Traditional Vs Smart Electricity Metering Systems: A Brief Overview

Samuel Bimenyimana, Godwin Norense Osarumwense Asemota


Electricity meters are devices for electricity consumption measurements, which have been used and are still in use today with modern technologies. In some places, traditional electricity meters are replaced with smart electricity meters for more accuracy, efficiency, features, privacy, security and visibility in electricity measurements. Literature review was used in this study to compare traditional analogue electricity meters with digital electricity meters. Therefore, the achievements and challenges of 12 countries around the world (2 countries on each continent except Antarctic), which adopted smart electricity metering solutions, were also explored. The paper considered consumers electricity meters and not power grid meters. It was shown that deploying smart metering solutions improve grid reliability, enhance revenue management, reduce electricity losses, address billing and credit control difficulties, promote energy efficiency, improve services to customers, postpone construction of new power generation plants, reduce power theft and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  However, smart electricity metering solutions are not adopted worldwide because of: ageing and outdated infrastructures, inadequate resources, lack of integrated communication platforms, cost of deployment, transition from legacy systems, management of the vast amounts of data, compatibility of elder equipment, lack of standards and interoperability and changes in regulatory protocols and policies.

Keywords: Traditional metering, Smart metering, Smart electricity meters, smart grid, Traditional electricity meters

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