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ERDF picks smart meter suppliers: report

Iain Morris
September 2, 2014
French electricity provider ERDF is reported to have chosen six suppliers of smart meters for the deployment of the first three million of the new devices, which can help to lower energy costs by showing customers how much energy they are consuming in real time.

According to a report from Reuters, citing a story that originally appeared in France’s Les Echos newspaper, Itron (Liberty Lake, WA, USA), Landis+Gyr (Zug, Switzerland), Sagemcom (Rueil-Malmaison, France), Maec (Cahors, France), Elster (Mainz-Kastel, Germany) and Ziv (Vizcaya, Spain) comprise the six players that will participate in the initial rollout.

Itron and Landis+Gyr are said to have already tested meters during ERDF (Paris, France) pilots in Tours and Lyon, while Slovenia’s Iskraemeco (Kranj) – which was also involved in those pilots – appears to have missed out on contract work.

ERDF aims to have completed the installation of the first meters in just over a year, according to Reuters.

The company’s ultimate plan is to roll out 35 million smart meters in the country by 2020.

The scheme is expected to cost more than €5 billion ($6.6 billion), or €30 per meter and €120 for each installation.

Although ERDF is stumping up the funds for the project, it expects subsequent productivity gains to pay for the rollout.

By using smart meters, the utility reckons it will be able to save money on sending technicians out to customer premises to carry out meter readings.

The smart meters could also help to reduce fraud and admin costs, reports Reuters.

European authorities require 80% of the European Union’s households to have installed smart meters by 2020, but only 22% were using them at the end of 2013, according to a research report from Berg Insight.

Berg says the proportion will reach 60% by 2019, with Europe investing €16 billion on the installation of some 110 million meters over the 2011–17 period.
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