A new law has been adopted on 23 November 2009 to increase the energy saving and energy efficiency potential in Russia.
“ The Law requires that every building should be provided with energy accounting meters and fixed deadlines for the installation process. Meaning all commercial and industrial buildings will be equipped with water, gas and electrical energy meters by 1 January 2011. In apartments and dwelling houses meters should be in place by 1 January 2012”.
The uptake of energy efficiency and energy saving technologies is one of the top priorities on the Russian Energy Strategy agenda. It has been calculated that by 2020 Russia will be able to reduce their energy consumption with 40-48%, a long side this a report by the World Bank Group estimated that realizing its full energy efficiency potential could save Russia up to $80 billion annually.
With this great potential in saving energy consumption ahead, the Government, the national regulator, utilities and industry stakeholders are now looking for tools which can help them to achieve this target.
The set-up of smart metering and smart grid implementation programmes seems to be the key tools for this.
What to expect at Smart Metering Russia 2010: