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French electricity distribution operator, Enedis, partnered with global energy management solutions firm, Itron, to deploy its second phase smart meters project.In a press statement, the energy management firm said it has been selected to supply a large share of some 4.6 million G3 Linky smart meters, to be installed by the grid operator.

Linky smart meters project rollout

Enedis is set to rollout the second phase of the Linky smart meters project in the first quarter of 2017 through to 2018.

In the first phase, Itron supplied the French grid operator with 1.5 million G3 Linky smart meters.

The full-scale deployment of the Linky smart meters project in France follows a successful pilot of the technology, done by Enedis and Itron between 2008 and 2010.

Itron is developing Linky smart electric meters at its manufacturing plant in Chasseneuil, France.

The automated electric meters will ensure consumers are accurately billed and that utilities improve their management of grid networks through provision of real-time grid events data.

Mark de Vere White, president of electricity business at Itron, said the deployment of the smart meters falls under Enedis’ “… vision of a digital revolution with the deployment of smart grid technology in France.”

The grid operator plans to equip all of its consumers with smart meters by 2021.

Smart meter certification

In the first quarter of 2016, Itron announced that its single-phase Linky smart meter received G3-PLC certification.

The technology company said the G3-PLC certification verifies the performance and conformance of its Linky smart meters to the G3- PLC protocol.

The G3-PLC Alliance awarded testing of Itron’s smart meters to French company Laboratoire des Applications Numériques (LAN).

In addition, the tests also confirmed the meter’s performance, including communications robustness against various types of interference.

Commenting on the development, Mark de Vere White, said: “Smart grid technology will play an important role in helping Enedis drive increased energy efficiency, deliver more efficient service to its customers, improve distribution operations and manage integration of renewables."

He reiterated that the certification will allow Itron to “support Enedis in realising this vision as it rolls out approximately 35 million smart meters.”

 

Image credit: www.smartgrid technology.com.