Four Russian cities, Kaliningrad, Sevastopol, Ufa and Saint Petersburg, have launched projects to develop smart grids. "Currently we're only implementing pilot projects that don't affect the electricity rates in any meaningful way so that the non-payment of the population will not increase," said Analytical Center expert Alevtina Kutuzova in an interview for a Rossiyskaya Gazeta correspondent, stressing that smart metering devices were not yet being deployed in Russia en masse.
Smart Metering Devices Will Improve the Reliability of Power Supply
According to the expert, the draft of Energy Strategy of Russia for 2035 included the introduction of both smart metering devices and smart grids. A number of electric utilities have investment plans that aim to the development of smart technologies. Several pilot projects are being implemented to develop smart grids, which also include the introduction of smart metering devices; these are being pursued by PJSC Rosseti in Kaliningrad and Sevastopol, AO BEKS in UFA and PJSC "Lenenergo" in Saint Petersburg. According to the expert, the main goal of these projects was to improve the reliability of power supply and reduce energy losses by an average of 2-4 times.
For the consumers, the introduction of smart metering devices would have a primary impact on the increase in the reliability of power supply and the payments would not be increased, Ms. Kutuzova noted.
The pilot projects would make power supply several times more reliable and those who want to produce their own energy, for example using wind or solar units, would get a solid technical foundation for that, the newspaper notes. In Sevastopol, as part of the same project there are plans to improve the reliability of power supply by four to five by 2025. In Ufa there is another pilot program that seeks to reduce power losses in the grid from 15.6 to 8.7% through the development of smart grid technologies. There are plans to trial some smart grid elements in the central district of Saint Petersburg as well.
Analytical Center experts considered the development of digital technologies in Russia's electrical grid in their monthly energy bulletin. As an example of a successful implementation of regional programs, the experts cite the European Union and in particular Germany and Denmark, the leaders in the number of smart grids introduced so far (245 projects).
Source: The Rossiyskaya Gazeta