As power grids continue to evolve, they are becoming increasingly important as they provide utilities and consumers the ability to better control and monitor use. Connected devices are offering greater control in various industries and smart meters are bringing the benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT) to electricity management.
Today, utilities give homeowners with smart meters real-time access to their overall energy usage, making it available through personal devices. The number of smart meters is expected to grow because electric utilities are able to offer customers new services such as dynamic pricing; the integration of new energy resources such as microgrids and solar power; and improved outage management and restoration. Smart meters also give added benefit to the utilities by helping them to better understand how consumers use power.
UL is already working closely with manufacturers to help ensure the safety of smart meters. We apply our expertise to existing standards, specifically:
- UL 2735 and IEC 6052-31 for electrical safety of utility meters;
- ANSI C12 and IEC meter series for the accuracy and performance levels of electric meters; and
- UL 2900 series for cybersecurity assessment.
We also apply the new IEEE 2030.5 to help ensure that smart meters function as planned and communicate correctly from one device to the next.
To learn more about how smart meters will help shape the future of grid management – and how UL can help – click here.