Echelon/Telvent win Norwegian Smart Grid contract

Fortum Norway has awarded a Smart Grid project to Echelon partner Telvent to deploy Echelon’s smart metering system to its 100 000 customers.

This represents the first significant step in addressing Norway’s desire to deploy smart metering to the whole country by the end of 2016.

Echelon said that volume deployment’s of its Networked Energy Services (NES) Smart Grid infrastructure will start in August 2013, and be completed in 2015.

Norway’s regulator has recently mandated that all Norwegian utilities deploy smart metering systems, with daily data collection of 15-minute interval readings, remote connect/disconnect, secure/encrypted communication, measurement of micro-grid generation, and interfaces for reliable communication with in-home displays.

Ari Koponen, Fortum’s vice president for Distribution, said: “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.”

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