Smart metering implementation – elusive targets (Energy Breakfast Club, April 29)


There are assumed targets by European directives and local legislation. There is a national smart metering program. There are numerous pilot projects and analyzes indicating the utility of increasing the IQ in the energy networks. Yet, the introduction of smart meters in 80% of end consumers in the coming years seems an elusive target today, suggested Emil Calotă, vice-president in ANRE, during the debate organized by, at the Energy Breakfast Club.

The National Regulatory Authority for Energy, through the voice of Emil Calotă, emphasizes that smart metering discussion must have in the forefront the final consumer. In general, this consumers have low financial potential, given that energy poverty in Romania exceeds the 42% parcentage, at which the social poverty is estimated. In those circumstances, the targets assumed for smart metering seem too ambitious, especially if the recovery of the direct investment mainly through invoice, is anticipated.

During 2015 the implementation of pilot projects of the eight disitribution operators, is planned. After January 31, 2016 an evaluation of these projects is planned, and until the 15 March 2016 the national smart metering program, must be defined. “Then we will define the percentage of smart meters that we will have had installed until 2020 to the end consumers, about 8.3 million clients,” Emil Calotă said.

Adding to the extended energy poverty in Romania, a decisive factor in the pace of large-scale introduction of smart metering is the availability of the power distribution operators for engaging in such spendings. Large are the amounts and they require a clearer perspective of deadlines and sources for return of the investments.

Big (smart) Data Analytics in Energy

During his presentation at the Energy Breakfast Club, Fabrizio Carboni, SEE Energy Practice Leader at SAS Inc., introduced to the audience the newest trends, technologies and best practices in the Energy Industry for data management and advanced analytics, with direct impact to the Energy business growth. Fabrizio Carboni presented the services offered by SAS Inc. to the local market for monitoring, power managing, transmission and distribution sector. “We help you take decisions quickly and knowingly”, summarized Fabrizio Carboni.

Download presentation – Fabrizio Carboni.

In his turn, Mircea Neagu, CEO of S&T Romania, presented the expertise and skills the Austrian group has in the smart energy metering field. The group’s expertize as an IT integrator in Romania is a major advantage given that the business approach in the electricity industry is evolving similar to the process recorded in the last 10 years in the telecom industry, ie an ever increasing role for the IT systems within the business models of these companies. S&T has supported these processes with solutions and services for the telco industry. In addition, S&T offers a complete range of smart metering / smart grid solutions, from smart meters to big data / analytics applications.

Download presentation – Mircea Neagu.

Catalin Lisman, director at OMEPA Measurement Department of Transelectrica, presented the current situation of the smart metering projects, as well as the projects of the national transmission operator for the next period. Catalin Lisman said that every modernization project is a necessary component of smart metering and power quality. However, in the projects of modernization of the stations, measuring and monitoring the quality component represents approximately 2% of the total project costs. The amount of annual investments in projects for the period 2015-2020 exceeds 70 million euro.

Download presentation – Cătălin Lişman.

Representatives of Accenture, Adrem Automation, Adrem Invest, ALD Automotive, All Development Services, Amicom, Barlovento, Bartec, BCR, Cabur, Ciurtin, CMS Cameron Mckenna, Electromagnetica, Elsaco Energy, Enel Energie, Enel Romania, Energie Finanzierung und Kapital, Energobit Group, Energyneers Romania, Flash Group, Hidrotarnita, LeasePlan, Lisscom, Matei Conf, Monsson, Optim Project Management, Orange România, Panouri Solare Fotovoltaice, Petrotel Lukoil, Quality Business Solutions, Repower, S&T România, SAP România, Sarto, SAS Romania, Schneider Electric Romania, SGS Romania, Soft Galaxy, Special Energoservice, Structural Funds Projects SRL, SynchroComp SRL, Tagline, Transelectrica, Ministry of Energy, Small and Medium Enterprises and Business Environment, ACUE, AFEER, ATE3, CNR-CME, Efden, Infomediu Europa, ROEC, RPIA attended the presentations and participated in discussions.

This event was organised by with the support of our partners: SGS România, SAS Inc., Emerson – Ridgid Tool Division, ALD Automotive, S&T România, ATE3, BCR Pensii, Sarto. Petroltel-Lukoil, LeasePlan.

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Energy Strategy Summit is a full day event to mix plenary sessions and round table format conversations. Discussions will cover a wide range of topics spanning from the role of Romania’s energy system in a turbulent regional context, to the future of the venerable local O&G industry, the foreseeable solutions to revive the endangered coal sector, the factors involved in future changes in the utilities sector, and the hasten maturation of the renewables.

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The key objective of Energy Strategy Summit is to draw the essential lines for the future Romanian national energy strategy as they result from a wide consultation of the high level private and public stakeholders in the Romanian Energy Sector. An insightful conversation with key sector leaders and experts provides policymakers and investors with valuable information and a clear vision for decision makers. All contributions from the speakers will be officially delivered to the Government for taking them into consideration when drafting the national energy strategy.

Among the speakers there are Mihnea Constantinescu, Ambassador at large, Special representative for Energy Security of the Romanian Government; Mihai Albulescu, secretary of state within the Energy, SMEs and Business environment Ministry; Mihail Fâcă, secretary of state within the Ministry for Environment, Waters and Forests, Artur Stratan, Amromco Energy; John Knapp, preşedinte, Asociaţia Română a Concesionarilor Offshore din Marea Neagră / Director General, ExxonMobil Exploration and Production România Ltd; Mihail Mitroi, Chief QHSE Officer Prospecțiuni; Varinia Radu, CMS-Cameron McKenna; Vasile Munteniță, Romelectro; Ioan Roșca, Electrica; Corneliu Bodea, preşedinte CRE şi reprezentant Adrem Invest şi Adrem Automation, Remus Borza, Hidroelectrica; Ciprian Glodeanu, RPIA; Sebastian Enache, Monsson; Cătălina Dragomir, preşedinte al Consiliului Director al Asociației Române pentru Energie Eoliană (RWEA) / Country Manager Vestas CEU România, Ionel David, RWEA; Melania Mirea, BCR Pensii; Ion Toni Teau, Transelectrica; Toni Volpe, Enel România; Daniela Lulache, Nuclearelectrica; John M. Roberts, member in Energy Policy Group’s Advisory Board.

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