Smart meters tackling energy poverty mitigation: uses, risks and approaches

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Big data analysis is becoming an increasing field of interest for research to analyse, identify and predict final user’s behaviour. For this reason, in the energy sector, smart metering is generally used to find new business opportunities and, theoretically, it is said that it could also help to fight energy poverty issues. Nonetheless, when tackling social injustice issues, the deployment of massive technology might also bring other side effects. This study analyses the capability of smart metering to mitigate energy poverty in Europe according to the current approaches of projects and the risks it might bring to the more vulnerable layers of our society.

The contents of the paper was presented and published in the IEEE Electric Power and Energy Conference (EPEC) in November 2020.

This academic article is accessible on the publication section.

Contributors:

  • Mattia Barbero, Cristina Corchero (IREC)
  • Lluc Canals Casals (IREC), Sergio Tirado Herrero (UAB), Empowermed’s partners