29 Nov 2018, 16:28
Benjamin Wehrmann

Industry criticises German government for delayed introduction of smart meters


The Association of Energy Market Innovators (BNE), a lobby group of grid-independent energy suppliers in Germany, has criticised the German government for the stalled introduction of smart electricity meters in the country, Klaus Stratmann writes in the Handelsblatt. The certification procedure for smart meters had “structural problems” that posed “high expectations by policymakers of the security level of intelligent metering systems,” while “lacking regulations on the timeframe and on costs.” This had led to “an overly complex procedure” that impedes on innovation, the BNE said in a letter addressed to economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier. The lobby group said that Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) should only outline the necessary security standards, which smart meter producers could then certify themselves. On this basis, the industry “could immediately start a comprehensive roll-out of intelligent metering systems at affordable costs,” said BNE head Robert Busch.

Find the article in German here.

For background, read the dossier Digitalisation ignites new phase in energy transition.

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