Advanced Metering Management (AMM) systems have been making significant developments in response to advances in technology and economic developments. Now, an AMM system and communications infrastructure can be used for electricity meter reading and large scale multi energy readings such as district heating, gas and water.
“By integrating multiple energy forms into just one system, a utility can enjoy savings of up to 50%,” said Kari Huttunen, Portfolio Manager, Landis+Gyr. “Besides reading one’s own customers’ energy data information, it’s now possible to provide services for other heating and water companies that operate in the same area. Savings are also achieved through streamlining logistics, resulting in less operational costs.”
ONE SYSTEM THAT HELPS UTILITIES AND CUSTOMERS MANAGE ENERGY BETTER
In addition to the multiple cost saving possibilities, a multi energy AMM solution is also designed to help power companies tackle environmental challenges. “Using an AMM solution, utilities can provide end-consumers with an energy bill based on their actual energy consumption rather than an estimated consumption. This process makes billing more transparent and enables consumers to control their energy bill and their use of energy. This efficient process can level out consumption peaks which consequently reduces CO2 gas emissions. For a utility, AMM presents a reliable, accurate and efficient means of customer reporting, consumption analysis and network calculation. It functions as part of the entire customer service process and allows utilities to implement new tariff structures and sales products,” said Kari. “All possibilities of an AMM solution are optimised by metering multiple energy forms in just one solution.”
DANISH UTILITY, TRE-FOR, IS AIMING FOR BETTER ENERGY MANAGEMENT WITH LANDIS+GYR’S TAILORED AMM SOLUTION
Danish utility TRE-FOR is deploying a multi energy AMM solution from Landis+Gyr to reduce infra-structure costs and increase overall process efficiency. The contract for this integrated solution includes delivery and installation of 200,000 electricity, heat and water meters, communication devices, and a state-of-the-art advanced metering system for data acquisition and processing. Landis+Gyr is also providing innovative home energy monitors for selected TREFOR customers and training on staff systems. In addition, Landis+Gyr is integrating the AMM system into TRE-FOR’s IT network. All energy and customer information is stored on one system, easily accessed for commercial, operational and service purposes, allowing for billing based on actual consumption. Consumers with the in-home display unit can track energy consumption in real-time. This successful project can save money not only for the utility but for the end-customer too. “It is of great importance to TRE-FOR that customers with smart meters receive a better service and do not have to read the meters themselves. This is a very new and advanced system that offers us the chance to acquire new products for the electricity market, including other solutions that can reduce costs,” said Knud Steen Larsen, CEO, TREFOR.