Iberdrola has awarded seven companies a total of 300 millon euros to supply a million smart meters with remote management capabilites across Spain.
ZIV, Landis&Gyr, Sagemcom, Sogecam, Orbis, Elster and GE are the companies involved, and the meters are based on the PRIME powerline communication standard.
This forms part of the STAR (Sistema de Telegestión y Automatización de Red/Remote Grid Management and Automation System). This will see Iberola invest 2 billion by 2018.
The first part of the STAR project was completed in Castellon, where 1000 smart meters were changed and the rollout is now being extended to all regions that has an electricity distribution grid.
In the Basque Country, the company is engaged in with the Basque government, via the Basque Energy Entity (EVE), based in the province of Biscay. This project involves the adaptation of over 1,100 transformation centers and renovation of some 230,000 meters.
PRICE is another project which consists of the replacement of 200,000 smart meters (100,000 by Iberola) and the refurbishment of 1,600 transformation centers in the Henares Corridor in the Madrid region, as well as in Guadalajara.
In the STAR project 10.3 million traditional meters will be replaced with the new smart devices and some 80,000 transformation centers will be equipped with remote management, supervision and automation capabilities.
Iberdrola is also about to complete it’s first smart grid projects in The United States with over 550,000 devices and also in Glasgow, Scotland where 30,000 customers will benefit from the new smart meter technology.