Enel, global leader and pioneer in smart metering technology, will install over 110,000 smart meters this year in South Muntenia, Dobrogea and Banat, through local distribution companies, after the Energy Regulatory Authority (ANRE) approved the second smart metering pilot project. Last year smart meters were installed for over 30,000 clients. The two projects thus open the way for the wide-scale implementation of smart meters for Enel’s 2.5 million clients in Romania.
“Thanks to smart meters, clients will have access to detailed information about their energy consumption, being offered the necessary instruments with which to efficiently plan their energy use,” Enel Romania Country Manager Georgios Stassis stated. “As the clients’ needs evolve through the introduction of smart home appliances and distributed generation, which transforms them into small energy producers, the installation of smart meters will become ever more necessary. Smart meters are a gateway toward the future, opening the way toward smart networks and smart cities. Through smart technologies we are implementing worldwide, Enel is leading the digital revolution in the energy industry.”
The clients included in the pilot project will benefit from remote data collection, which replaces field readings and consumption estimates. On the other hand, the smart meters will remotely show the distributor the areas in which clients are most affected by blackouts, allowing a fully functional smart metering system to point out the areas where the need for investments in the transmission grid are most needed, allowing the distributor to rapidly intervene where needed. A fully functional smart metering system can lead to the improvement of the transmission grid’s quality.
Enel is currently installing around 53,000 smart meters in Muntenia, in both rural and urban areas. Enel is installing around 28,000 smart meters in Dobrogea, and over 30,000 in Banat.