Skagerak Nett has selected Ericsson as sole supplier of 180,000 smart meters to be deployed in Norway beginning in 2016. The project is part of a large-scale modernization of the Norwegian power grid.
Geir Kulås, Skagerak Nett chief executive officer, says: “We are very pleased with the choice of Ericsson and look forward to a cooperation that will give our customers even better power grids. Taking on transformation approach will enable us to upgrade the grid to boost capacity and manage peak demands.”
As part of the agreement, Ericsson is responsible for delivery and integration of a complete smart meter solution as well as operations, support, and maintenance. The project is expected to be completed by 2019.
Charlotta Sund, Ericsson president of region Northern Europe and Central Asia adds calls the collaboration “a breakthrough deal in the Norwegian utility sector and strengthens the ICT-profile of the energy industry in Norway. This also marks another step in the use of ICT for the evolution of the energy systems globally. The main drivers of the smart grid are sustainable energy supply, distributed generation and energy efficiency. With our global scale and expertise, we will be able to support Skagerak during their transformation journey to meet the needs of the utility industry of the future.”
Currently, there are more than 42 million smart meters that are enabled by platforms developed, operated, or maintained by Ericsson including many in Sweden, Finland, and Estonia.
Skagerak Energi is one of Norway’s leading energy companies, serving 185 000 customers.