Smart Program update

ESO updates procurement conditions for smart metering

The energy distribution operator Energijos skirstymo operatorius seeking efficient management of investments and acting in observance of requirements of Public procurement legislation has updated the Smart metering infrastructure procurement conditions and starting with 6th June announces a new pre-qualification selection procedure of suppliers.  

The procurement conditions establish the renewed procurement scope and related qualification requirements; therefore the suppliers participating in the tendering procedure can benefit from even clearer and finalized Tender conditions. Having chosen a more consistent implementation scenario broken down according to electricity consumption rate, at this stage, tenderers will have to take care of the need for approximately 1.2 million units of smart meters. 

By updating the procurement conditions ESO seeks maximum benefits for residents and the minimum possible effect on the electricity tariff. According to expert estimates, starting the project from those customers who consume the largest amounts of electricity already at the first stage smart meters will record about 90 % of all electricity consumed in Lithuania. This solution will also facilitate in achieving essentially all economic and social benefits and reduce the amount of initial investments by about EUR 50-70 million.  

The renewal of the procurement procedure will not affect the previously planned schedule of installation of smart meters. As already announced, the beginning of installation of smart meters is envisaged in the fourth quarter of 2020 and should be completed by end-2023. 

In coordinating project investments, further cooperation is maintained with the stakeholders – the Ministry of Energy, the National Control Commission for Energy Control and Prices (NCCEP). 

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ESO terminates the tender for the procurement of Smart metering infrastructure 

In order to manage investments with maximum efficiency, AB Energijos Skirstymo Operatorius (hereinafter – the Company) has undertaken to adjust the strategy of installation of smart metering infrastructure, placing a higher priority to the market share, which consumes more, thus it is adjusting the initial number of smart meters to be installed.

In abiding by Article 41(3) of Republic of Lithuania Law on Procurement by Entities Operating in Water, Energy, Transport and Postal Services Sectors and other applicable requirements of public procurement legislation as well as seeking to create equal opportunities to take part in the tender procedure to all the willing and seeking to participate potential suppliers, the Company terminates the procurement of smart metering infrastructure (
“Procurement of smart metering infrastructure”, No. 423256). The Company plans to publish the new procurement in the upcoming week.

The newly published terms and conditions of the procurement shall contain the updated scope of procurement and respective qualification requirements. Furthermore, taking into account the inquiries and comments already received from the suppliers, the Company shall make the related adjustments, which shall enable all interested tenderers to be guided by even clearer updated procurement documents.

All information necessary for suppliers regarding the new procurement of smart metering infrastructure shall be published on CVP IS[1] - the Central Public Procurement Information System, in the CVPP[2] and in the EU public procurement information system (TED)[3].

The National Energy Independency Strategy approved by the Seimas in 2018 obliges the Company to install smart metering infrastructure in Lithuania by 2023. The publishing of a new procurement procedure of smart metering infrastructure will not have a material impact on the overall project implementation plan. As previously announced, it is planned to start the installation of smart meters in Q IV of 2020.

For more information on smart metering infrastructure project implemented by the Company, please see the following link:  



The cost-benefit analysis of the implementation of smart energy metering in Lithuania

Please be informed that the cost-benefit analysis of the implementation of smart energy metering in Lithuania (hereinafter – the Analysis) conducted by Ernst & Young Baltic, UAB at the order of ESO has been posted on

The Analysis was prepared on 27 November 2017. The Analysis uses the assumptions and data, and presents other information, which AB Energijos Skirstymo Operatorius and Ernst & Young Baltic, UAB had till 15 November 2017.

It should be emphasized that the Analysis has not been approved with the National Commission for Energy Control and Prices, regulatory aspects have not been assessed, and the evaluation of benefits in the document is based on the methodology used to conduct cost-benefit analyses and the perception of the evaluator (Ernst & Young Baltic, UAB). The information and forecasts presented in the Analysis are based on the data and assumptions available till 15 November 2017, thus there should be no expectations of the said forecasts proving to be correct / or implemented. The directions of ESO activities, evaluations of its performance, proposals and conclusions presented in the Analysis cannot be considered final decisions to carry out certain changes of activities, to invest or to take other action. ESO will not adjust the forecasts used in the Analysis nor will it explain reasons for deviations from those forecasts. Relevant information on ESO performance results is published in accordance with the procedure prescribed by legal acts through the information disclosure system used by NASDAQ Vilnius Stock Exchange.

The adoption and implementation of specific decisions to implement the smart metering project (including time, method of financing and other aspects) will depend on specific external and internal economic, legal and other factors that may influence such decision-making and their effective implementation. Investments will be approved with regulatory authorities in accordance with the procedure established by legal acts.

PLEASE NOTE that the Analysis is not and should not be considered a part of documents of the procurement of smart metering infrastructure (No. 423256) to any extent. All the information necessary for interested suppliers to take part in the procurement is published on CPP IS, in the section “Procurement Documents”.

The Analysis prepared in 2017 has been published in order to inform both the society and stakeholders in the procurement about ESO’s assumptions on the implementation of smart energy metering in Lithuania.

Information on specific decisions on the implementation of the smart metering project, if they must be publicly disclosed, will be disclosed in accordance with the requirements of legal acts governing public disclosure of such information and by ensuring the provision of relevant, sufficient and comprehensive information to stakeholders and the implementation of principles of transparency.

Note: CBA documents 2012 and 2017 
The Analysis has been prepared in Lithuanian and is published in the original language, i.e. in Lithuanian.



ESO starts public procurement procedures for infrastructure necessary to install smart metering in Lithuania. The supplier will not only have to supply more than 1.6 million smart electricity meters, but also will have to provide an IT solution for taking and managing meter readings and infrastructure for communication. The procurement procedure will be held by way of a competitive dialogue, i.e. each supplier will be able to file an application for taking part in the procurement, and ESO will have a dialogue with the selected candidates. The successful tender will be the most economically advantageous one.

Currently, the investment is being coordinated with the National Commission for Energy Control and Prices. Tenders can be submitted for the tender procedure till 4 April 2019. The plan is to sign a contract with the supplier selected for installing smart metering infrastructure in QI of 2020, to start mass installation of meters in QIV of 2020 and to complete it by the end of 2023. According to preliminary calculations, investment in the implementation of the smart metering project - about EUR 200 million.

For more information on the procurement, click:
CVP IS EU Tenders Electronic Daily
Central Public Procurement Information System of Lithuania

ESO selected a provider of smart metering consultancy services 

Energijos Skirstymo Operatorius (ESO) selected a provider of smart metering consultancy services –AF Mercados - Energy Markets International (Spain)

ESO is preparing for mass roll out of smart metering system in Lithuania. In the nearest future, ESO plans to launch public procurement procedures for smart metering infrastructure (smart electricity meters, communications infrastructure, smart metering information system) by publishing a qualification selection. 6 best suppliers will be selected, who will receive a technical specification by mid-year and will continue to participate in the procurement. The plan is to choose the most economically advantageous tender and sign a contract with the successful tenderer in early 2020.

In order to properly prepare for mass implementation of smart metering system in Lithuania, ESO signed an agreement with AF Mercados - Energy Markets International on the provision of advisory services.

Experts from the Spanish company, together with the ESO team, will prepare final procurement documents and will provide consultancy services during the procurement procedures.

ESO plans to start roll out of smart meters in 2020. According to estimates, investments in the implementation of the smart metering system in Lithuania will exceed EUR 200 million.

Clarification of information regarding the publication of the public procurement procedure for ESO smart metering solution


Clarification of information regarding the publication of the public procurement procedure for ESO smart metering solution

ESO has been working intensively in preparation for the deployment of smart meters in Lithuania. In the fall of 2018, we invited the potential participants in the public procurement procedure to get familiar with preliminary ESO plans, discuss emerging technological and public procurement issues. Later we prepared the planned qualification requirements and submitted them for market consultation, getting really valuable insights. Currently, we are revising qualification requirements and formulating criteria for qualification selection of suppliers. We plan to start public procurement procedures by 31 January 2019, by publishing a qualification selection. We plan to choose up to 6 strongest suppliers in the qualification selection, who can continue taking part in the tender, and will get technical procurement conditions and compete for the most economically advantageous tender.

Several important updates (changes), please follow attached document:


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