On the 29th & 30th of January 2015 ECT Venues in St. Paul’s London will play host to the must-attend event for the Smart industry calendar. The 6th Annual Smart Energy UK & Europe Summit 2015 is a two day conference and exhibition and is the leading and largest event of its kind to focus on European smart metering and smart grids.
The event features 5 conference streams for delegates; Smart Metering UK, European Smart Metering, Energy Storage, Smart Water, and Smart Grids & Future Cities.
Unfortunately, the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced that the main installation programme for smart energy in the UK, involving some 50 million smart meters, will be delayed by up to a year. The Data Communications Company (DCC), who are in charge of the communications system for the devices, said that there is no feasible way to maintain the time scales of the current plan. The DCC’s comment was made in response to government officials demanding changes to system specifications and this in turn forced DECC to delay installation so that it remains in sync with the delayed communications system.
There are 67.9 million smart meters already in use in Europe across 30 European countries. Meanwhile the Futures Company has just carried out the first ever ‘Smart Meter Challenge’ in the UK. This used British Gas smart meter technology to monitor the usage of 14 households across the country. The results were compared against a further 14 households who have not been using the technology. The trial found that participants were using 6 percent less gas and 7 percent electricity compared to the households not using the smart technology. This in turn found that smart technology drastically raises awareness of the many different ways that households can save energy, while real-time readings improves overall engagement with consumption.
There is much to learn from the data being collected and so delegates at 2015 summit will be looking forward to hearing case studies from Italy, Spain and the Nordic countries - as the majority of installed meters are in these countries and thus far, have been those most compliant with the new technology.
Speakers include Neil Pennington, Director of Smart Innovation, RWE npower, Dora Guzeleva, Head of Networks Policy, Ofgem, Chris Welby, Policy & Regulatory Affairs Director, Good Energy, and Robert Denda, Smart Metering Project Coordinator, Endesa.
The summit also features the celebrated European Smart Metering Awards 2015. There are three awards up for grabs for Utilities, including the coveted Roll-out Innovation Award. There are also eight awards available for the smart solutions industry.
According to Berg Insight, 70 percent of electricity customers in Europe will have smart meters installed by 2022 compared to 24 percent penetration in 2014.
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