The local subsidiary of Italian utility Enel got the green light from the energy regulator ANRE to install another 110,000 smart meters as part of a pilot program.
Last year, the company put in operation smart meters for over 30,000 clients.
Enel plans to install similar meters for all of its 2.7 millions clients in Romania, in a move designed to pave the way for smart cities and infrastructure.
“As the needs of clients evolve through the introduction of smart home appliances and distributed generation, which helps them become small energy producers, the installation of smart meters will become even more important,” said Georgios Stassis, country manager Enel in Romania.
Through the smart meters, Enel will be able to see better what are the areas which have significant issues with power outages and where further investments are needed.
In the Muntenia region, Enel will add 53,000 smart meters, while in Dobrogea and Banat regions it will install 28,000 and 30,000, respectively.
Enel currently controls around one third of the electricity distribution market in Romania and employs over 3,100 people. The utility had 543 MW renewable installed capacities in Romania at the end of 2013. The projects are controlled by Enel Green Power Romania; the renewable arm of the Italian utility Enel had 498 MW in wind farms and 36 MW for solar installations.