The British government has committed to the roll-out of smart meters in Great Britain from au-tumn 2014. The plan is to complete installation of an estimated 53 million smart meters in some 30 million households and businesses by the end of 2019. This represents one of the biggest infrastructure projects ever carried out in Great Britain. It requires RWE npower to install around 5.5 million smart meters. RWE npower is building up the capacities necessary to install smart meters with the associated technical network in order to guarantee the transition to a ‘Smart Energy’ infrastructure. Software systems and business processes also need to be adapted and this forms a significant programme of work.
In Hungary, smart meters for supply with electricity, gas and water are to be tested jointly. In cooperation with FÖGAZ, the local district-heating and water utilities Fötav and Budapest Wa-terworks, the ELMŰ-ÉMÁSZ Group took part in the installation of smart meters throughout the country in a pilot project carried out in 2012 – nearly 7.400 smart meters were installed by ELMŰ-ÉMÁSZ. Our ‘RWE Smart Energy’ project was the first comprehensive pilot project on smart metering to be carried out in Poland. The project involved installing smart meters at se-lected buildings in Warsaw, running an information campaign for residents and carrying out a study on the behaviour of electricity consumers.