Madrid, Spain — (METERING.COM) — April 29, 2010 – Spanish utility Iberdrola has selected smart metering communications, advanced sensing and network management solutions from Current Group as part of its first phase deployment of smart grid solutions in Castellon, Spain.
The Iberdrola deployment represents the first and largest deployment of smart metering technologies that demonstrate comprehensive end-to-end interoperability using the open PRIME metering standard, for which over twenty companies are now members or have applied for membership. Iberdrola plans to deploy an initial 100,000 meters and respective transformers incorporating two-way medium voltage and cellular communications, grid supervision and control, and meter collection infrastructure before expanding immediately to territory wide deployments of smart meters in early 2011.
“Iberdrola is changing the way metering systems are being selected and deployed by mandating open standards and end-to-end interoperability instead of proprietary meter communications solutions,” said Ray Gogel, president and COO of Current Group. “Additionally, Iberdrola’s recognition of transformer sensing and supervision solutions are leading the way towards a comprehensive distribution smart grid approach in order to address the 20/20/20 by 2020 EU initiatives.”
In support of Iberdrola’s efforts, Current will provide components of its Smart Transformer Station platform comprised of infrastructure solutions for meter data concentration and collection, transformer sensing and supervision, and communications with network management. Combined, these solutions provide comprehensive support for smart metering, distribution management and provide the platform for secure communications.