Smart energy homes and businesses can easily save hundreds of dollars a year by outsmarting the utilities
The MEM empowers consumers with choice of apps and services, and portability of data
Once in your meter box, a Wattwatchers device is always on and sending data via the internet
Wattwatchers devices transmit accurate, circuit-level energy data through the internet, which energy consumers then access 'energy intelligence' through a choice of apps and services.
Typically installed in an electrical meter box or distribution board, must be hardwired in by an electrician (not for self-installation unless you are a qualified electrician).
Suitable for multiple use cases ranging from basic home energy monitoring to more sophisticated household, commercial and industrial, and utility use cases, including remote control of electrical loads and appliances.
The MEM solution packages are recommended for non-solar homes with electricity bills >$250 a month ($750 a quarter); homes with rooftop solar and bills >$150 a month ($450 a quarter); small businesses consuming <100MWh of electricity per annum; and schools of all sizes.
Energy management technology packages, installed by a qualified professional electrician, with access to software apps and data + device communications for 3 years.
No, it’s a subsidised opportunity, but a financial co-contribution is still required from participants, paid by them or on their behalf (e.g. some organisations may offer additional support to their membership or customer base). The level of co-contribution will vary depending on factors including project stages, and the size and type of any individual installation (for example monitoring only for a single-phase wired household would require a smaller co-contribution than a monitoring-plus-control solution for a three-phase business site).
Participants will need to sign-up to Terms and Conditions which include allowing sharing of agreed data with third parties. Data sharing will not be undertaken without explicit consent from the participant. Note that a core principle of the MEM is that end consumers own their data and will be provided with opportunities to benefit from it both in their own right (e.g. from apps and services that use the data to provide service to the consumer), and by sharing with others (e.g. signing up for demand response programs, virtual power plant participation or local energy trading).
Early deployments begin in the first half of the 2020 calendar year, and will continue through to 2022.
No, which energy company or companies you buy your electricity from is completely up to you. But with more data, you’ll be in a stronger position to manage your energy, and to choose the best energy supplier and tariff plan to match your needs.
Our roll-out engages a wide range of partners, with an early emphasis on non-energy industry organisations and enterprises. Energy companies potentially can be partners, and we hope that progressive electricity suppliers and distributors will consider working with the project. But please be aware that, in all cases, consumers will own their data, and will be empowered by this data to decide who gets to supply them with their energy (wherever competitive markets for electricity already exist).
In the early stages of the project, we plan to make MEM products available through our community and commercial partners. However, the ability for individual consumers and electricians to sign up are planned in the mid- to later-stages of the roll-out. Please join our project mailing list to be first in line to hear about such offers as they become available.
The MEM project will transform the Wattwatchers' mydata.energy smart energy dashboard into a multi-application platform to empower energy consumers with data, choice and portability.
This Project received funding from ARENA as part of ARENA’s Advancing Renewables Program. The views expressed herein are not necessarily the views of the Australian Government, and the Australian Government does not accept responsibility for any information or advice contained herein.