Yekaterinburg, Russia and San Jose, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — March 30, 2011 – PermEnergo, part of the MRSK group and one of Russia’s largest utilities, has selected Echelon Corporation’s NES Energy Control System as one of five solutions in a 50,000 home smart metering pilot project.
Echelon value added reseller ENERGOAUDITKONTROL was awarded a contract for networking 10,000 homes in a pilot project that is being monitored by the Russian government as a potential model for the country.
PermEnergo expects the pilot project to save its customers up to 20 percent of their electricity usage while lowering its operating costs and improving the overall efficiency of the grid. Installation is expected to begin over the summer and be completed by the end of 2011.
“This is an important step for Russia in establishing a successful working model for moving their national smart grid plans forward and an important milestone in Russia and US cooperation,” said Ron Sege, Echelon’s CEO and president. “Russia’s ambitious energy strategy is to establish a smart grid strategy that goes well beyond smart meters, with an emphasis on reducing technical and non-technical losses, operational improvements, load management, and more responsive customer service.”
The PermEnergo pilot project falls under a federal program called “Count. Save. Pay.” a key part of Russia’s plan for infrastructure modernization, and has attracted the personal interest of President Medvedev. The project is part of a smart grid initiative by Interregional Distributive Grid Company of Urals and Volga (IDGC URAL), the business that manages distribution companies for the Perm, Sverdlovsk, Chelyabinsk, and Kurgan regions of Russia. Over 2 million households are serviced by IDGC URAL companies.