Tuesday 16 July 2019

Smart electricity meters coming to your home from autumn

You can even sell power back to the grid

Electricity pylons stock image
Electricity pylons stock image
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

Work installing smart electricity meters in homes will begin in the autumn, the ESB has announced.

Some 250,000 meters will be fitted by the end of next year, and another two million by 2023, which will allow consumers manage their power consumption and lower their bills.

The utility has awarded three tenders to upgrade the meters which also allow for the creation of a ‘smart’ grid, where power will be used more efficiently.

From 2021, customers will be able to shift consumption to times when electricity is cheaper, and the move will also allow for more renewables to be deployed on the system, and for customers to sell power they generate back to the grid.

ESB Networks said it had awarded the contract to supply meters and supporting technology to a consortium comprising Siemens Ireland and Kamstrup  A/S, while installations will be carried out by the TLI Group Limited, KN Network Services (Ireland) Limited and MD Electrical Installations Ltd..

The contract for the communications network, which will allow meters to be read remotely, has been awarded to Three Ireland Limited.

“The upgrade to modern electricity meters is an important enabler of Ireland’s Climate Action Plan”, managing director of ESB Networks, Paddy Hayes, said,

“To tackle climate change, the meter upgrade programme is an essential foundation to maximising the benefit from Ireland’s growing renewable generation capability and supporting the electrification of transport and heat, using clean electricity to displace carbon fuels.

“Working closely with the energy supply companies, ESB Networks plans to deliver this important programme over six years, so that all electricity customers can be part of the sustainable energy future.” 

Commissioner Aoife MacEvilly from the Commission for Regulation of Utilities added that smart meters would help customers make “more informed choices” about their consumption, providing accurate and regular information on electricity usage and removing the need for estimated bills.

The works will be begin in the autumn, and older meters will be replaced first. Customers will be told when works are planned.

The upgrade programme calls for 250,000 smart meters to be installed by the end of 2020, and about 500,000 meters in each of the four subsequent years.

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