OSGP newsletter // July 2014

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OSGP – Smart Meters Offer a Significant Business Case for Africa
The smart meter has a lot to offer Africa and financiers and utilities need to understand its true benefits for it to be harnessed effectively.
You can have a significant business case and increase your operational efficiency if you use the smart meter as a sensory mechanism. This is according to Mark Ossel, Board Member and Treasurer of OSGP and Vice-President of Energy & Utility at Echelon Corporation, who spoke to Engerati at the African Utility Week.
 
The benefits
He explains that powerlink communication helps utilities communicate with smart meters throughout the day and gives them great insight into the infrastructure. Through this link, utilities can assess the physical topology of the grid, knowing which meter is connected to which transformer. This helps utilities improve their asset management. Open smart grid protocol (OSGP) is popular in Europe because of high performance levels and reliability.
Echelon has a lot of experience in commercial properties in Africa. Through powerlink, utilities can read meters daily and do settlements, monitor pre-payments, and complete applications in a very advanced way.
Based on good marketing communication and education, consumers can save a significant amount of energy. Ossel points to a project where 50,000 consumers can save up to 17% energy because of the implementation of flexible tariffs and consumption awareness.
 
No reason to lose
The business case for smart meters is there, explains Ossel. It is fast becoming an asset as it helps detect non-technical losses, assists with revenue recovery, and it creates an opportunity to increase electrification levels. This is especially relevant in sub-Saharan Africa where levels are extremely low.
Ossel says that there have been numerous enquiries regarding smart grid and smart meters from Africa. An increasing number of meter manufacturers are approaching Africa.
Says Ossel: “There is a business case with no reason to lose. There is proven and reliable technology on the market-it’s just the financing of projects which can be a hurdle. Financiers and utilities need to understand the benefits of the smart meter. They should not focus on the cost-saving aspects of billing and reading of meters alone. The benefits of asset management, revenue collection and addressing non-technical losses should be understood.”
 
Thanks to our partner Engerati
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GÖRLITZ presents the First Smart Meter Gateway for the German Market
The Koblenz based Smart Metering specialist GÖRLITZ is the first manufacturer to offer immediately a Smart Meter Gateway with relevant administration software to their customers in Germany. The best practice approach for SMGW infrastructure permits IT security according to the directives of the Federal Office of Information Security, BSI, for the first time in practice tests. The best practice package consisting of 5 components is based on the BSI directives. It is the introduction to practical application of security with certificate-based, encoded energy data communication and enables the operator to test the new tasks and complex processes which are expected when implementing the intelligent metering systems. The central features of the solution are the redeveloped Smart Meter Gateway COMfor.SMGWone (Best Practice) and the SmartMDM IDSpecto for gateway administration. The solution package and the devices are available and guarantee 8 years retention of the existing standard.
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Duke Energy – South Carolina Regulators approves our energy-efficiency program
The S.C. Public Service Commission has approved Duke Energy Carolinas’ proposal to establish its Smart Energy in Offices energy-efficiency program in South Carolina. The program is available on a voluntary basis to customers occupying or providing commercial office space in buildings measuring 10,000 square feet or larger, if at least half of that space is used for offices. The program focuses on altering habits to reduce energy consumption. It is designed to provide real-time energy consumption data to companies, building managers and, in some cases, office employees to encourage less use of electricity.
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Energimidt provides €2.000.000 to national Danish energy improvements
If Danish citizens throughout Denmark are planning to undertake energy-saving renovations at your home, they now can apply and receive grants from Energimidt.
Last year this campaign resulted in large investments in energy efficiency by the Danes.
Last year Energimidt provided 3204 homeowners a grant to realise energy optimisation in their homes. The result was a saving on the heat consumption of 58 million kWh. By making it easy for Danes to get cash grants for the energy company settled in the hills of Central Jutland the request are approved by the Danish energy right investments – whether it’s about insulation, a new boiler or something else. This grant is open for all Danes, as the company does not any take geographical considerations.
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Giza Systems acquires VAS Integrated Solutions LLC (VIS), Bull Group’s Leading Storage Distributor and Integrator in the Egyptian Market
Giza Systems, the leading systems integrator in Egypt and the Middle East announces it acquisition of VAS Integrated Solutions LLC (VIS), Bull Group’s Egyptian subsidiary leader in storage integration and a key distributor for EMC, the market leader in virtualization and big data.
VAS Integrated Solutions, the subsidiary of Bull Group, is the leading storage distributor and integrator in the Egyptian market and operates in cloud enablement and virtualization space in Egypt and Libya. Its customers include all major players in the Egyptian telecommunications sector, banking industry and a strong presence in the Oil & Gas sector.
“Acquiring VIS creates a compelling advantage for our joint clients, as it supports organizations across the board in deriving the transformative benefits of integration with cloud technologies. The synergy across our service offerings is a perfect fit with our strategy aiming at providing our clients with the most complete portfolio of integration services with a strong secure cloud-based backbone to drive business innovation and optimization,” commented Shehab ElNawawi, Chairman and CEO of Giza Systems.
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Eltel and Impax Asset Management sign a EUR 13 million wind farm contract in Finland
The English Impax Asset Management Company is investing in a wind farm in Sodankylä and Kittilä, in Northern Finland. The wind farm consists of 17 wind power plants, producing with an effect of 50 megawatts of wind power when completed.
“Our customers have been very happy with the wind farm projects we have delivered”, says Ilari Jaakkola, Sales and Marketing Director of Eltel Power Distribution. “Thanks to our good track record and our well-known project expertise, we won this extremely important contract with Impax. It proves that Eltel is a worthy partner in wind power projects.”
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E.ON UK welcomes consent decision for Rampion Offshore Wind Farm
E.ON has received consent from the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, the Rt Hon Ed Davey MP, for its Rampion Offshore Wind Farm development. This decision means Rampion is set to become the first offshore wind farm off the south coast of England. Consent has been given for a wind farm of between 100 and 175 turbines to be installed around 13 to 20km off the Sussex coast. Commenting on the decision, Michael Lewis, Chief Operating Officer, E.ON Renewables, said: “E.ON is delighted to receive development consent for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm proposal. This is a key milestone for the project and we firmly believe Rampion will play an important role in helping to ensure future security of supply and make a significant contribution towards meeting the UK’s renewable energy targets.”`
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ENEL – Energy and Cyber Security, Enel is Ready to Take Action
The prevention of and fight against cyber-attacks is becoming increasingly important for utilities, for the protection of both profits and national security
Digital crime costs the economy around $450 billion per year, according to a report on Cyber Security that was recently published by British magazine The Economist. Cyber-attacks – including the sabotaging of critical infrastructure such as power plants, energy grids and telecommunications – and Internet vulnerability are the current key challenges to global security.
Valentino Angeletti, Enel’s Cybersecurity Research Representative, explained that business systems security has long been a central theme in Enel strategy, and not only in terms of business protection.
“Enel is committed to protecting its strategic assets from cyber-attacks,” he said. “Power grids and plants are a critical part of infrastructure because malfunctioning or damage could pose problems for national security.”
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NATION-E will open a cybersecurity centre for critical infrastructure
Global energy cybersecurity company Nation-E is building an Energy Cyber Security Center, to be opened in Israel later this year and dedicated to protecting critical infrastructure.
The facility will include the Energy Cyber Security Training Arena, simulating real-world energy crises and having a goal of providing the world’s largest energy devices performance database for testing, certifying and commercializing energy innovations. The idea is that teams from global industries and government organizations will get real-life proficiency in managing cyber-protection scenarios, testing the vulnerability of their energy assets and finding the best way to protect them.
“In an interconnected world where we are all dependent on the grid; where electric companies sustain countless cyber-attacks; where the latest “smart home” devices are hacked into – the good guys need all the training they can to protect our critical energy infrastructure, our banks, our factories, our homes… and our way of life,” Nation-E said in announcing the center.
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Ferranti – EDF choose MECOMS for Grid Settlement Process
EDF Luminus is the second largest player in the Belgian energy market and belongs to the Top 30 Largest Belgian Companies. EDF Luminus has gas-fired electricity plants, wind farms and hydraulic power stations on various sites in Wallonia and Flanders.
EDF Luminus has 1,700,000 customer accounts, both householders and companies, and approximately 1,000 employees.

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

OSGP Newsletter // June 2014

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Tauron Dystrybucja S.A selected OSGP technology for its Automatic Meter Infrastructure in the Smart City of Wroclaw, Poland
The technically and  economically most advantageous bid, around $7,8M, was  made by a consortium comprising LG CNS, WorldIT Systems, Eltel Networks SA and Eltel Poland. They responded to the tender with a solution based on Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) technology.
The Polish National Board of Appeal has approved the tender procedure and the conclusion Tauron Distribution SA has made by selecting the above mention consortium.
In June the contract will be formally signed and the first delivery will be January 2015.

Harry Crijns
OSGP Alliance

 

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Apator SA concludes a contract for the delivery of OSGP Smart Meters for the Smart City of Wroclaw, Poland
The Executive Board announces that Apator S.A. and WorldIT Systems sp. z.o.o. with headquarters in Warsaw concluded the contract.
The subject of the contract is the design and delivery of electricity meters equipped with OSGP technology conform the requirements stated in the Tauron tender for the “Smart City of Wroclaw” project. Estimated net value of this contract is PLN 24,3M (€5,8M)  and deliveries will start  at the end of 2014.
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GÖRLITZ – Measure Control Secure Network – Secure investment today ensures the ability to act tomorrow
Policy must shape the energy transition and Germany wants to be a pioneer, but the long wait for regulations and provisions are forcing utilities to step on the brakes. It is time to pick up speed. GÖRLITZ AG supports utilities with investment-secure solutions focusing on the requirements of the future energy market. During a series of events, the Koblenz based company informs on its solution and product strategy.
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NRGi – Taxameters to visualise the energy source now in power sockets 
Minute by minute, penny for penny, you can now follow up the use of wind power in the Green Tech Center Advice House in Vejle (Denmark). Behind the eye-opening initiative is climate partner NRGi.
In principle, everything from weather over the policy of war and disasters affect electricity prices. Power is a commodity that is difficult to stock. It should preferably be used immediately, and prices fluctuate cunningly 25-30 Danish Crowns Per kWh over the day. For environmental as for economical reasons there is an advantage to follow price trends and adapt its electricity consumption.
“Unbalanced supplies and unbalanced consumption is one of the major challenges of using renewable energy. You can’t just shovel some more coal on when the Danish families come home and turn on the TV, the washing machine and the computer. We have to some extent analyse and streamline consumption,” says Søren Sørensen, CEO of NRGi.
“With fluctuating prices, it is possible that we find nasty surprises on your electricity bill. At the same time, the system can focus attention on the best pays to build and hour its electricity consumption, which is of course one of the main objectives of several of our smart grid projects,” explained  Jørgen Andersen, director of the Green Tech Centre.
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Duke Energy proposes to expand “Smart Energy” program into S.C.
The Smart Energy pilot in Charlotte cut energy consumption uptown by 6.2 percent, according to figures compiled for Duke by a third-party evaluator.
Duke Energy Carolinas has filed with regulators for permission to expand its energy saving Smart Energy in Offices program to South Carolina.
The program started in North Carolina as “Smart Energy Now” and was the utility’s piece of the Envision: Charlotte project designed to cut power consumption in Charlotte’s urban core by 20% over five years.
Duke has filed a petition with the S.C. Public Service Commission to allow it to offer the program statewide there.
The program still focuses on altering habits to reduce energy consumption. It is designed to provide real-time energy consumption data to companies, building managers and, in some cases, office employees to encourage less use of electricity.
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Fortum is expanding the district-heating network in Wroclaw (Poland) 
Fortum has started to connect the area Kepa Mieszczańska to the district heating network in Wroclaw. The company has already built a network segment along Kurkowa street, and in September will start to drill the network under the bottom of the Oder.
Fortum has also started the construction of the district heating network in the direction of the planned settlement New Żerniki.
Building a network for Kepa Bourgeois is one of the most complex and largest investment projects in Wroclaw’s city centre. Fortum’s district heating network is constantly expanding, but for the first time in such a large urban area.
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Alliander -Two million Euro for research for the conversion of electricity into gas
The energy in the Netherlands is shifting from gas to electricity, but electricity is difficult to store and expensive to transport. The objective is to convert electricity, CO₂ and water into hydrogen or methane. These gases can be transported cheaply over long distances in the current Dutch gas distribution network. Alliander will contribute in this project with a co-funding of  € 500.000 on a total budget of € 2,1 million.
In the Netherlands Alliander expects that the demand of natural gas will decrease sharply around 2020. The converted electricity into gas could be a new application for existing gas and electricity infrastructure.
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ONE Nordic build new electricity and energy-related infrastructure to connect the wind farm in Dalarna to Fortum’s electricity network 
The electricity supply of the two new wind farms at Bösjövarden in Mora Municipality and Brass Mount in Orsa will produce requires a connection to Fortum’s electricity grid. Fortum has sought ONE Nordic to construct a switching station in Blyberg and to build a new substation in Nude Ådalen for this purpose. In addition to the stations is also a new 30 km long transmission line voltage levels 130 kV, which will run between the stations. The projects will be completed during 2014.
“This is  the overall largest contract ONE Nordic ever committed to performing at Fortum Distribution and now we hope that they live up to the high expectations we will offer,” said Anders Ekberg responsible for Fortum’s regional network in Dalarna and Gävleborg.
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Echelon – Reducing Barriers and Opening Doors for Building Automation Products in the Industrial Internet of Things
The emerging Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) represents the next generation of control networks for building automation. But unlike the consumer Internet of Things, the IIoT isn’t starting from scratch. The hundreds of millions of building automation devices already operating on networks, using a plethora of protocols and both wired and wireless media, must be stitched together-easily and cost-effectively. Multiprotocol, multimedia solutions will enable interconnection and intercommunication among currently disparate building automation networks. Such IIoT-based solutions will not only break down silos between various building automation systems, but the use of a common IP infrastructure will also open new market opportunities for device makers and help increase revenues through streamlined inventory management.
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ABB makes Gotland (Sweden) the future electrical Paradise 
Gotland will become the world’s most innovative powerline network. Together with a number of partners ABB is working on an existing electricity grid to get it smart.
Ventyx, an ABB company has joined the Smart Grid Gotland and will deploy a comprehensive high-tech electrical distribution system
“It is our objective that wind power will supply the full electric power demand. What we now do on Gotland is to optimise the electrical system with smart new technology,” stated Jens Birgersson managing director of Ventyx.
“We have set Renewables, like wind and solar into the electricity distribution system. The demand strongly depends on electricity customers. Uppsala University is working with an energy storage system that will take the surplus when the wind blows.”
“ABB will supply the control system which makes it possible to run the system to the extreme conditions without collapsing. We know how to do and now we show it on Gotland in full scale. This is a solution the whole world will need when they switch over from fossil fuels to solar and wind,” says Jens Birgersson, who believes that Gotland project is one if not the world’s most innovative Smart Grid project underway in an existing power grid.
Smart Grid Gotland is a demonstration project between Vattenfall, ABB, GEAB, Swedish Grid, Schneider Electric and KTH, supported by the Swedish Energy Agency.  In long term Gotland will become an exporter of wind power with an installed wind power capacity of 1.000 megawatts.
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Vattenfall – Gotland (Sweden) will become an electric car island
“Gotland is the ideal place for electric cars. It is flat, distances are short and it has renewable electricity from wind power,” says Karin Lundqvist, Head of Marketing Communication at Vattenfall Sales Nordic. The project is a co-operation between Vattenfall, the Swedish Energy Agency, the solar power company Solkompaniet and a number of different electric car manufacturers with the aim to boost interest in electric cars.
The idea is to offer electric cars for rental on Gotland this summer.
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SEAS-NVE and NRGi merge their fiber activities 
SEAS-NVE and NRGi have agreed to merge the two companies’ fiber activities. The joint company will be named Fibia and become a leading player in the development of fast fiber network, which will ensure local, regional and national development and competitiveness to the benefit of shareholders and Denmark.
“This is a historic merger that will impact the spread of fast Internet in Denmark. By combining our fiber activities in Fibia we’re going to be even stronger in a competitive market, and we can come out with fiber network to even more of our members. Fibia become a leading player in the development of Denmark’s digital infrastructure. In this way we ensure local, regional and national development and competitiveness, “says Jesper Hjulmand, CEO at SEAS-NVE and chairman of Fibia.
“We achieve significant economies of scale from the merger of fiber activities Fibia and the benefits will come unitholders for good in that we create an even more efficient and profitable company,” said Soren Sorensen, CEO of NRGi.
Fibia will be the largest fiber network company in Denmark. The company has passed more than 200.000 households and businesses with fiber optic network, and has over 70.000 customers. Fibia wil be owned by SEAS-NVE for 65,5% and 34,5% will be NRGi’s part of ownership.
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EU-Commission – Smart Grid Projects Outlook 2014
Discover the content of the most updated and comprehensive inventory of Smart Grid and Smart Metering projects in Europe for 2014. It includes 459 smart grid projects launched from 2002 up until today, which amount to €3.15 billion in investments.
This report presents the latest analyses and insights from the most comprehensive database of smart grid projects across the European Union (EU) Member States. This rolling review, carried out on a periodical basis by the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) in tight cooperation with the European Commission Directorate-General for Energy (ENER), builds upon the previous two smart grid project-inventorying exercises published since 2011.
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U.S. Energy Department Invests Over $10 Million to Improve Grid Reliability and Resiliency
As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to a strong and secure power grid, the Energy Department today announced more than $10 million for projects that will improve the reliability and resiliency of the U.S. electric grid and facilitate quick and effective response to grid conditions. This investment which includes six projects across five states- California, Hawaii, Missouri, North Carolina and Washington – will help further the deployment of advanced software that works with synchrophasor technology to better detect quickly-changing grid conditions and improve day-to-day grid reliability.
“Through advanced sensors and monitoring devices, U.S. utilities now have unprecedented insight into the power grid – helping industry make decisions that may prevent power outages before they happen and adeptly respond to changing grid conditions without disruption,”  said Patricia Hoffman, Assistant Secretary for the Energy Department’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability. “By partnering with utilities and software developers, the Energy Department can help the U.S. electric industry maintain more reliable and resilient power systems.”
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EU-Commission – “Grid Infrastructure Communication Toolkit” 
All across Europe, immense efforts are undertaken to develop and upgrade our power transmission networks that enable the reliable, sustainable and affordable supply of electricity to every European citizen across the continent. This power transmission network is the blood-system of our private and public life, the backbone of Europe?s economy and a key enabler of future energy systems largely build on renewable sources of energy. Clearly, it is a vital infrastructure priority for every one of us.
At the same time, power grid projects impact our daily lives and the environment in their specific context on the ground. Because of their strategic importance on one hand and their local effects on the environment and adjacent communities on the other hand, public acceptance for power grid development projects is indispensable. The common European effort to make our power transmission grids ready to secure a reliable, sustainable and affordable supply of electricity has to be jointly undertaken by all stakeholders of power grid projects. It is crucial to find the most acceptable way of implementing each one of them and thus eventually achieve high public acceptance for each project. To this end, improved project communication and an intensified multi-stakeholder dialogue can make a significant contribution.
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Eurelectric – forging a joint commitment to sustainable and cost-efficient energy transition in Europe 
Conclusion: an urgent need for a joint agenda to optimise the energy system across Europe 
Stakeholders from all sides, including policymakers, consumer organisations, industry and the energy sector, have recognised the major impact of the rising energy expenditure on Europe?s households and industry, and all share a sense of urgency about the issue. Still, we see a considerable gap between awareness and action.
Going beyond shared recognition, all partners need to work together towards the common goal and on a pan- European basis, reaching across country boundaries. The energy sector, policymakers and regulators, consumer representatives, industrial players, and environmental groups need to bridge their differences.
With this cooperative mind set, utilities can underline their commitment to securing an effective, efficient energy transition by focusing greater effort on the distribution, retail and consumption end of the value chain?whether through partnerships with each other, policymakers and regulators or with end users, as well as through innovative forms of collaboration with other sectors.
Although there has been considerable progress in addressing interconnectivity through the regulatory framework, the optimisation of generation, trading and transmission will be accelerated if there is constructive dialogue between utilities and regulators around European-wide market integration.
The success of our approach hinges on a genuine commitment to move forward together to develop a joint agenda for change, with efforts focused on key value levers across the full electricity value chain. The electricity industry will benefit – and so will Europe.
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U.S. Government – Power Africa’s Beyond the Grid Increasing Access through Small- Scale Energy Solutions
Today, the U.S. Government is formally launching an innovative framework under President Obama’s Power Africa initiative to increase energy access for underserved populations across sub-Saharan Africa. Over an initial five year period, Beyond the Grid will leverage partnerships with 27 investors and practitioners committing to invest over $1 billion into off-grid and small scale solutions for this underserved market. These private sector commitments will help Power Africa meet and exceed its commitment to provide access to 20 million new connections for households and commercial entities, providing electricity to millions of households in sub-Saharan Africa.
Off-grid and small scale energy solutions that generate electricity closer to end users will also bolster productive uses of energy and income generation. By partnering with investors, practitioners, and donors.
“Beyond the Grid will mobilize new resources, technologies, and expertise to address access to electricity issues in sub-Saharan Africa. Beyond the Grid will help to expand the work the U.S. Government is already doing through Power Africa to bring electricity to citizens of sub-Saharan Africa,”said U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.
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EU Commission – Smart grid opportunities and applications in Turkey
A smart grid is a system that uses information and communication technologies to integrate, in an intelligent way, all users connected to the electrical power system considering their behaviour and actions. For this purpose, information about the electrical network, such as the current, the voltage or the power, is gathered together over time so that the behaviour of suppliers and consumers can be observed and automatically coordinated. Smart grids are becoming a significant part in the configuration of future electrical power systems. A lot of research has been done on using smart grids to achieve highly efficient and user-friendly electrical power systems. Many new methods have been introduced to solve the difficulties energy providers face when transforming conventional electrical networks into smart grids. These difficulties include the integration of renewable energy and different grid systems at national and international levels due to changes in frequency, voltage and in the synchronisation mechanism.
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IEEE – Want a successful smart grid implementation?
No matter how much work we do on developing technology and forecasting its commercialization – as we have done recently with our IEEE research Vision series on smart grid – the consumer is both the chief sponsor and beneficiary of most of our technology-related work. We must keep our focus on the end user as we pursue technology in order to fulfill the IEEE mission of fostering “technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.”
Fortunately, a new report, “IEEE Global Consumer Socialization of Smart Grid,” provides the means to understand the range of consumer knowledge of and sentiment towards smart grid. It identifies a handful of common motivations among consumers in order to segment them for effective outreach. For instance, some consumers wish to save money, others will pay a premium for environment benefits and yet others are early adopters of technology. Understanding consumer attitudes, perceptions and motivations will allow us to develop more effective messaging to grow their knowledge and eventual participation in smart grid.
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CEER report – Ensuring market and regulatory arrangements help deliver demand-side flexibility 
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 
The Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU (EED) entered into force on 4 December 2012 and most of its provisions must be implemented by EU Member States (MS) before 5 June 2014. Article 15 of the EED addresses demand response, explicitly the role of National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) in encouraging demand response to participate in wholesale and retail markets (including balancing and ancillary services markets).
To assist NRAs’ understanding and implementation of the provisions of the EED, CEER started work on this topic in 2013 with an internal survey among NRAs and a public consultation. The goal of this work is to provide best practice examples (drawn out in the public consultation paper?s case studies) and also to draw out some key principles and specific recommendations in the form of this advice paper.
This advice paper is designed as input to advance the ongoing discussion about the scope, players and benefits of demand-side flexibility from both a network and market perspective. This work is part of an ongoing process that should contribute to assistance for NRAs and MS on how to encourage the participation of demand-side resources in their markets and networks.
It also sets out regulators? views on the high-level principles which should govern demand-side flexibility and allow it to be facilitated at the wholesale, network and retail levels.
As a high-level outcome, CEER wants to unlock the value of demand-side flexibility for the provider/customer. This requires:
•    That consumers and market participants have the necessary information and tools to adequately and effectively engage in the market;
•    A market free from barriers that promotes equal access for all parties and new entrants, through interoperable standards and arrangements; and
•    A regulatory framework that is flexible enough to adapt in an evolving market.
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Harry Crijns
OSGP Alliance

OSGP Newsletter // May 2014

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OSGP news

OSGP Alliance welcomes Apator S.A. from Poland and PS-TEC Co. Ltd from South Korea as new members
OSGP Alliance is growing steadily; two companies have joined the Alliance this month.

Apator S.A. operates in the metering sector supplying to the market high class metering equipment and systems. The company manufactures electronic electricity meters and calculators to heat meters (split heat meters), it creates solutions enabling transmission and read out data acquisition from metering equipment and tools to their analysis. Commercial offer of Apator also includes wide variety of low voltage switchgear and surge protective devices.

PS TEC Co., Ltd is a South Korean Company involved in the metering, AMR and Smart Grid business. They are also one ot the major OEM companies for the automobile industry
In 1969 PSTEC started its measuring device business though technical cooperation with Osaki Electric Industries from Japan. This cooperation expanded from electronic meter into AMR and Smart Grid devices and solutions.
For the mid-term PSTEC?s intention is to become a leader in AMR systems and Home automation and security solutions answering the needs for the Ubiquitous Era.
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OSGP Alliance conformance test successfully executed for the Mitsubishi SMW100W4 Smart E-meter
OSGP Alliance proudly announces that the Mitsubishi SMW100W4 meter successfully passed the OSGP conformance test.
Mitsubishi Electric is the second company, worldwide, who is capable to produce and deliver OSGP Certified Smart E-meters under their own brand name.
For the moment the Smart E-meter; Type SMW100W4 has been certified but more Mitsubishi branded smart E-meters will follow on short notice.
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Member news

Echelon – Smart meters: Lebanon to deploy 1.2m units in major network upgrade
The state utility of Lebanon, Electricité Du Liban (EDL), will roll out 1.2 million smart meter units from June 2014, as part of a US$200 million programme to re-engineer and expand the network, improve customer services as well as reverse the company?s revenue losses, Metering.com has learnt.
EDL has selected three distribution service providers (DSP), or consortia, which are made up of energy companies such as France’s ErDF, engineering companies and metering suppliers, including Itron, Echelon, Sagem and ZIV and Souwaidi Metering.
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GÖRLITZ – SMARTify provides the roadmap – Telekom Austria Group M2M establishes Smart Metering as a business area.
With SMARTify, Telekom Austria Group M2M and GÖRLITZ Austria GmbH have created a modular smart metering platform specifically tailored to the Austrian market. The project realises meter data management as a software-as-a-service solution determines the path in the energy market and will be used for initial implementation of a lawful smart metering in Austria. To define the factors for success, a detailed analysis preceded the implementation.
Utilities all over Europe are faced with high investments because a launch of smart metering is far more than a pure rollout of intelligent meters. However, the construction of an individual smart metering infrastructure will not turn out profitable for all market participants. Particularly investment and operating costs per metering point of smaller systems will soar due to only few assessment possibilities. To continue cost-efficient operation, smart metering services provide an ideal alternative
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Ubitronix offers way out of the dead end.
If you forget all the discussions about the BSI protection profile and Gateway Administration, the real question remains: “Can just smart metering help to solve our energy problems”.
The clears answer is: “Only if you think about how to use the information smart metering will offer.” stated Dr. Christoph Schaffer, CEO of ubitronix system solutions gmbh, the provider of integrated energy management systems.
In a press conference in Vienna he plead to put the customer in the centre of all discussions. concerning energy saving and reduction of Greenhouse gases. This in order to realise the European energy targets, only the customer is in charge and it is our task to convince him or her and supply them with all the tools they think they need but even more important with tools they can handle properly.
Consumer investigations showed that not the digital meters but real-time information about energy consumption plays a decisive role.
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Thüga Group – Electricity-to-gas conversion plant is now in operation.
“In the energy revolution the development of storage technologies, is one of the main challenges in the success of wind and solar. The participating companies deliver an important contribution in this innovative installation”, declared the Hessian Minister of Economic Affaires, Mr. Tarek Al- Wazir, in his speech at the operational start of the power to gas demonstration plant on site of Mainova.
End of last year, it was for the first time that hydrogen was fed into the Frankfurt gas distribution network. It is the first plant in Germany that injected hydrogen converted from electricity into the gas distribution network.
“Storages, together with renewable energy generation and smart grids will build the backbone of the energy transition. That’s why I am pleased that four participating companies from our State; Rhineland-Pfalz, will gather here valuable expertise,” says Eveline Lemke, Minister of Economic Affairs from Rhineland-Palz.
Dr. Petra Roth, Chairman of Thüga Holding GmbH & Co. KGaA and former Lord Mayor of Frankfurt, praises the joint commitment: ” It is a smart, efficient and accountable way of working when municipalities and public utilities join forces. The companies within the Thüga group are committed to develop and implement solutions together, within the entire range of energy-related issues. Starting from energy efficiency generation over innovative solutions towards storage and distribution networks”.
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Fortum completes divestment of its Norwegian electricity distribution business.
Fortum has today completed the divestment of its Norwegian electricity distribution business to the Hafslund Group, listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. The transaction has all the necessary regulatory approvals and the customary closing conditions have been met.
In April, Fortum also announced the divestment of its heat businesses in Norway to iCON Infrastructure Partners II, L.P. fund. The transaction is estimated to be completed by the end of June 2014.
The total consideration including both deals is EUR 340 million on a debt- and cash-free basis of which approximately EUR 200 million relates to electricity distribution transactions, which was completed with Hafslund today.
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Oracle Helps Utilities Improve their Customer Experience with Enhanced Multi-Channel Communications and Self-Service Capabilities
Today, utilities are focused on improving the customer experience to better address increasing customer expectations around areas such as multi-channel communications, 24/7 access to information and personalized service. To help its utilities customers achieve these goals, Oracle is releasing solutions with new business features and enhanced technical architecture that help position utilities for success now and into the future.
“We integrated Oracle Utilities Customer Care and Billing’s Program Management Module, Oracle Utilities Mobile Workforce Management’s Contractor Portal and Operational Device Management to manage our Heat Pump Rental program lifecycle – from targeted customer marketing to providing quotes to assigning installation to third party plumbers to billing the customer. Oracle Utilities end-to-end product suite enables us to offer customers the best possible experience, achieve strategic goals and continues to pay dividends over and above our original projected return on investment,” said Jan Ferro, enterprise application strategist, Green Mountain Power.
“Today’s electric, gas and water utilities recognize the need to deliver a superior customer experience. They must respond quickly to customer requests, ensure that customer interactions are highly personalized and at the same time, deliver the right information to the right place at the right time. Oracle Utilities is committed to supporting utilities with innovative solutions that meet their business needs now and into the future,” said Rodger Smith, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Utilities.
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Powel AS – Validér chooses Powel for Norway’s largest smart metering platform
Future proof concept allows for constant development both in terms of size and functionality. 21 grid companies and a minimum of 400.000 smart metering points included from the start.
Trondheim and Bergen, Norway.
Validér AS, a service provider formed by 21 grid companies in western Norway, has entered a strategic business agreement with Powel AS, a leading software and services provider for the energy sector. Through the contract, Powel and its project sub-suppliers Oracle and e-vita, will provide the IT platform needed for implementing the largest smart metering project in Norway to date, initially including 400.000 smart metering points.
“I have great expectations for the IT platform and not least Powel as the main supplier and partner in the years to come” said Thomas Thiis, CEO at Validér. “I am convinced that with this new platform we will be able to offer a cost effective and reliable service of Advanced Metering Systems (AMS) for our existing and future shareholders and customers.”
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Vattenfall – A climate smart life for real
One Tonne Life, the project where a family tried to live on as little energy as possible over a 6-month period. The house involved in that project has been bought by a Swedish family who want to live a climate smart life for real.
It’s been three years since the One Tonne Life project proved that it’s possible to reduce a family’s carbon footprint significantly without reducing their standard of living.
Now, Tina and Jon Jogensjö are living in the climate smart house in the west of Stockholm. They were tired of living in their cramped inner city flat with their son Nils and were also keen to live in a way which didn’t deplete the earth’s resources unnecessarily. The house was designed by well-known Swedish architect Gert Wingårdh and is fitted with solar panels and solar collectors which generate electricity and hot water. And the family can sell any excess electricity back to the grid. The family has been given the opportunity to test a number of smart energy solutions through an initiative involving Vattenfall, Volvo and A-hus, which built the 155 square metre house.
“We know it’s possible to live in a climate smart way without making life too complicated. This initiative has given us the chance to learn more about the house we live in and to test state-of-the-art technology, which could help us go even further,” says Tina Jogensjö. “Public transport whenever we can, we turn off the lights and we try not to throw food away. Although I do sometimes shower for a bit longer than perhaps I should,” admits Jon Jogensjö.
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SEAS- NVE Annual profit 2013; 144 million DK
The largest cooperatively owned energy- and fiber-company announced the financial statements for 2013. Results show that SEAS- NVE came out of the year with a surplus and a solid foundation for the future.
SEAS- NVE received in the financial year 2013 with a profit of 144 million Danish Crowns (DK). Sales came to 3.3 billion DK and SEAS- NVE is still a solid company with equity of $ 8.9 billion DK.
” The accounts are satisfactory and we are in a strong position to help our owners through the green conversion and digitization of the region. SEAS- NVE is an active participant in the development of our region and the results proves that we are a company moving forward, ” said CEO Jesper Hjulmand, SEAS- NVE .
The annual report shows fine progress and SEAS- NVE has in the period gained more than 18,000 new customers outside utility area. Within our own area, we have again proven that SEAS- NVE’s power grid is very stable, which is reflected by the fact that the shareholders have power to the switch in 99.99 % of 24 hours.
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ELTEL – north-west Zambia power project starts
According to TEDDY KUYELA from the Zambia Daily Mail: The government has started the construction of an electricity transmission line in North-Western Province at a cost of US$150 million. The line will connect all districts in the region to the national grid over the next two years. The project is expected to create 2.000 jobs for local people and to connect hydro-electricity to districts in the region, which are currently running on thermal electricity. The government, through Zesco, has engaged Eltel, a Swedish company, to undertake the project over a period of two years while some districts closer to the connection points will have electricity within a year.
This came to light in Solwezi yesterday when Deputy Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development, Charles Zulu and a team of senior Zesco officials paid a courtesy call on North-Western Province Minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu.
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Market news

Eurelectric – Distribution grid operators issue call for better national regulation
Network regulation must be revised to incentivise investments in European electricity distribution networks, ensuring a secure, sustainable and reliable electricity supply for Europe’s citizens.ˇThis is the key ask of a joint declaration of European electricity distribution system operators (DSOs), launched in Brussels.
The common statement by EURELECTRIC and DSO associations CEDEC, EDSO for Smart Grids, and GEODE outlines the pivotal role of DSOs in the energy transition and the conditions that are needed for them to fulfil this role. In particular, it highlights the need for significant long-term investments in distribution networks if Europe is to meet its energy and climate objectives.
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DECC – Electricity Market Reform: allocation of Contracts for Difference
Executive summary – Policy decisions
13. Government’s ambition remains to move to competitive price discovery processes for all technologies as soon as practicable.
14. The policy decisions taken in response to the January consultation are:

  • Contracts will be allocated through allocation rounds. The period of “First Come First Served” (FCFS) allocation, that we had previously  considered, will not apply.
  • the Allocation Framework for the first allocation round will divide the CfD budget into Groups including:
    • Group 1 – a group of “established” technologies (Onshore Wind (>5 MW), Solar Photovoltaic (PV) (>5 MW), Energy from Waste with CHP, Hydro (>5 MW and <50 MW), Landfill Gas and Sewage Gas.
    • Group 2 – a group of “less established” technologies (Offshore Wind, Wave, Tidal Stream, Advanced Conversion Technologies, Anaerobic Digestion, Dedicated biomass with Combined Heat and Power and Geothermal).
  • The size of the budget in the CfD allocation rounds for Group 1 technologies will be set to ensure competition from the start of the CfD regime. At least the more established technologies will be subject to an auction process from the beginning of CfD allocation.
  • Group 2 technologies will not automatically move to competition and will not compete on price directly with Group 1 technologies. If all the projects seeking support within Group 2 can be accommodated within the allocated budget, they will receive support at the administrative strike price.

15. The strike prices for a number of current and emerging technologies, including large hydro, tidal range (including tidal lagoon and tidal barrage), nuclear and CCS were not set in the Delivery Plan. The intention is for competition to be built into the allocation arrangements for these technologies where this is feasible, although in this Delivery Plan period prices for these technologies will be determined on a case-by-case basis where projects are identified for support.
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The German Institute Agora Energy Transition: Proposal for Electricity network planning meets legal requirements better than previous method
Raue LLP methods examined a proposal for the development of network development plan. The preliminary final report produced by BET Aachen is now available.
The improved method for developing robust network development plans developed by BET Aachen on behalf of Agora is applicable not only without an amendment to the Energy Act, but also fulfills the legal framework of the Energy Act even better than the currently used methods. This shows a legal opinion, which specializes in energy law firm Raue LLP, the lawyers have Christian von Hammerstein and Daniela Fietze created on behalf of Agora energy transition. It has now been presented in its preliminary form.
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DNV-GL – USEF: A new framework to drive collaboration between energy and technology industries in European smart energy system
The Universal Smart Energy Framework (USEF) defines new standards to provide common objectives for energy and technology companies in emerging smart energy market. The Universal Smart Energy Framework (USEF) will be launched at the Smart Grid Summit in Malaga on the 30th April 2014.
USEF is an industry initiative driven by: Alliander, ABB, DNV GL, IBM, ICT Automatisering, RWE-Essent and Stedin. The open framework is designed to accelerate the development of smart energy products, services and solutions for large scale implementation of smart grids. By defining the minimal set of consistent and coherent specifications for smart energy systems, USEF ensures that the products and services for the deployment of a smart grid become interoperable and can evolve over time to stimulate continuous innovation.
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KEPCO, KT tie up to explore overseas smart grid market
State-run Korea Electric Power Co., the largest electric utility company in Korea, signed a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday with KT, the nation’s second-largest mobile carrier, to jointly develop a business model targeting the overseas smart grid market, KEPCO said in a press release.
A smart grid, which refers to an advanced electric grid using smart net meters based on information and communications technology, has attracted global attention as it can improve the efficiency, reliability and sustainability of the conventional electric grid
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OSGP Alliance conformance test successfully executed for the Mitsubishi SMW100W4 Smart E-meter

OSGP Alliance proudly announces that the Mitsubishi SMW100W4 meter successfully passed the OSGP conformance test.
Mitsubishi Electric is the second company, worldwide, who is capable to produce and deliver OSGP Certified Smart E-meters under their own brand name.
For the moment the Smart E-meter; Type SMW100W4 has been certified but more Mitsubishi branded smart E-meters will follow on short notice.

On behalf of the OSGP Alliance Board I congratulate Mitsubishi Electric with this milestone and wish them all the best with the introduction of this meter in the Market.

 Harry Crijns,
Secretary OSGP Alliance

OSGP Alliance welcomes Apator S.A. from Poland and PS-Tec Co. Ltd from South Korea as new members

OSGP Alliance is growing steadily; two companies have joined the Alliance this month.

Apator S.A. operates in metering sector supplying to the market high class metering equipment and systems. The Company manufactures electronic electricity meters and calculators to heat meters (split heat meters), it creates the solutions enabling transmission and read out data acquisition from metering equipment and tools to their analysis. Commercial offer of Apator also includes wide variety of low voltage switchgear and surge protective devices.

PS TEC Co., Ltd is a South Korean Company involved in the metering, AMR and Smart Grid business. They are also one ot the major OEM companies for the automobile industry. In 1969 PSTEC started its measuring device business though technical cooperation with Osaki Electric Industries from Japan. This cooperation expanded from electronic meter into AMR and Smart Grid devices and solutions.
For the mid-term PSTEC’s intention is to become a leader in AMR systems and Home automation and security solutions answering the needs for the Ubiquitous Era.

On behalf of the OSGP Alliance Board I welcome Apator S.A and PS Tec as members and wish them a quick and smooth integration in the Alliance and a smooth integration of OSGP in their products and services

Harry Crijns,
Secretary OSGP Alliance

OSGP Newsletter April 2014

Newsletter // April 2014

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OSGP Alliance welcomes EDMI as new member

OSGP Alliance is happy to announce that EDMI will join the alliance.

EDMI originated from Queensland, Australia in 1978 under the name EDMQ. In 1997, it established its headquarters in Singapore, producing electronic meters mainly for the Australian and Asian Markets. Recently, it has expanded from a meter manufacturer to a system provider, promoting its Smart Energy Solutions in other regions such as Africa, Europe and South America.

OSGP Alliance is proud that the Open Smart Grid Protocol is now part of their solution.

We wish EDMI a quick and smooth integration in the alliance and a smooth integration of OSGP in their products and services.

Harry Crijns,

Secretary OSGP Alliance

 

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ONE Nordic has signed a building contract with Vattenfall Distribution in northern Sweden

ONE Nordic has signed a framework agreement with Vattenfall Distribution regarding the construction and renovation of all local networks and regional and station facilities in Västerbotten County for the period 2014-2016. Conform this agreement, ONE Nordic will strengthening its organization in the north of Sweden with additional technicians, engineers and project managers.

” In recent years, in the north of Sweden, Vattenfall has invested heavily in weather safety and modernising existing lines and station facilities so that the amount of interruptions during storms and snow has fallen down. Now Vattenfall starts to modernize their networks. ONE Nordic has been selected as one of the market partners to support Vattenfall Distribution to rebuild and modernise their local network, but also parts of – their regional network and station facilities in Västerbotten County , “said Joakim Johansson , Head of Business Services at ONE Nordic.

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Görlitz – IDSpecto.SMGw-A enables cost-effective administration of Smart Meter Gateways

The new module of SmartMDM IDSpecto, called SMG-Admin-Tool has been especially designed by GÖRLITZ AG to meet the requirements of the Smart Meter Gateway administrator. It comprehensively considers the manifold demands made by the German Federal office for Information Security (BSI). Its flexible process structure, optimization and extensive integration capabilities ensure that cost are kept to a minimum and investments are protected.

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Fortum sells its Norwegian electricity distribution and heat businesses

Fortum has agreed to sell its Norwegian electricity distribution to the Hafslund Group, listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange, and its heat businesses in
Norway to iCON Infrastructure Partners II, L.P. fund. The decision to divest the electricity distribution business in Norway is linked to the strategic assessment of the company’s electricity distribution business’ future alternatives in 2013. In heat business, Fortum focuses on larger urban centres with potential for combined heat and power (CHP) development. In addition,
Fortum has agreed to sell its shareholding in Fredrikstad Energi AS (49%) and Fredrikstad Energi Nett AS (35%) to the Hafslund Group.

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Panasonic and Vikon common Objectives; World Leadership in 2018

During a breakfast press conference on April 16th, the Turkish electrical switch-socket industry leader VIKO and the Japanese technology giant Panasonic presented their shared vision, goals and joint sustainable growth strategies, following the signing of a partnership agreement. The partnership enables both companies access to new markets; Panasonic is market leader in Taiwan, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, Korea and Thailand, whereas VIKO is primarily active in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

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Eltel establishes a Nordic organisation in Power Transmission

Eltel’s Power Transmission business joins resources between Finland, Sweden and Norway to create more synergies in the Nordic market. Mats Björkman is the new head of Power Transmission Nordic.

Eltel has built a position as a partner for the transmission system operators in Finland, Sweden and Norway. Numerous projects have been delivered with great references. In order to meet better the customer requirements during the tendering and project execution phases it has become even more important as a contractor to collaborate efficiently cross borders. Eltel has decided to join forces of Sweden, Finland and Norway into one Nordic business entity called Eltel Power Transmission Nordic.

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Giza Systems Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary

40 Years of: Innovation – industrial challenges – building teams and acquiring talent – expansion in new industries, countries, and solutions, clients, partnerships, subsidiaries, collaborations, dedication?

And now, an occasion to stop and think of the next 40 years and what lies ahead.

Giza Systems, the leading systems integrator in Egypt and the Middle East, is proud to announce that 2014 marks its 40th anniversary. Today, Giza Systems provides a wide range of industry specific technology solutions in the Telecom, Utilities, Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, and Real Estate & Hospitality industries. With its regional headquarters in Cairo, Giza Systems has offices throughout the region to include Giza Arabia in KSA, Giza Systems Gulf in Qatar, and Giza Systems JLT in UAE. The group of companies is focused on contributing to the local and regional development with its cutting edge technology solutions.

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Mitsubishi Electric Strengthens Transport Business in Europe

Gaining a foothold in the world’s largest transportation systems market

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announces that it is to strengthen the market position of its transportation systems business in Europe, with the launch of a new division at Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V. which expands its presence in the world’s largest transportation market.

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ModemTec opens Center for Intelligent Energy

New equipment and Innovation for Energy arise in Trinec. The newly opened Center for Intelligent Energy has become the best-equipped development facility of its kind in the Czech Republic and one of the top research centers and laboratories in Europe.ˇCzech Center for Intelligent Energy will enable the implementation of research projects for Smart Grid technologies and commercial testing of electrical appliances and equipment.

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ENEL signs MOU with State Grid Corporation in China

Enel CEO Fulvio Conti signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Mr. Liu Zhenya, Chairman of the State Grid Corporation of China, the world largest and China’s dominant distribution and transmission utility, to cooperate in the areas of smart grids and renewable energy. Fulvio Conti also meets with China Huaneng Group, the largest power generation company in China, to expand the scope of existing cooperation.

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Nation-E launches its first municipal energy security project

Nation-E and the municipality of Netanya launched the first energy security project in Israel. The project’s goal is to construct a municipal wide smart grid that will ensure the lights in the city never go out.

A first of its kind intelligent system for optimising power consumption was installed today in the Netanya City Hall. The installation marks the launch of a joint project for the municipality and Daniel Jammer’s Nation-E. The system is a unique microgrid enabling authentication, monitoring and control of energy consumption via a computer, tablet or smart phone, and ensures ongoing savings in power consumption.

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LG CNS – Smart Technology 2.0: Bring Smart World on Your Hands -

“Entrue World”, the biggest IT conference in Korea, opened on Thursday, April 17th, at Conrad Hotel in Yeouido, Seoul. LG CNS has been holding “Entrue World” annually since 2001, which was the first conference in the IT field, to share the revolutionary IT technologies of the year. Since 2010 the conference has been focusing on life changing smart technology and the smart world it enables. Following the success of previous conferences, ‘Convergence’ in 2010, ‘Smart Technology’ in 2011, ‘Big Data and Advanced Analytics’ in 2012, ‘Hyper-Connected’ in 2013, this year they held ‘Smart Technology 2.0: Bring Smart World on Your Hands.’

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GEO welcomes BEAMA report: Smart In-Home Displays will save Britain £6billion

New research predicts over £6bn savings for UK household gas and electricity bills from In-Home Displays (IHDs) offered to consumers as part of the smart meter rollout.

Green Energy Options (geo) welcomes the results of the report recently announced by BEAMA. The report, “Assessing the Use and Value of Energy Monitors in Great Britain”, is the most comprehensive research of its kind to quantify the financial benefits to consumers of the use of energy monitors, and incorporates results from early smart meter deployments in the UK. Based on the average results of trials in Britain and Europe, savings from IHDs are over nine percent per year for at least three years.

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 European Commission – Security measures for smart grid

In its Communication on “Smart Grids: from innovation to deployment”, the European Commission has recognised that smart grids, as a Critical Infrastructure, should operate securely and respect end users’ privacy. For this reason, the Commission has decided to further investigate the challenges of ensuring adequate smart grid protection in the EU. In light of the above, ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency), in cooperation with ENER and CNECT, undertook consultations with the private and public sectors in order to formulate security measures to assist smart grid providers in improving the infrastructures’ cyber resilience. This has led to the formulation of this document, entitled “Proposal for a list of security measures for smart grid”

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New York Completes Smart Grid Project to Build a More Reliable, Resilient Power Grid

As part of the Obama Administration?s broader efforts to strengthen critical energy infrastructure and build a stronger, more reliable power grid, the Energy Department today recognized the completion of New York Independent System Operator?s (NYISO) smart grid and control center project in Rensselaer, New York. Today, Assistant Secretary for Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability Patricia Hoffman joined with public and private sector partners in New York to dedicate a new grid operations control center and highlight how Recovery Act-supported investments have strengthened the NYISO system?s overall reliability and resiliency.

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NIST Requests Comments on Smart Grid Framework Update

The primary guiding document for creating the next-generation “smart” energy grid is getting its first major update in two years. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is requesting public comment on a draft of the NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 3.0.

The new document builds upon and updates the February 2012 Framework Release 2.0,* NIST’s outline of the plan to transform 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 bidirectional flows of energy as well as two-way communication and control.

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Agora – Renewable Energy is Much More Cost Effective than Nuclear in the Fight Against Climate Change

CO2-Free Power Generation in Europe: Wind and Solar Power Are Already Cheaper than Nuclear ? Even When Considering the Power Plants Needed for Reserve Capacity

Two decades of technological advancement have led to drastic declines in the cost of power from wind and photovoltaic (PV) systems. Indeed, the feed-in tariffs for PV have fallen by 80% in Germany in the past five years alone. Yet how competitive are wind and solar systems in comparison to other CO2-free technologies? The environmental benefits of renewable energy are clear. However, the role that renewable energy can play in CO2 abatement depends crucially on its cost effectiveness.

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SEDC – Report in Mapping Demand response in Europe

The Smart Energy Demand Coalition (SEDC) is happy to announce its newly published report “Mapping Demand Response in Europe Today”.

This report maps the progress of Member States in meeting the requirements of Article 15.8 of the Energy Efficiency Directive.  It reviews the regulatory structures of 15 countries: 13 EU Member States, plus Norway and Switzerland. It then provides overarching guidelines and technical information on how consumer oriented Demand Response can be enabled, in order to further support these efforts.

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UK-Government unveils eight major new renewables projects, supporting 8,500 green jobs

DECC – Eight major renewable electricity projects are unveiled as part of the government?s world leading electricity reforms, giving a massive boost to green growth and green jobs.

Eight major renewable electricity projects are unveiled as part of the government?s world leading electricity reforms, giving a massive boost to green growth and green jobs.

By 2020, the projects will provide up to ú12 billion of private sector investment, supporting 8,500 jobs, and they could add a further 4.5GW of low-carbon electricity to Britain?s energy mix (or around 4% of capacity), generating enough clean electricity to power over three million homes.

Once built, the successful projects will contribute around 15TWh or 14% of the renewable electricity we expect to come forward by 2020, helping to put the UK well on the way to meeting the UK?s renewable energy target. They will also reduce emissions by 10 MtCO2 per year compared to fossil fuel power generation.

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Eurelectric – The review of progress towards the 2020 energy efficiency objective and a 2030 energy efficiency policy framework

Key messages from the report:

  • Energy efficiency is key to achieving carbon-neutral power generation by 2050, enabling EU competitiveness, empowering customers and decarbonising society at large. The main focus needs to be on streamlining and implementing existing legislation ? as well as strengthening the market-based EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) to enable its crucial role for low-carbon investments, including energy efficiency on the supply side.
  • The current energy efficiency framework, if fully implemented, provides a powerful tool to drive energy efficiency. Before adopting new measures, the impact of current policies should be evaluated. At the same time the diversity of European energy and efficiency markets must be taken into account.
  • The ETS is the right instrument for efficiency improvements in industry. We continue to advocate structural measures strengthening the ETS in order to incentivise energy efficiency measures beyond low-hanging fruit.
  • The European power sector is fully committed to play a substantial role in decarbonising transportation. Policies should be developed to stimulate a move from the use of fossil fuels to CO2-neutral energy carriers.
  • The measures in the Energy Labelling and in the Ecodesign Directive set a workable framework for energy efficiency in electrical equipment. However, we reiterate our major concern regarding the application of primary energy factors that put electric equipment at a disadvantage.
  • The current regulatory frameworks set the right conditions for promoting energy efficiency in electricity generation, transmission, distribution and retail. Improving the efficiency of electricity generation is part of the daily business of all power producers. On the distribution side, smart grids and smart meters will contribute to higher overall system efficiency, provided an enabling regulatory framework is in place.
  • While we support an effective market for energy efficiency, we recognise that the market will not stimulate the timely uptake of all cost-effective measures, particularly those with long payback times and high upfront capital investments. Further financial mechanisms and instruments are needed at EU level to mobilise energy efficiency investments.

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Navigant – Microgrids in Asia Pacific

Commercial/Industrial, Community/Utility, Campus/Institutional, and Remote Microgrids: Country-Level Market Analysis and Forecasts

In recent years, the Asia Pacific region has experienced particularly robust demand for microgrids due to economic development, electrification, and industrialization. These factors are directly related to the growing need for more electricity and the resulting development of renewable distributed energy generation (RDEG) and ultimately microgrids. As renewable energy capacity and electricity consumption continue to rise, the number of microgrid projects deployed in Asia Pacific, both for electrification purposes and as experimental test beds, is also rising.

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Kind regards,

Harry Crijns,

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OSGP newsletter // July 2014

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OSGP – Smart Meters Offer a Significant Business Case for Africa
The smart meter has a lot to offer Africa and financiers and utilities need to understand its true benefits for it to be harnessed effectively.
You can have a significant business case and increase your operational efficiency if you use the smart meter as a sensory mechanism. This is according to Mark Ossel, Board Member and Treasurer of OSGP and Vice-President of Energy & Utility at Echelon Corporation, who spoke to Engerati at the African Utility Week.
 
The benefits
He explains that powerlink communication helps utilities communicate with smart meters throughout the day and gives them great insight into the infrastructure. Through this link, utilities can assess the physical topology of the grid, knowing which meter is connected to which transformer. This helps utilities improve their asset management. Open smart grid protocol (OSGP) is popular in Europe because of high performance levels and reliability.
Echelon has a lot of experience in commercial properties in Africa. Through powerlink, utilities can read meters daily and do settlements, monitor pre-payments, and complete applications in a very advanced way.
Based on good marketing communication and education, consumers can save a significant amount of energy. Ossel points to a project where 50,000 consumers can save up to 17% energy because of the implementation of flexible tariffs and consumption awareness.
 
No reason to lose
The business case for smart meters is there, explains Ossel. It is fast becoming an asset as it helps detect non-technical losses, assists with revenue recovery, and it creates an opportunity to increase electrification levels. This is especially relevant in sub-Saharan Africa where levels are extremely low.
Ossel says that there have been numerous enquiries regarding smart grid and smart meters from Africa. An increasing number of meter manufacturers are approaching Africa.
Says Ossel: “There is a business case with no reason to lose. There is proven and reliable technology on the market-it’s just the financing of projects which can be a hurdle. Financiers and utilities need to understand the benefits of the smart meter. They should not focus on the cost-saving aspects of billing and reading of meters alone. The benefits of asset management, revenue collection and addressing non-technical losses should be understood.”
 
Thanks to our partner Engerati
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GÖRLITZ presents the First Smart Meter Gateway for the German Market
The Koblenz based Smart Metering specialist GÖRLITZ is the first manufacturer to offer immediately a Smart Meter Gateway with relevant administration software to their customers in Germany. The best practice approach for SMGW infrastructure permits IT security according to the directives of the Federal Office of Information Security, BSI, for the first time in practice tests. The best practice package consisting of 5 components is based on the BSI directives. It is the introduction to practical application of security with certificate-based, encoded energy data communication and enables the operator to test the new tasks and complex processes which are expected when implementing the intelligent metering systems. The central features of the solution are the redeveloped Smart Meter Gateway COMfor.SMGWone (Best Practice) and the SmartMDM IDSpecto for gateway administration. The solution package and the devices are available and guarantee 8 years retention of the existing standard.
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Duke Energy – South Carolina Regulators approves our energy-efficiency program
The S.C. Public Service Commission has approved Duke Energy Carolinas’ proposal to establish its Smart Energy in Offices energy-efficiency program in South Carolina. The program is available on a voluntary basis to customers occupying or providing commercial office space in buildings measuring 10,000 square feet or larger, if at least half of that space is used for offices. The program focuses on altering habits to reduce energy consumption. It is designed to provide real-time energy consumption data to companies, building managers and, in some cases, office employees to encourage less use of electricity.
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Energimidt provides €2.000.000 to national Danish energy improvements
If Danish citizens throughout Denmark are planning to undertake energy-saving renovations at your home, they now can apply and receive grants from Energimidt.
Last year this campaign resulted in large investments in energy efficiency by the Danes.
Last year Energimidt provided 3204 homeowners a grant to realise energy optimisation in their homes. The result was a saving on the heat consumption of 58 million kWh. By making it easy for Danes to get cash grants for the energy company settled in the hills of Central Jutland the request are approved by the Danish energy right investments – whether it’s about insulation, a new boiler or something else. This grant is open for all Danes, as the company does not any take geographical considerations.
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Giza Systems acquires VAS Integrated Solutions LLC (VIS), Bull Group’s Leading Storage Distributor and Integrator in the Egyptian Market
Giza Systems, the leading systems integrator in Egypt and the Middle East announces it acquisition of VAS Integrated Solutions LLC (VIS), Bull Group’s Egyptian subsidiary leader in storage integration and a key distributor for EMC, the market leader in virtualization and big data.
VAS Integrated Solutions, the subsidiary of Bull Group, is the leading storage distributor and integrator in the Egyptian market and operates in cloud enablement and virtualization space in Egypt and Libya. Its customers include all major players in the Egyptian telecommunications sector, banking industry and a strong presence in the Oil & Gas sector.
“Acquiring VIS creates a compelling advantage for our joint clients, as it supports organizations across the board in deriving the transformative benefits of integration with cloud technologies. The synergy across our service offerings is a perfect fit with our strategy aiming at providing our clients with the most complete portfolio of integration services with a strong secure cloud-based backbone to drive business innovation and optimization,” commented Shehab ElNawawi, Chairman and CEO of Giza Systems.
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Eltel and Impax Asset Management sign a EUR 13 million wind farm contract in Finland
The English Impax Asset Management Company is investing in a wind farm in Sodankylä and Kittilä, in Northern Finland. The wind farm consists of 17 wind power plants, producing with an effect of 50 megawatts of wind power when completed.
“Our customers have been very happy with the wind farm projects we have delivered”, says Ilari Jaakkola, Sales and Marketing Director of Eltel Power Distribution. “Thanks to our good track record and our well-known project expertise, we won this extremely important contract with Impax. It proves that Eltel is a worthy partner in wind power projects.”
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E.ON UK welcomes consent decision for Rampion Offshore Wind Farm
E.ON has received consent from the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, the Rt Hon Ed Davey MP, for its Rampion Offshore Wind Farm development. This decision means Rampion is set to become the first offshore wind farm off the south coast of England. Consent has been given for a wind farm of between 100 and 175 turbines to be installed around 13 to 20km off the Sussex coast. Commenting on the decision, Michael Lewis, Chief Operating Officer, E.ON Renewables, said: “E.ON is delighted to receive development consent for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm proposal. This is a key milestone for the project and we firmly believe Rampion will play an important role in helping to ensure future security of supply and make a significant contribution towards meeting the UK’s renewable energy targets.”`
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ENEL – Energy and Cyber Security, Enel is Ready to Take Action
The prevention of and fight against cyber-attacks is becoming increasingly important for utilities, for the protection of both profits and national security
Digital crime costs the economy around $450 billion per year, according to a report on Cyber Security that was recently published by British magazine The Economist. Cyber-attacks – including the sabotaging of critical infrastructure such as power plants, energy grids and telecommunications – and Internet vulnerability are the current key challenges to global security.
Valentino Angeletti, Enel’s Cybersecurity Research Representative, explained that business systems security has long been a central theme in Enel strategy, and not only in terms of business protection.
“Enel is committed to protecting its strategic assets from cyber-attacks,” he said. “Power grids and plants are a critical part of infrastructure because malfunctioning or damage could pose problems for national security.”
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NATION-E will open a cybersecurity centre for critical infrastructure
Global energy cybersecurity company Nation-E is building an Energy Cyber Security Center, to be opened in Israel later this year and dedicated to protecting critical infrastructure.
The facility will include the Energy Cyber Security Training Arena, simulating real-world energy crises and having a goal of providing the world’s largest energy devices performance database for testing, certifying and commercializing energy innovations. The idea is that teams from global industries and government organizations will get real-life proficiency in managing cyber-protection scenarios, testing the vulnerability of their energy assets and finding the best way to protect them.
“In an interconnected world where we are all dependent on the grid; where electric companies sustain countless cyber-attacks; where the latest “smart home” devices are hacked into – the good guys need all the training they can to protect our critical energy infrastructure, our banks, our factories, our homes… and our way of life,” Nation-E said in announcing the center.
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Ferranti – EDF choose MECOMS for Grid Settlement Process
EDF Luminus is the second largest player in the Belgian energy market and belongs to the Top 30 Largest Belgian Companies. EDF Luminus has gas-fired electricity plants, wind farms and hydraulic power stations on various sites in Wallonia and Flanders.
EDF Luminus has 1,700,000 customer accounts, both householders and companies, and approximately 1,000 employees.

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

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OSGP Newsletter // June 2014

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Tauron Dystrybucja S.A selected OSGP technology for its Automatic Meter Infrastructure in the Smart City of Wroclaw, Poland
The technically and  economically most advantageous bid, around $7,8M, was  made by a consortium comprising LG CNS, WorldIT Systems, Eltel Networks SA and Eltel Poland. They responded to the tender with a solution based on Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) technology.
The Polish National Board of Appeal has approved the tender procedure and the conclusion Tauron Distribution SA has made by selecting the above mention consortium.
In June the contract will be formally signed and the first delivery will be January 2015.

Harry Crijns
OSGP Alliance

 

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Apator SA concludes a contract for the delivery of OSGP Smart Meters for the Smart City of Wroclaw, Poland
The Executive Board announces that Apator S.A. and WorldIT Systems sp. z.o.o. with headquarters in Warsaw concluded the contract.
The subject of the contract is the design and delivery of electricity meters equipped with OSGP technology conform the requirements stated in the Tauron tender for the “Smart City of Wroclaw” project. Estimated net value of this contract is PLN 24,3M (€5,8M)  and deliveries will start  at the end of 2014.
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GÖRLITZ – Measure Control Secure Network – Secure investment today ensures the ability to act tomorrow
Policy must shape the energy transition and Germany wants to be a pioneer, but the long wait for regulations and provisions are forcing utilities to step on the brakes. It is time to pick up speed. GÖRLITZ AG supports utilities with investment-secure solutions focusing on the requirements of the future energy market. During a series of events, the Koblenz based company informs on its solution and product strategy.
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NRGi – Taxameters to visualise the energy source now in power sockets 
Minute by minute, penny for penny, you can now follow up the use of wind power in the Green Tech Center Advice House in Vejle (Denmark). Behind the eye-opening initiative is climate partner NRGi.
In principle, everything from weather over the policy of war and disasters affect electricity prices. Power is a commodity that is difficult to stock. It should preferably be used immediately, and prices fluctuate cunningly 25-30 Danish Crowns Per kWh over the day. For environmental as for economical reasons there is an advantage to follow price trends and adapt its electricity consumption.
“Unbalanced supplies and unbalanced consumption is one of the major challenges of using renewable energy. You can’t just shovel some more coal on when the Danish families come home and turn on the TV, the washing machine and the computer. We have to some extent analyse and streamline consumption,” says Søren Sørensen, CEO of NRGi.
“With fluctuating prices, it is possible that we find nasty surprises on your electricity bill. At the same time, the system can focus attention on the best pays to build and hour its electricity consumption, which is of course one of the main objectives of several of our smart grid projects,” explained  Jørgen Andersen, director of the Green Tech Centre.
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Duke Energy proposes to expand “Smart Energy” program into S.C.
The Smart Energy pilot in Charlotte cut energy consumption uptown by 6.2 percent, according to figures compiled for Duke by a third-party evaluator.
Duke Energy Carolinas has filed with regulators for permission to expand its energy saving Smart Energy in Offices program to South Carolina.
The program started in North Carolina as “Smart Energy Now” and was the utility’s piece of the Envision: Charlotte project designed to cut power consumption in Charlotte’s urban core by 20% over five years.
Duke has filed a petition with the S.C. Public Service Commission to allow it to offer the program statewide there.
The program still focuses on altering habits to reduce energy consumption. It is designed to provide real-time energy consumption data to companies, building managers and, in some cases, office employees to encourage less use of electricity.
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Fortum is expanding the district-heating network in Wroclaw (Poland) 
Fortum has started to connect the area Kepa Mieszczańska to the district heating network in Wroclaw. The company has already built a network segment along Kurkowa street, and in September will start to drill the network under the bottom of the Oder.
Fortum has also started the construction of the district heating network in the direction of the planned settlement New Żerniki.
Building a network for Kepa Bourgeois is one of the most complex and largest investment projects in Wroclaw’s city centre. Fortum’s district heating network is constantly expanding, but for the first time in such a large urban area.
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Alliander -Two million Euro for research for the conversion of electricity into gas
The energy in the Netherlands is shifting from gas to electricity, but electricity is difficult to store and expensive to transport. The objective is to convert electricity, CO₂ and water into hydrogen or methane. These gases can be transported cheaply over long distances in the current Dutch gas distribution network. Alliander will contribute in this project with a co-funding of  € 500.000 on a total budget of € 2,1 million.
In the Netherlands Alliander expects that the demand of natural gas will decrease sharply around 2020. The converted electricity into gas could be a new application for existing gas and electricity infrastructure.
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ONE Nordic build new electricity and energy-related infrastructure to connect the wind farm in Dalarna to Fortum’s electricity network 
The electricity supply of the two new wind farms at Bösjövarden in Mora Municipality and Brass Mount in Orsa will produce requires a connection to Fortum’s electricity grid. Fortum has sought ONE Nordic to construct a switching station in Blyberg and to build a new substation in Nude Ådalen for this purpose. In addition to the stations is also a new 30 km long transmission line voltage levels 130 kV, which will run between the stations. The projects will be completed during 2014.
“This is  the overall largest contract ONE Nordic ever committed to performing at Fortum Distribution and now we hope that they live up to the high expectations we will offer,” said Anders Ekberg responsible for Fortum’s regional network in Dalarna and Gävleborg.
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Echelon – Reducing Barriers and Opening Doors for Building Automation Products in the Industrial Internet of Things
The emerging Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) represents the next generation of control networks for building automation. But unlike the consumer Internet of Things, the IIoT isn’t starting from scratch. The hundreds of millions of building automation devices already operating on networks, using a plethora of protocols and both wired and wireless media, must be stitched together-easily and cost-effectively. Multiprotocol, multimedia solutions will enable interconnection and intercommunication among currently disparate building automation networks. Such IIoT-based solutions will not only break down silos between various building automation systems, but the use of a common IP infrastructure will also open new market opportunities for device makers and help increase revenues through streamlined inventory management.
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ABB makes Gotland (Sweden) the future electrical Paradise 
Gotland will become the world’s most innovative powerline network. Together with a number of partners ABB is working on an existing electricity grid to get it smart.
Ventyx, an ABB company has joined the Smart Grid Gotland and will deploy a comprehensive high-tech electrical distribution system
“It is our objective that wind power will supply the full electric power demand. What we now do on Gotland is to optimise the electrical system with smart new technology,” stated Jens Birgersson managing director of Ventyx.
“We have set Renewables, like wind and solar into the electricity distribution system. The demand strongly depends on electricity customers. Uppsala University is working with an energy storage system that will take the surplus when the wind blows.”
“ABB will supply the control system which makes it possible to run the system to the extreme conditions without collapsing. We know how to do and now we show it on Gotland in full scale. This is a solution the whole world will need when they switch over from fossil fuels to solar and wind,” says Jens Birgersson, who believes that Gotland project is one if not the world’s most innovative Smart Grid project underway in an existing power grid.
Smart Grid Gotland is a demonstration project between Vattenfall, ABB, GEAB, Swedish Grid, Schneider Electric and KTH, supported by the Swedish Energy Agency.  In long term Gotland will become an exporter of wind power with an installed wind power capacity of 1.000 megawatts.
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Vattenfall – Gotland (Sweden) will become an electric car island
“Gotland is the ideal place for electric cars. It is flat, distances are short and it has renewable electricity from wind power,” says Karin Lundqvist, Head of Marketing Communication at Vattenfall Sales Nordic. The project is a co-operation between Vattenfall, the Swedish Energy Agency, the solar power company Solkompaniet and a number of different electric car manufacturers with the aim to boost interest in electric cars.
The idea is to offer electric cars for rental on Gotland this summer.
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SEAS-NVE and NRGi merge their fiber activities 
SEAS-NVE and NRGi have agreed to merge the two companies’ fiber activities. The joint company will be named Fibia and become a leading player in the development of fast fiber network, which will ensure local, regional and national development and competitiveness to the benefit of shareholders and Denmark.
“This is a historic merger that will impact the spread of fast Internet in Denmark. By combining our fiber activities in Fibia we’re going to be even stronger in a competitive market, and we can come out with fiber network to even more of our members. Fibia become a leading player in the development of Denmark’s digital infrastructure. In this way we ensure local, regional and national development and competitiveness, “says Jesper Hjulmand, CEO at SEAS-NVE and chairman of Fibia.
“We achieve significant economies of scale from the merger of fiber activities Fibia and the benefits will come unitholders for good in that we create an even more efficient and profitable company,” said Soren Sorensen, CEO of NRGi.
Fibia will be the largest fiber network company in Denmark. The company has passed more than 200.000 households and businesses with fiber optic network, and has over 70.000 customers. Fibia wil be owned by SEAS-NVE for 65,5% and 34,5% will be NRGi’s part of ownership.
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EU-Commission – Smart Grid Projects Outlook 2014
Discover the content of the most updated and comprehensive inventory of Smart Grid and Smart Metering projects in Europe for 2014. It includes 459 smart grid projects launched from 2002 up until today, which amount to €3.15 billion in investments.
This report presents the latest analyses and insights from the most comprehensive database of smart grid projects across the European Union (EU) Member States. This rolling review, carried out on a periodical basis by the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) in tight cooperation with the European Commission Directorate-General for Energy (ENER), builds upon the previous two smart grid project-inventorying exercises published since 2011.
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U.S. Energy Department Invests Over $10 Million to Improve Grid Reliability and Resiliency
As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to a strong and secure power grid, the Energy Department today announced more than $10 million for projects that will improve the reliability and resiliency of the U.S. electric grid and facilitate quick and effective response to grid conditions. This investment which includes six projects across five states- California, Hawaii, Missouri, North Carolina and Washington – will help further the deployment of advanced software that works with synchrophasor technology to better detect quickly-changing grid conditions and improve day-to-day grid reliability.
“Through advanced sensors and monitoring devices, U.S. utilities now have unprecedented insight into the power grid – helping industry make decisions that may prevent power outages before they happen and adeptly respond to changing grid conditions without disruption,”  said Patricia Hoffman, Assistant Secretary for the Energy Department’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability. “By partnering with utilities and software developers, the Energy Department can help the U.S. electric industry maintain more reliable and resilient power systems.”
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EU-Commission – “Grid Infrastructure Communication Toolkit” 
All across Europe, immense efforts are undertaken to develop and upgrade our power transmission networks that enable the reliable, sustainable and affordable supply of electricity to every European citizen across the continent. This power transmission network is the blood-system of our private and public life, the backbone of Europe?s economy and a key enabler of future energy systems largely build on renewable sources of energy. Clearly, it is a vital infrastructure priority for every one of us.
At the same time, power grid projects impact our daily lives and the environment in their specific context on the ground. Because of their strategic importance on one hand and their local effects on the environment and adjacent communities on the other hand, public acceptance for power grid development projects is indispensable. The common European effort to make our power transmission grids ready to secure a reliable, sustainable and affordable supply of electricity has to be jointly undertaken by all stakeholders of power grid projects. It is crucial to find the most acceptable way of implementing each one of them and thus eventually achieve high public acceptance for each project. To this end, improved project communication and an intensified multi-stakeholder dialogue can make a significant contribution.
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Eurelectric – forging a joint commitment to sustainable and cost-efficient energy transition in Europe 
Conclusion: an urgent need for a joint agenda to optimise the energy system across Europe 
Stakeholders from all sides, including policymakers, consumer organisations, industry and the energy sector, have recognised the major impact of the rising energy expenditure on Europe?s households and industry, and all share a sense of urgency about the issue. Still, we see a considerable gap between awareness and action.
Going beyond shared recognition, all partners need to work together towards the common goal and on a pan- European basis, reaching across country boundaries. The energy sector, policymakers and regulators, consumer representatives, industrial players, and environmental groups need to bridge their differences.
With this cooperative mind set, utilities can underline their commitment to securing an effective, efficient energy transition by focusing greater effort on the distribution, retail and consumption end of the value chain?whether through partnerships with each other, policymakers and regulators or with end users, as well as through innovative forms of collaboration with other sectors.
Although there has been considerable progress in addressing interconnectivity through the regulatory framework, the optimisation of generation, trading and transmission will be accelerated if there is constructive dialogue between utilities and regulators around European-wide market integration.
The success of our approach hinges on a genuine commitment to move forward together to develop a joint agenda for change, with efforts focused on key value levers across the full electricity value chain. The electricity industry will benefit – and so will Europe.
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U.S. Government – Power Africa’s Beyond the Grid Increasing Access through Small- Scale Energy Solutions
Today, the U.S. Government is formally launching an innovative framework under President Obama’s Power Africa initiative to increase energy access for underserved populations across sub-Saharan Africa. Over an initial five year period, Beyond the Grid will leverage partnerships with 27 investors and practitioners committing to invest over $1 billion into off-grid and small scale solutions for this underserved market. These private sector commitments will help Power Africa meet and exceed its commitment to provide access to 20 million new connections for households and commercial entities, providing electricity to millions of households in sub-Saharan Africa.
Off-grid and small scale energy solutions that generate electricity closer to end users will also bolster productive uses of energy and income generation. By partnering with investors, practitioners, and donors.
“Beyond the Grid will mobilize new resources, technologies, and expertise to address access to electricity issues in sub-Saharan Africa. Beyond the Grid will help to expand the work the U.S. Government is already doing through Power Africa to bring electricity to citizens of sub-Saharan Africa,”said U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.
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EU Commission – Smart grid opportunities and applications in Turkey
A smart grid is a system that uses information and communication technologies to integrate, in an intelligent way, all users connected to the electrical power system considering their behaviour and actions. For this purpose, information about the electrical network, such as the current, the voltage or the power, is gathered together over time so that the behaviour of suppliers and consumers can be observed and automatically coordinated. Smart grids are becoming a significant part in the configuration of future electrical power systems. A lot of research has been done on using smart grids to achieve highly efficient and user-friendly electrical power systems. Many new methods have been introduced to solve the difficulties energy providers face when transforming conventional electrical networks into smart grids. These difficulties include the integration of renewable energy and different grid systems at national and international levels due to changes in frequency, voltage and in the synchronisation mechanism.
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IEEE – Want a successful smart grid implementation?
No matter how much work we do on developing technology and forecasting its commercialization – as we have done recently with our IEEE research Vision series on smart grid – the consumer is both the chief sponsor and beneficiary of most of our technology-related work. We must keep our focus on the end user as we pursue technology in order to fulfill the IEEE mission of fostering “technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.”
Fortunately, a new report, “IEEE Global Consumer Socialization of Smart Grid,” provides the means to understand the range of consumer knowledge of and sentiment towards smart grid. It identifies a handful of common motivations among consumers in order to segment them for effective outreach. For instance, some consumers wish to save money, others will pay a premium for environment benefits and yet others are early adopters of technology. Understanding consumer attitudes, perceptions and motivations will allow us to develop more effective messaging to grow their knowledge and eventual participation in smart grid.
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CEER report – Ensuring market and regulatory arrangements help deliver demand-side flexibility 
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 
The Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU (EED) entered into force on 4 December 2012 and most of its provisions must be implemented by EU Member States (MS) before 5 June 2014. Article 15 of the EED addresses demand response, explicitly the role of National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) in encouraging demand response to participate in wholesale and retail markets (including balancing and ancillary services markets).
To assist NRAs’ understanding and implementation of the provisions of the EED, CEER started work on this topic in 2013 with an internal survey among NRAs and a public consultation. The goal of this work is to provide best practice examples (drawn out in the public consultation paper?s case studies) and also to draw out some key principles and specific recommendations in the form of this advice paper.
This advice paper is designed as input to advance the ongoing discussion about the scope, players and benefits of demand-side flexibility from both a network and market perspective. This work is part of an ongoing process that should contribute to assistance for NRAs and MS on how to encourage the participation of demand-side resources in their markets and networks.
It also sets out regulators? views on the high-level principles which should govern demand-side flexibility and allow it to be facilitated at the wholesale, network and retail levels.
As a high-level outcome, CEER wants to unlock the value of demand-side flexibility for the provider/customer. This requires:
•    That consumers and market participants have the necessary information and tools to adequately and effectively engage in the market;
•    A market free from barriers that promotes equal access for all parties and new entrants, through interoperable standards and arrangements; and
•    A regulatory framework that is flexible enough to adapt in an evolving market.
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Harry Crijns
OSGP Alliance

Permanent link to this article: http://www.osgp.org/osgp-newsletter-june-2014/

Jun 03

OSGP Newsletter // May 2014

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OSGP news

OSGP Alliance welcomes Apator S.A. from Poland and PS-TEC Co. Ltd from South Korea as new members
OSGP Alliance is growing steadily; two companies have joined the Alliance this month.

Apator S.A. operates in the metering sector supplying to the market high class metering equipment and systems. The company manufactures electronic electricity meters and calculators to heat meters (split heat meters), it creates solutions enabling transmission and read out data acquisition from metering equipment and tools to their analysis. Commercial offer of Apator also includes wide variety of low voltage switchgear and surge protective devices.

PS TEC Co., Ltd is a South Korean Company involved in the metering, AMR and Smart Grid business. They are also one ot the major OEM companies for the automobile industry
In 1969 PSTEC started its measuring device business though technical cooperation with Osaki Electric Industries from Japan. This cooperation expanded from electronic meter into AMR and Smart Grid devices and solutions.
For the mid-term PSTEC?s intention is to become a leader in AMR systems and Home automation and security solutions answering the needs for the Ubiquitous Era.
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OSGP Alliance conformance test successfully executed for the Mitsubishi SMW100W4 Smart E-meter
OSGP Alliance proudly announces that the Mitsubishi SMW100W4 meter successfully passed the OSGP conformance test.
Mitsubishi Electric is the second company, worldwide, who is capable to produce and deliver OSGP Certified Smart E-meters under their own brand name.
For the moment the Smart E-meter; Type SMW100W4 has been certified but more Mitsubishi branded smart E-meters will follow on short notice.
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Member news

Echelon – Smart meters: Lebanon to deploy 1.2m units in major network upgrade
The state utility of Lebanon, Electricité Du Liban (EDL), will roll out 1.2 million smart meter units from June 2014, as part of a US$200 million programme to re-engineer and expand the network, improve customer services as well as reverse the company?s revenue losses, Metering.com has learnt.
EDL has selected three distribution service providers (DSP), or consortia, which are made up of energy companies such as France’s ErDF, engineering companies and metering suppliers, including Itron, Echelon, Sagem and ZIV and Souwaidi Metering.
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GÖRLITZ – SMARTify provides the roadmap – Telekom Austria Group M2M establishes Smart Metering as a business area.
With SMARTify, Telekom Austria Group M2M and GÖRLITZ Austria GmbH have created a modular smart metering platform specifically tailored to the Austrian market. The project realises meter data management as a software-as-a-service solution determines the path in the energy market and will be used for initial implementation of a lawful smart metering in Austria. To define the factors for success, a detailed analysis preceded the implementation.
Utilities all over Europe are faced with high investments because a launch of smart metering is far more than a pure rollout of intelligent meters. However, the construction of an individual smart metering infrastructure will not turn out profitable for all market participants. Particularly investment and operating costs per metering point of smaller systems will soar due to only few assessment possibilities. To continue cost-efficient operation, smart metering services provide an ideal alternative
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Ubitronix offers way out of the dead end.
If you forget all the discussions about the BSI protection profile and Gateway Administration, the real question remains: “Can just smart metering help to solve our energy problems”.
The clears answer is: “Only if you think about how to use the information smart metering will offer.” stated Dr. Christoph Schaffer, CEO of ubitronix system solutions gmbh, the provider of integrated energy management systems.
In a press conference in Vienna he plead to put the customer in the centre of all discussions. concerning energy saving and reduction of Greenhouse gases. This in order to realise the European energy targets, only the customer is in charge and it is our task to convince him or her and supply them with all the tools they think they need but even more important with tools they can handle properly.
Consumer investigations showed that not the digital meters but real-time information about energy consumption plays a decisive role.
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Thüga Group – Electricity-to-gas conversion plant is now in operation.
“In the energy revolution the development of storage technologies, is one of the main challenges in the success of wind and solar. The participating companies deliver an important contribution in this innovative installation”, declared the Hessian Minister of Economic Affaires, Mr. Tarek Al- Wazir, in his speech at the operational start of the power to gas demonstration plant on site of Mainova.
End of last year, it was for the first time that hydrogen was fed into the Frankfurt gas distribution network. It is the first plant in Germany that injected hydrogen converted from electricity into the gas distribution network.
“Storages, together with renewable energy generation and smart grids will build the backbone of the energy transition. That’s why I am pleased that four participating companies from our State; Rhineland-Pfalz, will gather here valuable expertise,” says Eveline Lemke, Minister of Economic Affairs from Rhineland-Palz.
Dr. Petra Roth, Chairman of Thüga Holding GmbH & Co. KGaA and former Lord Mayor of Frankfurt, praises the joint commitment: ” It is a smart, efficient and accountable way of working when municipalities and public utilities join forces. The companies within the Thüga group are committed to develop and implement solutions together, within the entire range of energy-related issues. Starting from energy efficiency generation over innovative solutions towards storage and distribution networks”.
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Fortum completes divestment of its Norwegian electricity distribution business.
Fortum has today completed the divestment of its Norwegian electricity distribution business to the Hafslund Group, listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. The transaction has all the necessary regulatory approvals and the customary closing conditions have been met.
In April, Fortum also announced the divestment of its heat businesses in Norway to iCON Infrastructure Partners II, L.P. fund. The transaction is estimated to be completed by the end of June 2014.
The total consideration including both deals is EUR 340 million on a debt- and cash-free basis of which approximately EUR 200 million relates to electricity distribution transactions, which was completed with Hafslund today.
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Oracle Helps Utilities Improve their Customer Experience with Enhanced Multi-Channel Communications and Self-Service Capabilities
Today, utilities are focused on improving the customer experience to better address increasing customer expectations around areas such as multi-channel communications, 24/7 access to information and personalized service. To help its utilities customers achieve these goals, Oracle is releasing solutions with new business features and enhanced technical architecture that help position utilities for success now and into the future.
“We integrated Oracle Utilities Customer Care and Billing’s Program Management Module, Oracle Utilities Mobile Workforce Management’s Contractor Portal and Operational Device Management to manage our Heat Pump Rental program lifecycle – from targeted customer marketing to providing quotes to assigning installation to third party plumbers to billing the customer. Oracle Utilities end-to-end product suite enables us to offer customers the best possible experience, achieve strategic goals and continues to pay dividends over and above our original projected return on investment,” said Jan Ferro, enterprise application strategist, Green Mountain Power.
“Today’s electric, gas and water utilities recognize the need to deliver a superior customer experience. They must respond quickly to customer requests, ensure that customer interactions are highly personalized and at the same time, deliver the right information to the right place at the right time. Oracle Utilities is committed to supporting utilities with innovative solutions that meet their business needs now and into the future,” said Rodger Smith, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Utilities.
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Powel AS – Validér chooses Powel for Norway’s largest smart metering platform
Future proof concept allows for constant development both in terms of size and functionality. 21 grid companies and a minimum of 400.000 smart metering points included from the start.
Trondheim and Bergen, Norway.
Validér AS, a service provider formed by 21 grid companies in western Norway, has entered a strategic business agreement with Powel AS, a leading software and services provider for the energy sector. Through the contract, Powel and its project sub-suppliers Oracle and e-vita, will provide the IT platform needed for implementing the largest smart metering project in Norway to date, initially including 400.000 smart metering points.
“I have great expectations for the IT platform and not least Powel as the main supplier and partner in the years to come” said Thomas Thiis, CEO at Validér. “I am convinced that with this new platform we will be able to offer a cost effective and reliable service of Advanced Metering Systems (AMS) for our existing and future shareholders and customers.”
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Vattenfall – A climate smart life for real
One Tonne Life, the project where a family tried to live on as little energy as possible over a 6-month period. The house involved in that project has been bought by a Swedish family who want to live a climate smart life for real.
It’s been three years since the One Tonne Life project proved that it’s possible to reduce a family’s carbon footprint significantly without reducing their standard of living.
Now, Tina and Jon Jogensjö are living in the climate smart house in the west of Stockholm. They were tired of living in their cramped inner city flat with their son Nils and were also keen to live in a way which didn’t deplete the earth’s resources unnecessarily. The house was designed by well-known Swedish architect Gert Wingårdh and is fitted with solar panels and solar collectors which generate electricity and hot water. And the family can sell any excess electricity back to the grid. The family has been given the opportunity to test a number of smart energy solutions through an initiative involving Vattenfall, Volvo and A-hus, which built the 155 square metre house.
“We know it’s possible to live in a climate smart way without making life too complicated. This initiative has given us the chance to learn more about the house we live in and to test state-of-the-art technology, which could help us go even further,” says Tina Jogensjö. “Public transport whenever we can, we turn off the lights and we try not to throw food away. Although I do sometimes shower for a bit longer than perhaps I should,” admits Jon Jogensjö.
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SEAS- NVE Annual profit 2013; 144 million DK
The largest cooperatively owned energy- and fiber-company announced the financial statements for 2013. Results show that SEAS- NVE came out of the year with a surplus and a solid foundation for the future.
SEAS- NVE received in the financial year 2013 with a profit of 144 million Danish Crowns (DK). Sales came to 3.3 billion DK and SEAS- NVE is still a solid company with equity of $ 8.9 billion DK.
” The accounts are satisfactory and we are in a strong position to help our owners through the green conversion and digitization of the region. SEAS- NVE is an active participant in the development of our region and the results proves that we are a company moving forward, ” said CEO Jesper Hjulmand, SEAS- NVE .
The annual report shows fine progress and SEAS- NVE has in the period gained more than 18,000 new customers outside utility area. Within our own area, we have again proven that SEAS- NVE’s power grid is very stable, which is reflected by the fact that the shareholders have power to the switch in 99.99 % of 24 hours.
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ELTEL – north-west Zambia power project starts
According to TEDDY KUYELA from the Zambia Daily Mail: The government has started the construction of an electricity transmission line in North-Western Province at a cost of US$150 million. The line will connect all districts in the region to the national grid over the next two years. The project is expected to create 2.000 jobs for local people and to connect hydro-electricity to districts in the region, which are currently running on thermal electricity. The government, through Zesco, has engaged Eltel, a Swedish company, to undertake the project over a period of two years while some districts closer to the connection points will have electricity within a year.
This came to light in Solwezi yesterday when Deputy Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development, Charles Zulu and a team of senior Zesco officials paid a courtesy call on North-Western Province Minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu.
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Market news

Eurelectric – Distribution grid operators issue call for better national regulation
Network regulation must be revised to incentivise investments in European electricity distribution networks, ensuring a secure, sustainable and reliable electricity supply for Europe’s citizens.ˇThis is the key ask of a joint declaration of European electricity distribution system operators (DSOs), launched in Brussels.
The common statement by EURELECTRIC and DSO associations CEDEC, EDSO for Smart Grids, and GEODE outlines the pivotal role of DSOs in the energy transition and the conditions that are needed for them to fulfil this role. In particular, it highlights the need for significant long-term investments in distribution networks if Europe is to meet its energy and climate objectives.
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DECC – Electricity Market Reform: allocation of Contracts for Difference
Executive summary – Policy decisions
13. Government’s ambition remains to move to competitive price discovery processes for all technologies as soon as practicable.
14. The policy decisions taken in response to the January consultation are:

  • Contracts will be allocated through allocation rounds. The period of “First Come First Served” (FCFS) allocation, that we had previously  considered, will not apply.
  • the Allocation Framework for the first allocation round will divide the CfD budget into Groups including:
    • Group 1 – a group of “established” technologies (Onshore Wind (>5 MW), Solar Photovoltaic (PV) (>5 MW), Energy from Waste with CHP, Hydro (>5 MW and <50 MW), Landfill Gas and Sewage Gas.
    • Group 2 – a group of “less established” technologies (Offshore Wind, Wave, Tidal Stream, Advanced Conversion Technologies, Anaerobic Digestion, Dedicated biomass with Combined Heat and Power and Geothermal).
  • The size of the budget in the CfD allocation rounds for Group 1 technologies will be set to ensure competition from the start of the CfD regime. At least the more established technologies will be subject to an auction process from the beginning of CfD allocation.
  • Group 2 technologies will not automatically move to competition and will not compete on price directly with Group 1 technologies. If all the projects seeking support within Group 2 can be accommodated within the allocated budget, they will receive support at the administrative strike price.

15. The strike prices for a number of current and emerging technologies, including large hydro, tidal range (including tidal lagoon and tidal barrage), nuclear and CCS were not set in the Delivery Plan. The intention is for competition to be built into the allocation arrangements for these technologies where this is feasible, although in this Delivery Plan period prices for these technologies will be determined on a case-by-case basis where projects are identified for support.
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The German Institute Agora Energy Transition: Proposal for Electricity network planning meets legal requirements better than previous method
Raue LLP methods examined a proposal for the development of network development plan. The preliminary final report produced by BET Aachen is now available.
The improved method for developing robust network development plans developed by BET Aachen on behalf of Agora is applicable not only without an amendment to the Energy Act, but also fulfills the legal framework of the Energy Act even better than the currently used methods. This shows a legal opinion, which specializes in energy law firm Raue LLP, the lawyers have Christian von Hammerstein and Daniela Fietze created on behalf of Agora energy transition. It has now been presented in its preliminary form.
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DNV-GL – USEF: A new framework to drive collaboration between energy and technology industries in European smart energy system
The Universal Smart Energy Framework (USEF) defines new standards to provide common objectives for energy and technology companies in emerging smart energy market. The Universal Smart Energy Framework (USEF) will be launched at the Smart Grid Summit in Malaga on the 30th April 2014.
USEF is an industry initiative driven by: Alliander, ABB, DNV GL, IBM, ICT Automatisering, RWE-Essent and Stedin. The open framework is designed to accelerate the development of smart energy products, services and solutions for large scale implementation of smart grids. By defining the minimal set of consistent and coherent specifications for smart energy systems, USEF ensures that the products and services for the deployment of a smart grid become interoperable and can evolve over time to stimulate continuous innovation.
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KEPCO, KT tie up to explore overseas smart grid market
State-run Korea Electric Power Co., the largest electric utility company in Korea, signed a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday with KT, the nation’s second-largest mobile carrier, to jointly develop a business model targeting the overseas smart grid market, KEPCO said in a press release.
A smart grid, which refers to an advanced electric grid using smart net meters based on information and communications technology, has attracted global attention as it can improve the efficiency, reliability and sustainability of the conventional electric grid
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May 30

OSGP Alliance conformance test successfully executed for the Mitsubishi SMW100W4 Smart E-meter

OSGP Alliance proudly announces that the Mitsubishi SMW100W4 meter successfully passed the OSGP conformance test.
Mitsubishi Electric is the second company, worldwide, who is capable to produce and deliver OSGP Certified Smart E-meters under their own brand name.
For the moment the Smart E-meter; Type SMW100W4 has been certified but more Mitsubishi branded smart E-meters will follow on short notice.

On behalf of the OSGP Alliance Board I congratulate Mitsubishi Electric with this milestone and wish them all the best with the introduction of this meter in the Market.

 Harry Crijns,
Secretary OSGP Alliance

Permanent link to this article: http://www.osgp.org/sgp-alliance-conformance-test-successfully-executed-mitsubishi-smw100w4-smart-e-meter/

May 30

OSGP Alliance welcomes Apator S.A. from Poland and PS-Tec Co. Ltd from South Korea as new members

OSGP Alliance is growing steadily; two companies have joined the Alliance this month.

Apator S.A. operates in metering sector supplying to the market high class metering equipment and systems. The Company manufactures electronic electricity meters and calculators to heat meters (split heat meters), it creates the solutions enabling transmission and read out data acquisition from metering equipment and tools to their analysis. Commercial offer of Apator also includes wide variety of low voltage switchgear and surge protective devices.

PS TEC Co., Ltd is a South Korean Company involved in the metering, AMR and Smart Grid business. They are also one ot the major OEM companies for the automobile industry. In 1969 PSTEC started its measuring device business though technical cooperation with Osaki Electric Industries from Japan. This cooperation expanded from electronic meter into AMR and Smart Grid devices and solutions.
For the mid-term PSTEC’s intention is to become a leader in AMR systems and Home automation and security solutions answering the needs for the Ubiquitous Era.

On behalf of the OSGP Alliance Board I welcome Apator S.A and PS Tec as members and wish them a quick and smooth integration in the Alliance and a smooth integration of OSGP in their products and services

Harry Crijns,
Secretary OSGP Alliance

Permanent link to this article: http://www.osgp.org/osgp-alliance-welcomes-apator-s-poland-ps-tec-co-ltd-south-korea-new-members/

May 01

OSGP Newsletter April 2014

Newsletter // April 2014

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OSGP Alliance welcomes EDMI as new member

OSGP Alliance is happy to announce that EDMI will join the alliance.

EDMI originated from Queensland, Australia in 1978 under the name EDMQ. In 1997, it established its headquarters in Singapore, producing electronic meters mainly for the Australian and Asian Markets. Recently, it has expanded from a meter manufacturer to a system provider, promoting its Smart Energy Solutions in other regions such as Africa, Europe and South America.

OSGP Alliance is proud that the Open Smart Grid Protocol is now part of their solution.

We wish EDMI a quick and smooth integration in the alliance and a smooth integration of OSGP in their products and services.

Harry Crijns,

Secretary OSGP Alliance

 

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ONE Nordic has signed a building contract with Vattenfall Distribution in northern Sweden

ONE Nordic has signed a framework agreement with Vattenfall Distribution regarding the construction and renovation of all local networks and regional and station facilities in Västerbotten County for the period 2014-2016. Conform this agreement, ONE Nordic will strengthening its organization in the north of Sweden with additional technicians, engineers and project managers.

” In recent years, in the north of Sweden, Vattenfall has invested heavily in weather safety and modernising existing lines and station facilities so that the amount of interruptions during storms and snow has fallen down. Now Vattenfall starts to modernize their networks. ONE Nordic has been selected as one of the market partners to support Vattenfall Distribution to rebuild and modernise their local network, but also parts of – their regional network and station facilities in Västerbotten County , “said Joakim Johansson , Head of Business Services at ONE Nordic.

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Görlitz – IDSpecto.SMGw-A enables cost-effective administration of Smart Meter Gateways

The new module of SmartMDM IDSpecto, called SMG-Admin-Tool has been especially designed by GÖRLITZ AG to meet the requirements of the Smart Meter Gateway administrator. It comprehensively considers the manifold demands made by the German Federal office for Information Security (BSI). Its flexible process structure, optimization and extensive integration capabilities ensure that cost are kept to a minimum and investments are protected.

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Fortum sells its Norwegian electricity distribution and heat businesses

Fortum has agreed to sell its Norwegian electricity distribution to the Hafslund Group, listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange, and its heat businesses in
Norway to iCON Infrastructure Partners II, L.P. fund. The decision to divest the electricity distribution business in Norway is linked to the strategic assessment of the company’s electricity distribution business’ future alternatives in 2013. In heat business, Fortum focuses on larger urban centres with potential for combined heat and power (CHP) development. In addition,
Fortum has agreed to sell its shareholding in Fredrikstad Energi AS (49%) and Fredrikstad Energi Nett AS (35%) to the Hafslund Group.

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Panasonic and Vikon common Objectives; World Leadership in 2018

During a breakfast press conference on April 16th, the Turkish electrical switch-socket industry leader VIKO and the Japanese technology giant Panasonic presented their shared vision, goals and joint sustainable growth strategies, following the signing of a partnership agreement. The partnership enables both companies access to new markets; Panasonic is market leader in Taiwan, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, Korea and Thailand, whereas VIKO is primarily active in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

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Eltel establishes a Nordic organisation in Power Transmission

Eltel’s Power Transmission business joins resources between Finland, Sweden and Norway to create more synergies in the Nordic market. Mats Björkman is the new head of Power Transmission Nordic.

Eltel has built a position as a partner for the transmission system operators in Finland, Sweden and Norway. Numerous projects have been delivered with great references. In order to meet better the customer requirements during the tendering and project execution phases it has become even more important as a contractor to collaborate efficiently cross borders. Eltel has decided to join forces of Sweden, Finland and Norway into one Nordic business entity called Eltel Power Transmission Nordic.

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Giza Systems Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary

40 Years of: Innovation – industrial challenges – building teams and acquiring talent – expansion in new industries, countries, and solutions, clients, partnerships, subsidiaries, collaborations, dedication?

And now, an occasion to stop and think of the next 40 years and what lies ahead.

Giza Systems, the leading systems integrator in Egypt and the Middle East, is proud to announce that 2014 marks its 40th anniversary. Today, Giza Systems provides a wide range of industry specific technology solutions in the Telecom, Utilities, Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, and Real Estate & Hospitality industries. With its regional headquarters in Cairo, Giza Systems has offices throughout the region to include Giza Arabia in KSA, Giza Systems Gulf in Qatar, and Giza Systems JLT in UAE. The group of companies is focused on contributing to the local and regional development with its cutting edge technology solutions.

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Mitsubishi Electric Strengthens Transport Business in Europe

Gaining a foothold in the world’s largest transportation systems market

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announces that it is to strengthen the market position of its transportation systems business in Europe, with the launch of a new division at Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V. which expands its presence in the world’s largest transportation market.

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ModemTec opens Center for Intelligent Energy

New equipment and Innovation for Energy arise in Trinec. The newly opened Center for Intelligent Energy has become the best-equipped development facility of its kind in the Czech Republic and one of the top research centers and laboratories in Europe.ˇCzech Center for Intelligent Energy will enable the implementation of research projects for Smart Grid technologies and commercial testing of electrical appliances and equipment.

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ENEL signs MOU with State Grid Corporation in China

Enel CEO Fulvio Conti signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Mr. Liu Zhenya, Chairman of the State Grid Corporation of China, the world largest and China’s dominant distribution and transmission utility, to cooperate in the areas of smart grids and renewable energy. Fulvio Conti also meets with China Huaneng Group, the largest power generation company in China, to expand the scope of existing cooperation.

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Nation-E launches its first municipal energy security project

Nation-E and the municipality of Netanya launched the first energy security project in Israel. The project’s goal is to construct a municipal wide smart grid that will ensure the lights in the city never go out.

A first of its kind intelligent system for optimising power consumption was installed today in the Netanya City Hall. The installation marks the launch of a joint project for the municipality and Daniel Jammer’s Nation-E. The system is a unique microgrid enabling authentication, monitoring and control of energy consumption via a computer, tablet or smart phone, and ensures ongoing savings in power consumption.

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LG CNS – Smart Technology 2.0: Bring Smart World on Your Hands -

“Entrue World”, the biggest IT conference in Korea, opened on Thursday, April 17th, at Conrad Hotel in Yeouido, Seoul. LG CNS has been holding “Entrue World” annually since 2001, which was the first conference in the IT field, to share the revolutionary IT technologies of the year. Since 2010 the conference has been focusing on life changing smart technology and the smart world it enables. Following the success of previous conferences, ‘Convergence’ in 2010, ‘Smart Technology’ in 2011, ‘Big Data and Advanced Analytics’ in 2012, ‘Hyper-Connected’ in 2013, this year they held ‘Smart Technology 2.0: Bring Smart World on Your Hands.’

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GEO welcomes BEAMA report: Smart In-Home Displays will save Britain £6billion

New research predicts over £6bn savings for UK household gas and electricity bills from In-Home Displays (IHDs) offered to consumers as part of the smart meter rollout.

Green Energy Options (geo) welcomes the results of the report recently announced by BEAMA. The report, “Assessing the Use and Value of Energy Monitors in Great Britain”, is the most comprehensive research of its kind to quantify the financial benefits to consumers of the use of energy monitors, and incorporates results from early smart meter deployments in the UK. Based on the average results of trials in Britain and Europe, savings from IHDs are over nine percent per year for at least three years.

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 European Commission – Security measures for smart grid

In its Communication on “Smart Grids: from innovation to deployment”, the European Commission has recognised that smart grids, as a Critical Infrastructure, should operate securely and respect end users’ privacy. For this reason, the Commission has decided to further investigate the challenges of ensuring adequate smart grid protection in the EU. In light of the above, ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency), in cooperation with ENER and CNECT, undertook consultations with the private and public sectors in order to formulate security measures to assist smart grid providers in improving the infrastructures’ cyber resilience. This has led to the formulation of this document, entitled “Proposal for a list of security measures for smart grid”

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New York Completes Smart Grid Project to Build a More Reliable, Resilient Power Grid

As part of the Obama Administration?s broader efforts to strengthen critical energy infrastructure and build a stronger, more reliable power grid, the Energy Department today recognized the completion of New York Independent System Operator?s (NYISO) smart grid and control center project in Rensselaer, New York. Today, Assistant Secretary for Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability Patricia Hoffman joined with public and private sector partners in New York to dedicate a new grid operations control center and highlight how Recovery Act-supported investments have strengthened the NYISO system?s overall reliability and resiliency.

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NIST Requests Comments on Smart Grid Framework Update

The primary guiding document for creating the next-generation “smart” energy grid is getting its first major update in two years. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is requesting public comment on a draft of the NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 3.0.

The new document builds upon and updates the February 2012 Framework Release 2.0,* NIST’s outline of the plan to transform 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 bidirectional flows of energy as well as two-way communication and control.

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Agora – Renewable Energy is Much More Cost Effective than Nuclear in the Fight Against Climate Change

CO2-Free Power Generation in Europe: Wind and Solar Power Are Already Cheaper than Nuclear ? Even When Considering the Power Plants Needed for Reserve Capacity

Two decades of technological advancement have led to drastic declines in the cost of power from wind and photovoltaic (PV) systems. Indeed, the feed-in tariffs for PV have fallen by 80% in Germany in the past five years alone. Yet how competitive are wind and solar systems in comparison to other CO2-free technologies? The environmental benefits of renewable energy are clear. However, the role that renewable energy can play in CO2 abatement depends crucially on its cost effectiveness.

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SEDC – Report in Mapping Demand response in Europe

The Smart Energy Demand Coalition (SEDC) is happy to announce its newly published report “Mapping Demand Response in Europe Today”.

This report maps the progress of Member States in meeting the requirements of Article 15.8 of the Energy Efficiency Directive.  It reviews the regulatory structures of 15 countries: 13 EU Member States, plus Norway and Switzerland. It then provides overarching guidelines and technical information on how consumer oriented Demand Response can be enabled, in order to further support these efforts.

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UK-Government unveils eight major new renewables projects, supporting 8,500 green jobs

DECC – Eight major renewable electricity projects are unveiled as part of the government?s world leading electricity reforms, giving a massive boost to green growth and green jobs.

Eight major renewable electricity projects are unveiled as part of the government?s world leading electricity reforms, giving a massive boost to green growth and green jobs.

By 2020, the projects will provide up to ú12 billion of private sector investment, supporting 8,500 jobs, and they could add a further 4.5GW of low-carbon electricity to Britain?s energy mix (or around 4% of capacity), generating enough clean electricity to power over three million homes.

Once built, the successful projects will contribute around 15TWh or 14% of the renewable electricity we expect to come forward by 2020, helping to put the UK well on the way to meeting the UK?s renewable energy target. They will also reduce emissions by 10 MtCO2 per year compared to fossil fuel power generation.

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Eurelectric – The review of progress towards the 2020 energy efficiency objective and a 2030 energy efficiency policy framework

Key messages from the report:

  • Energy efficiency is key to achieving carbon-neutral power generation by 2050, enabling EU competitiveness, empowering customers and decarbonising society at large. The main focus needs to be on streamlining and implementing existing legislation ? as well as strengthening the market-based EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) to enable its crucial role for low-carbon investments, including energy efficiency on the supply side.
  • The current energy efficiency framework, if fully implemented, provides a powerful tool to drive energy efficiency. Before adopting new measures, the impact of current policies should be evaluated. At the same time the diversity of European energy and efficiency markets must be taken into account.
  • The ETS is the right instrument for efficiency improvements in industry. We continue to advocate structural measures strengthening the ETS in order to incentivise energy efficiency measures beyond low-hanging fruit.
  • The European power sector is fully committed to play a substantial role in decarbonising transportation. Policies should be developed to stimulate a move from the use of fossil fuels to CO2-neutral energy carriers.
  • The measures in the Energy Labelling and in the Ecodesign Directive set a workable framework for energy efficiency in electrical equipment. However, we reiterate our major concern regarding the application of primary energy factors that put electric equipment at a disadvantage.
  • The current regulatory frameworks set the right conditions for promoting energy efficiency in electricity generation, transmission, distribution and retail. Improving the efficiency of electricity generation is part of the daily business of all power producers. On the distribution side, smart grids and smart meters will contribute to higher overall system efficiency, provided an enabling regulatory framework is in place.
  • While we support an effective market for energy efficiency, we recognise that the market will not stimulate the timely uptake of all cost-effective measures, particularly those with long payback times and high upfront capital investments. Further financial mechanisms and instruments are needed at EU level to mobilise energy efficiency investments.

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Navigant – Microgrids in Asia Pacific

Commercial/Industrial, Community/Utility, Campus/Institutional, and Remote Microgrids: Country-Level Market Analysis and Forecasts

In recent years, the Asia Pacific region has experienced particularly robust demand for microgrids due to economic development, electrification, and industrialization. These factors are directly related to the growing need for more electricity and the resulting development of renewable distributed energy generation (RDEG) and ultimately microgrids. As renewable energy capacity and electricity consumption continue to rise, the number of microgrid projects deployed in Asia Pacific, both for electrification purposes and as experimental test beds, is also rising.

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Kind regards,

Harry Crijns,

Secretary OSGP Alliance

 

 

 

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Apr 30

OSGP Alliance welcomes EDMI as new member

OSGP Alliance is happy to announce that EDMI has joined the alliance.

EDMI originated from Queensland, Australia in 1978 under the name EDMQ. In 1997, it established its headquarters in Singapore, producing electronic meters mainly for the Australian and Asian Markets. Recently, it has expanded from a meter manufacturer to a system provider, promoting its Smart Energy Solutions in other regions such as Africa, Europe and South America.

OSGP Alliance is proud that the Open Smart Grid Protocol is now part of their solution.

We wish EDMI a quick and smooth integration in the alliance and a smooth integration of OSGP in their products and services.

Harry Crijns,

Secretary OSGP Alliance

Permanent link to this article: http://www.osgp.org/osgp-alliance-welcomes-edmi-meters-new-member/

Apr 01

OSGP newsletter March 2014

Newsletter // March 2014

Content:

 

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OSGP Alliance welcomes new members
OSGP Alliance is happy to announce that the alliance has grown recently with seven new members; aSAY Enerji, Conlog, Giza Systems, Mitsubishi Electric, ModemTec, RMS and VIKO.
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Invitation to the Workshop: OSGP a future proof architecture and technology
OSGP Alliance likes to invite you to our interesting workshop.
During this workshop we will chare with you:

  • Our understanding of the major trends in Europe regarding Smart Metering
  • Key information for smart meter/grid tender requirements
  • Our view on Smart Meter vs Smart Grid
  • The key applications for OSGP

Attendance is free, thanks to the courtesy of aSay Energij, VIKO and OSGP Alliance
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Smart Grid Gotland appointed Echelon as Preferred Supplier
Smart Grid Gotland appoints Echelon Corporation as Preferred Supplier. In The Smart Grid Gotland project Echelon will primarily assist with their expertise and their products within subprojects Smart meters. Using Echelon Control Nodes, intelligent sensors / meters based on Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) and the NES systems software valuable power quality information from the low voltage grid will be collected to allow for outage monitoring and detecting network losses and other “health problems” in the network and provide mapping of the low voltage grid.
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Alliander and Enexis to explore exchange of regional energy networks in the Netherlands
The network companies Alliander and Enexis are going to explore the option of exchanging the energy networks of Enexis in Friesland and the Noordoostpolder and that of Alliander in the Eindhoven and South-East Brabant region (Endinet) with effect from 1 January 2015. A Letter of Intent was signed today.
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Fortum, UPM and Valmet are jointly developing technology to produce advanced biomass based fuels
Fortum, UPM and Valmet have joined forces to develop a new, winning technology to produce advanced high value lignocellulosic fuels, such as transportation fuels or higher value bio liquids. The idea is to develop catalytic pyrolysis technology for upgrading bio-oil and commercialise the solution.
According to several studies pyrolysis technology is seen as the most competitive route to produce advanced lignocellulosic biofuels, and is one of the most efficient routes for meeting EU2020 greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.
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Echelon Introduces IzoT™ in a Box for Easy Development of Multi-Protocol Systems for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
Echelon Corporation introduced the FT 6000 Evaluation and Development Kit (EVK), targeted at developers who are creating, testing and deploying devices and control applications for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). The FT 6000 EVK packages the essential elements of Echelon’s IzoT™ platform for the IIoT into an aggressively priced and easy-to-use kit for IIoT developers looking to create wired devices using the ISO 14908-compatible Free Topology (FT) technology.
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Fortum completes divestment of its Finnish electricity distribution business
Fortum has today completed the divestment of its Finnish electricity distribution business to Suomi Power Networks Oy, owned by a consortium of Finnish and international investors. The transaction has all the necessary regulatory approvals and the customary closing conditions have been met.
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New EDMI Cikarang Manufacturing Site Lifts EDMI-Indonesian Partnership
PT EDMI Indonesia have opened a new factory in Cikarang, adding a half a million units to EDMI?s yearly production capacity and strengthened ties with PLN Indonesia. The factory is capable of making 3Phase and 1Phase smart meters.
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GÖRLITZ – IDSpecto.scadalink 6.0 with impressive new functions
The latest version of IDSpecto.scadalink enables grid operators to profit from greater manufacturer independence, usability and speeds. Additional devices have been integrated for demand-side power reduction, new features have been included in the client user interface and the overall data throughput has been increased.
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Ubitronix with a new majority shareholder
On the 1st of March S&T acquired 51% of Ubitronix shares. S&T will now lay an important foundation for further growth of Ubitronix. The aim is to work with S&T to be a big player of Smart Energy in the German speakingD region, as well as in Eastern Europe. “For us it was crucial that S&T as a strategic partner and investor was strongly present in Austria as well as internationally. In addition, projects in the field of smart metering and smart grids are always IT projects. Here, S&T has exactly the skills and resources that are necessary for the expansion of our market position.? says CEO Dr. Christoph Schaffer.
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ETSI to develop European Standards for Cybersecurity
ETSI has opened a new technical committee on Cybersecurity to address the growing demands for standards in this field. “Secure networks and services are essential for a strong European internal market, for the protection of citizens and their data, and to fully unlock the business potential of an internet of things”, says Luis Jorge Romero, ETSI’s Director General. “Our newly created technical committee aims to produce strong, interoperable, trustworthy and transparent standards for a secure digital market”.
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CEER Position on the European Commission’s Policy Framework for Climate and Energy 2020-30
CEER welcomes the European Commission’s Policy Framework and its recognition of the importance of regulatory investment certainty, and the value of coordinated approaches amongst Member States, as key contributions towards a more competitive, secure and sustainable energy system. Building on 6 key strategic points, the CEER position opens with a commentary on implications for energy consumers, and then provides a regulatory position on each of the main areas in the Commission’s policy framework.
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UK-ERC – Scenarios for the Development of Smart Grids in the UK
Smart grid? is a catch-all term for the smart options that could transform the ways society produces, delivers and consumes energy, and potentially the way we conceive of these services. Delivering energy more intelligently will be fundamental to decarbonising the UK electricity system at least possible cost, while maintaining security and reliability of supply
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CEER Memo on regulatory aspects of energy investment conditions in European countries
This Memo serves as an update to the previous edition in 2013, which provides an informative overview of how National Regulatory Authorities undertake their responsibilities in evaluating and developing their respective regulatory frameworks.
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TNO’s Smart Appliances Project for European Commission started
TNO is performing a study for the European Commision to bring together semantics and data from smart appliances in buildings and households. These smart appliances all communicate in a different manor and the information they exchange differs. TNO brings the information together in one common ontology that can be used to match the data. The ontology created will fit into the ETSI M2M architecture.
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Frost & Sullivan – Smart City Market Anticipated to Create Huge Business Opportunities with a Total Market Value of $1.5 Trillion by 2020
More than 26 cities globally will be smart cities in 2025 with more than 50 percent being in Europe and North America.
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EBRD – Russian Grids Modernisation loan for JSC Russian Grids
The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development is considering extending financing to JSC Russian Grids to finance part of its investment program focusing on modernisation of the existing electricity distribution network and introduction of smart grid elements.
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OFGEM – State of competition in the UK energy market
Ofgem has today acted to remove uncertainty from the UK energy market by proposing a market investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). A market investigation will once and for all clear the air and allow the CMA to ensure that there are no further barriers to effective competition. An investigation would reassure consumers and complement our reforms for a simpler, clearer and fairer energy market.
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ITC Holdings – The Economic Case For Grid – Investment Background and research findings
ITC set out to understand whether and how both businesses and the general public understood the complex and significant economic benefits to our society that stem from a fully functioning electric transmission grid. To do so, ITC commissioned two streams of research: an online survey of national adults and in-depth interviews with business leaders. The following paper outlines a background for why the grid is important for the economy and then discusses the results from online survey and in-depth interviews.
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Navigant – Nanogrids
Grid-Tied and Remote Commercial, Residential, and Mobile Distribution Networks: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts.
Nanogrids are modular building blocks for energy services that support applications ranging from emergency power for commercial buildings to the provision of basic electricity services for people living in extreme poverty. In many ways, nanogrids are just small microgrids, typically serving a single building or a single load. Because of the simplicity, the technology requirements for nanogrids are less complex (in most cases) than those for either microgrids or the utility-dominated smart grid
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DECC – Modifications to the Smart Energy Code
Licence Modifications to the Smart Energy Code, Smart Meter Communication Licences and the Standard conditions of electricity and gas supply licences were laid in Parliament on 30 January 2014.
Following successful completion of the Parliamentary process, the changes relating to Communication Hubs financing provision in the SEC and DCC licence will come into effect on 31 March 2014.The supply licence conditions relating to the Energy Efficiency Directive come into force on 4 June 2014 and all other provisions come into force on 6 April 2014 (please refer to the Modifications document for details).
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Harry Crijns
Secretary OSGP Alliance

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Apr 01

Meet OSGP Alliance and its members at the following events

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Mar 29

OSGP Workshop: A future proof architecture and technology

 

OSGP Alliance likes to invite you to our interesting workshop during ICSG 2014 conference and exhibition in Istanbul, Turkey.

During this workshop we will chare with you:

  • Our understanding of the major trends in Europe regarding Smart Metering
  • Key information for smart meter/grid tender requirements
  • Our view on Smart Meter vs Smart Grid
  • The key applications for OSGP

The programme of this workshop will be:

  1. Introduction of OSGP Alliance,
    • its objectives
    • its members
    • the way we work together
  2. Vision on Smart Grid, basis for OSGP
    • what are the key topics to address?
  3. A future proof, open architecture;
    • How does it look like?
  4. The Open Smart grid Protocol
    • Organizations involved:
      • OSGP Alliance,
      • CENELEC,
      • ETSI,
      • EU-SMCG
  5. OSGP Main Concepts and Interoperability
  6. Practical advantages of OSGP; Case study, presented by an European Utility
  7. Conformance testing and certification

The workshop is part of ICSG 2014 conference and exhibition in Istanbul Turkey.

It will be held on May the 8 at 16:00 hours in the Artemis room in the WOW Istanbul Hotel and Convention centre.

Attendance is free, thanks to the courtesy of aSay Energij, VIKO and OSGP Alliance

 

Harry Crijns,
secretary OSGP Alliance

Permanent link to this article: http://www.osgp.org/osgp-workshop-future-proof-architecture-technology/

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