Enel’s electricity distribution companies will install in 2017 more than 150,000 smart meters in the regions where they operate in Romania – Muntenia Sud, Dobrogea and Banat, following the National Regulatory Authority for Energy (ANRE) approval of the third pilot project on installing the smart meters, a press release informs.
This new project, as well as the previous ones, based on which 140,000 smart meters have already been installed, are part of Enel’s medium-term strategy of installing smart meters for the entire 2.8 million customer base in Romania.
The customers included in the third pilot project will benefit from remote meter readings that replace readings made in the field and consumption estimates.
Moreover, all smart meters are made in Romania, most of them at the AEM Timisoara factory. AEM Timisoara is a global provider of gas and electricity meters and estimates for this year a 27 percent increase in turnover to EUR 92 million. Currently, the company has a market share of 60-65 percent in Romania and deliver to France, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Turkey, Croatia, India, Egypt.
Smart metering allows reading electricity consumption and carrying out operations remotely through the development of a state-of-the-art communications system between smart meters that replace traditional electricity meters.
E-Distributie Muntenia will put into operation approximately 70,000 smart meters covering important areas in Bucharest and Ilfov. In Ilfov, the customers in Buftea, Mogosoaia and Chitila are also included in the project.
E-Distributie Dobrogea will install approximately 40,000 smart meters in both urban and rural areas. E-Distributie Banat will install smart meters for over 40,000 urban and rural clients in the counties of Arad, Caras-Severin, Hunedoara and Timis.
The total investments made for the expansion and modernization of the networks managed by the E-Distributie companies in Romania during 2005-2016 period amounted to EUR 1.584 billion.
Italian Enel Group has planned investments of EUR 329 million in Romania for the current regulatory cycle ending in 2018, of which over EUR 151 million in 2017. Out of the investment scheduled for this year in Romania, EUR 139 million are aimed at distribution networks and from the investment planned for 2018 of EUR 178 million, EUR 168 million are to improve grid performance.