STOCKHOLM, June 28 (Xinhua) -- As part of its efforts to strengthen consumer choice and to develop a stable and efficient electric grid operation, the Swedish government announced on Thursday that it plans to introduce new functionality demands for electrical meters.
"The next-generation smart electrical meters will now be introduced in Sweden. They will give customers better tools to stay active on the electricity market while the electrical meters also secure a safer operation of the electric networks," said Ibrahim Baylan, minister for policy coordination and energy.
The plan is to introduce the new meters by January 1st 2025 and the meters' operation demands include functionalities like hourly energy counts and the ability for customers to read their own meters and therefore track their energy use.
According to a statement published on the Swedish government's website, the new electrical meters should also enable the development of a market for energy services.
Moreover, many of the meters used in Sweden today will anyway need to be replaced in the coming years due to having reached the end of their financial and technical lifespan, the statement said.