Smart meter installation in small territories can have different outcomes and challenges to the expected results in larger territories. EDF is examining these on some of their overseas territories, to better understand the acceptance of smart metering across island communities.
EDF Insular Electrical System Division is a division of Electricité de France (EDF), in charge of buying locally produced electricity, transmitting, distributing and retailing electricity in the French overseas territories and in Corsica. With around 3,000 employees, EDF IES supplies approximately one million customers across five main territories: Corsica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, La Réunion, and French Guyana.
In 2009, a European directive mandated that member states must rollout at least 80% smart meters before 2020 unless they are able to demonstrate that it makes no economic sense in their local context.