26 Aug '11, 12pm

Smart Grid Concerns: A European View : Greentech Media

Smart Grid Concerns: A European View : Greentech Media

A recent article in the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper leads with the headline “Why smart meters could make power firms richer .” It’s a speculative piece with many assumptions about what regulators will allow (like, selling your electricity information to the highest bidder without your consent) -- but even though it is mostly devoid of facts, it taps into a sentiment that is not limited to Bakersfield, Calif. when it comes to smart meters and smart grid. Smart grid projects and smart meters have faced considerable resistance from a small but noisy group of concerned citizens from Germany to Texas. In Europe, which will have an estimated 206 million smart meters by 2020, the concerns vary by country but tend to be more centered around privacy, whereas in the U.S., the anger and confusion is around higher bills and health concerns. Although the flavors vary by region, the overa...

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