Delgaz Grid announced it signed execution contracts for the installation of over 10,000 smart meters, by the end of 2021. In addition, the distribution network in the Nicolina II district of Iași will be modernized by replacing about 8.8 km of cables and over 1,800 power stations. At the same time, the hardware infrastructure and software applications necessary for the operation of the smart metering system will be implemented.
The investment of over 45 million lei is co-financed with about 19 million lei from European funds from the European Regional Development Fund (through POIM 2014-2020, Priority Axis 6: Promoting clean energy and energy efficiency in order to support a low-emission economy carbon). The contribution of the company will be over 22 million lei, as about 3.4 million lei will come from the state budget.
“This is the most important project for us at Delgaz Grid and we have a great responsibility in its implementation, so that our effort is felt by the customers as improved services and a continuous power distribution,” says Csulak Ferenc, CEO of Delgaz Grid.
Smart metering means benefits and new services
- The meter index is transmitted automatically, it is no longer necessary the client to transmit it or the company’s representative to visit the location
- The invoice will accurately reflect the actual consumption, eliminating the estimated invoices; this will allow the clients to better manage their consumption and their budgets
- In addition to the consumption data, the meters also transmit different types of alarms to the central system, where remote and on-site intervention measures are analyzed and established, as appropriate
- The operations of disconnecting and / or reconnecting to a consumer where a smart meter is installed and integrated in the system do not imply costs for the client
Delgaz Grid is the distribution company of the German group E.ON. Delgaz Grid operates a natural gas network of about 22,650 km in 20 counties in the North and West of Romania (Cluj, Bistrița Năsăud, Maramureș, Satu Mare, Sălaj, Timiș, Arad, Bihor, Caraș-Severin, Hunedoara, Mures, Sibiu, Alba, Harghita, Iasi, Botoșani, Vaslui, Suceava, Neamț and Bacău) and an electricity network of over 81,500 km in six counties in Moldova: Bacău, Botoșani, Iași, Neamț, Suceava and Vaslui. Since entering the local market, in 2005, E.ON has invested about 1.6 billion euros mainly for the modernization of gas and electricity networks and has transferred to the state budget taxes and fees of 2 billion euros.