OREANDA-NEWS  The authorities plan to oblige the Russians, using the Central gas supply, to set "smart" meter, which can cost the population of almost 130 billion rubles.

According to the interlocutors of the publication, the topic of new gas meters was raised at the government meeting on the development of intelligent electricity metering systems on December, 4. After the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak instructed the Ministry of energy, the Ministry of economy and the Federal Antimonopoly service to work out ways to introduce "smart" meters.

According to this information, proposals on this issue should be sent to the government before March 1, 2019, now "the topic is in its infancy". Representative Kozak Ilya juice said that the Deputy Prime Minister gave instructions on "the initial study of the issue."

Sources of the edition note that the cost of installation of one "smart" counter will make about 5 thousand rubles, the ministries should decide who and in what volumes will be engaged in their introduction. According to the newspaper, the total cost of the population for the purchase of meters will be about RUB 130 billion In may, the Deputy head of the Ministry of communications Mikhail Evraev told a RBC supported the idea of installing "smart" meters. "The transfer of readings from the counters will be automatically displayed in the private offices of citizens in the GIS housing", - said the Deputy Minister.

In November 2017, the state Duma adopted in the first reading the draft law of the Ministry of energy on the mandatory installation of electricity meters, but subsequently the consideration of the document slowed down. The government is finding out whose responsibilities will include the installation of meters, who will Finance the installation and who will have ownership of them.

"Counters should perform not one, but several functions. For example, to control the quality of the supplied electrical energy, frequency, voltage, to report any damage to the electrical network",-said Deputy Minister of energy Vyacheslav Kravchenko. Last year, Gazprom Mezhregiongaz supplied 250.6 billion cubic meters of gas. from 2005 to 2017, the level of gasification in Russia increased from 53.3 to 68.1%.

A year later, Gazprom reported that it does not have time to install 300 thousand gas meters for Russians until the end of 2018. According to the Deputy Director for work with the regional authorities of Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Nikolai Isakov, the company will be fined 100 thousand rubles., if it does not meet until January 1, 2019. He noted that Gazprom faced a problem: residents do not want to install new meters and do not let workers into their homes. "They do not want to install the device — they do not need it, but they still have to pay for it somehow," Isakov stressed.

The press service of the Ministry of energy reported that if the period of installation of gas meters will be legally extended until January 1, 2021, the risks associated with administrative responsibility for organizations that "carry out the supply of natural gas or its transfer and which are obliged to perform actions to equip gas metering devices until 2019", will also be delayed until 2021.