Chris King, eMeter’s Chief Regulatory Officer, is urging policymakers to embrace a global smart grid vision for consumers to promote a variety of benefits including financial savings, faster adoption of renewable energy and electric vehicles; access to detailed energy information; and widespread adoption of automated appliances and devices.
King says, “Financial savings due to higher system efficiencies and the wider adoption of renewable energy are possible if Government leaders set uncomplicated compelling high-level vision for the smart grid. Leaders should leverage policies to allow the market to deliver creative solutions in order to fully achieve their smart grid goals and deliver benefits to both consumers and utilities.”
Different countries have adopted unique approaches to smart grid and/or smart meter deployment and implementation. The European Union has established a goal to reach 80 percent meter installation by 2020 and 100 percent by 2022. The United States is focusing on renewable portfolio standards and has developed smart grid implementation policies state by state, although eMeter notes there is “no cohesive national policy for the country to reach its Smart Grid goals. Smart Grid planning continues to progress in countries such as Brazil and the UK and as more national policies are created, consumers empowered by energy consumption information will make smart energy choices with positive global effects.”
To promote his company’s support of a global smart grid policy, King has testified before Congress and played a vital role in crafting the Smart Grid provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 that paved the way for advanced metering initiatives in the United States. King also founded the Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition based in Washington D.C., and is co-founder and chairman of the Brussels-based Smart Energy Demand Coalition.