Landis+Gyr will deliver smart meters and software solutions to a Polish utility RWE. RWE’s first installation of smart metering technology in Poland will focus on residential buildings in Warsaw. Deliveries have started in September and full system installation is scheduled for the end of 2014.
According to Berg Insight, the rate of smart meter penetration in Europe reached 22% at the end of 2013 and is expected to increase to 60% by the end of 2019, resulting in 170.1 million installed units. Now that utilities are looking to replace their entire meter parks with intelligent devices, open international standards and interoperability are becoming more important.
Landis+Gyr helped TAURON Dystrybucja to conduct a successful pilot project, in Poland, to deliver a full end-to-end smart metering solution, integrating meters from three different vendors.
Smart meter interoperability is crucial for utilities to ensure that their investment in modern energy management solutions is future-proof. Landis+Gyr has recently completed a pilot project for Polish utility Tauron where IDIS-certified meters from three different manufacturers are being used in the same meter park, all managed in the Gridstream AIM smart metering system.
To ensure continuous energy supply, utilities must protect their energy management assets, comply with regulations and maintain customer trust. The consequence of not doing so is an increased risk of paying penalties and suffering damage from losing customers, revenue and reputation.
The solution features a smart meter communication gateway that complies fully with the stringent regulation imposed by German regulators.
Europe’s energy management system is on the cusp of a major transformation towards Smart Metering. And the fact that Germany, Europe’s largest economy, is finally picking up pace on the path to the smart world is an indication for the sincerity of that change.
The requirement to reduce a customer’s business and deployment costs coupled with a long-term relationship as a trusted business partner and the expertise of Landis+Gyr organizations on two continents: these were the factors that resulted in a 10-year, 132€ million deal pioneering an advanced smart prepayment metering solution in the United States.
Salt River Project (SRP), a leading American utility company, has signed a long-term agreement with Landis+Gyr to update and expand its advanced metering and prepayment technology in a phased, 10-year installation across their service territory. SRP’s original objective was to eliminate the cost of rolling trucks when customers switch to prepayment or when customers leave — a cost of several million dollars a year.