Flanders has to postpone the introduction of smart meters

Dec

13

2018


Flanders has to postpone the installation of smart meters in households because a central data system continues to have problems, according to the Belgian consumer organization Test Aankoop. The installation must start next year.

According to Test Aankoop, due to the continuing technical problems, it will take another two years before the digital meter can be made smart. The intention is that all Flemish households get a smart meter and initially the installation would start on 1 January. That date has already been postponed to July 2019 due to delays.

On Wednesday it was announced that the Belgian Atrias project is having major problems. This project involves the construction of the system that provides new services in combination with the smart meters, such as the purchase of electricity at the dalt rates and the return of energy to the grid. Actually, the system should have already been delivered in 2016 and 250 million euros have already been invested. There is a risk that the technology will become obsolete at the time of introduction.

The Flemish Minister for Energy Bart Tommelein acknowledges that the developers of Atrias ‘do not bake anything’ and therefore said on Wednesday that he asked the grid managers to clear up the national platform and to set up their own Flemish platform: “There is no point in to pump millions into a system that can not stand the test of the 21st century. ” According to him, this did not prevent further introduction of the meters.

Utilities Fluvius informs HLN that even without the Atrias data system the meters offer smart possibilities with insight into consumption and combination with apps: “The meter contains two data ports, the P1 and the S1 port, to which applications can be connected. They are active and usable from day one. ” Test Aankoop is afraid that the costs of Atrias will ultimately be borne by the consumer.

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