ESB Networks approve large scale metering programme

A consortium will deliver a smart metering solution including 250,000 electricity meters, a remote reading system and a data management system to the Irish energy company ESB Networks.

The project is planned for execution during 2019-2020.

The consortium, consisting of Kamstrup and Siemens to provide a solution consisting of the Kamstrup OMNIS data collection system combined with high-quality smart meters and the independent Siemens EnergyIP meter data management solution.

With this end-to-end solution, it is said ESB Networks will get full flexibility and scalability for future rollouts.

“The upgrade to modern electricity meters is an important enabler of Ireland’s Climate Action Plan. To tackle climate change, the meter upgrade programme is an essential foundation to maximising the benefit from Ireland’s growing renewable generation capability and supporting the electrification of transport and heat – using clean electricity to displace carbon fuels. We believe the integrated solution … will support us in achieving this goal,” says Eoghan Barrett, manager smart metering programme, ESB Networks.

OMNETRIC, a Siemens company, will be responsible for smart meter data integration with the existing communication and enterprise infrastructure. It will ensure ESB Networks and consumers can fully leverage the advantages available through the digital value chain.

Kamstrup and Siemens have had a Master Alliance Agreement in place since 2012 and have already worked together for several years in engaging with customers worldwide.

Kim Lehman, Kamstrup CEO believes the solution will provide ESB Networks with accurate, reliable and secure data, fundamental for ESB Networks to establish a stable and flexible network and provide good customer service.” 

Gary O’Callaghan, CEO Siemens Ltd commented, “this project marks another step forward in the digitalisation of Ireland’s energy network. The global shift towards decarbonisation together with customers demanding much more active engagement with and from energy companies means our energy systems are becoming increasingly complex”.

“The EnergyIP system can process data in near real time from millions of distributed grid assets and smart devices, powering new approaches for meter data management, grid optimisation and analytics, distributed energy management, energy market participation and asset management,” he added.