|Meter-reading set to disappear|
| [31.08.2007, 12:24am, Fri. GMT]|
|Electricity customers won't need to read their meters and send in the numbers to their power companies anymore, thanks to new technology. Norway's government minister in charge of energy issues gave the go-ahead on Tuesday for development of two-way communication between energy consumers and suppliers. The goal is for all electricity customers in Norway to have new two-way meters in place by 2012.The new meters will be able to send information on customers' electricity consumption directly to their suppliers. The meters may also be able to display consumption in people's homes and price information.|
"The technology will continue to improve, with more correct information on energy consumption," said cabinet minister Odd Roger Enoksen. That can also make it easier for consumers to monitor their usage and their costs.
Development of the two-way system will be financed through the fees consumers pay for electricity delivery, meaning consumers will indirectly be paying for the new meters.
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