Sweden’s first smart metering pilots started in 2001 and it subsequently became the first European country to install smart meters for all its electricity customers in 2009.
Today estimated readings are not allowed in Sweden, and by having real–time usage information, customers are encouraged to become more energy efficient. In practice however, the grid technology supporting smart meters is often inadequate and cannot accommodate dynamic tariffs, as real time information is rarely available, greatly limiting possibilities for consumer involvement.
The Swedish focus has been on smart meters themselves rather than the development of smart grid, leaving a structure in which data communication and security are poor. Meters are used predominately for accurate billing, but not advanced functionalities.
Converging smart meters and the grid is the primary aim of the recently established Swedish Smart Grid Council, which will collect, compile and disseminate knowledge of smart grids among all parties. The Council’s action plan will include a blueprint for smart grid developments in Sweden and describe different responsibilities, business models, new services, and the research and resources needed.
A delegation from The Swedish Smart Grid Council will be attending Smart Utilities Scandinavia 2013. In addition Bo Normark, Chief Executive Officer of Power Circle, an independent association closely linked to the Council, will be a panellist in the opening keynote.
Find out more about the Swedish government’s initiatives to prompt developments of smart grid, and learn from national projects by Vattenfall and E.ON – join us in Stockholm on the 17th & 18th of April.
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