In Poland, a lack of legislation supporting EU directives on smart metering are holding back the country from a wide-scale rollout, according to local media sources.
The Polish Power Transmission and Distribution Association says there is no legislation covering smart meters and their functionality in Polish law, and believes that the country still needs to adopt nationwide technical specifications to govern uniformity of an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system and the protection of measurement data.
The organisation also believes that the establishment of stable conditions for financing of smart metering projects are essential for the initiation of large-scale deployments in the country.
Smart meters installed
Polish utility Energa was the first utility in Poland to implement a massive rollout of smart meters, installing more than 400,000 units and taking one million meter readings, reports local press gazetaprawna.pl. Customers with a smart meter receive a discount on their bills and the energy company claims that their energy usage has dropped since having units installed.
Another local utility, Tauron, has carried out ten smart meter pilots deploying 40,000 units in southern Polish cities, including Kraków, Tarnów, Częstochowa and Toszek. Following a tender for an AMI system for the smart city of Wroclaw in November 2013, Tauron expects to complete the project by 2017.
Smart grid Warsaw
RWE Stoen Operator has signed a contract with Landis + Gyr for the implementation of the IT system and the supply of equipment needed to build a smart grid in Warsaw. The contract includes the implementation of an AMI system and the supply of up to 100,000 municipal AMI meters and the appropriate number of hubs. The first delivery hubs will begin in mid August 2014 and AMI meters until early October 2014.
Meanwhile, energy company Polska Grupa Energetyczna (PGE Group) has put out a tender in June 2014 for a smart metering system in the Department of Bialystok and Lodz Branch City with planned installation of smart meters in the second half of 2015.