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