Finnish power suppliers select smart meter technology


Marko Rytilahti,
Vice President,
Skanderborg, Denmark — (METERING.COM) — August 17, 2010 – The Finnish electricity suppliers Kymenlaakson Sähkö and Pohjois-Karjalan Sähkö, through their respective main contractors and service suppliers Empower and Mitox, have chosen Kamstrup technology for their smart metering rollouts.

Kamstrup will deliver in total 146,000 smart meters (65,000 for Kymenlaakson Sähkö and 81,000 for Pohjois-Karjalan Sähkö), and a smart metering system based on radio communication including concentrators and reading software.

Mitox and Empower will be responsible, as the main contractors, for the meter reading service delivering hourly values on a daily basis.

Both rollouts are expected to be completed at the end of 2014.

The meters will be delivered with remote disconnect function and zero fault detection – features that will significantly save time and resources as extra visits to the customers are avoided.

Furthermore the meters are prepared to meet EU demands specifying customer access to in-house displays showing consumption data. By means of a smart home enabling external slot for a PCMCIA module the customer can, without any installation costs or tools, connect the meter to other smart home devices.

“We are definitely paving the way to the smart grid and developing the electricity market (in Finland) with future-proof technology,” said Empower vice president Marko Rytilahti. “And it is a great pleasure to be able to join forces in the Nordic region.”