400,000 Elenia customers to have smart new-generation electricity meters
Voimatel will install smart new-generation electricity meters for 400,000 customers of Elenia. The renewal project of the electricity meters covers Elenia’s entire network area and will continue until early 2025. Most of the meters in use now are reaching the end of their life cycle. The concurrent energy transition requires the renewal of the electricity system.
The project is extensive, because meters will be replaced in the area of approx. 100 municipalities. The installation of the new meters will begin in September in the regions of Pirkanmaa and South Ostrobothnia. The new smart electricity meters are supplied by the Finnish company Aidon Oy, with the telecommunications operator Elisa serving as its partner.
“This is a sizeable project for Voimatel, involving not only our installers but also professionals in project management, planning, work supervision, customer service, ICT systems and reporting. The project will keep our personnel busy for years. We are proud to be among the first to build the next generation of smart electricity consumption metering and to install a smart tomorrow,” says Timo Rask, CEO of Voimatel.
”We have prepared this reform carefully. Among other things, we carried out a test project where about 80 of our customers received new smart meters that allowed their electrical equipment to be managed flexibly at different times. We received positive feedback from the customers who participated in the pilot and the flexibility of consumption did not affect their everyday life and living comfort,” explains Tapani Liuhala, CEO of Elenia.
Collaboration in renewing the electricity system to promote the energy transition by smart technology
An increasing volume of electricity is produced by solar and wind power so as to control the climate change, meaning that variations in weather conditions have an impact on the volume of electricity generated. Electricity consumption will rise as fossil fuels are being replaced by electricity, and at the same time there is a greater need to balance electricity production and consumption.
Electric cars are becoming more and more common, as are solar power plants in homes and other properties, which creates new types of energy communities. All this needs support from the latest technology solutions in a smart electricity network and in the efforts of all of us energy users. These energy solutions enhance energy efficiency and security of supply, and also curb climate change and reduce the use of fossil fuels.
“It is great to be involved in renewing electricity metering. In this way, we are contributing to the building of a more carbon neutral society in this significant project as a partner of Elenia,” says Timo Rask.
“The new energy technology enables the monitoring and control of energy use. This gives highly real-time data, which is used for controlling and optimising the entire energy systems and its parts. We have extensive experience in the design, data communications, installation, commissioning, operation, maintenance and project management of energy solutions. We are executing energy systems related to solar power, charging of electric cars and improved energy efficiency in a number of projects. OptiWatti’s technology and services, which are part of Voimatel’s service range, enable the provision of services that support the renewal of the energy system,” Timo Rask adds.
Timo Rask, CEO, Voimatel, tel. +358 50 361 9246
Tapani Liuhala, CEO, Elenia, tel. +358 400 331 130
Tommi Blomberg, CEO, Aidon, +358 40 642 8185
Eetu Prieur, Director of Mobile Solutions, Elisa +358 50 506 5313
Voimatel is a service provider of professional lifecycle services and solutions for telecommunication and electrical power networks and systems. Voimatel helps its customers succeed by delivering mission critical networks and systems through highly dependable expertise, continuously improving solutions and flexible collaboration. Being one of the largest service providers in the field, Voimatel’s customers include telecommunication service providers in the Baltic region and Central Europe, major power grid operators and energy suppliers in Finland, global telecommunication equipment manufacturers as well as major private sector businesses and local authorities. Its 900 employees are based in Finland and Estonia. Voimatel is wholly owned by the Finnish KPY Cooperative.
Elenia serves 432,000 household, corporate and community customers in more than one hundred municipalities in Häme, Pirkanmaa, Central Finland, South Ostrobothnia and North Ostrobothnia. We see to the functionality and renewal of the electricity network and build electricity networks and connections together with our partner companies. We meter our customers’ electricity consumption and deliver the data to electricity suppliers. We are developing the electricity network of the future by utilising state-of-the-art technology. We care for the environment and promote the development of the Finnish electricity market. Sustainability is at the core of our operations and services. www.elenia.fi
Aidon is the leading provider of smart grid and smart metering solutions, applications and services in the Nordics. Our systems enable reliable metering and distribution of energy as well as efficient maintenance processes of distribution networks for our customers. The technology supplied by Aidon is in use in more than 3 million energy metering points in the Nordic countries. Our head office is in Jyväskylä, Finland, and we have offices in Solna, Sweden and Asker, Norway. Our logistics center is located in Vantaa, Finland. Find our more: www.aidon.com
Elisa’s mission is a sustainable future through digitalisation. We are a pioneer in telecommunications and digital services, and technologies. We provide sustainable solutions for over 2.8 million consumer, corporate and public administration customers in our core markets of Finland and Estonia as well as in over 100 countries internationally. In Finland, Elisa is a market leader in telecommunications, our international cooperation partners include e.g. Vodafone and Tele2. Elisa is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki; in 2020 our revenue was EUR 1.89 billion euros and we employed over 5,000 people. Elisa is a carbon-neutral company. Follow our journey: elisa.com, Facebook @elisasuomi, Twitter @ElisaOyj