Placing smart meters at the heart of energy use

Under EU law, 80% of homes must have smart meters by 2020. As the roll-out begins, Sonja van Renssen finds out how it is progressing and what the meters can do.

The EU’s third energy market liberalisation package adopted earlier this year requires 80% of European homes to have a smart meter by 2020. National governments are starting their roll-out in anticipation of a ‘super-smart’ grid that will avoid power outages, integrate renewables and cut energy use up to 15% by enabling demand management.

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