Smart grid debated in Poland’s parliament


Andrzej Czerwiński,
head of Poland’s
on energy
Warsaw, Poland — (METERING.COM) — January 28, 2010 – A hearing on the introduction of smart grids in Poland took place before the standing sub-committee on energy in the lower house of the country’s parliament last Friday.

Members of parliament were familiarized with the practical and financial consequences of smart grid adoption. One of Poland’s transmission system operators (TSO), PSE Operator SA, presented the state of work and time perspective for full implementation, which is estimated at 7 years. In the opinion of PSE Operator full introduction of the smart grid will allow saving of 1,000 MW during peak demand, which in turn would lead to savings, in terms of investment costs, of approximately US$1,000/MW.

The largest Polish distribution system operator (DSO), Energa – Operator SA, presented its plans for the modernization of distribution network. A commitment to the smart grid is a key element for international financial institutions, from which funding may be sought.

An important aspect of the debate was the presentation by Jan RÄ…czka, president of the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management, on the financing of the smart grid. Commented RÄ…czka, “Concerning our commitment to this idea I can say one thing: Yes, we can financially contribute to the development of the smart grid in Poland.”

Leading the subsequent debate, MP Andrzej Czerwiński underlined the greater level of security of supply as a result of smart grid implementation.

Mariusz Swora, president of Poland’s regulator, URE, commented that the introduction of the smart grid should be viewed not only from the local perspective, but also a regional one. Poland, he said, is a smart place to start investing in research and development and smart grid solutions that can be expanded to other Central and Eastern European countries. In this context, Swora also highlighted the forthcoming Smart Metering Central and Eastern European event taking place in April, which should support the country’s plans.

Representatives from the ICT and natural gas sectors also participated in the hearing and expressed their interest in participation in smart grid development.

A key outcome of the meeting was the opportunity to list the most important challenges for smart grid legislation, which include standardization, ensuring technological independence, privacy protection, as well as the rules for transmitting data in the system.