Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium and Zug, Switzerland — (METERING.COM) — January 3, 2011 – Belgium’s grid operator Opérateur des Réseaux Gaz & Électricite (ORES) is to rollout Landis+Gyr’s Gridstream solution, including software, the AIM system that runs on PLC technology as well as 1,250 smart meters.
Smart electricity meters and smart gas meters will be installed in 250 homes, utilizing a common communications link from the home to seamlessly send multi-energy data back to the utility. The first phase of the pilot project is due to be complete in Spring 2011, with 100 smart meters installed in the city of Nivelles and a further 100 installed in Marche-en-Famenne.
“This pilot project is a key step forward regarding the development of a smart future in Belgium,” said Marc Van Eeckhout, pilot project manager at ORES. “It will enable us to identify the benefits that smart metering has to offer and to check end consumer behavior regarding this new technology.”
ORES is also considering introducing the ecoMeter from Landis+Gyr to selected parts of the pilot project once the first phase is completed at the end of this year. In-home displays give the end consumer the opportunity to directly influence their energy consumption through the provision of real-time information on energy pricing.
ORES is partly municipality-owned and has a total of 1.4 million metering points, all located in the south of Belgium. In total, Belgium has 5.5 million metering points. ORES is the second largest grid operator in the country.
Results from this pilot project will flow into an economic analysis that the Kingdom of Belgium will submit to the EU regarding smart metering in 2012. Factors analyzed will include the status of the smart metering technology, operational efficiency, flexibility in terms of usage by the end consumer and the overall business case, including the projected total cost of a nationwide rollout.