KEMA research reveals differences in US, EU smart grids

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Research results have been released from a study conducted by DNV KEMA for Netbeheer Nederland. The research was intended to study smart grid demonstration projects around the world, with a focus on technical, policy, regulatory and social aspects.

The research found smart grid differences between the U.S. and Europe. In the U.S., smart grids are mainly used to make variable energy rates possible, reduce peaks in electricity use, and improve infrastructure reliability. In Europe, the emphasis is on energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions.

Smart grids can be used to counter peaks in energy consumption because they can be used with pricing incentives. However, a rate incentive alone is often insufficient to reduce demand -- consumer involvement is necessary.

Energy displays and smart phone applications, in particular, increase consumer awareness of their energy usage and enables financial savings on their energy bills. Many consumers however, are not yet aware of the opportunities that smart grids offer. KEMA says this must change in order to gain sufficient support for this new technology because the acceptance of end users will ultimately determine the success of a smart grid.

For more:
- see the report

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