Danish Electricity Saving Trust gives seal of approval to new residential smart meter


Skanderborg, Denmark — (METERING.COM) — September 18, 2009 – The Danish Electricity Saving Trust (DEST) has awarded its Energy Saving Label to the new electricity meter from Kamstrup, being launched globally under the name The Green Difference.

The main reasons for the award are the meter’s particularly low power consumption – only 0.2 W per phase – and its support of the “Intelligent Home”, the company said in a statement.

“Most people are not aware that an electricity meter itself consumes energy,” says product manager Steen Pultz Holm. “But we have been able to take advantage of many years experience with battery driven products, namely the Kamstrup heat meters, in which low energy technology is a requirement.”

The company believes that the idea of imposing demands on utilities and consumers in relation to energy savings is being watered down, if the suppliers of electricity meters fail to take their share of the responsibility and deliver an energy efficient product.

For the utility with several thousand residential meters installed, the power savings with the new electricity meter are significant. For comparison, a typical mechanical meter can use ten times as much power.

The Green Difference meters contain intelligent functions including wireless communication and load profile generation. With an integrated Z-Wave module consumption data can be sent wirelessly to a PC or a display to enable the consumer to monitor their consumption.

The DEST is an independent trust under the auspices of the Danish Ministry of Climate and Energy, which works to promote energy savings and the more efficient use of electricity.

The Green Difference is so far the only electricity meter which has been awarded with the Energy Saving Label.