Madrid, Spain — (METERING.COM) — May 23, 2013
Endesa had over 3.5 million smart meters installed by the end of April 2013 at residential customer premises in the regions it serves as an electricity distributor, equivalent to 30% of its overall smart meter installation program in Spain, the company has reported.
These new meters – in the regions of Catalonia, Aragón, the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands, Andalusia and Extremadura – are operated from the remote management operations center, which was launched in 2010.
Endesa smart meters are based on the technology developed by Enel, which is already being successfully utilized by 34 million customers in Italy.
Endesa’s smart metering plan envisages the replacement of 13 million traditional meters in the homes of the company’s residential customers (i.e. those with contracted capacity of up to 15 kW) and the creation of some 2,000 long-term jobs by 2018, which is in line with the requirements of European and Spanish legislation to replace all traditional meters with smart meters.
Remote meter management is the base technology for the development of smart grids, offering solutions for the development of smart cities, integration of distributed electricity generation systems, the incorporation of renewable energy into the grid, integration of electric vehicle recharging, as well as management of public lighting. The Enel Group, of which Endesa is a subsidiary, has smartcity projects in Spain (Smartcity Málaga and Smartcity Barcelona) and in Italy (Bari, Genoa, Turin, Cosenza and L’Aquila), and is also working on smart grids on the islands of El Hierro and La Graciosa. The system has also been successfully exported to the Cidade Inteligente Búzios in Brazil and Smartcity Santiago in Chile.
In addition to the equipment installed at residential customer premises, Endesa is setting up concentrator devices in all its LV transformer centers. These devices use the PLC (powerline communications) protocol, which is available to the industry since 2010 via the Brussels-based, not-for-profit Meters and More association. To support the European standardization process, Meters and More association recently established a technological liaison partnership with CENELEC Technical Committee 13 (CLC/TC13).