Karlsruhe, Germany — (METERING.COM) — October 13, 2008 – German power supplier EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG has become the first in the country to develop its own smart meter and to make the meter available to its private customers.
The new EnBW “Intelligenten Stromzähler®“ makes electricity consumption completely transparent for the customer. This is enabled by the connection between the meter, a PC and the internet: The meter sends real time data to the customer’s internet router, from where it can be queried or evaluated by the customer on the computer.
The meter is supplied with a comprehensive package that includes software for the real time data, the internet portal for long term data evaluation, a monthly bill with additional tips on saving money, and a special electricity tariff. If customers decides to change their pattern of electricity consumption to the evening and night hours or to the weekend, they will be given a discount during those time periods, currently worth €0.028/kWh gross, based on the kilowatt hour price for the basic electricity supply.
"Our customers themselves are now becoming energy managers: they can take action to save energy and costs and they make their own personal contribution to climate protection,” said Hans-Peter Villis, chair of the EnBW Board.
EnBW has been testing the product over the past year with customers in Baden-Württemberg. Among the results over a third of the test customers succeeded in cutting their electricity consumption by more than 10 percent, reducing CO2 emissions by around 157 tonnes.
EnBW estimates that around 45,000 private customers will adopt the new technology in the next three years.
A prerequisite for a customer to use the new meter is a DSL connection. In addition, for technical reasons, it can currently only be installed in housing units with a maximum of six dwellings.
EnBW is the third largest energy company in Germany, with some six million customers throughout that country as well as elsewhere in central and eastern Europe.