Press release – 15-07-2015

Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP)
updated specification released

 

The OSGP Alliance released an updated version of the OSGP specification, which includes a new benchmark for security functionality and features.

 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, July 15, 2015—The OSGP Alliance announced today that Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) specification has been updated to include state of the art security enhancements and features. This updated version of the specification supports the new OSGP-AES-128-PSK security suite functionality including AES 128-bit encryption and authentication for more secure smart grid implementations. The updated specification is available from the OSGP Alliance website.

The updated OSGP specification, OSGP-AES-128-PSK security suite, represents results of recent developments of the OSGP Data model and Application Protocol and will be used as a New Work Proposal for standardization purposes. The updated version and security suite includes improved mutual authentication handshake transactions and additional strength to protect against unknown attacks.

The new OSGP-AES-128-PSK security suite is designed to require minimal needs for compute cycles and memory, to be implementable on deployed meter platforms, and to be remotely upgradable. This allows existing utility customers to preserve past investments and minimize the cost to upgrade. The new security suite isbased on standardized, proven communication protocols and cryptographic algorithms. The new authenticated encryption scheme is largely based on CCMP-AES-128, a widely used protocol designed using proven cryptographic schemes. CCMP-AES-128 is also approved by NIST to protect information classified as SECRET as per the Suite B Cryptography.

Miracle A/S, a Danish company with more than 400 IT experts focused on a wide range of technical platforms including corporate services, cloud computing and mobile communications, reviewed the revised OSGP specification. Michael Østergaard, OSCP, Ph.D., responsible for Cryptography and Information Security at Miracle stated, “Overall, the protocol is secure, well designed and based on established cryptographic primitives (AES, CMAC and CCM) with reasonable parameters. These cryptographic primitives are used in ways that should not give rise to currently known attacks against them.”

“We see this is as another great example of why OSGP is the preferred protocol for smart metering and smart grid applications.” said Poul Berthelsen, Smart Metering Program Leader for NRGi, one of the largest distribution utilities in Denmark.

“This new security suite offers industry leading security features that are very compelling and comforting for our customers and all OSGP stakeholders. We are pleased that the OSGP Alliance continues to find new ways to improve their industry leading protocol.”

NES the leading manufacturer of OSGP meters indicated they would adopt the changes as quickly as possible. “Security is and has been a top priority for NES and we think these essential security updates in OSGP represent a significant leap forward on encryption, authentication and key handling on the last mile. We plan to make these features available in our Patagonia Meters from the time of launch this summer as well as for our existing and earlier meter platforms shortly after” says Sebastien Schikora, NES, Vice President Product Development.

About The Open Smart Grid Protocol

The Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) is a family of specifications published by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) used in conjunction with the ISO/IEC 14908 control networking standard for smart grid applications. OSGP is optimized to provide reliable and efficient delivery of command and control information for smart meters, direct load control modules, solar panels, gateways, and other smart grid devices. With over 4 million OSGP based smart meters and devices deployed worldwide it is one of the most widely used smart meter and smart grid device networking standards.

About The OSGP Alliance

The OSGP Alliance, founded in 2006 as the Energy Services Network Association (ESNA), is an independent global, not-for-profit association that promotes the adoption of the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) and related services and infrastructure for smart grid applications. Members include utilities, software, hardware and service providers, and solution integrators that share a common goal and vision for promoting open standards for energy demand side management, smart grid and smart metering systems. More information about the OSGP Alliance can be found at www.osgp.org.

Contact:

OSGP Alliance
Harry Crijns
secr@osgp.org
+31 243 880 747

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NES – An Exploration of Utility Cyber Security Essentials

Part One of a Two-Part Series on Smart Grid Security

In the first article we’ll explore cyber security today within the context of a modern utility, relate utility cyber security to security trends in various industries, and lay the groundwork for part two of this article next month about the necessary elements of a successful next generation cyber security system adapted for the special needs of the ever-evolving smart grid.

Cyber Security Today
These times are difficult ones for those managing utility resources of all kinds. Security a few decades ago used to be about physical security mainly whereas now with the typical networked and connected utility—with all of the IT and operational technology (OT) systems—one needs to consider hackers, viruses, intrusions, data compromises, network outages, terrorism, and other small and large scale threats that would ultimately affect the lives of the people in the service territory. These considerations are linked with two correlated trends that have emerged over the past several decades. They are the growing dependence upon an uninterrupted supply of electricity required to function efficiently in our modern working and personal lives, and the growing dependence on network connectivity (whether connected to the Internet or not) for almost all aspects of our lives. Without electrical power the communication networks don’t operate for long, so energy, networks, cyber security, enterprise security and personal security are all interlinked. At the same time the threats have expanded, with those in a utility needing to consider protecting not just against curious or casually malicious hackers but also determined clandestine groups including state-sponsored intrusion and terrorist groups as well as employee threats from within.
Part of the difficulty of managing the overall security of a utility in this new world is that a utility is managing a collection of systems (whether IT, OT or field devices from switches to meters) of various vintages from multiple suppliers with different security implementations, and each with a different set of security features or vulnerabilities. Added to this is that the collection of systems is frequently evolving, and each of the systems will be (or should be) improving providing updates to improving its security over time. Therefore a comprehensive systems approach is needed so that the utility identifies and implements clearly defined interactions between the various security elements at each of the internal trust boundaries, and fully understands the threat surface and mitigation strategies of each of the systems and as they relate to entire utility.
The mere discussion of cyber security can often be difficult as well, for there is an entire vocabulary that needs to be learned, with many of the related topics requiring deep discussion and understanding to be sure that the system as implemented and operated lives up to the promise of the vendors. Also, the understanding of security issues is not universal, so the utility must also evaluate the experience and attitude of each vendor with respect to security, and also verify themselves, possibly using outside security analysts, that the security implementation is as described.
The focus of cyber security today as it relates to the smart grid is protecting the field devices, the field networks (whether wired or wireless, owned, leased or subscribed to), the data therein (whether stored in place in memory within devices or in motion between devices within the network) from unauthorized access, modification or malicious destruction. Furthermore, cyber security today needs to include elements that automatically respond to attacks, and ensure that utility management is aware of the attacks—and the automated responses to those attacks—immediately.
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Apator – Increase of the supply of electricity meters to Tauron Dystrybucja Pomiary sp. z o.o.

Further to current report 36/2014 concerning the supply of electricity meters to Tauron Dystrybucja Pomiary sp. zo.o. the Management Board of Apator SA announces that on 12th June 2015:

  • value of the sale was increased from PLN 11.3 m to PLN 13 m under the contract of the supply of single         phase electricity meters,
  • value of the sale was increased from PLN 22.6 m to PLN 26.1 m under the contract of the supply of three phase electricity meters.

Moreover, time of the supply has been increased by 4 months that is till 15th October 2015.
Legal basis: art. 56 para 5 of the act dated 29th July 2005 on public bid and conditions of introduction of financial instruments to organized trading system and public companies.
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Apator – Fullfilment of suspending condition concerning the important contract concluded with S&T Services Polska sp. z o.o.

Further to current report no. 22/2015 dated 22nd May 2015, Management Board of Apator SA announces that the second condition suspending the contract of the supply of OSGP electricity meters for the Smart City Wrocław project to S&T Services Polska sp. z o.o. (hereinafter referred as „S&T”) was fulfilled. The condition regarded the consent to be given by Tauron Dystrybucja SA for the participation of S&T in Smart City Wrocław project. Thus all the conditions indicated by the contract with S&T have been fulfilled.

Legal basis: § 5 para 1 point 4 of the Regulation of Minister of Finance regarding current and regular information being transferred by the issuers of securities and conditions to be considered as equivalent information  required by law of the state not being the member of the EU.
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Fortum completes divestment of its Swedish electricity distribution business

Fortum has completed the divestment of its Swedish electricity distribution business. The transaction has all the necessary regulatory approvals and the customary closing conditions have been met.

The total consideration from the divestment is SEK 60.6 billion on a debt- and cash-free basis (corresponding to approximately EUR 6.5 billion). Fortum will book a one-time sales gain of approximately EUR 4.3 billion corresponding to close to EUR 5 per share. The final sales gain will be reported as part of the second quarter 2015 results of the discontinued operations. Distribution segment has been presented as discontinued operations since the first quarter of 2015.

The new owner of the Swedish distribution business is a consortium comprising Swedish national pension funds Första AP-Fonden (AP 1) (12.5%), Tredje AP-Fonden (AP 3) (20.0%), Swedish mutual insurance and pension savings company Folksam (17.5%) and the international infrastructure investor, Borealis Infrastructure Management Inc. (50%). A total of approximately 400 employees will continue their work in the sold business. The electricity distribution to the approximately 908.000 customers will also continue without disruption uponclosing.
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LG’s IT Company Takes Step Into the American Energy Storage Market

LG CNS, an affiliate of LG Corporation, plans to expand its business in America, demonstrating the strength to integrate energy storage system (ESS).

In May, Navigant Research, an American market research firm, released a Leaderboard Report for energy storage system integrators and LG CNS was positioned as the first in Asia and the fourth in the world. LG CNS’s competitive edge in the energy storage market is its experience as an IT service provider with a strong focus on IT System Integration (SI). This is the first report ever to rank the ESS system Integrators.

Until recently energy storage businesses were usually referred to ‘battery business.’ However, as the market has grown, the roles of system integrators that can manage projects and lead business endeavors have become ever more important in the energy storage industry. Now, the energy storage are designed, implemented, and ran to provide various custom services as well as traditional services while maintaining its core structure. Therefore, a strong IT background and technologies are required to satisfy these needs and industries begin to focus on IT service companies with energy business capabilities.

By keeping up with these trends, LG CNS, a leader in the Korean IT service market, has emerged as a new force in energy storage system integration around the globe. LG CNS has leveraged its 28 years of SI experience in the energy industry to provide energy storage systems on a turn-key basis by performing all processes ranging from the planning, design, implementation, and management of energy projects.
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Schneider Electric wins contract to deliver Smart Grid to 5 million people

Schneider Electric has won a contract to deliver a new Distribution Management System (DMS) for Electricity North West, bringing intelligent energy to 2.4 million properties and more than 5 million people.

The project, which will span three years in design, delivery and integration, will be the foundation of smart grid technology in the region. With increasingly distributed generation of energy, the growth of renewables, an upward trajectory in peak demand and an aging grid, the UK requires a revolution in energy infrastructure. A smarter grid allows the network to become multi-directional and automated, offering regions the ability to use digital communications to detect and react to local changes in usage as part of a smarter energy strategy.

“A smarter grid is vital to put the UK on track to meet the European objective of becoming a low-carbon economy by 2050, as well as allowing energy distributors (DNOs) to meet the goals outlined by Ofgem in the new eight year Price Control Period (RIIO-ED1),” commented Barrie Cressey, Smart Grid Director at Schneider Electric. “The challenges posed by distributed generation, load growth and an aging grid are immense, but intelligent networks have the power to transform energy throughout the country. There are only a handful of such systems in the UK and it’s hugely exciting to be working on a project of this magnitude.”
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Eltel wins a new long-term contract with E.ON in Power distribution in Sweden

E.ON has chosen Eltel as its main contractor in two regions of its power distribution network in Sweden. The value of the contract amounts to approximately 46 MEUR over four years, from the beginning of 2016 until the end of 2019. There is also an option for contract extension by one to two years.
The E.ON contract covers the two Swedish regions Norrköping and Södra Nord. The contracted services will include fault repair, maintenance, service works and project deliveries.

Axel Hjärne, CEO of Eltel Group, comments:
“We are very happy to win the confidence of E.ON to become one of their main contractors in Sweden going forward. Eltel has extensive experience in power networks, we have worked many years with E.ON in Finland and the new contract will strengthen our existing partnership with E.ON in Sweden. This contract is a great booster for our establishment in the power distribution business in Sweden.
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E.ON to invest in energy efficiency platform

As part of its co-investment activities, E.ON is acquiring a stake in the US start-up Enervee. Founded in 2012, Enervee provides a dynamic platform on which consumers can make more energy-efficient choices when it comes to household appliances, devices and electronics. Enervee does this via a comprehensive scoring process that constantly compares the efficiency of the product in question with all those in the category. This intuitive efficiency score – the Enervee Score – is then combined with other data such as popularity and reviews, enabling consumers to better and more easily choose the products that are best for the home, their wallet and the environment.

The aim of this investment is to develop a platform that recognizes and meets European market needs. “By cooperating with Enervee, we will be able to give our customers even greater support in making choices that save energy. The Enervee Score makes it possible to recommend energy-efficient devices for specific needs,” comments Susana Quintana-Plaza, Senior Vice President for Technology and Innovation at E.ON.

“Providing easily accessible information about the total cost (purchase price and cost of use) alongside environmental impact empowers consumers to take better decisions. Especially when that information is seamlessly integrated in the marketplace at the time of purchase,” says Matthias Kurwig, co-founder and CEO of Enervee. “Until today this information has been difficult to find and near impossible to understand. The Enervee Score, along with the marketplaces we build for our partners, make it easy and compelling for consumers to act on real knowledge and will transform the way we all shop for any product that uses power.”
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Schneider Electric – Venteea: France’s largest battery-based storage solution boosts wind power development and relieves pressure on power grid

ERDF, Saft and Schneider Electric have combined their strengths and expertise in a project of unprecedented scale and scope to implement the largest ever battery storage system in France, to support wind power generation and take pressure off the grid. The Venteea project is located in eastern France (Aube).

There is a growing consensus that renewable energy should play a greater role in power generation. However, these energy sources tend to be intermittent and unpredictable, putting increasing pressure on the grid. High-capacity electrical storage systems help resolve this issue by enabling more grid flexibility. Energy storage helps stabilize the grid to better match generation and loads and also provides frequency and voltage regulation, one of the major challenges involved in ensuring high-quality, uninterrupted supply, especially for commercial and industrial customers. This is the focus of the innovative Venteea project.

The aptly named Venteea ‘smart’ grid solution applies intelligent technologies that operate on two levels. Firstly, it optimizes two-way communication with the grid and helps meet all technical requirements (such as voltage levels and schedules). Secondly, it enables next-day forecasting of electricity production and demand, in turn allowing for the development of more tailored services that meet both grid and customer requirements.

This “multi-service” approach paves the way for a new business model in which storage costs are spread across the different stakeholders involved, all of whom are set to benefit from this new technology.

The Intensium® Max 2 MW/1.3 MWh battery system supplied by Saft, together with the Energy Storage Box deployed by Schneider Electric, will help integrate renewable power generation on the grid and step up its contribution to next-generation energy solutions.
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GÖRLITZ and LichtBlick have reached a new milestone in their collaboration.

The companies optimize both the communication component SchwarmKommunikation 2.0 and IDSpecto as middleware server for the operating reserve market.

Even in the past the two partners had worked on communication processes between domestic combined heat and power plants and the IT platform SchwarmDirigent by LichtBlick to make communication quicker and more flexible and improve its security. LichtBlick is the first company on the German market to offer secondary control reserve provided by a pool of mini domestic CHPs. The company intends to integrate solar batteries, electric cars and heat pumps into the operating reserve market too in future.

That is because the energy market is changing fundamentally. Decentralized, environmental-friendly technologies such as photovoltaic, wind turbines or CHPs are replacing central large power stations at a rapid pace. Already today there are more than 1.4m decentralized power stations in Germany. Integrating these power stations into smart grids is a big challenge. But it is the only way to stabilize the grids and guarantee supply. Moreover, an optimized control of each single unit means more money and improves profitability.
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Accenture – Consumers Rate Energy Providers Higher on Data Security Than on Energy-Consumption Advice, Accenture Research Shows

Consumers Rate Energy Providers Higher on Data Security Than on Energy-Consumption Advice, Accenture Research Shows

In today’s digital world of connected devices, energy consumers are nearly twice as likely to trust their energy providers to safeguard their personal data than to advise them on energy consumption, according to new research by Accenture.

Accenture’s sixth annual survey this year included more than 11,000 energy consumers in 21 countries. The report, The New Energy Consumer: Unleashing Business Value in a Digital World, found that 65 percent of consumers showed confidence in their energy provider to secure and protect their personal data and information about their energy usage. This rose to 76 percent among regular users of digital channels. In contrast, only 36 percent said that they trust their energy provider to inform them about actions they can take to optimize their energy use.

“As energy and everyday devices become increasingly connected, an unprecedented amount of personal information about consumers’ habits and their households is becoming available, magnifying the importance of digital trust,” said Tony Masella, global managing director of Accenture Energy Consumer Services.
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Vattenfall – Wind farm live! North east residents open green energy scheme

First awards from Clashindarroch Wind Farm community fund

Vattenfall will be joined by scores of Aberdeenshire residents tomorrow to celebrate the official opening of the Clashindarroh Wind Farm and the first awards from the community fund.
Community groups from Huntly, Strathbogie, Tap o’ Noth, Glass and the Cabrach will receive grants from the fund, which opened to applications earlier this year.
Magnus Hall, President and CEO of Vattenfall said: “Vattenfall is driving towards a sustainable power supply and we want to take the communities where we operate with us. Clashindarroch Wind Farm hits the mark on both counts. We don’t just want our wind farms to be good for the environment but good for the community too – that’s why we invest in wind energy and why we look forward to a long and successful relationship with the people of Huntly, Strathbogie, Tap o’ Noth, Glass and the Cabrach.”
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E.ON’s Humber Gateway offshore wind farm now fully energised

E.ON has tangibly expanded its renewable power business. With the final turbine at Humber Gateway recently becoming operational, the entire offshore wind farm is now generating electricity. This major project in the U.K. North Sea is in the final phase of construction and will be completed this summer, two months ahead of schedule.

Humber Gateway, which is located eight kilometers off the coast of Holderness, near Yorkshire, has an installed capacity of 219 megawatts. Construction of the offshore substation began in 2012, and the first of 73 turbines came online last February. After the completion of reliability runs and finishing of minor tasks the windfarm will be handed over from the project organization to operational service. A wholly owned E.ON project, Humber Gateway can supply up to 170,000 households with climate-friendly power.

“The rapid completion of this project is an outstanding success,” said E.ON Management Board member Bernhard Reutersberg, who took over responsibility for the company’s renewables business at the start of June. “E.ON is well on its way toward making offshore wind power even more competitive and reducing power-generation costs to less than €100 per megawatt-hour. We’re superbly positioned for future auctions in relevant European markets.”
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Schneider Electric Integrated Smart Grid Solution enables Nova Scotia Power to improve outage management and operational efficiency

ADMS-based Outage Management System gives province more sustainable, reliable energy

Schneider Electric announced Nova Scotia Power has completed the implementation of an Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS)-based Outage Management System (OMS) that will allow the utility to more accurately locate faults and quickly manage customer outage incidents resulting in improved restoration and reliability in its electric distribution network.

The utility’s new ADMS will allow them to better react to outages, and with Distribution Management System (DMS) applications, be more informed in regards to grid observation and outage predictions. “Our goal is to offer our 500,000 customers the best service possible and our integrated ADMS helps us achieve that,” said Paul Casey, Senior Director of Transmission and Distribution at Nova Scotia Power. “Our employees now have real-time information at their fingertips where available, allowing them to quickly react to and repair any faults in the network.”
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ONE Nordic receives contract worth two billion for E.ON’s Framework 2016-2019

ONE Nordic received an additional guaranteed the project volume in E.ON’s new 2016-2019 framework contract with a value of at least SEK 400 million.

In addition to previous award as prime contractor in six of eleven geographic areas, ONE Nordic received an additional project volume of approximately SEK 400 million in E.ON Powerline procurement of the new framework 2016-2019. Now that the entire contract is completed, the ONE Nordic has received contracts with a value of two billion.

“With the resulting additional project volume we have further advanced our position and ensured a large part of our turnover for the coming years. There has been fierce competition and tough price pressure. After completion of this procurement, we can be satisfied with an outcome abiding our high objectives. The price pressure means that we continue to focus our efforts in improved and efficient system of productivity. We continuously challenge ourselves to develop and optimize our approach while maintaining quality and – not least – the focus on occupational health and safety”, says Jan Bardell, CEO and President.
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Conlog – Greenhouse gas offenders could face R10m fine, 10-yr sentence

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has published the Draft National Greenhouse Gas Emission Reporting Regulations in the Government Gazette for public comment.

The new regulations sought to penalise people convicted of an offence in terms of the regulations to a fine not exceeding R5-million, or imprisonment not exceeding five years.

In the case of a second or subsequent conviction, the offender would be liable to a fine not exceeding R10-million or imprisonment not exceeding ten years.  In both instances, the offender could be sentenced to both a fine and a prison sentence.

This followed the recent finalisation of South Africa’s national Greenhouse Gas (GHG) inventory between 2000 and 2010.

GHG emissions from numerous sectors would need to be reported to a competent authority. First was the energy sector, including all fuel/petroleum and electricity-related activities, the manufacturing and construction sectors, fugitive emissions from fuels, spontaneous combustion and burning coal dumps, oil and natural gas, and any other emissions from the production of energy.
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Alliander Reinvents Approach to Public Lighting

Alliander, Holland’s largest grid operator, has entered into a partnership with 15 cities, enabling their local governments to use an IoT application to control streetlights and conserve energy.

“The way we designed and built the Web services layer is generic, so a lot of code is reused for different services,” van Egmond explained. “However, there is a dedicated group of FlexOVL services [such as public lighting functions] available. These are needed for authorization purposes.”
Van Egmond added that third-party developers can use FlexOVL Web services to develop and integrate new public lighting applications. The platform handles application requests securely, using authorization, authentication, device management and logging functions as defined by the European Network for Cyber Security. For translating and communicating user or operator commands to streetlamp controllers, the platform will employ multiple protocols, including the International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC) Smart Metering (IEC 62056) and Electrical Substation Automation (IEC 61850) protocols.
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University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria offers world’s first Master’s Degree Programme in Energy Informatics

Energy is the underlying heartbeat of the global economy – a critical factor in the production of nearly all goods and services in the modern world. Clearly, given the critical role of energy, the driving imperatives in any economy are ensuring security of supply, maintaining competitiveness and overseeing the transition to a low-carbon future.

Key requirements in this respect are the strategic management of supply and improving its overall generation and distribution. Impacting on these challenging goals will be a variety of factors, including advances in renewables, e-mobility and green technologies, to name only a few. Managing this changing environment is no easy task. That will require intelligent IT solutions and therefore well-educated IT experts able to design and/or operate future smart grids, smart city infrastructures and enhanced energy supply systems.

Energy Informatics (ENI) is the application of information technologies to this highly demanding field.

Focus of the studies
This Master’s degree programme provides technical, business and legal expertise for the development of future energy systems, especially in the areas of:

  • Software Systems (SCADA, ERP, Business Support, Operations Support, Meter Data Management, Device Data Management, Energy Data Management, Geographic Information Systems, Cloud Computing, Big Data
  • Power generation, distribution, consumers (renewable energy, energy storage, charging stations, buildings, lighting, etc.)
  • Field Components (meters, load control, gateways …)
  • Communication Technology (Radio Frequency / Powerline)
  • IT Security
  • Home and Building Automation
  • International legislation and standardization
  • Project and Systems Engineering
  • Processes and Process Modelling

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ASME and IEEE-USA Provide Smart Grid Developments During Congressional Briefing

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and IEEE-USA recently co-hosted a congressional staff briefing focusing on developments related to smart grid technologies. The briefing, entitled, “Grid Security and Advancements in Smart Grid Technology,” was convened in conjunction with the Congressional Reach and Development (R&D) Caucus.

The briefing included presentations from Dr. Massoud Amin, an ASME and IEEE member, the chair of IEEE Smart Grid and recognized as a smart grid expert; Dr. Damir Novosel, president-elect of the IEEE Power & Energy Society and expert on smart grid-enabled technologies; and Kerrick Johnson, VP of strategy and communications from (VELCO) Vermont Electric and member of the Gridwise Alliance. All three and others spoke about how electric utilities are utilizing smart grid technologies to reduce costs to consumers and improve the reliability and resilience of the electric grid.
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IEA launches World Energy Outlook 2015: Special Report on Energy and Climate Change

With just six months to go until the United Nations summit on climate change, taking place in Paris this December, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has launched a special report on energy and climate change.

The report provides an analysis of national climate and energy targets set against the current trends of a downward turn in fossil fuel prices. It also outlines ways to achieve goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions via the energy sector, without hindering economic growth.

The report, unveiled in London on 15 June, also highlights the urgent need to fast-track the energy technologies which are and will help drive forward the transition of the world’s energy system to a low carbon future.
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EU – Energy Council: Energy Union must focus on consumers and investment

Energy Ministers of the EU’s 28 countries have said that the goal of the EU’s plans for Energy Union must be to provide consumers with affordable, safe, competitive, secure and sustainable energy.

Meeting in Luxembourg on 8 June, Ministers said that the EU must reduce its energy dependency and increase its energy security – a goal which is in line with the EU’s long-term energy, climate and economic growth objectives.

Building a consumer-orientated Energy Union can be achieved by creating a flexible European market for energy that ensures transparent pricing and maximises competition.
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OECD – Energy taxes misaligned with environmental impacts of energy use

Governments are under-utilising taxation as a tool to curb the environmental consequences of energy use, foregoing revenue and weakening their attack on the principal source of greenhouse gas emissions responsible for climate change and air pollution, according to new OECD analysis.

The OECD says that taxes on energy use provide a transparent policy signal and are one of the most effective tools governments have for reducing the negative side effects of energy use.  However, the new analysis shows that energy taxes are poorly aligned with the negative side effects of energy use, and are having limited impact on efforts to reduce energy use, improve energy efficiency and drive a shift towards less harmful forms of energy.

Taxing Energy Use 2015 – OECD and Selected Partner Economies compares taxes on energy use in 41 countries worldwide, which together use 80% of global energy.

“Current taxes on energy use are low and incoherent,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría.  “Tax policy is not being used effectively to reduce the adverse health impacts and emissions of greenhouse gases resulting from energy use. There is still considerable scope to use taxation to improve the environment and containing climate change.”
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U.K. Department of Energy & Climate Change – Changes to onshore wind subsidies protect investment and get the best deal for bill payers

The Government intends to end new public subsidies for onshore wind farms by legislating to close the Renewables Obligation across Great Britain to new onshore wind generating stations from 1 April 2016.

The Government intends to end new public subsidies for onshore wind farms by legislating to close the Renewables Obligation across Great Britain to new onshore wind generating stations from 1 April 2016.

Up to 5.2GW of onshore wind capacity could be eligible for grace periods which the Government is minded to offer to projects that already have planning consent, a grid connection offer and acceptance, as well as evidence of land rights.
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US – Energy Department Announces New Initiatives as Part of Administration’s Clean Energy Investment Summit

The Department of Energy announced several new and expanding initiatives as part of the Administration’s Clean Energy Investment Summit, including the launch of a Clean Energy Impact Investment Center (CEII), which will work to make the Department’s resources more readily available to the public, including to mission-driven investors.

Clean energy finance is a key part of the solution set on climate change. Today’s announcement builds off the Clean Energy Investment Initiative that was announced by Senior Advisor Brian Deese at the ARPA-E Summit in February, highlighting expanded private sector investment in solutions to climate change, including innovative technologies with breakthrough potential to reduce carbon pollution.

“The United States and other countries are providing substantial financial support to the development and commercialization of clean energy technologies but, if we are to achieve our climate goals, it is imperative that we find ways to incentivize the global capital markets to invest in clean energy,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “The U.S. government is addressing the need for new financing through a variety of programs that support clean energy technology through the research and development, demonstration, and deployment stages.
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EURELECTRIC – Prosumers, an integral part of the power system and market

European utilities are becoming increasingly service-oriented and many companies already provide an array of services ranging from installation and maintenance of generation equipment, smart home applications, electrification, to storage and buying excess electricity. EURELECTRIC has published a new Paper entitled ‘Prosumers – an integral art of the power system and the market’. The Paper outlines the principles underlying an appropriate regulatory framework to ensure the cost-effective deployment of distributed generation and the adequate development of services that suit the needs of prosumers.

A stable regulatory framework that stimulates innovation provides an attractive business environment for companies to develop innovative, customer-friendly solutions, technologies and services for prosumers. Market-based business is allowed to grow when prices are not regulated and when there is no obligation for any party to buy the electricity which is generated by prosumers. Prosumers are able to react to market signals and optimise their consumption when the excess electricity they have generated is priced based on wholesale power prices. Adequate metering data provided by smart meters is a key enabler in this respect.
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EU-JCR – Intense aerosols reduction to affect wind and solar energy availability in coming decades

A strong decline in emissions from human-made aerosols will drive changes to large scale atmospheric circulation and hence affect wind power density off-shore and solar radiation in Europe and northern Africa, according to JRC report analysing these two renewables in 2030-2050. Without a sizeable reduction in aerosols resulting from human activity, future changes are less prominent. The study focused on wind and photovoltaics, as they are directly related to meteorological variables.
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S&T AG secures large-sized smart energy commission in Poland

S&T Poland to supply 120.000 intelligent electricity meters and to implement head-end system

The S&T Group’s smart energy division has secured a large-sized commission in Poland. As part of a project, S&T’s subsidiary in Poland is to supply 120.000 smart meters. The commission also comprises the implementation and maintenance of the associated data management system. The commission’s value comes to more than EUR 10 million. The recipient of the items to be supplied by S&T will be a Polish-Korean consortium. The end-user plans to follow up the project’s completion mid-2016 with the launching of a tender comprised of some 5 million electricity meters. The value of these is to be more than USD 500 million. It will be for southern Poland.

As part of the “Smart City Wroclaw” smart energy project, S&T will supply a further 120.000 devices. This will be done by mid-2016. The recently-concluded contract contains an option for a 20% increase in the number of items ordered. S&T will also provide IT and maintenance services. This will comprise the integration of the head-end software systems required to operate the data center of the power supplier.

“We have strongly profited from the synergies extant within the S&T Group. Networked Energy Services Corp. (NES) is our California-based subsidiary. It is the world’s leading supplier of smart-grid technologies. NES has supplied its first-class services to this project. Our subsidiary in Poland has also provided its great expertise in the region’s IT services market to it,” notes Hannes Niederhauser, chairman of S&T’s executive board.
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Eltel wins another major smart metering contract in Norway

Norwegian power utility Skagerak Nett AS has chosen Eltel its rollout partner  in their smart metering project. The rollout consists of 180.000 AMM meters to be installed by 2019.
Skagerak Nett has decided to contract the rollout of 180.000 smart meters with Eltel. The contracted services include rollout of meters and communication equipment, installations for substations, warehousing and logistics, and customer contacts. For Eltel the contract is another smart metering project in Norway announced during a short period of time. Eltel is the market leader of smart metering rollouts in Northern Europe with contracted installations of over 4 million meters.

Geir Kulås, Networks director of Skagerak Nett says:
“Eltel has shown in similar projects elsewhere that they have competences and capacity to install a large amount of meters every day. By Norwegian regulator we are obliged to complete the system by 1.1.2019”.
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Duke Energy, LG Chem, Greensmith to build fast-response energy storage system in Ohio

Duke Energy, LG Chem and Greensmith will team up to build a battery-based energy storage system in Ohio, designed to enhance reliability and increase stability on the electric power grid.

Duke Energy, the nation’s largest electric utility, currently owns nearly 15 percent of the grid-connected, battery-based energy storage capacity in the U.S., according to independent research firm IHS Energy.

The new 2-megawatt (MW) storage project will assist in regulating electric grid frequency for PJM, the transmission organization that powers much of the eastern U.S.
The system will be built at Duke Energy’s retired W.C. Beckjord coal-fired power plant in New Richmond, Ohio, and is expected to be operational by late 2015.
It continues Duke Energy’s exploration of energy storage solutions and their potential for broad adoption.

“Fast-responding energy storage is recognized for the tremendous benefits it provides to grid operations, because it can instantaneously absorb excess energy from the grid or release energy,” said Phil Grigsby, Duke Energy’s vice president of commercial transmission. “Delivering that power in seconds, as opposed to a power plant that could take 10 minutes or more to ramp up, is the unique value the battery system provides to grid operators.

“This accurate and rapid response will help improve the overall reliability and economic efficiency of the grid. It also demonstrates the capabilities of new technologies and the potential for future applications, such as large-scale integration of renewable energy onto the grid,” Grigsby added.
The Ohio project adds to Duke Energy’s installed base of commercially operating energy storage systems. With the addition of the new project, the company will operate a total of 4 MW of energy storage at Beckjord, where a separate 2-MW storage system already exists.
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Fortum – Leading energy, technology and construction companies join forces to develop next generation sustainable housing in Stockholm

Sweden’s Stockholm Royal Seaport urban development area is set to become the site of a unique research project, with 150 new apartments as the testing bench.
Stockholm Royal Seaport

Globally leading companies have joined forces to equip these homes with state-of-the-art energy technologies and connected appliances, enabling residents to monitor and control their energy usage in real time. The object of this collaborative effort is to develop and demonstrate smarter ways of managing energy and help residents use energy more efficiently. The smart energy housing project in Stockholm is backed by a cross-industry consortium where the key contributors are Fortum, ABB, Ericsson, Electrolux and the Swedish Energy Agency. The homes are built by NCC, Erik Wallin and HEBA.

“Just as urbanisation is a global phenomenon, the need for sustainable cities is universal too. Our ambition for this initiative is to address and inspire energy-efficient urban living everywhere,” says Johan Ander, project manager with energy supplier Fortum. “This development started as a pilot with a single apartment. That produced valuable input to the full-scale project, where we will test and develop new technologies together with the residents based on knowledge and experience we gain.”
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Vattenfall – Sweden first in Europe to test wireless charging of electric cars

Together with its partners, Vattenfall will be the first company in Europe to demonstrate and evaluate the wireless charging of electric cars on a larger scale. A total of 20 electric cars will take part in the pilot project starting this year.

Wireless charging can simplify the charging of electric cars, and the technology will now be tested in Sweden. In the course of this year, wireless charging with induction technology will be installed in a total of 20 electric cars located in Gothenburg, Stockholm and at Vattenfall. These cars will be used, demonstrated and evaluated for a period of about a year.
“With this joint project we are taking a step towards the more convenient use of electric cars. As buyers of electric cars may well be put off by having to use charging cables, they will be obviated by wireless technology. The focus will be on practical day-to-day use,” says Karl Bergman, Head of Research at Vattenfall. This joint project, with financial support from the Swedish Energy Agency, will be run within the scope of the WiCh research project, with partners Vattenfall, the Viktoria Swedish ICT research institute, the Gatubolaget company in Gothenburg, Stockholm municipality, the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority and Test Site Sweden at Lindholm Science Park. The project will be the first in Europe to allow regular users to test wireless charging.
“We took the initiative because we want to promote the development of this charging technology and hopefully allow the creation of a standard for the European market for which we can supply an attractively priced and practical product,” says Karl Bergman.
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GÖRLITZ enters into co-operation with media transfer AG (mtG)

Aiming to provide the highest level of security for its metering system IDSpecto, GÖRLITZ has entered into a co-operation agreement with the expert company media transfer AG (mtG). In future, the interface link between mtG’s security modules and IDSpecto guarantees that all security relevant processes are carried out according to the technical guidelines TR-03109 of the Federal Agency for Security in Information Technology (BSI).

Reliable, secure data transfer provides a crucial basis for communication with intelligent data metering systems. As a result of this co-operation between the metering specialists GÖRLITZ AG and the security experts mtG, two companies, whose core competencies ideally complement each other, have joined forces. This combines the technology competencies of GÖRLITZ in the field of energy data collection and processing on the one hand, with the professional solution of mtG, a company with extensive expertise in the field of security on the other. Both parties look forward to a long-term cooperation in the smart metering field and are well-positioned now and in the future to fulfil all necessary requirements.
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E.ON UK – Becomes the first of the larger energy suppliers to level the playing field for prepayment meter customers by launching Smart Pay As You Go pilot

  • By switching to Smart Pay As You Go, E.ON’s prepayment meter customers are for the first time offered the same prices as Direct Debit customers.
  • Smart Pay As You Go pilot means E.ON has become the first of the larger suppliers to offer prepayment meter customers access to its cheapest prices, potentially saving them up to £104 per year.
  • E.ON’s pilot will give prepayment meter customers the opportunity to access the cheapest Smart Pay As You Go prices on the market – £67 less than its closest competitor.
  • During the pilot phase, Smart Pay As You Go is being made available to 30.000 eligible E.ON customers in 2015. It will be more widely available for new and existing customers from 2016.
  • Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, the Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP, says the Pay As You Go scheme will help consumers “have greater control over their energy use and to keep their bills low”

E.ON has today (THURS) announced the launch of its Smart Pay As You Go pilot – a new way of paying that will transform how customers manage the energy they use.

As part of this, E.ON is introducing a discount, set at the same level as Direct Debit, for Smart Pay As You Go customers who currently either have prepayment meters or pay for their energy on receipt of their bill.
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NRGi – So smart becomes the city of Aarhus in the future

Experience of Aarhus’s future  in the Concert Hall. New exhibition focuses on smart solutions that create future cities.

Aarhus is among Europe’s most technologically smart cities. Many of the city’s businesses and the municipality is working hard to make the city more cohesive, energy-friendly and better place to live in. Enjoy the present and future smart Aarhus when the Concert Hall in collaboration with energy company NRGi focuses on smart products, installations and transport.

“We have for several years had a good cooperation with NRGi to reduce energy consumption in the Concert Hall. The cooperation is both good for the environment and the wallet. We are pleased that all citizens now have the opportunity to experience how smart and innovative technology improves the quality of life while becoming more efficient, “says Jan Christensen, director of the Concert Hall.

The exhibition is free and can be experienced in the Foyer of the 2nd-16th June Concert Hall’s opening hours. Here, visitors can explore intelligent bicycle racks, smart waste and potent electric vehicles. Or see how the office refrigerator and stove communicate with each other.
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Schneider Electric provides Iberdrola with the technological platform to manage 11 million smart meters in Spain

Iberdrola has entrusted to Schneider Electric, global specialist in energy management and automation,  the design and implementation of the technological platform that will enable the company to manage and control  the daily data of approximately  11 million smart meters and advanced monitoring devices that will be installed in the low voltage network in Spain by 2019.

The platform, based on Schneider Electric’s Titanium technology, will integrate into a single centralized solution the collection of information from the smart metering and advanced supervision infrastructure of the low voltage network, based on the PRIME standard, providing Iberdrola with immediate and reliable access to the information needed for efficient management of the network.

The development of the necessary adaptations of the platform, its deployment and production start up, will be led from the global center of competence in energy that Schneider Electric has in its Innovation Center in Seville. The project team has already led significant and successful projects such as the deployment and subsequent operation of advanced smart metering infrastructures (AMI) for Caruna in Finland and for Vatenfall in Sweden.
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E.ON and the city of Berlin – a good match

When it wants to know the latest trends, the world looks to Berlin. What Berlin does today, the rest of the world does tomorrow.

Today more than half the world’s population lives in cities and this proportion is increasing. Modern cities are becoming the stimulus for many global developments but they face the challenge of having to reconcile a lot of different and often conflicting goals. Their inhabitants want a high quality of life and also a say in the development of their city, which must be attractive to businesses, use energy and resources more efficiently and reduce CO2 emissions. Berlin wants to have zero emissions by 2050 – an ambitious but achievable goal, which will require future-oriented technologies, E-mobility, smart networks, energy-efficient buildings and a highly networked infrastructure. Not just one or the other but the whole package – cohesively planned and implemented.
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Apator – Smart Grid – Presentation remote reading

The latest generation systems enable metering of electricity. Bi-directional communication, transfer of read out values and their visualization provide complete calibration of the solutions used. Progress in development of the latest technologies allows using more functional electricity meters enabling the metering of significant parameters of power grids. Metering equipment can operate in post-paid and pre-paid systems and at the same it collects data read out making them available to billing or statistical systems. It is also possible to monitor the information on errors or failures and therefore it allows reacting immediately by operator in such situation
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IEC – 72 Countries plus the EU, Euratom and ECOWAS Adopt the International Energy Charter (IEC)

Energy ministers and other high-level officials from around the world gathered in The Hague, The Netherlands, in order to adopt the International Energy Charter, a political declaration for international energy cooperation.

The result of lengthy negotiations involving around eighty states, the International Energy Charter represents a new and dynamic institutional benchmark outlining the principles governing energy relations between the countries that have adopted this document. It constitutes a modern, non-discriminatory global instrument which aims to address the core energy challenges of the 21st century. These include security of supply, security of demand and that of transit of energy, as well as universal energy access as a means of poverty reduction, and shared environmental responsibility.

The central theme of The Hague ministerial conference was ‘Investing in Energy’. Indeed, the International Energy Charter is a critical instrument in moving countries towards a clear commitment to the principle of protection of investments in the energy sector at the global level.

Dr. Urban Rusnák, Secretary General of the Energy Charter Secretariat, stated: “This Ministerial Conference is the culmination of so much effort by so many. Much has been achieved, that should be celebrated. And yet, much remains to be done. This is not the end of a process, but rather the beginning of a process. Today is the dawn of a new age.”
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EDSO – Improving TSO-DSO cooperation at the European level: EDSO contribution to system operators dialogue

Distribution System Operators (DSOs) and Transmission System Operators (TSOs) are today in charge of maintaining the electricity system stable for all consumers in a society ever more reliant on uninterrupted power supply. This task is more challenging now than in past decades: renewable energy sources are being connected to distribution grids at an extraordinary rate, consumers are installing solar panels on their roofs, new market players are starting to sell flexibility services, and electric vehicles (EV) are starting to appear on the roads.
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EU Commission – Energy high on agenda at Eastern Partnership Summit, Riga

Energy was high on the agenda at the Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga on 21-22 May 2015. Leaders from the EU, EU countries, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine attended the Summit.

The Eastern Partnership was launched in 2009 with the aim of deepening relations between the EU and its Eastern neighbours. Cooperation also includes a broad range of energy related issues, including the Eastern Partnership Flagship Initiative on energy.

Summit participants signed a Declaration which reaffirms their interest in strengthening energy security, sustainability and competiveness, as well as boosting the diversification of supply. They also reiterated their intention to deepen bilateral and multilateral cooperation in energy.

The Declaration highlights the importance of well-functioning energy markets and the contribution that energy efficiency and renewable energy can make to boosting security of supply.
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Eurelectric – Fostering investments in the MENA region: EURELECTRIC advocates an 8-point action plan

Concerted effort is needed to attract investment in the electricity sector in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region, EURELECTRIC says in a newly published paper. The paper was launched at a joint MEDELEC-AUE-EURELECTRIC event today. Some of the countries of the region are directly affiliated to EURELECTRIC.

Energy demand in the MENA region is expected to increase tremendously and many countries have recently set ambitious targets to revise their energy strategies and are increasingly turning to renewable energy and energy efficiency measures. They have also started implementing the regulatory reforms required to achieve these sustainable objectives, albeit at different implementation programs and speeds. Members of most of the MENA region are however not attracting sufficient private capital and investment in electricity generation assets and infrastructure.
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DECC – Energy, Climate Change and the Queen’s Speech

By Amber Rudd MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Today’s Queen’s Speech sets out our early priorities for the new Parliament. DECC’s priorities are clear: keeping the lights on and powering the economy; keeping bills low for families and businesses and getting a climate deal in Paris this year.

The UK is one of the most energy secure countries in the world. The National Grid has the right tools in place to deal with the toughest system conditions – its new services to balance the electricity system meant that we maintained healthy margins throughout last winter. In the medium term we have a Capacity Market to make sure there is enough available to meet future peak electricity demand – last year it produced new investment at good value for money. Longer term we are investing in new energy infrastructure – new nuclear and renewables, as well as exploring for shale gas.

However, even as we cut our carbon emissions over the coming decades we will need oil and gas as part of our energy mix. That includes maximising home grown energy sources rather than relying on imports – and benefitting working people in Britain. The new Energy Bill will boost the UK oil and gas industry by creating an independent regulator for exploration and production from the territorial sea and UK continental shelf. This new approach to industry collaboration (which fully implements last year’s independent Wood Review) will help drive down costs and improve the sector’s efficiency.
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GSGF – Winners announced for second annual ISGAN Award of Excellence and inaugural GSGF Best Smart Grid Project Award

During an awards ceremony at the sixth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) and the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF) announced the winners of the second annual ISGAN Award of Excellence and the first‐ever GSGF Best Smartgrid Project Award.

ISGAN honored the “GRID4EU Large‐scale Demonstration of European Smart Distribution Networks” as the winner of its ISGAN Award of Excellence. Exemplifying the 2015 competition theme of “Excellence in Smart Grids for Renewable Energy Integration,” GRID4EU used demand management and grid automation to improve the integration of renewables on medium‐ and low‐voltage electricity networks in Europe.

“GRID4EU pools the expertise and experience of six major European smart grid demonstration projects to achieve the common vision of a ‘smarter and greener grid,’” said Michele de Nigris, Chair of ISGAN’s Executive Committee. “This multi‐project structure, as well as GRID4EU’s approach in using smart grids to integrate renewable energy, stand as best practice examples for the rest of the world.”
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ACEEE – Boston, NYC, Washington, DC, San Francisco, and Seattle Rank as America’s Most Energy-Efficient US Cities

Biennial Energy Efficiency Scorecard Ranks 51 Large US Cities; Balance of Top 10 US Cities: Chicago, Minneapolis, Portland, Austin, and Denver; Los Angeles One of the Most Improved Cities

Mayors and local lawmakers in America’s largest cities continue to take innovative steps to lower energy costs for consumers and businesses, increase their resilience, and reduce pollution through increased energy efficiency, according to the 2nd edition of the City Energy Efficiency Scorecard, released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
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Eurelectric report – Communicating with customers in case of blackouts

European power supply is among the most reliable in the world. Nevertheless, unplanned power interruptions do occur – for instance in extreme weather situations. In those cases, keeping those affected informed and updated is crucial.

In spring 2014, EURELECTRIC carried out a survey among industry associations and distribution system operators (DSOs) from 11 EU countries – DE, ES, FI,FR,GR,LV,NL,PL,PT,SE,UK–and Norway asking how DSOs communicate on unplanned power cuts.

This leaflet first highlights some of the main survey results. The second part showcases best practice examples from around Europe, showing how DSOs are communicating to make sure that, while the power is interrupted, customers are not left in the dark.
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Navigant – Smart Grid IT Systems

MDMS, CIS, GIS, SCADA, EMS, DMS, OMS, AMS, MWMS, DRMS, DERMS,
and Utility Data Analytics Solutions: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts

As power grid operators worldwide face new and growing challenges—to stability, reliability, and even economic feasibility—those charged with managing the grid are turning increasingly to sophisticated IT systems. Modern solutions can help managers leverage the growing connectivity of grid equipment and devices in order to automate control and maintenance functions and better engage with customers. The proliferation of new sensing devices in the grid is providing vast quantities of granular data and grid-edge visibility. Meanwhile, newer platforms like mobile devices and social media are delivering real-time intelligence never before available to utility managers. Add in sophisticated predictive analytics solutions, and the possibilities for utilities to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and better interact with their constituents are nearly endless.
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May 2015

Harry Crijns
Secretary OSGP Alliance

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OSGP Alliance to release next generation security specifications

OSGP Alliance (www.osgp.org), an independent, global, not-for-profit association comprised of prominent utilities, systems integrators, service providers as well as smart grid eqhas announced that it is preparing an update to the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) specifications to add additional security features to the existing security architecture currently defined in the specifications.

The OSGP Alliance undertakes this security update because the alliance understands that the systems built with the OSGP specifications are an important, vital asset for a utility, and also often an essential element for national security. The overall security of a utility is an evolving and dynamic process just as it is for all types of systems deployed for governments, financial institutions and the like, and this planned security update will ensure that the OSGP specifications, and the systems built upon them, will be many years ahead of theoretical threats.

The alliance’s work on this security update is motivated by the latest recommended international cybersecurity practices, and will enhance both the primitives used for encryption and authentication as well as the key length, usage, and update rules and mechanisms. It is important to note that there have not been any reported security breaches of any deployed smart metering or smart grid system built with the current OSGP specifications, and that systems built with these specifications include a comprehensive multi-layer security system that has always been mandatory.

The OSGP Alliance will make a further public announcement about these planned updates to the OSGP specifications in late summer 2015, and will be engaging with various standards-developing organizations, including CENELEC (www.cenelec.eu) and ETSI (www.etsi.org), with proposals to incorporate these planned updates for the benefit of the grid modernization community and all stakeholders.

For more information:
Harry Crijns,
Secretary of OSGP Alliance,
E-mail address: secr@osgp.org.

 

 

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NES – Networked Energy Services has moved the production of smart meters from China to Poland

Closer to the customer – Faster, easier transportation, simpler logistics and better control over the production.

These days NES will come with its 4th generation platform for the Smart Grids; Patagonia, an innovative and highly secured operation platform for the best Smart Meter in the Market.
We aim to reach all Nordic customers within maximum 4 days with centralised storage and through the carefully optimized production and logisticsprocesses, says Petter Pettersen, sales director for NES.

“The new meter is built on an innovative new platform. This includes both the technology, design and production concept. Both hardware and firmware is a new generation, and we have had a strong focus for the new meter should be future proof and a high degree of security. With this product we should stay ahead”, says Andy Robinson, Vice President & Chief Technology Officer Networked Energy Services.

One of the important innovations in hardware is a new processor, which makes the unit the most powerful home meter on the market. In addition, the memory is significantly upgraded, where 32MB is considered much in an electricity meter. It is also designed for integration with broadband PLC.

“Measurement machines, as we have chosen to call them, are improved on essential point in this new generation. It has faster sampling, and can receive and handle more information online. It can run more complex algorithms with more speed and higher resolution, it is more accurate, more linear, and can do more with power quality analysis”, describes Andy Robinson.

Communication specifications are also largely expanded, with more opportunities for PLC, communication card and connections. All six ports can be used independently of each other.

“Before we started this development, we did a lot of research among our customers and asked them what they experienced as challenges in the roll out and in the operation of our meters. We got much feedback that we have integrated in this next generation smart meters. Adaptable backlights for the buttons, low light, but still easy to locate and operate for onsite operation. Good lighting during implementation and user intervention.

Andy Robinson expresses his enthusiasm for the new LCD screen. The special glass provides a new experience, and not at least, it has an extreme viewing angle that makes display is readable almost from aside.

“The factory is planned to efficient production of Patagonia platform and 4 generation products. The small footprint requires few operators and processes, which means that they can scale up quickly when needed”, says Andy Robinson, Vice President & Chief Technology Officer and Petter Pettersen, sales director at Networked Energy Services.

“User-friendliness has been a main aspect of the design process, and safety and security is important keywords. I dark or dim lighting, you can still see the meter and use it. Therefore, it is another backlit pushbuttons in addition to the display.

The focus on design does not only apply usability and performance but also the production and reliability. We not only create the most advanced smart meter, but also the easiest to use in operational circumstances, while retaining the high quality.

“The mechanical design has great flexibility. We also wanted to delete all processes and steps, which may cause potential quality problems at manual operations. We have eliminated so many of these processes as possible. This is very unlike the majority of products you see on the market”.

“This has led to a meter that probably is one of the easiest to put together. It can be made in four basic operations. By comparison, our previous model had twelve,” tells Andy Robinson. “It is also possible to run very advanced security features with the meter. Meanwhile, all data in the database is encrypted, not only the keys. The unit has a 100 percent traceability system at all levels.

The factory is planned to efficient production of the Patagonia platform and the 4th generation products. It takes little space, requires few operators and processes, which allows a quickly scale up when needed. The production line is very thoughtful, with fewest possible steps. The idea is that units can be sent directly from factory to the customer, ready for installation.

“We start up producing 740,000 units annually, so to increase to 1.4 million. We have the potential to scale up to four million annually if we need it”, says Andy Robinson.

“We also received MID approval something before Easter, and the first meters are already delivered to customers”, says Petter Pettersen, sales director for NES. “We have the objective to reach all Nordic customers within maximum 4 days with centralised storage and through the carefully optimised production and logistic processes.

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Eltel and Hafslund sign the largest Norwegian smart metering rollout contract

Eltel and Hafslund Nett have announced the signing of the largest Norwegian smart metering rollout contract. The volume amounts to 630.000 direct measured meters to be installed by 2019, with approximately 150 Eltel employees involved in the project.

Eltel and Hafslund Nett have agreed on a rollout of 630.000 smart meters in Hafslund distribution network in Norway. The project is by far the largest smart metering project in Norway and will take more than three years to implement. Eltel’s delivery scope will include rollout planning, end customer communications, logistics and installations. The parties have agreed to utilize Eltel’s Mobile Workforce Management system for the rollout process.

Axel Hjärne, CEO of Eltel comments:
“We are very glad to announce the signing of the agreement with Hafslund. We have worked in preparing this project for one year with our tendering team from Norway, Finland, Sweden and Denmark. Moreover, the project execution will be based on extensive collaboration of technician teams from Norway and neighbouring countries. We are looking forward to a good collaboration with Hafslund, contributing to great advantages for their end customers and optimization of the whole infrastructure for the benefit of all stakeholders”.

Kristin Lian, Senior Vice President, Hafslund Nett comments:
“Eltel has offered a thorough and efficient solution with favorable commercial terms for the installation of electricity meters in all directly measured installations. Eltel has experience of similar projects from the past, both in scope and content. Eltel showed good understanding of, and approach to, project implementation. The project organization consists of many experienced resources, and they presented a detailed project plan with clear responsibilities, realistic timelines and deliverables. Eltel also delivered the most economically advantageous tender”.
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EnergiMidt – New development will create viable energy storage solution

Energimidt has partnered with leading Danish companies and municipalities to develop a system that can increase private consumption by local energy production. The project will run for 3,5 years and the aim is that the solution must be profitable to market conditions and to improve the electricity network handling of small local productions as solar cells.

Energimidt in collaboration with DTU Electrical, FLUX A/S, PA Energy and Skive Municipality and the Municipality of Middelfart started the project Local Energy Storage (LES). The project aims to develop a local energy storage solution based on the latest power electronics and thereby be groundbreaking in terms of price, efficiency and design. The solution developed to ensure that private producers such as solar owners get full use of the power they produce.

“As it looks right now, batteries for storage of self-produced power is not profitable because the existing batteries have a short life compared to their price. Unlike in Germany, for example, where you get a great contribution to saving energy, we have in Denmark need a storage solution that is profitable under Danish conditions. That is what we will create with this project here. We expect prices to come with, so we have a system that meets the expectations and unmarketable when the project ends in 2018″, says Rasmus Høyrup Refshauge, a specialist in EnergiMidt- development. He adds that energy storage is a political focus area, which we know to be resolved so that we can achieve the policy objectives in 2050.
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NES – Networked Energy Services Corporation Acquires Leading Provider of Grid Management Products

Austria-based ubitronix products, people, and facilities form NES Europe, including a new R&D facility and support center for NES customers

Networked Energy Services Corporation announced, its acquisition of Ubitronix System Solutions GmbH, a leading grid management products company serving the European and Middle East regions. The acquisition will accelerate grid management applications for Patagonia, the NES next generation solution platform for the smart grid. The 3 tier platform includes ruggedized Smart Grid Devices, which now includes ubitronix load management solution, Linux-based Control Nodes, and a robust grid analytics and applications portfolio, which will leverage ubitronix UIEM software, designed to integrate and manage smart grid devices and systems from multiple vendors.

With Ubitronix, NES is able to accelerate its overall grid management applications effort, offering its customers new Load Management applications and expand its Utility Data Center software to support multiple vendor products out of the box.
NES will leverage Ubitronix Linz, Austria based facilities and engineers to launch a European R&D facility, focused on high speed wireless and PLC based communications for its Patagonia platform and grid management applications development. Further, NES will offer its European and Middle East customers even more local technical support through the resources and experience the ubitronix acquisition enables.

As a result of the acquisition, Ubitronix System Solutions GmbH will change its name to Network Energy Services GmbH and will serve as the NES European headquarters.
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SEAS-NVE – New light on the beach path provides security – and great savings

Better lighting that gives more security, less CO2 emissions and a massive saving of 74 percent. These are three of the most striking results of a study of sensor-controlled lighting on the beach path in Kalundborg.

SEAS-NVE would like to help develop our region. We do this partly by constantly developing smarter solutions for the benefit of citizens. It’s Kalundborg Municipality and our experiments with sensor-controlled lighting in Strandstien a good example, and it would be a good idea for the municipality, and probably also for other municipalities to look at whether this solution can be an opportunity to bicycle and pedestrian paths “says Eva Sass Lauritsen, project manager of SEAS-NVE.
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Schneider  Electric – A framework for developing and evaluating utility substation Cyber Security

The utility industry is under pressure to improve substation automation cyber security. Manufacturers of substation products use proprietary or product-specific methodologies for managing device security. As a result, standardization and ease of management of these devices is lacking. This paper reviews processes and procedures for securing a substation, offers advice for overcoming substation asset management challenges, and describes some of the tools available
Now that cyber security is a top-of-mind concern, utility stakeholders are mimicking their IT peers and are scrambling to put their infrastructure security house in order. Within substations, proprietary devices once considered for specialized applications are now vulnerable. Sensitive information (such as online documentation that describes how these devices work) can be accessed via the internet by anyone, including those with malicious intent who wish to cause disruption. 
Electrical substations today are characterized by different mixes of Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT). Operational Technology is defined as the automation and control systems and components that monitor, measure, and protect critical infrastructure. When bolstering the security of a substation network, IT infrastructure components such as PC hosts, network devices (e.g., switches, routers, and firewalls) are a logical first step for protection. Technologies / tools such as SNMP and SYSLOG can be used with security monitoring systems to easily monitor IT-based devices. Extending this same methodology to OT-based devices, however, can be more difficult to achieve.
Most embedded devices and power systems applications were not designed with security monitoring in mind. To address this problem, many substation automation vendors have tried the bolt-on security approach, keeping cyber security functionally separate from non-secured OT devices and building a layer of security around them. This approach may allow for a layer of access control and monitoring, but once the initial layer is breached, devices remain vulnerable. While bolt-on solutions allow for a fast implementation to reduce the risk of a cyber-attack on OT devices, substation asset managers should consider upgrading their OT devices during their lifecycle to newer devices containing built-in cyber security functions.

Ferranti accelerates investments in MECOMS™ solution and customer focus

Ferranti Computer Systems accelerates the investments in research and development of the MECOMS™ solution to further develop the innovations and the value we bring to our customers and partners. To lead this strategic focus, Tom Van Haute has been appointed as Chief Technology Officer. Tom Van Haute has been working for Ferranti for 20 years in various positions, the previous one being Chief Operations Officer of Ferranti Computer Systems.

A stronger product proposition goes hand in hand with a stronger customer focus. Therefore Ferranti also has strengthened the commercial organization with the appointment of Mark Hurcomb as Chief Commercial Officer and the appointment of Tony Walton as Sales Manager for the United Kingdom.

Mark Hurcomb will be leading Ferranti’s commercial operations across EMEA in combination with the responsibility of Country Manager Ferranti United Kingdom. Mark Hurcomb brings to Ferranti extensive energy- and utilities expertise from past management responsibilities at Logica (now CGI), Regional Management at Wipro, Head of Energy and Utilities Europe at HCL and Vice President EMEA at eMeter Corporation. Before joining Ferranti, Mark was the Sales Director Northern Europe for Oracle Utilities.

Tony Walton held business development responsibilities at Ebiquita Ltd, Equifax Ltd and Gentrack Limited where he worked extensively with energy and water utilities in the UK.
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Oracle Utilities Network Management System Effectively Manages and Utilizes Data to Help Reduce Cost and Improve Grid Reliability

Electric utilities traditionally rely on delivering power generated from central plants connected to transmission grids that lead through the distribution network and ultimately to the customer.
However, electric distribution is changing rapidly as consumers continue to adopt beyond-the-meter technology that can shape grid reliability and performance, pointing toward increased risks for utilities resistant to change.
To help utilities embrace this growth opportunity, Oracle recently made significant updates to Oracle Utilities Network Management System to help enterprises more easily and effectively integrate distributed energy resources, including rooftop solar, wind turbines, and batteries, based on location and condition of use.

“Oracle Utilities Network Management System 1.12.0.2 is an advanced distribution management system [ADMS] that empowers utilities to flexibly manage distribution grid data to improve reliability and reduce cost,” said Rodger Smith, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Utilities.
“It supports vital distribution automation to the substation and distributed generation management thanks to a scalable, real-time data model and optimization engine.
These capabilities are built on one of the world’s best outage management systems, as demonstrated during Superstorm Sandy, making Oracle Utilities Network Management System the best solution for utilities that need a storm-proven, scalable ADMS platform that also manages distributed energy resources.”
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Duke Energy named one of the 20 most innovative companies April 24, 2015

Duke Energy has been named to Greentech Media’s Grid Edge 20 – recognizing the company as one of the most innovative firms working to architect the electric power industry’s future.
Companies were selected based on their contribution to grid edge technology transformation – increasingly critical in today’s changing utility industry. En ergy stakeholders and other thought leaders in the industry helped select the Grid Edge 20. See the entire list.

“At Duke Energy, we continue to promote innovation as a way to make our operations more efficient — and our customers more satisfied. We are honored with this recognition,” said Caren Anders, vice president, Emerging Technology and Transmission Affairs.
Among the emerging technology projects Duke Energy is working on: energy storage, microgrids and making the grid operate with more open standards and less proprietary protocols. These efforts will help the company and customers alike with a stronger, more resilient electric grid.

“The Grid Edge 20 is an annual benchmark for our industry,” said Steve Propper, director of Grid Edge at Greentech Media. “This year’s group is made up of technology vendors making the greatest impact on the market in terms of deploying disruptive solutions commercially. It also includes utilities making smart investments to optimize their distribution network architecture and prepare for the future architecture of the grid.”
The publication noted Duke Energy’s plans for a testing facility in Gaston County, N.C., this year. Duke Energy and more than 25 companies will test new innovative techniques for the electric grid at the facility.
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ONE Nordic – Tailwind for Lapland Electricity Networks

Lapland electricity network as part of ONE Nordic Group have success with their wind power projects.
We have been contracted to conduct the internal grid of the wind farm Maevaara, stage 2 at OX2.
The wind farm comprising 10 wind turbines have to start construction in August and the entire project is expected to be completed by summer 2016.

We have already supplied the internal mains to Maevaara, phase 1, which consisted of 24 wind turbines.Operation and maintenance of both the station and the network, we are responsible also.
Similar previous projects have included Uljabuouda (10 turbines), Jokkmokk Liden (10 turbines) and Blaiken Wind, Stage 1, 2 and 3 (a total of 90 wind turbines).
Lapland Electricity Network currently has about 20 employees and office is in Jokkmokk.
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Alliander – Batteries from electric cars get second life on Fortress-island Pampus, the Netherlands

Fortress-island Pampus, just at the East-side of Amsterdam, will use a battery from an electric car to store energy. This way the energy use will be reduced because it be used more efficiently. Through this the island Papus set its first step towards a self-sufficient and sustainable existence and business operations. Additionally the project is to demonstrate if these batteries can have a second life on a large scale.
The future re-use of batteries by Dutch households and businesses can be an affordable way of storing energy. The coming years thousands of these batteries will become available. Additionally it contributes to the sustainable goals of the region, its businesses and organisations, such as Fortress-island Pampus.
The research project is realised by Alliander, ARN, Fortress-island Pampus foundation, DNV-GL, HAN, TU/e and Amsterdam Smart City.
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EU-Commission – Innovative smart grids central to Energy Union

Innovative smart grids will play a key role in delivering the EU’s plans for Energy Union – an integrated energy market which works for consumers, keeps the EU world number one in renewables and ensures that energy supply can meet demand, Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, said at the InnoGrid 2020+ conference in Brussels on 31 March.

Europe’s energy landscape is changing fast. Today, renewables account for 25% of the EU’s electricity supply and this level could rise to 50% by 2030. Variable renewables require more grid flexibility, new approaches, new technologies and new markets. Meanwhile, consumers need to be at the heart of the EU’s internal energy market to control their energy consumption and make personal energy decisions to lower their bills.

Smart grids allow energy to flow where and when it’s needed, they make the best use of renewable energy and they keep infrastructure costs – and household energy bills – down.

“We know that smart grids work. We have seen that they can reduce the infrastructure capacity needed to meet demand by up to 30%,” Arias Cañete said.

However, for smart grids to meet their potential, a number of hurdles must be overcome. The InnoGrid 2020+ conference is set to explore the role of research in smart grids, financing, regulatory and business models and how to integrate smart grids, among other topics.
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Eurelectric – Coordinate national energy policies to meet EU objectives

The European electricity industry has set out its views on the governance of the Energy Union, including the 2030 energy and climate framework. EURELECTRIC’s paper contains a number of recommendations towards building consistent and market-oriented national plans as a foundation for the Europeanisation of energy policies.

Generally, EURELECTRIC supports the development of a holistic governance system which provides for a coherent approach both to the 2030 climate and energy framework and to Europe’s broader “Energy Union” policy objectives. The governance system should ensure that the binding carbon reduction target of 40% remains the centrepiece of the 2030 framework, contributing to progress towards the 2030 targets without compromising security of supply, competitiveness, cost-efficiency and sustainability. The potential for decarbonisation in Europe can only be unlocked with sufficient investment, and EURELECTRIC thus calls for streamlined national plans that provide a predictable and reliable framework for investors, whilst achieving a level playing field for technologies.

Regional cooperation, coordination and solidarity are at the core of the Energy Union, and the governance system should support those principles. Policies that are properly coordinated and assessed in cooperation with other member states contribute to market integration and minimise market distortions across the EU. Regional cooperation also provides opportunities such as pooling resources to facilitate technology development.
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Energy Department to Provide $75 Million for ‘Fuels from Sunlight’ Hub

CENTER AIMS TO PRODUCE LIQUID TRANSPORTATION FUELS FROM SUNLIGHT

The U.S. Department of Energy today announced $75 million in funding to renew the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP), a DOE Energy Innovation Hub originally established in 2010 with the goal of harnessing solar energy for the production of fuel.  JCAP researchers are focused on achieving the major scientific breakthroughs needed to produce liquid transportation fuels from a combination of sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide, using artificial photosynthesis.

While the scientific challenges of producing such fuels are considerable, JCAP will capitalize on state-of-the-art capabilities developed during its initial five years of research, including sophisticated characterization tools and unique automated high-throughput experimentation that can quickly make and screen large libraries of materials to identify components for artificial photosynthesis systems.
“Basic scientific research supported by the Department of Energy is crucial to providing the foundation for innovative technologies and later-stage research to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change,” said Under Secretary for Science and Energy Lynn Orr.  “JCAP’s work to produce fuels from sunlight and carbon dioxide holds the promise of a potentially revolutionary technology that would put America on the path to a low-carbon economy.”
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EU Commission-JRC – A smart grid for the city of Rome

The JRC, in collaboration with ACEA (Rome’s electricity Distribution System Operator), assessed the merits of deploying smart grids all over the city of Rome (download full report here). For the first time, the JRC’s Smart Grid Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) has been applied to a full-scale smart grid urban project, rather than (only) to a small-size pilot. The overall outlook for Rome’s smart grid project turns out as positive from both the private investor’s and the societal perspective. This report shows how the JRC’s smart grid CBA methodology can be used to assess the financial and economic viability of real Smart Grids projects and help the investment decisions of Distribution System Operators.

The Smart Grid, the upcoming generation of intelligent electricity networks, is an undisputable building block for the development of a Smart City and promises to drastically change the way power is produced, exchanged and traded.
How can smart grids help the EU Member States in achieving the ambitious energy targets for security of supply, sustainability and competitiveness?
Consistent with its mission of providing science-based support to policy makers, the JRC has developed a series of tools and methodologies to observe, simulate and assess Smart Grid developments. The wider aim is to cover socio-economic impacts of Smart Grid projects, in order to quantify the real benefits possibly gained both by investors and by society at large.
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South Africa – Names bidders for 1 000MW of green power

South Africa has named preferred bidders for the fourth round of a series of renewable energy projects, that will add about 1 000MW of power to its ailing grid, industry insiders said on Tuesday.
SA is committed to introducing green energy into its power mix, 95% of which is coal at the moment, to redress its chronic electricity shortages.
Referred to as “Windows 4″, the renewable energy bidding rounds have invited bids for a range of renewable projects such as wind, photovoltaic, biomass and small scale hydro-electric.
The Department of Energy could not confirm if bidders were announced but Reuters has been able to identify some recipients.
“We have been awarded the 140MW Roggerveld wind farm and the 4.7MW Kruisvallei hydro farm,” said Gabriele Maraschin, development manager at unlisted Italian firm Building Energy.
“This means that you are awarded a power purchase agreement with Eskom, you have to reach financial close and then you can start construction.”
Italy’s Enel Green Power said it had won three contracts to generate wind power that will produce 425MW of electricity along South Africa’s eastern coastline and northern region.
Paper maker Sappi said it was selected to set up a 25MW biomass project in South Africa’s interior.
Other bidders included Johannesburg-based BioTherm.
Germany’s state-controlled KfW development bank said last week it had granted Eskom a R4bn loan to help modernise its power grid and connect new renewable energy projects to the system.
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DECC – Heat Network (Metering and Billing Regulations 2014): guidance to compliance and enforcement of the legislation.

The Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014 implement the requirements in the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) with respect to the supply of distributed heat, cooling, and hot water.
The EED promotes energy efficiency in the EU to achieve the Commission’s 2020 20% headline target on energy efficiency. It lays down rules to overcome market failures that impede efficiency in the supply and use of energy.
There are many thousands of heat networks in the UK, supplying hundreds of thousands of dwellings, commercial premises, and public buildings. The legislation is enforced in the UK by the National Measurement and Regulation Office (NMRO). The NMRO is also responsible for receiving notifications under regulation 3.
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ADS-Reports – The Key Players in The Global Smart Grid Networking Market 2015-2019

The report recognizes the following companies as the key players in the Global Smart Grid Networking Market: ABB Ltd., Cisco Systems, Fujitsu Ltd., GE and Huawei Investment & Holding Co. Ltd.
Other Prominent Vendors in the market are: Itron, Mitsubishi Electric, Schneider Electric and Siemens.
The report said: “The need for better energy management is one of the key trends upcoming in this market. Many power utilities are in the process of achieving end-to-end solutions to manage their energy sources. Power utilities have started adopting various smart grid technologies and networking solutions to achieve the overall goal of creating an effective smart grid system.”
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Navigant – Demand Response Enabling Technologies

Metering, Communications, and Controls Equipment: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts
Demand response (DR) is becoming a growing part of the resource base that electric system operators rely on to maintain reliability on the grid. Market liberalization, economic pressures, and environmental regulations are all moving toward a path of fewer traditional central power plants and more distributed energy resources (DER) to address future energy needs. Advanced technologies can help speed this transition and make it more reliable along the way. For example, automated demand response (ADR) systems automate the DR dispatch process, from the grid operator to the DR aggregator (if involved) to the end-use customer.

A number of drivers point toward increased DR adoption in North America and other regions of the world. The changing resource mix in electric grids globally is creating more potential for DR to play a pivotal role. New market types, like ancillary services such as reserves and regulation, are opening up to DR. The concepts of resiliency and microgrids have taken strong root along the Atlantic Coast following Hurricane in 2012, and DR will be an integral part of those developments. The advent of grid modernization is also tied to this new view on how the grid should be designed. According to Navigant Research, global DR spending is expected to grow from $183.8 million in 2015 to more than $1.3 billion in 2024.
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OSGP Alliance to release next generation security specifications

The OSGP Alliance (www.osgp.org), an independent, global, not-for-profit association comprised of prominent utilities, systems integrators, service providers as well as smart grid equipment and software product developers, has announced that it is preparing an update to the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) specifications to add additional security features to the existing security architecture currently defined in the specifications.

The OSGP Alliance undertakes this security update because the alliance understands that the systems built with the OSGP specifications are an important, vital asset for a utility, and also often an essential element for national security. The overall security of a utility is an evolving and dynamic process just as it is for all types of systems deployed for governments, financial institutions and the like, and this planned security update will ensure that the OSGP specifications, and the systems built upon them, will be many years ahead of theoretical threats.

The alliance’s work on this security update is motivated by the latest recommended international cybersecurity practices, and will enhance both the primitives used for encryption and authentication as well as the key length, usage, and update rules and mechanisms. It is important to note that there have not been any reported security breaches of any deployed smart metering or smart grid system built with the current OSGP specifications, and that systems built with these specifications include a comprehensive multi-layer security system that has always been mandatory.

The OSGP Alliance will make a further public announcement about these planned updates to the OSGP specifications in late summer 2015, and will be engaging with various standards-developing organizations, including CENELEC (www.cenelec.eu) and ETSI (www.etsi.org), with proposals to incorporate these planned updates for the benefit of the grid modernization community and all stakeholders.

For more information:
Harry Crijns,
Secretary of OSGP Alliance,
Eemail address: secr@osgp.org.

OSGP Newsletter // March 2015

OSGP News

OSGP Worldwide

This map reflects the more than 30 different countries where the OSGP System is installed.
Utilities in these countries have a combined installed smart meter total of more than 4 million meters.

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ModemTec – PLC Communication – The Weakest Link?

There is no doubt that power lines are part of critical infrastructure. Power engineering is now at its most dramatic development phase. Unfortunately, progress in technologies and political decisions tend to complicate development.

After the EU strategic plan 20-20-20 is realised, we are likely to face the paradox of a reliable supply of power still not being ensured. Fortunately, however, even empty slogans such as ‘smart grid’ bring rational considerations and decisions to the area of stability and safety of power supply.

The way to control end devices, including residential e-meters, is very clear… despite reservations PLC technology will prevail. It is the only technology with reliability that equals that of the power supply.

Shannon schematics of communication systems reveal the structure of both modem and surroundings that influence total efficiency of transferred information. A real communication system is obviously significantly more complicated, however, this simplified model is sufficient to identifythe key effects (See Figure 1).2015-03-ModemTec-1

Figure 1: Shannon schematics of a communication system, highlighting negative effects

The theoretical calculation for the highest possible transmission capacity C0 (Shannon–Hartley theorem) looks as follows: C0 = B log2 (1+ ) [bit/s; Hz; W; W] where B is equal to bandwidth; S is equal to signal power over bandwidth and N is equal to noise power over bandwidth
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Linz Strom – The rollout of smart meters requires change and good governance

LINZ Strom GmbH is an Austrian company with responsibility for all services within the power supply and telecommunications in Linz area, capital of northern Austria. Since 2007 they have worked with the rollout of smart meters, and has made many experiences about how these processes affect both the customer base and organization.
“In our area there live about 400.000 people. We provide 82 communities and the city of Linz with electricity, and about 50% of the people live in the urban areas. Linz Strom is mainly responsible for the distribution of electricity, meaning responsible for the distribution networks and the reliable connection and metering in the homes. It is a challenge to establish new systems in these networks, but now we are fairly satisfied with the result”, says Dipl.Ing. Andreas Reinhardt.

Why did you start the process of smart meters?
“There are three main reasons for this. When we started assessments of the project in 2006, there was a focus in the EU increased energy efficiency. It was very important and very visible, and smart meters were already discussed, although the regulation was not ready at this time. The other reason was our own asset management. We had many meters in our networks that needed to be replaced, and this would involve huge investments. We also had an old ripple control which had to be replaced. This encouraged us to make a choice: should they be replaced by electromechanical meters that we had used for many years, or replaced to electronic meters? The third aspect was the innovative management team of the company. They wanted to look at new business models and new opportunities”, he says. “But the decision to start the rollout of smart meters was considered a major risk at the time. There were no systems on the market that they could buy and easy use. It had to be a development”.

“There were gauges from the American supplier Echelon (now Networked Energy Services – NES Corporation) that could handle a basis of measuring data. We had to find a partner we can work closely with to develop the missing. This company was Ubitronix, and around 2007, we implemented the first smart meters as a pilot project”, says  Dipl.Ing. Reinhardt.
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DNV-GL  – 60% integration of renewables in European distribution grids feasible by 2030 through mitigating technical and regulatory measures

  • Integration of renewables will come with an expansion of European distribution networks, depending on the individual countries’ distribution grids and mix of distributed generation technologies
  • Measures like Smart grid technologies, Demand Response and a balanced geographical distribution of renewables can significantly reduce the cost of integrating renewables

The integration of approximately 60% of renewables into the European electricity system will be feasible by 2030, but will come with an extensive expansion of infrastructure, including transmission and distribution networks as well as conventional backup generation. The challenges of grid integration of renewables can be mitigated by a number of technical and regulatory measures. These are the findings of a DNV GL study for the European Commission, looking at the impact of renewables on distribution grids both locally and across regions within Europe, carried out in conjunction with Imperial College London and NERA Economic Consulting. In addition to the necessary expansion of transmission and generation, the study Integration of Renewable Energy in Europe specifically evaluates the requirements on distribution infrastructure.
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Energimidt: Small PV systems are the best investment

There is growing interest for solar cells because of the new state aid funds. Two weeks before the opening of these aid fund Energimidt started the discussion with more than 2000 Danes interested in solar.
Energimidt’s message surprises most: Buy small plants adapted to your consumption. It’s the best business.

Many Danes have discovered shortly before the start of the state aid funds that buyers of photovoltaic cells may obtain a higher price for installations overproduction. However, it can be a challenge to understandm the complex rules and to find the personal optimal solution. Contrary to what many people think; it’s not about to buy as large PV plant as possible, but to get a PV-plant adapted to your household’s consumption. This is what Energimidt explained to the many Danes interested in solar energy.

“Solar cells are complex, application rules, optimal plant size and supplier choice can be a bit of a jungle to find your way around. Many people think that they need to buy a large plant to get the most out of the state aid funds and are actually somewhat surprised when our recommendation is for a significantly smaller and not least cheaper plants”, explains Jørgen Due Thomsen, business manager at Energimidt, adding that some customers actually report that they have been recommended to buy a significat bigger PV-plant from other suppliers.

The Danish Energy Agency has recently send a warning to be careful to invest in solar cells. This warning is supplemented with a calculation from Ernst & Young, which is based on a 5 kW plant which annually produces more power than the household normally uses. Energimidt completely agrees that we must be careful not to invest in a plant of such a size unless you have a large household with a very high consumption.

“Very few people who will get a good business out of investing in a large photovoltaic system, as the rules are now. A 5 kW unit might make sense if you are a family with 4-5 children and an annual consumption of 12.000 kWh or more, but those are, after all, not many. The vast majority of our customers are recommended to purchase a 2 or 3 kW unit, because it is the best business for them. The ideal is to buy a plant, which, even on a sunny day, can use the most power itself”, explains Jørgen Due Thomsen.
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Fortum concludes the divestment of its electricity distribution business by selling the Swedish business for approx. EUR 6.6 billion

Fortum and a consortium comprising Swedish national pension funds Första AP-Fonden (AP 1) (12.5%) and Tredje AP-Fonden (AP3) (20.0%), Swedish mutual insurance and pension savings company Folksam (17.5%) and the international infrastructure investor, Borealis Infrastructure Management Inc. (50%), have today signed a binding agreement for the sale and purchase of Fortum Distribution AB, which operates and owns Fortum’s electricity distribution business in Sweden.

Fortum expects to book a one-time sales gain of approximately EUR 4.4 billion corresponding to approximately EUR 5 per share in its second quarter 2015 results. In the first quarter 2015 Interim Report the Distribution Segment will be presented as discontinued operations.

“A competent and experienced buyer with a long-term commitment to infrastructure and customer service is a very good solution for our 906,000 distribution customers in Sweden. At the same time, this is very good for our some 390 distribution employees, who will transfer with the business at closing with the existing terms of employment. The business is financially and operationally in a very good shape. It will now have a new owner that will develop the business as a core business,” says Timo Karttinen, Fortum’s Interim President and CEO.
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E.ON comment on customer attitudes towards smart meters

Commenting on two reports into customer attitudes towards smart meters – from Smart Energy GB and from DECC’s Early Learning Project – Don Leiper, New Business Director at E.ON, said: “It’s extremely encouraging that two separate pieces of research show people feel more confident about their energy choices as a result of having a smart meter in their home. We took the decision to start installing smart meters early because we feel that they’re the right thing for our customers, and having now installed more than 400,000 over the past few years, feedback from our own customers echoes these findings.”

The DECC study, which featured responses from E.ON customers, showed that customers with smart meters in their homes were more likely to feel in control of their energy use, had tried to reduce consumption and were more satisfied with the service they received from their supplier.

Don Leiper added: “We’re still in the early stages of the wider rollout of smart meters and we have a lot to do to ensure customers are made fully aware of the benefits they can bring; facilitating easier switching, bringing an end to estimated billing and giving customers the tools they need to control their energy use. It’s interesting that awareness is still mixed across age groups and regions and this shows there’s more we need to do, working alongside Smart Energy GB and the industry to further increase awareness and take-up among all age groups and in all regions.

“We’ve done a lot to improve the services we offer for all of our customers – those with smart meters and those who don’t yet have them – like enabling customers to choose our best tariff for them simply and quickly, offering customers Rewards and the option to receive Price Alerts when we launch a new fixed price tariff and making it easier for customers to see how their energy use stacks up to similar nearby homes with our Saving Energy Toolkit. But smart meters will help us take things to the next level for all our customers – by giving them real-time information about how and when they’re using energy and where they can make savings.”
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SEAS_NVE – Burglary revealed through website minmaaler.dk

A home owner discovered via the energy monitoring website; minmaaler.dk, that the electricity consumption in his house suddenly surged. The cause was an open door for burglary.

John Lindberg has cottage at Sejrø bay, and keeps it from frost with underfloor heating in the bathroom. When he is not staying in the house, he has the habit of monitoring the electricity consumption via his PC at minmaaler.dk. Consumption increased sharply from 3 to 18 kWh per day – without the house being used by someone, nor colder weather. “It seemed very strange, so I called SEAS-NVE, who recommended me to check the house as soon as possible. Because it is over 80 miles away, I called a neighbour who discovered that someone had broken in through a door you cannot see out of the street. It stood wide open, and it lead to the consumption of the underfloor heating electricity to rise very high”, says John Lindberg.
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LINZ AG wins ” Energy Star 2015 ”

That the LINZ AG is a specialist in energy efficiency, This has now been confirmed by official sources: The company won ” the country’s energy price ” Energy Star 2015 ” award for the cross-sectoral project ” Utilisation of waste heat in the biomass heating plant Asten”.
On February the 26th, during the Energysaving exhibition in Wells LINZ AG received this prestigious award. This is aready for the third time, that Linz AG was happy to be the winner. In a2012, there was the ” Energy Star ” for the solar offensive and in 2006 for the biomass power plant).
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Görlitz research project – State estimation in low and medium voltage networks

The goal of the Smart SCADA project is to develop a method that can make intelligent coupling of a cost-effective data indicative of the operation state of low and medium voltage networks.

To continue to provide a stable power supply to the intended research project of smart Scada contribute. The Görlitz AG supports the collaborative project.

The sharp rise in proportion of distributed and renewable generation facilities in low voltage networks poses new challenges to network operators. So not only additional equipment must be integrated into the network, but it must at the same time allows trouble-free operation with standard-compliant power quality can be maintained.A precise knowledge of relevant system parameters, in particular the mains voltage will be essential in the future to has regulating engage in network operation can.

The goal of the Smart SCADA project is to develop a method that can make intelligent coupling of a cost-effective data indicative of the operation state of low and medium voltage networks. This state estimator uses as base data from existing smart meter infrastructure and PV Einspeiseprognosen. From his results, in a second step, additional information, such as the integration of renewable energy plants are derived. Furthermore, in this project algorithms for detection of topology errors in medium and low voltage systems are developed and tested.

Using a variety of read values ​​are to be developed and tested the necessary state estimation algorithms in the next two years. Görlitz supports smart Scada with about 200 Echelon meters and its smart-MDM-ID Specto that handles the reading and processing the measured values. For about 24 connected to PV systems, counters are working with phase-sharp 5-min load profiles, on all remaining counters with 10-min load profiles. All counters run a data concentrator. Overall, each with 14 load profiles are transmitted to the system in the 4-hour intervals.
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Schneider Electric Smart Grid Lab at Ryerson University

Schneider Electric Smart Grid Lab at Ryerson University’s Centre for Urban Energy officially open, available for testing and training

State-of-the-art facility will help build the future of Canadian energy
Schneider Electric, Ryerson University, and the Ontario Ministry of Energy today officially unveiled the Schneider Electric Smart Grid Laboratory (SESG Lab) at Ryerson’s Centre for Urban Energy (CUE) in Toronto. The facility, Canada’s first university-based smart grid laboratory, is now available to partners and collaborators seeking to test new products or operational strategies, validate grid transformation solutions, conduct research and train employees.
The Schneider Electric Smart Grid Laboratory was sponsored by the Ministry of Energy and funded in part through the Ontario Smart Grid Fund initiative.

“Building a smarter electricity grid is a key part of our government’s plan to modernize Ontario’s energy infrastructure and provide clean, reliable affordable power to consumers,” said Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Energy. “Supporting Ryerson’s Centre for Urban Energy, and the development of the Schneider Electric Smart Grid Lab, we are setting the stage for innovations that will be the backbone for our energy system for future generations.”
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Enel offers turnkey Smart Cities solutions

Enel’s expertise in developing technologies for smart cities, and the sector’s benefits and opportunities were the main topics discussed at the Italy’s Drive Towards Smart Cities: Trends and Opportunities webinar. The meeting was sponsored by the UK Trade & Investment office and took place at the British Consulate, as part of initiatives connected to the Expo 2015.

At the webinar, Laura Montanari from New Business Solutions Development and Sales at Enel’s Global Infrastructure and Networks Business Line explained how the integration of different technologies into the smart city structure brings about economic, energy efficiency and sustainability benefits for both urban areas and consumers.
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Fortum’s Energy Review: Nordic electricity market in transition

Fortum’s second Energy Review, published today, focuses on the Nordic electricity market, its success so far and the challenges ahead. The Nord Pool area in the Nordic and Baltic countries is a real example of a functioning, regional electricity market offering its customers energy at competitive prices, good security of supply, and one of the world’s lowest energy production emissions per kilowatt-hour.

“For the success to continue, we need a strong, shared mindset in the Nordic countries. Transmission connections must be further developed within and between each Nordic country as well as between the Nordic countries and the rest of Europe. In addition to the wholesale market, the functionality of the retail market must also be a focal point, so that better products for controlling energy consumption and costs can be offered to household customers”, notes Fortum’s CFO Timo Karttinen, who currently acts also as President and CEO.
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Powel to participate in Horizon 2020, EU’s largest R&D project

Vattenfall selects Powel iAM DMS as its testing solution in the €12 million EU Research and Development (R&D) project UPGRID, which will focus on smart grid improvements and service quality.
The Horizon 2020 project group, made up of a pan-European consortium of 19 participants from seven countries, is headed up by Iberdrola, Spain’s number one energy group. Participants will run four live smart grid demonstration sites in distribution networks in Sweden, Spain, Portugal and Poland.
Vattenfall, responsible for one of the key work packages in the research project, has invited Powel and other partners to contribute to the demonstration site in Sweden, for which Powel will offer its distribution management system (iAM DMS).
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Alliander celebrating 100 years

Alliander launched today the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the company. On March 24, 1915 was founded the predecessor NV Provincial Geldersche Electriciteits-Maatschappij (PGEM).

The anniversary will be celebrated for one year with various activities. For example, open days for the public will be organized at Radio Kootwijk from 25 to 28th of June. Furthermore, there is a dedicated website (in Dutch only), where stories and images from the past 100 years can be found. It’s also possible to add yourself stories or photos to share.
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EU leaders confirm commitment to Energy Union

The EU leaders met on 19 March to set out the first steps of an Energy Union. The European Council strengthened their commitment for affordable, secure and sustainable energy within the EU.

At their meeting, their discussion focused on energy security and transparency in gas contracts. All gas contracts must be in line with EU law, more transparent and should not negatively impact Europe’s energy security.

EU leaders also agreed to:

  • develop innovative strategies for a new generation of renewable energies and increase energy efficiency
  • step-up the EU climate diplomacy for a successful Paris climate summit in December 2015

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National Science Foundation (NSF)

It only takes a power outage of a few minutes in the middle of a busy workday to drive home the hazards of relying on an energy infrastructure rooted in the Industrial Age. Without the electricity delivered over the nation’s power grid, commerce would grind to a halt, communication networks would fail, transportation would stop and cities would go dark.

Simply put, nothing would work.

Plus, blackouts aren’t easy to contain. Because the power grid is a vast interconnected network, the failure of one part can have a cascading effect, triggering successive outages down the line.

“The power grid is based on technology from the early 20th century,” says Iqbal Husain, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at North Carolina State University. “That needs to change.”

Husain is director of the FREEDM Systems Center, a collaboration of leaders in research, industry and engineering education working to envision and then create the energy network of the future. With funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) leveraged by additional industry support, the Engineering Research Center has sparked the growth of dozens of clean energy businesses in Raleigh’s Research Triangle, making the region an epicenter of smart grid development.

“We’re trying to create a new electric grid infrastructure that we call the energy Internet,” says Alex Huang, an NC State researcher and co-inventor of a newly patented soft-switch single-stage AC-DC converter. “We’re looking at the whole distribution system. That’s a huge engineering system. It’s very, very complex.”
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Ofgem to introduce more competition to electricity transmission network

Ofgem is today announcing new competition arrangements for some of GB’s electricity transmission network. Competitive tendering for new, separable, high value onshore transmission assets will benefit consumers through cost savings and innovation.

Ofgem also plans to bring in improvements into how network infrastructure is planned and regulated. As GB’s system operator, National Grid is responsible for coordinating the flow of electricity through the transmission network. It will now have extra responsibilities to identify the future needs of the onshore and offshore network, and to consider the value of more interconnection to other countries. This will help ensure that the network is planned and operated in an efficient, economical and coordinated way. This will lead to lower network charges to help keep consumer bills down.
Ofgem expects changes to the system operator’s role to be in place by summer 2015, following a consultation period.
Martin Crouch, senior partner for transmission, said: “GB’s transmission network requires substantial investment over the next decade. Our decision today, to open competition for some onshore transmission assets and providing the system operator with more powers in network planning, will ensure the system is fit for purpose, and that consumers are getting value for money.”
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US-DOE – The smart grid experience: Applying results, reaching beyond

In October 2014, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) held a conference to assess progress, impacts, benefits, and lessons learned from utility smart grid projects and to exchange information about future challenges and opportunities. The conference provided participants with information and analysis resulting from unprecedented investments in smart grid deployments over the past five years, funded in large part through cost-shared grants under the Recovery Act. More than 150 participants representing electric utilities, federal and state government agencies, equipment manufacturers, vendors, universities, and national laboratories attended and contributed their experiences, perspectives, and insights.
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Eurelectric – Unlocking the potential of electric vehicles – paper on smart charging

E-mobility is a great opportunity for the electricity sector and customers alike. For instance, electric vehicles (EVs) can help to integrate renewable energy into the distribution grid. But depending on when these cars charge, they may also put a significant strain on grids. To avoid this and make the most of EVs’ flexibility and storage potential, a EURELECTRIC paper published today proposes one straightforward solution: smart charging.

“If all the cars on the road today were electric, e-mobility would account for a 24% increase in total electricity demand, which could be handled without additional generation and transmission capacity. But if those cars are not charged in an intelligent and coordinated way, their impact in terms of peak demand at certain times could be much higher. We think that smart charging is the answer: it reduces environmental and societal costs while increasing power system efficiency. With 90% of charging predicted to take place at home or at work, it is important to make smart charging available and incentivise customers to use this service,” commented EURELECTRIC Secretary General Hans ten Berge.
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DECC – Smart Meter Delivery Plan

Written Ministerial Statement on Smart Metering by Secretary of State Edward Davey MP.

Following a proposal from the Data and Communications Company (DCC) to adopt an alternative delivery plan, I have today approved the DCC’s plan as provided for under powers in the DCC’s licences – which were granted under sections 7AB(2) of the Gas Act 1986 and section 6(1A) of the Electricity Act 1989. Under this revised plan, the DCC will plan to deliver operational services from April 2016 rather than its current target of December 2015.

The Data and Communications Company is responsible for establishing the enduring data and communications infrastructure over which energy suppliers will operate smart electricity and gas meters.

It is vital that the DCC delivers to a plan in which all parties have confidence. I have therefore made available up to a maximum of six months of contingency which will be strictly governed by my Department, and must be duly justified, to enable the DCC’s systems and services to come together with the energy companies’ systems and processes in a coordinated start to the main installation phase.

In the meantime consumers are already benefiting from the early roll out of smart meters with over 1 million meters operating under the programme.
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ENTSO-E – Towards Smarter Grids: ENTSO-E Position Paper on Developing TSO and DSO Roles for the Benefit of Consumers

Consumers have an increasingly active role in the electricity market, due to the development of renewable sources of energy and of demand-side response. This paper identifies needed changes in the TSO-DSO interface in order to unlock consumers’ potential as electricity producers and balancing actors while increasing consumers’ choice, electricity affordability and reliability.

​​Addressing issues related to market framework, system operations, network planning and data handling, the paper highlights a number of key findings, including:

  • Consumers must be allowed to participate in all markets. TSOs and DSOs must support the appropriate market framework in order to enable this participation;
  • TSOs should work with DSOs and regulators in determining requirements around observability and active power management of distributed generation (DG) and demand-side response;
  • TSOs and DSOs need to have a clear and consistent governance framework. Due to the diversity of arrangements between TSOs and DSOs at national level, there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

DSOs and ENTSO-E must work together to scope out how the role of consumers can be enhanced to enable them to fully participate in the electricity system of the future. Collaboration with DSO associations is starting and is planned to develop further to enable this further integration of consumers as active participants within Europe’s energy market.
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AEE Report: Advanced energy is a nearly $1.3 trillion global industry

At nearly $1.3 trillion in estimated global revenue for 2014, the market for advanced energy products and services is as large as apparel and fashion and almost four times the size of the semiconductor industry worldwide, according to a report commissioned by Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), a national business association. In the United States, advanced energy market revenue grew 14% last year – five times the rate of the U.S. economy overall – to just under $200 billion, making it bigger than the airline industry, equal to pharmaceuticals, and nearly equal to consumer electronics in this country.

The study, conducted by Navigant Research, found that advanced energy in the United States was an estimated $199.5 billion market in 2014, up 14% from 2013 ($169 billion), and five times the rate of growth of the U.S. economy overall. Areas of growth included solar energy (up 39%) and natural gas generating equipment (48%), in long-anticipated response to lower-priced natural gas supplies. Wind power, which suffered a severe setback in 2013 due to the on-again, off-again federal production tax credit (PTC), rebounded in 2014 with four-fold growth, to $8.2 billion, and a pipeline of projects that could result in revenue rivaling the $25 billion realized in 2012, its biggest year to date.

“This report shows that advanced energy is a vibrant industry that is driving economic growth,” said Graham Richard, CEO of AEE. “Across the country and around the world, advanced energy companies are delivering technologies and services that make the energy we use secure, clean, and affordable. AEE is committed to bringing together business leaders and policy makers to accelerate the progress of this industry.”
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EU-Commission – Financing trans-European energy infrastructure – the Connecting Europe Facility

Energy infrastructure is usually financed by the market and through tariffs paid by users. However, in order to meet the challenge of interconnecting all EU Member States by 2020 and the €200 billion needed to that end, the European Union has set up funds contributing to leverage the investment needed. The most prominent of those funds is the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). Investments in energy infrastructure can also be supported under certain conditions by EU Cohesion Policy. In addition, the recently proposed European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) will offer financing opportunities for energy infrastructure going beyond CEF.
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US Energy Department selects 11 ribal Communities to Deploy Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today that 11 tribal communities will receive nearly $6 million to accelerate the implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies on tribal lands.

As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to partner with Tribal Nations, these projects provide Indian Tribes and Alaska Native villages clean energy options that will reduce fossil fuel use and save money. With tribal renewable energy resources comprising approximately five percent of all U.S. renewable energy resources, these facility- and community-scale projects support national energy goals to strengthen tribal energy self-sufficiency, create jobs and further economic development.

The projects represent a total investment value of $13.5 million. The department’s funding is expected to be leveraged by nearly $7.5 million in cost share by the selected Indian Tribes.

“The Energy Department is committed to helping Native American tribes develop clean, affordable and reliable energy options,” said Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency. “By harnessing America’s clean energy on tribal lands, tribes across the country can cut energy bills, spur economic development and advance energy solutions in their local communities.”
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EU-Commission – Consultation on the list of proposed Projects of Common Interest in the field of Smart Grids

The consultation on the list of projects proposed for the PCI label in energy infrastructure has been launched and will remain open until 15 April 2015. Regulation (EU) no 347/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 April 2013 on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure (the TEN-E Regulation; identifies 9 priority corridors and 3 thematic areas and defines a procedure and criteria for a project to become a Project of Common Interest (PCI).

The first Union-wide list of PCIs was adopted by the European Commission in October 2013 and the TEN-E Regulation foresees that it shall be updated every two years. The identification of PCIs is based on a regional approach and is carried out by Regional Groups consisting of representatives of competent ministries, national regulatory authorities and the gas and electricity transmission system operators and project promoters, the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO) for electricity and gas, the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators and the European Commission.

Project promoters submit the Smart Grid project proposals for which they want to obtain the status of PCI to the Regional Groups for assessment. Regional Groups then will evaluate the projects against the general and specific criteria as defined in the Regulation assessing especially the contribution of the projects to market integration, sustainability, security of supply and competition. The assessment will be carried out in the coming months and the Thematic Group will decide on the Thematic PCI lists in summer 2015.
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Research Beam – Smart Grid Market in China 2012-2016

TechNavio’s analysts forecast the Smart Grid market in China to grow at a CAGR of 28.30 percent over the period 2012-2016. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increasing need for grid connecting and management systems. The Smart Grid market in China has also been witnessing the increasing environmental concern. However, the increased exposure to cyber attack could pose a challenge to the growth of this market.

TechNavio’s report, the Smart Grid Market in China 2012-2016, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report focuses on China; it also covers the Smart Grid market landscape and its growth prospects in the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.
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Jul 29

Press release – 15-07-2015

Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP)
updated specification released

 

The OSGP Alliance released an updated version of the OSGP specification, which includes a new benchmark for security functionality and features.

 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, July 15, 2015—The OSGP Alliance announced today that Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) specification has been updated to include state of the art security enhancements and features. This updated version of the specification supports the new OSGP-AES-128-PSK security suite functionality including AES 128-bit encryption and authentication for more secure smart grid implementations. The updated specification is available from the OSGP Alliance website.

The updated OSGP specification, OSGP-AES-128-PSK security suite, represents results of recent developments of the OSGP Data model and Application Protocol and will be used as a New Work Proposal for standardization purposes. The updated version and security suite includes improved mutual authentication handshake transactions and additional strength to protect against unknown attacks.

The new OSGP-AES-128-PSK security suite is designed to require minimal needs for compute cycles and memory, to be implementable on deployed meter platforms, and to be remotely upgradable. This allows existing utility customers to preserve past investments and minimize the cost to upgrade. The new security suite isbased on standardized, proven communication protocols and cryptographic algorithms. The new authenticated encryption scheme is largely based on CCMP-AES-128, a widely used protocol designed using proven cryptographic schemes. CCMP-AES-128 is also approved by NIST to protect information classified as SECRET as per the Suite B Cryptography.

Miracle A/S, a Danish company with more than 400 IT experts focused on a wide range of technical platforms including corporate services, cloud computing and mobile communications, reviewed the revised OSGP specification. Michael Østergaard, OSCP, Ph.D., responsible for Cryptography and Information Security at Miracle stated, “Overall, the protocol is secure, well designed and based on established cryptographic primitives (AES, CMAC and CCM) with reasonable parameters. These cryptographic primitives are used in ways that should not give rise to currently known attacks against them.”

“We see this is as another great example of why OSGP is the preferred protocol for smart metering and smart grid applications.” said Poul Berthelsen, Smart Metering Program Leader for NRGi, one of the largest distribution utilities in Denmark.

“This new security suite offers industry leading security features that are very compelling and comforting for our customers and all OSGP stakeholders. We are pleased that the OSGP Alliance continues to find new ways to improve their industry leading protocol.”

NES the leading manufacturer of OSGP meters indicated they would adopt the changes as quickly as possible. “Security is and has been a top priority for NES and we think these essential security updates in OSGP represent a significant leap forward on encryption, authentication and key handling on the last mile. We plan to make these features available in our Patagonia Meters from the time of launch this summer as well as for our existing and earlier meter platforms shortly after” says Sebastien Schikora, NES, Vice President Product Development.

About The Open Smart Grid Protocol

The Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) is a family of specifications published by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) used in conjunction with the ISO/IEC 14908 control networking standard for smart grid applications. OSGP is optimized to provide reliable and efficient delivery of command and control information for smart meters, direct load control modules, solar panels, gateways, and other smart grid devices. With over 4 million OSGP based smart meters and devices deployed worldwide it is one of the most widely used smart meter and smart grid device networking standards.

About The OSGP Alliance

The OSGP Alliance, founded in 2006 as the Energy Services Network Association (ESNA), is an independent global, not-for-profit association that promotes the adoption of the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) and related services and infrastructure for smart grid applications. Members include utilities, software, hardware and service providers, and solution integrators that share a common goal and vision for promoting open standards for energy demand side management, smart grid and smart metering systems. More information about the OSGP Alliance can be found at www.osgp.org.

Contact:

OSGP Alliance
Harry Crijns
secr@osgp.org
+31 243 880 747

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.osgp.org/press-release-15-07-2015/

Jun 30

OSGP Newsletter // June 2015

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NES – An Exploration of Utility Cyber Security Essentials

Part One of a Two-Part Series on Smart Grid Security

In the first article we’ll explore cyber security today within the context of a modern utility, relate utility cyber security to security trends in various industries, and lay the groundwork for part two of this article next month about the necessary elements of a successful next generation cyber security system adapted for the special needs of the ever-evolving smart grid.

Cyber Security Today
These times are difficult ones for those managing utility resources of all kinds. Security a few decades ago used to be about physical security mainly whereas now with the typical networked and connected utility—with all of the IT and operational technology (OT) systems—one needs to consider hackers, viruses, intrusions, data compromises, network outages, terrorism, and other small and large scale threats that would ultimately affect the lives of the people in the service territory. These considerations are linked with two correlated trends that have emerged over the past several decades. They are the growing dependence upon an uninterrupted supply of electricity required to function efficiently in our modern working and personal lives, and the growing dependence on network connectivity (whether connected to the Internet or not) for almost all aspects of our lives. Without electrical power the communication networks don’t operate for long, so energy, networks, cyber security, enterprise security and personal security are all interlinked. At the same time the threats have expanded, with those in a utility needing to consider protecting not just against curious or casually malicious hackers but also determined clandestine groups including state-sponsored intrusion and terrorist groups as well as employee threats from within.
Part of the difficulty of managing the overall security of a utility in this new world is that a utility is managing a collection of systems (whether IT, OT or field devices from switches to meters) of various vintages from multiple suppliers with different security implementations, and each with a different set of security features or vulnerabilities. Added to this is that the collection of systems is frequently evolving, and each of the systems will be (or should be) improving providing updates to improving its security over time. Therefore a comprehensive systems approach is needed so that the utility identifies and implements clearly defined interactions between the various security elements at each of the internal trust boundaries, and fully understands the threat surface and mitigation strategies of each of the systems and as they relate to entire utility.
The mere discussion of cyber security can often be difficult as well, for there is an entire vocabulary that needs to be learned, with many of the related topics requiring deep discussion and understanding to be sure that the system as implemented and operated lives up to the promise of the vendors. Also, the understanding of security issues is not universal, so the utility must also evaluate the experience and attitude of each vendor with respect to security, and also verify themselves, possibly using outside security analysts, that the security implementation is as described.
The focus of cyber security today as it relates to the smart grid is protecting the field devices, the field networks (whether wired or wireless, owned, leased or subscribed to), the data therein (whether stored in place in memory within devices or in motion between devices within the network) from unauthorized access, modification or malicious destruction. Furthermore, cyber security today needs to include elements that automatically respond to attacks, and ensure that utility management is aware of the attacks—and the automated responses to those attacks—immediately.
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Apator – Increase of the supply of electricity meters to Tauron Dystrybucja Pomiary sp. z o.o.

Further to current report 36/2014 concerning the supply of electricity meters to Tauron Dystrybucja Pomiary sp. zo.o. the Management Board of Apator SA announces that on 12th June 2015:

  • value of the sale was increased from PLN 11.3 m to PLN 13 m under the contract of the supply of single         phase electricity meters,
  • value of the sale was increased from PLN 22.6 m to PLN 26.1 m under the contract of the supply of three phase electricity meters.

Moreover, time of the supply has been increased by 4 months that is till 15th October 2015.
Legal basis: art. 56 para 5 of the act dated 29th July 2005 on public bid and conditions of introduction of financial instruments to organized trading system and public companies.
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Apator – Fullfilment of suspending condition concerning the important contract concluded with S&T Services Polska sp. z o.o.

Further to current report no. 22/2015 dated 22nd May 2015, Management Board of Apator SA announces that the second condition suspending the contract of the supply of OSGP electricity meters for the Smart City Wrocław project to S&T Services Polska sp. z o.o. (hereinafter referred as „S&T”) was fulfilled. The condition regarded the consent to be given by Tauron Dystrybucja SA for the participation of S&T in Smart City Wrocław project. Thus all the conditions indicated by the contract with S&T have been fulfilled.

Legal basis: § 5 para 1 point 4 of the Regulation of Minister of Finance regarding current and regular information being transferred by the issuers of securities and conditions to be considered as equivalent information  required by law of the state not being the member of the EU.
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Fortum completes divestment of its Swedish electricity distribution business

Fortum has completed the divestment of its Swedish electricity distribution business. The transaction has all the necessary regulatory approvals and the customary closing conditions have been met.

The total consideration from the divestment is SEK 60.6 billion on a debt- and cash-free basis (corresponding to approximately EUR 6.5 billion). Fortum will book a one-time sales gain of approximately EUR 4.3 billion corresponding to close to EUR 5 per share. The final sales gain will be reported as part of the second quarter 2015 results of the discontinued operations. Distribution segment has been presented as discontinued operations since the first quarter of 2015.

The new owner of the Swedish distribution business is a consortium comprising Swedish national pension funds Första AP-Fonden (AP 1) (12.5%), Tredje AP-Fonden (AP 3) (20.0%), Swedish mutual insurance and pension savings company Folksam (17.5%) and the international infrastructure investor, Borealis Infrastructure Management Inc. (50%). A total of approximately 400 employees will continue their work in the sold business. The electricity distribution to the approximately 908.000 customers will also continue without disruption uponclosing.
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LG’s IT Company Takes Step Into the American Energy Storage Market

LG CNS, an affiliate of LG Corporation, plans to expand its business in America, demonstrating the strength to integrate energy storage system (ESS).

In May, Navigant Research, an American market research firm, released a Leaderboard Report for energy storage system integrators and LG CNS was positioned as the first in Asia and the fourth in the world. LG CNS’s competitive edge in the energy storage market is its experience as an IT service provider with a strong focus on IT System Integration (SI). This is the first report ever to rank the ESS system Integrators.

Until recently energy storage businesses were usually referred to ‘battery business.’ However, as the market has grown, the roles of system integrators that can manage projects and lead business endeavors have become ever more important in the energy storage industry. Now, the energy storage are designed, implemented, and ran to provide various custom services as well as traditional services while maintaining its core structure. Therefore, a strong IT background and technologies are required to satisfy these needs and industries begin to focus on IT service companies with energy business capabilities.

By keeping up with these trends, LG CNS, a leader in the Korean IT service market, has emerged as a new force in energy storage system integration around the globe. LG CNS has leveraged its 28 years of SI experience in the energy industry to provide energy storage systems on a turn-key basis by performing all processes ranging from the planning, design, implementation, and management of energy projects.
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Schneider Electric wins contract to deliver Smart Grid to 5 million people

Schneider Electric has won a contract to deliver a new Distribution Management System (DMS) for Electricity North West, bringing intelligent energy to 2.4 million properties and more than 5 million people.

The project, which will span three years in design, delivery and integration, will be the foundation of smart grid technology in the region. With increasingly distributed generation of energy, the growth of renewables, an upward trajectory in peak demand and an aging grid, the UK requires a revolution in energy infrastructure. A smarter grid allows the network to become multi-directional and automated, offering regions the ability to use digital communications to detect and react to local changes in usage as part of a smarter energy strategy.

“A smarter grid is vital to put the UK on track to meet the European objective of becoming a low-carbon economy by 2050, as well as allowing energy distributors (DNOs) to meet the goals outlined by Ofgem in the new eight year Price Control Period (RIIO-ED1),” commented Barrie Cressey, Smart Grid Director at Schneider Electric. “The challenges posed by distributed generation, load growth and an aging grid are immense, but intelligent networks have the power to transform energy throughout the country. There are only a handful of such systems in the UK and it’s hugely exciting to be working on a project of this magnitude.”
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Eltel wins a new long-term contract with E.ON in Power distribution in Sweden

E.ON has chosen Eltel as its main contractor in two regions of its power distribution network in Sweden. The value of the contract amounts to approximately 46 MEUR over four years, from the beginning of 2016 until the end of 2019. There is also an option for contract extension by one to two years.
The E.ON contract covers the two Swedish regions Norrköping and Södra Nord. The contracted services will include fault repair, maintenance, service works and project deliveries.

Axel Hjärne, CEO of Eltel Group, comments:
“We are very happy to win the confidence of E.ON to become one of their main contractors in Sweden going forward. Eltel has extensive experience in power networks, we have worked many years with E.ON in Finland and the new contract will strengthen our existing partnership with E.ON in Sweden. This contract is a great booster for our establishment in the power distribution business in Sweden.
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E.ON to invest in energy efficiency platform

As part of its co-investment activities, E.ON is acquiring a stake in the US start-up Enervee. Founded in 2012, Enervee provides a dynamic platform on which consumers can make more energy-efficient choices when it comes to household appliances, devices and electronics. Enervee does this via a comprehensive scoring process that constantly compares the efficiency of the product in question with all those in the category. This intuitive efficiency score – the Enervee Score – is then combined with other data such as popularity and reviews, enabling consumers to better and more easily choose the products that are best for the home, their wallet and the environment.

The aim of this investment is to develop a platform that recognizes and meets European market needs. “By cooperating with Enervee, we will be able to give our customers even greater support in making choices that save energy. The Enervee Score makes it possible to recommend energy-efficient devices for specific needs,” comments Susana Quintana-Plaza, Senior Vice President for Technology and Innovation at E.ON.

“Providing easily accessible information about the total cost (purchase price and cost of use) alongside environmental impact empowers consumers to take better decisions. Especially when that information is seamlessly integrated in the marketplace at the time of purchase,” says Matthias Kurwig, co-founder and CEO of Enervee. “Until today this information has been difficult to find and near impossible to understand. The Enervee Score, along with the marketplaces we build for our partners, make it easy and compelling for consumers to act on real knowledge and will transform the way we all shop for any product that uses power.”
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Schneider Electric – Venteea: France’s largest battery-based storage solution boosts wind power development and relieves pressure on power grid

ERDF, Saft and Schneider Electric have combined their strengths and expertise in a project of unprecedented scale and scope to implement the largest ever battery storage system in France, to support wind power generation and take pressure off the grid. The Venteea project is located in eastern France (Aube).

There is a growing consensus that renewable energy should play a greater role in power generation. However, these energy sources tend to be intermittent and unpredictable, putting increasing pressure on the grid. High-capacity electrical storage systems help resolve this issue by enabling more grid flexibility. Energy storage helps stabilize the grid to better match generation and loads and also provides frequency and voltage regulation, one of the major challenges involved in ensuring high-quality, uninterrupted supply, especially for commercial and industrial customers. This is the focus of the innovative Venteea project.

The aptly named Venteea ‘smart’ grid solution applies intelligent technologies that operate on two levels. Firstly, it optimizes two-way communication with the grid and helps meet all technical requirements (such as voltage levels and schedules). Secondly, it enables next-day forecasting of electricity production and demand, in turn allowing for the development of more tailored services that meet both grid and customer requirements.

This “multi-service” approach paves the way for a new business model in which storage costs are spread across the different stakeholders involved, all of whom are set to benefit from this new technology.

The Intensium® Max 2 MW/1.3 MWh battery system supplied by Saft, together with the Energy Storage Box deployed by Schneider Electric, will help integrate renewable power generation on the grid and step up its contribution to next-generation energy solutions.
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GÖRLITZ and LichtBlick have reached a new milestone in their collaboration.

The companies optimize both the communication component SchwarmKommunikation 2.0 and IDSpecto as middleware server for the operating reserve market.

Even in the past the two partners had worked on communication processes between domestic combined heat and power plants and the IT platform SchwarmDirigent by LichtBlick to make communication quicker and more flexible and improve its security. LichtBlick is the first company on the German market to offer secondary control reserve provided by a pool of mini domestic CHPs. The company intends to integrate solar batteries, electric cars and heat pumps into the operating reserve market too in future.

That is because the energy market is changing fundamentally. Decentralized, environmental-friendly technologies such as photovoltaic, wind turbines or CHPs are replacing central large power stations at a rapid pace. Already today there are more than 1.4m decentralized power stations in Germany. Integrating these power stations into smart grids is a big challenge. But it is the only way to stabilize the grids and guarantee supply. Moreover, an optimized control of each single unit means more money and improves profitability.
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Accenture – Consumers Rate Energy Providers Higher on Data Security Than on Energy-Consumption Advice, Accenture Research Shows

Consumers Rate Energy Providers Higher on Data Security Than on Energy-Consumption Advice, Accenture Research Shows

In today’s digital world of connected devices, energy consumers are nearly twice as likely to trust their energy providers to safeguard their personal data than to advise them on energy consumption, according to new research by Accenture.

Accenture’s sixth annual survey this year included more than 11,000 energy consumers in 21 countries. The report, The New Energy Consumer: Unleashing Business Value in a Digital World, found that 65 percent of consumers showed confidence in their energy provider to secure and protect their personal data and information about their energy usage. This rose to 76 percent among regular users of digital channels. In contrast, only 36 percent said that they trust their energy provider to inform them about actions they can take to optimize their energy use.

“As energy and everyday devices become increasingly connected, an unprecedented amount of personal information about consumers’ habits and their households is becoming available, magnifying the importance of digital trust,” said Tony Masella, global managing director of Accenture Energy Consumer Services.
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Vattenfall – Wind farm live! North east residents open green energy scheme

First awards from Clashindarroch Wind Farm community fund

Vattenfall will be joined by scores of Aberdeenshire residents tomorrow to celebrate the official opening of the Clashindarroh Wind Farm and the first awards from the community fund.
Community groups from Huntly, Strathbogie, Tap o’ Noth, Glass and the Cabrach will receive grants from the fund, which opened to applications earlier this year.
Magnus Hall, President and CEO of Vattenfall said: “Vattenfall is driving towards a sustainable power supply and we want to take the communities where we operate with us. Clashindarroch Wind Farm hits the mark on both counts. We don’t just want our wind farms to be good for the environment but good for the community too – that’s why we invest in wind energy and why we look forward to a long and successful relationship with the people of Huntly, Strathbogie, Tap o’ Noth, Glass and the Cabrach.”
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E.ON’s Humber Gateway offshore wind farm now fully energised

E.ON has tangibly expanded its renewable power business. With the final turbine at Humber Gateway recently becoming operational, the entire offshore wind farm is now generating electricity. This major project in the U.K. North Sea is in the final phase of construction and will be completed this summer, two months ahead of schedule.

Humber Gateway, which is located eight kilometers off the coast of Holderness, near Yorkshire, has an installed capacity of 219 megawatts. Construction of the offshore substation began in 2012, and the first of 73 turbines came online last February. After the completion of reliability runs and finishing of minor tasks the windfarm will be handed over from the project organization to operational service. A wholly owned E.ON project, Humber Gateway can supply up to 170,000 households with climate-friendly power.

“The rapid completion of this project is an outstanding success,” said E.ON Management Board member Bernhard Reutersberg, who took over responsibility for the company’s renewables business at the start of June. “E.ON is well on its way toward making offshore wind power even more competitive and reducing power-generation costs to less than €100 per megawatt-hour. We’re superbly positioned for future auctions in relevant European markets.”
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Schneider Electric Integrated Smart Grid Solution enables Nova Scotia Power to improve outage management and operational efficiency

ADMS-based Outage Management System gives province more sustainable, reliable energy

Schneider Electric announced Nova Scotia Power has completed the implementation of an Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS)-based Outage Management System (OMS) that will allow the utility to more accurately locate faults and quickly manage customer outage incidents resulting in improved restoration and reliability in its electric distribution network.

The utility’s new ADMS will allow them to better react to outages, and with Distribution Management System (DMS) applications, be more informed in regards to grid observation and outage predictions. “Our goal is to offer our 500,000 customers the best service possible and our integrated ADMS helps us achieve that,” said Paul Casey, Senior Director of Transmission and Distribution at Nova Scotia Power. “Our employees now have real-time information at their fingertips where available, allowing them to quickly react to and repair any faults in the network.”
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ONE Nordic receives contract worth two billion for E.ON’s Framework 2016-2019

ONE Nordic received an additional guaranteed the project volume in E.ON’s new 2016-2019 framework contract with a value of at least SEK 400 million.

In addition to previous award as prime contractor in six of eleven geographic areas, ONE Nordic received an additional project volume of approximately SEK 400 million in E.ON Powerline procurement of the new framework 2016-2019. Now that the entire contract is completed, the ONE Nordic has received contracts with a value of two billion.

“With the resulting additional project volume we have further advanced our position and ensured a large part of our turnover for the coming years. There has been fierce competition and tough price pressure. After completion of this procurement, we can be satisfied with an outcome abiding our high objectives. The price pressure means that we continue to focus our efforts in improved and efficient system of productivity. We continuously challenge ourselves to develop and optimize our approach while maintaining quality and – not least – the focus on occupational health and safety”, says Jan Bardell, CEO and President.
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Conlog – Greenhouse gas offenders could face R10m fine, 10-yr sentence

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has published the Draft National Greenhouse Gas Emission Reporting Regulations in the Government Gazette for public comment.

The new regulations sought to penalise people convicted of an offence in terms of the regulations to a fine not exceeding R5-million, or imprisonment not exceeding five years.

In the case of a second or subsequent conviction, the offender would be liable to a fine not exceeding R10-million or imprisonment not exceeding ten years.  In both instances, the offender could be sentenced to both a fine and a prison sentence.

This followed the recent finalisation of South Africa’s national Greenhouse Gas (GHG) inventory between 2000 and 2010.

GHG emissions from numerous sectors would need to be reported to a competent authority. First was the energy sector, including all fuel/petroleum and electricity-related activities, the manufacturing and construction sectors, fugitive emissions from fuels, spontaneous combustion and burning coal dumps, oil and natural gas, and any other emissions from the production of energy.
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Alliander Reinvents Approach to Public Lighting

Alliander, Holland’s largest grid operator, has entered into a partnership with 15 cities, enabling their local governments to use an IoT application to control streetlights and conserve energy.

“The way we designed and built the Web services layer is generic, so a lot of code is reused for different services,” van Egmond explained. “However, there is a dedicated group of FlexOVL services [such as public lighting functions] available. These are needed for authorization purposes.”
Van Egmond added that third-party developers can use FlexOVL Web services to develop and integrate new public lighting applications. The platform handles application requests securely, using authorization, authentication, device management and logging functions as defined by the European Network for Cyber Security. For translating and communicating user or operator commands to streetlamp controllers, the platform will employ multiple protocols, including the International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC) Smart Metering (IEC 62056) and Electrical Substation Automation (IEC 61850) protocols.
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University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria offers world’s first Master’s Degree Programme in Energy Informatics

Energy is the underlying heartbeat of the global economy – a critical factor in the production of nearly all goods and services in the modern world. Clearly, given the critical role of energy, the driving imperatives in any economy are ensuring security of supply, maintaining competitiveness and overseeing the transition to a low-carbon future.

Key requirements in this respect are the strategic management of supply and improving its overall generation and distribution. Impacting on these challenging goals will be a variety of factors, including advances in renewables, e-mobility and green technologies, to name only a few. Managing this changing environment is no easy task. That will require intelligent IT solutions and therefore well-educated IT experts able to design and/or operate future smart grids, smart city infrastructures and enhanced energy supply systems.

Energy Informatics (ENI) is the application of information technologies to this highly demanding field.

Focus of the studies
This Master’s degree programme provides technical, business and legal expertise for the development of future energy systems, especially in the areas of:

  • Software Systems (SCADA, ERP, Business Support, Operations Support, Meter Data Management, Device Data Management, Energy Data Management, Geographic Information Systems, Cloud Computing, Big Data
  • Power generation, distribution, consumers (renewable energy, energy storage, charging stations, buildings, lighting, etc.)
  • Field Components (meters, load control, gateways …)
  • Communication Technology (Radio Frequency / Powerline)
  • IT Security
  • Home and Building Automation
  • International legislation and standardization
  • Project and Systems Engineering
  • Processes and Process Modelling

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ASME and IEEE-USA Provide Smart Grid Developments During Congressional Briefing

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and IEEE-USA recently co-hosted a congressional staff briefing focusing on developments related to smart grid technologies. The briefing, entitled, “Grid Security and Advancements in Smart Grid Technology,” was convened in conjunction with the Congressional Reach and Development (R&D) Caucus.

The briefing included presentations from Dr. Massoud Amin, an ASME and IEEE member, the chair of IEEE Smart Grid and recognized as a smart grid expert; Dr. Damir Novosel, president-elect of the IEEE Power & Energy Society and expert on smart grid-enabled technologies; and Kerrick Johnson, VP of strategy and communications from (VELCO) Vermont Electric and member of the Gridwise Alliance. All three and others spoke about how electric utilities are utilizing smart grid technologies to reduce costs to consumers and improve the reliability and resilience of the electric grid.
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IEA launches World Energy Outlook 2015: Special Report on Energy and Climate Change

With just six months to go until the United Nations summit on climate change, taking place in Paris this December, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has launched a special report on energy and climate change.

The report provides an analysis of national climate and energy targets set against the current trends of a downward turn in fossil fuel prices. It also outlines ways to achieve goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions via the energy sector, without hindering economic growth.

The report, unveiled in London on 15 June, also highlights the urgent need to fast-track the energy technologies which are and will help drive forward the transition of the world’s energy system to a low carbon future.
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EU – Energy Council: Energy Union must focus on consumers and investment

Energy Ministers of the EU’s 28 countries have said that the goal of the EU’s plans for Energy Union must be to provide consumers with affordable, safe, competitive, secure and sustainable energy.

Meeting in Luxembourg on 8 June, Ministers said that the EU must reduce its energy dependency and increase its energy security – a goal which is in line with the EU’s long-term energy, climate and economic growth objectives.

Building a consumer-orientated Energy Union can be achieved by creating a flexible European market for energy that ensures transparent pricing and maximises competition.
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OECD – Energy taxes misaligned with environmental impacts of energy use

Governments are under-utilising taxation as a tool to curb the environmental consequences of energy use, foregoing revenue and weakening their attack on the principal source of greenhouse gas emissions responsible for climate change and air pollution, according to new OECD analysis.

The OECD says that taxes on energy use provide a transparent policy signal and are one of the most effective tools governments have for reducing the negative side effects of energy use.  However, the new analysis shows that energy taxes are poorly aligned with the negative side effects of energy use, and are having limited impact on efforts to reduce energy use, improve energy efficiency and drive a shift towards less harmful forms of energy.

Taxing Energy Use 2015 – OECD and Selected Partner Economies compares taxes on energy use in 41 countries worldwide, which together use 80% of global energy.

“Current taxes on energy use are low and incoherent,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría.  “Tax policy is not being used effectively to reduce the adverse health impacts and emissions of greenhouse gases resulting from energy use. There is still considerable scope to use taxation to improve the environment and containing climate change.”
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U.K. Department of Energy & Climate Change – Changes to onshore wind subsidies protect investment and get the best deal for bill payers

The Government intends to end new public subsidies for onshore wind farms by legislating to close the Renewables Obligation across Great Britain to new onshore wind generating stations from 1 April 2016.

The Government intends to end new public subsidies for onshore wind farms by legislating to close the Renewables Obligation across Great Britain to new onshore wind generating stations from 1 April 2016.

Up to 5.2GW of onshore wind capacity could be eligible for grace periods which the Government is minded to offer to projects that already have planning consent, a grid connection offer and acceptance, as well as evidence of land rights.
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US – Energy Department Announces New Initiatives as Part of Administration’s Clean Energy Investment Summit

The Department of Energy announced several new and expanding initiatives as part of the Administration’s Clean Energy Investment Summit, including the launch of a Clean Energy Impact Investment Center (CEII), which will work to make the Department’s resources more readily available to the public, including to mission-driven investors.

Clean energy finance is a key part of the solution set on climate change. Today’s announcement builds off the Clean Energy Investment Initiative that was announced by Senior Advisor Brian Deese at the ARPA-E Summit in February, highlighting expanded private sector investment in solutions to climate change, including innovative technologies with breakthrough potential to reduce carbon pollution.

“The United States and other countries are providing substantial financial support to the development and commercialization of clean energy technologies but, if we are to achieve our climate goals, it is imperative that we find ways to incentivize the global capital markets to invest in clean energy,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “The U.S. government is addressing the need for new financing through a variety of programs that support clean energy technology through the research and development, demonstration, and deployment stages.
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EURELECTRIC – Prosumers, an integral part of the power system and market

European utilities are becoming increasingly service-oriented and many companies already provide an array of services ranging from installation and maintenance of generation equipment, smart home applications, electrification, to storage and buying excess electricity. EURELECTRIC has published a new Paper entitled ‘Prosumers – an integral art of the power system and the market’. The Paper outlines the principles underlying an appropriate regulatory framework to ensure the cost-effective deployment of distributed generation and the adequate development of services that suit the needs of prosumers.

A stable regulatory framework that stimulates innovation provides an attractive business environment for companies to develop innovative, customer-friendly solutions, technologies and services for prosumers. Market-based business is allowed to grow when prices are not regulated and when there is no obligation for any party to buy the electricity which is generated by prosumers. Prosumers are able to react to market signals and optimise their consumption when the excess electricity they have generated is priced based on wholesale power prices. Adequate metering data provided by smart meters is a key enabler in this respect.
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EU-JCR – Intense aerosols reduction to affect wind and solar energy availability in coming decades

A strong decline in emissions from human-made aerosols will drive changes to large scale atmospheric circulation and hence affect wind power density off-shore and solar radiation in Europe and northern Africa, according to JRC report analysing these two renewables in 2030-2050. Without a sizeable reduction in aerosols resulting from human activity, future changes are less prominent. The study focused on wind and photovoltaics, as they are directly related to meteorological variables.
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S&T AG secures large-sized smart energy commission in Poland

S&T Poland to supply 120.000 intelligent electricity meters and to implement head-end system

The S&T Group’s smart energy division has secured a large-sized commission in Poland. As part of a project, S&T’s subsidiary in Poland is to supply 120.000 smart meters. The commission also comprises the implementation and maintenance of the associated data management system. The commission’s value comes to more than EUR 10 million. The recipient of the items to be supplied by S&T will be a Polish-Korean consortium. The end-user plans to follow up the project’s completion mid-2016 with the launching of a tender comprised of some 5 million electricity meters. The value of these is to be more than USD 500 million. It will be for southern Poland.

As part of the “Smart City Wroclaw” smart energy project, S&T will supply a further 120.000 devices. This will be done by mid-2016. The recently-concluded contract contains an option for a 20% increase in the number of items ordered. S&T will also provide IT and maintenance services. This will comprise the integration of the head-end software systems required to operate the data center of the power supplier.

“We have strongly profited from the synergies extant within the S&T Group. Networked Energy Services Corp. (NES) is our California-based subsidiary. It is the world’s leading supplier of smart-grid technologies. NES has supplied its first-class services to this project. Our subsidiary in Poland has also provided its great expertise in the region’s IT services market to it,” notes Hannes Niederhauser, chairman of S&T’s executive board.
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Eltel wins another major smart metering contract in Norway

Norwegian power utility Skagerak Nett AS has chosen Eltel its rollout partner  in their smart metering project. The rollout consists of 180.000 AMM meters to be installed by 2019.
Skagerak Nett has decided to contract the rollout of 180.000 smart meters with Eltel. The contracted services include rollout of meters and communication equipment, installations for substations, warehousing and logistics, and customer contacts. For Eltel the contract is another smart metering project in Norway announced during a short period of time. Eltel is the market leader of smart metering rollouts in Northern Europe with contracted installations of over 4 million meters.

Geir Kulås, Networks director of Skagerak Nett says:
“Eltel has shown in similar projects elsewhere that they have competences and capacity to install a large amount of meters every day. By Norwegian regulator we are obliged to complete the system by 1.1.2019”.
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Duke Energy, LG Chem, Greensmith to build fast-response energy storage system in Ohio

Duke Energy, LG Chem and Greensmith will team up to build a battery-based energy storage system in Ohio, designed to enhance reliability and increase stability on the electric power grid.

Duke Energy, the nation’s largest electric utility, currently owns nearly 15 percent of the grid-connected, battery-based energy storage capacity in the U.S., according to independent research firm IHS Energy.

The new 2-megawatt (MW) storage project will assist in regulating electric grid frequency for PJM, the transmission organization that powers much of the eastern U.S.
The system will be built at Duke Energy’s retired W.C. Beckjord coal-fired power plant in New Richmond, Ohio, and is expected to be operational by late 2015.
It continues Duke Energy’s exploration of energy storage solutions and their potential for broad adoption.

“Fast-responding energy storage is recognized for the tremendous benefits it provides to grid operations, because it can instantaneously absorb excess energy from the grid or release energy,” said Phil Grigsby, Duke Energy’s vice president of commercial transmission. “Delivering that power in seconds, as opposed to a power plant that could take 10 minutes or more to ramp up, is the unique value the battery system provides to grid operators.

“This accurate and rapid response will help improve the overall reliability and economic efficiency of the grid. It also demonstrates the capabilities of new technologies and the potential for future applications, such as large-scale integration of renewable energy onto the grid,” Grigsby added.
The Ohio project adds to Duke Energy’s installed base of commercially operating energy storage systems. With the addition of the new project, the company will operate a total of 4 MW of energy storage at Beckjord, where a separate 2-MW storage system already exists.
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Fortum – Leading energy, technology and construction companies join forces to develop next generation sustainable housing in Stockholm

Sweden’s Stockholm Royal Seaport urban development area is set to become the site of a unique research project, with 150 new apartments as the testing bench.
Stockholm Royal Seaport

Globally leading companies have joined forces to equip these homes with state-of-the-art energy technologies and connected appliances, enabling residents to monitor and control their energy usage in real time. The object of this collaborative effort is to develop and demonstrate smarter ways of managing energy and help residents use energy more efficiently. The smart energy housing project in Stockholm is backed by a cross-industry consortium where the key contributors are Fortum, ABB, Ericsson, Electrolux and the Swedish Energy Agency. The homes are built by NCC, Erik Wallin and HEBA.

“Just as urbanisation is a global phenomenon, the need for sustainable cities is universal too. Our ambition for this initiative is to address and inspire energy-efficient urban living everywhere,” says Johan Ander, project manager with energy supplier Fortum. “This development started as a pilot with a single apartment. That produced valuable input to the full-scale project, where we will test and develop new technologies together with the residents based on knowledge and experience we gain.”
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Vattenfall – Sweden first in Europe to test wireless charging of electric cars

Together with its partners, Vattenfall will be the first company in Europe to demonstrate and evaluate the wireless charging of electric cars on a larger scale. A total of 20 electric cars will take part in the pilot project starting this year.

Wireless charging can simplify the charging of electric cars, and the technology will now be tested in Sweden. In the course of this year, wireless charging with induction technology will be installed in a total of 20 electric cars located in Gothenburg, Stockholm and at Vattenfall. These cars will be used, demonstrated and evaluated for a period of about a year.
“With this joint project we are taking a step towards the more convenient use of electric cars. As buyers of electric cars may well be put off by having to use charging cables, they will be obviated by wireless technology. The focus will be on practical day-to-day use,” says Karl Bergman, Head of Research at Vattenfall. This joint project, with financial support from the Swedish Energy Agency, will be run within the scope of the WiCh research project, with partners Vattenfall, the Viktoria Swedish ICT research institute, the Gatubolaget company in Gothenburg, Stockholm municipality, the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority and Test Site Sweden at Lindholm Science Park. The project will be the first in Europe to allow regular users to test wireless charging.
“We took the initiative because we want to promote the development of this charging technology and hopefully allow the creation of a standard for the European market for which we can supply an attractively priced and practical product,” says Karl Bergman.
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GÖRLITZ enters into co-operation with media transfer AG (mtG)

Aiming to provide the highest level of security for its metering system IDSpecto, GÖRLITZ has entered into a co-operation agreement with the expert company media transfer AG (mtG). In future, the interface link between mtG’s security modules and IDSpecto guarantees that all security relevant processes are carried out according to the technical guidelines TR-03109 of the Federal Agency for Security in Information Technology (BSI).

Reliable, secure data transfer provides a crucial basis for communication with intelligent data metering systems. As a result of this co-operation between the metering specialists GÖRLITZ AG and the security experts mtG, two companies, whose core competencies ideally complement each other, have joined forces. This combines the technology competencies of GÖRLITZ in the field of energy data collection and processing on the one hand, with the professional solution of mtG, a company with extensive expertise in the field of security on the other. Both parties look forward to a long-term cooperation in the smart metering field and are well-positioned now and in the future to fulfil all necessary requirements.
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E.ON UK – Becomes the first of the larger energy suppliers to level the playing field for prepayment meter customers by launching Smart Pay As You Go pilot

  • By switching to Smart Pay As You Go, E.ON’s prepayment meter customers are for the first time offered the same prices as Direct Debit customers.
  • Smart Pay As You Go pilot means E.ON has become the first of the larger suppliers to offer prepayment meter customers access to its cheapest prices, potentially saving them up to £104 per year.
  • E.ON’s pilot will give prepayment meter customers the opportunity to access the cheapest Smart Pay As You Go prices on the market – £67 less than its closest competitor.
  • During the pilot phase, Smart Pay As You Go is being made available to 30.000 eligible E.ON customers in 2015. It will be more widely available for new and existing customers from 2016.
  • Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, the Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP, says the Pay As You Go scheme will help consumers “have greater control over their energy use and to keep their bills low”

E.ON has today (THURS) announced the launch of its Smart Pay As You Go pilot – a new way of paying that will transform how customers manage the energy they use.

As part of this, E.ON is introducing a discount, set at the same level as Direct Debit, for Smart Pay As You Go customers who currently either have prepayment meters or pay for their energy on receipt of their bill.
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NRGi – So smart becomes the city of Aarhus in the future

Experience of Aarhus’s future  in the Concert Hall. New exhibition focuses on smart solutions that create future cities.

Aarhus is among Europe’s most technologically smart cities. Many of the city’s businesses and the municipality is working hard to make the city more cohesive, energy-friendly and better place to live in. Enjoy the present and future smart Aarhus when the Concert Hall in collaboration with energy company NRGi focuses on smart products, installations and transport.

“We have for several years had a good cooperation with NRGi to reduce energy consumption in the Concert Hall. The cooperation is both good for the environment and the wallet. We are pleased that all citizens now have the opportunity to experience how smart and innovative technology improves the quality of life while becoming more efficient, “says Jan Christensen, director of the Concert Hall.

The exhibition is free and can be experienced in the Foyer of the 2nd-16th June Concert Hall’s opening hours. Here, visitors can explore intelligent bicycle racks, smart waste and potent electric vehicles. Or see how the office refrigerator and stove communicate with each other.
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Schneider Electric provides Iberdrola with the technological platform to manage 11 million smart meters in Spain

Iberdrola has entrusted to Schneider Electric, global specialist in energy management and automation,  the design and implementation of the technological platform that will enable the company to manage and control  the daily data of approximately  11 million smart meters and advanced monitoring devices that will be installed in the low voltage network in Spain by 2019.

The platform, based on Schneider Electric’s Titanium technology, will integrate into a single centralized solution the collection of information from the smart metering and advanced supervision infrastructure of the low voltage network, based on the PRIME standard, providing Iberdrola with immediate and reliable access to the information needed for efficient management of the network.

The development of the necessary adaptations of the platform, its deployment and production start up, will be led from the global center of competence in energy that Schneider Electric has in its Innovation Center in Seville. The project team has already led significant and successful projects such as the deployment and subsequent operation of advanced smart metering infrastructures (AMI) for Caruna in Finland and for Vatenfall in Sweden.
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E.ON and the city of Berlin – a good match

When it wants to know the latest trends, the world looks to Berlin. What Berlin does today, the rest of the world does tomorrow.

Today more than half the world’s population lives in cities and this proportion is increasing. Modern cities are becoming the stimulus for many global developments but they face the challenge of having to reconcile a lot of different and often conflicting goals. Their inhabitants want a high quality of life and also a say in the development of their city, which must be attractive to businesses, use energy and resources more efficiently and reduce CO2 emissions. Berlin wants to have zero emissions by 2050 – an ambitious but achievable goal, which will require future-oriented technologies, E-mobility, smart networks, energy-efficient buildings and a highly networked infrastructure. Not just one or the other but the whole package – cohesively planned and implemented.
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Apator – Smart Grid – Presentation remote reading

The latest generation systems enable metering of electricity. Bi-directional communication, transfer of read out values and their visualization provide complete calibration of the solutions used. Progress in development of the latest technologies allows using more functional electricity meters enabling the metering of significant parameters of power grids. Metering equipment can operate in post-paid and pre-paid systems and at the same it collects data read out making them available to billing or statistical systems. It is also possible to monitor the information on errors or failures and therefore it allows reacting immediately by operator in such situation
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IEC – 72 Countries plus the EU, Euratom and ECOWAS Adopt the International Energy Charter (IEC)

Energy ministers and other high-level officials from around the world gathered in The Hague, The Netherlands, in order to adopt the International Energy Charter, a political declaration for international energy cooperation.

The result of lengthy negotiations involving around eighty states, the International Energy Charter represents a new and dynamic institutional benchmark outlining the principles governing energy relations between the countries that have adopted this document. It constitutes a modern, non-discriminatory global instrument which aims to address the core energy challenges of the 21st century. These include security of supply, security of demand and that of transit of energy, as well as universal energy access as a means of poverty reduction, and shared environmental responsibility.

The central theme of The Hague ministerial conference was ‘Investing in Energy’. Indeed, the International Energy Charter is a critical instrument in moving countries towards a clear commitment to the principle of protection of investments in the energy sector at the global level.

Dr. Urban Rusnák, Secretary General of the Energy Charter Secretariat, stated: “This Ministerial Conference is the culmination of so much effort by so many. Much has been achieved, that should be celebrated. And yet, much remains to be done. This is not the end of a process, but rather the beginning of a process. Today is the dawn of a new age.”
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EDSO – Improving TSO-DSO cooperation at the European level: EDSO contribution to system operators dialogue

Distribution System Operators (DSOs) and Transmission System Operators (TSOs) are today in charge of maintaining the electricity system stable for all consumers in a society ever more reliant on uninterrupted power supply. This task is more challenging now than in past decades: renewable energy sources are being connected to distribution grids at an extraordinary rate, consumers are installing solar panels on their roofs, new market players are starting to sell flexibility services, and electric vehicles (EV) are starting to appear on the roads.
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EU Commission – Energy high on agenda at Eastern Partnership Summit, Riga

Energy was high on the agenda at the Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga on 21-22 May 2015. Leaders from the EU, EU countries, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine attended the Summit.

The Eastern Partnership was launched in 2009 with the aim of deepening relations between the EU and its Eastern neighbours. Cooperation also includes a broad range of energy related issues, including the Eastern Partnership Flagship Initiative on energy.

Summit participants signed a Declaration which reaffirms their interest in strengthening energy security, sustainability and competiveness, as well as boosting the diversification of supply. They also reiterated their intention to deepen bilateral and multilateral cooperation in energy.

The Declaration highlights the importance of well-functioning energy markets and the contribution that energy efficiency and renewable energy can make to boosting security of supply.
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Eurelectric – Fostering investments in the MENA region: EURELECTRIC advocates an 8-point action plan

Concerted effort is needed to attract investment in the electricity sector in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region, EURELECTRIC says in a newly published paper. The paper was launched at a joint MEDELEC-AUE-EURELECTRIC event today. Some of the countries of the region are directly affiliated to EURELECTRIC.

Energy demand in the MENA region is expected to increase tremendously and many countries have recently set ambitious targets to revise their energy strategies and are increasingly turning to renewable energy and energy efficiency measures. They have also started implementing the regulatory reforms required to achieve these sustainable objectives, albeit at different implementation programs and speeds. Members of most of the MENA region are however not attracting sufficient private capital and investment in electricity generation assets and infrastructure.
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DECC – Energy, Climate Change and the Queen’s Speech

By Amber Rudd MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Today’s Queen’s Speech sets out our early priorities for the new Parliament. DECC’s priorities are clear: keeping the lights on and powering the economy; keeping bills low for families and businesses and getting a climate deal in Paris this year.

The UK is one of the most energy secure countries in the world. The National Grid has the right tools in place to deal with the toughest system conditions – its new services to balance the electricity system meant that we maintained healthy margins throughout last winter. In the medium term we have a Capacity Market to make sure there is enough available to meet future peak electricity demand – last year it produced new investment at good value for money. Longer term we are investing in new energy infrastructure – new nuclear and renewables, as well as exploring for shale gas.

However, even as we cut our carbon emissions over the coming decades we will need oil and gas as part of our energy mix. That includes maximising home grown energy sources rather than relying on imports – and benefitting working people in Britain. The new Energy Bill will boost the UK oil and gas industry by creating an independent regulator for exploration and production from the territorial sea and UK continental shelf. This new approach to industry collaboration (which fully implements last year’s independent Wood Review) will help drive down costs and improve the sector’s efficiency.
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GSGF – Winners announced for second annual ISGAN Award of Excellence and inaugural GSGF Best Smart Grid Project Award

During an awards ceremony at the sixth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) and the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF) announced the winners of the second annual ISGAN Award of Excellence and the first‐ever GSGF Best Smartgrid Project Award.

ISGAN honored the “GRID4EU Large‐scale Demonstration of European Smart Distribution Networks” as the winner of its ISGAN Award of Excellence. Exemplifying the 2015 competition theme of “Excellence in Smart Grids for Renewable Energy Integration,” GRID4EU used demand management and grid automation to improve the integration of renewables on medium‐ and low‐voltage electricity networks in Europe.

“GRID4EU pools the expertise and experience of six major European smart grid demonstration projects to achieve the common vision of a ‘smarter and greener grid,’” said Michele de Nigris, Chair of ISGAN’s Executive Committee. “This multi‐project structure, as well as GRID4EU’s approach in using smart grids to integrate renewable energy, stand as best practice examples for the rest of the world.”
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ACEEE – Boston, NYC, Washington, DC, San Francisco, and Seattle Rank as America’s Most Energy-Efficient US Cities

Biennial Energy Efficiency Scorecard Ranks 51 Large US Cities; Balance of Top 10 US Cities: Chicago, Minneapolis, Portland, Austin, and Denver; Los Angeles One of the Most Improved Cities

Mayors and local lawmakers in America’s largest cities continue to take innovative steps to lower energy costs for consumers and businesses, increase their resilience, and reduce pollution through increased energy efficiency, according to the 2nd edition of the City Energy Efficiency Scorecard, released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
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Eurelectric report – Communicating with customers in case of blackouts

European power supply is among the most reliable in the world. Nevertheless, unplanned power interruptions do occur – for instance in extreme weather situations. In those cases, keeping those affected informed and updated is crucial.

In spring 2014, EURELECTRIC carried out a survey among industry associations and distribution system operators (DSOs) from 11 EU countries – DE, ES, FI,FR,GR,LV,NL,PL,PT,SE,UK–and Norway asking how DSOs communicate on unplanned power cuts.

This leaflet first highlights some of the main survey results. The second part showcases best practice examples from around Europe, showing how DSOs are communicating to make sure that, while the power is interrupted, customers are not left in the dark.
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Navigant – Smart Grid IT Systems

MDMS, CIS, GIS, SCADA, EMS, DMS, OMS, AMS, MWMS, DRMS, DERMS,
and Utility Data Analytics Solutions: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts

As power grid operators worldwide face new and growing challenges—to stability, reliability, and even economic feasibility—those charged with managing the grid are turning increasingly to sophisticated IT systems. Modern solutions can help managers leverage the growing connectivity of grid equipment and devices in order to automate control and maintenance functions and better engage with customers. The proliferation of new sensing devices in the grid is providing vast quantities of granular data and grid-edge visibility. Meanwhile, newer platforms like mobile devices and social media are delivering real-time intelligence never before available to utility managers. Add in sophisticated predictive analytics solutions, and the possibilities for utilities to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and better interact with their constituents are nearly endless.
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May 2015

Harry Crijns
Secretary OSGP Alliance

Permanent link to this article: http://www.osgp.org/osgp-newsletter-may-2015/

Apr 29

OSGP newsletter //April 2015

 

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OSGP Alliance to release next generation security specifications

OSGP Alliance (www.osgp.org), an independent, global, not-for-profit association comprised of prominent utilities, systems integrators, service providers as well as smart grid eqhas announced that it is preparing an update to the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) specifications to add additional security features to the existing security architecture currently defined in the specifications.

The OSGP Alliance undertakes this security update because the alliance understands that the systems built with the OSGP specifications are an important, vital asset for a utility, and also often an essential element for national security. The overall security of a utility is an evolving and dynamic process just as it is for all types of systems deployed for governments, financial institutions and the like, and this planned security update will ensure that the OSGP specifications, and the systems built upon them, will be many years ahead of theoretical threats.

The alliance’s work on this security update is motivated by the latest recommended international cybersecurity practices, and will enhance both the primitives used for encryption and authentication as well as the key length, usage, and update rules and mechanisms. It is important to note that there have not been any reported security breaches of any deployed smart metering or smart grid system built with the current OSGP specifications, and that systems built with these specifications include a comprehensive multi-layer security system that has always been mandatory.

The OSGP Alliance will make a further public announcement about these planned updates to the OSGP specifications in late summer 2015, and will be engaging with various standards-developing organizations, including CENELEC (www.cenelec.eu) and ETSI (www.etsi.org), with proposals to incorporate these planned updates for the benefit of the grid modernization community and all stakeholders.

For more information:
Harry Crijns,
Secretary of OSGP Alliance,
E-mail address: secr@osgp.org.

 

 

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NES – Networked Energy Services has moved the production of smart meters from China to Poland

Closer to the customer – Faster, easier transportation, simpler logistics and better control over the production.

These days NES will come with its 4th generation platform for the Smart Grids; Patagonia, an innovative and highly secured operation platform for the best Smart Meter in the Market.
We aim to reach all Nordic customers within maximum 4 days with centralised storage and through the carefully optimized production and logisticsprocesses, says Petter Pettersen, sales director for NES.

“The new meter is built on an innovative new platform. This includes both the technology, design and production concept. Both hardware and firmware is a new generation, and we have had a strong focus for the new meter should be future proof and a high degree of security. With this product we should stay ahead”, says Andy Robinson, Vice President & Chief Technology Officer Networked Energy Services.

One of the important innovations in hardware is a new processor, which makes the unit the most powerful home meter on the market. In addition, the memory is significantly upgraded, where 32MB is considered much in an electricity meter. It is also designed for integration with broadband PLC.

“Measurement machines, as we have chosen to call them, are improved on essential point in this new generation. It has faster sampling, and can receive and handle more information online. It can run more complex algorithms with more speed and higher resolution, it is more accurate, more linear, and can do more with power quality analysis”, describes Andy Robinson.

Communication specifications are also largely expanded, with more opportunities for PLC, communication card and connections. All six ports can be used independently of each other.

“Before we started this development, we did a lot of research among our customers and asked them what they experienced as challenges in the roll out and in the operation of our meters. We got much feedback that we have integrated in this next generation smart meters. Adaptable backlights for the buttons, low light, but still easy to locate and operate for onsite operation. Good lighting during implementation and user intervention.

Andy Robinson expresses his enthusiasm for the new LCD screen. The special glass provides a new experience, and not at least, it has an extreme viewing angle that makes display is readable almost from aside.

“The factory is planned to efficient production of Patagonia platform and 4 generation products. The small footprint requires few operators and processes, which means that they can scale up quickly when needed”, says Andy Robinson, Vice President & Chief Technology Officer and Petter Pettersen, sales director at Networked Energy Services.

“User-friendliness has been a main aspect of the design process, and safety and security is important keywords. I dark or dim lighting, you can still see the meter and use it. Therefore, it is another backlit pushbuttons in addition to the display.

The focus on design does not only apply usability and performance but also the production and reliability. We not only create the most advanced smart meter, but also the easiest to use in operational circumstances, while retaining the high quality.

“The mechanical design has great flexibility. We also wanted to delete all processes and steps, which may cause potential quality problems at manual operations. We have eliminated so many of these processes as possible. This is very unlike the majority of products you see on the market”.

“This has led to a meter that probably is one of the easiest to put together. It can be made in four basic operations. By comparison, our previous model had twelve,” tells Andy Robinson. “It is also possible to run very advanced security features with the meter. Meanwhile, all data in the database is encrypted, not only the keys. The unit has a 100 percent traceability system at all levels.

The factory is planned to efficient production of the Patagonia platform and the 4th generation products. It takes little space, requires few operators and processes, which allows a quickly scale up when needed. The production line is very thoughtful, with fewest possible steps. The idea is that units can be sent directly from factory to the customer, ready for installation.

“We start up producing 740,000 units annually, so to increase to 1.4 million. We have the potential to scale up to four million annually if we need it”, says Andy Robinson.

“We also received MID approval something before Easter, and the first meters are already delivered to customers”, says Petter Pettersen, sales director for NES. “We have the objective to reach all Nordic customers within maximum 4 days with centralised storage and through the carefully optimised production and logistic processes.

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Eltel and Hafslund sign the largest Norwegian smart metering rollout contract

Eltel and Hafslund Nett have announced the signing of the largest Norwegian smart metering rollout contract. The volume amounts to 630.000 direct measured meters to be installed by 2019, with approximately 150 Eltel employees involved in the project.

Eltel and Hafslund Nett have agreed on a rollout of 630.000 smart meters in Hafslund distribution network in Norway. The project is by far the largest smart metering project in Norway and will take more than three years to implement. Eltel’s delivery scope will include rollout planning, end customer communications, logistics and installations. The parties have agreed to utilize Eltel’s Mobile Workforce Management system for the rollout process.

Axel Hjärne, CEO of Eltel comments:
“We are very glad to announce the signing of the agreement with Hafslund. We have worked in preparing this project for one year with our tendering team from Norway, Finland, Sweden and Denmark. Moreover, the project execution will be based on extensive collaboration of technician teams from Norway and neighbouring countries. We are looking forward to a good collaboration with Hafslund, contributing to great advantages for their end customers and optimization of the whole infrastructure for the benefit of all stakeholders”.

Kristin Lian, Senior Vice President, Hafslund Nett comments:
“Eltel has offered a thorough and efficient solution with favorable commercial terms for the installation of electricity meters in all directly measured installations. Eltel has experience of similar projects from the past, both in scope and content. Eltel showed good understanding of, and approach to, project implementation. The project organization consists of many experienced resources, and they presented a detailed project plan with clear responsibilities, realistic timelines and deliverables. Eltel also delivered the most economically advantageous tender”.
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EnergiMidt – New development will create viable energy storage solution

Energimidt has partnered with leading Danish companies and municipalities to develop a system that can increase private consumption by local energy production. The project will run for 3,5 years and the aim is that the solution must be profitable to market conditions and to improve the electricity network handling of small local productions as solar cells.

Energimidt in collaboration with DTU Electrical, FLUX A/S, PA Energy and Skive Municipality and the Municipality of Middelfart started the project Local Energy Storage (LES). The project aims to develop a local energy storage solution based on the latest power electronics and thereby be groundbreaking in terms of price, efficiency and design. The solution developed to ensure that private producers such as solar owners get full use of the power they produce.

“As it looks right now, batteries for storage of self-produced power is not profitable because the existing batteries have a short life compared to their price. Unlike in Germany, for example, where you get a great contribution to saving energy, we have in Denmark need a storage solution that is profitable under Danish conditions. That is what we will create with this project here. We expect prices to come with, so we have a system that meets the expectations and unmarketable when the project ends in 2018″, says Rasmus Høyrup Refshauge, a specialist in EnergiMidt- development. He adds that energy storage is a political focus area, which we know to be resolved so that we can achieve the policy objectives in 2050.
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NES – Networked Energy Services Corporation Acquires Leading Provider of Grid Management Products

Austria-based ubitronix products, people, and facilities form NES Europe, including a new R&D facility and support center for NES customers

Networked Energy Services Corporation announced, its acquisition of Ubitronix System Solutions GmbH, a leading grid management products company serving the European and Middle East regions. The acquisition will accelerate grid management applications for Patagonia, the NES next generation solution platform for the smart grid. The 3 tier platform includes ruggedized Smart Grid Devices, which now includes ubitronix load management solution, Linux-based Control Nodes, and a robust grid analytics and applications portfolio, which will leverage ubitronix UIEM software, designed to integrate and manage smart grid devices and systems from multiple vendors.

With Ubitronix, NES is able to accelerate its overall grid management applications effort, offering its customers new Load Management applications and expand its Utility Data Center software to support multiple vendor products out of the box.
NES will leverage Ubitronix Linz, Austria based facilities and engineers to launch a European R&D facility, focused on high speed wireless and PLC based communications for its Patagonia platform and grid management applications development. Further, NES will offer its European and Middle East customers even more local technical support through the resources and experience the ubitronix acquisition enables.

As a result of the acquisition, Ubitronix System Solutions GmbH will change its name to Network Energy Services GmbH and will serve as the NES European headquarters.
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SEAS-NVE – New light on the beach path provides security – and great savings

Better lighting that gives more security, less CO2 emissions and a massive saving of 74 percent. These are three of the most striking results of a study of sensor-controlled lighting on the beach path in Kalundborg.

SEAS-NVE would like to help develop our region. We do this partly by constantly developing smarter solutions for the benefit of citizens. It’s Kalundborg Municipality and our experiments with sensor-controlled lighting in Strandstien a good example, and it would be a good idea for the municipality, and probably also for other municipalities to look at whether this solution can be an opportunity to bicycle and pedestrian paths “says Eva Sass Lauritsen, project manager of SEAS-NVE.
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Schneider  Electric – A framework for developing and evaluating utility substation Cyber Security

The utility industry is under pressure to improve substation automation cyber security. Manufacturers of substation products use proprietary or product-specific methodologies for managing device security. As a result, standardization and ease of management of these devices is lacking. This paper reviews processes and procedures for securing a substation, offers advice for overcoming substation asset management challenges, and describes some of the tools available
Now that cyber security is a top-of-mind concern, utility stakeholders are mimicking their IT peers and are scrambling to put their infrastructure security house in order. Within substations, proprietary devices once considered for specialized applications are now vulnerable. Sensitive information (such as online documentation that describes how these devices work) can be accessed via the internet by anyone, including those with malicious intent who wish to cause disruption. 
Electrical substations today are characterized by different mixes of Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT). Operational Technology is defined as the automation and control systems and components that monitor, measure, and protect critical infrastructure. When bolstering the security of a substation network, IT infrastructure components such as PC hosts, network devices (e.g., switches, routers, and firewalls) are a logical first step for protection. Technologies / tools such as SNMP and SYSLOG can be used with security monitoring systems to easily monitor IT-based devices. Extending this same methodology to OT-based devices, however, can be more difficult to achieve.
Most embedded devices and power systems applications were not designed with security monitoring in mind. To address this problem, many substation automation vendors have tried the bolt-on security approach, keeping cyber security functionally separate from non-secured OT devices and building a layer of security around them. This approach may allow for a layer of access control and monitoring, but once the initial layer is breached, devices remain vulnerable. While bolt-on solutions allow for a fast implementation to reduce the risk of a cyber-attack on OT devices, substation asset managers should consider upgrading their OT devices during their lifecycle to newer devices containing built-in cyber security functions.

Ferranti accelerates investments in MECOMS™ solution and customer focus

Ferranti Computer Systems accelerates the investments in research and development of the MECOMS™ solution to further develop the innovations and the value we bring to our customers and partners. To lead this strategic focus, Tom Van Haute has been appointed as Chief Technology Officer. Tom Van Haute has been working for Ferranti for 20 years in various positions, the previous one being Chief Operations Officer of Ferranti Computer Systems.

A stronger product proposition goes hand in hand with a stronger customer focus. Therefore Ferranti also has strengthened the commercial organization with the appointment of Mark Hurcomb as Chief Commercial Officer and the appointment of Tony Walton as Sales Manager for the United Kingdom.

Mark Hurcomb will be leading Ferranti’s commercial operations across EMEA in combination with the responsibility of Country Manager Ferranti United Kingdom. Mark Hurcomb brings to Ferranti extensive energy- and utilities expertise from past management responsibilities at Logica (now CGI), Regional Management at Wipro, Head of Energy and Utilities Europe at HCL and Vice President EMEA at eMeter Corporation. Before joining Ferranti, Mark was the Sales Director Northern Europe for Oracle Utilities.

Tony Walton held business development responsibilities at Ebiquita Ltd, Equifax Ltd and Gentrack Limited where he worked extensively with energy and water utilities in the UK.
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Oracle Utilities Network Management System Effectively Manages and Utilizes Data to Help Reduce Cost and Improve Grid Reliability

Electric utilities traditionally rely on delivering power generated from central plants connected to transmission grids that lead through the distribution network and ultimately to the customer.
However, electric distribution is changing rapidly as consumers continue to adopt beyond-the-meter technology that can shape grid reliability and performance, pointing toward increased risks for utilities resistant to change.
To help utilities embrace this growth opportunity, Oracle recently made significant updates to Oracle Utilities Network Management System to help enterprises more easily and effectively integrate distributed energy resources, including rooftop solar, wind turbines, and batteries, based on location and condition of use.

“Oracle Utilities Network Management System 1.12.0.2 is an advanced distribution management system [ADMS] that empowers utilities to flexibly manage distribution grid data to improve reliability and reduce cost,” said Rodger Smith, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Utilities.
“It supports vital distribution automation to the substation and distributed generation management thanks to a scalable, real-time data model and optimization engine.
These capabilities are built on one of the world’s best outage management systems, as demonstrated during Superstorm Sandy, making Oracle Utilities Network Management System the best solution for utilities that need a storm-proven, scalable ADMS platform that also manages distributed energy resources.”
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Duke Energy named one of the 20 most innovative companies April 24, 2015

Duke Energy has been named to Greentech Media’s Grid Edge 20 – recognizing the company as one of the most innovative firms working to architect the electric power industry’s future.
Companies were selected based on their contribution to grid edge technology transformation – increasingly critical in today’s changing utility industry. En ergy stakeholders and other thought leaders in the industry helped select the Grid Edge 20. See the entire list.

“At Duke Energy, we continue to promote innovation as a way to make our operations more efficient — and our customers more satisfied. We are honored with this recognition,” said Caren Anders, vice president, Emerging Technology and Transmission Affairs.
Among the emerging technology projects Duke Energy is working on: energy storage, microgrids and making the grid operate with more open standards and less proprietary protocols. These efforts will help the company and customers alike with a stronger, more resilient electric grid.

“The Grid Edge 20 is an annual benchmark for our industry,” said Steve Propper, director of Grid Edge at Greentech Media. “This year’s group is made up of technology vendors making the greatest impact on the market in terms of deploying disruptive solutions commercially. It also includes utilities making smart investments to optimize their distribution network architecture and prepare for the future architecture of the grid.”
The publication noted Duke Energy’s plans for a testing facility in Gaston County, N.C., this year. Duke Energy and more than 25 companies will test new innovative techniques for the electric grid at the facility.
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ONE Nordic – Tailwind for Lapland Electricity Networks

Lapland electricity network as part of ONE Nordic Group have success with their wind power projects.
We have been contracted to conduct the internal grid of the wind farm Maevaara, stage 2 at OX2.
The wind farm comprising 10 wind turbines have to start construction in August and the entire project is expected to be completed by summer 2016.

We have already supplied the internal mains to Maevaara, phase 1, which consisted of 24 wind turbines.Operation and maintenance of both the station and the network, we are responsible also.
Similar previous projects have included Uljabuouda (10 turbines), Jokkmokk Liden (10 turbines) and Blaiken Wind, Stage 1, 2 and 3 (a total of 90 wind turbines).
Lapland Electricity Network currently has about 20 employees and office is in Jokkmokk.
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Alliander – Batteries from electric cars get second life on Fortress-island Pampus, the Netherlands

Fortress-island Pampus, just at the East-side of Amsterdam, will use a battery from an electric car to store energy. This way the energy use will be reduced because it be used more efficiently. Through this the island Papus set its first step towards a self-sufficient and sustainable existence and business operations. Additionally the project is to demonstrate if these batteries can have a second life on a large scale.
The future re-use of batteries by Dutch households and businesses can be an affordable way of storing energy. The coming years thousands of these batteries will become available. Additionally it contributes to the sustainable goals of the region, its businesses and organisations, such as Fortress-island Pampus.
The research project is realised by Alliander, ARN, Fortress-island Pampus foundation, DNV-GL, HAN, TU/e and Amsterdam Smart City.
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EU-Commission – Innovative smart grids central to Energy Union

Innovative smart grids will play a key role in delivering the EU’s plans for Energy Union – an integrated energy market which works for consumers, keeps the EU world number one in renewables and ensures that energy supply can meet demand, Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, said at the InnoGrid 2020+ conference in Brussels on 31 March.

Europe’s energy landscape is changing fast. Today, renewables account for 25% of the EU’s electricity supply and this level could rise to 50% by 2030. Variable renewables require more grid flexibility, new approaches, new technologies and new markets. Meanwhile, consumers need to be at the heart of the EU’s internal energy market to control their energy consumption and make personal energy decisions to lower their bills.

Smart grids allow energy to flow where and when it’s needed, they make the best use of renewable energy and they keep infrastructure costs – and household energy bills – down.

“We know that smart grids work. We have seen that they can reduce the infrastructure capacity needed to meet demand by up to 30%,” Arias Cañete said.

However, for smart grids to meet their potential, a number of hurdles must be overcome. The InnoGrid 2020+ conference is set to explore the role of research in smart grids, financing, regulatory and business models and how to integrate smart grids, among other topics.
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Eurelectric – Coordinate national energy policies to meet EU objectives

The European electricity industry has set out its views on the governance of the Energy Union, including the 2030 energy and climate framework. EURELECTRIC’s paper contains a number of recommendations towards building consistent and market-oriented national plans as a foundation for the Europeanisation of energy policies.

Generally, EURELECTRIC supports the development of a holistic governance system which provides for a coherent approach both to the 2030 climate and energy framework and to Europe’s broader “Energy Union” policy objectives. The governance system should ensure that the binding carbon reduction target of 40% remains the centrepiece of the 2030 framework, contributing to progress towards the 2030 targets without compromising security of supply, competitiveness, cost-efficiency and sustainability. The potential for decarbonisation in Europe can only be unlocked with sufficient investment, and EURELECTRIC thus calls for streamlined national plans that provide a predictable and reliable framework for investors, whilst achieving a level playing field for technologies.

Regional cooperation, coordination and solidarity are at the core of the Energy Union, and the governance system should support those principles. Policies that are properly coordinated and assessed in cooperation with other member states contribute to market integration and minimise market distortions across the EU. Regional cooperation also provides opportunities such as pooling resources to facilitate technology development.
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Energy Department to Provide $75 Million for ‘Fuels from Sunlight’ Hub

CENTER AIMS TO PRODUCE LIQUID TRANSPORTATION FUELS FROM SUNLIGHT

The U.S. Department of Energy today announced $75 million in funding to renew the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP), a DOE Energy Innovation Hub originally established in 2010 with the goal of harnessing solar energy for the production of fuel.  JCAP researchers are focused on achieving the major scientific breakthroughs needed to produce liquid transportation fuels from a combination of sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide, using artificial photosynthesis.

While the scientific challenges of producing such fuels are considerable, JCAP will capitalize on state-of-the-art capabilities developed during its initial five years of research, including sophisticated characterization tools and unique automated high-throughput experimentation that can quickly make and screen large libraries of materials to identify components for artificial photosynthesis systems.
“Basic scientific research supported by the Department of Energy is crucial to providing the foundation for innovative technologies and later-stage research to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change,” said Under Secretary for Science and Energy Lynn Orr.  “JCAP’s work to produce fuels from sunlight and carbon dioxide holds the promise of a potentially revolutionary technology that would put America on the path to a low-carbon economy.”
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EU Commission-JRC – A smart grid for the city of Rome

The JRC, in collaboration with ACEA (Rome’s electricity Distribution System Operator), assessed the merits of deploying smart grids all over the city of Rome (download full report here). For the first time, the JRC’s Smart Grid Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) has been applied to a full-scale smart grid urban project, rather than (only) to a small-size pilot. The overall outlook for Rome’s smart grid project turns out as positive from both the private investor’s and the societal perspective. This report shows how the JRC’s smart grid CBA methodology can be used to assess the financial and economic viability of real Smart Grids projects and help the investment decisions of Distribution System Operators.

The Smart Grid, the upcoming generation of intelligent electricity networks, is an undisputable building block for the development of a Smart City and promises to drastically change the way power is produced, exchanged and traded.
How can smart grids help the EU Member States in achieving the ambitious energy targets for security of supply, sustainability and competitiveness?
Consistent with its mission of providing science-based support to policy makers, the JRC has developed a series of tools and methodologies to observe, simulate and assess Smart Grid developments. The wider aim is to cover socio-economic impacts of Smart Grid projects, in order to quantify the real benefits possibly gained both by investors and by society at large.
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South Africa – Names bidders for 1 000MW of green power

South Africa has named preferred bidders for the fourth round of a series of renewable energy projects, that will add about 1 000MW of power to its ailing grid, industry insiders said on Tuesday.
SA is committed to introducing green energy into its power mix, 95% of which is coal at the moment, to redress its chronic electricity shortages.
Referred to as “Windows 4″, the renewable energy bidding rounds have invited bids for a range of renewable projects such as wind, photovoltaic, biomass and small scale hydro-electric.
The Department of Energy could not confirm if bidders were announced but Reuters has been able to identify some recipients.
“We have been awarded the 140MW Roggerveld wind farm and the 4.7MW Kruisvallei hydro farm,” said Gabriele Maraschin, development manager at unlisted Italian firm Building Energy.
“This means that you are awarded a power purchase agreement with Eskom, you have to reach financial close and then you can start construction.”
Italy’s Enel Green Power said it had won three contracts to generate wind power that will produce 425MW of electricity along South Africa’s eastern coastline and northern region.
Paper maker Sappi said it was selected to set up a 25MW biomass project in South Africa’s interior.
Other bidders included Johannesburg-based BioTherm.
Germany’s state-controlled KfW development bank said last week it had granted Eskom a R4bn loan to help modernise its power grid and connect new renewable energy projects to the system.
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DECC – Heat Network (Metering and Billing Regulations 2014): guidance to compliance and enforcement of the legislation.

The Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014 implement the requirements in the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) with respect to the supply of distributed heat, cooling, and hot water.
The EED promotes energy efficiency in the EU to achieve the Commission’s 2020 20% headline target on energy efficiency. It lays down rules to overcome market failures that impede efficiency in the supply and use of energy.
There are many thousands of heat networks in the UK, supplying hundreds of thousands of dwellings, commercial premises, and public buildings. The legislation is enforced in the UK by the National Measurement and Regulation Office (NMRO). The NMRO is also responsible for receiving notifications under regulation 3.
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ADS-Reports – The Key Players in The Global Smart Grid Networking Market 2015-2019

The report recognizes the following companies as the key players in the Global Smart Grid Networking Market: ABB Ltd., Cisco Systems, Fujitsu Ltd., GE and Huawei Investment & Holding Co. Ltd.
Other Prominent Vendors in the market are: Itron, Mitsubishi Electric, Schneider Electric and Siemens.
The report said: “The need for better energy management is one of the key trends upcoming in this market. Many power utilities are in the process of achieving end-to-end solutions to manage their energy sources. Power utilities have started adopting various smart grid technologies and networking solutions to achieve the overall goal of creating an effective smart grid system.”
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Navigant – Demand Response Enabling Technologies

Metering, Communications, and Controls Equipment: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts
Demand response (DR) is becoming a growing part of the resource base that electric system operators rely on to maintain reliability on the grid. Market liberalization, economic pressures, and environmental regulations are all moving toward a path of fewer traditional central power plants and more distributed energy resources (DER) to address future energy needs. Advanced technologies can help speed this transition and make it more reliable along the way. For example, automated demand response (ADR) systems automate the DR dispatch process, from the grid operator to the DR aggregator (if involved) to the end-use customer.

A number of drivers point toward increased DR adoption in North America and other regions of the world. The changing resource mix in electric grids globally is creating more potential for DR to play a pivotal role. New market types, like ancillary services such as reserves and regulation, are opening up to DR. The concepts of resiliency and microgrids have taken strong root along the Atlantic Coast following Hurricane in 2012, and DR will be an integral part of those developments. The advent of grid modernization is also tied to this new view on how the grid should be designed. According to Navigant Research, global DR spending is expected to grow from $183.8 million in 2015 to more than $1.3 billion in 2024.
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Permanent link to this article: http://www.osgp.org/osgp-newsletter-april-2015/

Apr 08

OSGP Alliance to release next generation security specifications

The OSGP Alliance (www.osgp.org), an independent, global, not-for-profit association comprised of prominent utilities, systems integrators, service providers as well as smart grid equipment and software product developers, has announced that it is preparing an update to the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) specifications to add additional security features to the existing security architecture currently defined in the specifications.

The OSGP Alliance undertakes this security update because the alliance understands that the systems built with the OSGP specifications are an important, vital asset for a utility, and also often an essential element for national security. The overall security of a utility is an evolving and dynamic process just as it is for all types of systems deployed for governments, financial institutions and the like, and this planned security update will ensure that the OSGP specifications, and the systems built upon them, will be many years ahead of theoretical threats.

The alliance’s work on this security update is motivated by the latest recommended international cybersecurity practices, and will enhance both the primitives used for encryption and authentication as well as the key length, usage, and update rules and mechanisms. It is important to note that there have not been any reported security breaches of any deployed smart metering or smart grid system built with the current OSGP specifications, and that systems built with these specifications include a comprehensive multi-layer security system that has always been mandatory.

The OSGP Alliance will make a further public announcement about these planned updates to the OSGP specifications in late summer 2015, and will be engaging with various standards-developing organizations, including CENELEC (www.cenelec.eu) and ETSI (www.etsi.org), with proposals to incorporate these planned updates for the benefit of the grid modernization community and all stakeholders.

For more information:
Harry Crijns,
Secretary of OSGP Alliance,
Eemail address: secr@osgp.org.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.osgp.org/osgp-alliance-to-release-next-generation-security-specifications/

Mar 31

OSGP Newsletter // March 2015

OSGP News

OSGP Worldwide

This map reflects the more than 30 different countries where the OSGP System is installed.
Utilities in these countries have a combined installed smart meter total of more than 4 million meters.

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Member News

 

ModemTec – PLC Communication – The Weakest Link?

There is no doubt that power lines are part of critical infrastructure. Power engineering is now at its most dramatic development phase. Unfortunately, progress in technologies and political decisions tend to complicate development.

After the EU strategic plan 20-20-20 is realised, we are likely to face the paradox of a reliable supply of power still not being ensured. Fortunately, however, even empty slogans such as ‘smart grid’ bring rational considerations and decisions to the area of stability and safety of power supply.

The way to control end devices, including residential e-meters, is very clear… despite reservations PLC technology will prevail. It is the only technology with reliability that equals that of the power supply.

Shannon schematics of communication systems reveal the structure of both modem and surroundings that influence total efficiency of transferred information. A real communication system is obviously significantly more complicated, however, this simplified model is sufficient to identifythe key effects (See Figure 1).2015-03-ModemTec-1

Figure 1: Shannon schematics of a communication system, highlighting negative effects

The theoretical calculation for the highest possible transmission capacity C0 (Shannon–Hartley theorem) looks as follows: C0 = B log2 (1+ ) [bit/s; Hz; W; W] where B is equal to bandwidth; S is equal to signal power over bandwidth and N is equal to noise power over bandwidth
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Linz Strom – The rollout of smart meters requires change and good governance

LINZ Strom GmbH is an Austrian company with responsibility for all services within the power supply and telecommunications in Linz area, capital of northern Austria. Since 2007 they have worked with the rollout of smart meters, and has made many experiences about how these processes affect both the customer base and organization.
“In our area there live about 400.000 people. We provide 82 communities and the city of Linz with electricity, and about 50% of the people live in the urban areas. Linz Strom is mainly responsible for the distribution of electricity, meaning responsible for the distribution networks and the reliable connection and metering in the homes. It is a challenge to establish new systems in these networks, but now we are fairly satisfied with the result”, says Dipl.Ing. Andreas Reinhardt.

Why did you start the process of smart meters?
“There are three main reasons for this. When we started assessments of the project in 2006, there was a focus in the EU increased energy efficiency. It was very important and very visible, and smart meters were already discussed, although the regulation was not ready at this time. The other reason was our own asset management. We had many meters in our networks that needed to be replaced, and this would involve huge investments. We also had an old ripple control which had to be replaced. This encouraged us to make a choice: should they be replaced by electromechanical meters that we had used for many years, or replaced to electronic meters? The third aspect was the innovative management team of the company. They wanted to look at new business models and new opportunities”, he says. “But the decision to start the rollout of smart meters was considered a major risk at the time. There were no systems on the market that they could buy and easy use. It had to be a development”.

“There were gauges from the American supplier Echelon (now Networked Energy Services – NES Corporation) that could handle a basis of measuring data. We had to find a partner we can work closely with to develop the missing. This company was Ubitronix, and around 2007, we implemented the first smart meters as a pilot project”, says  Dipl.Ing. Reinhardt.
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DNV-GL  – 60% integration of renewables in European distribution grids feasible by 2030 through mitigating technical and regulatory measures

  • Integration of renewables will come with an expansion of European distribution networks, depending on the individual countries’ distribution grids and mix of distributed generation technologies
  • Measures like Smart grid technologies, Demand Response and a balanced geographical distribution of renewables can significantly reduce the cost of integrating renewables

The integration of approximately 60% of renewables into the European electricity system will be feasible by 2030, but will come with an extensive expansion of infrastructure, including transmission and distribution networks as well as conventional backup generation. The challenges of grid integration of renewables can be mitigated by a number of technical and regulatory measures. These are the findings of a DNV GL study for the European Commission, looking at the impact of renewables on distribution grids both locally and across regions within Europe, carried out in conjunction with Imperial College London and NERA Economic Consulting. In addition to the necessary expansion of transmission and generation, the study Integration of Renewable Energy in Europe specifically evaluates the requirements on distribution infrastructure.
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Energimidt: Small PV systems are the best investment

There is growing interest for solar cells because of the new state aid funds. Two weeks before the opening of these aid fund Energimidt started the discussion with more than 2000 Danes interested in solar.
Energimidt’s message surprises most: Buy small plants adapted to your consumption. It’s the best business.

Many Danes have discovered shortly before the start of the state aid funds that buyers of photovoltaic cells may obtain a higher price for installations overproduction. However, it can be a challenge to understandm the complex rules and to find the personal optimal solution. Contrary to what many people think; it’s not about to buy as large PV plant as possible, but to get a PV-plant adapted to your household’s consumption. This is what Energimidt explained to the many Danes interested in solar energy.

“Solar cells are complex, application rules, optimal plant size and supplier choice can be a bit of a jungle to find your way around. Many people think that they need to buy a large plant to get the most out of the state aid funds and are actually somewhat surprised when our recommendation is for a significantly smaller and not least cheaper plants”, explains Jørgen Due Thomsen, business manager at Energimidt, adding that some customers actually report that they have been recommended to buy a significat bigger PV-plant from other suppliers.

The Danish Energy Agency has recently send a warning to be careful to invest in solar cells. This warning is supplemented with a calculation from Ernst & Young, which is based on a 5 kW plant which annually produces more power than the household normally uses. Energimidt completely agrees that we must be careful not to invest in a plant of such a size unless you have a large household with a very high consumption.

“Very few people who will get a good business out of investing in a large photovoltaic system, as the rules are now. A 5 kW unit might make sense if you are a family with 4-5 children and an annual consumption of 12.000 kWh or more, but those are, after all, not many. The vast majority of our customers are recommended to purchase a 2 or 3 kW unit, because it is the best business for them. The ideal is to buy a plant, which, even on a sunny day, can use the most power itself”, explains Jørgen Due Thomsen.
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Fortum concludes the divestment of its electricity distribution business by selling the Swedish business for approx. EUR 6.6 billion

Fortum and a consortium comprising Swedish national pension funds Första AP-Fonden (AP 1) (12.5%) and Tredje AP-Fonden (AP3) (20.0%), Swedish mutual insurance and pension savings company Folksam (17.5%) and the international infrastructure investor, Borealis Infrastructure Management Inc. (50%), have today signed a binding agreement for the sale and purchase of Fortum Distribution AB, which operates and owns Fortum’s electricity distribution business in Sweden.

Fortum expects to book a one-time sales gain of approximately EUR 4.4 billion corresponding to approximately EUR 5 per share in its second quarter 2015 results. In the first quarter 2015 Interim Report the Distribution Segment will be presented as discontinued operations.

“A competent and experienced buyer with a long-term commitment to infrastructure and customer service is a very good solution for our 906,000 distribution customers in Sweden. At the same time, this is very good for our some 390 distribution employees, who will transfer with the business at closing with the existing terms of employment. The business is financially and operationally in a very good shape. It will now have a new owner that will develop the business as a core business,” says Timo Karttinen, Fortum’s Interim President and CEO.
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E.ON comment on customer attitudes towards smart meters

Commenting on two reports into customer attitudes towards smart meters – from Smart Energy GB and from DECC’s Early Learning Project – Don Leiper, New Business Director at E.ON, said: “It’s extremely encouraging that two separate pieces of research show people feel more confident about their energy choices as a result of having a smart meter in their home. We took the decision to start installing smart meters early because we feel that they’re the right thing for our customers, and having now installed more than 400,000 over the past few years, feedback from our own customers echoes these findings.”

The DECC study, which featured responses from E.ON customers, showed that customers with smart meters in their homes were more likely to feel in control of their energy use, had tried to reduce consumption and were more satisfied with the service they received from their supplier.

Don Leiper added: “We’re still in the early stages of the wider rollout of smart meters and we have a lot to do to ensure customers are made fully aware of the benefits they can bring; facilitating easier switching, bringing an end to estimated billing and giving customers the tools they need to control their energy use. It’s interesting that awareness is still mixed across age groups and regions and this shows there’s more we need to do, working alongside Smart Energy GB and the industry to further increase awareness and take-up among all age groups and in all regions.

“We’ve done a lot to improve the services we offer for all of our customers – those with smart meters and those who don’t yet have them – like enabling customers to choose our best tariff for them simply and quickly, offering customers Rewards and the option to receive Price Alerts when we launch a new fixed price tariff and making it easier for customers to see how their energy use stacks up to similar nearby homes with our Saving Energy Toolkit. But smart meters will help us take things to the next level for all our customers – by giving them real-time information about how and when they’re using energy and where they can make savings.”
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SEAS_NVE – Burglary revealed through website minmaaler.dk

A home owner discovered via the energy monitoring website; minmaaler.dk, that the electricity consumption in his house suddenly surged. The cause was an open door for burglary.

John Lindberg has cottage at Sejrø bay, and keeps it from frost with underfloor heating in the bathroom. When he is not staying in the house, he has the habit of monitoring the electricity consumption via his PC at minmaaler.dk. Consumption increased sharply from 3 to 18 kWh per day – without the house being used by someone, nor colder weather. “It seemed very strange, so I called SEAS-NVE, who recommended me to check the house as soon as possible. Because it is over 80 miles away, I called a neighbour who discovered that someone had broken in through a door you cannot see out of the street. It stood wide open, and it lead to the consumption of the underfloor heating electricity to rise very high”, says John Lindberg.
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LINZ AG wins ” Energy Star 2015 ”

That the LINZ AG is a specialist in energy efficiency, This has now been confirmed by official sources: The company won ” the country’s energy price ” Energy Star 2015 ” award for the cross-sectoral project ” Utilisation of waste heat in the biomass heating plant Asten”.
On February the 26th, during the Energysaving exhibition in Wells LINZ AG received this prestigious award. This is aready for the third time, that Linz AG was happy to be the winner. In a2012, there was the ” Energy Star ” for the solar offensive and in 2006 for the biomass power plant).
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Görlitz research project – State estimation in low and medium voltage networks

The goal of the Smart SCADA project is to develop a method that can make intelligent coupling of a cost-effective data indicative of the operation state of low and medium voltage networks.

To continue to provide a stable power supply to the intended research project of smart Scada contribute. The Görlitz AG supports the collaborative project.

The sharp rise in proportion of distributed and renewable generation facilities in low voltage networks poses new challenges to network operators. So not only additional equipment must be integrated into the network, but it must at the same time allows trouble-free operation with standard-compliant power quality can be maintained.A precise knowledge of relevant system parameters, in particular the mains voltage will be essential in the future to has regulating engage in network operation can.

The goal of the Smart SCADA project is to develop a method that can make intelligent coupling of a cost-effective data indicative of the operation state of low and medium voltage networks. This state estimator uses as base data from existing smart meter infrastructure and PV Einspeiseprognosen. From his results, in a second step, additional information, such as the integration of renewable energy plants are derived. Furthermore, in this project algorithms for detection of topology errors in medium and low voltage systems are developed and tested.

Using a variety of read values ​​are to be developed and tested the necessary state estimation algorithms in the next two years. Görlitz supports smart Scada with about 200 Echelon meters and its smart-MDM-ID Specto that handles the reading and processing the measured values. For about 24 connected to PV systems, counters are working with phase-sharp 5-min load profiles, on all remaining counters with 10-min load profiles. All counters run a data concentrator. Overall, each with 14 load profiles are transmitted to the system in the 4-hour intervals.
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Schneider Electric Smart Grid Lab at Ryerson University

Schneider Electric Smart Grid Lab at Ryerson University’s Centre for Urban Energy officially open, available for testing and training

State-of-the-art facility will help build the future of Canadian energy
Schneider Electric, Ryerson University, and the Ontario Ministry of Energy today officially unveiled the Schneider Electric Smart Grid Laboratory (SESG Lab) at Ryerson’s Centre for Urban Energy (CUE) in Toronto. The facility, Canada’s first university-based smart grid laboratory, is now available to partners and collaborators seeking to test new products or operational strategies, validate grid transformation solutions, conduct research and train employees.
The Schneider Electric Smart Grid Laboratory was sponsored by the Ministry of Energy and funded in part through the Ontario Smart Grid Fund initiative.

“Building a smarter electricity grid is a key part of our government’s plan to modernize Ontario’s energy infrastructure and provide clean, reliable affordable power to consumers,” said Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Energy. “Supporting Ryerson’s Centre for Urban Energy, and the development of the Schneider Electric Smart Grid Lab, we are setting the stage for innovations that will be the backbone for our energy system for future generations.”
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Enel offers turnkey Smart Cities solutions

Enel’s expertise in developing technologies for smart cities, and the sector’s benefits and opportunities were the main topics discussed at the Italy’s Drive Towards Smart Cities: Trends and Opportunities webinar. The meeting was sponsored by the UK Trade & Investment office and took place at the British Consulate, as part of initiatives connected to the Expo 2015.

At the webinar, Laura Montanari from New Business Solutions Development and Sales at Enel’s Global Infrastructure and Networks Business Line explained how the integration of different technologies into the smart city structure brings about economic, energy efficiency and sustainability benefits for both urban areas and consumers.
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Fortum’s Energy Review: Nordic electricity market in transition

Fortum’s second Energy Review, published today, focuses on the Nordic electricity market, its success so far and the challenges ahead. The Nord Pool area in the Nordic and Baltic countries is a real example of a functioning, regional electricity market offering its customers energy at competitive prices, good security of supply, and one of the world’s lowest energy production emissions per kilowatt-hour.

“For the success to continue, we need a strong, shared mindset in the Nordic countries. Transmission connections must be further developed within and between each Nordic country as well as between the Nordic countries and the rest of Europe. In addition to the wholesale market, the functionality of the retail market must also be a focal point, so that better products for controlling energy consumption and costs can be offered to household customers”, notes Fortum’s CFO Timo Karttinen, who currently acts also as President and CEO.
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Powel to participate in Horizon 2020, EU’s largest R&D project

Vattenfall selects Powel iAM DMS as its testing solution in the €12 million EU Research and Development (R&D) project UPGRID, which will focus on smart grid improvements and service quality.
The Horizon 2020 project group, made up of a pan-European consortium of 19 participants from seven countries, is headed up by Iberdrola, Spain’s number one energy group. Participants will run four live smart grid demonstration sites in distribution networks in Sweden, Spain, Portugal and Poland.
Vattenfall, responsible for one of the key work packages in the research project, has invited Powel and other partners to contribute to the demonstration site in Sweden, for which Powel will offer its distribution management system (iAM DMS).
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Alliander celebrating 100 years

Alliander launched today the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the company. On March 24, 1915 was founded the predecessor NV Provincial Geldersche Electriciteits-Maatschappij (PGEM).

The anniversary will be celebrated for one year with various activities. For example, open days for the public will be organized at Radio Kootwijk from 25 to 28th of June. Furthermore, there is a dedicated website (in Dutch only), where stories and images from the past 100 years can be found. It’s also possible to add yourself stories or photos to share.
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Market News

 

EU leaders confirm commitment to Energy Union

The EU leaders met on 19 March to set out the first steps of an Energy Union. The European Council strengthened their commitment for affordable, secure and sustainable energy within the EU.

At their meeting, their discussion focused on energy security and transparency in gas contracts. All gas contracts must be in line with EU law, more transparent and should not negatively impact Europe’s energy security.

EU leaders also agreed to:

  • develop innovative strategies for a new generation of renewable energies and increase energy efficiency
  • step-up the EU climate diplomacy for a successful Paris climate summit in December 2015

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National Science Foundation (NSF)

It only takes a power outage of a few minutes in the middle of a busy workday to drive home the hazards of relying on an energy infrastructure rooted in the Industrial Age. Without the electricity delivered over the nation’s power grid, commerce would grind to a halt, communication networks would fail, transportation would stop and cities would go dark.

Simply put, nothing would work.

Plus, blackouts aren’t easy to contain. Because the power grid is a vast interconnected network, the failure of one part can have a cascading effect, triggering successive outages down the line.

“The power grid is based on technology from the early 20th century,” says Iqbal Husain, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at North Carolina State University. “That needs to change.”

Husain is director of the FREEDM Systems Center, a collaboration of leaders in research, industry and engineering education working to envision and then create the energy network of the future. With funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) leveraged by additional industry support, the Engineering Research Center has sparked the growth of dozens of clean energy businesses in Raleigh’s Research Triangle, making the region an epicenter of smart grid development.

“We’re trying to create a new electric grid infrastructure that we call the energy Internet,” says Alex Huang, an NC State researcher and co-inventor of a newly patented soft-switch single-stage AC-DC converter. “We’re looking at the whole distribution system. That’s a huge engineering system. It’s very, very complex.”
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Ofgem to introduce more competition to electricity transmission network

Ofgem is today announcing new competition arrangements for some of GB’s electricity transmission network. Competitive tendering for new, separable, high value onshore transmission assets will benefit consumers through cost savings and innovation.

Ofgem also plans to bring in improvements into how network infrastructure is planned and regulated. As GB’s system operator, National Grid is responsible for coordinating the flow of electricity through the transmission network. It will now have extra responsibilities to identify the future needs of the onshore and offshore network, and to consider the value of more interconnection to other countries. This will help ensure that the network is planned and operated in an efficient, economical and coordinated way. This will lead to lower network charges to help keep consumer bills down.
Ofgem expects changes to the system operator’s role to be in place by summer 2015, following a consultation period.
Martin Crouch, senior partner for transmission, said: “GB’s transmission network requires substantial investment over the next decade. Our decision today, to open competition for some onshore transmission assets and providing the system operator with more powers in network planning, will ensure the system is fit for purpose, and that consumers are getting value for money.”
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US-DOE – The smart grid experience: Applying results, reaching beyond

In October 2014, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) held a conference to assess progress, impacts, benefits, and lessons learned from utility smart grid projects and to exchange information about future challenges and opportunities. The conference provided participants with information and analysis resulting from unprecedented investments in smart grid deployments over the past five years, funded in large part through cost-shared grants under the Recovery Act. More than 150 participants representing electric utilities, federal and state government agencies, equipment manufacturers, vendors, universities, and national laboratories attended and contributed their experiences, perspectives, and insights.
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Eurelectric – Unlocking the potential of electric vehicles – paper on smart charging

E-mobility is a great opportunity for the electricity sector and customers alike. For instance, electric vehicles (EVs) can help to integrate renewable energy into the distribution grid. But depending on when these cars charge, they may also put a significant strain on grids. To avoid this and make the most of EVs’ flexibility and storage potential, a EURELECTRIC paper published today proposes one straightforward solution: smart charging.

“If all the cars on the road today were electric, e-mobility would account for a 24% increase in total electricity demand, which could be handled without additional generation and transmission capacity. But if those cars are not charged in an intelligent and coordinated way, their impact in terms of peak demand at certain times could be much higher. We think that smart charging is the answer: it reduces environmental and societal costs while increasing power system efficiency. With 90% of charging predicted to take place at home or at work, it is important to make smart charging available and incentivise customers to use this service,” commented EURELECTRIC Secretary General Hans ten Berge.
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DECC – Smart Meter Delivery Plan

Written Ministerial Statement on Smart Metering by Secretary of State Edward Davey MP.

Following a proposal from the Data and Communications Company (DCC) to adopt an alternative delivery plan, I have today approved the DCC’s plan as provided for under powers in the DCC’s licences – which were granted under sections 7AB(2) of the Gas Act 1986 and section 6(1A) of the Electricity Act 1989. Under this revised plan, the DCC will plan to deliver operational services from April 2016 rather than its current target of December 2015.

The Data and Communications Company is responsible for establishing the enduring data and communications infrastructure over which energy suppliers will operate smart electricity and gas meters.

It is vital that the DCC delivers to a plan in which all parties have confidence. I have therefore made available up to a maximum of six months of contingency which will be strictly governed by my Department, and must be duly justified, to enable the DCC’s systems and services to come together with the energy companies’ systems and processes in a coordinated start to the main installation phase.

In the meantime consumers are already benefiting from the early roll out of smart meters with over 1 million meters operating under the programme.
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ENTSO-E – Towards Smarter Grids: ENTSO-E Position Paper on Developing TSO and DSO Roles for the Benefit of Consumers

Consumers have an increasingly active role in the electricity market, due to the development of renewable sources of energy and of demand-side response. This paper identifies needed changes in the TSO-DSO interface in order to unlock consumers’ potential as electricity producers and balancing actors while increasing consumers’ choice, electricity affordability and reliability.

​​Addressing issues related to market framework, system operations, network planning and data handling, the paper highlights a number of key findings, including:

  • Consumers must be allowed to participate in all markets. TSOs and DSOs must support the appropriate market framework in order to enable this participation;
  • TSOs should work with DSOs and regulators in determining requirements around observability and active power management of distributed generation (DG) and demand-side response;
  • TSOs and DSOs need to have a clear and consistent governance framework. Due to the diversity of arrangements between TSOs and DSOs at national level, there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

DSOs and ENTSO-E must work together to scope out how the role of consumers can be enhanced to enable them to fully participate in the electricity system of the future. Collaboration with DSO associations is starting and is planned to develop further to enable this further integration of consumers as active participants within Europe’s energy market.
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AEE Report: Advanced energy is a nearly $1.3 trillion global industry

At nearly $1.3 trillion in estimated global revenue for 2014, the market for advanced energy products and services is as large as apparel and fashion and almost four times the size of the semiconductor industry worldwide, according to a report commissioned by Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), a national business association. In the United States, advanced energy market revenue grew 14% last year – five times the rate of the U.S. economy overall – to just under $200 billion, making it bigger than the airline industry, equal to pharmaceuticals, and nearly equal to consumer electronics in this country.

The study, conducted by Navigant Research, found that advanced energy in the United States was an estimated $199.5 billion market in 2014, up 14% from 2013 ($169 billion), and five times the rate of growth of the U.S. economy overall. Areas of growth included solar energy (up 39%) and natural gas generating equipment (48%), in long-anticipated response to lower-priced natural gas supplies. Wind power, which suffered a severe setback in 2013 due to the on-again, off-again federal production tax credit (PTC), rebounded in 2014 with four-fold growth, to $8.2 billion, and a pipeline of projects that could result in revenue rivaling the $25 billion realized in 2012, its biggest year to date.

“This report shows that advanced energy is a vibrant industry that is driving economic growth,” said Graham Richard, CEO of AEE. “Across the country and around the world, advanced energy companies are delivering technologies and services that make the energy we use secure, clean, and affordable. AEE is committed to bringing together business leaders and policy makers to accelerate the progress of this industry.”
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EU-Commission – Financing trans-European energy infrastructure – the Connecting Europe Facility

Energy infrastructure is usually financed by the market and through tariffs paid by users. However, in order to meet the challenge of interconnecting all EU Member States by 2020 and the €200 billion needed to that end, the European Union has set up funds contributing to leverage the investment needed. The most prominent of those funds is the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). Investments in energy infrastructure can also be supported under certain conditions by EU Cohesion Policy. In addition, the recently proposed European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) will offer financing opportunities for energy infrastructure going beyond CEF.
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US Energy Department selects 11 ribal Communities to Deploy Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today that 11 tribal communities will receive nearly $6 million to accelerate the implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies on tribal lands.

As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to partner with Tribal Nations, these projects provide Indian Tribes and Alaska Native villages clean energy options that will reduce fossil fuel use and save money. With tribal renewable energy resources comprising approximately five percent of all U.S. renewable energy resources, these facility- and community-scale projects support national energy goals to strengthen tribal energy self-sufficiency, create jobs and further economic development.

The projects represent a total investment value of $13.5 million. The department’s funding is expected to be leveraged by nearly $7.5 million in cost share by the selected Indian Tribes.

“The Energy Department is committed to helping Native American tribes develop clean, affordable and reliable energy options,” said Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency. “By harnessing America’s clean energy on tribal lands, tribes across the country can cut energy bills, spur economic development and advance energy solutions in their local communities.”
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EU-Commission – Consultation on the list of proposed Projects of Common Interest in the field of Smart Grids

The consultation on the list of projects proposed for the PCI label in energy infrastructure has been launched and will remain open until 15 April 2015. Regulation (EU) no 347/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 April 2013 on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure (the TEN-E Regulation; identifies 9 priority corridors and 3 thematic areas and defines a procedure and criteria for a project to become a Project of Common Interest (PCI).

The first Union-wide list of PCIs was adopted by the European Commission in October 2013 and the TEN-E Regulation foresees that it shall be updated every two years. The identification of PCIs is based on a regional approach and is carried out by Regional Groups consisting of representatives of competent ministries, national regulatory authorities and the gas and electricity transmission system operators and project promoters, the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO) for electricity and gas, the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators and the European Commission.

Project promoters submit the Smart Grid project proposals for which they want to obtain the status of PCI to the Regional Groups for assessment. Regional Groups then will evaluate the projects against the general and specific criteria as defined in the Regulation assessing especially the contribution of the projects to market integration, sustainability, security of supply and competition. The assessment will be carried out in the coming months and the Thematic Group will decide on the Thematic PCI lists in summer 2015.
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Research Beam – Smart Grid Market in China 2012-2016

TechNavio’s analysts forecast the Smart Grid market in China to grow at a CAGR of 28.30 percent over the period 2012-2016. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increasing need for grid connecting and management systems. The Smart Grid market in China has also been witnessing the increasing environmental concern. However, the increased exposure to cyber attack could pose a challenge to the growth of this market.

TechNavio’s report, the Smart Grid Market in China 2012-2016, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report focuses on China; it also covers the Smart Grid market landscape and its growth prospects in the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.
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Feb 28

OSGP Newsletter // February 2015

Member news

 

S&T AG takes over control of California’s Smart Energy provider: Networked Energy Services Corp.

Technology company S&T wins new Smart Energy project over USD 12 million

The technology company S&T AG increased its share of California’s Networked Energy Services Corp. (,, NES “), a leading provider of smart energy technology, to 65%. From the 1st of February 2015 NES Corp. will be fully consolidated in the S&T balance sheet.

After completion of the largest single order in company history last October in Poland, we are happy to announce the following success: Over the next two and a half years the company will deliver in Puerto Rico, smart meters and smart energy software technology, value around 12 million USD.

Comparable to the Polish project S & T with NES will partner with the project general contractor LG. First deliveries started already in January 2015.

The potential project scope is up to 1.5 million meters, representing together with the necessary for the operation of software technology a potential sales volume of over US $ 100 million.
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Giza Systems deploys smart metering for Master Power Project

Giza Systems announces its first installation of Echelon’s smart metering solution in a project for Master Power Systems Limited in Kenya. The solution serves a shopping mall with over 100 retail outlets. The client awarded Giza Systems the project for its technical capabilities and valuable partnerships with global leaders in the field of smart metering.

Partnering with smart metering market leaders has provided Giza Systems with a competitive advantage in the smart technology. We offer our customers our know-how and a proven smart metering technology that is incorporated today in more than 30 million operational electricity meters all over the world. This technology is of great use in residential and business compounds, shopping malls, and electricity distribution utilities.

As the leading systems integrator in the region, Giza Systems understands the requisite planning and deployment systems needed for the transformation towards smart grid technologies.

With a number of initiatives and national pilot projects underway in Kenya for the rollout of smart meters, the deployment of smart infrastructure and utilities underpins the anticipated growth for solutions that address the realities of energy consumption and ageing infrastructure.

Some of the main issues facing energy companies in Kenya, and Africa as a whole, relate to the frequent power blackouts, electricity theft and tampering, and collection of unpaid electricity bills. These endemic problems to the region can actually be alleviated by the deployment of smart meters which has demonstrably increased accurate billing and cash collection, optimized networks, assisted in the control of energy consumption, reduced non-technical losses accrued by energy companies, and allowed for tracking and detection of power theft and tampering.

“Electricity bills are typically a point of contention between service providers and consumers, as a lot of factors have to be taken into consideration when calculating power consumption,” explained Mohamed Saad Gad, Country Sales Manager, WECA, at Giza Systems. He elaborated, “A smart meter records the consumption of electric energy in intervals of an hour or less, so it puts an end to estimated bills, which is the predominant source of complaints by customers. Likewise, consumers are able to better manage their consumption due to outside displays providing up-to-date consumption information. Moreover, the solution allows customers to check the history of their old consumptions and readings for reference.”
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Danish Minister President Thomas Jensen discussed photovoltaics with Energimidt

Danish MP Thomas Jensen visited Energimidt to talk about the future of photovoltaics and sustainable energy. Energimidt, with more than 20 years of experience in the solar energy among other things, makes a bid for the optimal allocation between solar and wind, and the meeting was opened for a good future dialogue.

Energimidt invited MP Thomas Jensen into a conversation about the future prospects for sustainable energy production. Energimidt has more than 20 years experience in the installation of solar panels and has worked closely with the DEA and Energinet.dk throughout the years. Energimidt could therefore present the opportunities and challenges they see and experience in relation to Denmark’s renewable energy objectives and current legislation. The meeting was attended EnergiM- adm. Director Holger Blok, CEO of EnergiM- energy division Jan Bach Jensen and business manager Flemming Vejby Kristensen, who also is chairman of the Danish Photovoltaic Association.

As Thomas Jensen opened the meeting by saying, Denmark has ambitions to be a leader in the energy field, and after the meeting, he stressed that solar cells are an important part of the green transformation: “We need political hand to create the right environment if the industry must be able to develop. If we do that, there may be many green jobs. Also here in Silkeborg”, Thomas Jensen said.

The solar market has in recent years been characterized by legal changes which have made it difficult for market players to navigate. Energimidt is one of the few that has managed to maintain its solar business in recent years of slowdown, and right now there is time in the market again because of the new solar cell pools. However, it has only a short term period and Energimidt used the meeting with Thomas Jensen to tell him about the company’s experience and knowledge of solar cells.

“The last 3-4 years we have run into many inconveniences as we work to create solutions that can contribute to a greener Denmark. We really want to help to make it possible to achieve the policy objectives, but it requires a more holistic approach”, said Flemming Vejby Kristensen, who is business manager in Energimidt and chairman of the Danish Photovoltaic Association.
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Mitsubishi Electric introduces, “Mitsubishi Electric Smart Home,” new concept for next-generation homes

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation introduces its next-generation concept for home life, Mitsubishi Electric Smart Home which combines sensors and linked appliances and other household equipment to support the daily lives of families by enabling individuals to easily share information about their mental and physical conditions.

The existing concept of smart houses involves the use of advanced appliances and other equipment via information technology, and visualizes as well as optimally controls household energy consumption. Mitsubishi Electric is taking the concept further by focusing on family members’ mental and physical conditions as well as comfortable, enjoyable stress-free lifestyles.

Practical applications of the Mitsubishi Electric Smart Home concept may include the following:

Entrance

  • Camera identifies and authenticates each family member as they approach the front door.
  • Door-handle sensor collects biological information, such as body temperature and heart-rate to assess the person’s physical condition.
  • Health and daily schedules of each family member is displayed in the entry hall.

Kitchen

  • Refrigerator door displays recommended recipes based on body data collected with sensing devices and food items available in the refrigerator.
  • Countertop displays preparation instructions and other helpful information, such as cooking tips and remaining cooking times.
  • Induction stove allows cooking vessels to be placed anywhere on the cooking surface, enabling two or more people to cook at the same time.
  • Outlet-free, non-contact power supply system feeds power to appliances anywhere in the house

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NES – The start of a new era

Telecom and IT industry has in recent decades undergone a revolution. It is predicted that the energy industry will see similar upheavals, and that we can only glimpse the start of what will come in the foreseeable future. Networked Energy Service is an American company that has great visions for the possibilities that exist. We talked with Michael Anderson, who is Chief Executive Officer of the Group.

Network Energy Service is the result of a visionary investor group with the vision to create a new era of energy efficiency through technology that will modernize the network, especially distribution.

The starting point was Echelon, a prominent publicly traded company in the technology industry, founded by Silicon Valley legend Mike Markkula, who was also one of the men behind Apple. The ideas they had back in the 80s was to create a control in the form of a universal piece that could be integrated into all electrical devices. How would they create a control network for automation including lighting, ventilation, pumps, and elevators. A mechanism to streamline and simplify the control of electrical devices. Early in the 2000s came ENEL, a major global power company, on the pitch with the desire to use technology in what was the first smart grid rollout in distribution network with 30 million smart meters.

– It began with smart meters, but they had a much larger vision. About really using the gauges as a sensor to monitor the network. Lead data back and create new insights into what happens. That way they could make regular advances in reliability, efficiency and safety.

– Five years later we launched Network Energy Service system that includes smart meters, or let us say smart sensors, which collect large amounts of data. Not only consumption data, but data on the network, locations, energy and technical efficiency. We clarified the companies to move beyond just automatic meter reading. We opened a new world that gave great success with Vattenfall and e-ON in Sweden. SEAS-NVE and NRGi in Denmark, Tauron in Poland, Fortum in Finland and Duke Energy in the US. Many of the leading and visionary companies in the global power industry, says Michael Anderson.
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E.ON and Space-Time Insight to develop smart grid software solutions

E.ON further expands venture capital activities
E.ON has expanded its venture capital activities by becoming an investor in Space-Time Insight. Based in San Mateo, California, Space-Time Insight develops real-time visual analytics applications that enable companies to respond rapidly to dynamically changing markets and operating conditions. E.ON will use Space-Time Insight’s products primarily for its renewables and smart metering businesses.

The two partners will start by working together to develop a software solution that will reduce the error rate on the data acquired from smart meters.

“Our partnership with Space-Time Insight is a great fit with our previous co-investments, which range from smart home solutions and custom-tailored home energy management systems to a variety of solar projects. Space-Time Insight’s software solution will enable us to further enhance the efficiency of our asset operation and management” said Susana Quintana-Plaza, Senior Vice President for Technology & Innovation at E.ON.
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Eltel successfully listed at Nasdaq Stockholm

The initial public offering of Eltel has been completed, with a listing of the Eltel shares at Nasdaq Stockholm on the 6th of February 2015. The offering, with a subscription price of SEK 68 per share, attracted strong interest among both institutional and retail investors, and was over-subscribed multiple times.

In order to further support Eltel’s strategy, the shareholders during 2014 deemed that a listing of the Company’s shares is the logical next step for Eltel – a process that now as of February 2015 has been completed successfully.

Following the subscription period, the subscription share price was set to SEK 68, in the upper part of the price range of SEK 55-70, resulting in a total market cap of Eltel of more than SEK 4.2 billion. The offering contained both sales of existing shares as well as a new share issue. During the first day, the trading of shares was active with an increase of the share price of more than 7%.

Following the IPO the ownership of Eltel has been broadened significantly as approximately 67,5% of the company shares were transferred in the transaction. The successful process has given Eltel a prominent owner base which contains of more than 100 recognized institutional investors – both Nordic and non-Nordic – and approximately 3500 retail investors.

The main shareholders of Eltel as of 10th of February were; 3i and funds (20 %), Zeres capital (10,5 %), AP4 (8,5 %), BNP (7,5 %), Robur (5,5%), Lannebo (5,2%).
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Duke Energy and REC Solar team to make distributed solar more affordable and accessible to commercial customers

Duke Energy, the nation’s largest electric utility, today announced the acquisition of a majority interest in REC Solar, a provider of comprehensive commercial solar and energy solutions nationwide.

In addition, over several years, Duke Energy will invest up to $225 million in commercial solar projects developed by REC Solar and supported by long-term power purchase agreements.

REC Solar, based in San Luis Obispo, Calif., will deliver a simple sales and financing process for commercial-scale customers, similar to that provided by residential solar companies. REC Solar serves key sectors including retail, manufacturing, agriculture, technology, government and nonprofits.

“This arrangement will build on Duke Energy’s mission of giving commercial customers solutions that reduce energy costs and achieve their sustainability goals,” said Marc Manly, Duke Energy executive vice president and president – Commercial Portfolio.

“With its long track record and commitment to quality, safety and customer service, REC Solar has demonstrated years of success in delivering solar power,” added Manly. “Through this arrangement, REC Solar will be better equipped to expand its offerings to commercial customers and provide an array of cost-efficient energy solutions.”
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Vattenfall wins concession for Horns Rev 3

Vattenfall’s CEO Magnus Hall is satisfied with the decision from the Danish Government that the company has won the bidding in the process to build the offshore wind farm Horns Rev 3 outside the Danish west coast.
Vattenfall Wind Power has won the concession to build and operate the offshore wind farm Horns Rev 3, with a total capacity of 400 MW. The wind farm will produce electricity for 450 000 households from 2017.
Vattenfall’s CEO Magnus Hall welcomes the decision that Vattenfall had the most competitive bid. Now the company awaits approval from the Danish Parliament and EU.

“The construction of Horns Rev 3 is an important step towards both Denmark’s and EU’s goals to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, goals that stipulate that 30 % of the total energy consumption in 2020 shall origin from renewable energy sources. For that reason, we trust the political majority to go along with the agreement and find a solution suitable for all parties,” says Magnus Hall.
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GÖRLITZ – SAP-AMI processes integrated into IDSpecto.MDUS

The metering system IDSpecto by GÖRLITZ AG communicates automatically with SAP IS-U via the module IDSpecto.MDUS
Rolling out a large number of smart meters quickly and smoothly is only possible if data distribution related to the meter installations is closely tied to business processes at the grid operators. The metering system IDSpecto by GÖRLITZ AG communicates automatically with SAP IS-U via the module IDSpecto.MDUS. Every AMI version available on the market is supported. Wherever local expertise in implementing SAP AMI is missing our cooperation partner DSC may support you with extensive knowledge of not only SAP IS-U but also IDSpecto.

Smart meter roll-outs have started all over Europe. In order to guarantee quick and smooth conducting of the roll-out, data maintenance related to the meter installation must be closely tied to business processes at the grid operators. IDSpecto offers a suitable and appropriate solution for those using SAP IS-U. GÖRLITZ AG realized the implementation of the SAP-AMI interface in close cooperation with the renowned SAP consulting company DSC.
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EAC – ENGINEERING CENTER “Energoauditcontrol” is accurately accounting energy in Russia for 12 years now

On February the 6th 2015 our Birthday! The company operates in the market of automation and organization of accurate and reliable energy accounting systems for 12 years – is a long time, which eloquently speaks of the competencies and capabilities of the company.
Since 2003, there was a rapid increase in the number of on-going projects, increased complexity and the complexity of the work. Today EAC is Russia’s leading smart integrator, successfully implementing large-scale projects Smart Metering («smart” measurement). The company was one of the first in Russia began to use this technology, following the trends of advanced foreign electricity markets. Since 2003 the company has implemented in their projects about 400. 000 “smart” metering points – in the retail and wholesale electricity markets.
Today in Russia there are 14 separate divisions of EAC – Engineering Center in 9 time zones – from St. Petersburg to Khabarovsk. The company employs about 600 employees. The company has been repeatedly awarded with diplomas of various professional competitions.
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EDMI – Asia Outlook Tracks EDMI International Growth

In the February issue of Asia Outlook the magazine revisits its closed-door interview with EDMI CEO, Lee Kwang Mong, one year later.
Identifying EDMI as an international leader in the design and provision of smart energy solutions, the board-room focused Asia Outlook tracks the progress of the smart-grid innovator through a period of astonishing growth.

Click through to page 26 for the interview to read more about EDMI around the globe and new developments and opportunities in smart gas metering, communications and the EDMI Energy Cloud.
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E.ON reaches major milestone in North Sea project

First turbine installed at Amrumbank West offshore wind farm
After a construction period of one year, E.ON’s Amrumbank West offshore project is taking shape: On Wednesday, the first of 80 turbines was successfully installed at the construction site, 35 kilometers to the north of the island of Helgoland.
The hub height of the 3.6 megawatt turbine manufactured by Siemens is 90 meters above water level; the rotor diameter is 120 meters. With a height of 150 meters, the rotor tip is nearly as high as the Cathedral of Cologne. Carrier vessels transport the components of 7 turbines from the Port of Esbjerg in Denmark to the deep-sea construction site Amrumbank West. To reduce transit times from the base ports of Esbjerg, Helgoland or Cuxhaven to the wind farm, E.ON has chartered a hotel ship. Employees work in shifts of 14 days.
Immediately after the installation of the components, the turbines are prepared for operation. At the same time, commissioning work is being carried out on the transformer substation of the Amrumbank West wind farm. “We are confident that we will soon be able to feed electricity generated by the first turbines into the public grid as planned”, said Dominik Schwegmann, lead project manager of Amrumbank West.
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ENEL – Athonet Smartgrid and 3 Italy provide Enel with an innovative Industrial Internet of Things solution

Enel’s Federico II power plant in Brindisi has been equipped with a communications platform that delivers dedicated coverage, using TDD-LTE wireless technology, and integrated communications between personnel, sensors, machines and applications, further increasing the quality, efficiency and safety of the plant for the management of mission-critical processes.
Athonet Smartgrid, part of Enel’s startup incubation program, and 3 Italy, a mobile operator part of the Hutchison Whampoa Group, have implemented a dedicated 4G-LTE network for Enel’s Federico II plant in Brindisi, one of the most important and advanced power plants in Europe. Leveraging Athonet Smartgrid’s technology, enhanced by Enel’s acceleration, and the services of mobile operator “3”, a TDD-LTE ultra-broadband micro-network has been implemented covering the entire plant, ensuring data, live video and voice services, both fixed and mobile, with an optimal level of coverage, very low latency and service continuity assurance even during critical emergency situations.
The solution creates an independent dedicated micro-network that can be easily reproduced at any production plant and construction site.
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Metering International – Who’s Who: Most Influential People in European Smart Grid

Mark B.M. Ossel is the Vice President Sales for Networked Energy Services Corporation (previous smart grid business unit Echelon Corporation)

Mr Ossel’s top 3 predictions for the power sector in 2015 are:

  1. Increased understanding of the benefits of LV transformer centric architecture for smart metering/grid, and use of meters as sensors.
  2. Failures of large scale projects due to use of unproven technology, or security problems. Security becoming top issue.
  3. New players take significant positions offering innovative solutions, providing a platform for grid management and LV automation, while traditional suppliers will struggle due to heritage.

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The  Most Influential People in European Smart Grid is your exclusive directory of the movers and shakers in Europe’s smart grid sector.

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Eu-Commission launches work on Energy Union

On february the 4th the Commission today launched work on the Energy Union; a fundamental step towards the completion of single energy market and reforming how Europe produces, transports and consumes energy. The Energy Union with a Forward-looking Climate Change Policy is one of the key political priorities of the Juncker Commission. After more than 60 years from the founding of the Coal and Steel Community, the Commission today drew a plan for reorganising European energy policies and kicked off work for European Energy Union.
The Energy Union is timely. The European Union imports 55% of its energy. 90% of the housing stock in Europe is energy inefficient, our energy infrastructure is ageing and the internal energy market is far from complete.
The momentum for the Energy Union is here. The energy security is high on the political agenda, and a door for an ambitious climate agreement in Paris at the end of 2015 was opened in the European Council last October. The recently adopted Investment Plan for Europe is designed to unlock the financial means the energy sector really needs. The currently low oil prices are also giving an extra incentive and give more political and financial room to do what is necessary to achieve a more competitive, secure and sustainable European energy policy.
The Vice-President for the Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič said: ”Our current energy policies are unsustainable in every sense and in urgent need of reorganisation. Citizens should be at the core of our energy policy. While we have a very ambitious agenda, the momentum is here and now. We will work to ensure a coherent approach to energy across different policy areas, to create more predictability. Climate, transport, industry, research, external policy, the digital economy and agriculture will be all crucial to the project. The Energy Union aims to break the silo culture where it still exists and bring all relevant players to the same table – in short, the Energy Union will set the scene for a new way of making energy policy in Europe.”
The Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete added:”The Energy Union will be an ambitious project that will set a new direction and a clear long term vision for European energy and climate policy. It will not simply be a repackaging of old ideas, and will contain concrete measures to make sure the vision becomes a reality. As Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, I will be responsible for delivering many of the measures outlined in the strategy. Effective implementation will be crucial, as will full and proper enforcement of existing legislation.”
The Energy Union framework strategy is scheduled for adoption on 25 February 2015. This strategic policy document will be accompanied by the “Road to Paris” Communication spelling out the EU’s intended climate contribution as well as a Communication reporting on EU’s progress towards the minimum electricity interconnection target of 10%.
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US-Energy Department to help tribes advance clean energy projects and increase resiliency

As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to help tribal communities nationwide enhance their energy security and build a sustainable energy future, the U.S. Department of Energy today announced the third round of Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Renewable Energy Project Development Assistance, which provides federally recognized tribal governments and other tribal entities with on-the-ground support to accelerate clean energy project deployment.
Through the START Program, the Energy Department Office of Indian Energy and Energy Department National Laboratory experts provide technical assistance for tribal clean energy development by supporting community- and commercial-scale renewable energy projects across the country. Since its launch in December 2011, the START Program has helped 21 tribal communities advance their clean energy technology and infrastructure projects — from solar and wind to biofuels and energy efficiency.
“Today’s announcement signals the Department’s ongoing commitment to providing Native American Tribes with the tools and opportunity to engage in a dynamic sector of our economy, and foster energy self-sufficiency and sustainability,” said Deputy Energy Secretary Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall. “We will continue to work with tribal leaders to advance clean energy solutions and identify climate resiliency strategies to prepare for and adapt to the impacts of climate change on their land, economy, and natural resources.”
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IEA Chief Economist Fatih Birol is named Agency’s next Executive Director

The Governing Board of the International Energy Agency (IEA) confirmed the appointment of Dr. Fatih Birol as the next Executive Director of the Agency. He will succeed Ms. Maria van der Hoeven, who will complete her four-year term on August 31, 2015.
This marks one of the rare occasions that the head of an international organisation has been selected from within its ranks. Renowned in the energy field, Dr. Birol joined the IEA in 1995 and has risen to now hold the positions of Chief Economist and Director of Global Energy Economics. In this role, he oversees the IEA’s flagship World Energy Outlook publication, which is recognised as the most authoritative source of strategic analysis of global energy markets. He is also the founder and chair of the IEA Energy Business Council, which provides a forum to enhance co-operation between the energy industry and energy policy makers.
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Decc – World-leading auctions to provide major green electricity boost

World-leading competitive auctions have led to contracts being offered to 27 renewable electricity projects, which together could power 1.4m homes, comparable to the number of households in Wales.

The green energy auction has driven down prices, by as much as 58% for one technology. The projects will lead to the UK emitting 4m fewer tonnes of CO2 into our atmosphere each year. That’s the equivalent CO2 savings of taking up to 2 million cars off the UK’s roads.
The auctions have successfully led to over £315m of new contracts being offered to five renewable technologies, some more established like onshore wind and solar, and also less established technologies such as offshore wind, which is seeing its costs fall as the industry grows. The contracts being offered include two offshore wind farms, which could deliver over 1.1GW of new capacity, 15 onshore wind projects and 5 solar projects. In total, over 2GW of new capacity could be built, costing £110m per year less than it would have without competition.
Energy & Climate Change Secretary, Ed Davey said:
“This world leading auction has delivered contracts for renewables projects right across the UK. These projects could power 1.4 million homes, create thousands of green jobs and give a massive boost to home-grown energy while reducing our reliance on volatile foreign markets. The auction has driven down prices and secured the best possible deal for this new clean, green energy.”
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GSGF – Power grid integration and balancing of renewables–cases of Germany, California, Denmark

Many power grids around the world are already transitioning to high shares of renewables.  The cases of Germany, California, and Denmark are among the leading examples.  Germany has already reached a 30% share and targets 35% by 2020. California will meet its target of 33% by 2020. Denmark is already at 33% wind power.

How are these regions managing to integrate and balance such large shares of renewable energy?   This question must be considered in the context of the “prevailing wisdom” of 15-20 years ago among virtually all electric power companies and power engineers. This “prevailing wisdom” was that going above 5-10% shares of “variable” renewables like wind and solar would spell doom for the reliability of the power grid, and the lights would go out.  (And perhaps we might manage 15%, according to the thinking of the day.) That “prevailing wisdom” of the past is being soundly refuted as outdated and incorrect, given what is already happening today among the world’s renewable energy leaders.
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EPRI Unveils Benefit-Cost Framework for an Integrated Grid

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) released today a framework that all stakeholders in the electricity sector can use to assess benefits and costs of technologies and systems related to the integration of distributed energy resources(DER), such as solar, wind and micro-grids, into the planning and operations of the electric system. EPRI also identified a series of pilot projects in which the framework can be applied, potentially providing the electricity sector with technical and financial insights and a roadmap to support the deployment of what EPRI calls “The Integrated Grid,” or one that makes best and fullest use of both central and distributed energy resources.

The report, “The Integrated Grid: A Benefit-Cost Framework,” unveiled in Washington, D.C., at the General Meeting of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, provides a framework for assessing the benefits and costs of technologies that will enable the grid to accommodate more DER and bolster its reliability and resiliency. It includes guidelines, analytical tools and procedures for demonstrating technologies and assessing their unique benefits and costs.
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IEA Energy Atlas – Explore the world in a new way

Interactive maps depict a wealth of data, from oil consumption to CO2 emissions, for the globe and 138 countries
If an atlas is a window on the world, the new IEA Energy Atlas offers panoramas on every aspect of energy on a global basis and for 138 individual countries, with interactive maps and customisable charts that detail and compare a host of data based on the Agency’s authoritative statistics.
Available on the IEA website’s statistics area, the Energy Atlas provides its wealth of data in 40 varying map views across eight topics: electricity and four fuels – coal, natural gas, oil and renewables – as well as energy balances and indicators plus CO2 emissions from fuel combustion, all for every year from 1973 through 2012.
“Last year the IEA launched an animated Sankey flow representation of the evolution of the energy balance of countries over the last 40 years,” explained Jean-Yves Garnier, Head of the IEA Energy Data Centre, which produced the atlas. “We received a lot of compliments from policy makers, analysts and the public, but we also had many requests for more visualisation, including mapping of the world energy situation and the possibility of comparing countries. The Energy Atlas is an attempt to help everyone to better understand the complex world of energy.”
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ENTSO-E – 20 March Solar Eclipse: An Unprecedented Test for Europe’s Electricity System

European transmission system operators (TSOs) have been preparing for the 20 March solar eclipse for several months. Due to the amount of solar generation involved, it was necessary to evaluate and mitigate the risk, with the aim of bringing the risk of an incident back to the security level equal to that of a standard operating day. The ENTSO-E Solar Eclipse Impact Analysis outlines how TSOs are cooperating to maintain security of supply on the eclipse day, and in this changing environment.
​Under a clear morning sky on 20 March 2015, some 35,000 MW of solar energy, which is the equivalent of nearly 80 medium size conventional generation units, will gradually fade from Europe’s electrical system before being gradually re-injected: all in the space of two hours while Europeans and their offices begin a normal working week day.
Managing this event on the world’s largest interconnected grid is an unprecedented challenge for European TSOs. Solar eclipses have happened before but with the increase of installed photovoltaic energy generation, the risk of an incident could be serious without appropriate countermeasures, as was pointed out in ENTSO-E’s Winter Outlook Report of last December.
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 Apator – Contracts concluded by entities of Apator Group and RWE Stoen complying with the conditions in total the criterion of important contract.

The Management Board of Apator SA announces that in the last twelve months the entities of Apator Group and entities of RWE Polska SA concluded the contracts of total net amount of PLN 30 million ($ 8,2 million). The contracts in total comply with the criterion of important contract due to exceeding 10% of equity of Apator SA.

The contract of the highest value is the contract concluded on 14th January 2015 by Apator SA (“Contractor”) for the net amount of PLN 21,3 m. It concerns the supplies of electricity meters to RWE Stoen Operator sp. z o. o. (“Ordering Party”) that will be performed in batches till January 2017. The conditions of the above contract do not differ from typical for such type of transactions on the market and it has been concluded without any restriction to the condition and date.

The Contractor is obligated to make payment Ordering Party the following liquidated damages:

  • for the delay in manufacturing of the subject of the contract or its part due to reasons beyond in amount of 0,2% net price for the batch of electricity meters delivered late for each day of the delay;
  • for the delay in remedy of the defect of the subject of the contract in amount of 0,2% net price of the batch of electricity meters where the defect has been found for each day of delay, counting since agreed by the parties the date of remedy of the defects;
  • for the withdraw from the contract or its part by any of the party due to the reasons attributed to the Contractor in amount of 10% net price calculated to the batch of the supply withdrew.

The total value of the above liquidated damages is restricted to 30% net value of the contract. If the liquidated damages do not cover of the damages incurred, the Contractor is obligated to make payment of supplementary compensation excluding the damages followed and direct ones including profits lost. Total sum of liquidated damages and compensations from all the reasons cannot exceed 100% gross value of the contract.
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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.

Caruna will secure their customers a reliable and weather-proof availability of electricity by these investments. “We organized a public procurement process when choosing the partner. We chose Eltel as our partner for the overall economy and the quality of operations. For us it is also important that Eltel is able to provide technician resources in major network disturbance situations”, says Ari Koponen, managing director of Caruna.
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EAC – Moscow’s bridges and tunnels will EAC’s PowerLine smart metering system

Moscow’s bridges and tunnels will be equipped with the PowerLine metering system of EAC

Engineering Center “EnergoAuditControl” (EAC) won the state contract to perform contractor’s works on construction of “Automated systems of commercial electricity metering GBU” Gormost. “The new system will cover the Moscow transport tunnels, pedestrian crossings, fountains and other facilities.

The contract provides for the introduction of AMR at all points of commercial electricity metering, currently available in GBU “Gormost” – their 1112 to 5560 sites connected to the power supply. Accounting objects are traction substations, main switchboards, switchgear outlets, water-distribution panels, transport tunnels, fountains, pedestrian crossings, bridges, overpasses.

This new smart metering system will provide:

  • Authorisation of the energy provision measurement and reporting the real consumption to GBU “Gormost” in accordance with their functional purpose.
  • Financial savings in the energy budget, by optimising the control of tariffs and consumption.
  • The possibility of organizing commercial energy accounting in accordance with the rules of NP “ATS”.

Term of performance of the contract is 10 months.
The specialised Trust for the construction of bridges and embankments, formed in November 1935, and after many transformations over the years. In 2011 it was transformed into the State budget institution for the city of Moscow with the objective to maintain and repair the engineering structures “Gormost.”

Today the enterprise has 1592 objects for various purposes in the port-folio:

  • Bridge and tunnel construction;
  • Embankments and bank stabilization;
  • Transport tunnels and interchanges;
  • Pedestrian tunnels and pedestrian bridges;
  • Fountains and fountain complexes;
  • Memorial complex at Poklonnaya Hill, a complex of buildings at the Manege Square and the complex construction of the monument to Peter I;

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Kapsch Smart Energy – The smart path to smart metering and smart grid.

Fast, efficient, dynamic and smart, that is Kapsch Smart Energy. As a subsidiary of the Kapsch Group, we are experts in smart energy management and we stay always one step ahead when it comes to innovative, customer solutions in the area of smart metering and smart grid.

Kapsch’s portfolio ranges from the delivery and implementation of infrastructure and multi-utility components over the integration of third-party applications and the implementation of our own central meter data management system SEM (Smart Energy Management) as well as an end customer web portal to providing services such as maintenance and operation.

The Kapsch Smart Energy solution therefore covers the entire range from the metering point over the “last mile” (e.g. via PLC) as well as the corresponding backbone network (e.g. CDMA) and the central meter data management all the way to the interface with billing systems. In other words, it is a convenient end-to-end solution that lives up to the most cutting edge standards.
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SEAS-NVE – Replacement of electricity meters

SEAS-NVE is searching its last 0,5% of its meter park to get it replace by Smart Meters, with this advertisement:

Do you have this meter (pictured above), do not do anything – then your electric meter already been changed.

SEAS-NVE has in recent years shifted most electricity meters from our 375,000 shareholders to remotely read electricity meters. However, we lack 2,300 meters, which we are currently replacing.

Do you have a meter as shown above, do not do anything – then your electric meter already been changed.

Do you have another type of meter, so please contact us immediately so we can replace the meter.

If you live in Roskilde, and has a meter of the brand Kamstrup, then the meter is not changed.

With the new remotely read meter you have plenty of options: Automatic reading of your electricity consumption, billing of the actual electricity consumption and no payments on accounts, and not least minmaaler.dk, where you can track your usage by the hour.

This is the first smart meter rollout project which is in this final stage.
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Alliander – The city of Berlin grants concession of public electricity charging stations

A Dutch-German consortium consisting of The New Motion, Allego and Alliander AG has acquired a concession for the placement and management of initially 220 public charging stations for electric cars in Berlin. Both regular and fast charging stations will be rolled out. In September 2016 the city of Berlin will decide whether the consortium may expand the number of charging stations until 2020. The project is implemented in cooperation with the German partner New Motion, who takes care of the installation.

The New Motion is a provider in the field of charging solutions for electric vehicles. The New Motion makes electric driving is easy by offering smart charging solutions for private as well as company car drivers. This also applies to businesses, from sole traders to multinational.

Allego is a daughter of network company Alliander, constructs and manages charging infrastructure, including associated services for electric vehicles. Allego offers solutions that are reliable, affordable and accessible to everyone and are flexible.

Since 2006 Alliander AG is active in the city of Berlin. In a public-private partnership it manages more than 2.000 traffic facilities. Last year Alliander agreed with its shareholders to focus in Germany on small-scale activities only. This awarded concession from the city of berlin fits within this framework.
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Energimidt – Here come the new solar rules

Finally we have again something from the solar front. The new photovoltaic rules are expected to be valid  as early as February 1st. Then buyers of PV cells will only get a week to finalise the deal, if they want to participate in the attractive pool that allows them to buy solar cells with increased state aid. At Energimidt calls solar buyers to prepare themselves.

After almost two and a half year waiting final clarification on the new rules for the purchase of solar cells is published. The new rules provide solar buyers a relatively short period of time to finalise a deal  if they will do hope to share in the 2015 pool, which gives buyers access to increased state aid. The pool for 2015 allows them to get 1.02 kr. Per kWh, the plant produces, besides the energy they consume themselves.

“When rules shall enter into force on 1 February, the market has only a short time to move, since the pool is open from 15 March to 31 May. To search space in the pool to be allocated on a first come, first served, you need a written proof, a signed contract for the purchase of solar cells. We therefore urge in the strongest solar buyers to finalise their purchase with a supplier as soon as possible”, explains Jørgen Due Thomsen, who is business manager at Energimidt.
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Gridpoint – TOMS King Increases Energy Savings with GridPoint Energy Management Solution

Burger King® franchisee reduces energy consumption while maintaining guest comfort

GridPoint, an innovator in comprehensive, data-driven energy management systems (EMS) announced that TOMS King, LLC, a northern Illinois-based Burger King® franchisee, has deployed GridPoint’s state-of-the-art solution at all 59 TOMS King restaurants after a successful six-site pilot.

TOMS King’s savings were achieved by installing asset-level submetering, monitoring several pieces of equipment and implementing HVAC and lighting controls. TOMS King also gained access to GridPoint’s cloud-based software platform, GridPoint Energy Manager, which aggregates and presents data collected at each site. Additionally, TOMS King subscribed to GridPoint’s Energy Advisory and Control Support Services to get the most value of the EMS data while optimizing their fleet of Burger King® restaurants.

“At TOMS King, we wanted to make our restaurants energy efficient, but needed to do so in a way that did not sacrifice customer comfort,” said Sandra MacDonald, Director of Development and Purchasing at TOMS King. “GridPoint gave us detailed insight into energy consumption at each of our restaurants throughout Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania and recommended specific controls we could employ to save money and energy while still maintaining a comfortable environment for our team members and guests”.
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Vattenfall – How Dutch wind power will stabilise the grid

The stability of electricity grids has declined in recent years due to the large-scale introduction of renewables. Vattenfall/Nuon is the first energy company on the Dutch market to offer a new service from a wind farm that will stabilise the grid.

Vattenfall/Nuon has finalised a deal with TenneT, the Dutch high-voltage grid operator, who will consequently produce reactive power from the Princess Alexia wind farm.

Reactive power is needed to control the voltage and secure the long-distance transfer capacity of the grid. Not all wind farms are built to produce reactive power, but they can do so with some adjustments.

“A small investment must be made for the modifications, and the power losses increase slightly. However, these factors are effectively compensated by the extra revenue we get from selling the reactive power,” says Peter Buskermolen, Power Origination manager at Asset Optimisation and Trading.
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Fortum launches its first Greenfield Solar project in India

Fortum has today launched a greenfield solar PV plant in Madhya Pradesh, India. This solar plant is Fortum’s second solar energy project in the country. The 10 MW (AC) solar plant shall offset more than 18000 tonnes of CO2 emissions equivalent annually.

“Fortum believes in responsible energy production focusing on low emissions, high resource efficiency and security of supply. To deliver on our promise we focus more and more on renewable energy sources available locally and that is why we decided to focus on solar energy in India. In my view, such an approach can help India transform its energy sector and Fortum has already shown interest in contributing towards this transformation”, said Mr. Markus Rauramo, Executive Vice President, Heat, Electricity Sales and Solutions segment at Fortum during the inauguration of the solar power plant in India.

“Fortum is renowned across the globe for their expertise in sustainable energy. We have started to witness a similar replication in India, with their commitment towards promoting solar energy. This is evident through their fast-track project implementation model, and it is our pleasure to congratulate them for the completion of the first project under JNNSM Phase II,” said Dr. Ashvini Kumar, Managing Director, Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI).

The 10MW (AC) solar power plant spreads over about 70 acres in Kapeli, Dist. Ujjain. Fortum has adopted a thin-film CdTe technology with more than 1.250.000 modules mounted on fixed tilt structures and 15 central invertors, which allows for better control of carbon footprint, water use and energy payback time.
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Ferranti – A modernized ICT infrastructure for the city of Mortsel in Belgium

Mortsel is a small city with many assets in the green belt around Antwerp. Because of its excellent location, strong service and a rich social and cultural life, Mortsel has become an ideal place to live.

Quite a few local governments urgently need upgrading of their IT systems. This was also the case for Mortsel. Therefore the city allocated within the long-term policy the necessary budgets for a practical approach. The contract for this ICT modernization was awarded to Ferranti Computer Systems and includes the provision of new PCs, laptops and tablets, the renewal of the IT infrastructure (servers, storage and virtualization), the replacement of active network components, as well as the implementation of System Center Operations Manager and Configuration Manager.

“This contract is really important to us,” says Gunter Van De Cauter, Sales Director ICT at Ferranti Computer Systems. “Within the ICT division we have particular focus on local government. The modernization of Mortsel’s ICT infrastructure is a nobility letter, which you can turn into pride afterwards.”
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DNV GL assesses the potential for electricity efficiency in Saudi Arabia

DNV GL will develop a study to assess electricity end-use efficiency, which will enable the forecast of future electricity consumption trends and the development of appropriate planning methodologies

Driven by economic, industrial, commercial and population growth, the electricity demand of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has more than doubled since 2000 and is anticipated to continue increasing rapidly- at an average rate of more than 8% per year – for the next ten years. The surge in electricity consumption is prompting Saudi Arabia to pursue a number of supply- and demand-side options. Among these options, energy efficiency offers significant potential to cost effectively offset demand growth.

To get the most out of its energy efficiency investments, Saudi Arabia needs to understand how consumers in residential and non-residential sectors are using electricity. To that end, the Saudi Electricity Co-Generation Regulatory Authority (ECRA) and the Saudi Electric Company (SEC) engaged DNV GL to develop a program to understand and classify how electricity is consumed within the Kingdom.
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ENEL – Green Energy and Smart Grids Driving Growth in Colombia

The Enel Group is helping to guide the economic rebirth of Colombia through hydropower, wind and solar power in remote areas of the country and smart grids in Bogotá

Green Energy and Smart Grids Driving Growth in Colombia
Power plants that harness natural resources and innovative network infrastructures that provide quality services and bring energy to remote areas are the key to Colombia’s growth. Enel has been operating in the South American country for nearly 20 years through its local subsidiaries, offering a technological expertise and vision that encourages sustainable development.

The Latin American country is experiencing an economic and social renaissance and is looking to overcome the internal conflicts that for decades have held back its development. Today, Colombia’s GDP is growing at an average annual rate of four to five percent – the highest rate in the region – and the country is looking positively towards a future that combines economy with sustainability. Its aim is to preserve an extraordinary natural heritage in which 10 percent of the planet’s biodiversity lives either in the sea (it is the only South American state that borders both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea), the Amazon, savannahs, the Andes or volcanoes.
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World Economic Forum – Opportunities to Build Tomorrow’s Electricity Sector

The World Economic Forum has published a report which indicates that the diminishing financial returns for utilities have put at risk the ability of the electricity sector in OECD markets to raise the estimated $7.6 trillion in investments needed by 2040 to meet energy policy objectives, according to a new report from the World Economic Forum. This investment is needed to simultaneously decarbonize the sector while maintaining energy security.

 The Future of Electricity report offers guidance on transforming the electricity sector to a more sustainable, affordable and reliable system, and outlines recommendations for policy-makers, regulators and businesses in developed markets to attract needed investment. It is part of a broader Future of Electricity initiative, which was launched at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2014, and aims to provide countries, companies and societies with a platform for dialogue and learning amid the transition to a lower-carbon electricity system.
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U.S. Department of Energy – The Smart Grid Experience: Applying Results, Reaching Beyond – Summary of Conference Proceedings

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) held a conference1 to assess progress, impacts, benefits, and lessons learned from utility smart grid projects and to exchange information about future challenges and opportunities. The conference provided participants with information and analysis resulting from unprecedented investments in smart grid deployments over the past five years, funded in large part through cost-shared grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). More than 150 participants representing electric utilities, federal and state government agencies, equipment manufacturers, vendors, universities, and national laboratories attended and contributed their experiences, perspectives, and insights.
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The World Bank – Practical Guidance for Defining a Smart Grid Modernization Strategy: The Case of Distribution

This report provides some practical guidance on how utilities can define their own smart grid vision, identify priorities, and structure investment plans. While most of these strategic aspects apply to any area of the electricity grid, the document focuses on the segment of distribution.

The guidance includes key building blocks that are needed to modernize the distribution grid and provides examples of grid modernization projects. Potential benefits that can be achieved (in monetary terms) for a given investment range are also discussed.

The concept of the smart grid is relevant to any grid regardless of its stage of development. What varies are the magnitude and type of the incremental steps toward modernization that will be required to achieve a specific smart grid vision.

Importantly, a utility that is at a relatively low level of grid modernization may leap frog one or more levels of modernization to achieve some of the benefits offered by the highest levels of grid modernization.

Smart grids impact electric distribution systems significantly and sometimes more than any other part of the electric power grid.

In developing countries, modernizing the distribution grid promises to benefit the operation of electric distribution utilities in many and various ways. These benefits include improved operational efficiency (reduced losses, lower energy consumption, amongst others), reduced peak demand, improved service reliability, and ability to accommodate distributed generating resources without adversely impacting overall power quality.

Benefits of distribution grid modernization also include improved asset utilization (allowing operators to ‘squeeze’ more capacity out of existing assets) and workforce productivity improvement. These benefits can provide more than enough monetary gain for electric utility stakeholders in developing countries to offset the cost of grid modernization.

Finally the report describes some funding and regulatory issues that may need to be taken into account when developing smart grid plans.
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EURELECTRIC tells policymakers – Investment gap is threatening low-carbon energy transition,

As Europe advances to a decarbonised economy, a new energy landscape is emerging. In 2013, for the second year running, more than half of the electricity generated in Europe came from low-carbon sources. The share of renewable electricity continued to grow: from 24% is 2012 to 27% in 2013. As a result, 2013 also saw a marked decline in CO2 emissions. At the same time, however, investment in renewables substantially declined between 2011 and 2013. These are some of the key findings of a new report on electricity industry trends and figures, presented at a EURELECTRIC conference in Brussels.

The rapid energy transition is creating new challenges: the power system needs to adapt to the growing share of variable electricity production while ensuring a stable electricity supply and continued low-carbon investment. Yet the report shows that the power sector is experiencing a persistent investment gap, as wholesale prices are too low to incentivise investment in most existing technologies.

“To pursue Europe’s decarbonisation pathway, 740 GW of additional generation capacity would be needed by 2035, making the EU the second largest economy after China to revamp its generation fleet to such an extent. This can only be achieved if EU policymakers recognise the urgency in putting forward a regulatory framework that empowers companies to cost-efficiently meet the decarbonisation agenda”, stated Oluf Ulseth, CEO of Energi Norge and Chairman of EURELECTRIC’s Energy Policy and Generation Committee.
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EPR – India’s stride toward smart

India is firmly in the world’s smart spotlight. The country is investing US $ 1.2 trillion over the next 20 years to establish 100 new smart cities and many satellite towns to cope with an increasingly urbanised population. How will India’s smart future develop?

India is witnessing a massive move towards urbanisation — it is expected that more than 840 million people will live in Indian cities by 2050. The ambitious smart city program responds to this trend by aiming to increase efficiency, reduce expenses and improve the quality of life in India’s cities by digitising almost every aspect of their operation, including governance, transportation, communication and energy.

Smart grids will play a crucial role in the development of these smart cities and India’s continuing economic growth and social improvements. The primary objective of India’s “Smart Grid Vision and Roadmap” unveiled in August 2013 is the pursuit of ensuring electricity is accessible to all. The Roadmap outlines how smart can help resolve the country’s two most pressing power needs:
Meeting rising peak demand, technical and non-technical losses and the stability and accessibility of the grid, and preparing the grid for an expected increase in intermittent renewable, electric vehicles and associated technology.

India’s smart plan will see it develop its own low-cost smart meters (Rs 1,000 – Rs 1,500) and install 130 million smart meters by 2021 — a target that would position the country as the third-largest smart grid investment market after China and the US.
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DECC – UK’s first ever auction to reduce demand on electricity takes place today

The UK’s first ever Electricity Demand Reduction (EDR) auction took place on January the 29th.

This will give organisations the chance to bid for government funding to reduce their energy demand.
The funding available will go towards energy saving schemes, this could include replacing light bulbs with more efficient LED bulbs, for example.
The scheme will test whether organisations can provide lasting electricity savings at peak times of demand. This is typically during the winter when the evenings get darker quicker, so more electricity is being used as more lights are switched on in offices and at home. It is hoped that in the long term these organisations could compete in the Capacity Market, acting to reduce the need for extra electricity generation at peak times which is when the capacity market comes into effect.
There is up to £10m of funding available for organisations to bid for through this auction with a further auction expected next year when more money will be available.
The winners of the auction will be announced on Wednesday 4th February.
The auction process is being observed by an independent, external monitor who will verify the auction process and the results.
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EPRI Unveils Open-Source Demand Response Software Designed to Help Appliances and Devices Respond to Changes in Grid

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) unveiled demand response software today that would provide a common way for devices and appliances on the electric grid to respond automatically to changes in price, weather, and demand for power, a process called automated demand response (ADR).

ADR makes it possible to translate changes in wholesale markets to corresponding changes in retail rates. It helps system operators reduce the operating costs of demand response (DR) programs while increasing its resource reliability. For customers, ADR can reduce the cost of electricity by eliminating the resources and effort required to achieve successful results from DR programs.

The EPRI ADR software was certified by the OpenADR Alliance, an organization of stakeholders that fosters the development, adoption, and compliance of the Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) standard through collaboration, education, training, testing, and certification.

“Release of this software is a critical step in developing open, interoperable standards that will facilitate the emerging integrated grid,” said Mark McGranaghan, vice president of Power Delivery and Utilization at EPRI. “Making this software freely available to the industry will accelerate the adoption of standards-based demand response.”
The EPRI integrated grid concept envisions a robust electricity grid that effectively integrates distributed energy resources – ranging from rooftop solar to demand response.

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European Commission – Smart Metering deployment in the European Union

The Commission issued the document “Benchmarking smart metering deployment in the EU-27 with a focus on electricity”, jointly drafted by DG ENER and JRC, as COM(2014)356. This report gauges progress in the deployment of intelligent metering in the EU Member States on the basis of economic assessments of long-term costs and benefits (CBAs) of electricity and gas smart metering prepared by Member States and submitted to the Commission in line with Third Energy Package provisions. It also provides summary information on received Member States’ deployment plans and highlights best practices and lessons learned.

Member States are required to ensure the implementation of smart metering under EU energy market legislation in the Third Energy Package. This implementation may be subject to a long-term cost-benefit analysis (CBA). In cases where the CBA is positive, there is a roll-out target of 80% market penetration for electricity by 2020.

This report jointly prepared by the European Commission DG ENER and JRC measures progress on the deployment of smart meters across the EU. To date, Member States have committed to rolling out close to 200 million smart meters for electricity and 45 million for gas by 2020 at a total potential investment of €45 billion. By 2020, it is expected that almost 72% of European consumers will have a smart meter for electricity while 40% will have one for gas.
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Lux review – How power-line communication is helping China embrace streetlighting controls

Power-line communication is allowing some of China’s biggest cities to embrace LED streetlighting and controls.
The technology allows lights to be controlled using signals sent over existing power lines – so no new wiring or antennas are required.
Over the last few years Guangdong Rongwen Lighting Co, working with US controls provider Echelon, has installed more than 130,000 ‘smart’ streetlights in Guangdong Province – China’s most populous.

Foshan, a city of around seven million people in central Guangdong Province, is currently installing 50,000 LED lights, while Dongguan in the Pearl River Delta, part of an urban area that’s home to 25 million people, is also using the technology.
Rongwen says its system has a larger installed base in China than any other single lighting solution.
The system can control individual luminaires in real time, enabling big savings in energy consumption.
Controllers for a segment of streetlights can be placed within one of the luminaires or at the bottom of a column for easy access.
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Eltel Networks signs a EUR 43,6 million contract in Power in Poland

Eltel Networks Olsztyn, Polish subsidiary of Eltel Group Corporation, has signed a power transmission contract with the operator PSE SA in Poland. The project is a modernisation and development of 400/220 kV substation Krajnik in the western part of Poland.
The project consists of obtaining the right of way, design works, modernisation and development of nine bays of a 400kV substation, and the modernisation of connected 220 and 400kV lines.
The value of contract is approximately EUR 43,6 million and it will be delivered within the next four years. The 400/220kV Krajnik substation plays a key role in the Polish transmission system. It facilitates the power outcome from Dolna Odra Power station and direct connection with German transmission system. The substation closes the Polish trans-border ring.
Axel Hjärne, CEO, comments the new contract:
“2014 has been another great year for Eltel in Poland. Our power transmission business shows great signs of progress. The underlying demand for upgrading the power systems and inter connections is ongoing. Thanks to our proven competences and competitiveness, we have been chosen as a partner in this project.”
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Duke Energy joins other stakeholders in solar net metering agreement in South Carolina

The Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS) filed a comprehensive agreement Thursday with the Public Service Commission of South Carolina (PSCSC) that spells out a balanced path for solar net metering in the state.
The agreement is supported by utilities – including Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress – solar businesses, environmental groups and others.
“Cooperation was a key element when South Carolina passed solar legislation in June,” said Clark Gillespy, Duke Energy president — South Carolina. “Many of those same groups participating in that process have ironed out an agreement that will enable solar development in the state.”
Gillespy said the settlement proposes a methodology to calculate the value of solar generation, based on its known and quantifiable benefits and costs, and provides for direct incentives for distributed energy resources.
“Our customers will participate in the growth of solar through the various incentives described in the settlement,” added Gillespy. “We believe this is a positive step for South Carolina – and the future of solar energy in our state.”
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Alliander and Stedin join forces in Data Communication

Regional grid operators Alliander and Stedin cooperate in the field of data communication for Smart Grids. A joint mobile communication network will be built and managed jointly. The main application is the reading of smart meters. The communication network is also used for communication with other (future) installations in the various networks.

Willem-Jan Zwart, CIO of Stedin: “Today we are bringing more and more intelligence into our energy grids. In these smart grids we build-in sensors to monitor the energy flows so that they can be more accurately remotely controlled. Thanks to the increase of smart meters and the transition towards renewable energy sources, we see more and more consumers producing their own electricity. Therefore they need safe and reliable data not only about their own consumption and production but also data from the electricity grid around them. Data communication is a crucial aspect. For that reason we undertake today the necessary steps to make this possible. ”

Economy of scale by sharing the communication infrastructure
Alliander and Stedin will obtain long-term access to a CDMA network, which is similar to a UMTS or GPRS network, but with an expected longer technical lifetime. This is an important advantage, because even smart meters and other components in the power systems have a long life. Robbert-Jan Stegeman, CIO of Alliander: “With this strategic partnership we create economy of scale in added value service delivery and cost reduction for our customers. For that reason we realise a future-proof and cost effective solution that meets the communication needs of the network operators. ”
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SEAS-NVE – “We will wait to wash the laundry”
If the Danes will have different prices for electricity depending on the time of day, they will adapt their consumption significantly.

This is the main conclusion of the final report for SEAS-NVE’s ground-breaking test, called: “Win with new electricity habits”. Almost 300 households in SEAS-NVE’s supply area, without electric heating participated over the last year.

With the test SEAS-NVE wanted to find out whether it is possible to get the participants so far that they change their behaviour and move some of the electricity consumption from the peak period; between 17.00 and 20.00, also called cooking peak, to other periods of the day. Based on the measurements before and after, the “Win with new electricity habits” test shows that the participants, moved 19% of the electricity consumption from the “cooking peak” into the free period between; 20:00 and 06:00 hours. This is a significant result.

“It is a very exciting conclusion because we now have evidence of how much shareholders can and will change their habits by permanent variable electricity prices. These results are fundamental for the future actions we need to introduce to balance the load demand on the future power grid,” says Kristina Fløche Juelsgaard, Development Manager at SEAS-NVE.

This is the first time in recent history that such a test is carried out in Denmark. Similar tests abroad typically show that the introduction of variable prices can move between 2 and 10%. With the movement of one fifth of the electricity used in the “cooking peak”, equivalent to 5% of total electricity consumption during the test period, divides the results of “Win with new electricity habits” out from all previous results.

Participants of the test were through a test period of one year from 1 October 2013 to September 30, 2014 settled after these prices over day:

  • At 6:00 to 17:00: 1.50 EUR / kWh
  • At 17:00 to 20:00: 8.00 EUR / kWh
  • At 8:00 p.m. to 6:00: 0.00 DKK / kWh

The test also shows that not only is the electricity consumption in “cooking peak” moved. Also electricity consumption during daytime moved. 5% of the total daily electricity consumption moved during the test period from daytime to the free period between 20:00 and 06:00 hours.

With this change in consumption pattern the participants saved on average 112 Euros over the test year.
Although the total annual average consumption stayed unchanged. However, a wider variation in the individual electricity consumption in households has been measured during the test period.
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Smart Grid Gotland –electricity network for the future

One of the smartest electricity network in the world is currently under development on the island of Gotland in Sweden by the local energy company GEAB, together with Vattenfall, ABB, Energimyndigheten, Svenska Kraftnät, Schneider Electric and KTH. By using modern technology, large quantities of renewable energy sources can be integrated in the grid. This is being done with improved cost efficiency and preserved quality compared to conventional grid technology.
As a customer buying the electricity you can monitor your energy usage 24 hours a day and adjust your consumption to the current price of electricity. You can for example set your heater to automatically switch on when there is good access to cheap renewable electricity and switch off when the electricity price goes up.
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Vattenfall and Skandia build wind power together

Vattenfall and Skandia are jointly investing almost two billion Swedish kronor to set up four wind farms in Sweden with a total output of 141 MW. The farms will be run by a jointly owned company. This is the first time that a Swedish pension company is directly financing the construction of new Swedish wind power capacity, and the cooperation enables faster expansion of a sustainable energy system.
“Vattenfall is investing in renewable energy, and the joint investment with Skandia will allow its expansion in Sweden to take place at a faster rate. That is good for our respective customers, and it’s good for Sweden,” says Magnus Hall, Vattenfall’s CEO.
The four wind power projects are Hjuleberg (Falkenberg municipality), Höge Väg (Kristianstad municipality), Juktan (Sorsele municipality) and Högabjär-Kärsås (Falkenberg municipality). The first of these is already in operation and will be handed over to the joint holding company on 1 January 2015. The other wind farms are being built by Vattenfall and will be handed over to the joint company in the first quarter of 2016.
“We have been investing increasingly in infrastructure for several years, since that has given our customers a stable and long-term return. For our customers it is possible to benefit from the investments in the future as well as short term as they can create sustainable value for society at large. Vattenfall is a strong operating partner and wind power is a sector with good growth,” says Bengt-Åke Fagerman, Skandia’s CEO.
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Fortum’s Esa Hyvärinen at Finnish-Russian Energy Days: Heat reform will have a significant impact on the efficiency of Russia’s energy markets

In his opening speech today at the Finnish-Russian Energy Days in Helsinki, Fortum’s Senior Vice President, Corporate Relations, Esa Hyvärinen, emphasised the importance of Russian heat sector reform. Heat reform, which the Russian Government approved in October, is an essential element in the country’s efforts to improve its energy efficiency. Implementation of the reform will begin next year and will be completed by 2023 at the latest. A key goal of the reform is to create incentives for investments, which will secure the functionality and efficiency improvements of the heat sector and will keep the heating bills of citizens at a moderate level.
“Consistent implementation of heat reform would bring significant added value to Russian society overall”, Hyvärinen noted in his speech. According to Hyvärinen, Russia’s successful reformation of the electricity wholesale market creates an excellent foundation for also heat market reform. Hyvärinen believes that heat reform will have a bigger impact on the Russian energy sector operations and on the lives of ordinary people than electricity market reform. He believes that the additional investments enabled by heat reform would also open new collaboration opportunities for Finnish district heat sector companies.
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EON – New corporate strategy: Focus on renewables, distribution networks, and customer solutions and to spin off the majority of a new, publicly listed company specializing in power generation, global energy trading, and exploration and production

E.ON sets new strategic course and will set up its businesses differently, making them viable for the future
Disposal of Spanish assets will increase financial flexibility for the new setup; divestment of E.ON’s activities in Italy being evaluated, the exploration and production business in the North Sea under strategic review
Fourth-quarter impairment charges of about €4.5 billion anticipated due to altered market environment
Outlook for 2014 EBITDA and underlying net income confirmed
Fixed dividend of €0.50 per share intended for the 2014 and 2015 financial years
E.ON will focus on renewables, distribution networks, and customer solutions and combine its conventional generation, global energy trading, and exploration and production businesses in a new, independent company (“New Company”), a majority of which will be spun off to E.ON SE shareholders. This new organizational setup is the logical consequence of the new strategy that the E.ON SE Supervisory Board decided on at its meeting today.

E.ON Supervisory Board Chairman Werner Wenning said about the decision: “I’m pleased that the Supervisory Board unanimously approved the Board of Management’s proposed new strategy, which will give our employees and our investors clear prospects in two strong companies that are viable for the future.”

“We are convinced that it’s necessary to respond to dramatically altered global energy markets, technical innovation, and more diverse customer expectations with a bold new beginning. E.ON’s existing broad business model can no longer properly address these new challenges. Therefore, we want to set up our business significantly different. E.ON will tap the growth potential created by the transformation of the energy world. Alongside it we’re going to create a solid, independent company that will safeguard security of supply for the transformation. These two missions are so fundamentally different that two separate, distinctly focused companies offer the best prospects for the future,” E.ON SE CEO Johannes Teyssen said.
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Conlog – On a roll in Kenya

Kenya Power began investigating the use of prepayment some years back which resulted in a pilot project in April 2009, with 25.000 domestic customers having a prepaid meter installed.
Following the success of the pilot, in March of this year the organisation began a full rollout and in just a few months had already installed some 123.000 prepaid meters.  However, Kenya Power’s goal is much larger than that – 520.000 meters by the end of the financial year and they’re well on their way to achieving it!
Part of Kenya Power’s success has been the dedication to improving customer service.  For example, a challenge experienced in such a rapid and large roll out programme, was the availability of vending points for consumers to purchase their prepaid electricity.
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DNV GL, TU Delft and Berenschot develop energy storage roadmap for Topsector Energy in the Netherlands

A partnership of DNV GL, TU Delft and Berenschot has been commissioned by the Dutch Topsector Energy to develop a roadmap for energy storage in the Netherlands. Among other things, this roadmap will show where government, industry and researchers should focus on over the next 15 years when it comes to research and development in the field of energy storage.
Energy storage systems are important to support the growth of renewable energy in the Netherlands
Partnership develops roadmap for energy storage in 2030
Consultation with industry and users to identify trends, opportunities and obstacles
With an increasing role of renewable energy sources like solar and wind power, local and central large-scale storage systems can be important for balancing energy demand and generation. This will have consequences for the organisation of the future electricity infrastructure in the Netherlands. The role of central, large-scale energy storage as well as the role of decentralized small-scale storage is part of the project. The research will focus on which energy storage technologies will be important in the short, middle and long term; how the sector currently looks like and how it should develop; and the economic opportunities for Dutch parties, so that the energy sector can remain competitive in the global market.
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GridWise Alliance Releases Report on the Future of the Grid: Industry’s Vision of the U.S. Electric Grid in 2030

Today, the GridWise Alliance, the leading industry coalition advocating for the modernization of our nation’s electric system, released a report entitled “The Future of the Grid: Evolving to Meet America’s Needs” that frames the ways in which the electric grid must evolve to meet the nation’s economic, national security, and lifestyle demands.
To facilitate the development of this report, the GridWise Alliance, in collaboration with the Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (DOE-OE), conducted a series of Regional Workshops and a National Summit, during which over 400 industry stakeholders shared their vision for the “Grid of the Future,” and the challenges that must be overcome to achieve this vision. These efforts included using a holistic approach to examining changes that will be needed to the utility business and regulatory models, as well as changes in consumer engagement. The report includes key recommendations to advance efforts by industry and other stakeholders toward achieving that vision as well as ways in which to navigate the transition over the next several years.
“The Future of the Grid workshops revealed broad consensus among industry stakeholders on the future role of the grid. They recognize that it will be the enabling platform to enhance reliability and support of a dynamic and complex system that enables consumer choice”, said Scott Prochazka, President and CEO of CenterPoint Energy and Vice Chair of the GridWise Alliance. “Traditional business and regulatory models will have to evolve to meet this new reality.”
“The GridWise Alliance and our members are committed to doing our part to facilitate the implementation of the recommendations and look forward to continuing to partner with the Department of Energy to make this happen, “said Robert Shapard, Chairman and CEO, Oncor and Chairman of the GridWise Alliance.
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DECC – New guide will better connect our new homes to vital services

New homes should be connected to vital utility services more quickly under plans announced by Housing Minister Brandon Lewis.

The new practical guide is a significant step in speeding up the process of getting new developments connected to gas, water and electricity, as part of push to help hardworking people get into their new homes sooner.
It will also drive up performance of utilities companies across the board by providing a clear set of standards and making it crystal clear how developers and companies should be working together to make sure more developments are completed on time and on budget.
The move is one of the latest in the government’s long term economic plan to get Britain building and get people into the new homes that they have worked hard for.

This includes ensuring that:

  • the developer works with utilities companies even before planning permission is granted to ensure the existing network has the capacity to supply the new homes.
  • developers get quotes from electricity, gas and water companies as well as broadband and telephone service providers, which should be offered within a set period of time.
  • a set schedule is put in place clearly stating the time it will take to complete the work to connect new homes to these utilities – and that both developers and utility companies stick to it.

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NIST – Cloud Metrics Could Provide the Goldilocks Solution to Which Cloud Vendor Is “Just Right”

As government agencies and other organizations invest in cloud computing services, they are challenged to determine which cloud provider and service will best meet their needs. As the nation’s official measurement experts, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a guide to creating cloud metrics that could aid decision makers in finding the cloud service that is “just right.”
The new NIST guide, which is being offered as a draft for public comment, proposes a model for developing metrics—objective measures of capabilities and performance—that cloud-shopping organizations can use to navigate a rapidly expanding marketplace.
New cloud computing providers and services are entering the market at a dizzying pace. Different organizations and groups often use the same cloud computing terms with slightly different, or even contradictory meanings, leading to confusion among cloud service providers, customer and carriers. The lack of clear definitions for cloud computing terms makes them inherently immeasurable.
The key to choosing a good cloud service, according to NIST experts, is having clear, measurable requirements and data on those capabilities such as quality of service, availability and reliability. The NIST definition of cloud computing* includes “measured service” as one of five essentials characteristics of cloud.
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CEER – The future role of Distribution System Operators?

CEER committed, in its 2014 work programme to analyse areas where we believe there will be significant change which will impact on the regulation of the energy sector. In 2014, we examined the developing role of DSOs (in both gas and electricity sectors).

What’s in the DSO consultation paper?
The document is divided into 3 main chapters:

  1. The role of the DSO and need for regulatory oversight: this chapter examines the existing and future activities of the DSO, its core role, the facilitation of new markets and services, and areas where there is a need for further regulatory control.
  2. DSO-TSO relationship and responsibilities: this chapter discusses the increasing involvement of DSOs in system operation with increased local generation and demand side response, and the implications for the relationship between Transmission System Operators and Distribution System Operators.
  3. Economic signals for DSOs and customers: chapter 3 focuses on regulatory incentives to help bring about the changes needed, including some examples of how regulators are already doing this. In this consultation paper, CEER has assumed that all DSOs are fully compliant with the unbundling requirements set out in the 3rd package directives.  The paper builds upon the commitments made by regulators in the ACER Bridge to 2025 paper.

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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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