GE has achieved an industry first with voluntary safety certification from standards body UL for it smart meters, the Digital Energy division of the US solutions giant has confirmed.

GE’s UL-certified smart meters are being rolled out as part of Commonwealth Edison’s recent grid modernisation, which include the installation and deployment of nearly 4 million meters across the utility’s 3.8-million customer base.

To assist with the rollout, GE expects to have a new manufacturing facility up and running in Chicago by the third quarter of 2014.

Edward Myszka, general manager, meters, GE’s Digital Energy business, said: “As announced last year, we will be establishing an assembly facility right in ComEd’s backyard to help simplify the production and implementation processes of its smart meter rollout.”

He added: “As the project ramps up, the new facility will create approximately 50 jobs.”

UL is an independent safety science company promotes safe working and living environments.

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