NRGi’s smart grid project secured by Echelon


Soren Sorensen,
Aarhus, Denmark and San Jose, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — March 8, 2011 – NRGi, Denmark’s fourth largest utility, has selected Echelon’s Networked Energy Services (NES) smart grid control system for deployment throughout its services territory.

The system includes Echelon’s software for sensing, monitoring and control applications for the low voltage grid and smart meters for nearly 150,000 homes and businesses. With this latest win, Echelon, working with its value-added reseller partner Eltel Networks A/S, has secured nearly 50 percent of the Danish utility awards for advanced metering systems.

Revenue to Echelon over the initial deployment of smart meters and associated infrastructure hardware and software is expected to be approximately $16 million. Echelon may also sell software maintenance services and spare parts for growth through 2026. Shipments are targeted to begin in the second quarter of this year, with the initial deployment phase expected to be completed within 12 months.

"At NRGi, our mission is to use innovative and sustainable solutions to be one of the strongest brands in energy, and we strive to give our customers tools to be active participants in this mission,” said Soren Sorensen, CEO of NRGi. "We continue to delight our customers with the reliability and performance we’ve experienced with the NES open and extensible system, along with high value system features, such as automatic topology management, power quality sensing and energy savings products we can introduce into the home.”
In 2008, NRGi acquired neighboring utility Energi Horsens and awarded a 50,000 customer deployment of the NES system within the Energi Horsens former service territory. Deployment of that initial system was largely completed in 2010.