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Reliable Controls Gothenburg, Sweden 27 August 2007: According to new a research report from the analysis firm Berg Insight, the number of smart electricity meters will exceed 60 million in Europe by 2012. This will mean that one in four consumers will receive electricity bills based on their actual consumption and gain immediate financial benefits from energy savings. The report identifies rising electricity prices, fears over global warming and energy market reforms as the main drivers behind the adoption of smart metering technology. “People want control over surging energy costs, governments are obliged to promote energy conservation and competitive markets force the industry to become more efficient. Smart metering contributes to all of these things”, said Tobias Ryberg, senior analyst, Berg Insight.

Italy and Sweden are leading the adoption of smart meters in Europe with full penetration expected by 2009. Furthermore the technology is being introduced on a large scale in Denmark, Finland and Austria. New legislation is also expected to mandate smart metering in Ireland, the Netherlands and Norway by the next decade. The UK government is considering whether to introduce similar requirements, but is presently leaning towards a less sophisticated solution where consumers will only receive more information about their power consumption.

About Berg Insight
Berg Insight offers premier business intelligence to the telecom industry. We produce concise reports providing key facts and strategic insights about pivotal developments in our focus areas. Our vision is to be the most valuable source of intelligence for our customers.
For additional information, please contact: Johan Fagerberg, CEO E-mail: johan.fagerberg@berginsight.com
 

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