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Norway consortium plans two-year roll out of 150,000 smart meters

Steve Rogerson
June 2, 2015
Norwegian Smart Strøm Nordvest, a consortium of ten power utilities in Møre and Romsdal, is to roll out 150,000 smart electricity meters over two years starting in 2016.
The roll out will start in the power utilities' supply area in Nordvestlandet in the middle of 2016 and continue until 2018. Prior to the roll out, a pilot project will run in two areas, which will cover a total of 2000 metering points.
After a public tender, Strøm Nordvest chose Danish company Kamstrup as the system supplier. The order includes a communications system, which can deal with meter data on an hourly basis.
The electricity meters free consumers from having to read electricity consumption, and advanced bills are replaced by invoices that correspond fully with the exact consumption. At the same time, consumers will have access to the meter readings on an hourly basis, giving them more control over their electricity consumption.
"Kamstrup's system delivers the highest meter performance and the best integration on the market,” said Per-Otto Lie, Kamstrup's Norwegian sales manager. “This means that Smart Strøm Nordvest can reduce their costs and risks from day one, and during the entire project period. All ten power utilities will optimise their supply and create a business that is even better financially, which consumers will also benefit from.”
In the past few months, Kamstrup has entered into a number of agreements with several Norwegian power utilities, including Agder Energi Nett, Dalane Energi, Gaudal Nett, Kvikne and Rennebu Kraftlag, and Oppdal Everk.
"Kamstrup excels with a competitive price and a professional project organisation that can ensure the delivery,"said Svein Ivar Morslund, interim leader of new company Smarthub, which is owned by the consortium of ten power utilities.
Kamstrup's flexible network is said to make it even easier for utilities and housing associations to choose remote meter reading and provide extra services such as faster leak detection to their customers.
Automated reading of consumption meters delivers benefits for utilities, housing associations and individual consumers. This is why Kamstrup has further developed Ready, its automated meter reading network. Now large and small utilities and housing associations can carry out remote meter reading via an installed communications network.
Its design means that a utility company or housing association can install the network's antennas as required, by themselves.
“Installing and expanding the network is so simple it's revolutionary,” said Lars Hovgaard, product manager at Kamstrup. “The small whip antennas are easy to fit, using four screws. For example, they can be fitted to the end wall of a building. Then, all you have to do is provide the unit with power to establish the remote meter reading network. Because it's possible to combine mobile and network reading, the network can be started in individual areas while mobile meter reading carries on in other areas. This means the network can be expanded a bit at a time, where you can start in areas that have many meters or in areas that are inaccessible if needed."