Itron Inc. was selected by Électricité Réseau Distribution France, the electricity distribution network operator in France and distribution unit of Electricité de France Group (EDF), for its Linky smart grid program.
Itron will be a supplier of Linky smart meters for the first phase of the program. The Linky project aims to improve the distribution of electricity in France with an intelligent metering and communications network. In total, ERDF will replace 35 million meters, meeting the E.U. directive for 80 percent of meters to be smart by 2020.
With this contract, Itron will supply from 1.2 million up to 1.6 million of the Linky smart meters to be deployed by ERDF for the first phase of the program. Itron will deliver the meters from September 2015 through the end of 2016. The contract follows the Linky pilot project in which Itron was a participant.
With Linky Smart meters, consumers will be able to better manage their energy consumption and expenses through daily monitoring of their consumption and billing based on actual consumption instead of estimate. Remote readings and simple interventions will be easier and faster, without inconvenience to the customer.
The Linky smart meters play a role in building a network that can transmit data and perform remote operations to enable integration of renewables, diverse tariff implementation and improved outage management. Allowing data to be exchanged at all times on the electricity network is the principal objective of project. The intelligent network will optimize ERDF’s energy infrastructure so the utility can reduce peak consumption and increase energy efficiency.