In Poland, local media reports are hinting that mandatory smart meters could become a reality in the Eastern European country.
The legislative programme of the Council of Ministers suggests that the Polish government plans to legislate in Q3 and Q4 of this year in favour of energy companies having to install remote meter reading systems.
According to the government’s work on the draft law, energy companies will have to achieve an 80 per cent coverage of smart meters by 2020, in line with the European Union’s Third Energy Package targets that aim at increasing energy efficiency across the 27 member states.
Poland along with Romania have yet to make official decisions on smart meter rollout despite positive cost-to-benefit evaluations, as reported in the European Commission smart meters report – Benchmarking smart metering deployment in the EU-27 with a focus on electricity, featured in Metering.com in June 2014.
If smart metering is mandated by the Polish government, the country would create an independent central hub to handle all meter data along with Denmark, Estonia and the UK.
Across the European Union
On the back of the benchmarking report, the European Commission has downgraded its target for a pan-European Union rollout of electricity smart meters from 80 per cent deployment to 72 per cent as just over half the member states are committed to meeting the 2020 deadline.
Only 16 of the EU’s nations are aiming to meet the Third Energy Package energy efficiency targets, including Britain, France, Netherlands and Sweden but not Germany. Based on this latest data, the report stated that a 72 per cent penetration of electricity smart meters was achievable.
In seven member states, including much of Eastern Europe, the cost-benefit analysis for large-scale rollouts by 2020 were found to be negative or inconclusive, but in Germany, Latvia and Slovakia smart metering was found to be economically justified for particular groups of customers.