Now I know I am due to submit another exciting edition in my series of posts on smart meters, but please allow me to apologise because this isn’t it!

However, I would like to share some bits and pieces of news about smart meters which I thought you may be interested to hear about:

Firstly, British Gas has announced that is is pairing up with Vodafone on a smart metering project. As part of the trial, nearly one million GPRS connections will be installed in domestic gas meters to monitor real-time energy use. The Vodafone network will monitor energy use and send the data from the smart meter to British Gas.  It was expected that there would be a contract with a national communications network to manage data received from smart meters, and to distribute it to suppliers.  It was predicted that this would cost in the region of £12 million pounds, plus another million to run it each year.

It is quite an announcement from the pair, as anything they roll-out before actual decisions have been made by the Department for Energy and Climate Change mean that it could end up being made redundant by the actual infrastructure which is agreed upon.

However, the start of this new meter roll-out will create in excess of 2000 jobs across a variety of differnt skillsets. Now that has got to be a good thing.

Secondly, there’s been a strange case over in the US, in Texas, where Robert and Jennifer Cordts have filed a lawsuit accusing Oncor (an electricity company in the US) of fraud, saying the company installed an inaccurate smart meter that caused their electricity bills to rise.  The lawyer representing the Cordts said he suspects the accuracy problem isn’t necessarily with the meter, but with the computer systems that collects and organises the data from the meters.  Some rather wild accusations are going on in the lawsuit, you can have a look for yourself  – http://www.oncorlawsuit.com/CALOncor.pdf. Don’t worry, I am sure we won’t have those types of issues over here in the UK.

Thanks for reading and I promise the next edition of my smart meter blog will be out soon.

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