Free smart energy devices in Dutch households

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Amsterdam, 6 October 2017. A consortium of Dutch municipalities and tenant/homeowner associations will install smart energy devices in 1,000 housing units before the end of the year. This was announced by the supplier of the smart energy devices, geo, the British-based European market leader in smart energy solutions at the close of European Utility Week 2017. In RAI Amsterdam more than 4,000 from all parts of the world came together this week to share experiences and solutions with regard to issues such as the digitalisation of energy management.

Smart meters will be connected to displays that will enable the residents of the involved dwellings, often in low-income groups, to save money on their monthly energy bills as they will have an immediate insigth into and control over their daily gas and electricity usage.

Over a third of houses in the Netherlands have now been fitted with smart meters. Smart energy devices read the data as recorded by these meters and present them to the consumer in a simple, practical format. The consortium comprises: !WOON in Amsterdam, the municipality of Utrecht, the MEVM tenants organisation in Drenthe and Albanianea, an Alphen aan den den Rijn-based tenants group and the Achterhoeks Energieloket which services several municipalities in the Achterhoek. The five partners have joined forces and decided to work with British-based geo, who have already supplied over three million in-home displays in the UK and other European countries, including to clients such as energy suppliers and housing  corporations.

The five organisations are the first in the Netherlands to make smart energy devices available to households free of charge at this scale. They are making use of the functionality offered by smart meters and aim to alert the Dutch market to the benefits of easy-to-read displays, as this type of device has not yet found sufficient penetration of local markets. The target group comprises consumers who may often have relatively little knowledge of technology, but do stand to benefit from an effortless insight into their daily energy usage, as this will help them control their usage and decrease their energy bills. With this project, the consortium aims to bring all possible ways of saving within consumers’ reach.

geo’s Trio II smart energy device displays current and historic data on the use of gas and electricity and the transfer of solar energy. The system has been tested in the Achterhoek region, where it was met with a positive user response. It has proven to adapt well to conditions in the Netherlands, said geo CEO Patrick Caiger-Smith.