National smart metering rollout not recommended in Germany


Stefan Kapferer,
State Secretary,
Berlin, Germany — (METERING.COM) — August 2, 2013 – A national smart electricity metering rollout would not be cost beneficial for Germany and is not recommended, the federal ministry of economics and technology (BMWi) has advised.

Citing a cost-benefit analysis commissioned from Ernst & Young, the ministry said in a statement the study shows that, especially for consumers with low annual consumption, the costs of a smart metering system would significantly exceed the average annual energy savings to be achieved. A mandatory installation would therefore be disproportionate and economically unacceptable.

Under EU provisions, member states are required to roll out smart meters, subject to cost-benefit analysis, with an 80 percent target by 2020.

In the statement BMWi State Secretary Stefan Kapferer said the study shows that rather than a flat-line approach, there should be a targeted approach to the expansion of smart metering in Germany that is in line with energy policy.

“We will rapidly assess the feasibility of the expert recommendations, and a working group with the Federal Networking Agency will investigate a funding mechanism,” said Kapferer, adding: “The affordability of energy to the consumer is the guiding principle.”