Linky smart-meters

France’s national electricity distributor Electricité Réseau Distribution France (ERDF) has selected six meter manufacturers to make the first 3 million Linky smart meters for deployment from mid-2015, reports French newspaper Le Figaro yesterday.

Metering giants Itron and Landis+Gyr, which both participated in smart meter pilots in Lyon and Indre-et-Loire, are among the successful bidders from the tender process that ERDF began in 2013.

French tech companies Sagemcom and MAEC made the final list as well as Germany’s Elster and Spanish ZIV, part of Avantha CG.

Sagemcom, which won a contract in February to supply gas meters as part of ERDF’s Gazpar project, said it will use its manufacturing site on the Côtes d’Armor to make the Linky smart meter units.

Linky project

The initial order is the first phase of a 35 million unit rollout by 2021.

However, in late July, energy regulator Commission de Régulation de l’Énergie proposed slowing down the pace of meter deployment to allow ERDF to control its costs.

The cost of the Linky programme is estimated between €5 billion and €6 billion.

Tender news

ERDF has also launched a tender for the installation of 10 million meters, and companies have until September 22 to apply.