Both ÅEA and their customers have experienced a number of benefits from the new metering solution, says David Karlsson: “As soon as a meter is powered up and taken into use, we use the meter for invoicing, so there’s no delay for customers.” As the new meters display the hourly consumption instead of the daily consumption, it also makes it easier for ÅEA’s customers to keep track of their electricity consumption.
But the main benefits lie in the possibilities that come with more frequent data. In addition to now being able to bill customers more accurately, the data from the grid gives ÅEA more insight into the distribution network in terms of power quality, voltage quality profiles etc. resulting in more precise diagnostics, focused trouble shooting and targeted investments.
“For us, it’s about getting the most out of the data we have. Going forward, we are looking into using hourly values for grid calculations. This will enable us to make more precise estimations rather than building our grid on assumptions. Assumption is one thing – knowledge is something else”.