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GE turns attention to UK smart metering market

Iain Morris
November 11, 2014

GE is angling for a major slice of the UK’s nascent smart-metering market, claiming that its electricity meters will meet government requirements regarding the installation of advanced metering infrastructure in all residential and commercial properties by the end of 2020.

The company says its SGM1300 smart electricity meter will allow utilities to satisfy regulatory demands and provide real-time and accurate billing information to customers.

“The UK’s smart metering legislation has mandated that utility and energy retail companies replace their legacy electricity and gas meters with new advanced smart meters which can greatly improve the reliability and efficiency of their network and provide real-time information to consumers,” said Ed Myszka, the general manager of meters for GE’s Digital Energy business. “The implementation of GE’s SGM1300 smart meters across a utility’s service network can provide a wide range of benefits for both the utility and its customers.”

The meters are intended to support two-way communications between utilities and customers, providing customers with half-hourly data on their energy usage.

Utilities are hoping to give consumers more control over energy consumption and costs throughout the smart-meter rollout, as well as make improvements to their own operational efficiency.

Smart meters should support home area network communications between local devices, such as GE gas meters, and give users a view of energy usage through in-home displays.

GE (Fairfield, CT, USA) says its own meters come with LCD displays featuring “intuitive icons” that will let installers know when the meter is connected to the network and up and running on the system.

Utilities, meanwhile, will gain access to a range of anti-tampering features and secure communications solutions – with local security features notifying utilities if tampering occurs.

GE is developing a range of connectivity products as part of its “industrial internet” strategy and sees the energy sector as one of its biggest M2M opportunities.
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