Energy grid operators Liander, Stedin, DELTA Netwerkbedrijf and Westland Infra have agreed to purchase smart meters from three suppliers over the next five years. The contract for the development and delivery of about 6 million electricity and gas meters was awarded via a European tender to Landis+Gyr and to a joint venture of Flonidan and Iskraemeco. The total contract is worth about EUR 470 million. Until 2020, all households and small businesses will be offered a smart meter.
The four grid operators are responsible for the electricity and gas networks in about two-thirds of the Netherlands in the provinces of Zeeland, Zuid-Holland, Noord-Holland, Friesland, Flevoland, Gelderland and Utrecht. The smart meter can be remote-read. Alongside an annual invoice, customers with a smart meter automatically receive a statement of usage from their supplier six times a year. Switching to a different energy supplier will be simpler: the smart meter automatically passes on the readings. The final invoice is based directly on current meter readings, so that misunderstandings about payments will occur less often.
These smart meters belong to the latest generation of meters and communicate via the wireless communication network for energy networks (CDMA) as set up by Liander and Stedin, or via GPRS. The tender took account of evolving requirements and new technologies in the future. By organising a joint tender, the four grid operators expect to make significant savings on the cost price per meter. The meters also comply with the principles of the ‘Fair Meter Initiative’, meaning that they were produced with extra attention for the origin of the raw materials as well as the re-use of used materials. The first deliveries of these meters are expected early in 2016.