OSGP Alliance Members Win Major Smart City Project at Poland’s Largest UtilityMultivendor 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.
From the left,
Vice President of LG CNS Smart Green Business Unit: Mr. Jiseob Kim
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 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
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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.
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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
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GÖRLITZ – IDSpecto deployed in pilot project at major DSO in SlovakiaWith 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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Read more…(in Danish)
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.”
- 04-06 Nov. 2014: European Utility Week, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- 12-14 Nov. 2014; IEEE XXXIV in Panama-city, Panama
- 18-19 Nov. 2014; WAPIC – West African Power Industry Convention in Lagos, Nigeria
- 18-19 Nov. 2014; Green City The Smart Metropolis Hub in Marne-La Valée, France
- 18-20 Nov. 2014; Australian Utility Market in Melbourne, Australia
- 26-28 Nov. 2014; Power Southeast Asia in Jakarta, Indonesia
- 26 Jan. 2015; AHR Expo in Chicago, Il, USA
- 29-30 Jan. 2015; 6th annual Smart Energy UK & Europe 2015
- 16-18 Feb. 2015; Smart Energy Summit – Engaging the Customer, in Austin,Texas, USA
- 25-27 Feb. 2015; World Smart Energy Week 2015 in Tokyo, Japan
- 09-10 March 2015; European Smart Grid Cyber Security in London, UK
- 10-13 March 2015; Smart Grid Technology in Singapore
- 11-13 March 2015; South-East European conference& exhibition in Sofia, Bulgaria
- 16-19 March 2015; Nigeria Power Industry Strategic Conference & Exhibition in Abuja, Nigeria
- 24-25 March 2015; Power Electricity World Africa inJohannesburg, South Africa
- 25-26 March 2015; 2nd Southeast Asia Utilities Innovation Forum in Manila, Philippines
- 29-30 April 2015; 3rd ICSG 2015 Congres in Istanbul, Turkey
- 05-07 May 2015; Lightfair International 2014 in New York, NY, USA
- 05-08 May 2015; Power & Electricity World Asia in Singapore
- 03-05 Nov. 2015; European Utility Week 2015 in Vienna, Austria
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.”
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
Download the report…
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.
Download the report…
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.