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Member States to agree on common additional functionalities for smart meters

Indicator Status Evidence
Has the NRA (or country) conducted a cost benefit analysis on the roll-out of smart metering for electricity? Yes For reasons related to the structure of the Belgian State and to the division of powers between the federal State and the Regions with regard to the energy policy, long-term economic assessments of the total costs and profits regarding the deployment of smart metering systems, laid down in EC directives 2009/72 and 2009/73, have been carried out by each of the three Regions. The authorities of each Region have appointed their regional regulator who exercises his powers in their respective Region : the VREG for the Flemish Region, the CWaPE for the Walloon Region and BRUGEL for the Brussels Capital Region.
Does the Cost Benefit Analysis cover the 10 functionalities as per the European Commission Recommendations ? Yes Belgium was part of the first eleven Member States of the European Union having launched economic assessment studies concerning smart metering systems. This enabled our country to participate in the survey organized by the European Commission, on the basis of which the minimal communal functionalities integrated in EU recommendation 2012/148 of 9 March 2012 could be defined. As a consequence the report on the economic assessment relating to smart metering systems, as elaborated by our country, takes into account the various functionalities laid down in the aforementioned recommendation.
Was the Cost Benefit Analysis positive in relation to the above-mentioned functionalities ? No The economic assessments recommended by EC directives 2009/72 and 2009/73 that have been carried out by the regional regulators, having taken into account the local conditions of their energy market, indicate that the conditions for the implementation of smart metering systems in Belgium at the rate of 80% by 2020, are not met. In fact the aforementioned directives lay down that the implementation of these systems should be subject to a positive assessment of the economic impact on the entire market as well as on the individual consumer. Other essential conditions for the generalization of these systems by 2020 must be verified, a number of which depend on the efficiency of the actions taken at European level (standardization and interoperability activities, model for analyzing the impact on data protection, …). The authorities competent for the territory of their Region have launched and announced a number of measures and plans in favour of the active participation of consumers in the electricity and gas markets. These actions are directly or indirectly related to smart metering systems, but they all pursue the “triple 20” goals set by the European Commission.

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