OSGP Newsletter // November 2014

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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.
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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.
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Schneider Electric and ERDF consolidate their smart grid partnership

By 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.”
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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:

  1. a relevant standard or code of practice of a national standards body or equivalent body of any EEA State or Turkey; or
  2. any relevant international standard recognised for use in any EEA State or Turkey; or
  3. 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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Harry Crijns
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OSGP newsletter // October 2014

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OSGP Alliance Members Win Major Smart City Project at Poland’s Largest Utility

Multivendor OSGP based AMI System To Be Deployed to 330.000 Households in Smart City Wroclaw Project

Tauron Dystrybucja S.A., the largest utility in Poland with over 5 million residential customers has selected a multivendor OSGP based system for its Smart City Wroclaw Project.

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Vice President of LG CNS Smart Green Business Unit: Mr. Jiseob Kim
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CEO of Tauron: Mr. Piotr Kolodziej

The winning consortium led by OSGP Alliance member LG CNS Co. Ltd of Korea and joined by WorldIT Systems Ltd., Eltel Networks A/S and Eltel Olsztyn SA bid interoperable OSGP meters from member companies Networked Energy Services Corporation, formally the Grid Modernization division of Echelon Corporation, of the United States and Apator SA of Poland.  Built on the NES System, an award-winning OSGP based smart grid infrastructure solution, the complete, turnkey system will serve approximately 330.000 end users in Wroclaw, the largest city in western Poland and fourth-largest in the nation.

“This project in Wroclaw is the first in Poland, in which meters will be delivered by two manufacturers; Apator and Networked Energy Services Corporation. It is also the largest single deployment of this project scope in such a big city like Wroclaw,” says Piotr Kolodziej, President TAURON Distribution. “The aim of the project is to provide customers with the tools for effective monitoring of electricity consumption, and assist the company with the next step in improving its electricity distribution process.”

“The smart grid market is a key focus area for growth within LG CNS,” said Jiseob Kim, Vice President of the LG CNS Smart Green Business Unit. “We are pleased that our first win is with a utility of the reputation and sophistication of Tauron and look forward to many more OSGP systems win in the future. It is a great milestone for the consortium and for the entire OSGP ecosystem. By successfully carrying out this business, we will accelerate our entry into the energy management market in Europe and in the long run, will become a world-class energy management company that represents Korea.”

Tauron, like all Polish utilities, has a mandate to replace 80% of its existing meters with smart meters by 2020 that meet the stringent Polish and EU regulations. The Smart City Wroclaw project is the first step toward meeting that mandate.  When completed, almost 5 million Tauron customers and approximately 16 million smart meters in total could be deployed across Poland as a result of the EU 2020 mandate.

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From the left are Vice President of Tauron Marek Kleszczewski, Vice President of LG CNS Jiseob Kim,
CEO of Tauron Piotr Kolodziej, Sales Senior Leader of LG CNS Sang Dong Kim

 

Harry Crijns

Secertary OSGP Alliance
contact: secr@osgp.org

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OSGP – One year old – Anniversary during European Utility Week
–  A great year for the OSGP Alliance  –

OSGP Alliance growing
The OSGP Alliance had a great year after the re-launch at EUW 2013. Many companies, from around the world,  joined the Alliance to show their support and commitment for OSGP (Open Smart Grid Protocol). Manufacturers like Mitsubishi Electric, Viko Panasonic, Apator, ModemTec, ConLog and EDMI, as well as integrators like Kapsch, RMS, Cedrus, Asay, and S&T joined the Alliance and are implementing OSGP in their hardware or software solutions and services.

More products received certification
Various new products have received certification from the OSGP Alliance after  DNV GL compliance testing including products from  Mitsubishi Electric and Echelon, and others products, such as from Apator, are currently in the testing and certification process and awarding is expected at the EUW 2014. DNV GL provides compliance testing for OSGP devices like smart meters. The list of products is growing, and the OSGP Alliance received many requests for product certification based on DNV GL compliance testing.

Significant presence at European Utility Week with a focus on security
The OSGP Alliance is hosting a pre-conference workshop Monday afternoon, November 3rd. The OSGP workshop will be beneficial for utilities, as well as hardware and software developers who want to increase their understanding of the Open Smart Grid Protocol. The OSGP booth in the exhibition area has been enlarged based on the experience from last year and the demand from members to participate in the EUW booth. Companies including Apator, ETM, FlexEnergy, Görlitz, Greenbird Integration Technology, LG CNS, Mitsubishi Electric, Networked Energy Services (NES), Powel, Ubitronix and Vidcom have agreed to demonstrate their innovative solutions for smart grid management. The latest products include further security enhancements to address the biggest issue facing the industry, which is security.

Expanding footprint, OSGP project wins
Various consortia  of companies joined forces to offer state of the art interoperable solutions all over the world. Tauron in Poland is one example where the combination of integrators LG CNS and WITS, along with manufacturers like Apator and Networked Energy Services offering interoperability, were able to offer a more attractive solution than other bidders. Tauron, the largest utility in Poland with over 5 million residential customers, selected the award-winning OSGP based smart grid infrastructure solution for its complete, turnkey system that will serve approximately 330,000 end users  as part of its Smart City Project in Wroclaw, the largest city in western Poland.

Showcase at OSGP Alliance EUW Booth 1.B18
Come and visit the OSGP Alliance, meet members to exchange experiences, see the latest evolution of technology and solutions, and get insight about state of the art secure smart grid solutions.
More information about the OSGP booth and workshop see our website

Kind regards,

Harry Crijns
Secretary OSGP Alliance
E-mail: secr@osgp.org

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GÖRLITZ – IDSpecto deployed in pilot project at major DSO in Slovakia

With a pilot project comprising 30.000 smart meters, the Slovakian distribution system operator ZSE (Západoslovenská energetika) takes a major step into the smart metering future.

The smart meter data management system IDSpecto from GÖRLITZ will be applied for the management of devices and measured values.

It is estimated that a total of 620.000 smart meters will be installed throughout Slovakia by 2020. This is approximately 80% of all electricity consumers with a yearly consumption of over 4 megawatt hours. To achieve the objective, the Slovakian distribution system operator ZSE starts with a pilot project of 30.000 smart meters to be fitted by the end of 2015. The company, a member of the E.ON Group, is supported by GÖRLITZ Austria GmbH and the Slovakian companies Schrack Technik s.r.o. and Energotel a.s. The core of the complete solution is the SmartMDM IDSpecto from GÖRLITZ.

In addition to a comprehensive meter data management (MDM), the modular concept of IDSpecto provides a Head-End-System (HES) which, independently of energy sectors, administrates a variety of electricity meters from different manufacturers. Due to the integration to the existing SAP system and other back-end systems, it creates a platform enabling an automated data exchange and integrated processes. The flexible scalability ensures the adaptation to any infrastructure permitting the management of all 1.1 million metering points of the ZSE supply area by the use of an adequate hardware and software extension. ZSE has been convinced by the comprehensive functionality and scalability of the solution.

However, the IDSpecto is not a completely new solution for ZSE. The company has been deploying the previous version for remote reading and energy data management over 10 years. The current installation undertakes daily readings of around 6.000 C&I customers and more than 14.000 transformer stations. In sum over 275.000 load profiles are already recorded and processed per day.
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Alliander Telecom founded to set up own mobile network

Dutch utility network companies Stedin and Liander have signed a deal to work together with data traffic, setting up and managing a joint communication network. The companies want the new network to read smart energy meters and to then communicate with sensors on the energy networks.
Network company Alliander Telecom, the parent of Liander, acquired a CDMA license and transmitter site in 2013 that will be used for the mobile communications network. Both the license and transmitter site will become part of Utility Connect, in which Eneco Group, the parent of Stedin, will have a 40 percent stake. KPN will bring deployment and management support for the network.
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Fortum to launch sale of Swedish grid this month

Finland’s Fortum this month will launch a sale of its Swedish power grid, which is seen fetching around 6 billion euros ($7,5 billion), three people familiar with matter said.
The sale follows Fortum’s divestments of its smaller Finnish and Norwegian grids and is part of a trend. European energy firms are selling distribution networks, while electricity prices are low, and focussing on power generation and renewable energy.
The sources, who declined to be identified because details of the process are not public, said the sale could be completed around the end of the first quarter next year. Fortum declined to comment.
Citi and Danske Bank, which also managed the Finnish sale, are handling the process as advisers for state-controlled Fortum.
Many of the potential buyers for the Swedish grid had also taken part in the auction of the Finnish grid, which fetched 2,55 billion euros in December last year.
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One million customers sign up to E.ON Rewards as new research reveals four in five Brits are now on loyalty reward schemes

Money-savvy Brits are reaping the benefits of company reward schemes with the majority of people (80%) signed up to at least one, according to new research from E.ON.
The study found that customer reward initiatives are proving hugely popular with a fifth of respondents (20%) claiming to be a member of five or more schemes. A quarter of people say they’re at least £50 a year better off as a result.
The research has been conducted as E.ON celebrates its millionth customer signing up to receive E.ON Reward Points. To mark the milestone, E.ON will be giving away one million Tesco Clubcard points to its customers.

David Bird, Residential and Customer Operations Director at E.ON, said: “We understand that loyalty and trust are important in any relationship, and it’s no different for energy companies. Our customers are always our priority, and we’re working hard to improve our relationship with them.
“One million customers signing up to our E.ON Rewards programme is a landmark moment. Through initiatives like this, we hope to show our customers that we’re listening so we can deliver the improvements they tell us matter most to them.”
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SEAS-NVE – The future comes to the island of Asko

SEAS-NVE sets Asko on Denmark’s digital map. The small island Asko in Smålandsfarvandet will soon be able to enjoy the benefits of having the best Danish Internet. SEAS-NVE has rolledout a new submarine cable to the island, and the cable will secure the future of the island’s digital communications and the island’s electricity supply.

“Asko is a great example of our commitment to the deployment of fiber optic network. The small island had never been on the digital map of Denmark, whose task was left to market forces, but SEAS-NVE and Fibia can jointly handle the job for the benefit of residents and regional development, “says Ole Hillebrandt, managing director of Fibia.
Fibia is a fusion of SEAS-NVE and NRGi’s fiber network activities. In future it Fibia to deliver fiber-to SEAS-NVE Zealand members and NRGi’s eastern Jutland members.
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Stadtwerke Feldkirch – Smart Meter City Feldkirch

Stadtwerke Feldkirch is one of the first Austrian utilities that switched over to smart meters.

Why postpone, it has to be done anyway? In 2020, according to an EU Regulation, 80% of the electricity meters must be replaced by smart meters. Austria went one step further.
The Austrian Ministry for Energy and the Environment adopted an amendment; 95% must be converted by 2019. Many utilities mean that this is over the limit. The utilities defend themselves anyway, because they need to make the conversion but how can they absorb the extra costs, they do not know.

Converted to 75%
Nevertheless, the Stadtwerke Feldkirch started to realise this topic. As the first utility company ever the city utility started to exchange their meters. “For the moment we have converted 75% of the meters into smart meters,” explained managing director Manfred Trefalt. “In 2008 we started with those meters, which had to be recalibrated anyway. The Stadtwerke Feldkirch has rolled out 19.000 electric smart meters, an investment round about 1,35 million euros”, calculated Mr. Trefalt.  “This sum is part of the network costs. A smart meter costs than three times a conventional electricity meter. But in the long term they will be paid back. With the new smart meters we save on maintenance and personnel costs, so in the long term it is worth it,” says Mr. Trefalt, who is head of the city utility since 2002.

Stadtwerke Feldkirch was the first utility that concretely rolled out smart meters in Austria. Meanwhile, the Linz AG and Energie AG have converted parts of their electricity meter park as well.

Consumer and privacy
“The privacy issue is excessive” according to is Mr. Trefalt. “We have very high safety standards in Austria. In addition, the system does not operate in real time.”
“A husband who is on the road cannot not check what his wife is doing at home” said Mr. Trefalt with a wink. “Indeed the meter values will be recorded every fifteen minutes. But the data is deleted, if there is no explicit consent from the consumers. According to Law only one value per day is read and recorded”. Mr.Trefalt is certainly satisfied with the previous implementation. “Technically it works fine, we have no complaints.”
Read more…(in German)

ONE Nordic controls the public lighting in the city of Sigtuna

Sigtuna Municipality has engaged ONE Nordic AB to manage the operation and maintenance of public lighting in their city. The public lighting covers approximately 7500 lights that light up the streets, roads, sidewalks, bike paths, tunnels, facilities and parks. The assignment is for two years from end 2014 to end 2016, with an option for an extension 2 years.
Under the agreement, ONE Nordic responsible for performing preventive maintenance, replacement of light bulbs, and error recovery for harm lighting installations. The work also includes minor renovations and duty around the clock.
“ONE Nordic won the contract against stiff competition. The quality and price clinched the deal. We are very excited to be launching cooperation with ONE Nordic because we know they have a good reputation in the industry and extensive experience in the lighting field, says Mona Iver Bring, lighting engineer in Sigtuna Municipality.
“This transaction expands ONE Nordic’s market share of sand in the lighting field in Mälardalen. The deal shows that we have a competitive offer and we are the leader in the field, “says Jan Bardell, CEO of ONE Nordic Group.
Read more…(in Norwegian)

Vattenfall challenges Dong’s offshore wind

Vattenfall to enter race with Dong for best and cheapest offshore wind turbines, writes Danish business daily Borsen. New Vattenfall head, Magnus Hall, will lower prices to match Dong’s ambition to make offshore wind at least 40 per cent cheaper. Moreover, Hall is out to make Vattenfall greener. Dong welcomes the offensive.
After a slow period in the wake of the financial crisis, Vattenfall brings in Magnus Hall as new CEO:
“We shall be the leading operator when it comes to the changeover towards renewable energy. Thus, wind energy is a natural part of our expansion options,” says Magnus Hall to Borsen.
The messages from the new CEO has received both positive and skeptical response from analysts  and experts. K2 Management’s CEO, Henrik Stamer and FTI Consulting’s chief of wind power, Feng Zhao applauds Vattenfall’s offensive statement. HIS Energy’s chief analyst, Magnus Dale, is more skeptical:
“The message from Vattenfall is very offensive. Our expectation is that within the next decade it would be possible to lower the price with 20 percent for a basic wind farm.”
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European Commission welcomes electricity subsea cables linking Norway to Germany and UK

The EU Commission welcomed the announcement made today by the Norwegian government to licence the construction of two subsea cables linking Norway to Germany and UK. The two 1400 MW subsea cables will enable the three countries to exchange electricity and use the Norwegian hydropower potential.
Vice-President of the EU Commission, responsible for Energy, Günther H. Oettinger said: “This will help enormously to integrate renewable energy in North-West Europe. Germany and UK can sell renewable energy to Norway when weather conditions are such that they produce a lot and Norway can sell electricity from hydropower. This will benefit both sides and balance the system.”
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US-DOE: Customer Participation in the Smart Grid: Lessons Learned

The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability has released a new report titled “Customer Participation in the Smart Grid: Lessons Learned.” The report highlights the experiences of four Recovery Act Smart Grid Investment Grant projects with customer education and outreach efforts, which are key ingredients for Smart Grid success.
The report is now available for downloading…

DECC – The Big Energy Saving Network on your doorstep

Helping households to cut their energy bills, Climate change and Energy

We’ve launched our Big Energy Saving Network map. Find out if there’s a volunteer group near you offering advice on how to save energy and money.
It’s Big Energy Saving Week and thousands of people have been getting involved in local events to help spread the word about the best ways of saving energy and keeping warm.
As part of the week, DECC today launched its Big Energy Saving Network map so you can find out if there’s a volunteer group near you and if so, who to contact to find out more.

Big Energy Saving Network map
Do you know someone cut off from internet access, or who needs advice to understand the choices available to them when it comes to energy bills?
We know that some people, especially the vulnerable, and older or disabled people, may need extra help.
That’s where the Big Energy Saving Network comes in. The Department of Energy and Climate Change funds a local volunteer network to provide people with year-round advice on switching energy suppliers, installing energy efficiency measures or simply learning how to pay a bill online. It’s already helped over 90,000 hard to reach, vulnerable energy consumers.
Since the Network launched in 2013, we’ve given over £2m in funding – this year, DECC will fund 170 individual BESN projects being delivered by around 90 different organisations.
The Network is made up of a broad range of groups such as housing associations, Citizens Advice Bureaux and community energy initiatives.
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EU-Commission – Common rules and Infrastructure needed to complete EU Energy Market

An integrated EU energy market is the most cost-effective way to ensure secure and affordable supplies to EU citizens and mitigate climate change. A completed internal energy market could bring net economic benefits between 16 and 40 billion euros each year. Substantial progress has been achieved to date but in order to reap full benefits more investment is needed in strategic cross-border infrastructure, and developing smart grids for electricity. Common and transparent rules on how the energy grids are used need to be put in place. These are the main points of the Communication on the challenges for completing the internal energy market released by the European Commission today.
Günther H. Oettinger, Vice-President of the EU Commission responsible for energy said: “If energy markets are well connected and common rules are in place there’s not much room left to use energy supplies as a political instrument. With proper price signals and sufficient infrastructure, energy is produced where it’s cheapest and sent to where it is needed. All this translates into secure energy supplies all over Europe and lower bills for consumers.”
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US-DOE: Municipal Utilities’ Investment in Smart Grid Technologies Improves Services and Lowers Costs

The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability has released a new Smart Grid report describing the activities of three municipal utilities that received funding through the Recovery Act Smart Grid Investment Grant program. “Municipal Utilities’ Investment in Smart Grid Technologies Improves Services and Lowers Costs” reports on the benefits of the cities’ investments, including improved operating efficiencies, lower costs, shorter outages, and reduced peak demands and electricity consumption.
The report is now available for downloading…

PR-Wire – Southeast Asian Countries To Invest $13,6bn In Smart Grid Infrastructure

Southeast Asian countries will invest $13.6bn in smart grid infrastructure between 2014 and 2024. This investment will include smart metering and the modernization of electricity transmission and distribution networks with sensors, communications and software. By 2024, the largest markets will be Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippinesand Vietnam, according to a new study published today by Northeast Group, LLC.

“Smart grid investment over the next decade will shift from North America and Europe to emerging market regions,” said Ben Gardner, president of Northeast Group. “Southeast Asian countries are just beginning on the path of modernizing their electric infrastructure. Strong GDP growth of nearly 6% through 2018 and corresponding growth in electricity demand will help lay the foundation for investment. Electrification programs and growth in renewable resources will also drive investment. Singapore is currently leading the region in development but later in the decade the large markets of Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines will account for significant smart grid investment.”
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EURELECTRIC welcomes European Council decision on the 2030 climate & energy policy framework

The European Council yesterday adopted an ambitious framework for climate & energy towards 2030, showing that Europe continues to take climate action seriously. Importantly, Heads of States and governments decided go ahead with a binding target of an at least 40% domestic reductions in greenhouse gases and to rely firmly on the Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) to deliver this objective. EURELECTRIC is particularly pleased to see the clear decision to consolidate the EU ETS mechanism through a strengthening of the annual factor to reduce the cap from 1.74% to 2.2% as of 2021 and with the additional endorsement of the ETS Market Stability Reserve proposal.

Reacting to this, EURELECTRIC President Johannes Teyssen said: “yesterday’s decision sets a clear greenhouse gases reduction target for all Member States and provides the necessary investment signal for low-carbon technologies. Of utmost importance is now a rapid reform of the EU ETS, as stipulated by the majority of Member States”. He added that it is of utmost importance to introduce the Market Stability Reserve from 2017.
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IEEE Joint Task Force on Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) Submits Final Report to the U.S. Department of Energy

IEEE, the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, today announced that the IEEE Joint Task Force on Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) submitted its final report to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on a specific set of priority issues related to the following:

  • Renewable intermittency on the electric power grid and the potential role of storage;
  • Utility and energy company business cases related to microgrids and distributed generation (DG), such as rooftop photovoltaics;
  • The technical implications for the grid of electric vehicle (EV) integration;
  • The implications and importance of the aging infrastructure and the overall asset management;
  • Recommendations for metrics for addressing smart grid;
  • Skilled workforce issues; and
  • Condition and performance of the electric grid

The report is in response to an initiative created by President Obama via a Presidential Memorandum he issued in January 2014. The President directed several U.S. Federal agencies to undertake a Quadrennial Energy Review and report their findings in January 2015. Subsequently, the U.S. DOE selected several priority topics and requested that the IEEE provide its insights.
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European utilities are world leaders in renewable energy, new ranking shows

European utilities are among the greenest utilities in the world, according to the latest edition of a global utility ranking published by Energy Intelligence.
Spanish utility Iberdrola and Portuguese utility EDP lead the Top 100 Green Utilities list. In total, 6 of the top 10 companies are European, including Iberdrola, EDP, Enel, DONG Energy, EDF, and E.ON.
Published in EI New Energy, the global Top 100 Green Utilities ranking is based on renewable energy portfolio and greenhouse gas emissions. This year’s edition shows that renewable technologies accounted for a staggering 80% of new generation added by large utilities in 2013, compared with 30% in 2012.
“This ranking confirms European utilities’ role as global leaders on green energy. Indeed, European electricity companies today are instrumental in turning Europe’s low-carbon energy transition into reality. EURELECTRIC and its members are continuously working to ensure that investment in green energy remains attractive and that Europe’s energy system adapts as the share of renewable energy continues to grow,” said EURELECTRIC Secretary General Hans ten Berge.
EI New Energy, a specialist publication covering trends in carbon, renewable energy, and transportation, selected 100 of the largest power generators from around the world, accounting for just over half of global capacity. The ranking evaluated their “greenness” according to carbon dioxide emissions per megawatt hour, volume of renewable energy capacity, and proportion of renewables to total capacity.
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REUTERS – Popular electricity smart meters in Spain can be hacked, researchers say

Network-connected electricity meters installed in millions of homes across Spain lack essential security controls, according to two researchers who say the vulnerabilities leave room for hackers to carry out billing fraud or even cause blackouts.
Security experts Javier Vazquez Vidal and Alberto Garcia Illera said in an interview on Monday that so-called smart meters installed by a Spanish utility to meet government energy efficiency goals lack basic safeguards to thwart hackers.
The researchers said flawed code in reprogrammable memory chips enable them to remotely shut down power to individual households, switch meter readings to other customers and insert network “worms” that could cause widespread blackouts.
“You can just take over the hardware and inject your own stuff,” Vazquez Vidal said, referring to the threat that hackers could insert malicious code into one box and use it to control nearby meters, and thereby cascade an attack across the network.
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Meet OSGP Alliance during EUW – European Utility Week in Amsterdam

The OSGP Alliance will be present at the EUW in a common booth with its members to meet in person and to update you

  • about Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) ? the world? leading dynamic, reliable, multi-vendor and multi-application smart grid standard. See field interoperability of meters, grid sensors, gateways and load control devices from industry leading manufacturers
  • Get information on the successful utility projects that include more than 4 million OSGP based Smart Meters and Smart Grid devices worldwide.
  • Learn about the most recent OSGP project for 330.000 meters with Tauron, Poland?s largest utility. The project involves several OSGP Alliance members including LG CNS, WITS, Eltel Networks, NES and Apator.
  • How OSGP?s Grid Applications provide actionable data and analytics to enable utilities to act in a timely way to ensure the safety, reliability and efficiency of the grid as it is modernized.

Join us in OSGP Alliance Booth 1.B18

November 4 – 6, 2014
Amsterdam RAI Convention Center, Europaplein 22, 1078 GZ  in Amsterdam
Click here to register for a free visitor pass: European-utility-week and OSGP

If you arrive before, please join us at he pre-conference OSGP workshop concerning; Flexible solutions to reach interoperability between Systems and parties connected to the Energy Infrastructure.

This workshop will be on:

Monday, 3 November 2014 starting at 13.00 hours end around 18.00 hours
Hosted by: OSGP Alliance
This seminar is free of chargeClick here to register

If you want to participate at the EUW conference, OSGP is happy to offer you a 20% reduction on the conference fee.
Start with his link OSGP – Conference EUW and fill out the registration procedure on the EUW website.

More information about the OSGP booth and workshop see our website

Kind regards,
Harry Crijns
Secretary OSGP Alliance

E-mail: secr@osgp.org

November the 3rd – OSGP Workshop at European Utility Week

A flexible solution to reach interoperability between Systems and parties connected to the Energy Infrastructure.

The OSGP Alliance is pleased to announce the OSGP Seminar that will supply information about the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) and share the Alliance’s vision with stakeholders involved in the modernization of existing power systems and the development of new Smart Grid applications.

Worldwide there are already millions of devices communicating with and controlled by the OSGP. As many different protocols used in energy systems will be interconnected in the future because of the increased hybrid use of the power system, focusing on interoperability and information security is a must.

Other considerations include the growing use of distributed resources, E-mobility and the application of distributed storage. These as well as how OSGP supports other protocols and data models will be covered in this seminar together with the operational functionality of OSGP.

Monday, 3 November 2014 | 13.00 – 18.00
Hosted by: OSGP Alliance
This seminar is free of charge – Click here to register

 

Reasons to attend:

  • Learn about the new information era in developing future distribution systems
  • Explore vision behind data collection, communication and advanced control
  • See how the protocol and technology are applied in systems of an extensive size
  • Determine  how to cope with large amounts of metering and utility grid information
  • Discover how to not only collect data but really go for actual control of the power systems and the customer systems connected
  • Examine outline of the application of the OSGP protocol and related systems
  • Explore why the protocol and technology should be flexible, secure and future proof
  • Learn how OSGP supports other protocols and why this is an important feature of OSGP
  • Consider how to avoid technology lock-in
  • Learn about preparing for OSGP conformance and operability testing, including preparation of use cases, test cases and a test plan and how devices can become “OSGP Certified” based on successful OSGP Conformance testing
  • Discover how you can extend the functionality of your power system, beyond the application of Smart Metering in the field of demand response (DR) and Power System diagnosis
  • Consider how standardization and innovation go hand-in-hand
    See how the OSGP Alliance supports the use and development of OSGP
  • Learn how to participate in the development of OSGP and related applications as well as how to become a participating member of the OSGP Alliance

 

Seminar leaders:

  • Teus de Zwart is senior director International Standards of Echelon and Chairman of the Working Group SG Standards of the OSGP Alliance, the driver behind OSGP.
  • Second trainer to be announced – regarding the demonstration of OSGP devices being an electricity Smart Meter and the data management to the head-end applications of the Utility.

Who should attend:
Stakeholders involved in engineering, designing and the operation of Smart Grid applications connected to the power and communication infrastructure of a Power Utility.

For more information, please contact us at: secr@osgp.org

 

Meet OSGP Alliance at EUW in Amsterdam

EUW logo - zwartWe will be happy to meet you at European Utility Week in the Amsterdam RAI Convention Center

  • As pre-conference  OSGP will organise a workshop on Monday November the 3rd.

  • OSGP Alliance’s Booth number is 1.B18

  • OSGP Alliance Dinner, Wednesday November 5th

More information and registration will follow.
Harry Crijns
Secretary OSGP Alliance

S&T AG extends technology portfolio of “Smart Energy” business area

Anti-trust authorities approve taking stake in the California-based Networked Energy Services Inc.

S&T has made another significant move to expand its smart energy business area. The company purchased the Grid Modernization division of the USA’s Echelon Corporation. This business has now been transferred to Networked Energy Services Corporation, (www.networkedenergy.com), which was founded for this purpose.

Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES) was formerly the “Grid Modernization Division” of Echelon Corporation. The new company maintains its primary R&D facility in Silicon Valley (CA) with an additional application and software innovation center in Fargo (ND). NES is now one of the world’s leading smart energy companies. The company develops and produces OSGP-based (“Open Smart Grid Protocol) hardware and software solutions for intelligent power grids. Millions of these products have been installed and are operating successfully at market leading utilities around the world. Customers include Vattenfall, EON, Fortum, Duke Energy and many other notable industry players.

NES’ business focus is the development and sale of its NES system, which includes utility data center software, field distributed application nodes and OSGP compliant devices used for advanced metering, control and grid data collection. NES sells its products through worldwide Value Added Resellers (VARs) which includes market leaders like LG CNS, Mitsubishi and Schneider Electric. The company is the world’s leader in the field of transforming conventional power grids into intelligently-operating “smart” ones. These smart grids feature the transmission of data – enabled by intelligent power grid components – between energy suppliers and consumers. These increase the efficiency of networks, and give rise to new services and models for the calculation of invoices based on supply and demand. Such grids will also expedite the expansion of sustainable energy-based grids and enable consumers to become active participants in energy conservation.

The purchase of NES was approved by the responsible anti-trust authorities. The closing took place on September 30, 2014. S&T holds a 40% stake in the new company, with the rest of the equity belonging to a financial investor. This latter holding is to be sold to strategic investors based in Asia and in the Middle East. The requisite preliminary contracts have already been drawn up.

Smart grids

…are “intelligent”. This means that they enable bidirectional communication between energy suppliers and consumers. The smart meters installed on consumers’ premises employ a low-voltage power grid to communicate with a head-end system, which aggregates the data supplied to it by the smart grid’s components. These flows of data enable the real-time determination of levels of grid utilization. This, in turn, permits the intelligent distribution of such loads. It also allows for the pricing of electricity in accordance with supply and demand. The growing share of energy stemming from alternative sources is one of the prime drivers of the deployment of smart grids. This is because the grid technologies previously used are not capable of handling such systems’ characteristics.

S&T AG

S&T AG (www.snt.at, ISIN AT0000A0E9W5, WKN A0X9EJ, SANT) is listed on the Prime Standard segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The company has some 2,100 employees. It operates in 20 countries. S&T is one of the three largest suppliers of IT systems in Austria and in Eastern Europe. S&T’s prime assets include the breadth of the products – many proprietorially developed – comprising its portfolio. These products are used in the smart energy, cloud, security and mobile IT sectors. The portfolio is distributed throughout Central and Eastern Europe. S&T launched its “smart energy” business area in 2014. This area now comprises NES (www.networkedenergy.com), the Austria-based Ubitronix GmbH (www.ubitronix.at) and the Group subsidiary RTSoft (www.rtsoft.ru/en). These companies provide S&T with an unsurpassed portfolio of smart energy technologies. This portfolio enables S&T to offer comprehensive, end-to-end solutions in this area.

Nov 30

OSGP Newsletter // November 2014

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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.
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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.
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Schneider Electric and ERDF consolidate their smart grid partnership

By 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.”
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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:

  1. a relevant standard or code of practice of a national standards body or equivalent body of any EEA State or Turkey; or
  2. any relevant international standard recognised for use in any EEA State or Turkey; or
  3. 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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OSGP Alliance Members Win Major Smart City Project at Poland’s Largest Utility

Multivendor OSGP based AMI System To Be Deployed to 330.000 Households in Smart City Wroclaw Project

Tauron Dystrybucja S.A., the largest utility in Poland with over 5 million residential customers has selected a multivendor OSGP based system for its Smart City Wroclaw Project.

LG-CNS - Tauron-1From the left,
Vice President of LG CNS Smart Green Business Unit: Mr. Jiseob Kim
and
CEO of Tauron: Mr. Piotr Kolodziej

The winning consortium led by OSGP Alliance member LG CNS Co. Ltd of Korea and joined by WorldIT Systems Ltd., Eltel Networks A/S and Eltel Olsztyn SA bid interoperable OSGP meters from member companies Networked Energy Services Corporation, formally the Grid Modernization division of Echelon Corporation, of the United States and Apator SA of Poland.  Built on the NES System, an award-winning OSGP based smart grid infrastructure solution, the complete, turnkey system will serve approximately 330.000 end users in Wroclaw, the largest city in western Poland and fourth-largest in the nation.

“This project in Wroclaw is the first in Poland, in which meters will be delivered by two manufacturers; Apator and Networked Energy Services Corporation. It is also the largest single deployment of this project scope in such a big city like Wroclaw,” says Piotr Kolodziej, President TAURON Distribution. “The aim of the project is to provide customers with the tools for effective monitoring of electricity consumption, and assist the company with the next step in improving its electricity distribution process.”

“The smart grid market is a key focus area for growth within LG CNS,” said Jiseob Kim, Vice President of the LG CNS Smart Green Business Unit. “We are pleased that our first win is with a utility of the reputation and sophistication of Tauron and look forward to many more OSGP systems win in the future. It is a great milestone for the consortium and for the entire OSGP ecosystem. By successfully carrying out this business, we will accelerate our entry into the energy management market in Europe and in the long run, will become a world-class energy management company that represents Korea.”

Tauron, like all Polish utilities, has a mandate to replace 80% of its existing meters with smart meters by 2020 that meet the stringent Polish and EU regulations. The Smart City Wroclaw project is the first step toward meeting that mandate.  When completed, almost 5 million Tauron customers and approximately 16 million smart meters in total could be deployed across Poland as a result of the EU 2020 mandate.

LG-CNS - Tauron-2LG CNS and Tauron promised to carry out the business successfully.
From the left are Vice President of Tauron Marek Kleszczewski, Vice President of LG CNS Jiseob Kim,
CEO of Tauron Piotr Kolodziej, Sales Senior Leader of LG CNS Sang Dong Kim

 

Harry Crijns

Secertary OSGP Alliance
contact: secr@osgp.org

OSGP-EUW

OSGP – One year old – Anniversary during European Utility Week
–  A great year for the OSGP Alliance  –

OSGP Alliance growing
The OSGP Alliance had a great year after the re-launch at EUW 2013. Many companies, from around the world,  joined the Alliance to show their support and commitment for OSGP (Open Smart Grid Protocol). Manufacturers like Mitsubishi Electric, Viko Panasonic, Apator, ModemTec, ConLog and EDMI, as well as integrators like Kapsch, RMS, Cedrus, Asay, and S&T joined the Alliance and are implementing OSGP in their hardware or software solutions and services.

More products received certification
Various new products have received certification from the OSGP Alliance after  DNV GL compliance testing including products from  Mitsubishi Electric and Echelon, and others products, such as from Apator, are currently in the testing and certification process and awarding is expected at the EUW 2014. DNV GL provides compliance testing for OSGP devices like smart meters. The list of products is growing, and the OSGP Alliance received many requests for product certification based on DNV GL compliance testing.

Significant presence at European Utility Week with a focus on security
The OSGP Alliance is hosting a pre-conference workshop Monday afternoon, November 3rd. The OSGP workshop will be beneficial for utilities, as well as hardware and software developers who want to increase their understanding of the Open Smart Grid Protocol. The OSGP booth in the exhibition area has been enlarged based on the experience from last year and the demand from members to participate in the EUW booth. Companies including Apator, ETM, FlexEnergy, Görlitz, Greenbird Integration Technology, LG CNS, Mitsubishi Electric, Networked Energy Services (NES), Powel, Ubitronix and Vidcom have agreed to demonstrate their innovative solutions for smart grid management. The latest products include further security enhancements to address the biggest issue facing the industry, which is security.

Expanding footprint, OSGP project wins
Various consortia  of companies joined forces to offer state of the art interoperable solutions all over the world. Tauron in Poland is one example where the combination of integrators LG CNS and WITS, along with manufacturers like Apator and Networked Energy Services offering interoperability, were able to offer a more attractive solution than other bidders. Tauron, the largest utility in Poland with over 5 million residential customers, selected the award-winning OSGP based smart grid infrastructure solution for its complete, turnkey system that will serve approximately 330,000 end users  as part of its Smart City Project in Wroclaw, the largest city in western Poland.

Showcase at OSGP Alliance EUW Booth 1.B18
Come and visit the OSGP Alliance, meet members to exchange experiences, see the latest evolution of technology and solutions, and get insight about state of the art secure smart grid solutions.
More information about the OSGP booth and workshop see our website

Kind regards,

Harry Crijns
Secretary OSGP Alliance
E-mail: secr@osgp.org

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GÖRLITZ – IDSpecto deployed in pilot project at major DSO in Slovakia

With a pilot project comprising 30.000 smart meters, the Slovakian distribution system operator ZSE (Západoslovenská energetika) takes a major step into the smart metering future.

The smart meter data management system IDSpecto from GÖRLITZ will be applied for the management of devices and measured values.

It is estimated that a total of 620.000 smart meters will be installed throughout Slovakia by 2020. This is approximately 80% of all electricity consumers with a yearly consumption of over 4 megawatt hours. To achieve the objective, the Slovakian distribution system operator ZSE starts with a pilot project of 30.000 smart meters to be fitted by the end of 2015. The company, a member of the E.ON Group, is supported by GÖRLITZ Austria GmbH and the Slovakian companies Schrack Technik s.r.o. and Energotel a.s. The core of the complete solution is the SmartMDM IDSpecto from GÖRLITZ.

In addition to a comprehensive meter data management (MDM), the modular concept of IDSpecto provides a Head-End-System (HES) which, independently of energy sectors, administrates a variety of electricity meters from different manufacturers. Due to the integration to the existing SAP system and other back-end systems, it creates a platform enabling an automated data exchange and integrated processes. The flexible scalability ensures the adaptation to any infrastructure permitting the management of all 1.1 million metering points of the ZSE supply area by the use of an adequate hardware and software extension. ZSE has been convinced by the comprehensive functionality and scalability of the solution.

However, the IDSpecto is not a completely new solution for ZSE. The company has been deploying the previous version for remote reading and energy data management over 10 years. The current installation undertakes daily readings of around 6.000 C&I customers and more than 14.000 transformer stations. In sum over 275.000 load profiles are already recorded and processed per day.
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Alliander Telecom founded to set up own mobile network

Dutch utility network companies Stedin and Liander have signed a deal to work together with data traffic, setting up and managing a joint communication network. The companies want the new network to read smart energy meters and to then communicate with sensors on the energy networks.
Network company Alliander Telecom, the parent of Liander, acquired a CDMA license and transmitter site in 2013 that will be used for the mobile communications network. Both the license and transmitter site will become part of Utility Connect, in which Eneco Group, the parent of Stedin, will have a 40 percent stake. KPN will bring deployment and management support for the network.
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Fortum to launch sale of Swedish grid this month

Finland’s Fortum this month will launch a sale of its Swedish power grid, which is seen fetching around 6 billion euros ($7,5 billion), three people familiar with matter said.
The sale follows Fortum’s divestments of its smaller Finnish and Norwegian grids and is part of a trend. European energy firms are selling distribution networks, while electricity prices are low, and focussing on power generation and renewable energy.
The sources, who declined to be identified because details of the process are not public, said the sale could be completed around the end of the first quarter next year. Fortum declined to comment.
Citi and Danske Bank, which also managed the Finnish sale, are handling the process as advisers for state-controlled Fortum.
Many of the potential buyers for the Swedish grid had also taken part in the auction of the Finnish grid, which fetched 2,55 billion euros in December last year.
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One million customers sign up to E.ON Rewards as new research reveals four in five Brits are now on loyalty reward schemes

Money-savvy Brits are reaping the benefits of company reward schemes with the majority of people (80%) signed up to at least one, according to new research from E.ON.
The study found that customer reward initiatives are proving hugely popular with a fifth of respondents (20%) claiming to be a member of five or more schemes. A quarter of people say they’re at least £50 a year better off as a result.
The research has been conducted as E.ON celebrates its millionth customer signing up to receive E.ON Reward Points. To mark the milestone, E.ON will be giving away one million Tesco Clubcard points to its customers.

David Bird, Residential and Customer Operations Director at E.ON, said: “We understand that loyalty and trust are important in any relationship, and it’s no different for energy companies. Our customers are always our priority, and we’re working hard to improve our relationship with them.
“One million customers signing up to our E.ON Rewards programme is a landmark moment. Through initiatives like this, we hope to show our customers that we’re listening so we can deliver the improvements they tell us matter most to them.”
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SEAS-NVE – The future comes to the island of Asko

SEAS-NVE sets Asko on Denmark’s digital map. The small island Asko in Smålandsfarvandet will soon be able to enjoy the benefits of having the best Danish Internet. SEAS-NVE has rolledout a new submarine cable to the island, and the cable will secure the future of the island’s digital communications and the island’s electricity supply.

“Asko is a great example of our commitment to the deployment of fiber optic network. The small island had never been on the digital map of Denmark, whose task was left to market forces, but SEAS-NVE and Fibia can jointly handle the job for the benefit of residents and regional development, “says Ole Hillebrandt, managing director of Fibia.
Fibia is a fusion of SEAS-NVE and NRGi’s fiber network activities. In future it Fibia to deliver fiber-to SEAS-NVE Zealand members and NRGi’s eastern Jutland members.
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Stadtwerke Feldkirch – Smart Meter City Feldkirch

Stadtwerke Feldkirch is one of the first Austrian utilities that switched over to smart meters.

Why postpone, it has to be done anyway? In 2020, according to an EU Regulation, 80% of the electricity meters must be replaced by smart meters. Austria went one step further.
The Austrian Ministry for Energy and the Environment adopted an amendment; 95% must be converted by 2019. Many utilities mean that this is over the limit. The utilities defend themselves anyway, because they need to make the conversion but how can they absorb the extra costs, they do not know.

Converted to 75%
Nevertheless, the Stadtwerke Feldkirch started to realise this topic. As the first utility company ever the city utility started to exchange their meters. “For the moment we have converted 75% of the meters into smart meters,” explained managing director Manfred Trefalt. “In 2008 we started with those meters, which had to be recalibrated anyway. The Stadtwerke Feldkirch has rolled out 19.000 electric smart meters, an investment round about 1,35 million euros”, calculated Mr. Trefalt.  “This sum is part of the network costs. A smart meter costs than three times a conventional electricity meter. But in the long term they will be paid back. With the new smart meters we save on maintenance and personnel costs, so in the long term it is worth it,” says Mr. Trefalt, who is head of the city utility since 2002.

Stadtwerke Feldkirch was the first utility that concretely rolled out smart meters in Austria. Meanwhile, the Linz AG and Energie AG have converted parts of their electricity meter park as well.

Consumer and privacy
“The privacy issue is excessive” according to is Mr. Trefalt. “We have very high safety standards in Austria. In addition, the system does not operate in real time.”
“A husband who is on the road cannot not check what his wife is doing at home” said Mr. Trefalt with a wink. “Indeed the meter values will be recorded every fifteen minutes. But the data is deleted, if there is no explicit consent from the consumers. According to Law only one value per day is read and recorded”. Mr.Trefalt is certainly satisfied with the previous implementation. “Technically it works fine, we have no complaints.”
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ONE Nordic controls the public lighting in the city of Sigtuna

Sigtuna Municipality has engaged ONE Nordic AB to manage the operation and maintenance of public lighting in their city. The public lighting covers approximately 7500 lights that light up the streets, roads, sidewalks, bike paths, tunnels, facilities and parks. The assignment is for two years from end 2014 to end 2016, with an option for an extension 2 years.
Under the agreement, ONE Nordic responsible for performing preventive maintenance, replacement of light bulbs, and error recovery for harm lighting installations. The work also includes minor renovations and duty around the clock.
“ONE Nordic won the contract against stiff competition. The quality and price clinched the deal. We are very excited to be launching cooperation with ONE Nordic because we know they have a good reputation in the industry and extensive experience in the lighting field, says Mona Iver Bring, lighting engineer in Sigtuna Municipality.
“This transaction expands ONE Nordic’s market share of sand in the lighting field in Mälardalen. The deal shows that we have a competitive offer and we are the leader in the field, “says Jan Bardell, CEO of ONE Nordic Group.
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Vattenfall challenges Dong’s offshore wind

Vattenfall to enter race with Dong for best and cheapest offshore wind turbines, writes Danish business daily Borsen. New Vattenfall head, Magnus Hall, will lower prices to match Dong’s ambition to make offshore wind at least 40 per cent cheaper. Moreover, Hall is out to make Vattenfall greener. Dong welcomes the offensive.
After a slow period in the wake of the financial crisis, Vattenfall brings in Magnus Hall as new CEO:
“We shall be the leading operator when it comes to the changeover towards renewable energy. Thus, wind energy is a natural part of our expansion options,” says Magnus Hall to Borsen.
The messages from the new CEO has received both positive and skeptical response from analysts  and experts. K2 Management’s CEO, Henrik Stamer and FTI Consulting’s chief of wind power, Feng Zhao applauds Vattenfall’s offensive statement. HIS Energy’s chief analyst, Magnus Dale, is more skeptical:
“The message from Vattenfall is very offensive. Our expectation is that within the next decade it would be possible to lower the price with 20 percent for a basic wind farm.”
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European Commission welcomes electricity subsea cables linking Norway to Germany and UK

The EU Commission welcomed the announcement made today by the Norwegian government to licence the construction of two subsea cables linking Norway to Germany and UK. The two 1400 MW subsea cables will enable the three countries to exchange electricity and use the Norwegian hydropower potential.
Vice-President of the EU Commission, responsible for Energy, Günther H. Oettinger said: “This will help enormously to integrate renewable energy in North-West Europe. Germany and UK can sell renewable energy to Norway when weather conditions are such that they produce a lot and Norway can sell electricity from hydropower. This will benefit both sides and balance the system.”
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US-DOE: Customer Participation in the Smart Grid: Lessons Learned

The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability has released a new report titled “Customer Participation in the Smart Grid: Lessons Learned.” The report highlights the experiences of four Recovery Act Smart Grid Investment Grant projects with customer education and outreach efforts, which are key ingredients for Smart Grid success.
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DECC – The Big Energy Saving Network on your doorstep

Helping households to cut their energy bills, Climate change and Energy

We’ve launched our Big Energy Saving Network map. Find out if there’s a volunteer group near you offering advice on how to save energy and money.
It’s Big Energy Saving Week and thousands of people have been getting involved in local events to help spread the word about the best ways of saving energy and keeping warm.
As part of the week, DECC today launched its Big Energy Saving Network map so you can find out if there’s a volunteer group near you and if so, who to contact to find out more.

Big Energy Saving Network map
Do you know someone cut off from internet access, or who needs advice to understand the choices available to them when it comes to energy bills?
We know that some people, especially the vulnerable, and older or disabled people, may need extra help.
That’s where the Big Energy Saving Network comes in. The Department of Energy and Climate Change funds a local volunteer network to provide people with year-round advice on switching energy suppliers, installing energy efficiency measures or simply learning how to pay a bill online. It’s already helped over 90,000 hard to reach, vulnerable energy consumers.
Since the Network launched in 2013, we’ve given over £2m in funding – this year, DECC will fund 170 individual BESN projects being delivered by around 90 different organisations.
The Network is made up of a broad range of groups such as housing associations, Citizens Advice Bureaux and community energy initiatives.
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EU-Commission – Common rules and Infrastructure needed to complete EU Energy Market

An integrated EU energy market is the most cost-effective way to ensure secure and affordable supplies to EU citizens and mitigate climate change. A completed internal energy market could bring net economic benefits between 16 and 40 billion euros each year. Substantial progress has been achieved to date but in order to reap full benefits more investment is needed in strategic cross-border infrastructure, and developing smart grids for electricity. Common and transparent rules on how the energy grids are used need to be put in place. These are the main points of the Communication on the challenges for completing the internal energy market released by the European Commission today.
Günther H. Oettinger, Vice-President of the EU Commission responsible for energy said: “If energy markets are well connected and common rules are in place there’s not much room left to use energy supplies as a political instrument. With proper price signals and sufficient infrastructure, energy is produced where it’s cheapest and sent to where it is needed. All this translates into secure energy supplies all over Europe and lower bills for consumers.”
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US-DOE: Municipal Utilities’ Investment in Smart Grid Technologies Improves Services and Lowers Costs

The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability has released a new Smart Grid report describing the activities of three municipal utilities that received funding through the Recovery Act Smart Grid Investment Grant program. “Municipal Utilities’ Investment in Smart Grid Technologies Improves Services and Lowers Costs” reports on the benefits of the cities’ investments, including improved operating efficiencies, lower costs, shorter outages, and reduced peak demands and electricity consumption.
The report is now available for downloading…

PR-Wire – Southeast Asian Countries To Invest $13,6bn In Smart Grid Infrastructure

Southeast Asian countries will invest $13.6bn in smart grid infrastructure between 2014 and 2024. This investment will include smart metering and the modernization of electricity transmission and distribution networks with sensors, communications and software. By 2024, the largest markets will be Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippinesand Vietnam, according to a new study published today by Northeast Group, LLC.

“Smart grid investment over the next decade will shift from North America and Europe to emerging market regions,” said Ben Gardner, president of Northeast Group. “Southeast Asian countries are just beginning on the path of modernizing their electric infrastructure. Strong GDP growth of nearly 6% through 2018 and corresponding growth in electricity demand will help lay the foundation for investment. Electrification programs and growth in renewable resources will also drive investment. Singapore is currently leading the region in development but later in the decade the large markets of Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines will account for significant smart grid investment.”
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EURELECTRIC welcomes European Council decision on the 2030 climate & energy policy framework

The European Council yesterday adopted an ambitious framework for climate & energy towards 2030, showing that Europe continues to take climate action seriously. Importantly, Heads of States and governments decided go ahead with a binding target of an at least 40% domestic reductions in greenhouse gases and to rely firmly on the Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) to deliver this objective. EURELECTRIC is particularly pleased to see the clear decision to consolidate the EU ETS mechanism through a strengthening of the annual factor to reduce the cap from 1.74% to 2.2% as of 2021 and with the additional endorsement of the ETS Market Stability Reserve proposal.

Reacting to this, EURELECTRIC President Johannes Teyssen said: “yesterday’s decision sets a clear greenhouse gases reduction target for all Member States and provides the necessary investment signal for low-carbon technologies. Of utmost importance is now a rapid reform of the EU ETS, as stipulated by the majority of Member States”. He added that it is of utmost importance to introduce the Market Stability Reserve from 2017.
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IEEE Joint Task Force on Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) Submits Final Report to the U.S. Department of Energy

IEEE, the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, today announced that the IEEE Joint Task Force on Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) submitted its final report to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on a specific set of priority issues related to the following:

  • Renewable intermittency on the electric power grid and the potential role of storage;
  • Utility and energy company business cases related to microgrids and distributed generation (DG), such as rooftop photovoltaics;
  • The technical implications for the grid of electric vehicle (EV) integration;
  • The implications and importance of the aging infrastructure and the overall asset management;
  • Recommendations for metrics for addressing smart grid;
  • Skilled workforce issues; and
  • Condition and performance of the electric grid

The report is in response to an initiative created by President Obama via a Presidential Memorandum he issued in January 2014. The President directed several U.S. Federal agencies to undertake a Quadrennial Energy Review and report their findings in January 2015. Subsequently, the U.S. DOE selected several priority topics and requested that the IEEE provide its insights.
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European utilities are world leaders in renewable energy, new ranking shows

European utilities are among the greenest utilities in the world, according to the latest edition of a global utility ranking published by Energy Intelligence.
Spanish utility Iberdrola and Portuguese utility EDP lead the Top 100 Green Utilities list. In total, 6 of the top 10 companies are European, including Iberdrola, EDP, Enel, DONG Energy, EDF, and E.ON.
Published in EI New Energy, the global Top 100 Green Utilities ranking is based on renewable energy portfolio and greenhouse gas emissions. This year’s edition shows that renewable technologies accounted for a staggering 80% of new generation added by large utilities in 2013, compared with 30% in 2012.
“This ranking confirms European utilities’ role as global leaders on green energy. Indeed, European electricity companies today are instrumental in turning Europe’s low-carbon energy transition into reality. EURELECTRIC and its members are continuously working to ensure that investment in green energy remains attractive and that Europe’s energy system adapts as the share of renewable energy continues to grow,” said EURELECTRIC Secretary General Hans ten Berge.
EI New Energy, a specialist publication covering trends in carbon, renewable energy, and transportation, selected 100 of the largest power generators from around the world, accounting for just over half of global capacity. The ranking evaluated their “greenness” according to carbon dioxide emissions per megawatt hour, volume of renewable energy capacity, and proportion of renewables to total capacity.
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REUTERS – Popular electricity smart meters in Spain can be hacked, researchers say

Network-connected electricity meters installed in millions of homes across Spain lack essential security controls, according to two researchers who say the vulnerabilities leave room for hackers to carry out billing fraud or even cause blackouts.
Security experts Javier Vazquez Vidal and Alberto Garcia Illera said in an interview on Monday that so-called smart meters installed by a Spanish utility to meet government energy efficiency goals lack basic safeguards to thwart hackers.
The researchers said flawed code in reprogrammable memory chips enable them to remotely shut down power to individual households, switch meter readings to other customers and insert network “worms” that could cause widespread blackouts.
“You can just take over the hardware and inject your own stuff,” Vazquez Vidal said, referring to the threat that hackers could insert malicious code into one box and use it to control nearby meters, and thereby cascade an attack across the network.
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Oct 29

Meet OSGP Alliance during EUW – European Utility Week in Amsterdam

The OSGP Alliance will be present at the EUW in a common booth with its members to meet in person and to update you

  • about Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) ? the world? leading dynamic, reliable, multi-vendor and multi-application smart grid standard. See field interoperability of meters, grid sensors, gateways and load control devices from industry leading manufacturers
  • Get information on the successful utility projects that include more than 4 million OSGP based Smart Meters and Smart Grid devices worldwide.
  • Learn about the most recent OSGP project for 330.000 meters with Tauron, Poland?s largest utility. The project involves several OSGP Alliance members including LG CNS, WITS, Eltel Networks, NES and Apator.
  • How OSGP?s Grid Applications provide actionable data and analytics to enable utilities to act in a timely way to ensure the safety, reliability and efficiency of the grid as it is modernized.

Join us in OSGP Alliance Booth 1.B18

November 4 – 6, 2014
Amsterdam RAI Convention Center, Europaplein 22, 1078 GZ  in Amsterdam
Click here to register for a free visitor pass: European-utility-week and OSGP

If you arrive before, please join us at he pre-conference OSGP workshop concerning; Flexible solutions to reach interoperability between Systems and parties connected to the Energy Infrastructure.

This workshop will be on:

Monday, 3 November 2014 starting at 13.00 hours end around 18.00 hours
Hosted by: OSGP Alliance
This seminar is free of chargeClick here to register

If you want to participate at the EUW conference, OSGP is happy to offer you a 20% reduction on the conference fee.
Start with his link OSGP – Conference EUW and fill out the registration procedure on the EUW website.

More information about the OSGP booth and workshop see our website

Kind regards,
Harry Crijns
Secretary OSGP Alliance

E-mail: secr@osgp.org

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Oct 09

November the 3rd – OSGP Workshop at European Utility Week

A flexible solution to reach interoperability between Systems and parties connected to the Energy Infrastructure.

The OSGP Alliance is pleased to announce the OSGP Seminar that will supply information about the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) and share the Alliance’s vision with stakeholders involved in the modernization of existing power systems and the development of new Smart Grid applications.

Worldwide there are already millions of devices communicating with and controlled by the OSGP. As many different protocols used in energy systems will be interconnected in the future because of the increased hybrid use of the power system, focusing on interoperability and information security is a must.

Other considerations include the growing use of distributed resources, E-mobility and the application of distributed storage. These as well as how OSGP supports other protocols and data models will be covered in this seminar together with the operational functionality of OSGP.

Monday, 3 November 2014 | 13.00 – 18.00
Hosted by: OSGP Alliance
This seminar is free of charge – Click here to register

 

Reasons to attend:

  • Learn about the new information era in developing future distribution systems
  • Explore vision behind data collection, communication and advanced control
  • See how the protocol and technology are applied in systems of an extensive size
  • Determine  how to cope with large amounts of metering and utility grid information
  • Discover how to not only collect data but really go for actual control of the power systems and the customer systems connected
  • Examine outline of the application of the OSGP protocol and related systems
  • Explore why the protocol and technology should be flexible, secure and future proof
  • Learn how OSGP supports other protocols and why this is an important feature of OSGP
  • Consider how to avoid technology lock-in
  • Learn about preparing for OSGP conformance and operability testing, including preparation of use cases, test cases and a test plan and how devices can become “OSGP Certified” based on successful OSGP Conformance testing
  • Discover how you can extend the functionality of your power system, beyond the application of Smart Metering in the field of demand response (DR) and Power System diagnosis
  • Consider how standardization and innovation go hand-in-hand
    See how the OSGP Alliance supports the use and development of OSGP
  • Learn how to participate in the development of OSGP and related applications as well as how to become a participating member of the OSGP Alliance

 

Seminar leaders:

  • Teus de Zwart is senior director International Standards of Echelon and Chairman of the Working Group SG Standards of the OSGP Alliance, the driver behind OSGP.
  • Second trainer to be announced – regarding the demonstration of OSGP devices being an electricity Smart Meter and the data management to the head-end applications of the Utility.

Who should attend:
Stakeholders involved in engineering, designing and the operation of Smart Grid applications connected to the power and communication infrastructure of a Power Utility.

For more information, please contact us at: secr@osgp.org

 

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Oct 08

Meet OSGP Alliance at EUW in Amsterdam

EUW logo - zwartWe will be happy to meet you at European Utility Week in the Amsterdam RAI Convention Center

  • As pre-conference  OSGP will organise a workshop on Monday November the 3rd.

  • OSGP Alliance’s Booth number is 1.B18

  • OSGP Alliance Dinner, Wednesday November 5th

More information and registration will follow.
Harry Crijns
Secretary OSGP Alliance

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Oct 04

S&T AG extends technology portfolio of “Smart Energy” business area

Anti-trust authorities approve taking stake in the California-based Networked Energy Services Inc.

S&T has made another significant move to expand its smart energy business area. The company purchased the Grid Modernization division of the USA’s Echelon Corporation. This business has now been transferred to Networked Energy Services Corporation, (www.networkedenergy.com), which was founded for this purpose.

Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES) was formerly the “Grid Modernization Division” of Echelon Corporation. The new company maintains its primary R&D facility in Silicon Valley (CA) with an additional application and software innovation center in Fargo (ND). NES is now one of the world’s leading smart energy companies. The company develops and produces OSGP-based (“Open Smart Grid Protocol) hardware and software solutions for intelligent power grids. Millions of these products have been installed and are operating successfully at market leading utilities around the world. Customers include Vattenfall, EON, Fortum, Duke Energy and many other notable industry players.

NES’ business focus is the development and sale of its NES system, which includes utility data center software, field distributed application nodes and OSGP compliant devices used for advanced metering, control and grid data collection. NES sells its products through worldwide Value Added Resellers (VARs) which includes market leaders like LG CNS, Mitsubishi and Schneider Electric. The company is the world’s leader in the field of transforming conventional power grids into intelligently-operating “smart” ones. These smart grids feature the transmission of data – enabled by intelligent power grid components – between energy suppliers and consumers. These increase the efficiency of networks, and give rise to new services and models for the calculation of invoices based on supply and demand. Such grids will also expedite the expansion of sustainable energy-based grids and enable consumers to become active participants in energy conservation.

The purchase of NES was approved by the responsible anti-trust authorities. The closing took place on September 30, 2014. S&T holds a 40% stake in the new company, with the rest of the equity belonging to a financial investor. This latter holding is to be sold to strategic investors based in Asia and in the Middle East. The requisite preliminary contracts have already been drawn up.

Smart grids

…are “intelligent”. This means that they enable bidirectional communication between energy suppliers and consumers. The smart meters installed on consumers’ premises employ a low-voltage power grid to communicate with a head-end system, which aggregates the data supplied to it by the smart grid’s components. These flows of data enable the real-time determination of levels of grid utilization. This, in turn, permits the intelligent distribution of such loads. It also allows for the pricing of electricity in accordance with supply and demand. The growing share of energy stemming from alternative sources is one of the prime drivers of the deployment of smart grids. This is because the grid technologies previously used are not capable of handling such systems’ characteristics.

S&T AG

S&T AG (www.snt.at, ISIN AT0000A0E9W5, WKN A0X9EJ, SANT) is listed on the Prime Standard segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The company has some 2,100 employees. It operates in 20 countries. S&T is one of the three largest suppliers of IT systems in Austria and in Eastern Europe. S&T’s prime assets include the breadth of the products – many proprietorially developed – comprising its portfolio. These products are used in the smart energy, cloud, security and mobile IT sectors. The portfolio is distributed throughout Central and Eastern Europe. S&T launched its “smart energy” business area in 2014. This area now comprises NES (www.networkedenergy.com), the Austria-based Ubitronix GmbH (www.ubitronix.at) and the Group subsidiary RTSoft (www.rtsoft.ru/en). These companies provide S&T with an unsurpassed portfolio of smart energy technologies. This portfolio enables S&T to offer comprehensive, end-to-end solutions in this area.

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Oct 04

OSGP newsletter // September 2014

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S&T AG extends technology portfolio of “Smart Energy” business area

Anti-trust authorities approve taking stake in the California-based Networked Energy Services Inc.

S&T has made another significant move to expand its smart energy business area. The company purchased the Grid Modernization division of the USA’s Echelon Corporation. This business has now been transferred to Networked Energy Services Corporation, (www.networkedenergy.com), which was founded for this purpose.
Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES) was formerly the “Grid Modernization Division” of Echelon Corporation. The new company maintains its primary R&D facility in Silicon Valley (CA) with an additional application and software innovation center in Fargo (ND). NES is now one of the world’s leading smart energy companies. The company develops and produces OSGP-based (“Open Smart Grid Protocol) hardware and software solutions for intelligent power grids. Millions of these products have been installed and are operating successfully at market leading utilities around the world. Customers include Vattenfall, EON, Fortum, Duke Energy and many other notable industry players.
NES’ business focus is the development and sale of its NES system, which includes utility data center software, field distributed application nodes and OSGP compliant devices used for advanced metering, control and grid data collection. NES sells its products through worldwide Value Added Resellers (VARs) which includes market leaders like LG CNS, Mitsubishi and Schneider Electric. The company is the world’s leader in the field of transforming conventional power grids into intelligently-operating “smart” ones. These smart grids feature the transmission of data – enabled by intelligent power grid components – between energy suppliers and consumers. These increase the efficiency of networks, and give rise to new services and models for the calculation of invoices based on supply and demand. Such grids will also expedite the expansion of sustainable energy-based grids and enable consumers to become active participants in energy conservation.
The purchase of NES was approved by the responsible anti-trust authorities. The closing took place on September 30, 2014. S&T holds a 40% stake in the new company, with the rest of the equity belonging to a financial investor. This latter holding is to be sold to strategic investors based in Asia and in the Middle East. The requisite preliminary contracts have already been drawn up.

S&T AG

S&T AG (www.snt.at, ISIN AT0000A0E9W5, WKN A0X9EJ, SANT) is listed on the Prime Standard segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The company has some 2,100 employees. It operates in 20 countries. S&T is one of the three largest suppliers of IT systems in Austria and in Eastern Europe. S&T’s prime assets include the breadth of the products – many proprietorially developed – comprising its portfolio. These products are used in the smart energy, cloud, security and mobile IT sectors. The portfolio is distributed throughout Central and Eastern Europe. S&T launched its “smart energy” business area in 2014. This area now comprises NES (www.networkedenergy.com), the Austria-based Ubitronix GmbH (www.ubitronix.at) and the Group subsidiary RTSoft (www.rtsoft.ru/en). These companies provide S&T with an unsurpassed portfolio of smart energy technologies. This portfolio enables S&T to offer comprehensive, end-to-end solutions in this area.
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LG CNS Enters the Smart Grid Market in Europe

- LG CNS signs US $ 45 million AMI contract with Polish utility, Tauron. –

  • Implement AMI system based on OSGP technology and head-end systems for 330,000 households in Wroclaw, Poland
  • Won the contract based on experience in various energy businesses, including microgrid solutions, smart grid distribution and construction of solar power plants.
  • Secured a foothold in Poland’s US $1 billion AMI market and Europe’s future energy management market.

LG CNS successfully entered the European smart grid market after their success with the transit card system in Europe.
LG CNS has won an Advanced Metering Infrastructure(AMI) contract from Tauron Dystrybucja S., the electric power company servicing southwestern Poland, to provide 330,000 smart meters.
This is the largest scale business among Korean companies who had smart grid contracts with Poland.
LG CNS formed a consortium with three local companies, Eltel Networks from Denmark, Eltel Networks Olsztyn and WorldIT Systems from Poland, to win this contract valued at US $45 million(Net Sales). This consortium went through two phases of bidding, in fierce competition with world-class companies in Europe and Asia, to win the contract.
LG CNS will start working on the project in September 2014 to implement the AMI system for 330,000 households in Wroclaw and its neighboring areas in southwestern Poland. Also, the company will build a head-end system that analyzes the data collected from the AMI system until April 2017. The AMI is essential to implementing a smart grid, which adjusts the price of electricity according to supply and demand. The AMI consists of smart meters that provide information about electricity usage to the head-end system in real time.
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APATOR SA: Annex to the contract of design and supply of electricity meters

Acting based on art. 56 para. 5 of the act of public offering, Executive Board of Apator SA announces that on 17th September 2014 Apator S.A. and WorldIT Systems Spółka z o.o. („WorldIT”) signed annex to the contract of design and supply of electricity metres pursuant to OSGP technology in accordance with the requirements of UZZ/107/PO/2013 – “Smart City Wrocław” project dated 30th May 2014.(„Contract”).
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S&T AG won it largest order in company history

S&T provides smart grid technology for $ 20 million

The new The S&T AG division “Smart Energy” was able to sign the biggest order in the history of the company. As a subcontractor the S&T Group will provide approximately 330.000 smart meters and correspondence technology, as well as the required operating management software to a consortium who received the order, end of September, for the implementation of the first major European Smart Metering project in the Polish city of Wroclaw. The value of the order for S&T is approximately $ 20 million, the first delivery is scheduled in the first quarter of 2015.

S&T as technology supplier will deliver 330.000 Smart Meters and its technology, as well as the for the operation necessary of “Head-End” -Hard- and software system, to a Korean-Polish consortium, who was awarded by the largest Polish energy provider to rollout the smart meters infrastructure in the city of Wrocław (Breslau). For S&T the order is worth approximately USD 20 million. In the fourth quarter of 2014 supplies will take place for testing, the rollout will start in the first quarter of 2015 and bring revenues of approximately $ 3 million per quarter.

The “Smart City Wrocław” project, Wrocław is a Polish city with 630.000 inhabitants, is one of the largest “Advanced Metering Infrastructure” (AMI) projects amongst the numerous planned projects in Europe. Besides the possibility of active metering of consumption, future network reliability is a key project goal. In addition, end users can take advantage of extensive query and notification features on an online platform, such as exceeding a self-selected consumption-day limit.
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Echelon completes sale of its Grid Division

Echelon Corporation, the open-interoperable control networking pioneer for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), announced the completion of the sale of its grid operations to S&T AG, a publicly traded European IT systems provider with an existing focus on smart energy products and services. The transaction closed on September 30, 2014, with cash proceeds from the sale of approximately $4.9 million. After fees, expenses and restructuring charges are considered, Echelon expects the net benefit to be nominal.
The Smart Grid Modernization business has now been transferred to Networked Energy Services Corporation, (see www.networkedenergy.com), a US-based affiliate of S&T founded for this purpose. The new company maintains its primary R&D facility in Silicon Valley (CA) with an additional application and software innovation center in Fargo (ND). With the addition of approximately 60 former Echelon employees who will run the NES grid business, S&T is significantly expanding its Smart Energy Business while staying committed to supporting important grid industry standards and groups including the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP). S&T also will add its product portfolio to the Grid Modernization VAR program.
“This transaction represents a significant step in our long-term strategy focus on the Industrial Internet of Things market, while improving our operating results as we position our technology to capitalize on this emerging opportunity,” said Ron Sege, chairman and CEO of Echelon.
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Duke Energy Indiana proposes plan to modernize its statewide electric grid

Duke Energy Indiana is filing a plan today with Indiana state utility regulators to modernize its aging electric grid that delivers power to more than 800,000 Hoosier homes, businesses and industries.
The seven-year, $1.9 billion plan uses a combination of advanced technology and infrastructure upgrades to improve service to its customers and provide them with better information about their energy use.
“Today we still deliver power much like we did a century ago, but there’s technology now that can help utilities reduce power outages. With advanced systems, we can pinpoint problems faster and get the lights on sooner while providing customers with better information,” said Duke Energy Indiana President Doug Esamann.
If the plan is approved by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC), customers will see a gradual rate increase averaging about 1 percent per year between 2016 and 2022.
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Energimidt starts with energy renovation in the City of Skive

Energimidt and Energy City commitee collaborate in a new project to help citizens in saving energy. About 40% of our energy is used in homes, in which much is used for heating. Therefore, the renovation of private dwellings is an important part of the overall goal in Skive municipality Climate and Energy Strategy. Many citizens have already reduced their energy consumption a lot by switching to renewable energy sources and better insulation. Now is the time to inspire more people to do the same.
“The new project is a welcome initiative to boost energy savings. We have gladly followed the development of Fur, where Energimidt started some years ago promoting a better energy economy for the citizens. We are therefore very pleased that we have managed to create a partnership between Energimidt and Energy City commitee to spread the good experience from Fur to Salling and the rest of the municipality of Skive, “said Mayor Peter Christian Kirkegaard. Read more… (in Danish)

E.ON electricity network extends contract with ONE Nordic Meter reading in Sweden

E.ON Electricity Network has extended its contract with ONE Nordic AB for measurement collection services. ONE Nordic has been mandated by E.ON to collect readings from 400.000 powerline electricity and heat meters around the country. This applies from meters in households to the larges gauges in the industry. The assignment also includes field services, meaning ONE Nordic keeps the measurement infrastructure alive – it can be anything from maintaining metrology equipment to install new ones.
“ONE Nordic could extend the contract with relatively short notice, from our site it shows that they have a good and stable product and a project organization that is flexible, fast turnarounds, competent and experienced. We are pleased ONE Nordic is open to continue the collaboration. ONE Nordic is an important partner for us, now and in the future, “says Bengt Tore Sondh, representatives of E.ON Networks Sweden AB
“The deal is important for ONE Nordic – it shows both our expertise in metrology and the strength of our product FINISHED MEASUREMENT *. The deal is strategically important in ONE Nordic AB’s drive to become a major player in the metrological services in the market, “says Jan Bardell, CEO of ONE Nordic Group.
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Eltel and Caruna have signed a major contract on power distribution works

Eltel and Caruna have signed a frame agreement on improving the operational reliability of power distribution network in the southwestern parts of Finland. The improvements on the medium and low voltage networks are carried out during the next three years. Value of the contract is EUR 40 million.
The frame agreement consists of several separate network improvement projects. Many of the overhead power lines will be replaced with underground cables. In addition to cabling existing poles will be changed, more automation will be added, hundreds of transformer stations will be installed. The agreement is based on turnkey principle meaning that Eltel takes the responsibility from project planning to execution.
“The agreement is a good example how the infrastructure markets are changing. Our works are more and more larger cabling projects. The agreement is also a great proof of Caruna’s trust in Eltel’s competences in project management and underground cabling, and it is very important for us”, says Juha Luusua, managing director of Eltel in Finland and President of Eltel Power distribution business.
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GÖRLITZ – Netz Burgenland Strom GmbH opts for IDSpecto

The Austrian distribution system operator Netz Burgenland GmbH starts into the Smart Metering future with the Smart Meter Data Management System IDSpecto from GÖRLITZ. The solution displays the new central system in the IT architecture of the grid operator and will manage a total of 250,000 meters on the long run.
The performant service range of the SmartMDM IDSpecto was decisive for the Austrian grid operator. The new central system will act as a data hub for the existing business and technical applications. Due to the modular concept of IDSpecto, its functionality could be flexibly adapted to the needs of Netz Burgenland Strom GmbH. In the project, which is scheduled over a five-year period, a platform will be created to permit optimally automated data communication and integrated processes.
The complete solution is responsible for the processing of all customer-facing consumption data as well as for the monitoring and recording of the operations of the entire smart metering system. This spans from the communication of devices installed in customer systems to the processes of the SmartMDM in the computing centre of the grid operator. The support of SAP AMI processes ensures the highly efficient procedure of business processes from the meter to the back end systems. At the same time, the efficient operation of the system can be mastered by minimum effort for the incident management. Netz Burgenland Strom GmbH customers will also benefit from the new features. They can easily request their energy data via web portal at any time.
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Lackmann wins first major pilot project with Smart Meter Gateway

In the project with one of Germany’s largest utilities provides Lackmann Smart Meter Gateway and provides the system for Gateway Administration ready. The aim of the pilot is to evaluate the operational capability of the Smart Meter Gateway in view of the upcoming rollout. In this case, all system elements such as counters, gateways, and various software components are tested in practice.
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E.ON power-to-gas pilot unit in Falkenhagen

E.ON’s power-to-gas (P2G) pilot unit in Falkenhagen in eastern Germany has delivered a positive performance in its first year of operation, injecting more than two million kilowatt-hours of hydrogen into the gas transmission system.
“Falkenhagen has given us valuable experience that will help us refine all aspects of power-to-gas technology, from conducting the regulatory approvals process to building and operating P2G units and marketing their hydrogen output. After just one year we can already say that P2G has significant potential. We even see near-term opportunities for commercial applications in areas like mobility,” E.ON Deutschland CEO Ingo Luge said.
The Falkenhagen unit uses renewable-source electricity to power electrolysis equipment that transforms water into hydrogen, which is injected into the natural gas transmission system. With a capacity of two megawatts, it can produce 360 cubic meters of hydrogen per hour. This stored energy becomes part of the natural gas supply and can be used for space heating, industrial applications, in areas like mobility, and power generation. E.ON delivers some of Falkenhagen’s hydrogen output its project partner, Swissgas AG, and makes some available to its residential customers through a product called “E.ON WindGas.”
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Fortum to continue its research investments in wave power technology development by acquiring a stake in Wello Oy

Fortum has acquired a minority share of 13.6 per cent in the Finnish wave energy developer Wello Oy. The Penguin wave energy converter solution, developed by Wello, is based on a floating vessel that captures the kinetic energy of waves and converts it into electrical power with a generator. The advantage of the floating vessel is reduced need for massive anchoring.
In Fortum’s view, we are moving towards a solar economy where energy production is based on renewable energy sources and resources are used more efficiently than today. As an emissions-free energy production form, wave power can play an important role in such a future, and that’s why it is also one of Fortum’s research and development focus areas.
“We want to be in the vanguard of the development, so participating in the development of various wave power technologies is important,” says Heli Antila, Fortum’s Chief Technology Officer. ”The operating principle of Wello’s
technology and how it combines new innovations with existing technologies is especially interesting.”
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Open Smart Grid Platform winner Dutch ICT Environment Award 

Alliander and CGI have won the ICT Environment Award 2014 with the Open Smart Grid Platform, as announced during the evening of the Digital Economy. The ICT Environmental Award is an annual award of the ICT Environmental Foundation for the most innovative, environmentally sustainable and appealing ICT product. CGI developed the Open Smart Grid Platform commissioned by Alliander.
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IEA: Interactive timelines combine policies and energy data

New IEA web tool displays 22 years of key statistics on clean energy actions in more than 100 countries. What happened to CO2 emissions in Poland after the country adopted a national target in 2009, or to electricity usage by industry in Brazil following the adoption in 1991 of its National Energy Conservation Programme? Find out in just a few clicks using dynamic timeline charts now available on the IEA website.
The IEA Policies and Measures Databases (PAMS), which use information sourced directly from governments to track the development of clean energy policies globally, now includes an interactive visualisation feature. Put simply, the web tool shows users how specific benchmarks evolved as clean energy laws, regulations and other policy tools went into effect in more than 100 countries.
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USDA Announces $23 Million for Smart Grid Improvements

Funding helps bring Smart Grid technology to the nation’s rural electric infrastructure. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is investing more than $518 million in rural electric cooperatives to improve the delivery of electric power to communities in 15 states. This funding is part of nearly $50 billion that USDA has invested in infrastructure improvements since 2009.
“We must invest in America’s infrastructure to promote sustainable economic development in our rural and urban communities,” Vilsack said during a White House summit on infrastructure financing. “Enhancements to the nation’s electric grid make a huge difference for communities across the country and support President Obama’s efforts to build a stronger rural economy.”
More than $23 million in today’s funding is targeted for smart grid improvements, which better manage and increase efficiencies in our nation’s electric system. Smart grid technologies, such as automated meter reading and load management automation, allow for more efficient control over the use of power to better meet customers’ needs. USDA has a long history, dating back to 1935, of working with rural utilities to deliver infrastructure and service improvements. Through the years, these investments have brought new economic and social opportunities and have enhanced the quality of life in the nation’s rural communities.
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DECC – Energy consumption in the UK (2014)

This factsheet provides a brief overview of the trends and some key drivers that have influenced energy consumption in the UK since 1970. Analysis is based on data from DECC’s annual publication ‘Energy consumption in the UK’ published on Thursday 31 July 2014: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/energy-consumption-in-the-uk.

This factsheet looks at the change in energy consumption in the UK by the following sections:

  • Overall energy consumption in primary terms between 1970 and 2013.
  • Overall final energy consumption between 1970 and 2013.
  • Factors affecting overall energy consumption between 1970 and 2012.

This factsheet also contains publication plans for each table and a summary of related DECC publications in the Annex.
Total final consumption of UK energy products can be divided into four sectors – transport, domestic, industrial and services sector – where consumption from the transport sector represents 36 per cent of consumption in 2013, the domestic sector 29 per cent, the industrial sector 16 per cent and the services sector 14 per cent; the remaining 5 per cent was used for non-energy purposes. There are four additional factsheets that examine trends and drivers in each of these sectors in more detail.)
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ACER: Regulators’ Bridge to 2025 energy proposals should guide the new Commission’s energy priorities

Energy regulators today presented their “Bridge to 2025” Conclusions Paper to high level European Commission officials and stakeholders in Brussels. The regulators’ Bridge to 2025 recommendations are based on a holistic analysis of Europe’s energy sector and are particularly timely as the new Commission sets its EU energy priorities.
The “Bridge to 2025” Conclusions Paper, which is the result of extensive public consultation, identifies the trends foreseen in the ten-year period to 2025 and recommends a set of actions for regulators, Member States, the European Commission and energy actors (including consumers).
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ENTSOE: Transparency: 60% of South-East Europe Energy Market Data Published

Transparency, that is making fundamental data available to market participants, is essential in order to complete the internal energy market and increase Europe’s wholesale markets efficiency, liquidity and competitiveness.
TSOs from South-East Europe have, in cooperation with ENTSO-E, analysed the level of transparency of electricity markets within their region. A report with the results of their assessment has just been released.
The report goes beyond this assessment and proposes a series of solutions to improve the transparency of South-East Europe electricity markets; one of them being the linkage with ENTSO-E Transparency Platform.
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U.S. Energy Department Announces $8 Million to Improve Resiliency of the Grid

In support of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and the Administration’s commitment to improve national power grid resiliency, today the Energy Department announced more than $8 million for microgrid projects to help cities and towns better prepare for extreme weather events and other potential electricity disruptions.  This investment – which includes seven awardees in Alaska, California, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Tennessee and Washington – supports the development of advanced technologies, allowing communities across the country to become more resilient and adaptive.
“Building in grid resiliency has gained greater urgency in recent years, as demonstrated by the economic and personal losses from electricity outages due to severe weather,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “Keeping the power on during extreme weather events and other electric grid disruptions is essential, particularly so that critical facilities such as hospitals and water treatment plants can continue operating.”
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IEA: Chinese power companies adapt quickly to challenges of emissions trading

IEA helps organise project with power companies across China to simulate a national system.
China’s 12th Five Year Plan (2011-2015) includes a call to “gradually develop a carbon trading market”. In preparation, five cities and two provinces were directed to develop and implement pilot emission trading schemes (ETS).
To help influence the design of China’s national ETS and supplement the learning process that started with the pilot projects, the International Energy Agency joined with the China Electricity Council, the China Beijing Environment Exchange and the Environmental Defense Fund to develop and run a simulated ETS for the Chinese power sector.
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Oct 02

LG CNS signs US $ 45 million AMI contract with Polish utility, Tauron.

  • Implement AMI system based on OSGP technology and head-end systems for 330,000 households in Wroclaw, Poland
  • Won the contract based on experience in various energy businesses, including microgrid solutions, smart grid distribution and construction of solar power plants.
  • Secured a foothold in Poland’s US $1 billion AMI market and Europe’s future energy management market.

LG CNS successfully entered the European smart grid market after their success with the transit card system in Europe.

LG CNS has won an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) contract from Tauron Dystrybucja S.A., the electric power company servicing southwest of Poland, to provide 330.000 smart meters.

This is the largest scale business among Korean companies who had smart grid contracts with Poland.
LG CNS formed a consortium with three local companies, Eltel Networks from Denmark, Eltel Networks Olsztyn and WorldIT Systems from Poland, to win this contract valued at US $45 million(Net Sales). This consortium went through two phases of bidding, in fierce competition with world-class companies in Europe and Asia, to win the contract.
LG CNS will start working on the project in September 2014 to implement the AMI system for 330,000 households in Wroclaw and its neighboring areas in southwestern Poland. Also, the company will build a head-end system that analyzes the data collected from the AMI system until April 2017. The AMI is essential to implementing a smart grid, which adjusts the price of electricity according to supply and demand. The AMI consists of smart meters that provide information about electricity usage to the head-end system in real time.
With this contract, LG CNS occupies an advantageous position in Poland’s AMI market, which is expected to be more than US $1 billion.Footnote . As a European Union(EU) member, Poland is required to implement the AMI system for more than 80% of all households by 2020 to save energy, according to the “EU Mandate 2020″. Therefore, Poland is expected to implement the AMI system for approximately 16 million households by 2020 in phases.
In the meantime, other EU members are expected to introduce the AMI on a full scale beginning in 2015 to comply with the “EU Mandate 2020.” The market is expected to reach 150 million.
LG CNS has acquired its technological expertise in the energy management sector by participating in various businesses, including the construction of multiple solar power plants in Korea and implementation of the building energy management systems(BEMS), and the energy storage system(ESS). Based on this expertise, LG CNS has developed the Smart Green Solution, which allows you to manage electricity from one single building to an entire city, for the first time in the world.
Jiseob Kim, Vice President of the LG CNS Smart Green Business Unit, said “This contract is a smart grid construction business at a country-level that LG CNS has won for the first time and is the stepping stone to enter the EU market.” He continues, “By successfully carrying out this business, we will accelerate our entry into the EU energy management market and in the long run, will become a world-class energy management company that represents Korea.”

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Aug 28

OSGP newsletter // August 2014

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EAC – Tyumenenergo and EnergoAuditControl signed a contract for the establishment and modernization of metering points in Russia
Engineering Center “Energoauditcontrol” started the development and modernization of the retail electricity market for consumers of “Tumenenergo”.ˇThe organization involves remote data collection from electricity meters, at the substations of five branches of the electric grid company. These are branches Nojabrskie, Urayskie, Nefteyugansk electrical networks, Energocomplex, Tyumen Distribution Networks (include Tyumen, Tobolsk, Ishim and Southern territorial production department). The entire project will cover 96 substations and 14.035 smart metering points.
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SEAS-NVE – The energy-DNA of a provincial town
A solid understanding of the energy consumption in a Danish provincial town is one of the partial results from Kalundborg Smart City project, which is set in the present form.
The first step towards intelligent energy use in cities – across utilities sectors – is to establish knowledge of where there is flexibility available. Here you have the project has taken a solid step forward.
Although Smart City Kalundborg project in the current set-up is now set, there is already achieved solid insights. Whether the project is continued in another form, the results obtained would be made. SEAS-NVE pleased now that you have had relevant knowledge.
“With the results we’ve got a good foundation for understanding energy consumption and flexibility in a large provincial town. A foundation that we also have kept up against other similar cities and found true. It provides a useful knowledge when we must shape the future energy systems. The value of enhanced interaction between supply species and incentives that support flexibility for end users, is to spot and worth building on,” says Kristina Fløche Juelsgaard, Development Manager at SEAS-NVE.
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Eltel and Fingrid have signed an agreement concerning the construction of Pyhänselkä−Siikajoki 400 kV power line in Western Finland.
The new power line is a part of Fingrid’s 400 kV grid investment program in the Ostrobothnian region of Western Finland to replace the present 220 kV power system with a 400 kV grid. The line will also provide the prerequisites new wind and nuclear power plants to be connected with to the grid.
The length of the new line is approximately 70 kilometres, and it will be built mainly in a new line route. Design works will start immediately, and the new power line will be commissioned in autumn 2016.
”We are at present completing an earlier 400 kV Kristinestad−Leväsjoki project with Fingrid. Both of these power line projects are part of a larger 400 kV grid project in Western Finland. The new contract is a welcome continuation to the previous one”, concludes Tuomas Antikainen, Transmission Line Director of Eltel Power Transmission Finland.
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Vattenfall continues to invest in offshore wind in Germany.
Vattenfall and Stadtwerke München (Munich City Utilities, SWM) have decided to jointly invest about 11 billion Swedish kronor (1.2 billion Euro) in a second joint offshore wind farm off the German North Sea coast.The offshore wind project Sandbank will include 72 units of 4 MW wind turbines (totaling 288 MW) and is expected to annually generate 1.4 TWh of renewable electricity, equivalent to the consumption of about 400.000 households. Vattenfall has a share of 51 percent and will invest about 5.6 billion in the project. The new wind farm will be built northwest of DanTysk, Vattenfall and Stadtwerke Münich’s first joint wind farm to be operational in 2015. Both Sandbank and DanTysk has an installed capacity of 288 MW each. Construction on the wind farm Sandbank is scheduled for 2015.
“The Sandbank project is further testament to Vattenfall’s strategy of consistently focusing our growth efforts on the expansion of renewable energy,” says Gunnar Groebler, Head of the Renewables Business Unit for Vattenfall’s Continental/UK region. “We know how to work offshore and we see it as a significant building block in the success of the energy transition (Energiewende) in Germany.”
Vattenfall has more than 900 wind turbines in operation in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The company is the second largest operator of offshore wind power and at the end of 2013, a 12.5% share of the offshore wind energy in the world (850 MW out of 6900 MW).
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aSAY Energy finalist in Intel Challenge Turkey 2014
aSAY Energy is one of the ten companies that made the finale of the Intel Challenge Turkey 2014, with their i-Track system. Intel Challenge Turkey 2014 is a competition for innovative products, smart technologies and interactive web&mobile applications including but not limited to the following areas: Wearable Technologies, Embedded Systems and Internet of Things. Intel Challenge Turkey is part of Intel Global Challenge, worldwide Intel and UC Berkeley technology business plan competition for student co-founders, recent graduates and young entrepreneurs organized since 2005. In collaboration with prestigious education institutions and non-profit entrepreneurship organizations across Turkey, Intel is building business and entrepreneurship awareness among young people in the country as well as strong relationship with its key stakeholders. Winners of Intel Challenge Turkey go to the Intel Global Challenge finals held at UC Berkeley in October 2014.
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OneCo – Lyse signs an AMI rollout contract with OneCo
Lyse, a Norwegian industrial group in energy and telecommunications based on fiber, has signed an agreement with the industrial group OneCo the installation of at least 140.000 automatic power meters. When the big roll-out starts at Lyse Elnett in 2015, over 40 technicians at play every day. The contract is worth around 140 million.  
“This is an important contract, and the last major contract we are part of the project roll-out of new energy meters. It is good to have come so far. Choosing the right installer is essential to get a good roll, “says CEO Torbjørn Johnsen, financial director from Lyse Elnett.
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Schneider Electric trains 50.000 persons in energy management
Schneider Electric has announced that it has trained more than 50.000 people from new economies in energy management as part of BipBop, its energy access program for communities at the base of the pyramid. Schneider Electric has far exceeded its initial objective to train 40.000 people by the end of 2014, set as part of the Planet and Society Barometer, the company’s dashboard to monitor its sustainable development performance.
“We are delighted with these excellent results in training people at the bottom of the pyramid, and they encourage us to step up our efforts. Training is the key to success of all the actions we take through BipBop”, said Gilles Vermot Desroches, Sustainability Senior Vice-President at Schneider Electric. “It allows local communities to obtain the long-term skills required to maintain and sell energy access solutions. Through the diffusion of this know-how, the social business initiative launched by Schneider Electric many years ago is gradually bearing fruit.”
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Fortum Energy Review: EU’s competitiveness requires cost efficient climate and energy policies
The European climate and energy policies along with the European power markets are at a crossroads. Today’s decisions have far-reaching effects not only for consumers and industry, but European competitiveness as a whole. Key issues for all Europeans alike are the supply, reliability, costs and climate impacts of energy.
The Fortum Energy Review series highlights the key trends in the European power market and introduces each time a topical theme. First in the series, the today published review focuses on an European cost-efficient climate and energy policy approach.
Key findings:

  • Share of electricity in the final energy consumption will continue to grow
  • Rapid growth in renewable power generation is driven by a variety of support mechanisms and declining technology costs.
  • The EU 2020 targets are likely to be met, but at a high cost
  • The current European wholesale prices are too low to attract new investments in generation without subsidies.
  • Adequacy of generation capacity is a concern.
  • European end-user prices have increased due to higher taxes, levies and networks costs
  • Renewable energy technologies are becoming commercially viable – transition towards a renewables-based energy system is possible with less subsidies if supported by a carbon price and market
  • The EU 2030 energy and climate policy should be based on a leading emission reduction target with an enforced Emissions Trading System (ETS)

Fortum’s President and CEO Tapio Kuula at the Energy Review launch event:
“Renewable power generation has grown rapidly in Europe in the recent years, which is a welcome trend, but at the same time it is changing the power market in ways we were not able to imagine a few years ago.”
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Mitsubishi Electric Develops SVC-Diamond Static Synchronous Compensator
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced today its development of the SVC-DiamondTMstatic synchronous compensator (STATCOM), a voltage source converter (VSC) shunt reactive power compensator with a modular multilevel converter (MMC). The commercial launch is targeted sometime in or after 2016. The new SVC-DiamondTM helps strengthen the power network when renewable energy resources such as solar and wind are introduced. Since renewable energy is derived from natural sources, any solution is required to solve power-quality issues, such as voltage variation and voltage transmission stability. SVC-DiamondTM, as a reactive power compensator, deploys the most effective method for responding to such issues. Furthermore, Mitsubishi Electric will perform the precise system studies matched to user needs to provide optimum solutions and maximum quality based on real-time simulations.
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ModemTec’s commment: Metering communication: Don’t bet on the wrong standards

Examines the role of current interoperability standards and calls into question whether these are truly interoperable. Examining PRIME, G3-PLC, and OSGP and determining whether the interoperability is truly across the entire system, or just within a few reference layers of the whole communication model.
The number of pilot projects with smart e-meters, where double-sided communication has been used successfully continues to grow. This growing reference information enables us to evaluate both single technologies, and the requirements for more complex solutions. There is no doubt that plenty of nice-looking paper or electronic presentations have been made where the results of these projects has been described. Customers and final users (utilities) are persuaded that there is no necessity to come up with anything new, because the answer already exists and everything is operating perfectly. In fact, it is hard to receive the real results of realised projects and because of this, it is hard to evaluate them reasonably and in a provable way.
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Echelon Expands Presence In Outdoor Lighting With Acquisition Of Established Player, Lumewave
Echelon Corporation, open-interoperable control networking pioneer for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), announced that it has acquired Lumewave Inc., a wireless outdoor lighting control system provider with a strong track record selling its solution to U.S. municipalities, universities, medical facilities and enterprises. Echelon will sell the Lumewave products, which include individual lighting controllers, gateways, and management and maintenance software?and will incorporate Lumewave’s established sales channels in North America into its existing channels worldwide. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
“With this acquisition of Lumewave, Echelon is enriching its product portfolio and sales channels in outdoor lighting control, for both city street lighting and the compelling market for enterprise and commercial outdoor lighting,” said Ron Sege, CEO and chairman, Echelon Corp. “Lumewave’s products, combined with Echelon’s own, will give our customers tremendous flexibility in controlling their outdoor lighting assets. The expanded product offerings and sales coverage will enhance Echelon’s revenue stream and allow us to better address the fast-growing North American market.”
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Linz (Austria) – On its way towards “Smart City”
Energy, transport and information systems in Linz become increasingly intelligent.
Free to go online in the pedestrian zone – more and more cities offer this service. Linz installed 120 Wi-Fi hotspots in public places throughout the city.
“The aim is to provide a basic service. Everyone should have the opportunity to make unlimited World Wide Web itself, “says Vice Mayor Christian Forsterleitner.
Only recently, new hotspots have been installed around the three lakes as well as in the General Hospital Linz. However, free Internet for all city residents Nationwide is not considered. “In any case we want to go in competition with private providers,” says Forsterleitner. In public places the network should support people to get inform about the city via smartphone. Especially tourists are happy about this free service. “The next step will be to ensure the supply in our schools,” said Forsterleitner. However, the hotspots are just a part of the future vision of the city of Linze to become  more interconnected and intelligent city.
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Case Study: Using Smart Grid Technologies to Modernize Distribution Infrastructure in New York
This case study presents results from Consolidated Edison’s (Con Edison) Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) project that includes the deployment of smart grid technologies and systems to modernize and improve the utilization of existing, overhead, 4 kV distribution circuits. Through the deployment of automated capacitors and supporting control systems, Con Edison has improved voltage management capabilities, asset utilization and capacity management, and energy efficiency.
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DECC – Plans for tough new energy market manipulation penalties
New laws would give UK energy regulators new powers to prosecute people suspected of abusing the energy market.
Anyone found guilty of rigging wholesale gas and electricity prices could face up to two years in jail under proposals being put forward by Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey.
These laws would give UK energy regulators new powers to prosecute people suspected of abusing the energy market.
Under the new laws, it would be a criminal offence to fix the price of energy at an artificial level or use insider information to buy or sell energy on the wholesale market. It would also be an offence to make misleading claims or conceal facts about wholesale energy prices to manipulate the market – especially if it could affect competition in the energy market.
The government wants to introduce these new sanctions to safeguard consumers from any unfair practices.
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DOE – Energy Department Reports Highlight Strength of U.S. Wind Energy Industry
The U.S. continues to be a global leader in wind energy, ranking second in installed capacity in the world, according to two reports released today by the Department of Energy. Wind power is a key component of the nation’s all-of-the-above strategy to reduce carbon pollution, diversify our energy economy, and bring innovative technologies on line. With increasing wind energy generation and decreasing prices of wind energy technologies, the U.S. wind energy market remains strong and the U.S. is moving closer to doubling renewable electricity generation from energy resources like wind power yet again by 2020.
“As a readily expandable, domestic source of clean, renewable energy, wind power is paving the way to a low-carbon future that protects our air and water while providing affordable, renewable electricity to American families and businesses,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “However, the continued success of the U.S. wind industry highlights the importance of policies like the Production Tax Credit that provide a solid framework for America to lead the world in clean energy innovation while also keeping wind manufacturing and jobs in the U.S.”
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ACER presents its Conclusions Paper -Energy regulation: A Bridge to 2025-
ACER, in cooperation with CEER, invites institutional representatives, stakeholders and other interested parties to the presentation of its Conclusions Paper -Energy Regulation: A Bridge to 2025- to take place on 23 September at the CEER offices in Brussels. The event will also be broadcast live via webstream. The Paper contains European energy regulators’ considered conclusions on the challenges we expect the electricity and gas sectors to face over the coming decade and on the appropriate regulatory response within the framework of the Europe’s Internal Energy Market. The formal public consultation on the draft document was held over a six-week period to 16 June and provided rich feedback from stakeholders.
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GCR – The electrification of Africa
A GCR special report into the surge of power construction that will transform the continent over the next six years. The main actor in the transformation of Africa has been Chinese capital, more recently joined by India and, in the Maghreb, the Gulf states. The financing is funding the exploitation of the continent’s vast reserves of fossil fuel, and its potential reserves of renewables and hydroelectric power. This extra power will then allow the exploitation of mineral resources, and so make available more money for the power sector. This virtuous circle may eventually make possible a wider transformation of ordinary life, such as allowing schoolchildren sufficient light to do homework, or allowing municipal governments to think about commissioning public transport systems. In some cases, such as Ethiopia and the DRC, the country’s entire future has been predicated on electricity generation. The former’s Grand Renaissance Dam is being partly financed by bonds bought by the population; the latter’s Great Inga Dam may eventually provide two-thirds of the whole of Sub-Saharan Africa’s present generating capacity.
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Lebanon Gets Ready for Smart Metering Roll-Out
Before the national smart meter roll-out, the power infrastructure, to support smart meters, has to be brought to an appropriate level.
Lebanon’s electricity sector has seen very little investment due to the long period of unrest there. The country now has to rebuild its power sector and network literally from scratch.
According to Carla Aoun, General Manager for the National Electrical Utility Company in Lebanon, the electric network suffers the most. She explains, “It is an easy victim as cables are erected in close proximity to residential and commercial areas where they can be easily tampered with. Consumers will do anything to get that power in order to meet basic electricity needs even if it means stealing.”
Lebanon has a significantly high level of electricity loss. Currently, the grid loses about 40% of its power to technical (15%) and non-technical (25%) reasons. The non-technical losses are made up of illegal violations. Aoun says that it’s not the number of violations that is costing the sector-it is the individual value of illegal violations on the grid.
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Navigant – Smart Electric Meters, Advanced Metering Infrastructure, and Meter Communications: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts
The smart electric meter market has shifted emphasis to projects in Europe and Asia Pacific while the once hot U.S. market has leveled off, as federal funding for projects has been nearly exhausted. However, deployments do continue. Even with the U.S. slowdown, smart meter vendors report business activity is increasing in Western Europe, where utilities in Spain, France, and the United Kingdom have projects underway or about to begin that will account for some 93 million new meters by the end of 2020. Similarly, in Eastern Europe, utilities have stepped up plans for smart meter deployments.
In Asia Pacific, utilities in China continue to install large numbers of smart meters as part of a 5-year nationwide plan to upgrade grid infrastructure. Major deployments are planned in Japan that are expected to eventually account for some 80 million smart meters, with Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) taking the lead there. In India, pilot projects are taking place that will set the stage for large smart meter deployments that will start later this decade and are expected to total more than 150 million new devices. According to Navigant Research, global revenue from annual smart meter shipments is expected to grow from $4.4 billion in 2013 to $6.6 billion in 2023.
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Aug 11

OSGP newsletter // July 2014

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OSGP – Smart Meters Offer a Significant Business Case for Africa
The smart meter has a lot to offer Africa and financiers and utilities need to understand its true benefits for it to be harnessed effectively.
You can have a significant business case and increase your operational efficiency if you use the smart meter as a sensory mechanism. This is according to Mark Ossel, Board Member and Treasurer of OSGP and Vice-President of Energy & Utility at Echelon Corporation, who spoke to Engerati at the African Utility Week.
 
The benefits
He explains that powerlink communication helps utilities communicate with smart meters throughout the day and gives them great insight into the infrastructure. Through this link, utilities can assess the physical topology of the grid, knowing which meter is connected to which transformer. This helps utilities improve their asset management. Open smart grid protocol (OSGP) is popular in Europe because of high performance levels and reliability.
Echelon has a lot of experience in commercial properties in Africa. Through powerlink, utilities can read meters daily and do settlements, monitor pre-payments, and complete applications in a very advanced way.
Based on good marketing communication and education, consumers can save a significant amount of energy. Ossel points to a project where 50,000 consumers can save up to 17% energy because of the implementation of flexible tariffs and consumption awareness.
 
No reason to lose
The business case for smart meters is there, explains Ossel. It is fast becoming an asset as it helps detect non-technical losses, assists with revenue recovery, and it creates an opportunity to increase electrification levels. This is especially relevant in sub-Saharan Africa where levels are extremely low.
Ossel says that there have been numerous enquiries regarding smart grid and smart meters from Africa. An increasing number of meter manufacturers are approaching Africa.
Says Ossel: “There is a business case with no reason to lose. There is proven and reliable technology on the market-it’s just the financing of projects which can be a hurdle. Financiers and utilities need to understand the benefits of the smart meter. They should not focus on the cost-saving aspects of billing and reading of meters alone. The benefits of asset management, revenue collection and addressing non-technical losses should be understood.”
 
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GÖRLITZ presents the First Smart Meter Gateway for the German Market
The Koblenz based Smart Metering specialist GÖRLITZ is the first manufacturer to offer immediately a Smart Meter Gateway with relevant administration software to their customers in Germany. The best practice approach for SMGW infrastructure permits IT security according to the directives of the Federal Office of Information Security, BSI, for the first time in practice tests. The best practice package consisting of 5 components is based on the BSI directives. It is the introduction to practical application of security with certificate-based, encoded energy data communication and enables the operator to test the new tasks and complex processes which are expected when implementing the intelligent metering systems. The central features of the solution are the redeveloped Smart Meter Gateway COMfor.SMGWone (Best Practice) and the SmartMDM IDSpecto for gateway administration. The solution package and the devices are available and guarantee 8 years retention of the existing standard.
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Duke Energy – South Carolina Regulators approves our energy-efficiency program
The S.C. Public Service Commission has approved Duke Energy Carolinas’ proposal to establish its Smart Energy in Offices energy-efficiency program in South Carolina. The program is available on a voluntary basis to customers occupying or providing commercial office space in buildings measuring 10,000 square feet or larger, if at least half of that space is used for offices. The program focuses on altering habits to reduce energy consumption. It is designed to provide real-time energy consumption data to companies, building managers and, in some cases, office employees to encourage less use of electricity.
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Energimidt provides €2.000.000 to national Danish energy improvements
If Danish citizens throughout Denmark are planning to undertake energy-saving renovations at your home, they now can apply and receive grants from Energimidt.
Last year this campaign resulted in large investments in energy efficiency by the Danes.
Last year Energimidt provided 3204 homeowners a grant to realise energy optimisation in their homes. The result was a saving on the heat consumption of 58 million kWh. By making it easy for Danes to get cash grants for the energy company settled in the hills of Central Jutland the request are approved by the Danish energy right investments – whether it’s about insulation, a new boiler or something else. This grant is open for all Danes, as the company does not any take geographical considerations.
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Giza Systems acquires VAS Integrated Solutions LLC (VIS), Bull Group’s Leading Storage Distributor and Integrator in the Egyptian Market
Giza Systems, the leading systems integrator in Egypt and the Middle East announces it acquisition of VAS Integrated Solutions LLC (VIS), Bull Group’s Egyptian subsidiary leader in storage integration and a key distributor for EMC, the market leader in virtualization and big data.
VAS Integrated Solutions, the subsidiary of Bull Group, is the leading storage distributor and integrator in the Egyptian market and operates in cloud enablement and virtualization space in Egypt and Libya. Its customers include all major players in the Egyptian telecommunications sector, banking industry and a strong presence in the Oil & Gas sector.
“Acquiring VIS creates a compelling advantage for our joint clients, as it supports organizations across the board in deriving the transformative benefits of integration with cloud technologies. The synergy across our service offerings is a perfect fit with our strategy aiming at providing our clients with the most complete portfolio of integration services with a strong secure cloud-based backbone to drive business innovation and optimization,” commented Shehab ElNawawi, Chairman and CEO of Giza Systems.
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Eltel and Impax Asset Management sign a EUR 13 million wind farm contract in Finland
The English Impax Asset Management Company is investing in a wind farm in Sodankylä and Kittilä, in Northern Finland. The wind farm consists of 17 wind power plants, producing with an effect of 50 megawatts of wind power when completed.
“Our customers have been very happy with the wind farm projects we have delivered”, says Ilari Jaakkola, Sales and Marketing Director of Eltel Power Distribution. “Thanks to our good track record and our well-known project expertise, we won this extremely important contract with Impax. It proves that Eltel is a worthy partner in wind power projects.”
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E.ON UK welcomes consent decision for Rampion Offshore Wind Farm
E.ON has received consent from the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, the Rt Hon Ed Davey MP, for its Rampion Offshore Wind Farm development. This decision means Rampion is set to become the first offshore wind farm off the south coast of England. Consent has been given for a wind farm of between 100 and 175 turbines to be installed around 13 to 20km off the Sussex coast. Commenting on the decision, Michael Lewis, Chief Operating Officer, E.ON Renewables, said: “E.ON is delighted to receive development consent for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm proposal. This is a key milestone for the project and we firmly believe Rampion will play an important role in helping to ensure future security of supply and make a significant contribution towards meeting the UK’s renewable energy targets.”`
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ENEL – Energy and Cyber Security, Enel is Ready to Take Action
The prevention of and fight against cyber-attacks is becoming increasingly important for utilities, for the protection of both profits and national security
Digital crime costs the economy around $450 billion per year, according to a report on Cyber Security that was recently published by British magazine The Economist. Cyber-attacks – including the sabotaging of critical infrastructure such as power plants, energy grids and telecommunications – and Internet vulnerability are the current key challenges to global security.
Valentino Angeletti, Enel’s Cybersecurity Research Representative, explained that business systems security has long been a central theme in Enel strategy, and not only in terms of business protection.
“Enel is committed to protecting its strategic assets from cyber-attacks,” he said. “Power grids and plants are a critical part of infrastructure because malfunctioning or damage could pose problems for national security.”
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Ferranti – EDF choose MECOMS for Grid Settlement Process

EDF Luminus is the second largest player in the Belgian energy market and belongs to the Top 30 Largest Belgian Companies. EDF Luminus has gas-fired electricity plants, wind farms and hydraulic power stations on various sites in Wallonia and Flanders.
EDF Luminus has 1,700,000 customer accounts, both householders and companies, and approximately 1,000 employees.

Grid Fees
The Grid Fee is a fee which, in the Belgian liberalized energy market model, is billed by the DGO (Distribution Grid Operator) to the Supplier(s) for the usage of the distribution grid.
The Reconciliation process is a final settlement of the consumed volumes, several years after they have taken place. Invoices that were initially based on estimations can now be recalculated based on actual reads and the difference is considered the reconciliation cost. This reconciliation cost could be a positive or negative bill from the DGO towards the Supplier(s).
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European Commission proposes a higher and achievable energy savings target for 2030
New opportunities for European businesses, affordable energy bills for consumers, increased energy security through a significant reduction of natural gas imports and a positive impact on the environment: these are some of the expected benefits of the energy efficiency target for 2030 put forward today by the European Commission in a Communication. The proposed target of 30 % builds on the achievements already reached: new buildings use half the energy they did in the 1980s and industry is about 19% less energy intensive than in 2001.
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Energy Department Makes Additional $4 Billion in Loan Guarantees Available for Innovative Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects
In support of the President’s Climate Action Plan, the Department of Energy issued a loan guarantee solicitation today, making as much as $4 billion in loan guarantees available for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases. This solicitation represents the next step in the Department’s commitment to support the deployment of innovative, clean energy technologies at commercial scale in the U.S. “As the President emphasized in his Climate Action Plan, it is critical that we take an all-of-the above approach to energy in order to cut carbon pollution, help address the effects of climate change and protect our children’s future,” said Secretary Ernest Moniz. “Investments in clean, low-carbon energy also provide an economic opportunity. Through previous loan guarantees and other investments, the Department is already helping launch or jumpstart entire industries in the U.S., from utility-scale wind and solar to nuclear and lower-carbon fossil energy. Today?s announcement will help build on and accelerate that success.”
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ACEEE – Germany, Italy, EU, China, and France Top Global Energy Efficiency Rankings
Germany comes in first in a new energy efficiency ranking of the world’s major economies, followed by Italy, the European Union as a whole, China, and France, according to the 2014 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard published today by the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). New to the rankings this year are four nations: India, Mexico, South Korea, and Spain. ACEEE Executive Director Steven Nadel said: “Germany is a prime example of a nation that has made energy efficiency a top priority. The United States, long considered an innovative and competitive world leader, has progressed slowly and has made limited progress since our last report, even as Germany, Italy, China, and other nations surge ahead.”
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Industrial Control Cyber Security conferences announced for Europe and the United states to address current threats to critical national infrastructure
Amongst a background of continued and prolonged threats to the energy sector, such as the Heartbleed Bug vulnerability, Havex Remote Access Trojan and the on going concerns of the capabilities of advisary groups like Energetic Bear, the Cyber Senate has gathered a strategic panel of influential global leaders who will convene in London, United Kingdom September 29th and 30th, and Sacramento California, October 6th and 7th, to address the ever increasing cyber threats targeting utility and grid operators, oil and gas, electricity, power generation and nuclear energy companies.
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EU-Commission – The European ESCO Market Report 2013
The current report, which is the 4th in the series, depicts the status of the ESCO markets as of 2013, and the changes since 2010 are investigated. The report starts with some theoretical background, providing a definition for ESCOs and relevant concepts that have been used in the report. This is followed by the listing of key background information in the European context.
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Smart Grid Project Saves Money and Energy in Texas
Summers in Austin, Texas are hot. Temperatures rise to an average of 97 degrees Fahrenheit daily, causing residents to swelter and energy bills to soar. However, one Recovery Act-funded project is helping find a way to turn down the heat on electricity bills.
The Pecan Street Project is testing a new smart grid system in the Robert Mueller mixed-use development. The project could have a significant impact on how we use and monitor energy in the future. Using smart grid technologies, the project provides 1.000 residences, 25 small commercial properties and three public schools energy data in real-time. Customers can now set and track utility bill budgets, use software to manage the electricity use of individual appliances, and even sell energy back to the grid when they are using less than they produce. By integrating smart meters, solar panels, electric vehicles and energy storage capabilities, the project is already seeing the benefits of smart grid integration and providing customers with control over their electric usage.
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DECC – Boost for business energy efficiency and electricity sector investment
Business, industry and other organisations will get help to cut their energy costs with £10 million available this year to improve efficiency and reduce energy demand.
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey announced today. He also unveiled new plans that will remove barriers to investment in energy infrastructure.
Mr Davey told the CBI’s Energy Conference that the energy sector had seen £45 billion of investment between January 2010 and December 2013, with nearly £8 billion investment in renewable technologies in 2013 alone, as he published the Government’s first report on energy investment in the UK.
This investment tackles a legacy of underinvestment and neglect in Britain’s energy sector that had threatened energy supplies. Instead, the investment won since 2010 will keep the lights on and build a low-carbon energy system that will support up to 250.000 jobs by 2020.
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Eurelectric – Efforts towards Europeanisation of RES policies remain crucial, EURELECTRIC reaffirms
With the Åland judgement today, the European Court of Justice ruled that due to the lack of harmonised national support schemes for renewables (RES), “it is possible in principle for Member States to limit access to such schemes to electricity production located in their territory.”
This decision thus finally puts an end to the uncertainties surrounding the compatibility of the RES Directive with the European Treaty. By respecting the regulatory framework in place, the Court has now referred the coordination of RES policies back to policymakers. At the same time EURELECTRIC positively notes the consideration given to the legitimate interest of investors in today’s ruling.
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EU-Commission EU energy in figures
The energy sector is one of the pillars of growth, competitiveness and development in modern economies. To keep up with the permanent transformation of the energy sector in Europe we need to have a continuous supply of accurate and up-to-date data.
This publication provides an overview of the most relevant annual energy related statistics for the European Union as a whole and for each one of its Member States.The data contained in this Pocketbook is drawn from several sources:
the European Commission’s services,
the European Environment Agency
the International Energy Agency
Where no data is currently available:
the European Commission’s estimations indicator calculations follow the methodology established by the European Commission – DG Energy.
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ENEL signs a MOU with leading Chinese energy companies
The agreements were signed during the official visit to China of Italy?s Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi
The agreement with China Huaneng Group is aimed at jointly developing technologies, conventional and renewable energy projects, carbon strategy programs and academic cooperation between the research departments of both companies
The other agreement has been signed with China National Nuclear Corporation for cooperation in the construction and operation of nuclear power plants
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Harry Crijns
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