Technology Innovation System Analysis of Electricity Smart Metering in the European Union

Katarzyna Korczak , Maksymilian Kochański , Tadeusz Skoczkowski

Abstract

Between 2018 and 2023 the penetration rate of electricity smart meters in the European Union (EU) is expected to grow from approximately 44% to 71%. The unprecedently rapid development of smart metering (SM) as an ICT-enabled technological novelty is progressing in a complex, multi-actor innovation system, which is strongly driven by EU-level institutions and policies. This paper presents the comprehensive Technology Innovation System (TIS) analysis of electricity SM development in the EU, with a focus placed on regulatory aspects. The article identifies the key elements of the SM innovation system (technologies and infrastructures; actors and networks; institutions and policies) and characterises their interaction based on an in-depth desk research and a critical assessment of regulations, statistics and primary and grey literature sources (e.g., market reports). The main enablers and barriers for EU-level SM TIS development are studied. The major driving force for EU-level SM TIS is the clear, yet evolving vision of EU-level actors for the SM deployment, founded on the grounds of energy conservation and empowerment of customers. On the other hand, the major inhibitor is the insufficient regulatory framework for roll-outs at the level of a Member State, which does not fully ensure interoperability, data protection and security standards or organisational effectiveness.
Author Katarzyna Korczak (FPAE / IHE)
Katarzyna Korczak,,
- The Institute of Heat Engineering
, Maksymilian Kochański (FPAE / IHE)
Maksymilian Kochański,,
- The Institute of Heat Engineering
, Tadeusz Skoczkowski (FPAE / IHE)
Tadeusz Skoczkowski,,
- The Institute of Heat Engineering
Journal seriesEnergies, [ENERGIES], ISSN 1996-1073
Issue year2020
Vol13
No4
Pages1-25
Publication size in sheets1.2
Keywords in Englishsmart meter; smart metering; technology innovation system; EU; electricity metering
ASJC Classification1700 General Computer Science
DOIDOI:10.3390/en13040916
URL https://www.mdpi.com/1996-1073/13/4/916/htm
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)140
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 140.0, 14-09-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 0; Scopus Citations = 2; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 1.156; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 2.707 (2) - 2018=2.99 (5)
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