Michael Calovini,
Executive Vice
President of Sales
for Gas in Europe,
Elster
 
Osnabruck, Germany --- (METERING.COM) --- July 13, 2010 - Gaz reseau Distribution France (GrDF), a wholly owned subsidiary of GDF SUEZ, has selected Elster’s EnergyAxis® technology for its first gas smart metering pilot project.
 
The initiative, which is also the first of its kind in France, is designed to evaluate different technologies and operational processes for grid modernization.

The AMI pilot will enable GrDF to improve customer knowledge of gas consumption for improved energy efficiency, perform remote data collection to reduce on-site visits, and conduct more frequent and accurate meter reads for enhanced customer service. By testing different technology configurations in four different locations, GrDF plans to identify the best solutions to help it modernize its existing infrastructure and ensure compliance with European legislatory requirements.

Elster and GrDF will install various components from the EnergyAxis® portfolio of solutions in approximately 23,000 households and approximately 5,000 businesses in Etampes, near Paris. The pilot installation is expected to be completed in mid-July 2010, and GrDF will collect and analyze the results from this and the other three pilot sites over the following six months to determine the next steps in their gas AMI deployment program.

“There are an estimated 370 million gas and electricity meters currently installed in Europe, which may need to be replaced to comply with the European Energy Efficiency Directive and achieve the targets pursuant to the European Commission’s Energy Efficiency Action Plan,” said Michael Calovini, Elster's executive vice president of sales for gas in Europe. “GrDF is taking a leadership role in bringing the benefits of AMI to its customers.”