Switzerland’s Landis+Gyr has heralded progress on the rollout of smart meters in Finland, claiming smart meters have now been installed in 98% of the country’s households.
The figure makes Finland one of the most advanced countries in Europe in terms of its ability to meter electricity consumption at the residential level.
Landis+Gyr (Zug, Switzerland) claims to have delivered more than one million smart meters to a number of Finnish energy companies, which equates to one meter for every third Finnish household (there are approximately 3.2 million metering points in Finland).
It has also been involved in managing old and new meters, systems installation and integration and comprehensive field-testing.
The progress report indicates that Finland is well ahead of smart metering targets, with legislation introduced in 2009 requiring 80% of households to have smart meters installed by the start of 2014.
According to a recent report from Berg Insight, the average smart meter penetration rate in Europe was 22% at the end of 2013.
“We have created the base for the smart grid and we plan to make best use of the technology far into the future,” said Jon Stretch, the executive vice president of EMEA for Landis+Gyr.
“A variety of smart grid initiatives are under way, for example in the cities of Oulu and Helsinki,” said Stretch. “Looking to the future, I can confirm that the smart wave in Finland will expand.”
Landis+Gyr says the update proves that its Gridstream solution – which it describes as an end-to-end smart-grid service – is continuing to expand its European footprint.
“So far, we have benefited from the technology,” said Antti Latsa, customer service manager at Finnish energy company Jarvi-Suomen Energia. “After a recent heavy storm we were able to locate the affected areas in the low voltage network more precisely and in many cases we received information regarding the metering points without electricity supply before the customer contacted us.”
Landis+Gyr says feedback from energy utility customers in Finland has been overwhelmingly positive, with most utilities now offering their customers web-based tools and portals.
“Our energy portal has received excellent feedback from our customers,” said Jari Rusanen, metering service manager from energy company Loiste Sahkoverkot Oy.
“In the portal, the end-user can see their energy consumption as well as savings,” added Rusanen. “Customers are also happy with the billing which is now based on their actual rather than estimated consumption [and] we are now planning on expanding smart metering to water metering.”