What is Smart Meter Data?
Smart meter data is the key to our future energy grid, experts have claimed.
13:31 03 January 2019
Smart meter is the piece of new technology that holds the key to our future energy grid. They are a core part of a digital energy system designed to enable us to cope better with the energy demands of modern life.
Smart metres collect data and provide electricity distributors a more accurate information on Britain’s energy use, which allows them to better match energy supply with demand.
Dr Jeff Hardy, Senior? Research Fellow at the Grantham Institute, said: “Smart meters allow people in homes and businesses to better understand their own energy use. This means they can link what they are doing with the energy that is required to do it.
“The most interesting and useful potential of smart meters is that they provide near real time data on how much and where energy is being used across the whole system.
“As we move towards a low carbon energy system, which will have more variable output, depending on whether the wind is blowing, or the sun is shining, the system will be more efficient if it can match demand to available supply. It is crucial that we find ways to help consumers to adapt their behaviour.
“So, for example, smart meter data will show when it is a good (and low carbon) time to charge your electric vehicle – for example at times when the wind is blowing strongly. This also creates an opportunity for innovative businesses to deliver valuable energy services, in tune with their consumers’ needs.”