One of Norway's largest energy companies, Skagerak Nett, has selected Ericsson as sole supplier of a smart metering solution. Eltel has been chosen as the energy provider’s rollout partner. Skagerak Nett's customers will receive their new smart electricity meters from next year.
Smart meters will support grid upgrade
The partnership, which includes the delivery of 180,000 smart meters, will support a large-scale modernization of the Norwegian power grid and ensure efficient technology and processes transformation. [Engerati-The inside track to Norway’s largest smart metering system.]
Geir Kulås, CEO of Skagerak Nett, says that the modernization will enable them to upgrade the grid to boost capacity and manage peak demands
As part of the agreement, Ericsson is responsible for delivery and integration of a complete smart metering solution. The project is expected to be completed by 2019. In addition, Ericsson will be responsible for operations, support and maintenance of the solution during the project period.
Eltel’s contracted services include rollout of meters and communication equipment, installations for substations, warehousing and logistics, and customer contacts.
Meeting the needs of the utility industry of the future
Charlotta Sund, President of Region Northern Europe and Central Asia, Ericsson says: "This is a breakthrough deal in the Norwegian utility sector and strengthens the ICT profile of the energy industry in Norway. This also marks another step in the use of ICT for the evolution of the energy systems globally. The main drivers of the smart grid are sustainable energy supply, distributed generation and energy efficiency. With our global scale and expertise, we will be able to support Skagerak during their transformation journey to meet the needs of the utility industry of the future."
Almost 100% of the electric power generation in Norway is already based on renewables (mainly hydropower) and the electricity use in households is dominated by space and water heating. As Norway is committed to follow the EU Renewables Directive (DIRECTIVE 2009/28/EC), 67.5% of the total energy use in Norway (including transport) should come from renewables by 2020– an increase from 64.9% in 2009. New power generation is needed which will partly be covered by intermittent distributed generation. Together with the regulator’s requirement that DSOs install smart meters by 2019 and a large influx of EVs, most main drivers for smart grids are the same for Norway as for many other industrialized countries.
In Norway, the smart grid priorities are partly driven by the regulator (e.g. the requirement in Norway to implement smart meters by 2019 and partly by new technologies and challenges such as distributed generation (e.g. small hydro, PV), adoption of EVs, new challenging electric devices such as induction stoves, fibre-to-home communication, smart phones. etc.
Norway’s power system and markets are well positioned for a future smarter and more renewable power and energy system, but some barriers such as weak grids in parts of the LV system need cost efficient and smart solutions, according to Norway’s Water Resources and Energy Director, Per Sanderud.