In Europe, the Netherlands Telecom Agency, an organisation which oversees wireless and wired spectrum rights, will now have authority over smart meters.
The agency, which is part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and whose remit covers wireless and wired communication, made the announcement last week, reports Telecompaper.
The Netherlands Telecom Agency will act like a ‘watchdog’ and control agency for smart meters in a similar mode to Verispect, a Dutch organisation which forms part of the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO).
Netherlands smart meter pilot
In June last year, Metering & Smart Energy International reported on the Dutch Parliament’s study of smart meter savings following a small-scale rollout of new electricity and gas meters for consumers and small business.
In a bid to support parliament on the bigger issue of a large-scale rollout of smart meters from 2015, the pilot project between 2012 to 2014 found that smart meter, in combination with indirect feedback through bi-monthly energy usage and cost statements (known as home energy reports), would result in an average reduction in household energy consumption of 3.2 per cent for electricity and 3.7 per cent for gas.
Meter manufacturing giant Landis&Gyr was awarded the contract to supply smart electricity and gas meters to all Dutch DSOs under the small-scale meter rollout.
Coco Geluk, managing director at Landis+Gyr Netherlands, said in a statement: “Despite the complexity of the project, we have been able to design the electricity and gas meters according to the required DSMR 4.0 standard, demonstrating to DSOs we are able to support them in their smart meter rollout.”
The large-scale rollout is expected to take 5 years from the beginning of 2015 to 2020, by when 12 million smart gas and electricity meters are expected to be installed in homes and small businesses.