Germany to Roll Out Digital Electricity Meters

January 2023

The governing German cabinet is putting forward legislation to kick-start the use of so-called smart electricity meters. The new technology will allow consumers to adjust their power consumption to times when electricity is less expensive and react to fluctuations in the production of electricity from renewable sources.

The proposed legislation refers to the “Restart of the Digitalization of the Energy Transition.” The aim is to pass it into law this spring.

“The phase-out of fossil fuels is underway, and we’re right in the middle of it, but the gears have to mesh,” said German Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action Robert Habeck in a statement. “The expansion of renewables and the greater use of electric vehicles for transportation and the heat pumps in buildings demands that electricity production and consumption be intelligently connected. In the future, our energy system will be significantly more flexible and thus also more complex, and for that we need smart meters and a digitalization of the transition to clean energy.”

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