OSGP Alliance (www.osgp.org), an independent, global, not-for-profit association comprised of prominent utilities, systems integrators, service providers as well as smart grid eqhas announced that it is preparing an update to the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) specifications to add additional security features to the existing security architecture currently defined in the specifications.
The OSGP Alliance undertakes this security update because the alliance understands that the systems built with the OSGP specifications are an important, vital asset for a utility, and also often an essential element for national security. The overall security of a utility is an evolving and dynamic process just as it is for all types of systems deployed for governments, financial institutions and the like, and this planned security update will ensure that the OSGP specifications, and the systems built upon them, will be many years ahead of theoretical threats.
The alliance’s work on this security update is motivated by the latest recommended international cybersecurity practices, and will enhance both the primitives used for encryption and authentication as well as the key length, usage, and update rules and mechanisms. It is important to note that there have not been any reported security breaches of any deployed smart metering or smart grid system built with the current OSGP specifications, and that systems built with these specifications include a comprehensive multi-layer security system that has always been mandatory.
The OSGP Alliance will make a further public announcement about these planned updates to the OSGP specifications in late summer 2015, and will be engaging with various standards-developing organizations, including CENELEC (www.cenelec.eu) and ETSI (www.etsi.org), with proposals to incorporate these planned updates for the benefit of the grid modernization community and all stakeholders.
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NES – Networked Energy Services has moved the production of smart meters from China to Poland
Closer to the customer – Faster, easier transportation, simpler logistics and better control over the production.
These days NES will come with its 4th generation platform for the Smart Grids; Patagonia, an innovative and highly secured operation platform for the best Smart Meter in the Market.
We aim to reach all Nordic customers within maximum 4 days with centralised storage and through the carefully optimized production and logisticsprocesses, says Petter Pettersen, sales director for NES.
“The new meter is built on an innovative new platform. This includes both the technology, design and production concept. Both hardware and firmware is a new generation, and we have had a strong focus for the new meter should be future proof and a high degree of security. With this product we should stay ahead”, says Andy Robinson, Vice President & Chief Technology Officer Networked Energy Services.
One of the important innovations in hardware is a new processor, which makes the unit the most powerful home meter on the market. In addition, the memory is significantly upgraded, where 32MB is considered much in an electricity meter. It is also designed for integration with broadband PLC.
“Measurement machines, as we have chosen to call them, are improved on essential point in this new generation. It has faster sampling, and can receive and handle more information online. It can run more complex algorithms with more speed and higher resolution, it is more accurate, more linear, and can do more with power quality analysis”, describes Andy Robinson.
Communication specifications are also largely expanded, with more opportunities for PLC, communication card and connections. All six ports can be used independently of each other.
“Before we started this development, we did a lot of research among our customers and asked them what they experienced as challenges in the roll out and in the operation of our meters. We got much feedback that we have integrated in this next generation smart meters. Adaptable backlights for the buttons, low light, but still easy to locate and operate for onsite operation. Good lighting during implementation and user intervention.
Andy Robinson expresses his enthusiasm for the new LCD screen. The special glass provides a new experience, and not at least, it has an extreme viewing angle that makes display is readable almost from aside.
“The factory is planned to efficient production of Patagonia platform and 4 generation products. The small footprint requires few operators and processes, which means that they can scale up quickly when needed”, says Andy Robinson, Vice President & Chief Technology Officer and Petter Pettersen, sales director at Networked Energy Services.
“User-friendliness has been a main aspect of the design process, and safety and security is important keywords. I dark or dim lighting, you can still see the meter and use it. Therefore, it is another backlit pushbuttons in addition to the display.
The focus on design does not only apply usability and performance but also the production and reliability. We not only create the most advanced smart meter, but also the easiest to use in operational circumstances, while retaining the high quality.
“The mechanical design has great flexibility. We also wanted to delete all processes and steps, which may cause potential quality problems at manual operations. We have eliminated so many of these processes as possible. This is very unlike the majority of products you see on the market”.
“This has led to a meter that probably is one of the easiest to put together. It can be made in four basic operations. By comparison, our previous model had twelve,” tells Andy Robinson. “It is also possible to run very advanced security features with the meter. Meanwhile, all data in the database is encrypted, not only the keys. The unit has a 100 percent traceability system at all levels.
The factory is planned to efficient production of the Patagonia platform and the 4th generation products. It takes little space, requires few operators and processes, which allows a quickly scale up when needed. The production line is very thoughtful, with fewest possible steps. The idea is that units can be sent directly from factory to the customer, ready for installation.
“We start up producing 740,000 units annually, so to increase to 1.4 million. We have the potential to scale up to four million annually if we need it”, says Andy Robinson.
“We also received MID approval something before Easter, and the first meters are already delivered to customers”, says Petter Pettersen, sales director for NES. “We have the objective to reach all Nordic customers within maximum 4 days with centralised storage and through the carefully optimised production and logistic processes.
Eltel and Hafslund sign the largest Norwegian smart metering rollout contract
Eltel and Hafslund Nett have announced the signing of the largest Norwegian smart metering rollout contract. The volume amounts to 630.000 direct measured meters to be installed by 2019, with approximately 150 Eltel employees involved in the project.
Eltel and Hafslund Nett have agreed on a rollout of 630.000 smart meters in Hafslund distribution network in Norway. The project is by far the largest smart metering project in Norway and will take more than three years to implement. Eltel’s delivery scope will include rollout planning, end customer communications, logistics and installations. The parties have agreed to utilize Eltel’s Mobile Workforce Management system for the rollout process.
Axel Hjärne, CEO of Eltel comments:
“We are very glad to announce the signing of the agreement with Hafslund. We have worked in preparing this project for one year with our tendering team from Norway, Finland, Sweden and Denmark. Moreover, the project execution will be based on extensive collaboration of technician teams from Norway and neighbouring countries. We are looking forward to a good collaboration with Hafslund, contributing to great advantages for their end customers and optimization of the whole infrastructure for the benefit of all stakeholders”.
Kristin Lian, Senior Vice President, Hafslund Nett comments:
“Eltel has offered a thorough and efficient solution with favorable commercial terms for the installation of electricity meters in all directly measured installations. Eltel has experience of similar projects from the past, both in scope and content. Eltel showed good understanding of, and approach to, project implementation. The project organization consists of many experienced resources, and they presented a detailed project plan with clear responsibilities, realistic timelines and deliverables. Eltel also delivered the most economically advantageous tender”.
EnergiMidt – New development will create viable energy storage solution
Energimidt has partnered with leading Danish companies and municipalities to develop a system that can increase private consumption by local energy production. The project will run for 3,5 years and the aim is that the solution must be profitable to market conditions and to improve the electricity network handling of small local productions as solar cells.
Energimidt in collaboration with DTU Electrical, FLUX A/S, PA Energy and Skive Municipality and the Municipality of Middelfart started the project Local Energy Storage (LES). The project aims to develop a local energy storage solution based on the latest power electronics and thereby be groundbreaking in terms of price, efficiency and design. The solution developed to ensure that private producers such as solar owners get full use of the power they produce.
“As it looks right now, batteries for storage of self-produced power is not profitable because the existing batteries have a short life compared to their price. Unlike in Germany, for example, where you get a great contribution to saving energy, we have in Denmark need a storage solution that is profitable under Danish conditions. That is what we will create with this project here. We expect prices to come with, so we have a system that meets the expectations and unmarketable when the project ends in 2018″, says Rasmus Høyrup Refshauge, a specialist in EnergiMidt- development. He adds that energy storage is a political focus area, which we know to be resolved so that we can achieve the policy objectives in 2050.
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NES – Networked Energy Services Corporation Acquires Leading Provider of Grid Management Products
Austria-based ubitronix products, people, and facilities form NES Europe, including a new R&D facility and support center for NES customers
Networked Energy Services Corporation announced, its acquisition of Ubitronix System Solutions GmbH, a leading grid management products company serving the European and Middle East regions. The acquisition will accelerate grid management applications for Patagonia, the NES next generation solution platform for the smart grid. The 3 tier platform includes ruggedized Smart Grid Devices, which now includes ubitronix load management solution, Linux-based Control Nodes, and a robust grid analytics and applications portfolio, which will leverage ubitronix UIEM software, designed to integrate and manage smart grid devices and systems from multiple vendors.
With Ubitronix, NES is able to accelerate its overall grid management applications effort, offering its customers new Load Management applications and expand its Utility Data Center software to support multiple vendor products out of the box.
NES will leverage Ubitronix Linz, Austria based facilities and engineers to launch a European R&D facility, focused on high speed wireless and PLC based communications for its Patagonia platform and grid management applications development. Further, NES will offer its European and Middle East customers even more local technical support through the resources and experience the ubitronix acquisition enables.
As a result of the acquisition, Ubitronix System Solutions GmbH will change its name to Network Energy Services GmbH and will serve as the NES European headquarters.
SEAS-NVE – New light on the beach path provides security – and great savings
Better lighting that gives more security, less CO2 emissions and a massive saving of 74 percent. These are three of the most striking results of a study of sensor-controlled lighting on the beach path in Kalundborg.
SEAS-NVE would like to help develop our region. We do this partly by constantly developing smarter solutions for the benefit of citizens. It’s Kalundborg Municipality and our experiments with sensor-controlled lighting in Strandstien a good example, and it would be a good idea for the municipality, and probably also for other municipalities to look at whether this solution can be an opportunity to bicycle and pedestrian paths “says Eva Sass Lauritsen, project manager of SEAS-NVE.
Readmore… (in Danish)
Schneider Electric – A framework for developing and evaluating utility substation Cyber Security
Ferranti accelerates investments in MECOMS™ solution and customer focus
Ferranti Computer Systems accelerates the investments in research and development of the MECOMS™ solution to further develop the innovations and the value we bring to our customers and partners. To lead this strategic focus, Tom Van Haute has been appointed as Chief Technology Officer. Tom Van Haute has been working for Ferranti for 20 years in various positions, the previous one being Chief Operations Officer of Ferranti Computer Systems.
A stronger product proposition goes hand in hand with a stronger customer focus. Therefore Ferranti also has strengthened the commercial organization with the appointment of Mark Hurcomb as Chief Commercial Officer and the appointment of Tony Walton as Sales Manager for the United Kingdom.
Mark Hurcomb will be leading Ferranti’s commercial operations across EMEA in combination with the responsibility of Country Manager Ferranti United Kingdom. Mark Hurcomb brings to Ferranti extensive energy- and utilities expertise from past management responsibilities at Logica (now CGI), Regional Management at Wipro, Head of Energy and Utilities Europe at HCL and Vice President EMEA at eMeter Corporation. Before joining Ferranti, Mark was the Sales Director Northern Europe for Oracle Utilities.
Tony Walton held business development responsibilities at Ebiquita Ltd, Equifax Ltd and Gentrack Limited where he worked extensively with energy and water utilities in the UK.
Oracle Utilities Network Management System Effectively Manages and Utilizes Data to Help Reduce Cost and Improve Grid Reliability
Electric utilities traditionally rely on delivering power generated from central plants connected to transmission grids that lead through the distribution network and ultimately to the customer.
However, electric distribution is changing rapidly as consumers continue to adopt beyond-the-meter technology that can shape grid reliability and performance, pointing toward increased risks for utilities resistant to change.
To help utilities embrace this growth opportunity, Oracle recently made significant updates to Oracle Utilities Network Management System to help enterprises more easily and effectively integrate distributed energy resources, including rooftop solar, wind turbines, and batteries, based on location and condition of use.
“Oracle Utilities Network Management System 22.214.171.124 is an advanced distribution management system [ADMS] that empowers utilities to flexibly manage distribution grid data to improve reliability and reduce cost,” said Rodger Smith, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Utilities.
“It supports vital distribution automation to the substation and distributed generation management thanks to a scalable, real-time data model and optimization engine.
These capabilities are built on one of the world’s best outage management systems, as demonstrated during Superstorm Sandy, making Oracle Utilities Network Management System the best solution for utilities that need a storm-proven, scalable ADMS platform that also manages distributed energy resources.”
Duke Energy named one of the 20 most innovative companies April 24, 2015
Duke Energy has been named to Greentech Media’s Grid Edge 20 – recognizing the company as one of the most innovative firms working to architect the electric power industry’s future.
Companies were selected based on their contribution to grid edge technology transformation – increasingly critical in today’s changing utility industry. En ergy stakeholders and other thought leaders in the industry helped select the Grid Edge 20. See the entire list.
“At Duke Energy, we continue to promote innovation as a way to make our operations more efficient — and our customers more satisfied. We are honored with this recognition,” said Caren Anders, vice president, Emerging Technology and Transmission Affairs.
Among the emerging technology projects Duke Energy is working on: energy storage, microgrids and making the grid operate with more open standards and less proprietary protocols. These efforts will help the company and customers alike with a stronger, more resilient electric grid.
“The Grid Edge 20 is an annual benchmark for our industry,” said Steve Propper, director of Grid Edge at Greentech Media. “This year’s group is made up of technology vendors making the greatest impact on the market in terms of deploying disruptive solutions commercially. It also includes utilities making smart investments to optimize their distribution network architecture and prepare for the future architecture of the grid.”
The publication noted Duke Energy’s plans for a testing facility in Gaston County, N.C., this year. Duke Energy and more than 25 companies will test new innovative techniques for the electric grid at the facility.
ONE Nordic – Tailwind for Lapland Electricity Networks
Lapland electricity network as part of ONE Nordic Group have success with their wind power projects.
We have been contracted to conduct the internal grid of the wind farm Maevaara, stage 2 at OX2.
The wind farm comprising 10 wind turbines have to start construction in August and the entire project is expected to be completed by summer 2016.
We have already supplied the internal mains to Maevaara, phase 1, which consisted of 24 wind turbines.Operation and maintenance of both the station and the network, we are responsible also.
Similar previous projects have included Uljabuouda (10 turbines), Jokkmokk Liden (10 turbines) and Blaiken Wind, Stage 1, 2 and 3 (a total of 90 wind turbines).
Lapland Electricity Network currently has about 20 employees and office is in Jokkmokk.
Read more… (in Swedish)
Alliander – Batteries from electric cars get second life on Fortress-island Pampus, the Netherlands
Fortress-island Pampus, just at the East-side of Amsterdam, will use a battery from an electric car to store energy. This way the energy use will be reduced because it be used more efficiently. Through this the island Papus set its first step towards a self-sufficient and sustainable existence and business operations. Additionally the project is to demonstrate if these batteries can have a second life on a large scale.
The future re-use of batteries by Dutch households and businesses can be an affordable way of storing energy. The coming years thousands of these batteries will become available. Additionally it contributes to the sustainable goals of the region, its businesses and organisations, such as Fortress-island Pampus.
The research project is realised by Alliander, ARN, Fortress-island Pampus foundation, DNV-GL, HAN, TU/e and Amsterdam Smart City.
Read more…(in Dutch)
- 05-06 May 2015; 3rd Annual Digital Grids & Smart Cities Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- 05-07 May 2015; Power & Electricity World Asia in Singapore
- 12-14 May 2015; African Utility Week 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa
- 19 May 2015; CEN-CENELEC – Benefits of integrating the environment in standards in Brussels, Belgium
- 20-22 May 2015; Smart Cities India 2015 in New Dehli, India
- 26-28 May 2015; Nat. Town Meeting Demand Response & Smart Grid in Washington DC, USA
- 27-28 May 2015; Smart Grid Paris 2015 in Paris, France
- 03-04 June 2015; Power & Electricity Philippines in Manilla, Philippines
- 08-09 June 2015; Mena Power Meed 2015 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
- 09-10 June 2015; Asian Utility Week in Bangkok, Thailand
- 09-11 June 2015; Modern SCADA Systems in Dubai, VAR
- 11 june 2015; Smart Communications & Technology Forum in Warsaw, Poland
- 15-16 June 2015; het slimme meter platform in Utecht, The Netherlands
- 15-18 June 2015; CIRED 2015 in Lyon, France
- 22-23 June 2015; Meter Asset Management in London, UK
- 23 June 2015; Smart Meter update in London, UK
- 31 Aug – 2 Sep; 2015 CIGRÉ Canada Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
- 14-16 Sep 2015; Smart Cities Week in Washington DC, USA
- 15-17 Sep. 2015; 2nd Power South-East Asia in Sule Shangri-La, Yangon, Myanmar.
- 22-24 Sep. 2015; SGTech Europe 2015in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- 25 Sep – 1 Oct 2015; 6th Power & Electricity Indonesia Conference in Djakarta, Indonesia
- 05-07 Oct. 2015; Smart Grid Canada in Toronto, Canada
- 13-14 Oct. 2015; 2nd Ann. Nat. Summit on Smart Grid and Climate Change in washington DC, USA
- 03-05 Nov. 2015; European Utility Week 2015 in Vienna, Austria
- 28-29 Jan. 2016; 7th Smart Energy Summit – Smart Metering and Grid Exhibition in London, UK
- 02-04 March 2016; 6th INT’L SMART GRID EXPO in Tokyo, Japan
- 15-16 March 2016; Power Electricity World Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa
EU-Commission – Innovative smart grids central to Energy Union
Innovative smart grids will play a key role in delivering the EU’s plans for Energy Union – an integrated energy market which works for consumers, keeps the EU world number one in renewables and ensures that energy supply can meet demand, Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, said at the InnoGrid 2020+ conference in Brussels on 31 March.
Europe’s energy landscape is changing fast. Today, renewables account for 25% of the EU’s electricity supply and this level could rise to 50% by 2030. Variable renewables require more grid flexibility, new approaches, new technologies and new markets. Meanwhile, consumers need to be at the heart of the EU’s internal energy market to control their energy consumption and make personal energy decisions to lower their bills.
Smart grids allow energy to flow where and when it’s needed, they make the best use of renewable energy and they keep infrastructure costs – and household energy bills – down.
“We know that smart grids work. We have seen that they can reduce the infrastructure capacity needed to meet demand by up to 30%,” Arias Cañete said.
However, for smart grids to meet their potential, a number of hurdles must be overcome. The InnoGrid 2020+ conference is set to explore the role of research in smart grids, financing, regulatory and business models and how to integrate smart grids, among other topics.
Eurelectric – Coordinate national energy policies to meet EU objectives
The European electricity industry has set out its views on the governance of the Energy Union, including the 2030 energy and climate framework. EURELECTRIC’s paper contains a number of recommendations towards building consistent and market-oriented national plans as a foundation for the Europeanisation of energy policies.
Generally, EURELECTRIC supports the development of a holistic governance system which provides for a coherent approach both to the 2030 climate and energy framework and to Europe’s broader “Energy Union” policy objectives. The governance system should ensure that the binding carbon reduction target of 40% remains the centrepiece of the 2030 framework, contributing to progress towards the 2030 targets without compromising security of supply, competitiveness, cost-efficiency and sustainability. The potential for decarbonisation in Europe can only be unlocked with sufficient investment, and EURELECTRIC thus calls for streamlined national plans that provide a predictable and reliable framework for investors, whilst achieving a level playing field for technologies.
Regional cooperation, coordination and solidarity are at the core of the Energy Union, and the governance system should support those principles. Policies that are properly coordinated and assessed in cooperation with other member states contribute to market integration and minimise market distortions across the EU. Regional cooperation also provides opportunities such as pooling resources to facilitate technology development.
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Energy Department to Provide $75 Million for ‘Fuels from Sunlight’ Hub
CENTER AIMS TO PRODUCE LIQUID TRANSPORTATION FUELS FROM SUNLIGHT
The U.S. Department of Energy today announced $75 million in funding to renew the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP), a DOE Energy Innovation Hub originally established in 2010 with the goal of harnessing solar energy for the production of fuel. JCAP researchers are focused on achieving the major scientific breakthroughs needed to produce liquid transportation fuels from a combination of sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide, using artificial photosynthesis.
While the scientific challenges of producing such fuels are considerable, JCAP will capitalize on state-of-the-art capabilities developed during its initial five years of research, including sophisticated characterization tools and unique automated high-throughput experimentation that can quickly make and screen large libraries of materials to identify components for artificial photosynthesis systems.
“Basic scientific research supported by the Department of Energy is crucial to providing the foundation for innovative technologies and later-stage research to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change,” said Under Secretary for Science and Energy Lynn Orr. “JCAP’s work to produce fuels from sunlight and carbon dioxide holds the promise of a potentially revolutionary technology that would put America on the path to a low-carbon economy.”
EU Commission-JRC – A smart grid for the city of Rome
The JRC, in collaboration with ACEA (Rome’s electricity Distribution System Operator), assessed the merits of deploying smart grids all over the city of Rome (download full report here). For the first time, the JRC’s Smart Grid Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) has been applied to a full-scale smart grid urban project, rather than (only) to a small-size pilot. The overall outlook for Rome’s smart grid project turns out as positive from both the private investor’s and the societal perspective. This report shows how the JRC’s smart grid CBA methodology can be used to assess the financial and economic viability of real Smart Grids projects and help the investment decisions of Distribution System Operators.
The Smart Grid, the upcoming generation of intelligent electricity networks, is an undisputable building block for the development of a Smart City and promises to drastically change the way power is produced, exchanged and traded.
How can smart grids help the EU Member States in achieving the ambitious energy targets for security of supply, sustainability and competitiveness?
Consistent with its mission of providing science-based support to policy makers, the JRC has developed a series of tools and methodologies to observe, simulate and assess Smart Grid developments. The wider aim is to cover socio-economic impacts of Smart Grid projects, in order to quantify the real benefits possibly gained both by investors and by society at large.
South Africa – Names bidders for 1 000MW of green power
South Africa has named preferred bidders for the fourth round of a series of renewable energy projects, that will add about 1 000MW of power to its ailing grid, industry insiders said on Tuesday.
SA is committed to introducing green energy into its power mix, 95% of which is coal at the moment, to redress its chronic electricity shortages.
Referred to as “Windows 4″, the renewable energy bidding rounds have invited bids for a range of renewable projects such as wind, photovoltaic, biomass and small scale hydro-electric.
The Department of Energy could not confirm if bidders were announced but Reuters has been able to identify some recipients.
“We have been awarded the 140MW Roggerveld wind farm and the 4.7MW Kruisvallei hydro farm,” said Gabriele Maraschin, development manager at unlisted Italian firm Building Energy.
“This means that you are awarded a power purchase agreement with Eskom, you have to reach financial close and then you can start construction.”
Italy’s Enel Green Power said it had won three contracts to generate wind power that will produce 425MW of electricity along South Africa’s eastern coastline and northern region.
Paper maker Sappi said it was selected to set up a 25MW biomass project in South Africa’s interior.
Other bidders included Johannesburg-based BioTherm.
Germany’s state-controlled KfW development bank said last week it had granted Eskom a R4bn loan to help modernise its power grid and connect new renewable energy projects to the system.
DECC – Heat Network (Metering and Billing Regulations 2014): guidance to compliance and enforcement of the legislation.
The Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014 implement the requirements in the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) with respect to the supply of distributed heat, cooling, and hot water.
The EED promotes energy efficiency in the EU to achieve the Commission’s 2020 20% headline target on energy efficiency. It lays down rules to overcome market failures that impede efficiency in the supply and use of energy.
There are many thousands of heat networks in the UK, supplying hundreds of thousands of dwellings, commercial premises, and public buildings. The legislation is enforced in the UK by the National Measurement and Regulation Office (NMRO). The NMRO is also responsible for receiving notifications under regulation 3.
ADS-Reports – The Key Players in The Global Smart Grid Networking Market 2015-2019
The report recognizes the following companies as the key players in the Global Smart Grid Networking Market: ABB Ltd., Cisco Systems, Fujitsu Ltd., GE and Huawei Investment & Holding Co. Ltd.
Other Prominent Vendors in the market are: Itron, Mitsubishi Electric, Schneider Electric and Siemens.
The report said: “The need for better energy management is one of the key trends upcoming in this market. Many power utilities are in the process of achieving end-to-end solutions to manage their energy sources. Power utilities have started adopting various smart grid technologies and networking solutions to achieve the overall goal of creating an effective smart grid system.”
Navigant – Demand Response Enabling Technologies
Metering, Communications, and Controls Equipment: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts
Demand response (DR) is becoming a growing part of the resource base that electric system operators rely on to maintain reliability on the grid. Market liberalization, economic pressures, and environmental regulations are all moving toward a path of fewer traditional central power plants and more distributed energy resources (DER) to address future energy needs. Advanced technologies can help speed this transition and make it more reliable along the way. For example, automated demand response (ADR) systems automate the DR dispatch process, from the grid operator to the DR aggregator (if involved) to the end-use customer.
A number of drivers point toward increased DR adoption in North America and other regions of the world. The changing resource mix in electric grids globally is creating more potential for DR to play a pivotal role. New market types, like ancillary services such as reserves and regulation, are opening up to DR. The concepts of resiliency and microgrids have taken strong root along the Atlantic Coast following Hurricane in 2012, and DR will be an integral part of those developments. The advent of grid modernization is also tied to this new view on how the grid should be designed. According to Navigant Research, global DR spending is expected to grow from $183.8 million in 2015 to more than $1.3 billion in 2024.