In 2011, the Dutch Parliament agreed to start a small scale rollout of new electricity and gas meters for consumers and small business.
In the national cost-benefit analysis by KEMA (now DNV-GL) in 2010, it was estimated that the smart meter, in combination with indirect feedback through bi-monthly energy usage and cost statements (known as home energy reports), to be delivered by energy suppliers, would result in an average reduction in household energy consumption of 3.2 per cent for electricity and 3.7 per cent for gas.
In combination with more sophisticated direct (real-time) feedback interventions, these savings would have the potential of increasing to an estimated average of 6.4 per cent for electricity and 5.1 per cent for gas.
To support the parliament in the decision-making regarding the large-scale rollout of smart meters from 2015, the Minister promised to monitor the practical user experiences as they relate to energy savings, during the small-scale rollout from 2012 to 2014.
The Dutch Energy Savings Monitor for the Smart Meter, the Savings Monitor in short, reports on the practical experiences related to:
- The actual savings in households with a smart meter and indirect feedback via a bi-monthly home energy report, to be provided by the energy supplier (Effects Monitor).
- The potential savings for alternative direct (real-time) and indirect feedback interventions for the smart meter (Potential Monitor).
- The prospects for the market development of smart metering services (Market Monitor).