Bulgaria; DSO companies CEZ, EVN and Energo-Pro to seek financing from EU for smart meters project

, SEE Energy News

Bulgaria should seek EU subsidiaries for the replacement of conventional electricity meters with so-called “smart” ones, the chairman of the regulator declared after a public consultation on the introduction of smart technologies in electricity distribution networks in the country.

Eugenia Haritonova explained that according to the European Directive by 2020 at least 80% of the electricity consumers should use smart devices. Through those, consumption will be reported on a certain day and hour and any malfunction or manipulation will be also noted.  Without money from the EU however, the replacement of electricity meters with smart meters will be burdened on the consumers by the providers via higher bills, Haritonova added.

Users will not have to pay for these meters as providers CEZ, EVN and Energo-Pro will have to seek money for them from the EU for this end as the regulator will require them to do so, Haritonova informed.

Source;Serbia Energy SEE desk