Proposals for advanced metering in Norway


Thor Erik
Grammeltvedt, Head
of Power Market
Section, NVE
Oslo, Norway — (METERING.COM) — March 1, 2011 – Norway’s energy regulator NVE last month released proposals on the functional requirements for the country’s advanced metering and management system (AMS).

The AMS will provide for better interaction between customers and other stakeholders in the electricity market, improve billing, and enable customers to switch suppliers more easily, stated the NVE in a statement. To be able to benefit from the AMS end users and service providers need quick and easy access to all the relevant information, which requires integrated systems for information exchange based on open and standardized solutions.

“We need to have measurement systems and a market that offers customized solutions to achieve energy efficiency,” commented Thor Erik Grammeltvedt, head of the power market section of NVE. “Such solutions do not fall into place overnight, and it will take time before the benefits of AMS are realized. The proposals we are submitting for review lay the foundation for a future oriented and efficient power system.”

NVE has recommended that 80 percent of customers should receive the AMS by the end of 2015, with the remaining customers to have it no later than one year later.

However, in mid-Norway, because of the difficult power situation there, the deadline in this area is two years earlier, i.e. that 80 percent of electricity customers should be on the AMS by the end of 2013.

The NVE statement said that ongoing standardization work in the EU was the main reason why these regulatory proposals had taken longer than anticipated to develop.

The proposals are now open to consultation and NVE expects to make its decision by July 1, 2011, to enable utilities to start installation of the AMS by the autumn.