In Smart Energy International, we look at the global outlook for the gas metering market (pg 18), role of system metering in Ghana (pg 24), and consider whether the current situation in the British energy market isn’t another reason why a smart meter rollout is vital for this market.

Our regional focus (pgs 37-42) for this edition is on the Asian markets, and we bring insights into the role of customer engagement in the way Meralco undertakes its business, and hopes that ASEAN regulators will work more closely together to encourage a truly ASEAN market. We also gain some understanding of the challenges faced by K-Electric in Pakistan.

Our regular Smart Energy International supplement brings to light the evolving nature of the prosumer – consumers who have also taken on the role of producers of electricity – this is causing a rethink on the role of regulation and incentives in some areas, but also begs the question: What does the utility of the future look like? And this is probably a good opportunity to introduce the next Big Question – the utility as we know it is on its way out – right or wrong? Weigh in with your thoughts, comments and opinions on this for publication in the next edition of Smart Energy International.

We examine the role of smart cities (pg 56), ask how smart metering is changing the face of metering on the beautiful island of Martinique (pg 47), and do a post exercise recap of the GridEx II exercise which was undertaken in November in the US (pg 50). And while considering the stability of the grid generally, we get some insights into the work that is being done in the US on microgrids, particularly how these are enabling the US military to operate more securely and efficiently (pg 63).

As always, your comments, suggestions and thoughts are welcome and valuable. Please feel free to contact me at if you wish to add your voice to the discussions.

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