Swedish utility plans three-year roll-out of smart meters
July 27, 2016
Swedish utility Västerbergslagens Elnät has ordered 27,000 intelligent electricity meters over the next three years from Danish company Kamstrup with the aim of improving energy efficiency.
In the coming years, Swedish utilities are facing the second wave of smart meter rollouts and Västerbergslagens Elnät is among the first in the country to embark on this next step of the smart metering journey.
The need for a reliable partner for the long haul was one of the deciding factors behind the choice of Kamstrup, according to Bo Sörberg, CEO of Västerbergslagens Elnät.
Kamstrup’s supply is not limited to the 27,000 electricity meters, but also includes the Omnia smart grid platform, which will give the utility the possibility to test and remotely read meters and provide the data needed to reap the rewards of the utility’s smart metering investment. As part of the turnkey system, Kamstrup will supply meters, communications infrastructure and software as well as handle the installation of the meters.
With Omnia, Västerbergslagens Elnät hopes to improve the service it offers its customers. Transparent billing and the potential to monitor their energy usage can help customers save energy and reduce their spending. In addition, Omnia will provide the utility with data to analyse and optimise grid performance and increase efficiency.
“Kamstrup has a strong local presence in Sweden, both in terms of product development and project management, as well as service and support,” said Kamstrup’s project group manager Filipe Vasconcelos. “Our end-to-end metering is tailored to the unique and changing needs of each customer and we look forward to working closely together with Västerbergslagens Elnät to prepare them for future challenges.”
The process of replacing the meters will begin in the next few months with the project expected to be completed within three years.