This week marks a momentous occasion for Europe's smart metering industry. France officially began its nationwide rollout of Linky electricity meters on 1 December. The national DSO will deploy 7 million units a year up to 2021.
If you're not up to speed with all things Linky, we've published a guide today with background information on the French path to meeting the European Commission directive on cutting energy consumption by 2020.
The French model is impressive - a uniform style of meter based on PLC communication technology and managed by a single DSO - the ERDF. Is this the recipe for success? Time will tell but at least the French are sticking to the timetable, which is more than can be said for a certain cross-Channel neighbour.
It's a cliche to say the French know a thing or two about style, but the attention given to the aesthetic quality of the Linky meter design has certainly impressed us.
We wish the French 'bon chance' with the rollout.
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