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Ellevio, One Nordic and Sagemcom agree Swedish meter roll-out

Steve Rogerson
April 2, 2019



Ellevio, one of Sweden’s largest electricity distribution companies, Malmö-based One Nordic and French technology giant Sagemcom have signed a partnership to supply smart electricity meters to almost one million users in Sweden.
 
Fewer and shorter power outages, better customer control of electricity usage and steps towards enabling the energy transformation and electrification of the Swedish society are a few of the advancements that could stem from the agreement.
 
“Ellevio will be one of the first Swedish electricity distribution companies taking the next steps towards tomorrow's smart, customer-oriented electricity meter systems,” said Johan Lindehag, CEO at Ellevio. “Modern meters offer both greater supply reliability and make it easier for those aiming to produce their own electricity in the future.”
 
For accelerating the transformation of the Swedish energy system, smart grids can play a key role. The partnership will let Ellevio spearhead the implementation of one of the most crucial pieces of the puzzle: a modern electricity meter system. The first meters will be installed during a pilot project in Stockholm between April and September 2020, but all 960,000 of Ellevio’s customers will have a new meter installed before the end of 2023.
 
“This is a highly important and strategic project for our company, and a vital component of the development of a low-carbon infrastructure,” said Lindehag. “With a new meter system we can tackle society’s energy challenges as well as provide Ellevio’s customers with better information about their electricity usage.”
 
For the household customer, future electricity consumption will be easier to adapt to times of the day when it is most beneficial. The smart grid will also provide Ellevio with information for strengthening the electrical grid, which will result in fewer and shorter power outages. In addition, the system should improve the ability to meet increasing demand for energy in a society aimed at electrification and low-carbon economy.
 
The agreement with One Nordic and Sagemcom will be in place for ten years, with the possibility of extending the agreement for a maximum of six years, and covers the provision of just over one million smart meters, including installation, communications, implementation and associated services.
 
“Alliances and partnerships are valued highly by Ellevio, and this permeated the procurement process,” said Lindehag. “Complex infrastructure programmes such as this necessitate strong and transparent cooperation in order to succeed, and we are both pleased and enthusiastic about our choice of One Nordic and Sagemcom.”
 
Ellevio, which has its head office in Stockholm, has customers spread across mid-Sweden, the west coast and the Stockholm area.
 
The One Nordic Group is a Swedish supplier of technical consulting, maintenance services and contract services in the energy and industrial sector.
 
A French high-tech group, Sagemcom operates in the broadband, smart city and IoT markets and is a founding member of LoRa Alliance. With a revenue over €2bn, it employs 4000 people on five continents.