The European Union has already started the modernization and transformation towards a climate neutral economy. In this context, the Commission has proposed a strategic long-term vision for Europe to become the world's first major economy to go climate neutral by 2050.
To foster the transition of its economy from a centralized, rather rigid, fossil fuel-based energy system towards a flexible, decentralized, decarbonized energy system, the European Union has been adapting its policy and regulatory framework continuously. Accordingly, the Clean Energy for all Europeans Package has been conceived as the central pillar of the Energy Union strategy for the way forward.
With digitalisation being a main enabler for the rise of a resilient and secure grid of the future, the recently updated European Union regulatory instruments stress more than ever the need for a large-scale roll-out of smart energy meters.
The aim of the present report is to update the information from that first benchmarking report, gauge progress with smart metering since then, and even go one step further and gather the returns of experience and lessons learned from previously initiated large-scale smart meters roll-out. This will help provide insights and guidelines for Member States currently planning their deployment strategy.
The report considers for the 28 EU Member States, the regulatory framework implemented at national level, the data management system architecture chosen, the functional and technical specification of smart meters as well as whether consumer benefits are incorporated into the roll-out strategy. Furthermore, the current roll-out state of play is described, and results of updated CBAs are analysed.