Serbia, Greece and Montenegro are intensively working on the installation of "smart meters", in Macedonia this will happen in the coming years

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"Elektrodistribucia Serbia" is rapidly starting to introduce smart meters for reading electricity consumption in households, procurement and installation of 7,3 million smart electricity meters for all low voltage consumers in Greece, the project for the modernization of the transmission infrastructure foresees energy, and the first phase of the realization of that project was completed in Montenegro. The President of the Regulatory Commission for Energy (RKE), Marko Bislimoski, announced in March this year that the current meters will be replaced by more sophisticated ones, the so-called smart meters and that this process will start in the coming years

"The introduction of smart meters in Montenegro paid off in a short period of time. The project paid off financially within two to three years. The effect was close to the value of the loan for the first phase of the project, which was 35 million euros. In some parts, we charged electricity consumption, which could never be charged before," said Strugar, Politika.rs reported.

As for the installation of smart meters in Macedonia, it will happen in the coming years. The President of the Regulatory Commission for Energy (RKE), Marko Bislimoski, announced in March this year that the current meters will be replaced by more sophisticated ones, the so-called smart meters and that this process will start in the coming years.

"Elektrodistribucia Serbia" is rapidly starting to introduce smart meters for reading electricity consumption in households and business entities with money received from European funds. The most important thing is that the replacement of old meters with new ones will not cost households, and all previous errors will be eliminated by remote reading of electricity consumption. The procurement and installation of 7,3 million smart electricity meters to all low-voltage consumers in Greece is envisaged by the project for the modernization of the energy transmission infrastructure, financed by the European Investment Bank (EIB), for which an agreement was signed last month between the vice president of EIB and the CEO of the Greek energy transmission operator, in the presence of the Prime Minister of the country Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Velimir Strugar, representative of "Electroprivreda Crne Gore", speaking about the experiences of introducing smart meters in the territory of this republic, said that the first phase of the implementation of that project, which he managed, was a challenge and a big investment.

"The introduction of smart meters in Montenegro paid off in a short period of time. The project paid off financially within two to three years. The effect was close to the value of the loan for the first phase of the project, which was 35 million euros. In some parts, we charged electricity consumption, which could never be charged before," said Strugar, Politika.rs reported.

As for the installation of smart meters in Macedonia, it will happen in the coming years. The President of the Regulatory Commission for Energy (RKE), Marko Bislimoski, announced in March this year that the current meters will be replaced by more sophisticated ones, the so-called smart meters and that this process will start in the coming years.

- All electricity meters will be replaced with smart meters so that remote reading can be done, which will increase citizens' trust in the operator of the distribution system - said Bislimoski.

Energy expert Željko Marković, one of the former directors of "Electroprivreda Serbia" (EPS), says that, globally, in 2020 the market for advanced metering infrastructure is estimated at about 20 billion dollars. The forecast is that with this growth trend, by 2028, its value will be around 36 billion dollars, as the main driver was the increased use of renewable energy sources RES and the need for two-way energy metering for producers (those who produce and sell themselves electric energy).

"The advantages that the installation of smart meters brings to customers are, among other things, cumulative data for three or more years - until the beginning of the contract with the supplier, as well as real-time data about the time of use, via the Internet. Then, in some countries, customers have information about the environmental impact. This means that at any time of consumption the user can see how much coal, renewable or other energy sources have been consumed in the monitored period and based on how responsible the consumer can make a decision whether to reduce or increase consumption," he pointed out.

He states that with smart meters, users can have more tariffs for the price of electricity.

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