Finland’s largest utility, Fortum, is currently piloting the COS-enabled CNX 2000 and preparing for a CNX 3000 pilot in Finland, and has plans for full production rollout of CNX 3000 and CNX 2000 in 2012.
The Echelon COS software, first introduced in September 2010 and running on Echelon’s Edge Control Node, is an open-standard control platform for the smart grid that can run third party control applications at the edge of the grid. The Echelon COS software provides an open and secure application framework for monitoring and controlling devices at the edge of the grid where the distribution network connects to customers.
In France, the Industry Minister Eric Besson has announced his country decide by the end of September whether to proceed with a four billion-euro plan to deploy and install smart meters in 35 million homes across the country, In the pilot project, called Linky, 250,000 devices were tested in homes near the cities of Lyon and Tours was successful. Besson declined to say how the meters would be paid for, adding that the government will limit as much as possible any increases in energy costs to consumers.
Michelle Bellon, president of Electricite de France SA’s ERDF distribution unit adds: “Financing is being studied and will be decided in the coming weeks.” She also explains that half of the total cost of the national plan is for equipment and the rest is needed for installation.
France is aiming to meet European Union requirements for the installation of smart meters in homes by 2020. The country would publish tenders for the meters, which could be installed in homes at a rate of about six million a year.