European smart metering: Spain and Slovakia name suppliers

Europe meter news
Spanish and Slovak utilities are ramping up European smart metering rollouts to meet government regulations for measuring domestic and commercial power users

In European smart metering news, Spanish utility Gas Natural Fenosa (GNF) has awarded Compton Greaves a €17 million order for single and three phase smart meters.

Gas Natural Fenosa, a large-scale integrated gas and electricity company, has named Compton Greaves (CG), part of the Indian-based Avantha Group Company, its main supplier of residential meters.

CG will deliver its Spanish-made ZIV single and three phase smart meters as part of a national drive towards replacing 70% of the country’s analogue meter stock by the end of 2016.

The deal follows an order in 2014 for 750,000 single phase ZIV smart meters, which are based on PRIME PLC standards.

In a statement CG said to meet increasing demand it has expanded its manufacturing plant in Zamudio, Spain, increasing output to more than 2 million smart meters annually.

Eastern Europe smart metering

In other European smart metering deals, Slovak electricity distribution company Východoslovenská distribučná, Košice (VSD) has chosen ADD GRUP to supply 14,000 smart meters as part of a deployment planned for this year.

VSD, which is part of major electricity and gas utility RWE Group and distributes electricity to 605,000 end points, said the order is part of a wider rollout that will include larger consumers of power in line with government regulations.

The Slovak authorities have mandated that customers with a consumption of more than 4,000 kWh per year should have smart meters, estimated at 600,000 end points.

Due to the geographical spread of large power users, ADD Grup has supplied a system based on GPRS meter data communication technology.

AMI solution for Slovakia

ADD Grup said it customised its AMI solution to VSD’s requirements.

Changes ranged from adjusting the set of data objects, display parameters, to adjusting hardware.

ADD GRUP’s distributor in Slovakia – Transtech Prešov – will handle the logistics, customer support and communication.

Stanislav Hutňan, CEO of TRANSTECH, said: “Besides compliance with regulatory requirements, the projects will bring tangible results.

“From now on the meters will send detailed information to the national balancing body, OKTE. This will enable the advent of new services and new market players, the suppliers of electricity.”