A Meter of Life and Death

Time: 14:00 - 14:30

Date: Day 2 - 23rd November 2017

Theatre: Water and Energy Strategy


Metering is the bread and butter of energy management, without it, we cannot even begin to understand what, when and how much we use; to manage energy, you need to understand your usage, and to do this, you must have sight of consumption. The scale of the task, in delivering accurate metering to domestic and commercial users, is the sheer diversity of meters, from old turbine and bellows type gas meters, to the latest digital Smart ones.

SMART Meters – Anything but! – The problems with Smart metering:

  1. Inaccurate (Less than 30% are accurate, with some as much as 400% over reporting).
  2. Cannot be fitted on sites with common supplies such as blocks of flats.
  3. Restrict competition by dissuading users to change suppliers due to incompatible technology between users.

Data – With accurate data, patterns can be identified, to show how much, when, and why energy is used, which allows the energy manager to predict future usage and identify potential efficiency savings. But this only works if the data is good and as energy managers, we do not deal with guess work – our mantra is facts, not opinions.


  • Roger LowRoger Low Chartered Energy Manager - Defence Infrastructure Organisation (Ministry of Defence)

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