Energimidt and HEF: Next step towards a real merger
The overwhelming majority of Himmerlands Electricity Supply (HEF) Board said YES at the 1st reading of the merger with Central Jutland Energimidt. Also EnergiMidt’s Representatives give their support for the merger plans at the first briefing.
On March the 3rd Energimidt and HEF published plans for a merger between the two companies. The committee of shareholders will take the final decision on the merger at extraordinary meetings. At the first meeting there was a significant majority in HEFs Representatives who voted positive to send the company forward in the merger process with Energimidt. They supported the Board’s recommendation for the merger, which, if approved, is paving the way for Denmark’s third largest energy company with 383.000 members.
“It’s really good for HEF that we are facing a merger with Energimidt,” says Governor Preben Jensen from district North-Hurup. “We follow developments, and it is important that we ourselves are involved in determining it, for what we can not stop. The merger ensures a strong and solid company for sure a strong benefit for the shareholders.
Also in EnergiMidt, headquarters in Silkeborg, the Board signalled support for the merger plans. Energimidt had convened an extraordinary briefing for the 150 Representatives, during the meeting, a number of Representatives praised the far-reaching merger plans.
“I am happy and proud on behalf of EnergiMidt. It will be good for our shareholders, and it will be good for our employees. A consolidation of this size makes the new company to a major player, and equality in merger where both companies recognize themselves, provides a strong foundation for a new company. Our big advantage is that this merger is not a forced marriage. We do it because we want to, not because we must,” says Governor Jørn Würtz, Silkeborg.
HEF and Energimidt already have a partnership in another deployment, namely fiber broadband. It is the prospect of further business development opportunities and synergies that now get companies to join forces in one company and capitalize on the strengths of cooperation. The consolidation will allow the combined entity considerable economies of scale and help to ensure a continued robust economy.
If the merger plans will be adopted at the second review meeting of HEF on March the 30st and at the same day approved by EnergiMidt’s Representatives at their meeting, the competition authorities finally will approve the merger.
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Apator Group acquires ultrasonic technology
Apator Powogaz S.A., subsidiary of Apator S.A. has acquired 100% of shares in a Danish company Miitors ApS, which designs and develops ultrasonic technology in water and heat metering. Price for the shares amounted to EUR 6.2m and refinancing of shareholder loans to additional EUR 0.8m.
The shares were sold by Mr Jens Drachmann, experienced constructor and founder of the company and financial investors. Miitors ApS was established in 2010 in order to develop full range of innovative ultrasonic products, including water meters (both for cold and hot water), heat meters and cooling meters. Research and development activities, as of the day of the acquisition, are advanced. Miitors has already developed several prototypes of residential meters for cold water. Tests have proved that project goals have been fulfilled.
Thanks to the transaction Apator Powogaz will gain innovative technology, broaden product portfolio and earn better access to the Western European, North American and Middle East markets. Key competitive advantages of technology used by Miitors are high measuring precision (metrological class), energy efficiency (long battery life span – up to 20 years) and low production costs (optimizing the construction). Numerous patent applications and patents are a proof of the value of this technology at a global level. All the intellectual property is owned by the acquired company.
Mr Krzysztof Prucnal, CEO of Apator Powogaz, said: “Ultrasonic technologies are a very fast growing and highly innovative segment of the global market. We expect that acquiring Miitors will give us greater access to markets with higher level of prices and margins. First ultrasonic products will be offered by Apator Powogaz in mid-2016 and full range of products until the end of 2018.”
Schneider Electric named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute for the sixth consecutive year
Schneider Electric announced that it has been recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere® Institute, the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. This is the sixth consecutive year that Schneider Electric has received this accolade from Ethisphere®.
Through its World’s Most Ethical Company® list, the Ethisphere® Institute publicly honours companies that have demonstrated ethical leadership in their industries, using ethical conduct as a profit driver and a competitive differentiator. In 2016, 131 companies were designated the World’s Most Ethical Companies®, representing 53 industries across 21 countries.
Jean-Pascal Tricoire Chairman and CEO of Schneider Electric commented: “We are proud of this recognition for the sixth consecutive year. We go beyond the letter of the law and demonstrate the highest ethical standards in line with our corporate values. By disclosing information that proves our business walks the talk, we guarantee a transparent context to our customers while benefiting the planet and society.”
Mitsubishi Electric Delivers High-capacity Energy-storage System to Kyushu Electric Power’s Buzen Substation
Will contribute to stable power supply with world-leading 50,000-kilowatt storage battery system
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6503) announced its delivery of the world’s largest energy-storage system-50 MW output and 300 MWh rated capacity-to Kyushu Electric Power Co. The system, which is part of a pilot project to balance supply and demand via high-capacity energy-storage systems, was installed at the Buzen Substation in Buzen, Fukuoka Prefecture.
The facility offers energy-storage capabilities similar to those of pumped hydro facilities while helping to improve the balance of supply and demand when renewable energy sources are used. The energy storage system achieves effective overall control and improved operational efficiency through the use of Mitsubishi Electric’s BLEnDer® RE battery SCADA system to monitor and control modules in a multiple module system. Also, containerized, compact (double stacked) battery modules help to reduce the facility footprint, installation time and construction costs.
Duke Energy to put new battery and ultracapacitor system to the test in N.C.
- First-of-its-kind Hybrid Energy Storage System (HESS)
- Better integrates renewable installations and provides long-term grid support
- Continues the company’s leadership standing in innovative energy storage approaches
Duke Energy has started testing a first-of-its-kind battery technology at its Rankin Substation in Gaston County, N.C.
The hybrid ultracapacitor-battery energy storage system (HESS) will demonstrate multiple service applications: extended operational life, rapid response, real-time solar smoothing and load shifting.
“This approach will allow our energy storage systems to do a variety of tasks,” said Thomas Golden, technology development manager for Duke Energy. “With so many solar installations in North Carolina, we must look for innovative ways to better incorporate renewable energy into our system – and still provide reliable service at a competitive price for our customers.”
One of the distribution lines at the substation has a 1.2-megawatt solar installation connected a mile away. With North Carolina fourth in the nation for installed solar power, managing and maintaining these grid-connected renewable installations is critical now and in the future, added Golden.
“Energy storage is changing the paradigm on how we generate, distribute and use energy. The demonstration of new technologies will help facilitate wider adoption across the nation,” said Matt Roberts, executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Energy Storage Association. “Duke Energy is to be commended for its work on this project and partnership efforts in advancing energy storage solutions.”
Vattenfall – The world’s first fully renewable electricity system
RENEWABLE ENERGY Energy storage and advanced network management is key.
On the small island of Graciosa in the Azores the world’s first electric system based on 100% renewable electricity generation is being built. The system uses electricity from solar and wind power, electricity storage in batteries and advanced control to stabilize the grid for short-term fluctuations. As backup for extended periods of low renewable generation, a third of the existing capacity from diesel generators will be kept, which means that the electrical system in the end will not be “100% renewable” at all times.
The new grid on Graciosa is built by the German-US company Younicos. Previously, the company integrated the first ever megawatt-scale battery into the European power grid in Berlin in cooperation with Vattenfall. The Danish financial investor Recharge A/S has bought 50.1% of the electricity network on Graciosa and are investigating the possibility of building a similar renewable power system on other islands in the Azores.
Graciosa belongs to the central island group in the Azores and has an area of 61 km². The island has approximately 5,000 permanent residents.
ENEL – Smart Meters: Consumption Becomes Smarter and Smarter
The architecture of smart cities – featuring digital distribution networks, energy storage and smart management systems, high efficiency LED street lights and electric mobility – has a key element that is already present in the homes of millions of Enel customers in Europe and Latin America: the electronic meter.
We were the first company in the world to introduce smart meters, through a pilot project that was launched in Italy in 2001. Smart meters allow us to perform a number of operations remotely, without having to send technicians on site, including supply operations management (such as activation and termination), monitoring and changing technical supply parameters, thus preventing tampering with consumption data. Electronic meters also make contractual changes and business operations easier to perform than in the past.
By having access to real-time information on their smart meters, customers are more aware of their power consumption and can consequently choose the most convenient rates and times.
Our Spanish subsidiary, Endesa, has invested 600 million Euros in the large-scale installation of the remote management system, one of its key projects. As many as 7 million smart meters have already been installed, accounting for 60% of the company’s current fleet. The installation plan will be completed by 2017, well ahead of the date set by Spanish legislation to complete the device replacement process (December 31, 2018). Endesa is Spain’s leading company in this process, and its 2016-2019 Strategic Plan estimates that at the close of 2016, 80% of the meters will have been installed, 70% more than the figure required by law.
The replacement process in the areas in which Endesa operates as a distributor (the Spanish regions of Catalonia, Aragon, Andalusia, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands) includes the installation of new meters for all customers with contracted power of up to 15 KW, and the installation of 140,000 concentrators, which enable the system to communicate with the associated meters.
Duke Energy Indiana reaches settlement to modernize its statewide electric grid
Duke Energy Indiana has reached a settlement with some of the state’s key consumer groups on the company’s plan to modernize its aging electric grid that delivers power to more than 800,000 Hoosier homes, businesses and industries.
The company reached agreement with the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, the Duke Energy Indiana Industrial Group, Companhia Siderurgica Nacional, Steel Dynamics, Wabash Valley Power Association, Indiana Municipal Power Agency, Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Cooperative and the Environmental Defense Fund on a seven-year plan using a combination of advanced technology and infrastructure upgrades to improve service to customers.
“This plan is about creating an energy network that makes it easier for us to prevent and respond to power outages while strengthening an electric grid that has served the state for more than a century,” said Duke Energy Indiana President Melody Birmingham-Byrd. “Besides replacing aging equipment, the plan modernizes the electric grid for the type of information and services that consumers have come to expect.”
GridPoint and Energy Management Collaborative Announce Reseller Channel Partnership
Combination of EMS with audits, lighting retrofits and maintenance services offer stronger customer ROI
GridPoint announced at the Restaurant Facility Management Association’s (RFMA) annual conference that Energy Management Collaborative (EMC), a Minnesota based lighting solutions provider, will become a part of its reseller partner network.
With presence in similar markets, GridPoint and EMC both focus on delivering maximum energy and operational savings to their customers. GridPoint’s unique energy management solution includes granular submetering and monitoring, intelligent control, cloud-based software and professional services that generate energy, operational and maintenance savings up to 30% with a payback of 24 months or less. EMC specializes in energy audits, lighting retrofits and maintenance services that provide significant energy and bottom line savings. The combination of both solutions creates an even stronger value proposition to customers.
GÖRLITZ – 2-in-1 with IDSpecto
Combined data acquisition for RLM meter and smart metering systems
For many years already RLM-meters are used for the detection of the power consumption. In the future smart metering systems (IMSYS) will take over that function. With transitional provisions for installed metering and communication technology the federal government wants to avoid “stranded investments” and will allow, for a limited period of time, parallel operation of both solutions.
The consequence for the data acquisition is: Data collection from both systems, have to be processed and forwarded, for several years. This can be done with two different, parallel-driven solutions. More efficient, from a cost perspective as well as for ease of use perspective, is to use a single solution that integrates both worlds.
IDSpecto.DAYOS creates this possibility. Just with one surface you have both RLM meter and smart metering systems under control. The presentation of information such as measurement data, equipment etc. has been unified and well established processes such as plausibility and substitute values can also be used while working with IMSYS. The processing time will be reduced and the process costs reduced.
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ModemTec – How to measure high harmonics?
The aim of this article is to show how it is possible to measure harmonics and with high accuracy. In the previous article (Metering X/2014 page XX) demonstrated why and how they arise harmonics on the network and that the level of these harmonics often exceeds the amplitude and frequency range defined in the relevant standards. The conclusion was spoken of the energy needs of the harmonic measure.
We can say that energy meters at higher frequencies lying. Classical calibration is done at 50 Hz and higher harmonics are not calibrated and therefore are poorly measured. The resulting error is greater for higher harmonic.
Energy measurement of harmonics places greater demands on hardware measuring instrument (in our case the meter). A higher sampling rate requires faster AD converters and more processor calculation power for data processing. These are things known and well described. But what is never really engaged, the frequency of calibration. It is not surprising, because today current standards do not affect the status of the network.
Fortum receives letter of intent for the 70 MW solar PV project in Rajasthan, India
Fortum has received a letter of intent from National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC), India’s largest power utility, confirming that NTPC plans to purchase solar power for 25 years for the 70 MW solar PV plant Fortum will build at Bhadla solar park in Rajasthan, India. Fortum expects to sign the Power Purchase Agreement with NTPC by the end of March, after which it can finalise the plans for the solar park.
In January, Fortum won a reverse auction for the 70 MW project with a fixed tariff of 4.34 INR/kWh (about 60 EUR/MWh) for 25 years. The e-bidding was organised by NTPC under Phase II Batch II Tranche I of Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM).
Fortum has currently 15 MW solar capacity in India, with solar PV plants in the states of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradhesh.
Vattenfall – Important step for huge offshore wind farm in UK
Vattenfall commences the planning process for two wind farms in the eastern North Sea, 47 kilometers off the Norfolk coast in England. The first project, Norfolk Vanguard, will start in 2016 and will become Vattenfalls largest wind project so far. The second project, Norfolk Boreas, follows one year later. Together the two projects will have a installed capacity of 3.6 GW (1.8+1.8), enough to supply electricity to 2.6 million British households.
“We are very pleased to have been given a green light to develop this northern part of the large East Anglia region. It will deliver a substantial increase of electricity for the UK, and will also enable Vattenfall to continue expanding its focus on renewable energy production,” says Gunnar Groebler, Head of Vattenfall Wind.
Norfolk Vanguard contributes to Vattenfalls ambition to triple its wind power capacity to 7 GW across Northern Europe by 2025. The permit application for Norfolk Vanguard will be submitted in summer 2018 but not until 2020, the precise number and size of the turbines can be determined.
Accenture – Utilities Warn of Rising Pressure on Electricity Reliability and Prices, Accenture Reports
Utilities Warn of Rising Pressure on Electricity Reliability and Prices
Storage could create more disruption or provide a solution to sustainable and cost-effective electricity
Almost half (45 percent) of utilities industry executives surveyed by Accenture worldwide, and 64 percent in Europe, reported that the traditional electricity distribution model is no longer fit-for-purpose. Unless the industry undergoes a digital, regulatory and business model transformation, utilities warn of increasing pressure on supply reliability and prices, according to Accenture’s Digitally Enabled Grid research, now in its third edition.
The proliferation of distributed generation has been a key challenge for utilities. Accenture’s survey of 85 industry executives across 18 countries found that more than half (56 percent) expect grid faults to increase by 2020 as a result of distributed renewable generation, such as residential solar photovoltaics (PV). In addition, improving economics could make electricity storage another key disruptor, with 32 percent of executives expecting it to cause an increase in grid faults, up from 14 percent in 2013.
E.ON networks home to one third of Germany’s renewables capacity
Of the 96 gigawatts of installed renewables capacity subsidized under Germany’s Renewable Energy Law, fully one third – 34 percent – was connected to E.ON networks at the end of 2015. The company’s energy networks, which represent one of the three core businesses of its strategy, already deliver lots of green electricity to customers across Germany.
E.ON networks in Germany are home to a total of 32 gigawatts of renewables capacity, about as much as 100 large offshore wind farms. No other company in Germany has more green power fed into its networks. The most prevalent renewable energy source varies by region, with significantly more wind power in the North and more solar in the South.
“No company in Germany has integrated more renewable energy into its networks than E.ON,” Thomas König, Managing Director of E.ON Deutschland, said. “Renewables account for more than 80 percent of the electricity that flows through our networks, well above the national average. This demonstrates that E.ON already operates the innovative, efficient energy networks of the future. Each year we invest more than €1 billion to expand our networks in Germany.”
Oracle Unveils First Data Protection Solution with Seamless Cloud Tiering
Oracle’s StorageTek Virtual Storage Manager 7 System Provides Mainframe and Heterogeneous Storage with a Fully Integrated Cloud Strategy
Oracle announces the all new StorageTek Virtual Storage Manager (VSM) 7 System, the most secure and scalable data protection solution for mainframe and heterogeneous systems with the additional capability to provide fully automated tiering directly to the public cloud. Furthermore, Oracle’s StorageTek VSM 7 System has been architected to seamlessly integrate with Oracle Storage Cloud Service—Object Storage and Oracle Storage Cloud Service – Archive Service and provides storage administrators with a built-in cloud strategy. With Oracle, cloud storage is now as accessible as on-premise storage.
“In the past, data protection solutions were designed to deal with exponential data growth on-premises, but an entirely different dynamic drove the design of the VSM 7,” said James Cates, senior vice president, Archive Product Development, Oracle. “The core is still there elevated performance, twice the capacity, a higher degree of scalability, but we saw a gap in the market, so we developed Engineered Cloud Tiering to enable mainframe users to take advantage of cloud economics.”
DNV GL opens first Technical Assurance Laboratory for smart energy and cyber security in Peterborough
Laboratory will be a centre of excellence, focusing on the rigorous testing and compliance of new smart energy and cyber security solutions for the UK market.
DNV GL has launched a new centre of excellence for both smart energy and cyber security testing expertise. This facility, which will specialise in smart metering assurance, is the first of its kind in the UK.
As UK industry makes its final preparations for the mass roll-out of smart metering to households and businesses, the newly-opened DNV GL Technical Assurance Laboratory (DTAL) located in the centre of Peterborough (Cambridgeshire) will play a vital part in this process.
Recently commissioned by DNV GL, the 410 square meters facility will act as an innovative exploration and research centre to ensure the interoperability, safety and reliability of smart energy products for consumers, manufacturers and utilities.
Meet OSGP and its members at the following events
- 05-06 April 2016; Grid Analytics Europe 2016 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- 05-07 April 2016; Smart Cities & Energy Efficiency in Sofia, Bulgaria
- 11-13 April 2016; International SAP conference for Utilities in The Hague, Netherlands
- 13-14 April 2016; Power & Electricity World Asia in Jakarta, Indonesia
- 20-21 April 2016; ICSG Istanbul 2016, Turkey
- 26-28 April 2016; Metering China in Hefei China
- 09-11 May 2016; CIGRE & IEC – 2nd Int. Colloquium on EHV an UHV
- 11-13 April 2016; International SAP Conference in The Hague, The Netherlands
- 11-13 May 2016; 2nd Smart Cities India 2016 in New Delhi, India
- 17-19 May 2016; African Utility Week 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa
- 17-19 May June 2016; Power & Electricity World Philippines in Manila, Philippines
- 01-03 June 2016; Distributed Energy Development & Deployment, in Washington DC, USA
- 13-16 June 2016; Nigeria Power Conference & Exhibition in Abuja, Nigeria
- 16-17 June 2016; Innovative City 2016 in Nice, France
- 21-23 June 2016; Power Gen Europe in Milano, Italy
- 30 June – 1 July 2016; Power Distribution & Metering West Africa in Abuja, Nigeria
- 30 June – 3 July 2016; Annual New Energy Forum 2016 in Kintex, South-Korea
- 19-20 Sep. 2016; Energy Branding Conference in Reykjavik, Island
- 26-28 Sep. 2016 Smart Grid Canada in Montreal, Canada
- 01-02 Nov. 2016; Smart Grids & Smart utilities in Dubai, UAE
- 07-11 Nov.2016; Power Week 2016 in Singapore
- 15-17 Nov. 2016; European Utility Week in Barcelona, Spain
IEA – How best to encourage renewable energy after COP21
More than 150 researchers, government officials, investors and other energy experts met Monday with IEA officials in Paris to share ideas about the opportunities and challenges for renewable energy following the global accord to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius.
The findings from the invitation-only workshop of the IEA Renewable Energy Working Party (REWP) will help inform Agency recommendations, including a special report on renewable energy in the forthcoming World Energy Outlook 2016.
Executive Director Fatih Birol told the participants that the COP21 accord is just the first step towards a new energy sector. “With Paris behind us, everything is not finished: it is just beginning,” he said, noting the transformation already faces headwinds in the form of low fossil fuel prices.
Besides the effect of fossil fuel costs, the workshop looked at the cost-effectiveness of carbon pricing and other ways to improve the competitiveness and uptake of renewables necessary to meet the COP21 pledge. Presenters showcased projects and policies aimed at persuading both industry and consumers to embrace renewable energy.
CEER Report on Investment Conditions in European Countries in 2015
This report provides a general overview of the regulatory regimes, the required efficiency developments and analyses the overall determination of capital costs in EU Member States and Norway. A major focus is placed on the calculation of an ade-quate rate of return, the determination of the regulatory asset base (RAB) and the depreciation of assets in the different regulatory regimes. Importantly, individual parameters presented in this study have to be interpreted in the context of a whole country-specific regulatory regime. The data collection, covering investments in 2015, took place in summer 2015.
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DECC – Amber Rudd’s speech on the energy benefits of staying in the EU
Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, Amber Rudd delivers a speech on the energy benefits of staying in the EU
I’m here today because on the 23rd of June, you will make a decision that will set the direction of the country for generations to come.
A definitive, lasting choice that will impact upon the lives of our children and grandchildren.
Are we stronger, safer, better off inside the European Union?
I wholeheartedly believe that the answer to this question is a resounding yes.
As the Energy Secretary, my first responsibility is to make sure that our families and businesses have the certainty of secure energy supplies that they can rely on…now and in the years ahead.
Today I want to make the case for why being a member of the European Union helps to deliver that certainty.
- It’s actually pretty simple.
- It’s about safeguarding our national and economic security…
- It’s about lower costs for our households and businesses…
- It’s about creating jobs and investment which mean the security of a regular pay packet for working people…
- It’s about getting our voice heard and influencing action taken in response to the biggest global challenges we face.
In short, I’m not willing to take the risk with our economic security.
So why do I believe that energy is an important issue in this debate?
DOE – Energy Department Announces Participation in Clean Line’s Large-Scale Energy Transmission Project
Building on the Department of Energy’s (DOE) ongoing efforts to modernize the grid and accelerate the deployment of renewable energy, today U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announced that DOE will participate in the development of the Plains & Eastern Clean Line Project (Clean Line), a major clean energy infrastructure project.
The Clean Line project will tap abundant, low-cost wind generation resources in the Oklahoma and Texas panhandle regions to deliver up to 4,000 megawatts of wind power via a 705-mile direct current transmission line — enough energy to power more than 1.5 million homes in the mid-South and Southeast United States.
WEF – Geopolitical conflicts, cybersecurity and changes in energy infrastructure present rising challenges and new opportunities
The World Economic Forum released the fourth edition of the Global Energy Architecture Performance Index Report. The 2016 report puts the spotlight on energy security and access. Evolution in this area is being shaped by the fast transition underway in the energy sector, with several elements playing important roles, such as the fast growth of distributed renewable energy and recent developments in digital technology and international security.
The annual index provides a benchmark to help countries address energy transformation challenges and identify opportunities across their energy systems. This year’s study explores the energy architecture of 126 countries based on their ability to provide energy access across three dimensions of the “energy triangle” – affordability, environmental sustainability, security and access.
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Agora Energiewende – Integration costs for renewable energy: controversial, but likely low
High shares of wind and solar power transform the entire power system and can lead to additional costs aside from building the power plants themselves. A new background paper examines these dynamics and concludes that not only the direct integration costs are low, but also the controversial indirect costs – as long as the power system becomes considerably more flexible.
Which costs result from the renewable energy expansion, aside from building power plants themselves? This question has become one of almost philosophical nature – and is heavily debated in the energy business and policy community.
The World Bank – US$ 250 Million Loan to Support Electricity Distribution Sector Reforms in Rajasthan, India
The World Bank Board approved a US$ 250 million development policy loan (DPL) to support the government of Rajasthan in improving the performance of its electricity distribution sector under the State’s 24×7 Power for All program.
The First Programmatic Electricity Distribution Reform Development Policy Loan for Rajasthan will be the first in a series of two operations for a comprehensive turnaround of Rajasthan’s electricity distribution sector.
The distribution companies (DISCOMs) in Rajasthan provide electricity to about 9.5 million customers. However, a combination of high generation costs, inefficiencies in the distribution sector and an accumulation of long-delayed tariff adjustments has resulted in several years of continuing losses for the DISCOMs leading to a total outstanding debt of Rs 780 billion as on July 2015.
TU Wien – Power grids need a paradigm change, say engineers
Power grids have to meet ever higher requirements, therefore we should radically reconsider the way they work. TU Wien presents “LINK”, a completely new approach.
Power grids have evolved historically. Large sections of them date back to times when power distribution requirements were very different from today. In future, electricity generation will be further decentralised, with alternative energy providers feeding energy into the power grid. Electricity generation and storage will be integrated, all the way to the level of individual households. There have been various attempts to adapt power grids to these challenges but none of them solves all problems in a sustainable way.
DOE – Advancement of Synchrophasor Technology in Projects Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 provided $4.5 billion to the Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) to modernize the U.S. power grid, create jobs, and stimulate the economy. The majority of the funding went to competitively selected industry projects under the Smart Grid Investment Grants (SGIG) and Smart Grid Demonstration Program (SGDP)-in which participants matched or exceeded ARRA funds with private funding.
DOE and industry partners invested a total of more than $357 million to deploy synchrophasor technology that will provide grid operators with unprecedented wide-area visibility to better sense the behavior of the transmission system and improve reliability. Traditionally, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems have been used to monitor and control power systems by measuring grid conditions every 2 to 4 seconds.
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