On 7 November, the first stakeholder meeting to launch support for the development of a methodology for smart meter rollout in Ukraine took place under the framework of the EU4Energy project. Smart meters measure the exact use of energy (i.e. gas and electricity) by consumers and send the information automatically to the energy supplier, giving the possibility to better manage energy use, save money and reduce emissions.
Until the end of the year, representatives of the National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission (NEURC) and the transmission system operator Ukrenergo will work with Energy Community experts on developing a draft methodology for smart meters implementation, specifying which criteria and measures shall be taken into account for the assessment and outlining the minimum functional requirements for smart metering systems according to local conditions and needs. The technical assistance will be based on assessing the existing framework and state of play for the provision of an economic assessment for the rollout of smart meters. The key requirements for the methodology is to focus on the treatment of data and data protection (including also data impact assessment, data security, information and transparency on smart metering).
The rollout of smart meters in Ukraine will open up new opportunities to improve the quality of services and new ways in which consumers can engage with the market.
* The EU4Energy Initiative covers all EU support to improve energy supply, security and connectivity, as well as to promote energy efficiency and the use of renewables in the Eastern Partner countries Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. It does this by financing projects and programmes that help to reform energy markets and to reduce national energy dependence and consumption. Over the longer term, this makes energy supply more reliable, transparent and affordable, thus reducing energy poverty and energy bills for both citizens and the private sector.
7 November, 2019