Acea Distribuzione completes major smart meter rollout


Rome, Italy and Zug, Switzerland — (METERING.COM) — March 31, 2010 – Acea Distribuzione, the largest municipal utility in Italy, has completed one of Europe’s largest smart metering rollouts serving 1.4 million households in Rome.

The integrated advanced metering management (AMM) system was provided by Landis+Gyr together with Ericsson and BTicino.

The implementation of the integrated AMM system began in 2004 with the objective of improving energy efficiency in Italy’s capital. The system includes high accuracy bi-directional meters and smart grid applications such as network operation control, and the ability to monitor low and medium voltage line status automatically. The system has been designed to be extended to gas and water meters.

Acea Distribuzione’s customers can now benefit from improved supply quality, a choice of commercial options tailored to their individual consumption profiles, such as demand incentives or possibly prepayment, as well as availability of information online.

The system concept was developed by Landis+Gyr and Acea Distribuzione with the objective to modernize and improve the energy delivery system. The same system is also being implemented in other utilities in Italy and abroad, including EPCG, the national electricity distribution company in Montenegro, as either full-scale or pilot applications.

Acea Distribuzione serves 1.5 million electricity customers in the area of Rome and approximately eight million water customers across Italy.