NES Patagonia security; the next level of OSGP Security – a White Paper
With NES Patagonia, our newly announced next generation platform, the security model is being reworked from the ground up, effectively setting the bar again for the industry. To build a secure grid system, we started with a clean slate and took a holistic approach grounded in the real world. We’re planning across all components and interfaces of the system, and looking towards integrating smoothly with IT security systems.
With the media taking a strong interest in security, it is easy to fall for “security theatre”, being taken in by impressive looking long keys and accredited algorithms and therefore overlooking the intricacies of a secure implementation. By taking an open and completely transparent approach we aim to work with the utility industry to build the most secure and reliable system possible. With that said, we freely acknowledge that there is no perfect system so we also prepared for intrusion response with detection and recovery mechanisms. As part of this consideration, we analyzed threat models to ensure that we considered attacks to a single device, as well as large-scale national security threats.
NES Patagonia security architecture is taking advantage of the latest tools available, including algorithms recommended by the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Data Protection Impact Assessment Template (DPIA) for Smart Grid and Smart Metering systems, and other renowned security-related initiatives. These algorithms were paired with a complete PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) system. The PKI model is designed in from the beginning and focuses on efficient implementations that aim to work for the most constrained parts of the grid. The architecture is designed with the complete life cycle of the system in mind, from the manufacturing of devices, installation, and operation to maintenance. At every level, NES is looking to prevent intrusion while supporting detection and incident response methods.
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Cedrus Enterprises Holding expands its smart energy portfolio with a new acquisition in partnership with S&T AG
Cedrus Enterprises Holding, a dynamic multi-faceted Lebanese Holding company, announced that it has acquired an equity stake in ‘Network Energy Services’ (NES) – a newly established company spearheaded by S&T AG, a leading provider of IT systems in Austria and Eastern Europe.
Cedrus Enterprises Holding has developed a business model and plan with the object of spearheading an investment program targeting the MENA and Indian sub-continent regions. The underlying strategy seeks to identify, and subsequently capitalize upon and expand, regional business opportunities available for smart metering and smart grid. The approach Cedrus intends to adopt calls for joint collaboration and effort with local, regional and international players acting through joint venture partnerships. As an added incentive, Cedrus will explore with local partner and international partners prospects that may be available for establishing NES smart meter manufacturing facilities aimed at benefiting the region it intends to serve.
Cedrus Enterprises Holding had previously invested considerable time, effort and resources in evaluating and testing almost all advanced Metering Infrastructure Vendors and had concluded that Echelon technology provides the best performing technology available in this field. It is in this context that Cedrus Enterprises Holding chose to join S&T AG in NES post acquisition of Echelon smart modernization division.
Cedrus Enterprises Holding believes that this strategic investment will substantially enhance its ability to remain highly competitive and to offer its target clients feasible, innovative and commercially viable solutions that meet their current and future needs and expectations. The company intends to capitalize on the existing demand for such smart solutions in the MENA region, especially in the Levant region, the Arab Gulf Countries and India.
GÖRLITZ AG supports the research project SmartSCADA providing state estimation for low voltage as well as medium voltage grids
The aim is to guarantee reliable and stable power supply even in future and the research conducted within the framework of Smart SCADA is to contribute to that. SmartSCADA has been drawn up as joint project and is promoted in the context of the 6th Energy Research Programme by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Partners of the project are among others the Ettlingen-based IDS GmbH in the role of project coordinator, the technical university Kaiserslautern and the utility SWK Stadtwerke Kaiserslautern Versorgungs-AG.
Grid operators are facing new challenges due to the remarkably increased percentage of decentralized and regenerative generation plants in low voltage grids. It is not just integrating additional plants into the grid but, at the same time, also maintaining operation with only little interference and keeping standard quality of voltage. Exact knowledge of relevant system parameters especially grid voltage will be essential in future to be able to intervene and thus control and regulate grid operation.
Schneider Electric and ERDF consolidate their smart grid partnershipBy developing a flexibility management system for the electricity grid, ERDF and Schneider Electric are demonstrating their commitment to the growth of smart grids.
As part of a partnership launched over a year ago, ERDF and Schneider Electric have joined forces to develop and test innovative software and solutions for medium and low voltage grid management, for the design and monitoring of substations of the future and to facilitate the increase in renewable generation.
The increasing integration of variable renewable energies in addition to load management initiated by external operators can have a major technical impact on ERDF’s grid operations, resulting in additional costs of energy transmission and distribution.
New information and active resource management technologies are needed to meet the requirements of managing both supply-demand balancing and network capacity.
This technology allows external operators to control such resources whilst giving ErDF unprecedented visibility of this flexibility, enabling them to adjust the distribution network accordingly and make the grid more reliable.
These flexibility resources come from small-scale decentralised production facilities (< 10 MW) connected directly to the distribution network (e.g. wind or solar energy), from electricity storage, but also load management activities initiated by external operators. Such resources are aggregated to provide the necessary power to meet demand.
ERDF and Schneider Electric already collaborate in a number of smart grid projects and will strengthen their cooperation with this flexibility application for distribution network operators (ERDF, public electricity companies, etc.), through its implementation in Lyon, as part of the Greenlys* project.
NRGI – Data Driven Decision Making in the Utility
Beyond measuring kWh consumption (measured and in 15-minute intervals, transmitted four times per day), NRGi’s smart meters also record maximum and minimum voltage, calculated and reported once daily. (On a three-phase European electrical system, this totals six additional values.) However, these meters still retain a week’s worth of hourly current and voltage data, which NRGi can request by remote as needed. The meter’s internal memory is divided into three partitions to support this strategy.
“With the current and voltage data, we get to monitor the exact status of the grid,” said Berthelsen. “If we notice that voltage is low in one area, we can do something about it, even before customers notice that there’s a problem. Analyzing data allows us to generate a ticket and start an investigation. More meter data can help us identify the source of the problem, such as a bad electrical service connection or overloading in that part of the grid.”
If consumption and hourly voltage data indicate a problem, and those values alone aren’t sufficient to indicate the cause of the problem, NRGi can reconfigure meters to learn more. For instance, voltage data can be collected in five-minute intervals, rather than hourly. “We can reconfigure the meters, gather the new data, and after a day we can start analyzing,” said Poul Berthelsen.
Ferranti – MECOMS™ launched at SIwE’14 Conference in Poland
MECOMS™ Partner Sygnity, Microsoft Poland and Ferranti launched MECOMS™ at the “Konferencja Systemy Informatyczne w Energetyce SIwE’14” from 25 to 27 November in Poznań, Poland.
On the 1st day, MECOMS™ gained already a lot of attention thanks to the presentation by Sygnity and Microsoft and because of the introduction of the MECOMS™ Box in Polish, by Sygnity.
Energo Audit Control reprograms 300.000 meters to “winter” time
Engineering Center “Energoauditcontrol” has rapidly finalized the reprogramming of smart electricity meters installed at major clients, such as – JSC “Federal Grid Company” and JSC “Russian Railways”, covering the railway network from Poland to and including Vladivostok.
According to the terms of the contract, work on reprogramming equipment was carried out in two stages. October 26, 2014 at 2:00 hours. At the first stage the company has to set-up software and hardware for the automatic remote reprogramming the clock-time in the meters. In the second stage, it has to check if the meters have accepted the “Winter-time” and if not to re-programme on-site as part of the service contract .Engineering Center took up the work and, in accordance with the agreements, going by the end of this year to transfer to winter time about 300.000 meters, more than 1.300 concentrators.
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Inside Kapsch. An interview with Christian Schober, CEO
Why do grids have to be intelligent? And what kind of benefits do Smart Grids offer for customers? Christian Schober, CEO Kapsch Smart Energy, talks about the importance of innovations in the electric power industry.
As a concept, smart energy is clearly a tag cloud meaning many things. To keep it short, I would define it as the intelligent use of energy resources that regrettably we do not really care for any more when it comes to electrical energy. Smart grid means an intelligent energy network. The energy system, the energy nodes, i.e. the grid nodes, have to be more intelligent, this is what smart grid means. Smart metering, in turn, is a small part of this smart grid, only a small piece of the jigsaw, and focuses on ensuring that we extend this grid, this intelligence, to households. Smart metering, new intelligent meters that offer many functions and can communicate with the central office, with the network operator; this has many benefits for both the network operator and for households. For me, households also have a right to know about their energy consumption. Because just now that is not the case.
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Eltel Networks led consortium signs a EUR 75 million contract in Poland
Eltel Networks Olsztyn, Polish subsidiary of Eltel Group Corporation, has signed together with its two consortium partners, a power transmission contract with PSE Operator in Poland. The total value of the contract is EUR 75 million, which is split in three equal shares thus providing Eltel Networks with a value of EUR 25 million.
The new contract is a project of double circuit 400kV overhead transmission line between Jasiniec and Pątnów substations, with delivery by the end of 2019. The project is comprised of a complete design, right of way, land easements, reconstruction of crossing lines and all construction works of a new 105 km 2×400 kV ovehead transmission line. Eltel Networks Olsztyn acts in this project as a consortium leader together with SAG Elbud Gdańsk and Elfeko Gdynia as partners.
The project of 2x400kV overhead line Jasiniec – Pątnów is among the biggest PSE’s investments in Poland today. The new line will secure power supplies to Bydgoszcz and Toruń metropoles with a total of 700,000 citizens.
Fortum signs an RD partnership agreement with Cleantech Invest
Fortum Corporation and Cleantech Invest Plc have signed an agreement on partnership with regard to business development activities, potential future cleantech investments as well as information sharing.
The agreement is aimed at creating new business opportunities for Fortum and accelerating growth and value creation for Cleantech Invest’s portfolio companies. According to the agreement, contacts and cooperation between Cleantech Invest’s portfolio companies and Fortum will be increased. As an example Fortum may conduct portfolio companies’ proof of concept testing in its power plants and among its customers. The agreement also covers sharing of energy sector information and technology development.
“As part of Fortum’s R&D activities, we have a high ambition level for new cleantech demonstrations to improve our current businesses and also to create new growth opportunities. Cleantech Invest, a very well-known Finnish investor among early phase cleantech companies, creates natural opportunities for beneficial co-operation in our core market areas” says Heli Antila, Fortum’s Chief Technology Officer.
ONE signs framework agreement on technical consulting services with Vattenfall Distribution
ONE Nordic signs framework agreement with Vattenfall Distribution AB concerning the suborder of technical consultancy services. The agreement covers the years 2015 and 2016 with an option to extend for up to another two years.
“It is particularly gratifying that the ONE will be delivering technical consultants when Vattenfall Distribution will significantly increase the volume of new construction and re-investments in electricity networks in the coming years”, said Leif Carlsson, Key Account Manager for Vattenfall Distribution.
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Energimidt – CLEVER creates new opportunities for electric cars in Denmark
CLEVER make a massive investment in charging stations for electric cars. The charging network is upgraded to all ports and standard to fast charge all electric cars with a total of 263 new charging points. At the same time shorten the charging time for 20-30 minutes for all electric cars. The effort is part of a new offensive strategy for the infrastructure for electric cars that make Denmark a more attractive electric car country. In total, CLEVER with the new plans for 2015 have more than 543 charging points. That’s more than double the quick charging possibilities of electric cars in Denmark.
Along with four other Danish energy companies share Energimidt ownership of CLEVER and is thus a very active player in the effort to make Denmark an attractive electric car country both for automakers, other investors and consumers. Energimidt is through co-ownership of CLEVER front on the front row when the development of society and good energy conversion are discussed.
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DNV-GL – Enhanced Smart Cable Guard technology for medium voltage cable systems reduces operating costs and increases reliability for utilities and industrial asset owners
Smart Cable Guard solution continuously monitors and immediately detects the exact location of faults in medium voltage (MV) power cable systems
Real-time cable condition information accelerates repair time, increases reliability of MV power cable systems and reduces overall service costs for utilities and industrial asset owners
“Smart Cable Guard has proved to be a very attractive solution for accurate and quick on-line detection of faults in our network. For this reason, we already guard our circuits using DNV GL’s solution, and there will be more to come,” said Denny Harmsen, Senior Innovation Consultant at Alliander, one of the main Distribution Network Utilities in the Netherlands.
Oracle -Utilities and Big Data: A Seismic Shift is Beginning
Evolution. Transformation. These are the words most often used to describe the journey of new systems and new processes being undertaken by today’s electric, gas and water utilities. The goal: a new utility structure capable of meeting the needs of the twenty-first century demands, as well as the needs, of its enlightened customers.
Not surprisingly, big data and predictive analytics provide the transformative cornerstone of the new utility. Terabyte after terabyte of new data streaming in from many different sources has forced utilities to re-examine how they look at information strategy, operational structure and customer engagement, as well as their abilities as an enterprise to cope with change and take more holistic, enterprise-wide advantage of the new data flow.
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- 26 Jan. 2015; AHR Expo in Chicago, Il, USA
- 29-30 Jan. 2015; 6th annual Smart Energy UK & Europe 2015
- 16-18 Feb. 2015; Smart Energy Summit – Engaging the Customer, in Austin,Texas, USA
- 25-27 Feb. 2015; World Smart Energy Week 2015 in Tokyo, Japan
- 02-06 March 2015; India Smart grid Week 2015 in Bangalore, India
- 09-10 March 2015; European Smart Grid Cyber Security in London, UK
- 10-13 March 2015; Smart Grid Technology in Singapore
- 11-13 March 2015; South-East European conference& exhibition in Sofia, Bulgaria
- 16-19 March 2015; Nigeria Power Industry Strategic Conference & Exhibition in Abuja, Nigeria
- 24-25 March 2015; Power Electricity World Africa inJohannesburg, South Africa
- 25-26 March 2015; 2nd Southeast Asia Utilities Innovation Forum in Manila, Philippines
- 29-30 April 2015; 3rd ICSG 2015 Congres in Istanbul, Turkey
- 05-07 May 2015; Lightfair International 2014 in New York, NY, USA
- 05-08 May 2015; Power & Electricity World Asia in Singapore
- 20-22 May 2015; Smart Cities India 2015 in New Dehli, India
- 03-05 Nov. 2015; European Utility Week 2015 in Vienna, Austria
Energy: EU invests €647 million in key energy infrastructure
Today Member States agreed to allocate €647 million to support key priority infrastructure projects. The bulk of the support goes to gas projects in the Baltic region as well as in Central Eastern and South Eastern Europe. Funding will come from an EU programme called the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). The supported projects will increase Europe’s energy security and help end the isolation of Member States from EU-wide energy networks. They will also contribute to the completion of a European energy market and the integration of renewables to the electricity grid.
Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for energy, Günther H. Oettinger said: “I welcome today’s decision, which will help us to quickly build the infrastructure we need to ensure Europe’s energy security. The geopolitical crisis has highlighted the need to better connect energy networks. This is also crucial for an integrated energy market where consumers get the best value for their money.”
NIST Releases Final Version of Smart Grid Framework, Update 3.0
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published its NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 3.0, a document that reflects advances in smart grid technologies and developments from NIST’s collaborative work with industry stakeholders. Revisions to its guidelines for smart grid cybersecurity are available as well.
The 3.0 framework updates the plan for transforming the nation’s aging electric power system into an interoperable smart grid—a network that will integrate information and communication technologies with the power-delivery infrastructure, enabling two-way flows of energy and communications. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 established a goal to modernize the nation’s electricity system and assigned to NIST the primary responsibility to coordinate development of a framework to achieve interoperability of smart grid devices and systems.
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EU Meter-ON project provides its final recommendations on smart metering roll-outs
Today the two year project Meter-ON publishes its final results, a combination of observations, lessons learnt and recommendations for policy makers, national regulatory authorities (NRAs), distribution system operators (DSOs) and other stakeholders interested in positively impacting future smart metering deployment efforts.
Thanks to the efforts made during the last two years in gathering and analysing the existing experience and knowledge from the most representative smart metering roll-outs in Europe, Meter-ON has provided a better understanding of today’s status, the technical and regulatory obstacles faced, and the best way forward.
With its contributions and findings, the Meter-ON consortium hopes to significantly contribute to the preparation, acceleration and optimisation of smart metering technologies and infrastructures in Europe and welcomes invitations to present these results to the smart metering community, including national actors.
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EURELECTRIC recommends 10 steps to secure and increase electricity investment in the European Neighbourhood
Concerted effort is needed to attract investment in Europe’s ‘eighth energy region’, spanning EU and non-EU countries in Southeast Europe, EURELECTRIC says in a newly published paper. The paper was launched at a joint EURELECTRIC-Energy Community event today. Most countries of the region are affiliated to EURELECTRIC.
Although energy demand in the region is expected to increase, members of the Energy Community (EnC) in particular are not attracting sufficient private capital and investment in electricity generation assets and infrastructure. Most notably, several governments of the region have recently signed up to populist measures that have scared present European private investors away.
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EDNA – Smart Metering-Perfectionism: Germany is out of Business
EDNA sends open letter to the German Federal Minister of Economics and Energy Mr Sigmar Gabriel
The attempt on laws to develop a “perfect system” for the smart metering has brought the market for smart metering systems in Germany to an almost standstill. In an open letter to the Federal Minister of Economics and Energy Mr Sigmar Gabriel, EDNA – German Federal Association for Energy Markets – warns therefore to continue this operation to strive to perfectionism. The attempt to develop in one exercise a full-secured measurement and communication system to install directly in the market, is doomed to fail. The next few months should rather be used to implement the pending regulations with all his strength to push forward through practical and above all, fair market rules. The new technologies should be tested and upgraded during pilot phase. The equipment rolled out during this period should fulfil the existing requirements; the next generation of devices need to fulfil the additional ones. Full implementation of the Data-Protection law and the BSI safety standards makes more sense after achieving appropriate quantities and on the basis of the gathered experience than an overstressed specified system prior to the introduction, concludes the first thesis of the open letter.
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DECC -Smart Metering Implementation Programme
The requirement to install metering equipment in Great Britain which complies with these Smart Metering Equipment Technical Specifications (SMETS) arises from standard licence conditions 39, 40 and 50.10 in electricity supply licences and standard conditions 33, 34 and 44.10 in gas supply licences.
This document has been brought into force by the Secretary of State on [ ] for the purposes of the relevant licence conditions. SMETS2 v1.57 was notified to the European Commission in accordance with the requirements of Article 8 of Directive 98/34/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down a procedure for the provision of information in the field of technical standards and regulations (OJ L 204, 21.7.1998, p. 37) as amended by Directive 98/48/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 217, 5.8.1998, p. 18). The Government is currently considering if renotification is required due to the changes made in this version (v1.58), compared to v1.57.
The Smart Metering technical and security architecture is based on a suite of agreed, open standards, reflecting the UK Government strategy to facilitate the development of third party innovative solutions for consumer devices.
Mutual recognition: Any requirement for any device to comply with any of the technical specifications contained or referred to in this document shall be satisfied by compliance with:
- a relevant standard or code of practice of a national standards body or equivalent body of any EEA State or Turkey; or
- any relevant international standard recognised for use in any EEA State or Turkey; or
- any relevant technical regulation with mandatory or de facto mandatory application for marketing or use in any EEA State or Turkey
in so far as compliance with the standard, code of practice or technical regulation in question enables the equipment to achieve, in an equivalent manner, all of the physical, functional, interface and data capabilities that are achieved by compliance with the requirements of any of the technical specifications contained or referred to in this document.
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