Special tariffs will come into effect on January 1 for consumers who use the so-called ‘smart meters’ for electricity consumption, designed by electricity suppliers in compliance with the decisions of the Ministry of Environment & Energy for the new framework that will determine retail electricity as of 2024, it was reported on Saturday, according to ANA.
Smart meters ensure significant advantages for consumers, one being the application of different tariffs during the day depending on the fluctuation of prices in the stock exchange. During midday summer hours – when photovoltaic production peaks and market prices fall, often near zero – lower consumer prices will apply while at peak times (afternoons when photovoltaic production is off) charges will be more expensive. In other words, consumers will be able to save money by shifting consumption to off-peak hours and avoiding the use of energy-intensive devices during peak hours.
According to data included in the revised energy planning submitted by the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the European Commission, by 2021 some 13,000 smart meters at the medium voltage level and 70,000 at the low voltage level had been deployed for consumers with high electricity demand. In 2022, 100,000 smart meters were installed. These are estimated to rise to 500,000 in 2023, then between 800,000 and 1 million each year thereafter from 2024 to 2030.
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