“The Morning Briefing” is SmartPlanet’s daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we’re reading about smart meter installation and opt-out schemes.
1.) Cambridge becomes UK’s first White Space city as trials declared a success. Some of tech’s biggest names teamed up to equip Silicon Fen with Neul’s “Weightless” broadband gear — managing to get an 8Mbps data service out to the residents of rural towns through smart grid and smart meter technology.
2.) Kauai utility to provide meter choice. Kauai’s electric utility is considering allowing users to opt out of “smart meters” — technology that helps both utilities and consumers use energy more efficiently but that critics fear may threaten human health and violate people’s privacy.
3.) Smartmeter program wrapping up. PG&E’s deployment of gas and electrical smart meters is 93 percent complete, according to the latest figures provided by PG&E spokesman Paul Moreno. In Mendocino County this deployment rate is 70 percent.
4.) ComEd aims to deploy 4 million smart meters in next decade. An additional 130,000 Commonwealth Edison customers who live along the Eisenhower Expressway corridor will get smart meters as early as late summer, allowing them to see by online connections how to change their home energy use to get rebates and other savings, ComEd officials said.
5.) Smart metering — The Privacy Issue. Smart metering is expected to be installed throughout the UK from 2014, and every home should have the technology installed by 2019. DECC has estimated that the program, which will involve replacing around 53 million existing gas and electricity meters, will cost approximately £11.7 billion.