Smart meters in every home by 2024 - Brian Stanley TD
Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Climate Action Brian Stanley TD has said the ESB will begin installing new ‘Smart Meters’ next year which aims to help in our move to renewable energy.
The Laois-Offaly TD made the comments after meeting representatives from ESB Networks this week on the future roll out of smart meters.
Teachta Stanley said:
“Every home in the State will get a new ‘smart meter’ by 2024. With 250,000 to be installed by 2021. These will be used to manage electricity to homes when more heat pumps to heat homes and electric vehicles charging at home will be used, and more homes will produce their own energy through microgeneration.
“We need to ensure that the electricity grid is ready for the growing demand. Sinn Féin have put forward a bill on microgeneration, which will allow households produce more of their own energy and allows the sale of excess electricity back to the gird.
"This means lower bills and developing renewable energy but the grid must be ready for its growth, and smart meters will help it expand by managing demand.
“Smart meters are only a part of what is needed. There needs further investment in our electricity grid to ensure that we can develop and harness clean renewable energy.
“The future means more electric vehicles, more heat pumps for home heating and more households producing their own energy. It means that the electricity will form the bulk of our energy needs and it will be electricity produced from many different sources of renewable energy.”