In August 2012, Elektrilevi, the major Estonian electricity distribution network operator, signed a contract with Ericsson for the supply, deployment, systems integration and running of a smart-metering network.
As part of the deal, Ericsson is providing a turn-key solution to replace all Elektrilevi electricity meters with more than 625,000 remotely readable smart meters. The agreement also includes the implementation of a central automatic meter reading system (AMR) for data gathering and integration to Elektrilevi systems, as well as AMR managed services during the rollout period.
Elektrilevi stands to gain a lot from the solution, such as reduced costs and risk, improved network operation and maintenance, regulatory compliance (in EU and Estonia), and improved customer satisfaction. And because the smart grid provides Elektrilevi with data from each and every connection point, they are able to meet their customer’s needs on a much more individualized level than before.
The project is now halfway through, with roughly 300,000 meters being installed, and Elektrilevi’s consumers are starting to enjoy the benefits of the smart-meter solution, such as more accurate and timely billing, shorter outages, and improved possibilities to reduce their power consumption.