Smart meters for New Zealand

Utility Meridian Energy and subsidiary Arc Innovations plan to turn Christchurch, New Zealand, into the smartest city in the world by installing revolutionary metering technology in 112,000 homes. The new smart meters will read consumption automatically and transmit the information to the company for billing. Householders will be able to use the system to see how much power they are consuming, to establish periods of high demand, and defer using appliances to afterpeak hours.

Future plans for the wireless-based system include an extension of the services offered, which will enable customers to operate their appliances remotely. Installation starts in 2007, and will take approximately two years.