In Europe, German-owned energy group E.On is planning to train 1,000 new technicians as part of the government-led transition to smart meters in homes and businesses.
E.On's new technicians will be trained at the energy company's new national electrical skills training academy.
According to digitallook.com, the first of E.On's 30 trainees undertaking a year long apprenticeship in meter installation were welcomed by the academy yesterday and upon completion of their apprenticeship, will join the workforce to fit smart meters.
Michael Lewis, CEO of E.ON UK said: “the government led transition to smart meters represents one of the biggest infrastructure changes to the energy industry in years".
"Recruiting and training technicians is an essential part of our ongoing activities to ensure the safe and successful roll out of smart meters, helping to boost the service we’re able to provide to our customers".
E.On plans to recruit a further 750 smart metering technicians within the next 18 months to support the infrastructure upgrade, with the remaining 250 to be recruited after this 18 month period.
Germany moves ahead with smart meter rollout
Metering.com reported on Germany's plans to deploy smart meters in its 'Germany: Digitisation of the Energy Turnaround Act' report.
According to Michael Kelly, Navigant Research, "The development of smart grid infrastructure is critical for countries attempting to manage the transition to a decentralised and digital grid. In Germany, evolving energy policies and changing consumer preferences are leading to this fundamental shift in grid operations.
"Distributed energy resources (DER), including renewable energies, lie at the centre of this transition and are driving countries like Germany to explore integration solutions that can mitigate the associated disruptive effects."
He adds: "While Germany has made remarkable strides in its pursuits of renewable power generation, the country has fallen behind some of its Western European counterparts in the deployment of smart grid technologies, most notably smart meters. Up until now, Germany has been largely hesitant to install high volumes of smart meters, wary of the costs, technical challenges, and a host of data security concerns. After years of intense debate, the tides are now beginning to turn with the passage of the Digitisation of the Energy Turnaround Act in July 2016. " Read more...