Smart grid data: Should the U.S. be more like Europe (think centralized)



The UK parliament is about to consider measures to create a data communications company that will centralize all the consumption data from the country's electricity and gas meters, according to a report from UK-based Energy Efficiency News. Gas and electricity suppliers will be required to use the company to communicate with residential smart meters and can optionally use it for commercial and industrial too.


The UK is not the only European country that stores data centrally with strict privacy and security guidelines. Think of it as a mandatory Green Button program, but one where a central company has responsibility for the data as well. Would that be a safer, more efficient approach in the U.S. and elsewhere?


Jump over to our Tuesday Topic discussion forum to discuss how you think smart meter data should be stored. For instance:

  • Centrally by a private company under strict guidelines
  • By each utility under strict central guidelines
  • By each utility under guidelines determined state-by-state

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Jesse Berst is the founder and chief analyst of Smart Grid, the industry's oldest and largest smart grid site. A frequent keynoter at industry events in the U.S. and abroad, he also serves on advisory committees for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Institute for Electric Efficiency. He often provides strategic consulting to large corporations and venture-backed startups. He is a member of the advisory boards of GridGlo and Calico Energy Services.

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