Eltel Networks Smart Meters A Good Example for Middle East Countries to Follow
For those who are not aware of this technology, a smart grid delivers electricity from suppliers to consumers using two-way digital technology to control appliances at consumers’ homes to save energy, reduce cost and increase reliability and transparency.
It includes an intelligent monitoring system that keeps track of all electricity flowing through the system. A smart meter enables accurate electronic measuring of energy being used, and are much more accurate than standard meters which simply estimate the amount of energy being used. They enable the calculation of flexible energy tariffs that measure consumption over set time periods.
They also enable the capability of selling unused energy back to the supplier, i.e. the utility company, and will enable better usage of renewable energy technologies, such as solar panels and wind turbines.
Phi Beta Iota: It will probably take another twenty years, but “smart” grids are coming along. The real break-through will be when “true costs” of every product and service are clearly visible at the press of a button on one’s cell phonoe. Open Spectrum is also inevitable, along with Open Money. See the Graphic: Open Everything.