I immediately remembered that this idea dates back to 2018, when work on the amendment to the Energy Law assumed that the level of 80% of smart meters was to be achieved by the end of 2026.
So we have a significant delay in terms, but this project is coming back to wallpaper due to the COVID-19 epidemic, which caused suppliers to start recording losses due to the lack of physical readings of electricity consumption by collectors at recipients’ homes – limitations in contacts.
Minister Michał Kurtyka:
In addition to the technological and investment progress of network enterprises, the installation of remote reading meters will increase the competitiveness of the energy market, which will benefit all system users, and in particular, consumers. The positive impact of the regulation on meter manufacturers cannot be overlooked.
Smart meters are also to generate savings for energy companies by reducing commercial and technical losses or reading costs, as well as contribute to:
- better management of electricity consumption by end users,
- facilitating the change of seller,
- the possibility of using the prepaid form of settlements
The schedule for the replacement of meters has been developed according to the planned percentage share of smart meters in the coming years:
- 15% – by December 31, 2023.
- 35% – by December 31, 2025.
- 65% – by December 31, 2027.
- 80% – by December 31, 2028.
What will the replacement costs be? The ministry gives an estimated unit cost per remote reading meter in the amount of about PLN 360. The entire planned replacement and implementation of smart metering systems would amount to PLN 7 billion.
For comparison, the estimated savings from this implementation are given, which over 15 years would amount to approximately PLN 11.3 billion for approximately 13 million end users.
Minister Michał Kurtyka:
The regulations proposed in the amendment will have a positive impact on managing the demand in the energy market and reducing the peak demand. It is also enabling operators to make a quantum leap towards creating new standards for the energy market in Poland. The benefits of installing smart meters will definitely exceed the costs associated with their implementation, and most importantly for consumers, they will ultimately be reflected in lower electricity bills.
Finally, an important question – where to get the money now? A part of the costs of new meters is to be borne by the recipients, and they are to be distributed in the long term. On the other hand, the costs of investments related to this implementation are to be incurred from the funds allocated under the European Union funds allocated for the energy transformation in the Member States and from the budget of the Infrastructure and Environment Operational Program (OPI & E).
Source: Ministry of Climate and Environment.
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