Two Nordic utilities to expand smart meter rollouts

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Jyskä, Finland — (METERING.COM) — January 27, 2009 – Two Nordic utilities, Alajärven Sähkö and Midt Nett Buskerud (MNB), are to expand their smart metering projects.

Alajärven Sähkö launched a smart metering pilot project in 2002 with Landis+Gyr’s Application Service Provisioning (ASP) service for 200 metering points. The company now plans to expand the pilot with Landis+Gyr by implementing a full scale advanced metering management (AMM) solution with remote reading of hourly consumption figures for its 5,000 metering points. The system will be integrated into the utility’s new Customer Information System (CIS) using the AMM system’s AIMIA integration application. Included in the contract are 5,000 Landis+Gyr multi energy meters.

“AMM gives us the opportunity to further develop our customer service. We can implement consumption based billing and offer customers internet based services. Also, it is now easy for the utility to receive information about the network load situation,” says Tapio Keckman, CEO of Alajärven Sähkö.

MNB plans to expand its AMM solution in a second phase with Landis+Gyr after the company completed the rollout of the project’s first phase. In the first phase the focus was on industrial customers. After completing the project with industrial customers, MNB decided to install meters with communication units at recently constructed residential buildings and to update meters which were at the end of their lifecycle.

The AMM system will enable MNB to extend its current solution to cover the remaining 8,500 metering points in the Modum and Sigdal settlement area. This builds on the development of the communication infrastructure that was set up by Landis+Gyr in the first phase of the project, which was started in 2004. This initial infrastructure collected information from 4,000 metering points. Once implementation of this second phase is complete, MNB will be able to collect hourly measurements from all of its 12,300 metering points.

Both projects are due to be completed during 2011.

Finland utility Alajärven Sähkö Oy operates in the Southern Ostrobothnia, mainly in the area of Alajärvi city, and has approximately 5,000 customers.

MNB is located at Vikersund in Modum community, about 90 km southwest of Oslo, Norway, and has approximately 12,300 end customers.