Fortum’s executive vice president of electricity solutions and distribution, Timo Karttinen, reports, “Our studies show that Finnish consumers are increasingly interested in their own electricity consumption, and consumer interest in electricity consumption will increase when shifting to the hourly measurement of electricity consumption and real-time billing. Our Finnish customers can look up their electricity consumption online through the Fortum Valpas service, where consumption can be monitored on an hourly basis.”
Pia Viitanen, Minister of Housing and Communications notes, “The smart electricity network gives all Finns the possibility to make choices that conserve energy and the environment. I am delighted that Fortum’s project put the customer first and that the company already has a number of services that take advantage of the attributes of the new meters.”
By law, Finland will require hourly-based meter reading by the end of 2013. The system Fortum deployed will enable consumers to use a variety of advance services.
Schneider Electric supplied the new meter management system and Eltel Networks did the physical installations. According to Fortum approximately 0.5 percent of its distribution customers in Finland remain without a new meter. These residences are generally summer cottages that will have new devices installed in the near future.
Project manager Harri Hauta-aho adds: “Fortum’s smart meters project succeeded beyond all expectations. The meters were installed according to schedule and our customers provided very good feedback about the installation technicians.”