In an article for The Guide, published by Enlit Europe, ESMIG’s Managing Director, Tomás Llobet, shares his thoughts on how smart energy solutions and the use of energy data can help to address the huge challenges of the ongoing energy price and supply crisis, while also having a positive impact on savings and consumer bills.
As stated by Tomás ”there has never been a greater urgency to accelerate and complete the large-scale roll-out of smart meters across Europe” and making smart energy savings and securing affordable energy will remain a key priority in 2023.
The role of smart energy solutions for energy security and affordability needs recognition through accelerating the roll-out of smart meters; implementing existing legislation, notably on real time data access and demand-side flexibility; and launching new forward-looking measures, such as creating standards for data exchange and a new European energy data space.
Smart metering provides benefits for the whole energy system and is fundamental to the development of smart grids. Most importantly, smart metering provides savings, empowers consumers, and strongly contributes to a more efficient use of energy, ultimately reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Smart meters also generate huge amounts of data, which enables value creation and supports the digital transformation of utilities’ operations and creating innovative business models and solutions for market players.
In the context of the current crisis, with ambitious 2030 and 2050 climate targets set in the European Green Deal and the REPowerEU Package to become more independent of imports, the time to accelerate and complete the large-scale roll-out of smart meters across Europe is now.
To address the current crisis, ESMIG recommends focusing on three actions in coordination. European and national policymakers, regulators and energy industry/ market players all have a role to play.
Read the full article here.