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Kragerø, Norway --- (METERING.COM) --- April 13, 2007 – Kragerø Energi is to invest in an advanced metering system for its 8,600 customers in the south-eastern Norway.

The utility has signed a contract with Landis+Gyr Enermet on Enermet AIM.

Jon Arne Mørch Jonassen, the administrative director at Kragerø Energi, explains that the utility studied carefully various solutions in the metering market and had discussions with some other grid companies before making its choice of the AIM technology.

The most important criterion for Kragerø Energi was cost efficiency, which demands a solution with more than one type of communications. Says Jonassen: “We have our grid in both rural and city areas, and that's why we want to combine high voltage, low voltage and point-to-point communications. This optimizes our costs on investments and maintenance.”

The project will be carried out according to the plan by Kragerø Energi's own electricians with project management from Landis+Gyr Enermet.

”We have limited resources of our own, so after the metering system has been installed, the infrastructure is important,” Jonassen points out. He adds “Our goal is to ensure efficient communications to all our customers as soon as possible.”   

By investing in advanced metering, Kragerø Energi expects to improve the efficiency of its processes and the value chain. The resources saved from the manual processes will be available to offer an improved customer service.