Smart metering, the remote monitoring of electricity meters via a communications network, is of significant interest to public utilities and power producers who seek to level the grid load over the course of the day. Through smart monitoring of electricity consumption by consumers, utilities can reduce peak loads and achieve better efficiency. This can also help consumers save on electricity costs when charging electric vehicles at non-peak hours, particularly at night when there is an excess of power.
The budding development of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles provides a useful application for smart metering. If present in charging infrastructure technology, smart metering can transfer the load of electric vehicles to times of day with overproduction of …