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Electricity Smart Meters Interfacing the Households

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4 Author(s)
Francesco Benzi ; Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy ; Norma Anglani ; Ezio Bassi ; Lucia Frosini

The recent worldwide measures for energy savings call for a larger awareness of the household energy consumption, given the relevant contribution of domestic load to the national energy balance. On the other hand, electricity smart meters together with gas, heat, and water meters can be interconnected in a large network offering a potential value to implement energy savings and other energy-related services, as long as an efficient interface with the final user is implemented. Unfortunately, so far, the interface of such devices is mostly designed and addressed at the utilities supervising the system, giving them relevant advantages, while the communication with the household is often underestimated. This paper addresses this topic by proposing the definition of a local interface for smart meters, by looking at the actual European Union and international regulations, at the technological solutions available on the market, and at those implemented in different countries, and, finally, by proposing specific architectures for a proper consumer-oriented implementation of a smart meter network.

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IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics  (Volume:58 ,  Issue: 10 )