Smart Meters: Between Innovation Promise and Consumer Protection

Free Public Lecture

Smart Meters: Between Innovation Promise and Consumer Protection

Smart infrastructure such as smart meters provide the platform for the introduction of innovative, information-based energy technologies designed to promote systemic energy efficiency and to transition energy markets toward more sustainable and cost effective outcomes. Smart meters in particular carry the promise of innovation in electricity markets – as an enabler of demand-side services and a more distributed energy system.

At the same time, they present enormous challenges for policy makers. Legal frameworks have to navigate between an increasing number of potentially contestable roles and at the same time realise consumer protection as well as consumer participation.

This seminar will present three case studies of legal reform supporting smart meter introduction – two from Australia and one from Germany.

Recurrent themes that emerge from the case studies show that the innovation promise of smart meters requires the underpinning legal system to address the wider social and economic implications of these changes. Key factors requiring attention are a consideration of who bears the cost for the implementation of the technologies, and the use and security of consumer energy information.

PresentersDr Anne Kallies

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