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Swedish city modernises electricity grid to combat lack of power capacity

Borås is working with Itron to deploy 46,000 IIoT and smart electric meters to meet new regulatory demands and enable real-time visibility into the grid and energy usage.

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The Borås roll-out will help to lay the foundations for future smart city roll-outs
The Borås roll-out will help to lay the foundations for future smart city roll-outs

Swedish electricity provider Borås Elnät has selected Itron to implement its grid modernisation programme in the city of Borås in Västra Götaland County.

 

Under the terms, the utility will deploy Itron’s Industrial IoT network, replacing existing meters with 46,000 smart electric meters to meet new functional requirements in Sweden.

 

Regulatory demands

 

The roll-out will equip Borås Elnät to meet new regulatory demands that will take effect in Sweden in 2025 – and lay the foundation for future smart city and energy efficiency initiatives.

 

“We are committed to providing a stable, well-functioning electricity and communications network for our customers,” said Richard Bern, CEO of Borås Elnät.

 

“We selected Itron for this contract because its solution will be the most beneficial to Borås Elnät according to our tender evaluation criteria, which included quality, price and advanced value-added functions of the solution.”

 

With the interoperable IoT network, the utility said it will be equipped to manage smart city applications like smart streetlights, smart parking and traffic management, while also integrating distributed energy resources.

 

According to Itron, its solution, which also includes project management and implementation, will enhance Borås Elnät’s visibility into the operation of its electricity distribution network with access to near real-time information on energy use and grid operations. This will enable its customers to use energy more efficiently.

 

With the interoperable IoT network, the utility said it will be equipped to manage smart city applications like smart streetlights, smart parking and traffic management.

 

With the ability to quickly detect unusual grid conditions, the utility will also be equipped to proactively monitor faults and outages and send alarms to alert customers and utility crews.

 

“Our proven solution will equip Borås Elnät to meet new regulatory demands and modernise its electric infrastructure,” added Sharelynn Moore, senior vice president of networked solutions at Itron.

 

“With Itron’s multi-application network and smart devices, Borås Elnät will be able to realise its energy efficiency and customer service goals today while preparing for the future.”

 

Itron claims it enables utilities and cities to safely, securely and reliably deliver critical infrastructure services to communities in more than 100 countries. Its portfolio of smart networks, software, services, meters and sensors helps its customers better manage electricity, gas, heat and water resources for the people they serve.

 

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