Echelon ships 2 million NES smart meters


March 11, 2010 – These meters will become part of the smart grid installation currently being deployed by Eltel Networks A/S for the Danish utility SEAS-NVE, in Denmark’s largest smart grid project with over 390,000 smart meters. The announcement was made today at the 2010 Smart Metering Scandinavia event in Copenhagen, Denmark.

"Denmark is well-known for embracing technology to promote energy efficiency. Denmark is the world-leading producer of wind energy, and now we’re building a truly smart grid to better use and conserve energy and provide new services for our customers," Peter Iversen, CTO at SEAS-NVE. "Our smart grid project utilizes the top technologies worldwide, including Echelon’s NES System, to serve today’s needs and Denmark’s future needs, from electric car charging, to automated demand response programs and time-of-use tariffs, all while improving customer service."

"We’ve won multiple smart grid deployments in the Nordic region with Echelon’s feature-rich NES software and smart meters, making Echelon’s NES system the smart grid solution of choice in the region. The NES system offers utilities a highly scalable, future-proof solution that increases customer service and energy conservation programs, and reduces overall operating costs. We are confident that we’re offering utilities the best solution available when we propose the NES system," said Sonny Nielsen, Eltel’s CEO for Denmark.

"We are excited about this significant milestone for SEAS-NVE and Denmark. We look forward to a new era of energy awareness and efficiency led by forward-thinking utilities like SEAS-NVE. Moreover, we’re excited by the potential growth in the smart grid market in the coming year," said Michael Anderson, Echelon’s senior vice president, NES sales and market development. "We believe utilities will choose our NES solution because it is extremely accurate and reliable and they can be confident that they are making the best long-term decision about the core control networking infrastructure for their smart grid."

Echelon’s NES system embeds intelligence in the existing grid to make it smarter and adaptable to future expansions, new demands and able to respond to new regulations. Because the NES system is a complete, advanced metering infrastructure, and not only communicating meters, it lays the foundation for extensions to the grid by the utility or other third parties.

In 2008, Danish utility SEAS-NVE awarded an advanced metering infrastructure project to Echelon Networked Energy Services (NES) value-added reseller partner Eltel Networks A/S, with meter data management system (MDMS) and enterprise software tools from NES VAR partner Gorlitz AG. Eltel will deploy NES advanced metering infrastructure to almost 400,000 SEAS-NVE customers by 2011.