In the near future how Russia’s population consumes power will be monitored by artificial intelligence. Talking about the accounting system of smart metering, which the energy Ministry wants to launch in July 2018. The technology will allow to reduce losses of electric energy primarily due to the possibility of remote disconnection from the network of the apartment of the defaulter. You do not even have to approach to the metering device. Simply click on on the server. Such a meter costs about 30 thousand rubles. While lawmakers argue that the consumer does not spend a dime on innovation. Experts are convinced that some time after the adoption of the law the intellectual value of the device lay in the tariff.
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A bill requiring territorial grid organizations (TSO) to start from July of the current year enter across all Russia smart metering system for electricity smart metering, was developed by the Ministry of energy and has already been approved by the government. The document provides for the decommissioning of old energy meters. The purpose of introducing the mentioned system, the control over non-payers and reducing energy losses due to theft.
We will remind that the state program “energy Saving and energy efficiency until 2020” was approved by the government in 2010, when the President was Dmitry Medvedev. Then he said: “Our goal is to raise by 2020 power efficiency of economy by 40%. This goal is realistic and achievable, I am absolutely sure.” The programme included the annual savings from introduction of smart meters of electricity to 8-9 billion rubles.
But due to what needs to happen is a welcome savings? The energy Ministry argues that the personal funds of the residents will be involved in implementing the transition to smart metering, the money will be drawn from unitarity sources. “Tariff authorities, political leaders say that through tariffs do nothing more, and so it lifted the roof — explains the idea the lawmakers of the President of the Association of energy service companies and manufacturers of metering Boris Portyankin. For surveys of such sources will be attracted foreign investments”. He stressed that the money part of ordinary citizens cannot be excluded. “Still rates are rising. It happens all the time. Energy performance contracts and to implement the technology without the help of the residents impossible,” — said “MK” Portyankin.
And even despite this prospect, the expert sees many positive points in the system of smart metering, rather than a negative. Yes, one of these counter components is 14.2 thousand rubles. To make the project pay off, the price of these devices is expected to increase to 23 to 28 thousand rubles. Costs can be distributed among consumers. However, the introduction of metering system will allow you to disable the defaulter from the energy remotely. “If you, for example, owed for the “communal” for the apartment, you will cut down the energy, not coming to your counter. It attracts our supplier and the organization — said the expert. — Citizens will have savings, it really is. Because of heat losses in networks will be less. So far, virtually all the funds that were allocated for the network on the account, stolen. Now invested in the project investors ‘ money will be monitored at the government level.”
The point in the mass introduction of smart metering throughout Russia sees Valery Dzyubenko, Deputy Director of the Association “Community of energy consumers”. “This is necessary in those areas of our country where there are problems with the quality of records, with large energy losses, — he said, raising the issue of transparency of accounting. — Today responsibility for installation rests with the consumer, if the transition to smart metering it will get the network organization, whether residents have access to the data of the meters is not clear.”
As for the implementation of energy efficient technologies, there is another important point, which casts doubt on the meaning of this invention. As the initiators of the project will be able to attract third-party investments, to not have to go into the pockets of the citizens, if the bill is partly contrary to the law? For example, the Housing code, if the meter belongs to consumer of electricity, and he has every right to choose to change his meter or not. In case, if the tenant was forced to move to smart metering, this procedure may challenge the FAS.