Today, the distribution system operator Ellevio commences the procurement of over 900,000 new smart meters. Among other things, the new meters will provide customers with better opportunities to connect to new energy services and to control their electricity use. The first meters are expected to be installed at customers during the second half of 2019.
A greater number of active customers, an increased proportion of weather-dependent solar and wind electricity production, and the continued electrification of society are all placing new demands on electrical grids, requiring investment into more modern grids. These new smart grids will be able to communicate with different parts of the energy system, obtain and analyse data, and act on the information coming in, which produces efficiency in the energy system and a continued, reliable supply. The next generation of electricity meters will play a vital role in smart grids.
“This procurement is a step in the right direction towards the electricity systems we will require in the future. Among other things, the meters will make it easier for all customers to obtain meter data and they will contribute to the increased integration of local electricity production. By connecting to new energy services, customers will be able to respond to price signals in the market and manage their own electricity production and electricity consumption,” says Johan Lindehag, CEO of Ellevio.
Furthermore, the new electricity meters and IT solutions will serve to support the operation of future electrical grids.
“It is also an important step towards more stable, reliable electrical grids. We monitor the grids 24 hours a day from our operations center. Smart grids improve our ability to respond to information and manage the grid. For instance, this can give us an indication of where a fault is about to occur so that we can prevent disruptions and outages before they occur, and it can show where a fault is occurring with greater precision. The new electricity meters serve as a valuable function here as well,” explains Lindehag.
The procurement, which is being made public today, marks the start of the project. The preliminary plan involves entering into a contract with a supplier during the first quarter of 2018, and that the first meters will start being installed at customers during the second half of 2019. “It is a major, innovative procurement which, in addition to the actual meters and their installation, also comprises a considerable amount of advanced IT solutions and services. We are hoping for substantial interest from the market”, says Johan Svensson, Project Manager at Ellevio.
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