Open Lecture: Positive Impacts of implementing smart meters in the electricity grid in Albania
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- May 11, 2021
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with Assoc. Prof.Indrit Baholli, Dean of Information Technology and Innovation Faculty, Luarasi University
On Monday, May 10, Assoc. Prof. Indrit Baholli, Dean of the Faculty of Information Technology and Innovation at Luarasi University, held an open lecture regarding the energy sector in Albania. The theme selected by Prof. Baholli is related to the energy sector, focusing on the positive effects of implementing smart meters in Albania. The Albanian energy sector, according to Prof. Baholli, needs to be reformed. An essential element is the adaptation and implementation of smart meters. In his presentation, Prof. Baholli listed a series of advantages that would be achieved if smart meters were to be implemented:
- Consumers can be informed remotely (historical data) or locally (real-time data) on their Energy consumption
- Multi tariff functions can be added to allow demand response techniques to reduce costs by increasing energy consumption during off-peak cheaper tariff periods.
The smart meter is an enabler for energy management: empowering consumers to save and manage their energy consumption!
Professor Baholli stated that smart Metering could be used to gather first-class data and improve the technology’s profitability once Smart Metering is also used for gas, water, and heat readings.
The usage of smart meters will provide the necessary tool to entice consumers to manage their consumption better and reduce usage leading the way to improved service levels through richer billing information.
Prof Baholli recommended considering the opportunity to start implementing smart meters as a pilot project in Tirana and extending it in other cities in Albania. The reforming of the energy sector is a must-do in Albania.