By investing in Kamstrup AMS meters, Kragerø Energi Nett will be even better in the future at monitoring the electricity supply net and creating new service options for their customers.

Kamstrup was the perfect answer to Kragerø's requirements.

"The thing that was most important for us, was the technical solution. Kamstrup already had experience in the Norwegian market, and knew about our installations."

In competition against two other companies, Kamstrup won the order for 9,300 AMS meters for Kragerø Energi Nett. In particular, Kamstrup's Norwegian references, including Ringerikskraft, were in the final analysis, crucial in the Danish system supplier being selected.

"The thing that was most important for us, was the technical solution. Kamstrup already had experience in the Norwegian market, and knew about our installations. At the same time, Kamstrup submitted a competitive price and are a financially stable partner," says Geir Elsebutangen, CEO of Kragerø Energi Holding.

Kragerø Energi Nett began installing the system in September 2014, and currently, 30 percent of the system has now been installed. 

Since the investment affects the utility company's cashflow, Kragerø Energi Nett has elected to replace the meters in stages. The ongoing testing of Kamstrup's meters shows performance that is close to 100 percent. When the entire measuring system is operating at the beginning of 2017, it will open up completely new possibilities for the utility company.

"We want to create new services with AMS, including Smart Home solutions. With AMS, the long-term perspective is that we become even more efficient. For example, we can quickly find faults and react when an area loses power. Ultimately, our customers also get a better service. Today, it's the customers who personally call in to tell us there isn't any power. Tomorrow, we'll rapidly find the faults ourselves," points out Geir Elsebutangen.

"With AMS, the long-term perspective is that we become even more efficient. For example, we can quickly find faults and react when an area loses power."

"Today, it's the customers who personally call in to tell us there isn't any power. Tomorrow, we'll rapidly find the faults ourselves," points out Geir Elsebutangen.

Investment pays for costs

Kragerø Energi Nett, like all of the other Norwegian utility companies, receives a penalty if it cannot supply electricity to its consumers. Last year, penalties amounted to DKK 1.2 million, which is low compared to other Norwegian companies of comparable size.

The Kamstrup AMS solution minimises the risk of long-term power failures, and Geir Elsebutangen expects a financial benefit, which will far exceed the annual penalty of DKK 1.2 million.  

"I'm convinced that we're making a good investment, which will pay for itself during its lifetime." 

"With the AMS infrastructure, we will become much more efficient and can open up entirely new options for our customers. Options that will save us and our customers time and money," says Geir Elsebutangen.

The order also includes a service agreement for the meters themselves in relation to network maintenance and the upgrading of firmware. On the other hand, Kragerø Energi Nett has chosen to be responsible for the installation and hosting.

"The service agreement was not a tender requirement, but it is an extra plus for us, and important to have in place when the project first starts," says the CEO.

Kragerø Energi Nett

Project:

  • 9300 OMNIPOWER electricity meters
  • AMS
  • Smart Grid with remote reading

Project period: 2014 - 2017


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