Germany: E.U. smart meter proposal too pricey for electricity customers

Germany said it is unlikely to follow the smart meter rollout recommendations of the E.U. because installing the devices, which enable two-way communication between electric power utilities and the end user, would be too expensive.

Germany’s Economy Ministry told Bloomberg that the E.U.’s target smart metering rollout of 80 percent of houses by 2020 is not a good fit for the German people — particularly customers who do not use much electric power as their installation costs would be higher than the savings they were likely to gain.

Germany currently uses about 48 million traditional electric meters, according to Bloomberg. Germany has no official policy on the adoption of smart meters.

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