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.
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."
Chairman, Former chief executive
South West Water
Director of Engage Consulting
Energy Retail Association
Head of economic regulation
Water planning & strategy manager
Director of strategic consulting
Operational development manager metering
Head of water resource economics
Senior manager, smart metering delivery
Head of public relations
Consumer Council for Water
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