Representatives of the business sector have raised concerns over the government draft for a law to “digitalise” the German energy transition. This follows previous criticism from both the parliamentary opposition and the Bundesrat. One particular concern is how efficient the obligation to install smart meters will be, as well as concerns surrounding the accrual of consumer data by the industry. The Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft e.V. – BDEW) has stated that the  price caps for customers would not compensate for the costs of the installation and operation of smart meters. Moreover, the BDEW criticised the proposed new data management system, according to which transmission system operators shall be entitled to collect and evaluate accruing consumer data. The BDEW is of the opinion that  the existing system which gives a central role to distribution system operators is both efficient and safe.

BDEW Press Release (in German)