Prospects for the development of smart grids


The conference coorganized by Ph.D. Mariusz Swora, president of the Energy Regulatory Office and Andrzej CzerwiÅ„ski, Chairman of the standing subcommittee on energy sector in Sejm of the Republic of Poland, will be held next week, on the October 27, 2009, in the Polish Parliament.  

Introduction of smart grid is a great chance for the Polish energy sector – a huge project that will connect the energy sector with sector of modern technologies. It is a milestone in empowering consumers position on the electricity market and increasing energy efficiency. The Polish power sector cannot remain indifferent to the challenges of the ambitious nature of civilization, associated with the modernization of the electricity grid. We cannot afford failure in relation to other countries that have implemented the development of smart grid hoping to benefit from a combination of "traditional power" with new technologies  – stresses President Swora.

The Polish administration has already undertaken dynamic efforts to introduce a system of smart grid. Fundamental questions still remain about the architecture of the system, its scope and schedule for implementing security. These questions are to be answered and in order to find these answers the conference takes place; the floor will be given to prominent theorists and also practitioners dealing with the problems of intelligent metering and smart grid. The development of smart metering network system from the transmission system operator point of view will be presented by Stefania Kasprzyk, President of PSE Operator SA and Wojciech LubczyÅ„ski, Representative of the Board of  PSE Operator SA. Prof. Andrzej Wiszniewski, Wroclaw University of Technology, will deal with the issue of smart grids – is it a fashion or necessity?. Ph.D. Tomasz Kowalak, Director of Tariffs Department at ERO, will introduce the subject of costs, benefits and challenges ahead the smart metering system. Speech of Ph.D. WacÅ‚aw Iszkowski, President of the Polish Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunications, will treat about the potential of the IT sector in the context of a smart metering network system. The Swedish experiences in the implementation of smart metering will be introduced by Marielle Liikanen, Energy Markets Inspectorate. Italy, as an example of effective implementation will be highlighted by Carlo M. Drago, expert presenting ENEL experience.

The expected benefits result mainly from the interactivity, which may form the basis for the development of entirely new services and functionality. Smart metering brings the possibility of benefits such as reducing energy supply costs through, increasing billing accuracy, increasing efficiency and reducing energy consumption, simplify the procedure for switching energy supplier, a significant improvement of energy supply continuity and quality of its parameters, improving the quality of customer service, reducing the problem of illegal consumption of energy, optimizing the level of investment in power generation and networks. However, above all, intelligent measurement gives consumers an important tool to face the rising energy prices: the possibility of conscious control over its energy consumption. This project should also positively influence the energy market in the direction of its de-monopolisation and respond to the implementation by Poland of the objectives of the EU Energy and Climate Package.