Landis+Gyr passes 1 million meter mark with ACEA rollout

Acea Distribuzione is Italy’s largest municipal utility, with 1.5 million electricity customers in the area of Rome and approximately eight million water customers across Italy. It is the biggest municipality in Italy, and one of the biggest in Europe.

The benefits of the AMM system for Acea Distribuzione include high accuracy bi-directional meters, and smart grid applications such as improved control of network operation, and the ability to monitor low and medium voltage line status automatically.

The benefits for Acea Distribuzione’s customers include improved supply quality, choice of commercial options tailored to an individual’s consumption profile (demand incentives, prepayment), as well as availability of information on-line.

Andrea Mangoni, CEO of ACEA said, “We wanted to improve our quality of service, we needed to optimise our processes and we also wanted better low-voltage network monitoring and control, thus providing a higher quality for our end-customers. We have achieved these goals by designing, with the aid of competent and highly qualified partners, an overall system solution which integrates and automates these processes.”

The project is a strategic partnership between Acea, Landis+Gyr, BTicino and Ericsson. The system concept was developed by Landis+Gyr and Acea Distribuzione with the sole objective to deliver greater value.

As a first step, Landis+Gyr is implementing the AMM system in Rome for Acea’s electricity users.

Approximately one million electricity meters have been rolled out in Rome to date, and completion is expected in 2009, when rollout will have reached its target of 1.5 million electricity meters. The system is also being implemented in other utilities in Italy and abroad, including EPCG, as either full-scale or pilot applications.

Seperately, Landis+Gyr has recently won other projects in Italy, including with the utilities AASS Repubblica di San Marino, ASM Voghera, CEG Aosta, SECAB (in the region of Friuli Venezia Giulia ) and CEDIS (in the region of Trentino Alto Adige ).