Finnish energy companies invest in AMM

Tapio Ollila,
Keuruun Sähkö
Keuruu, Finland — (METERING.COM) — October 9, 2007 – Finnish energy companies Keuruun Sähkö Oy and Koillis-Satakunnan Sähkö Oy are acquiring Landis+Gyr’s advanced metering management system for their 12,000 metering points. The joint investment of the companies will allow them to improve customer service and development of balance settlement. It demonstrates that the latest metering technology is not only the privilege of big companies, but is at disposal of all progressive energy companies.

"The main target, as installations progress, is to change from estimation-based invoicing to actual consumption-based invoicing. At the same time measuring accuracy is increased and losses cut down," says CEO Tapio Ollila from Keuruun Sähkö. "Today’s urban metering technology is advanced and costs of the system are reasonable."

The automatic metering management (AMM) system for the urban communities of Keuruu and Virrat is based on low voltage PLC technology. The network companies will take care of the installation process themselves. The system is expected to be in full operation within three years.

"The replacement of metering devices at the end of their operating life is scheduled according to our own resources and the availability of the technology that suits our needs," says operations manager Aimo Rinta-Opas from Koillis-Satakunnan Sähkö.

Both energy companies have previous experience of automatic metering management on a smaller scale. The investment made now is a step towards full-blown deployment.