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Experts explore smart metering for water at WWT round table

Metering experts from the water and energy sectors met in London for a WWT Round Table about smart metering on 11 May 2010, sponsored by consulting and business services group Mouchel.

The cross-utility panel, which included representatives from Ofwat, Ofgem and Defra, discussed the question - "How should the water industry engage in the smart metering initiative?"

Although the energy industry is ahead of water with its 2020 Smart Metering Initiative, there is uncertainty about the direction it will take in both sectors. Some delegates were heartened to hear that the gap is not as wide as they thought and that there are opportunities to work together to deliver compatible communications infrastructure for the future.

Paul Hope, Ofwat's head of water resource economics, revealed that the regulator is leading on metering and has set up a Smart Meter Advisory Group, which includes representation from Ofgem and the water companies. Customer engagement is another area where the dialogue revealed that sharing cross-utility experiences can strengthen best practice.

Speaking after the event, Jason Brogden, representing the Energy Retail Association said, "Round tables like this can act as a very positive influence on the people who are responsible for programmes, for example, Ofgem and Ofwat, so it is very useful to get them round the table."
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Participants

  • Bob Baty Chairman, Former chief executive
    South West Water
  • Jason Brogden Director of Engage Consulting
    Energy Retail Association
  • Robert Canning Head of economic regulation
    Defra
  • Meyrick Gough Water planning & strategy manager
    Southern Water
  • Martin Hall Director of strategic consulting
    Mouchel
  • Neil Harper Operational development manager metering
    United Utilities
  • Paul Hope Head of water resource economics
    Ofwat
  • José Neves Export manager
    Sappel
  • Adrian Rudd Senior manager, smart metering delivery
    Ofgem
  • Dave Thompson Head of public relations
    Consumer Council for Water

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