smart meters
The Taiwanese government has announced the installation of 3 million smart electricity meters to be completed by 2024.

[quote] The government aims to ease the tight supply of power during peak hours and lower peak power consumption with smart electricity meters.

In Taiwan, currently, high-voltage power users, mainly factories and large companies, have installed 24,000 smart electricity meters in total, and low-voltage power users have installed 10,000 units on a trial basis. [Taiwan utility signs Israel firm for distribution management]

Building on this foundation, the government plans to have general low-voltage power users, such as retail stores and restaurants, install smart electricity meters, aiming at 200,000 units by 2017, one million units by 2020 and three million units by 2024.

The average cost for a smart electricity meter is estimated at NT$5,000 (US$159), with state-run Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) responsible for procurement and installation. Users will not be charged for installation.

Taiwan smart cities

In related news, in November, the local Taiwanese governments of Taichung and Keelung have signed a MoU with multinational technology company Cisco Systems, in a bid to create smart city solutions in the two cities.

Under the MoU, the Taichung municipal district will build a smart public transportation network to create a free flowing traffic system. The Taichung Gateway District will also serve as a testing ground for new urban technologies through which local government hopes to integrate smart production, ecology, and living applications. [Taiwanese company seeks partners to bring smart lighting to Southeast Asia]

Zhang Guang-yao, deputy mayor of the central Taiwan city said that the “Taichung City government is aiming to build a low-carbon city,” noting that the development of a smart city will promote sustainable growth and afford residents “new economic opportunities.”

Creating a smart ‘digital’ economy

In the major port city of Keelung, mayor Lin You-chang said the partnership with Cisco will focus on creating dynamic traffic and environmental management systems, energy control, business services and smart city management.

Focus Taiwan reports that the Keelung city government’s ultimate goal is to create a “digital city” in northern Taiwan, aided by the establishment of a Cisco Innovation centre in Keelung.