A Smart Meter provides additional features over those of the traditional electromechanical electricity meters that most people will have seen in a home. The picture shows one supplier’s example of a Smart Meter for electricity. There are many different designs of Smart Meters – and the most common characteristics of a smart meter are as follows:
- It records consumption of electricity during short time periods (for example every 15 minutes rather than about two months between meter reads).
- It can distinguish between and record the import and export of electricity.
- There is electronic communication between a central control location and each Smart Meter that allows readings to be transmitted without the need for a visit by a meter reader or the consumer to submit a meter reading.
- It can receive instructions to switch the electricity supply to the premises on or off.
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The following additional links provide additional information on this subject:
CER information on Smart Meters
ESB Networks information on Smart Meters