On 23 June, the first stakeholder meeting to support Moldova in the development of a methodology for smart meter rollout took place under the framework of the EU4Energy project. Smart meters measure the exact use of energy by consumers and send the information automatically to the energy supplier. They allow consumers to better manage their energy use, save money and reduce emissions.
In cooperation with the Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure, the National Energy Regulatory Agency of the Republic of Moldova (ANRE), the transmission system operator “Moldelectrica” and distribution system operators, Energy Community experts will provide a gap analysis of the existing legislation and identify the legislative and regulatory needs for smart meter rollout. They will develop a methodology for assessing the costs and benefits of smart metering technology which is suitable for Moldova. Finally, the experts will propose a roadmap to steer the overall technological transition.
The rollout of smart meters in Moldova could open up new opportunities to improve the quality of services and ways in which consumers can engage in 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.