As European countries begin to put smart metering infrastructure into place, utilities are tackling the question of big data and what to do with it.

This was a learning from a group of around 60 energy experts who met in Amsterdam in the Netherlands for a 2-day brainstorming session.

The annual meeting of the European Utility Week advisory committee is a precursor to the industry event European Utility Week in November 2014.

The industry leaders from Europe and the US met and participated in discussions to set the agenda for the upcoming conference and exhibition.

The committee, including representatives of all the major European utilities, such as Gas Natural Fenosa, DONG Energy, RWE Effizienz and Red Eléctrica were asked to share their challenges and needs for both the near and distant future.

The smart metering working group cited data ownership and security as key issues for European utilities.

The group also stressed that achieving co-operation between key industry actors such as manufacturers was also essential to finding answers to the big data question.

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