The municipality of Ried-Brig did not have any water meters, consumption was not billed at tax points based on consumption. After a referendum at the end of 2017, the commissioning of electronic water meters could start. The electronic water meters were installed together with so-called smart meters - electricity meters that collect all consumption data and send it to the control center - in practically all households in the community. The advantage is that consumption can be recorded depending on consumption, no more meters have to be read in the households, the households only receive a bill for water, electricity, gas etc. from the electricity distributor and thus the municipal administration is relieved of reading and billing . The municipality of Fieschertal would like to follow the example of Ried Brig and has already prepared a technical roll out with the regional electricity distributor EW Goms. Electronic water meters and smart meters are to be installed there in 2021/2022.
The Lower Austrian Photovoltaic-League highlights the most successful communities in terms of increasing their installed PV capacity. The competition takes place once a year and even small communities have the chance to capture the trophy.In order to balance the chances between small and large communities, the target figure is defined by the yearly gains in installed PV capacity per capita. The champions of each district have the possibility to take part in an award ceremony where they receive their trophies. The most successful district champion will be declared state champion.The requirement for a comprehensive data set is the cooperation with power utilities that report the installed PV capacity in their power grids once a year. The communities have the chance to benefit from dissemination activities like regional press releases and online activities. In 2017 the Lower Austrian Photovoltaics-League was carried out for the sixth time. All Information can be obtained via www.pv-liga.at (Website in German)Highlight of the project: Award ceremony with district-champions that receive the trophy.