In Northern Europe, DONG Energy has awarded Kamstrup a tender for one million remotely read electricity meters worth €239m.

Danish meter manufacturer Kamstrup said it beat competition from 30 international suppliers to secure the order from DONG Energy Eldistribution to provide metering units for the Greater Copenhagen area until 2034.

Commenting on the vendor selection, Morten Buchgreitz, executive vice president at DONG Energy, said: "I’m convinced that Kamstrup is the right partner for us.

"Every day, approximately 1,500 electricity customers will have their meter replaced in the period from 2017 to 2020 and together with Kamstrup, we’ll do our utmost to ensure that it takes place in a satisfactory way for our customers.”

DONG Energy has chosen the OMNIA suite of meters "that allows new functionality to be uploaded directly to the meters to ensure that the solution can live up to future demands as well”, says Per Asmussen, CEO of Kamstrup.

AMI tender

The news follows DONG Energy putting out an advanced metering infrastructure tender in April 2014 for one service provider to deliver 1 million meters in the capital Copenhagen and one of its regions Zealand in a contract estimated at 2 billion DKK (Danish krone).

The scope of the tender included meters, communication and head end system, as well as installing meters and communication systems and maintenance.

The state-controlled utility, which generates its own power, supplies to other European countries and manages wind farms, pre-qualified six to eight candidates for the tender procedure.

DONG Energy's installation is part of a move towards remote electricity meters and the introduction of hourly electricity consumption reading in Denmark

With remote electricity meters and the introduction of hourly reading in Denmark, electricity customers will have their energy consumption measured once an hour going forward.