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E-Distributie companies – 51 million euros investment in smart meter programme in Romania during 2015-2020

  • By the end of 2020, almost 900,000 customers of the Enel Group’s Romanian distribution companies will have smart meters
  • This year’s smart meter project will involve an investment of over 56 million lei (approximately 12 million euros)
  • During 2015–2020 the investment made by the distribution companies, part of Enel Group in Romania, in the smart meter programme reaches 51 million euros (app. 240 million lei)

By the end of 2020, almost 900,000 customers of the Romanian distribution companies of the Enel Group, a world leader and pioneer in the smart meter technology, will benefit from the smart meter technology, while the investment since 2015 reaches approximately 51 million euros (approximately 240 million lei), a press release issued by the company informs. This year E-Distribuție Muntenia, Dobrogea and Banat will install over 170,000 new smart meters in the areas where they operate, for an investment of over 56 million lei (approximately 12 million euros). The E-Distributie companies are the largest operator in Romania by the total number of smart meters installed so far.

“The customer’s needs are at the very core of the energy transition. In order to empower him to do more with the energy he uses the smart meter is mandatory, while digitalization have proven to be of utmost importance during the last months, as we all had to adapt to a new paradigm. The energy transition promotes the development of sustainable, efficient energy systems and clean energy, while the smart meter is the most important brick in the foundation of the future digital grids. Therefore, leveraging on the wide experience of Enel Group, we continue with our ambitious plan of digitalizing Romania, by installing smart meters to our entire customers base. In 5 years, we already invested approximately 184 million lei in developing the smart grid in the areas where we operate.” said Gino Celentano, General Manager E-Distributie Banat, E-Distributie Dobrogea and E-Distributie Muntenia.

The smart meter installation programme will be rolled-out according to the plan approved by the National Energy Regulatory Authority (ANRE). The investment in smart meter roll out is part of the digitalization strategy of the grid, along with the investment in integrating transformer posts and substations in the telecontrol system.

The roll out plan follows five previous projects, which involved the installation of over 700,000 smart meters and is part of the Enel Group’s strategy to implement smart meter technology among its 2.9 million electricity distribution customers in Romania.

Over 170,000 additional customers will benefit from the advantages brought by the smart meter, such as allowing remote meter readings, which replace the field readings and consumption estimates, and giving customers greater insight into their effective energy consumption profile, promoting their active participation in the evolving energy market and a conscious use of energy. Smart meters can also communicate in real time with the distributor, allowing quicker and easier identification and recovery of network faults, therefore improving grid reliability and service quality. Moreover, the integration and optimisation of distributed renewable energy systems is boosted using smart meters, which can separately record the energy consumed and the energy injected into the network, therefore contributing to the sustainability and decarbonisation of power systems.

E-Distributie Muntenia has scheduled for 2020 the installation of approximately 80,000 smart meters in Bucharest, Giurgiu and Ilfov counties. E-Distributie Dobrogea will install almost 41,000 smart meters in Calarasi, Constanta, Ialomita and Tulcea counties, while E-Distributie Banat will install meters with the new technology for approximately 50,000 customers in Arad, Caras Severin, Hunedoara and Timis counties.

As a result of the investments made in the grid modernization, the three E-Distribuție companies from the Muntenia Sud, Banat and Dobrogea regions remain leaders in the top of the electricity distribution operators in Romania. According to the most recent official reports of ANRE, for 2018, the SAIDI index of unplanned interruptions (System Average Interruption Duration Index) for E-Distribuție Muntenia was 138 minutes, the best performance in the country, decreasing from 145 minutes in 2017. The following places in the ranking were occupied by E-Distribuție Dobrogea, with 188.8 minutes, and E-Distribuție Banat, with 214.7 minutes, both with better than average national performance, which stood at 224.1 minutes.

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