Fortum, Finland --- (METERING.COM)

Fortum has completed its smart electricity meters installation, with the deployment of 610,000 smart meters over the past three years.

Close to 200 people worked in the project, and a completely new meter management system supplied by Schneider Electric was deployed. Eltel Networks was responsible for installation of the meters, which were from Echelon, with PLC and ZigBee for local connectivity.

To date Fortum has not been able to install new meters to approximately 0.5 percent of its distribution customers in Finland – mostly summer cottages – and the aim is to complete these in the coming months.

Under Finnish legislation hourly-based meter reading is required by the end of 2013. The system being deployed by Fortum will make it possible to offer advanced services that are well beyond the minimum requirements set by law, according to a company statement.

“Fortum’s smart meters project succeeded beyond all expectations,” said project manager Harri Hauta-aho. “The meters were installed according to schedule and our customers provided very good feedback about the installation technicians.”

Fortum’s Finnish customers are able to access their hourly consumption online through the Fortum Valpas service.

Elsewhere in the Nordic region Fortum is installing smart meters in Norway with a late 2015 completion target for 107,000 meters. Telvent is installing and will operate the system, which includes Echelon’s metering equipment.