Marking the first significant deployment of smart meters in the country, Telvent has been selected to provide Echelon’s smart metering system to Fortum Norway’s 100,000 electricity customers. The goal is to have all of Norway’s 2.6 million electricity customers connected to the devices by the end of 2016. The volume rollouts of Echelon’s Networked Energy Services (NES) smart grid infrastructure system are targeted to begin in August 2013 and go through 2015.
With over a million and a half customers, Fortum is the seventh largest utility in Norway and is a leading energy company in the Nordic, Russian, and the Baltic region. Fortum also holds a minority interest in Hafslund, the largest utility in the nation.
Ari Koponen, vice president for distribution at Fortum, notes, “With the new smart meters, invoicing will be based on real electricity consumption. Customers receive more accurate information on their electricity consumption and therefore have better possibilities for saving energy. In addition, the smart meters will be used for more efficient power failure resolution and as a platform for future development of smart grids and services within electricity solutions.”
Telvent will deploy its meter data management and supervisory applications combined with Echelon’s NES system. Fortum also has the option to include Echelon’s recently announced open-standard CNX 3000 power line interface, powered by Echelon’s Control Operating System, that enables utilities to connect to in-home displays, load controllers, and other smart grid devices.
In addition, Telvent is already deploying the Echelon solution to 550,000 of Fortum’s customers in Finland.
Michael Anderson, Echelon’s senior vice president for the global utility market adds: “As the Norwegian smart grid market comes alive, we look forward to applying all of the knowledge we have gained in projects throughout Europe,” “Echelon is the go-to brand for energy control networking in Europe not only because of the proven reliability and scalability we bring but also because our solution offers the most value to utilities and their customers. We enable utilities to quickly achieve the benefits of a smart grid infrastructure that can deliver a positive return on investment -- with the confidence that the Echelon solution can expand to meet their future needs.”