S&T AG takes over control of California’s Smart Energy provider: Networked Energy Services Corp.
Technology company S&T wins new Smart Energy project over USD 12 million
The technology company S&T AG increased its share of California's Networked Energy Services Corp. (,, NES "), a leading provider of smart energy technology, to 65%. From the 1st of February 2015 NES Corp. will be fully consolidated in the S&T balance sheet.
After completion of the largest single order in company history last October in Poland, we are happy to announce the following success: Over the next two and a half years the company will deliver in Puerto Rico, smart meters and smart energy software technology, value around 12 million USD.
Comparable to the Polish project S & T with NES will partner with the project general contractor LG. First deliveries started already in January 2015.
The potential project scope is up to 1.5 million meters, representing together with the necessary for the operation of software technology a potential sales volume of over US $ 100 million.
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Giza Systems deploys smart metering for Master Power Project
Giza Systems announces its first installation of Echelon’s smart metering solution in a project for Master Power Systems Limited in Kenya. The solution serves a shopping mall with over 100 retail outlets. The client awarded Giza Systems the project for its technical capabilities and valuable partnerships with global leaders in the field of smart metering.
Partnering with smart metering market leaders has provided Giza Systems with a competitive advantage in the smart technology. We offer our customers our know-how and a proven smart metering technology that is incorporated today in more than 30 million operational electricity meters all over the world. This technology is of great use in residential and business compounds, shopping malls, and electricity distribution utilities.
As the leading systems integrator in the region, Giza Systems understands the requisite planning and deployment systems needed for the transformation towards smart grid technologies.
With a number of initiatives and national pilot projects underway in Kenya for the rollout of smart meters, the deployment of smart infrastructure and utilities underpins the anticipated growth for solutions that address the realities of energy consumption and ageing infrastructure.
Some of the main issues facing energy companies in Kenya, and Africa as a whole, relate to the frequent power blackouts, electricity theft and tampering, and collection of unpaid electricity bills. These endemic problems to the region can actually be alleviated by the deployment of smart meters which has demonstrably increased accurate billing and cash collection, optimized networks, assisted in the control of energy consumption, reduced non-technical losses accrued by energy companies, and allowed for tracking and detection of power theft and tampering.
"Electricity bills are typically a point of contention between service providers and consumers, as a lot of factors have to be taken into consideration when calculating power consumption," explained Mohamed Saad Gad, Country Sales Manager, WECA, at Giza Systems. He elaborated, "A smart meter records the consumption of electric energy in intervals of an hour or less, so it puts an end to estimated bills, which is the predominant source of complaints by customers. Likewise, consumers are able to better manage their consumption due to outside displays providing up-to-date consumption information. Moreover, the solution allows customers to check the history of their old consumptions and readings for reference."
Danish Minister President Thomas Jensen discussed photovoltaics with Energimidt
Danish MP Thomas Jensen visited Energimidt to talk about the future of photovoltaics and sustainable energy. Energimidt, with more than 20 years of experience in the solar energy among other things, makes a bid for the optimal allocation between solar and wind, and the meeting was opened for a good future dialogue.
Energimidt invited MP Thomas Jensen into a conversation about the future prospects for sustainable energy production. Energimidt has more than 20 years experience in the installation of solar panels and has worked closely with the DEA and Energinet.dk throughout the years. Energimidt could therefore present the opportunities and challenges they see and experience in relation to Denmark's renewable energy objectives and current legislation. The meeting was attended EnergiM- adm. Director Holger Blok, CEO of EnergiM- energy division Jan Bach Jensen and business manager Flemming Vejby Kristensen, who also is chairman of the Danish Photovoltaic Association.
As Thomas Jensen opened the meeting by saying, Denmark has ambitions to be a leader in the energy field, and after the meeting, he stressed that solar cells are an important part of the green transformation: “We need political hand to create the right environment if the industry must be able to develop. If we do that, there may be many green jobs. Also here in Silkeborg”, Thomas Jensen said.
The solar market has in recent years been characterized by legal changes which have made it difficult for market players to navigate. Energimidt is one of the few that has managed to maintain its solar business in recent years of slowdown, and right now there is time in the market again because of the new solar cell pools. However, it has only a short term period and Energimidt used the meeting with Thomas Jensen to tell him about the company's experience and knowledge of solar cells.
“The last 3-4 years we have run into many inconveniences as we work to create solutions that can contribute to a greener Denmark. We really want to help to make it possible to achieve the policy objectives, but it requires a more holistic approach”, said Flemming Vejby Kristensen, who is business manager in Energimidt and chairman of the Danish Photovoltaic Association.
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Mitsubishi Electric introduces, "Mitsubishi Electric Smart Home," new concept for next-generation homes
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation introduces its next-generation concept for home life, Mitsubishi Electric Smart Home which combines sensors and linked appliances and other household equipment to support the daily lives of families by enabling individuals to easily share information about their mental and physical conditions.
The existing concept of smart houses involves the use of advanced appliances and other equipment via information technology, and visualizes as well as optimally controls household energy consumption. Mitsubishi Electric is taking the concept further by focusing on family members' mental and physical conditions as well as comfortable, enjoyable stress-free lifestyles.
Practical applications of the Mitsubishi Electric Smart Home concept may include the following:
- Camera identifies and authenticates each family member as they approach the front door.
- Door-handle sensor collects biological information, such as body temperature and heart-rate to assess the person's physical condition.
- Health and daily schedules of each family member is displayed in the entry hall.
- Refrigerator door displays recommended recipes based on body data collected with sensing devices and food items available in the refrigerator.
- Countertop displays preparation instructions and other helpful information, such as cooking tips and remaining cooking times.
- Induction stove allows cooking vessels to be placed anywhere on the cooking surface, enabling two or more people to cook at the same time.
- Outlet-free, non-contact power supply system feeds power to appliances anywhere in the house
NES - The start of a new era
Telecom and IT industry has in recent decades undergone a revolution. It is predicted that the energy industry will see similar upheavals, and that we can only glimpse the start of what will come in the foreseeable future. Networked Energy Service is an American company that has great visions for the possibilities that exist. We talked with Michael Anderson, who is Chief Executive Officer of the Group.
Network Energy Service is the result of a visionary investor group with the vision to create a new era of energy efficiency through technology that will modernize the network, especially distribution.
The starting point was Echelon, a prominent publicly traded company in the technology industry, founded by Silicon Valley legend Mike Markkula, who was also one of the men behind Apple. The ideas they had back in the 80s was to create a control in the form of a universal piece that could be integrated into all electrical devices. How would they create a control network for automation including lighting, ventilation, pumps, and elevators. A mechanism to streamline and simplify the control of electrical devices. Early in the 2000s came ENEL, a major global power company, on the pitch with the desire to use technology in what was the first smart grid rollout in distribution network with 30 million smart meters.
- It began with smart meters, but they had a much larger vision. About really using the gauges as a sensor to monitor the network. Lead data back and create new insights into what happens. That way they could make regular advances in reliability, efficiency and safety.
- Five years later we launched Network Energy Service system that includes smart meters, or let us say smart sensors, which collect large amounts of data. Not only consumption data, but data on the network, locations, energy and technical efficiency. We clarified the companies to move beyond just automatic meter reading. We opened a new world that gave great success with Vattenfall and e-ON in Sweden. SEAS-NVE and NRGi in Denmark, Tauron in Poland, Fortum in Finland and Duke Energy in the US. Many of the leading and visionary companies in the global power industry, says Michael Anderson.
E.ON and Space-Time Insight to develop smart grid software solutions
E.ON further expands venture capital activities
E.ON has expanded its venture capital activities by becoming an investor in Space-Time Insight. Based in San Mateo, California, Space-Time Insight develops real-time visual analytics applications that enable companies to respond rapidly to dynamically changing markets and operating conditions. E.ON will use Space-Time Insight’s products primarily for its renewables and smart metering businesses.
The two partners will start by working together to develop a software solution that will reduce the error rate on the data acquired from smart meters.
“Our partnership with Space-Time Insight is a great fit with our previous co-investments, which range from smart home solutions and custom-tailored home energy management systems to a variety of solar projects. Space-Time Insight’s software solution will enable us to further enhance the efficiency of our asset operation and management” said Susana Quintana-Plaza, Senior Vice President for Technology & Innovation at E.ON.
Eltel successfully listed at Nasdaq Stockholm
The initial public offering of Eltel has been completed, with a listing of the Eltel shares at Nasdaq Stockholm on the 6th of February 2015. The offering, with a subscription price of SEK 68 per share, attracted strong interest among both institutional and retail investors, and was over-subscribed multiple times.
In order to further support Eltel’s strategy, the shareholders during 2014 deemed that a listing of the Company’s shares is the logical next step for Eltel – a process that now as of February 2015 has been completed successfully.
Following the subscription period, the subscription share price was set to SEK 68, in the upper part of the price range of SEK 55-70, resulting in a total market cap of Eltel of more than SEK 4.2 billion. The offering contained both sales of existing shares as well as a new share issue. During the first day, the trading of shares was active with an increase of the share price of more than 7%.
Following the IPO the ownership of Eltel has been broadened significantly as approximately 67,5% of the company shares were transferred in the transaction. The successful process has given Eltel a prominent owner base which contains of more than 100 recognized institutional investors – both Nordic and non-Nordic - and approximately 3500 retail investors.
The main shareholders of Eltel as of 10th of February were; 3i and funds (20 %), Zeres capital (10,5 %), AP4 (8,5 %), BNP (7,5 %), Robur (5,5%), Lannebo (5,2%).
Duke Energy and REC Solar team to make distributed solar more affordable and accessible to commercial customers
Duke Energy, the nation’s largest electric utility, today announced the acquisition of a majority interest in REC Solar, a provider of comprehensive commercial solar and energy solutions nationwide.
In addition, over several years, Duke Energy will invest up to $225 million in commercial solar projects developed by REC Solar and supported by long-term power purchase agreements.
REC Solar, based in San Luis Obispo, Calif., will deliver a simple sales and financing process for commercial-scale customers, similar to that provided by residential solar companies. REC Solar serves key sectors including retail, manufacturing, agriculture, technology, government and nonprofits.
“This arrangement will build on Duke Energy’s mission of giving commercial customers solutions that reduce energy costs and achieve their sustainability goals,” said Marc Manly, Duke Energy executive vice president and president – Commercial Portfolio.
“With its long track record and commitment to quality, safety and customer service, REC Solar has demonstrated years of success in delivering solar power,” added Manly. “Through this arrangement, REC Solar will be better equipped to expand its offerings to commercial customers and provide an array of cost-efficient energy solutions.”
Vattenfall wins concession for Horns Rev 3
Vattenfall’s CEO Magnus Hall is satisfied with the decision from the Danish Government that the company has won the bidding in the process to build the offshore wind farm Horns Rev 3 outside the Danish west coast.
Vattenfall Wind Power has won the concession to build and operate the offshore wind farm Horns Rev 3, with a total capacity of 400 MW. The wind farm will produce electricity for 450 000 households from 2017.
Vattenfall’s CEO Magnus Hall welcomes the decision that Vattenfall had the most competitive bid. Now the company awaits approval from the Danish Parliament and EU.
"The construction of Horns Rev 3 is an important step towards both Denmark’s and EU’s goals to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, goals that stipulate that 30 % of the total energy consumption in 2020 shall origin from renewable energy sources. For that reason, we trust the political majority to go along with the agreement and find a solution suitable for all parties," says Magnus Hall.
GÖRLITZ - SAP-AMI processes integrated into IDSpecto.MDUS
The metering system IDSpecto by GÖRLITZ AG communicates automatically with SAP IS-U via the module IDSpecto.MDUS
Rolling out a large number of smart meters quickly and smoothly is only possible if data distribution related to the meter installations is closely tied to business processes at the grid operators. The metering system IDSpecto by GÖRLITZ AG communicates automatically with SAP IS-U via the module IDSpecto.MDUS. Every AMI version available on the market is supported. Wherever local expertise in implementing SAP AMI is missing our cooperation partner DSC may support you with extensive knowledge of not only SAP IS-U but also IDSpecto.
Smart meter roll-outs have started all over Europe. In order to guarantee quick and smooth conducting of the roll-out, data maintenance related to the meter installation must be closely tied to business processes at the grid operators. IDSpecto offers a suitable and appropriate solution for those using SAP IS-U. GÖRLITZ AG realized the implementation of the SAP-AMI interface in close cooperation with the renowned SAP consulting company DSC.
EAC - ENGINEERING CENTER "Energoauditcontrol" is accurately accounting energy in Russia for 12 years now
On February the 6th 2015 our Birthday! The company operates in the market of automation and organization of accurate and reliable energy accounting systems for 12 years - is a long time, which eloquently speaks of the competencies and capabilities of the company.
Since 2003, there was a rapid increase in the number of on-going projects, increased complexity and the complexity of the work. Today EAC is Russia's leading smart integrator, successfully implementing large-scale projects Smart Metering («smart" measurement). The company was one of the first in Russia began to use this technology, following the trends of advanced foreign electricity markets. Since 2003 the company has implemented in their projects about 400. 000 "smart" metering points - in the retail and wholesale electricity markets.
Today in Russia there are 14 separate divisions of EAC - Engineering Center in 9 time zones - from St. Petersburg to Khabarovsk. The company employs about 600 employees. The company has been repeatedly awarded with diplomas of various professional competitions.
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EDMI - Asia Outlook Tracks EDMI International Growth
In the February issue of Asia Outlook the magazine revisits its closed-door interview with EDMI CEO, Lee Kwang Mong, one year later.
Identifying EDMI as an international leader in the design and provision of smart energy solutions, the board-room focused Asia Outlook tracks the progress of the smart-grid innovator through a period of astonishing growth.
Click through to page 26 for the interview to read more about EDMI around the globe and new developments and opportunities in smart gas metering, communications and the EDMI Energy Cloud.
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E.ON reaches major milestone in North Sea project
First turbine installed at Amrumbank West offshore wind farm
After a construction period of one year, E.ON’s Amrumbank West offshore project is taking shape: On Wednesday, the first of 80 turbines was successfully installed at the construction site, 35 kilometers to the north of the island of Helgoland.
The hub height of the 3.6 megawatt turbine manufactured by Siemens is 90 meters above water level; the rotor diameter is 120 meters. With a height of 150 meters, the rotor tip is nearly as high as the Cathedral of Cologne. Carrier vessels transport the components of 7 turbines from the Port of Esbjerg in Denmark to the deep-sea construction site Amrumbank West. To reduce transit times from the base ports of Esbjerg, Helgoland or Cuxhaven to the wind farm, E.ON has chartered a hotel ship. Employees work in shifts of 14 days.
Immediately after the installation of the components, the turbines are prepared for operation. At the same time, commissioning work is being carried out on the transformer substation of the Amrumbank West wind farm. “We are confident that we will soon be able to feed electricity generated by the first turbines into the public grid as planned”, said Dominik Schwegmann, lead project manager of Amrumbank West.
ENEL - Athonet Smartgrid and 3 Italy provide Enel with an innovative Industrial Internet of Things solution
Enel’s Federico II power plant in Brindisi has been equipped with a communications platform that delivers dedicated coverage, using TDD-LTE wireless technology, and integrated communications between personnel, sensors, machines and applications, further increasing the quality, efficiency and safety of the plant for the management of mission-critical processes.
Athonet Smartgrid, part of Enel’s startup incubation program, and 3 Italy, a mobile operator part of the Hutchison Whampoa Group, have implemented a dedicated 4G-LTE network for Enel’s Federico II plant in Brindisi, one of the most important and advanced power plants in Europe. Leveraging Athonet Smartgrid’s technology, enhanced by Enel’s acceleration, and the services of mobile operator “3”, a TDD-LTE ultra-broadband micro-network has been implemented covering the entire plant, ensuring data, live video and voice services, both fixed and mobile, with an optimal level of coverage, very low latency and service continuity assurance even during critical emergency situations.
The solution creates an independent dedicated micro-network that can be easily reproduced at any production plant and construction site.
Metering International - Who’s Who: Most Influential People in European Smart Grid
Mark B.M. Ossel is the Vice President Sales for Networked Energy Services Corporation (previous smart grid business unit Echelon Corporation)
Mr Ossel’s top 3 predictions for the power sector in 2015 are:
- Increased understanding of the benefits of LV transformer centric architecture for smart metering/grid, and use of meters as sensors.
- Failures of large scale projects due to use of unproven technology, or security problems. Security becoming top issue.
- New players take significant positions offering innovative solutions, providing a platform for grid management and LV automation, while traditional suppliers will struggle due to heritage.
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- 02-06 March 2015; India Smart grid Week 2015 in Bangalore, India
- 09-10 March 2015; European Smart Grid Cyber Security in London, UK
- 10-13 March 2015; Smart Grid Technology in Singapore
- 11-13 March 2015; South-East European conference& exhibition in Sofia, Bulgaria
- 16-19 March 2015; Nigeria Power Industry Strategic Conference & Exhibition in Abuja, Nigeria
- 22-24 April 2015; The European Power Innovation Congress in Prague, Czech Republic
- 24-25 March 2015; Power Electricity World Africa inJohannesburg, South Africa
- 25-26 March 2015; 2nd Southeast Asia Utilities Innovation Forum in Manila, Philippines
- 29-30 April 2015; 3rd ICSG 2015 Congres in Istanbul, Turkey
- 05-06 May 2015; 3rd Annual Digital Grids & Smart Cities Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- 05-07 May 2015; Lightfair International 2014 in New York, NY, USA
- 05-08 May 2015; Power & Electricity World Asia in Singapore
- 12-14 May 2015; African Utility Week 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa
- 20-22 May 2015; Smart Cities India 2015 in New Dehli, India
- 9-10 June 2015; Asian Utility Week in Bangkok, Thailand
- 11 june 2015; Smart Communications & Technology Forum in Warsaw, Poland
- 15-18 June 2015; CIRED 2015 in Lyon, France
- 22-23 June 2015; Meter Asset Management in London, UK
- 22-24 Sep. 2015; SGTech Europe 2015in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- 03-05 Nov. 2015; European Utility Week 2015 in Vienna, Austria
Eu-Commission launches work on Energy Union
On february the 4th the Commission today launched work on the Energy Union; a fundamental step towards the completion of single energy market and reforming how Europe produces, transports and consumes energy. The Energy Union with a Forward-looking Climate Change Policy is one of the key political priorities of the Juncker Commission. After more than 60 years from the founding of the Coal and Steel Community, the Commission today drew a plan for reorganising European energy policies and kicked off work for European Energy Union.
The Energy Union is timely. The European Union imports 55% of its energy. 90% of the housing stock in Europe is energy inefficient, our energy infrastructure is ageing and the internal energy market is far from complete.
The momentum for the Energy Union is here. The energy security is high on the political agenda, and a door for an ambitious climate agreement in Paris at the end of 2015 was opened in the European Council last October. The recently adopted Investment Plan for Europe is designed to unlock the financial means the energy sector really needs. The currently low oil prices are also giving an extra incentive and give more political and financial room to do what is necessary to achieve a more competitive, secure and sustainable European energy policy.
The Vice-President for the Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič said: ”Our current energy policies are unsustainable in every sense and in urgent need of reorganisation. Citizens should be at the core of our energy policy. While we have a very ambitious agenda, the momentum is here and now. We will work to ensure a coherent approach to energy across different policy areas, to create more predictability. Climate, transport, industry, research, external policy, the digital economy and agriculture will be all crucial to the project. The Energy Union aims to break the silo culture where it still exists and bring all relevant players to the same table – in short, the Energy Union will set the scene for a new way of making energy policy in Europe.”
The Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete added:"The Energy Union will be an ambitious project that will set a new direction and a clear long term vision for European energy and climate policy. It will not simply be a repackaging of old ideas, and will contain concrete measures to make sure the vision becomes a reality. As Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, I will be responsible for delivering many of the measures outlined in the strategy. Effective implementation will be crucial, as will full and proper enforcement of existing legislation."
The Energy Union framework strategy is scheduled for adoption on 25 February 2015. This strategic policy document will be accompanied by the "Road to Paris" Communication spelling out the EU's intended climate contribution as well as a Communication reporting on EU's progress towards the minimum electricity interconnection target of 10%.
US-Energy Department to help tribes advance clean energy projects and increase resiliency
As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to help tribal communities nationwide enhance their energy security and build a sustainable energy future, the U.S. Department of Energy today announced the third round of Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Renewable Energy Project Development Assistance, which provides federally recognized tribal governments and other tribal entities with on-the-ground support to accelerate clean energy project deployment.
Through the START Program, the Energy Department Office of Indian Energy and Energy Department National Laboratory experts provide technical assistance for tribal clean energy development by supporting community- and commercial-scale renewable energy projects across the country. Since its launch in December 2011, the START Program has helped 21 tribal communities advance their clean energy technology and infrastructure projects — from solar and wind to biofuels and energy efficiency.
"Today’s announcement signals the Department’s ongoing commitment to providing Native American Tribes with the tools and opportunity to engage in a dynamic sector of our economy, and foster energy self-sufficiency and sustainability,” said Deputy Energy Secretary Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall. “We will continue to work with tribal leaders to advance clean energy solutions and identify climate resiliency strategies to prepare for and adapt to the impacts of climate change on their land, economy, and natural resources.”
IEA Chief Economist Fatih Birol is named Agency’s next Executive Director
The Governing Board of the International Energy Agency (IEA) confirmed the appointment of Dr. Fatih Birol as the next Executive Director of the Agency. He will succeed Ms. Maria van der Hoeven, who will complete her four-year term on August 31, 2015.
This marks one of the rare occasions that the head of an international organisation has been selected from within its ranks. Renowned in the energy field, Dr. Birol joined the IEA in 1995 and has risen to now hold the positions of Chief Economist and Director of Global Energy Economics. In this role, he oversees the IEA’s flagship World Energy Outlook publication, which is recognised as the most authoritative source of strategic analysis of global energy markets. He is also the founder and chair of the IEA Energy Business Council, which provides a forum to enhance co-operation between the energy industry and energy policy makers.
Decc - World-leading auctions to provide major green electricity boost
World-leading competitive auctions have led to contracts being offered to 27 renewable electricity projects, which together could power 1.4m homes, comparable to the number of households in Wales.
The green energy auction has driven down prices, by as much as 58% for one technology. The projects will lead to the UK emitting 4m fewer tonnes of CO2 into our atmosphere each year. That’s the equivalent CO2 savings of taking up to 2 million cars off the UK’s roads.
The auctions have successfully led to over £315m of new contracts being offered to five renewable technologies, some more established like onshore wind and solar, and also less established technologies such as offshore wind, which is seeing its costs fall as the industry grows. The contracts being offered include two offshore wind farms, which could deliver over 1.1GW of new capacity, 15 onshore wind projects and 5 solar projects. In total, over 2GW of new capacity could be built, costing £110m per year less than it would have without competition.
Energy & Climate Change Secretary, Ed Davey said:
“This world leading auction has delivered contracts for renewables projects right across the UK. These projects could power 1.4 million homes, create thousands of green jobs and give a massive boost to home-grown energy while reducing our reliance on volatile foreign markets. The auction has driven down prices and secured the best possible deal for this new clean, green energy.”
GSGF - Power grid integration and balancing of renewables–cases of Germany, California, Denmark
Many power grids around the world are already transitioning to high shares of renewables. The cases of Germany, California, and Denmark are among the leading examples. Germany has already reached a 30% share and targets 35% by 2020. California will meet its target of 33% by 2020. Denmark is already at 33% wind power.
How are these regions managing to integrate and balance such large shares of renewable energy? This question must be considered in the context of the “prevailing wisdom” of 15-20 years ago among virtually all electric power companies and power engineers. This “prevailing wisdom” was that going above 5-10% shares of “variable” renewables like wind and solar would spell doom for the reliability of the power grid, and the lights would go out. (And perhaps we might manage 15%, according to the thinking of the day.) That “prevailing wisdom” of the past is being soundly refuted as outdated and incorrect, given what is already happening today among the world’s renewable energy leaders.
EPRI Unveils Benefit-Cost Framework for an Integrated Grid
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) released today a framework that all stakeholders in the electricity sector can use to assess benefits and costs of technologies and systems related to the integration of distributed energy resources(DER), such as solar, wind and micro-grids, into the planning and operations of the electric system. EPRI also identified a series of pilot projects in which the framework can be applied, potentially providing the electricity sector with technical and financial insights and a roadmap to support the deployment of what EPRI calls "The Integrated Grid," or one that makes best and fullest use of both central and distributed energy resources.
The report, "The Integrated Grid: A Benefit-Cost Framework," unveiled in Washington, D.C., at the General Meeting of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, provides a framework for assessing the benefits and costs of technologies that will enable the grid to accommodate more DER and bolster its reliability and resiliency. It includes guidelines, analytical tools and procedures for demonstrating technologies and assessing their unique benefits and costs.
IEA Energy Atlas - Explore the world in a new way
Interactive maps depict a wealth of data, from oil consumption to CO2 emissions, for the globe and 138 countries
If an atlas is a window on the world, the new IEA Energy Atlas offers panoramas on every aspect of energy on a global basis and for 138 individual countries, with interactive maps and customisable charts that detail and compare a host of data based on the Agency’s authoritative statistics.
Available on the IEA website’s statistics area, the Energy Atlas provides its wealth of data in 40 varying map views across eight topics: electricity and four fuels – coal, natural gas, oil and renewables – as well as energy balances and indicators plus CO2 emissions from fuel combustion, all for every year from 1973 through 2012.
“Last year the IEA launched an animated Sankey flow representation of the evolution of the energy balance of countries over the last 40 years,” explained Jean-Yves Garnier, Head of the IEA Energy Data Centre, which produced the atlas. “We received a lot of compliments from policy makers, analysts and the public, but we also had many requests for more visualisation, including mapping of the world energy situation and the possibility of comparing countries. The Energy Atlas is an attempt to help everyone to better understand the complex world of energy.”
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ENTSO-E - 20 March Solar Eclipse: An Unprecedented Test for Europe’s Electricity System
European transmission system operators (TSOs) have been preparing for the 20 March solar eclipse for several months. Due to the amount of solar generation involved, it was necessary to evaluate and mitigate the risk, with the aim of bringing the risk of an incident back to the security level equal to that of a standard operating day. The ENTSO-E Solar Eclipse Impact Analysis outlines how TSOs are cooperating to maintain security of supply on the eclipse day, and in this changing environment.
Under a clear morning sky on 20 March 2015, some 35,000 MW of solar energy, which is the equivalent of nearly 80 medium size conventional generation units, will gradually fade from Europe's electrical system before being gradually re-injected: all in the space of two hours while Europeans and their offices begin a normal working week day.
Managing this event on the world's largest interconnected grid is an unprecedented challenge for European TSOs. Solar eclipses have happened before but with the increase of installed photovoltaic energy generation, the risk of an incident could be serious without appropriate countermeasures, as was pointed out in ENTSO-E's Winter Outlook Report of last December.