On 6 February 2024, E.DSO convened an internal roundtable to detangle the issue of the Dedicated Measurement Devices (DMDs) as enshrined in Recital 18 and Article 7b of the compromised version of the (EU) Regulation 2019/943: Internal Market for Electricity (EMD). This discussion evolved around the regulatory and technical requirements backing the E.DSO rationale behind advocating for smart, certified meters at the connection point.
The sentiment shared was that, while the EMD provides guidelines on smart metering, there is an escalating apprehension about potential cost hikes for customers due to the requirement for multiple certified meters. The necessity for a robust justification for these meters at connection points was highlighted by some participants. This focus gains significance as Member States might opt for DMDs to alleviate customers’ costs.
Insights into the dynamic terrain of energy metering and demand response were unveiled, with input from Spain, the UK, and France. The discussion spanned smart metering models, the emerging importance of demand response, and the strategic deployment of DMDs.
The Spanish approach to smart metering, centered around the important role of DSOs in smart meter management and deployment, was contrasted with the UK model. The Spanish framework demonstrates significant advantages in cost efficiency and scalability, ensuring not only enhanced quality of supply but also leveraging extensive grid data to boost operational efficiency and sustainability.
Some other cases illustrated the innovative strides made in demand response, facilitated by the widespread implementation of smart meters.
The discussions accentuated the critical role of regulatory frameworks, secure data management, and the integration of smart technologies in driving the EU towards a more dynamic, efficient, and sustainable energy future. DSO experts stressed the importance of strategic investments in metering infrastructure, balancing the benefits of DMDs with the capabilities and coverage of smart meters to support the transition towards more adaptive energy systems.
As the EU continues to navigate the complexities of the energy transition, the future of metering and demand response looks promising, with smart meters and DMDs playing pivotal roles in enhancing grid efficiency, sustainability, and customer empowerment.