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SmartCo confirms installation of 500,000 units in next three years

posted Nov 3, 2011, 5:29 AM by ema-1 ema-1   [ updated Nov 3, 2011, 5:31 AM ]
"SmartCo general manager Bob Lack said they would probably contain [[HAN]] chips that would let them communicate directly with intelligent home appliances, such as fridges, which could be programmed to defrost when demand for electricity was low"

"About a third of the country's 1.8 million meters have been upgraded to smart meters by power retailers but without the chips to talk with appliances. Retailers argue these are unnecessary because of the internet or that they could be retrofitted"

"Lack said SmartCo's investment would help prepare for a future in which electricity was generated, as well as consumed, in the home, and people needed to recharge electric vehicles"

Full story: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/5898213/Plans-to-install-500-000-smart-electricity-meters


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