What will smart meters look like in Serbia and who will be the first to get them?

Čačak, Niš and Kraljevo will be the first to have smart meters. Electricity consumption in 205,000 households will be monitored daily, and electricity distribution units will be able to reduce network losses. Director of the Business System Electricity distribution of Serbia Sasa Stefanovic told RTS yes it will with new meters errors will be minimized, as well as they will be able to act preventively and prevent unauthorized consumption. In addition, it will perform remote consumption management and, if necessary, turn off the metering point.

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Sasa Stefanovic points out that with the new project, all consumers will have simultaneous, timely, fast and efficient reading of electricity, as well as that complete data will be automatically entered into the software for data processing and invoicing.

– So, mistakes will be reduced to a minimum or hopefully there will be none. Everything that a person could make a mistake when reading or entering data – those mistakes and complaints will be eliminated. We will have a better and faster invoice issued – says Stefanović.

He points out that in addition to that consumers also have an insight into their consumption – they will be able to know the quality of supplied electricity and will be able to influence their consumption by knowing how much they are consuming at some point.

He pointed out that we are at the beginning of that process, and that at this moment, only a loan agreement has been signed for software and other necessary devices.

– Preconditions have been created for the preparation of technical documentation and for announcing public procurement, primarily for the selection of consultants, and then for the selection of equipment suppliers – stated Stefanović. He emphasized that this process, in accordance with the procedures, will take place in the next six to nine months.

– We hope to be around this time next year we will have a commercial contract and we will start with the installation of meters he adds.

Stefanovic says that every year Electricity distribution of Serbia invests close to five million euros, and even more, in the purchase of new electronic meters.

– It is a process, we have an obligation as a distribution system operator to replace old, worn-out meters and to install new meters so that we have accurate measurements with consumers at all times. Every year, in accordance with our available budget, we procure new meters and install them – explains Stefanović.

Explaining what a smart meter looks like, Stefanović says yes the meter that enables remote communication looks very similar to the existing meter, and depending on the manufacturer there may be small differences.

– We are already installing these meters on the network in one part. What we want to do now is to upgrade that meter with modern software and hardware that will be able to automatically collect data and process it – says Stefanović.

– Mostly wherever there are possibilities we will use the existing distribution cabinets, and where these possibilities do not exist, because we have different types of connections, especially in rural areas, we will have to reconstruct the metering connection cabinet itself and create preconditions for a modern meter to be installed – he adds. – We will be able to prevent unauthorized consumption of electricity.

Our loss of electricity in the low voltage network in 2019 is 11 percent, in Europe four. In money, that is a loss of 200 million euros in our country.

Stefanović explains that the loss of electricity is a consequence of the flow of electricity through the conductors, and in addition to technical losses, we also have commercial losses, with which, as he says, we have perhaps the most problems.

– The new modern system will enable us to have remote monitoring of all measuring points. So, in addition to being able to monitor all energy quantities – voltage, current and power, we will be able to download and receive information from the metering point about trying to physically access the metering point, opening the meter cover, installing magnets and similar devices that can interfere properly registration of electricity – says Stefanović.

He emphasizes that at all metering points that they will replace, they will be able to act preventively and prevent unauthorized consumption of electricity.

When asked if through these meters, someone can turn off the electricity remotely, if he exceeds the approved power or does not pay the bills, Stefanović says that he will be able to, as well as that this is another great advantage of this system.

It will be possible to control the meter remotelyand, we will be able to access the meter and read all energy quantities, we will be able to have information about the attempt to physically access the metering point and to manage consumption and, if necessary, turn off the metering point – he adds.

Source: Gradjevinarstvo.rs – VESTI by www.gradjevinarstvo.rs.

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