Hydro-Québec has filed an application with the Régie de l’énergie for the approval of the remaining phases 2 and 3 of its AMI deployment, which is expected to see the installation of 3.8 million smart meters by 2018.
Phase 1 is currently under way, with 850,000 next-generation meters installed since the rollout of the technology began in February – approximately half of the 1.7 million meters included in this phase, which covers the greater Montréal area, including the suburbs to the north and south.
Phase 1 completion is due in mid-2014.
Phases 2 and 3 will expand the program to the remainder of Hydro-Québec’s customers.
In a statement Hydro-Québec said the deployment of the new meters is going very well, and installers have seen a positive response in the community. Among the latest project statistics, the estimated cost has been reduced by $12.5 million so far by maintaining tight control over costs, and in 3Q 2013 the 334,000 meter installation target was exceeded by 52,000 meters.
Hydro-Quebec has also reported a 0.4% customer opt-out to date.
Hydro-Quebec has estimated the project cost at almost $1 billion, with savings of more than $200 million over 20 years.
The AMI technology is being provided by Landis+Gyr. The residential meters are being assembled in Mexico and the commercial meters are assembled in Québec.