The Polish government is pressing ahead with draft legislation of a mandated smart meter rollout despite political infighting over national adoption of advanced metering infrastructure technology.

Local media report that draft amendments to Polish energy law released last week, which would create provision for mandatory smart meter installation, proposes a gradual deployment timetable.

Installation timetable

Under the draft guidelines created by the Ministry of Economy, energy distributors would install a minimum of 5 per cent nationally by the end of 2015, increasing incrementally each year until the country had achieved an 80 per cent coverage by 2020, in line with European targets.

Political battle

Although Poland found a cost-benefit analysis of smart meters to be positive, alongside other European Union member states, the government has yet to decide whether to authorise a nationwide rollout, as taking place in the UK and the Netherlands.

Director of the Department of Energy, Ministry of Economy, Tomasz Dabrowski is a strong advocate of compulsory smart metering technology but faces opposition from the Prime Minister’s office and the Ministry of Finance, according to Polish news sources.

Maciej Bando, the current President of the Energy Regulatory Office has also expressed doubts, but has not declared himself as a strong opponent of smart meters.

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