Denmark’s first cloud-based smart grid solution launched


Silkeborg, Denmark and San Jose, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — September 1, 2011 – Danish cooperative EnergiMidt and Echelon value added reseller Eltel Networks are jointly offering Denmark’s first cloud-based smart metering solution based on Echelon’s smart metering system.
EnergiMidt, one of the five largest electricity distribution companies in Denmark, has extensive experience with Echelon’s Networked Energy Services (NES) smart grid infrastructure system. The company deployed with Eltel 170,000 Echelon NES meters from 2009-2011 and has achieved daily collection and hourly readings of load profiles consistently within a 99.7 to 100 percent performance range.
Echelon’s Control Operating System (COS) software integrates with the meter data management (MDM) system from Goerlitz, enabling EnergiMidt to provide billing and operational support services to smaller utilities and cities, allowing them to capture the economies of scale normally only available to large entities.

Last year, the first utility to piggyback onto the software running in EnergiMidt’s data center was Bjerringbro with 3,000 customers. Next is Kjellerup Elnet, with 2,500 customers, who will be supplied with the NES smart meters and related communications and control infrastructure in a rollout scheduled to be completed early next year.
The new offering from EnergiMidt and Eltel provides smaller utilities and municipalities a cost effective and quick path to achieving the benefits of a smart grid, including hourly meter readings, load control, remote connect/disconnect, better outage management and the ability to integrate water and gas meters into one common system with electric meters.

“EnergiMidt is making grid modernization swift and painless for neighboring utilities through this offering that standardizes on our deployment of Echelon energy control networking technologies,” said Holger Blok, CEO at EnergiMidt. “By putting this solution in the cloud, any utility can benefit from our experience and can avoid unnecessary expenses that often stand in the way of making the smart grid a reality for many smaller utilities.”