UK power and gas utility Scottish Power partnered with engineering solutions firm Actavo for rollout of smart meters in Scotland.Under the terms of the deal, Actavo will supply and install smart meters for some 780,000 customers in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Fife.
In a press statement, the Ireland-based engineering solutions firm said it will expand its workforce by adding in some new 230 engineers in a bid to speed up the deployment of the smart meters.
Actavo will install the smart meters over a period of five years.
In total, Scottish Power will be installing some 1.5 million smart meters in Scotland to help its consumers improve their energy usage and reduce costs.
The deal falls under utility’s efforts to meet targets set by the UK government to equip electric, water and gas consumers with smart meters by 2020.
[quote] Keith Anderson, ScottishPower chief corporate officer, said: “Smart metering will revolutionise the way our customers consume and monitor their own energy use, empowering them to make real behaviour changes and identify savings.”
T.J Malone, CEO of Actavo, added: “Smart meters play a crucial role in providing the data and infrastructure needed to deliver the benefits of the new energy system for the UK. We are finally seeing the smart grid becoming part of our not-too-distant future. With these free-of-charge meters, customers will now find it easier to control and manage how they use their own energy at home, which should lead to cost savings.”
Energy usage management
In early September, Scottish Power partnered with mobile app developer Waracle to improve its online customer service.
Under the deal, Waracle will develop mobile applications to increase online services offered by the utility firm.
According to a local media, the collaboration is expected to improve Scottish Power’s offerings for its retail customers in the UK.
More importantly, Scottish Power aims to use the deal to expand the benefits of its smart metering system. [Scottish Power selects local firm for smart meter rollout].
In addition, the solutions are also expected to enhance the utility’s energy efficiency programme, 'Your Energy', with which consumers can make use of mobile applications to control their energy usage in real time by managing their HVAC systems, monitor their power usage data, pay bills and change tariffs online.
Image credit: www.shutterstock.com.