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Global VP and Internet of Things Evangelist for SAP. Previously independent analyst focusing on the Internet of Things, Energy and CleanTech, Analyst for RedMonk, leading their GreenMonk practice. Co-founder and director of hyper energy-efficient data center Cork Internet eXchange. Tom serves on the Advisory Boards of SmartCities World and RetailEverywhere.com.

One response to “Utilities should open up API’s to their smart meter data”

  1. Achanta01

    You are trying to find business propositions where not many exist. Though – your “revenue generation” ideas are way better than other scenarios like “using dishwashers at night”.

    Now – Even if we agree to all €1 a month scenarios you have listed, it will be difficult to make business case. When we tabulate all one-time and on-going costs associated with hardware and software. Mind you, many software/network related costs were not there in pre-smart meter era.

    Most regulated utilities are finding it very hard to make customers pay for all non-tangibles benefits, that ‘consultants’ present. From customer perspective – even if smart meter provides us 5-minute interval usage. we are list inclined to look at it – as most of us have no idea what you are talking about.

    Then there are more creative scenarios – like Demand-Side Management. Not sure who is suppose to benefit from these – certainly not consumers.

    Yes – network upgrades are needed. ESRI and other’s have sounded that alarm long ago. But some of us do feel, Smart-meters, networks, data-bases – and creative billing – is over kill.

    Here, in North America, we feel like, we have seen this movie before. In late 90’s everyone had rosy scenarios to cut cost and provide better service using de-regulation. It was great idea too – until Enron happened. Just FYI – deregulation did not bode well for consumers – as today, some of the lowest Electric Tariffs are within old-fashioned, regulated utilities.

    So the question – at the end of all Smart-Meter hoopla – what, we the consumer, will be paying for?

    Do you think they will have separate line item on our Electric Bill – “Smart Meter cost for this month ” ?