The state programme 'Energy Efficiency and the Development of the Energy Industry' approved the target of providing smart metering systems to consumers to cover18.9% of supply points by 2020.
The problem of non-payment often relates to disputes concerning the volume of consumed resources – consumers query both the accuracy of meter readings taken by the supplier and incorrect or missing readings provided by the users themselves. The smart metering system will minimise the exchanges between the supplier and the consumer and eliminate human errors, for example, in cases when the consumer intentionally distorts readings or delays relaying them, and where the consumer or the controller record readings incorrectly. Data on consumed energy will be up-to-date and objective (as far as possible) —states Vladimir Fedotov, the Director for Cooperation with grid organisations, of the PJSC TNS energo Group of Companies.
The development of smart metering will ultimately allow not only for the remote recording and transfer of readings, but will also exclude the unpaid supply of energy in cases of debt, without the necessity to call on the consumers. Furthermore, in some cases it also will be possible to resume energy supplies remotely. This would mean that the consumers would not have to wait for an electrician to visit, or to pay for this. Electricity will be available for use immediately after any debts have been repaid.
To ensure a high standard of implementation of the project, the TNS energo Group of Companies has convened a number of meetings with OJSC Rosseti, OJSC IDGC ofCentre and OJSC IDGC of Centreand Volga Region, at which decisions were taken on the coordination of the companies’ activities and the inclusion of TNS energo specialists into the working groups.
PJSC TNS energo is a subject of the wholesale energy market, and it manages 10 guaranteeing suppliers, servicing over 17 million consumers in 11 regions of the Russian Federation: the Voronezh Energy Retail Company, the Karelia Energy Retail Company, the Kuban Energy Retail Company (Krasnodar region and the Republic of Adygeya), the Mari El Energy Retail Company, the Nizhny Novgorod Energy Retail Company, the Tula Energy Retail Company, Energosbyt Rostovenergo, the Yaroslavl Energy Retail Company, Garantenergoservice LLC (Novgorod region) and TNS Energy Penza LLC.