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Smart meter roll out gets final go ahead

On 8 July 2016, the “Digitalisation of the Energiewende Act” cleared the final legislative hurdle in the German Federal Council (Bundesrat). The new law initiates the roll-out of smart meters and related infrastructure in Germany, and defines the future roles and tasks for all market participants.

The Act is based on the Third Energy Package introduced by the EU in 2009. The Directives of this Package requires all EU member states to equip at least 80% of consumers with intelligent metering systems by 2020, subject to a positive national commercial assessment of the roll-out. The key objective of the Act is to facilitate the implementation of smart meters and Smart Meter Gateways, which ensure the meter data security. The Act introduces specific and detailed requirements, both for the design of the smart meter devices and for the transmission of data. The overall goal is to open up the German energy market to digitalisation, while ensuring a high standard of data protection and ICT security.

Following the announcement, PPC and EnBW announced an extension of their collaboration in smart metering technology.