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A shift in the balance of power

By Jennifer Rankin  -  20.05.2010 / 04:20 CET
Consumers may reject smart meters if they are not easy to use, risk-free and save people money.

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Smart member states?

Finland – all consumers to have devices capable of hourly meter readings by 2014
France – smart meters for 96% of customers by 2020
Greece – national roll-out of smart meters in 2010-13
Italy – by 2011, all 36 million electricity customers to have a smart meter (33m meters are already installed)
Spain – national roll-out of smart meters to be completed by 2018
Sweden – by mid-2009, smart meters were supposed to have been installed in every household, following a 2003 government regulation on meters, the first of its kind in the EU
UK – every home to have a smart meter by 2020
Source: Annual report 2009, European Smart Metering Alliance.

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