Energy Efficiency, Metering, Smart Grid

Landis+Gyr, RWE ink smart meter deal for Poland

Landis+Gyr will deliver smart meter products and software solutions to energy utility RWE in Poland for installation in residential buildings in Warsaw, the company announced.

Deliveries will start in September with system installation scheduled for the end of 2014.

“We are proud to have been selected by RWE for this inaugural smart metering deployment in Poland,” said Andreas Umbach, Landis+Gyr president and CEO. “RWE’s vision of enhanced grid functionality is a great match with Landis+Gyr’s experience and capabilities.”

Under the agreement, Landis+Gyr will deliver its Gridstream end-to-end solution, including 50,000 smart meters and Gridstream AIM software to RWE in Poland. The system will have an interface to RWE’s existing information technology (IT) infrastructure and is designed to support its asset management needs and billing services. A four-year service contract is included in the contract.

RWE operates companies in Poland including RWE Polska and RWE Stoen Operator. RWE Polska, together with RWE East, is responsible for supporting the development of the group in Poland. RWE Stoen Operator manages the Warsaw power network.

“Implementation of the smart grid concept in the area of our operation will essentially improve the level of energy efficiency of the system as a whole,” said Agnieszka Nosal, board member of RWE Stoen Operator and who is responsible for advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) investments. “It will also allow for the development of distributed generation, which is to play a major role in the future energy market. Investment in AMI will bring many benefits to end consumers, providing them with access to actual consumption data, as well as enabling the utility to rapidly identify any interference in the network. The introduction of flexible product sales tailored to the lifestyle needs of individual customers will also come in the future.”

Between 2014 and 2019, RWE expects 25 percent of its investments will go into smart infrastructure, which totals 420 million Polish Zloty (some 100 million euros). In the first stage of the project, which is expected to be complete by the end of 2014, RWE will install 25,000 smart meters in residential buildings in Warsaw; full project completion is scheduled for December 2015. RWE also will invest in its network, overhead high-voltage lines, as well as in medium-voltage cable lines in urban areas.

There has been rapid smart metering development in Poland in recent years. The signing of a declaration in June 2009 by the Polish National Energy Conservation Agency and the country’s three largest consumer organizations each called for the introduction of smart metering in Poland to increase energy efficiency for individual, institutional and industrial customers.