Smart metering systemsThe EU aims to replace at least 80% of electricity meters with smart meters by 2020 wherever it is cost-effective to do so. Smart metering and smart grids rollout can reduce emissions in the EU by up to 9% and annual household energy consumption by similar amounts. To measure cost effectiveness, EU countries conducted cost-benefit analyses, based on which close to 200 million smart meters for electricity and 45 million for gas will be rolled out in the EU by 2020 and, it is expected that almost 72% of European consumers will have a smart meter for electricity by 2020.
In the Slovak Republic according to transposition legislation the Regulatory Office for Network Industries in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy evaluated the analysis of the rollout of smart metering systems also at the LV level with a positive result, joining other countries (Germany, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Latvia, Portugal and Belgium) in contrast to the Czech Republic and Lithuania where the CBA faced negative results.
The economic assessment of the project of smart metering systems rollout in Slovakia assumes the implementation during the years 2013 to 2020. The project covers the points of supply having the annual consumption above 4 MWh representing approximately 23% of all assumed points of supply at the LV level. The target status for the year 2020 as far as the points of supply for installation of intelligent meters are concerned is approximately 600 000 with consumption of approximately 53% of the total annual volume of consumed electricity at the LV voltage level.
Targets of smart metering rollout in Slovakia are based up to the year 2020 on quantifying the annual benefits elaborated according to recommendation of the European Commission of March 9, 2012 on preparation for rollout of intelligent metering systems 2012/148/EU.