Plan to bring smart meters to the Olympics


London, U.K. — (METERING.COM) — March 31, 2009 – Plans are to feature smart meters at the London 2012 Olympic Village as part of a project that is hoped will become a showcase for the technology.

Currently being discussed by GE with City Hall, the General Olympic Executive, the Department of Energy and Climate Change and electricity supplier EDF, the proposal could see buildings in the Olympic Village and potentially the wider Olympic Park installed with smart meters.

The information from the meters could then be used to show the public how much energy different buildings are using and give them an idea of the benefits real time smart meters can deliver, according to GE’s general manager of its London 2012 projects team, Tony Gale.

“It’s how you use the information from smart meters to change people’s behavior, rather than the installation of the meters themselves, which is interesting,” said Gale. “We want to show people the benefits of having detailed information on electricity use through information coming out of the Olympic village.”

At the end of last year the U.K. government said it would mandate all households to have the technology by 2020, but many businesses and consumers remain unaware of the technology and the energy savings it can deliver.

GE is one of the key suppliers to the London Olympics and has set out a number of proposals for projects designed to act as forerunners for the wider deployment of environmental technologies.

Other projects which could be showcased include smart grid technologies with controls to bring wind and other renewables into the grid to power the Games, solar powered and LED lighting systems, and rainwater harvesting systems.