greatest value will be in enabling customer-driven, value-added services — that is, programs that fall outside of utilities’ traditional core business. Roughly one-fifth felt that smart meters will deliver greater value through energy efficiency or renewables integration.
The informal poll was one of three we conducted last month regarding the evolution of the smart grid in Europe.