OSGP newsletter // January 2015

 

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 Apator – Contracts concluded by entities of Apator Group and RWE Stoen complying with the conditions in total the criterion of important contract.

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

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

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

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

The total value of the above liquidated damages is restricted to 30% net value of the contract. If the liquidated damages do not cover of the damages incurred, the Contractor is obligated to make payment of supplementary compensation excluding the damages followed and direct ones including profits lost. Total sum of liquidated damages and compensations from all the reasons cannot exceed 100% gross value of the contract.
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Eltel and Caruna have signed a frame agreement on improving the operational reliability of power distribution network in the southwestern parts of Finland.

The improvements on the medium and low voltage networks are carried out during the next three years. Value of the contract is EUR 40 million.

The frame agreement consists of several separate network improvement projects. Many of the overhead power lines will be replaced with underground cables. In addition to cabling existing poles will be changed, more automation will be added, hundreds of transformer stations will be installed. The agreement is based on turnkey principle meaning that Eltel takes the responsibility from project planning to execution.

“The agreement is a good example how the infrastructure markets are changing. Our works are more and more larger cabling projects. The agreement is also a great proof of Caruna’s trust in Eltel’s competences in project management and underground cabling, and it is very important for us”, says Juha Luusua, managing director of Eltel in Finland and President of Eltel Power distribution business.

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

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

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

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

This new smart metering system will provide:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Burger King® franchisee reduces energy consumption while maintaining guest comfort

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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European Commission – Smart Metering deployment in the European Union

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This includes ensuring that:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Eurelectric – Making sense of YOUR electricity Bill

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OSGP Newsletter // November 2014

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NES Patagonia security; the next level of OSGP Security – a White Paper

With NES Patagonia, our newly announced next generation platform, the security model is being reworked from the ground up, effectively setting the bar again for the industry. To build a secure grid system, we started with a clean slate and took a holistic approach grounded in the real world. We’re planning across all components and interfaces of the system, and looking towards integrating smoothly with IT security systems.
With the media taking a strong interest in security, it is easy to fall for “security theatre”, being taken in by impressive looking long keys and accredited algorithms and therefore overlooking the intricacies of a secure implementation. By taking an open and completely transparent approach we aim to work with the utility industry to build the most secure and reliable system possible. With that said, we freely acknowledge that there is no perfect system so we also prepared for intrusion response with detection and recovery mechanisms. As part of this consideration, we analyzed threat models to ensure that we considered attacks to a single device, as well as large-scale national security threats.
NES Patagonia security architecture is taking advantage of the latest tools available, including algorithms recommended by the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Data Protection Impact Assessment Template (DPIA) for Smart Grid and Smart Metering systems, and other renowned security-related initiatives. These algorithms were paired with a complete PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) system. The PKI model is designed in from the beginning and focuses on efficient implementations that aim to work for the most constrained parts of the grid. The architecture is designed with the complete life cycle of the system in mind, from the manufacturing of devices, installation, and operation to maintenance. At every level, NES is looking to prevent intrusion while supporting detection and incident response methods.
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Cedrus Enterprises Holding expands its smart energy portfolio with a new acquisition in partnership with S&T AG

Cedrus Enterprises Holding, a dynamic multi-faceted Lebanese Holding company, announced that it has acquired an equity stake in ‘Network Energy Services’ (NES) – a newly established company spearheaded by S&T AG, a leading provider of IT systems in Austria and Eastern Europe.

Cedrus Enterprises Holding has developed a business model and plan with the object of spearheading an investment program targeting the MENA and Indian sub-continent regions. The underlying strategy seeks to identify, and subsequently capitalize upon and expand, regional business opportunities available for smart metering and smart grid. The approach Cedrus intends to adopt calls for joint collaboration and effort with local, regional and international players acting through joint venture partnerships. As an added incentive, Cedrus will explore with local partner and international partners prospects that may be available for establishing NES smart meter manufacturing facilities aimed at benefiting the region it intends to serve.

Cedrus Enterprises Holding had previously invested considerable time, effort and resources in evaluating and testing almost all advanced Metering Infrastructure Vendors and had concluded that Echelon technology provides the best performing technology available in this field. It is in this context that Cedrus Enterprises Holding chose to join S&T AG in NES post acquisition of Echelon smart modernization division.

Cedrus Enterprises Holding believes that this strategic investment will substantially enhance its ability to remain highly competitive and to offer its target clients feasible, innovative and commercially viable solutions that meet their current and future needs and expectations. The company intends to capitalize on the existing demand for such smart solutions in the MENA region, especially in the Levant region, the Arab Gulf Countries and India.
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GÖRLITZ AG supports the research project SmartSCADA providing state estimation for low voltage as well as medium voltage grids

The aim is to guarantee reliable and stable power supply even in future and the research conducted within the framework of Smart SCADA is to contribute to that. SmartSCADA has been drawn up as joint project and is promoted in the context of the 6th Energy Research Programme by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Partners of the project are among others the Ettlingen-based IDS GmbH in the role of project coordinator, the technical university Kaiserslautern and the utility SWK Stadtwerke Kaiserslautern Versorgungs-AG.

Grid operators are facing new challenges due to the remarkably increased percentage of decentralized and regenerative generation plants in low voltage grids. It is not just integrating additional plants into the grid but, at the same time, also maintaining operation with only little interference and keeping standard quality of voltage. Exact knowledge of relevant system parameters especially grid voltage will be essential in future to be able to intervene and thus control and regulate grid operation.
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Schneider Electric and ERDF consolidate their smart grid partnership

By developing a flexibility management system for the electricity grid, ERDF and Schneider Electric are demonstrating their commitment to the growth of smart grids.

As part of a partnership launched over a year ago, ERDF and Schneider Electric have joined forces to develop and test innovative software and solutions for medium and low voltage grid management, for the design and monitoring of substations of the future and to facilitate the increase in renewable generation.
The increasing integration of variable renewable energies in addition to load management initiated by external operators can have a major technical impact on ERDF’s grid operations, resulting in additional costs of energy transmission and distribution.
New information and active resource management technologies are needed to meet the requirements of managing both supply-demand balancing and network capacity.
This technology allows external operators to control such resources whilst giving ErDF unprecedented visibility of this flexibility, enabling them to adjust the distribution network accordingly and make the grid more reliable.
These flexibility resources come from small-scale decentralised production facilities (< 10 MW) connected directly to the distribution network (e.g. wind or solar energy), from electricity storage, but also load management activities initiated by external operators. Such resources are aggregated to provide the necessary power to meet demand.
ERDF and Schneider Electric already collaborate in a number of smart grid projects and will strengthen their cooperation with this flexibility application for distribution network operators (ERDF, public electricity companies, etc.), through its implementation in Lyon, as part of the Greenlys* project.
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NRGI – Data Driven Decision Making in the Utility

Beyond measuring kWh consumption (measured and in 15-minute intervals, transmitted four times per day), NRGi’s smart meters also record maximum and minimum voltage, calculated and reported once daily. (On a three-phase European electrical system, this totals six additional values.) However, these meters still retain a week’s worth of hourly current and voltage data, which NRGi can request by remote as needed. The meter’s internal memory is divided into three partitions to support this strategy.

“With the current and voltage data, we get to monitor the exact status of the grid,” said Berthelsen. “If we notice that voltage is low in one area, we can do something about it, even before customers notice that there’s a problem. Analyzing data allows us to generate a ticket and start an investigation. More meter data can help us identify the source of the problem, such as a bad electrical service connection or overloading in that part of the grid.”

If consumption and hourly voltage data indicate a problem, and those values alone aren’t sufficient to indicate the cause of the problem, NRGi can reconfigure meters to learn more. For instance, voltage data can be collected in five-minute intervals, rather than hourly. “We can reconfigure the meters, gather the new data, and after a day we can start analyzing,” said Poul Berthelsen.
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Ferranti – MECOMS™ launched at SIwE’14 Conference in Poland

MECOMS™ Partner Sygnity, Microsoft Poland and Ferranti launched MECOMS™ at the “Konferencja Systemy Informatyczne w Energetyce SIwE’14” from 25 to 27 November in Poznań, Poland.
On the 1st day, MECOMS™ gained already a lot of attention thanks to the presentation by Sygnity and Microsoft and because of the introduction of the MECOMS™ Box in Polish, by Sygnity.
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Energo Audit Control reprograms 300.000 meters to “winter” time

Engineering Center “Energoauditcontrol” has rapidly finalized the reprogramming of smart electricity meters installed at major clients, such as – JSC “Federal Grid Company” and JSC “Russian Railways”, covering the railway network from Poland to and including Vladivostok.
According to the terms of the contract, work on reprogramming equipment was carried out in two stages. October 26, 2014 at 2:00 hours. At the first stage the company has to set-up software and hardware for the automatic remote reprogramming the clock-time in the meters. In the second stage, it has to check if the meters have accepted the “Winter-time” and if not to re-programme on-site as part of the service contract .Engineering Center took up the work and, in accordance with the agreements, going by the end of this year to transfer to winter time about 300.000 meters, more than 1.300 concentrators.
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Inside Kapsch. An interview with Christian Schober, CEO

Why do grids have to be intelligent? And what kind of benefits do Smart Grids offer for customers? Christian Schober, CEO Kapsch Smart Energy, talks about the importance of innovations in the electric power industry.

As a concept, smart energy is clearly a tag cloud meaning many things. To keep it short, I would define it as the intelligent use of energy resources that regrettably we do not really care for any more when it comes to electrical energy. Smart grid means an intelligent energy network. The energy system, the energy nodes, i.e. the grid nodes, have to be more intelligent, this is what smart grid means. Smart metering, in turn, is a small part of this smart grid, only a small piece of the jigsaw, and focuses on ensuring that we extend this grid, this intelligence, to households. Smart metering, new intelligent meters that offer many functions and can communicate with the central office, with the network operator; this has many benefits for both the network operator and for households. For me, households also have a right to know about their energy consumption. Because just now that is not the case.
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Eltel Networks led consortium signs a EUR 75 million contract in Poland

Eltel Networks Olsztyn, Polish subsidiary of Eltel Group Corporation, has signed together with its two consortium partners, a power transmission contract with PSE Operator in Poland. The total value of the contract is EUR 75 million, which is split in three equal shares thus providing Eltel Networks with a value of EUR 25 million.
The new contract is a project of double circuit 400kV overhead transmission line between Jasiniec and Pątnów substations, with delivery by the end of 2019. The project is comprised of a complete design, right of way, land easements, reconstruction of crossing lines and all construction works of a new 105 km 2×400 kV ovehead transmission line. Eltel Networks Olsztyn acts in this project as a consortium leader together with SAG Elbud Gdańsk and Elfeko Gdynia as partners.
The project of 2x400kV overhead line Jasiniec – Pątnów is among the biggest PSE’s investments in Poland today. The new line will secure power supplies to Bydgoszcz and Toruń metropoles with a total of 700,000 citizens.
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Fortum signs an RD partnership agreement with Cleantech Invest

Fortum Corporation and Cleantech Invest Plc have signed an agreement on partnership with regard to business development activities, potential future cleantech investments as well as information sharing.
​The agreement is aimed at creating new business opportunities for Fortum and accelerating growth and value creation for Cleantech Invest’s portfolio companies. According to the agreement, contacts and cooperation between Cleantech Invest’s portfolio companies and Fortum will be increased. As an example Fortum may conduct portfolio companies’ proof of concept testing in its power plants and among its customers. The agreement also covers sharing of energy sector information and technology development.

“As part of Fortum’s R&D activities, we have a high ambition level for new cleantech demonstrations to improve our current businesses and also to create new growth opportunities. Cleantech Invest, a very well-known Finnish investor among early phase cleantech companies, creates natural opportunities for beneficial co-operation in our core market areas” says Heli Antila, Fortum’s Chief Technology Officer.
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ONE signs framework agreement on technical consulting services with Vattenfall Distribution

ONE Nordic signs framework agreement with Vattenfall Distribution AB concerning the suborder of technical consultancy services. The agreement covers the years 2015 and 2016 with an option to extend for up to another two years.
“It is particularly gratifying that the ONE will be delivering technical consultants when Vattenfall Distribution will significantly increase the volume of new construction and re-investments in electricity networks in the coming years”, said Leif Carlsson, Key Account Manager for Vattenfall Distribution.
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Energimidt – CLEVER creates new opportunities for electric cars in Denmark

CLEVER make a massive investment in charging stations for electric cars. The charging network is upgraded to all ports and standard to fast charge all electric cars with a total of 263 new charging points. At the same time shorten the charging time for 20-30 minutes for all electric cars. The effort is part of a new offensive strategy for the infrastructure for electric cars that make Denmark a more attractive electric car country. In total, CLEVER with the new plans for 2015 have more than 543 charging points. That’s more than double the quick charging possibilities of electric cars in Denmark.
Along with four other Danish energy companies share Energimidt ownership of CLEVER and is thus a very active player in the effort to make Denmark an attractive electric car country both for automakers, other investors and consumers. Energimidt is through co-ownership of CLEVER front on the front row when the development of society and good energy conversion are discussed.
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DNV-GL – Enhanced Smart Cable Guard technology for medium voltage cable systems reduces operating costs and increases reliability for utilities and industrial asset owners

Smart Cable Guard solution continuously monitors and immediately detects the exact location of faults in medium voltage (MV) power cable systems
Real-time cable condition information accelerates repair time, increases reliability of MV power cable systems and reduces overall service costs for utilities and industrial asset owners
“Smart Cable Guard has proved to be a very attractive solution for accurate and quick on-line detection of faults in our network. For this reason, we already guard our circuits using DNV GL’s solution, and there will be more to come,” said Denny Harmsen, Senior Innovation Consultant at Alliander, one of the main Distribution Network Utilities in the Netherlands.
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Oracle -Utilities and Big Data: A Seismic Shift is Beginning

Evolution. Transformation. These are the words most often used to describe the journey of new systems and new processes being undertaken by today’s electric, gas and water utilities. The goal: a new utility structure capable of meeting the needs of the twenty-first century demands, as well as the needs, of its enlightened customers.
Not surprisingly, big data and predictive analytics provide the transformative cornerstone of the new utility. Terabyte after terabyte of new data streaming in from many different sources has forced utilities to re-examine how they look at information strategy, operational structure and customer engagement, as well as their abilities as an enterprise to cope with change and take more holistic, enterprise-wide advantage of the new data flow.
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Energy: EU invests €647 million in key energy infrastructure

Today Member States agreed to allocate €647 million to support key priority infrastructure projects. The bulk of the support goes to gas projects in the Baltic region as well as in Central Eastern and South Eastern Europe. Funding will come from an EU programme called the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). The supported projects will increase Europe’s energy security and help end the isolation of Member States from EU-wide energy networks. They will also contribute to the completion of a European energy market and the integration of renewables to the electricity grid.
Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for energy, Günther H. Oettinger said: “I welcome today’s decision, which will help us to quickly build the infrastructure we need to ensure Europe’s energy security. The geopolitical crisis has highlighted the need to better connect energy networks. This is also crucial for an integrated energy market where consumers get the best value for their money.”
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NIST Releases Final Version of Smart Grid Framework, Update 3.0

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published its NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 3.0, a document that reflects advances in smart grid technologies and developments from NIST’s collaborative work with industry stakeholders. Revisions to its guidelines for smart grid cybersecurity are available as well.
The 3.0 framework updates the plan for transforming the nation’s aging electric power system into an interoperable smart grid—a network that will integrate information and communication technologies with the power-delivery infrastructure, enabling two-way flows of energy and communications. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 established a goal to modernize the nation’s electricity system and assigned to NIST the primary responsibility to coordinate development of a framework to achieve interoperability of smart grid devices and systems.
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EU Meter-ON project provides its final recommendations on smart metering roll-outs

Today the two year project Meter-ON publishes its final results, a combination of observations, lessons learnt and recommendations for policy makers, national regulatory authorities (NRAs), distribution system operators (DSOs) and other stakeholders interested in positively impacting future smart metering deployment efforts.
Thanks to the efforts made during the last two years in gathering and analysing the existing experience and knowledge from the most representative smart metering roll-outs in Europe, Meter-ON has provided a better understanding of today’s status, the technical and regulatory obstacles faced, and the best way forward.
With its contributions and findings, the Meter-ON consortium hopes to significantly contribute to the preparation, acceleration and optimisation of smart metering technologies and infrastructures in Europe and welcomes invitations to present these results to the smart metering community, including national actors.
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EURELECTRIC recommends 10 steps to secure and increase electricity investment in the European Neighbourhood

Concerted effort is needed to attract investment in Europe’s ‘eighth energy region’, spanning EU and non-EU countries in Southeast Europe, EURELECTRIC says in a newly published paper. The paper was launched at a joint EURELECTRIC-Energy Community event today. Most countries of the region are affiliated to EURELECTRIC.
Although energy demand in the region is expected to increase, members of the Energy Community (EnC) in particular are not attracting sufficient private capital and investment in electricity generation assets and infrastructure. Most notably, several governments of the region have recently signed up to populist measures that have scared present European private investors away.
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EDNA – Smart Metering-Perfectionism: Germany is out of Business

EDNA sends open letter to the German Federal Minister of Economics and Energy Mr Sigmar Gabriel

The attempt on laws to develop a “perfect system” for the smart metering has brought the market for smart metering systems in Germany to an almost standstill. In an open letter to the Federal Minister of Economics and Energy Mr Sigmar Gabriel,  EDNA – German Federal Association for Energy Markets – warns therefore to continue this operation to strive to perfectionism. The attempt to develop in one exercise a full-secured measurement and communication system to install directly in the market, is doomed to fail. The next few months should rather be used to implement the pending regulations with all his strength to push forward through practical and above all, fair market rules. The new technologies should be tested and upgraded during pilot phase. The equipment rolled out during this period should fulfil the existing requirements; the next generation of devices need to fulfil the additional ones. Full implementation of the Data-Protection law and the BSI safety standards makes more sense after achieving appropriate quantities and on the basis of the gathered experience than an overstressed specified system prior to the introduction, concludes the first thesis of the open letter.
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DECC -Smart Metering Implementation Programme

The requirement to install metering equipment in Great Britain which complies with these Smart Metering Equipment Technical Specifications (SMETS) arises from standard licence conditions 39, 40 and 50.10 in electricity supply licences and standard conditions 33, 34 and 44.10 in gas supply licences.

This document has been brought into force by the Secretary of State on [ ] for the purposes of the relevant licence conditions. SMETS2 v1.57 was notified to the European Commission in accordance with the requirements of Article 8 of Directive 98/34/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down a procedure for the provision of information in the field of technical standards and regulations (OJ L 204, 21.7.1998, p. 37) as amended by Directive 98/48/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 217, 5.8.1998, p. 18). The Government is currently considering if renotification is required due to the changes made in this version (v1.58), compared to v1.57.

The Smart Metering technical and security architecture is based on a suite of agreed, open standards, reflecting the UK Government strategy to facilitate the development of third party innovative solutions for consumer devices.

Mutual recognition: Any requirement for any device to comply with any of the technical specifications contained or referred to in this document shall be satisfied by compliance with:

  1. a relevant standard or code of practice of a national standards body or equivalent body of any EEA State or Turkey; or
  2. any relevant international standard recognised for use in any EEA State or Turkey; or
  3. any relevant technical regulation with mandatory or de facto mandatory application for marketing or use in any EEA State or Turkey

in so far as compliance with the standard, code of practice or technical regulation in question enables the equipment to achieve, in an equivalent manner, all of the physical, functional, interface and data capabilities that are achieved by compliance with the requirements of any of the technical specifications contained or referred to in this document.
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OSGP newsletter // October 2014

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OSGP Alliance Members Win Major Smart City Project at Poland’s Largest Utility

Multivendor OSGP based AMI System To Be Deployed to 330.000 Households in Smart City Wroclaw Project

Tauron Dystrybucja S.A., the largest utility in Poland with over 5 million residential customers has selected a multivendor OSGP based system for its Smart City Wroclaw Project.

LG-CNS - Tauron-1From the left,
Vice President of LG CNS Smart Green Business Unit: Mr. Jiseob Kim
and
CEO of Tauron: Mr. Piotr Kolodziej

The winning consortium led by OSGP Alliance member LG CNS Co. Ltd of Korea and joined by WorldIT Systems Ltd., Eltel Networks A/S and Eltel Olsztyn SA bid interoperable OSGP meters from member companies Networked Energy Services Corporation, formally the Grid Modernization division of Echelon Corporation, of the United States and Apator SA of Poland.  Built on the NES System, an award-winning OSGP based smart grid infrastructure solution, the complete, turnkey system will serve approximately 330.000 end users in Wroclaw, the largest city in western Poland and fourth-largest in the nation.

“This project in Wroclaw is the first in Poland, in which meters will be delivered by two manufacturers; Apator and Networked Energy Services Corporation. It is also the largest single deployment of this project scope in such a big city like Wroclaw,” says Piotr Kolodziej, President TAURON Distribution. “The aim of the project is to provide customers with the tools for effective monitoring of electricity consumption, and assist the company with the next step in improving its electricity distribution process.”

“The smart grid market is a key focus area for growth within LG CNS,” said Jiseob Kim, Vice President of the LG CNS Smart Green Business Unit. “We are pleased that our first win is with a utility of the reputation and sophistication of Tauron and look forward to many more OSGP systems win in the future. It is a great milestone for the consortium and for the entire OSGP ecosystem. By successfully carrying out this business, we will accelerate our entry into the energy management market in Europe and in the long run, will become a world-class energy management company that represents Korea.”

Tauron, like all Polish utilities, has a mandate to replace 80% of its existing meters with smart meters by 2020 that meet the stringent Polish and EU regulations. The Smart City Wroclaw project is the first step toward meeting that mandate.  When completed, almost 5 million Tauron customers and approximately 16 million smart meters in total could be deployed across Poland as a result of the EU 2020 mandate.

LG-CNS - Tauron-2LG CNS and Tauron promised to carry out the business successfully.
From the left are Vice President of Tauron Marek Kleszczewski, Vice President of LG CNS Jiseob Kim,
CEO of Tauron Piotr Kolodziej, Sales Senior Leader of LG CNS Sang Dong Kim

 

Harry Crijns

Secertary OSGP Alliance
contact: secr@osgp.org

OSGP-EUW

OSGP – One year old – Anniversary during European Utility Week
–  A great year for the OSGP Alliance  –

OSGP Alliance growing
The OSGP Alliance had a great year after the re-launch at EUW 2013. Many companies, from around the world,  joined the Alliance to show their support and commitment for OSGP (Open Smart Grid Protocol). Manufacturers like Mitsubishi Electric, Viko Panasonic, Apator, ModemTec, ConLog and EDMI, as well as integrators like Kapsch, RMS, Cedrus, Asay, and S&T joined the Alliance and are implementing OSGP in their hardware or software solutions and services.

More products received certification
Various new products have received certification from the OSGP Alliance after  DNV GL compliance testing including products from  Mitsubishi Electric and Echelon, and others products, such as from Apator, are currently in the testing and certification process and awarding is expected at the EUW 2014. DNV GL provides compliance testing for OSGP devices like smart meters. The list of products is growing, and the OSGP Alliance received many requests for product certification based on DNV GL compliance testing.

Significant presence at European Utility Week with a focus on security
The OSGP Alliance is hosting a pre-conference workshop Monday afternoon, November 3rd. The OSGP workshop will be beneficial for utilities, as well as hardware and software developers who want to increase their understanding of the Open Smart Grid Protocol. The OSGP booth in the exhibition area has been enlarged based on the experience from last year and the demand from members to participate in the EUW booth. Companies including Apator, ETM, FlexEnergy, Görlitz, Greenbird Integration Technology, LG CNS, Mitsubishi Electric, Networked Energy Services (NES), Powel, Ubitronix and Vidcom have agreed to demonstrate their innovative solutions for smart grid management. The latest products include further security enhancements to address the biggest issue facing the industry, which is security.

Expanding footprint, OSGP project wins
Various consortia  of companies joined forces to offer state of the art interoperable solutions all over the world. Tauron in Poland is one example where the combination of integrators LG CNS and WITS, along with manufacturers like Apator and Networked Energy Services offering interoperability, were able to offer a more attractive solution than other bidders. Tauron, the largest utility in Poland with over 5 million residential customers, selected the award-winning OSGP based smart grid infrastructure solution for its complete, turnkey system that will serve approximately 330,000 end users  as part of its Smart City Project in Wroclaw, the largest city in western Poland.

Showcase at OSGP Alliance EUW Booth 1.B18
Come and visit the OSGP Alliance, meet members to exchange experiences, see the latest evolution of technology and solutions, and get insight about state of the art secure smart grid solutions.
More information about the OSGP booth and workshop see our website

Kind regards,

Harry Crijns
Secretary OSGP Alliance
E-mail: secr@osgp.org

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GÖRLITZ – IDSpecto deployed in pilot project at major DSO in Slovakia

With a pilot project comprising 30.000 smart meters, the Slovakian distribution system operator ZSE (Západoslovenská energetika) takes a major step into the smart metering future.

The smart meter data management system IDSpecto from GÖRLITZ will be applied for the management of devices and measured values.

It is estimated that a total of 620.000 smart meters will be installed throughout Slovakia by 2020. This is approximately 80% of all electricity consumers with a yearly consumption of over 4 megawatt hours. To achieve the objective, the Slovakian distribution system operator ZSE starts with a pilot project of 30.000 smart meters to be fitted by the end of 2015. The company, a member of the E.ON Group, is supported by GÖRLITZ Austria GmbH and the Slovakian companies Schrack Technik s.r.o. and Energotel a.s. The core of the complete solution is the SmartMDM IDSpecto from GÖRLITZ.

In addition to a comprehensive meter data management (MDM), the modular concept of IDSpecto provides a Head-End-System (HES) which, independently of energy sectors, administrates a variety of electricity meters from different manufacturers. Due to the integration to the existing SAP system and other back-end systems, it creates a platform enabling an automated data exchange and integrated processes. The flexible scalability ensures the adaptation to any infrastructure permitting the management of all 1.1 million metering points of the ZSE supply area by the use of an adequate hardware and software extension. ZSE has been convinced by the comprehensive functionality and scalability of the solution.

However, the IDSpecto is not a completely new solution for ZSE. The company has been deploying the previous version for remote reading and energy data management over 10 years. The current installation undertakes daily readings of around 6.000 C&I customers and more than 14.000 transformer stations. In sum over 275.000 load profiles are already recorded and processed per day.
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Alliander Telecom founded to set up own mobile network

Dutch utility network companies Stedin and Liander have signed a deal to work together with data traffic, setting up and managing a joint communication network. The companies want the new network to read smart energy meters and to then communicate with sensors on the energy networks.
Network company Alliander Telecom, the parent of Liander, acquired a CDMA license and transmitter site in 2013 that will be used for the mobile communications network. Both the license and transmitter site will become part of Utility Connect, in which Eneco Group, the parent of Stedin, will have a 40 percent stake. KPN will bring deployment and management support for the network.
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Fortum to launch sale of Swedish grid this month

Finland’s Fortum this month will launch a sale of its Swedish power grid, which is seen fetching around 6 billion euros ($7,5 billion), three people familiar with matter said.
The sale follows Fortum’s divestments of its smaller Finnish and Norwegian grids and is part of a trend. European energy firms are selling distribution networks, while electricity prices are low, and focussing on power generation and renewable energy.
The sources, who declined to be identified because details of the process are not public, said the sale could be completed around the end of the first quarter next year. Fortum declined to comment.
Citi and Danske Bank, which also managed the Finnish sale, are handling the process as advisers for state-controlled Fortum.
Many of the potential buyers for the Swedish grid had also taken part in the auction of the Finnish grid, which fetched 2,55 billion euros in December last year.
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One million customers sign up to E.ON Rewards as new research reveals four in five Brits are now on loyalty reward schemes

Money-savvy Brits are reaping the benefits of company reward schemes with the majority of people (80%) signed up to at least one, according to new research from E.ON.
The study found that customer reward initiatives are proving hugely popular with a fifth of respondents (20%) claiming to be a member of five or more schemes. A quarter of people say they’re at least £50 a year better off as a result.
The research has been conducted as E.ON celebrates its millionth customer signing up to receive E.ON Reward Points. To mark the milestone, E.ON will be giving away one million Tesco Clubcard points to its customers.

David Bird, Residential and Customer Operations Director at E.ON, said: “We understand that loyalty and trust are important in any relationship, and it’s no different for energy companies. Our customers are always our priority, and we’re working hard to improve our relationship with them.
“One million customers signing up to our E.ON Rewards programme is a landmark moment. Through initiatives like this, we hope to show our customers that we’re listening so we can deliver the improvements they tell us matter most to them.”
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SEAS-NVE – The future comes to the island of Asko

SEAS-NVE sets Asko on Denmark’s digital map. The small island Asko in Smålandsfarvandet will soon be able to enjoy the benefits of having the best Danish Internet. SEAS-NVE has rolledout a new submarine cable to the island, and the cable will secure the future of the island’s digital communications and the island’s electricity supply.

“Asko is a great example of our commitment to the deployment of fiber optic network. The small island had never been on the digital map of Denmark, whose task was left to market forces, but SEAS-NVE and Fibia can jointly handle the job for the benefit of residents and regional development, “says Ole Hillebrandt, managing director of Fibia.
Fibia is a fusion of SEAS-NVE and NRGi’s fiber network activities. In future it Fibia to deliver fiber-to SEAS-NVE Zealand members and NRGi’s eastern Jutland members.
Read more…(in Danish)

Stadtwerke Feldkirch – Smart Meter City Feldkirch

Stadtwerke Feldkirch is one of the first Austrian utilities that switched over to smart meters.

Why postpone, it has to be done anyway? In 2020, according to an EU Regulation, 80% of the electricity meters must be replaced by smart meters. Austria went one step further.
The Austrian Ministry for Energy and the Environment adopted an amendment; 95% must be converted by 2019. Many utilities mean that this is over the limit. The utilities defend themselves anyway, because they need to make the conversion but how can they absorb the extra costs, they do not know.

Converted to 75%
Nevertheless, the Stadtwerke Feldkirch started to realise this topic. As the first utility company ever the city utility started to exchange their meters. “For the moment we have converted 75% of the meters into smart meters,” explained managing director Manfred Trefalt. “In 2008 we started with those meters, which had to be recalibrated anyway. The Stadtwerke Feldkirch has rolled out 19.000 electric smart meters, an investment round about 1,35 million euros”, calculated Mr. Trefalt.  “This sum is part of the network costs. A smart meter costs than three times a conventional electricity meter. But in the long term they will be paid back. With the new smart meters we save on maintenance and personnel costs, so in the long term it is worth it,” says Mr. Trefalt, who is head of the city utility since 2002.

Stadtwerke Feldkirch was the first utility that concretely rolled out smart meters in Austria. Meanwhile, the Linz AG and Energie AG have converted parts of their electricity meter park as well.

Consumer and privacy
“The privacy issue is excessive” according to is Mr. Trefalt. “We have very high safety standards in Austria. In addition, the system does not operate in real time.”
“A husband who is on the road cannot not check what his wife is doing at home” said Mr. Trefalt with a wink. “Indeed the meter values will be recorded every fifteen minutes. But the data is deleted, if there is no explicit consent from the consumers. According to Law only one value per day is read and recorded”. Mr.Trefalt is certainly satisfied with the previous implementation. “Technically it works fine, we have no complaints.”
Read more…(in German)

ONE Nordic controls the public lighting in the city of Sigtuna

Sigtuna Municipality has engaged ONE Nordic AB to manage the operation and maintenance of public lighting in their city. The public lighting covers approximately 7500 lights that light up the streets, roads, sidewalks, bike paths, tunnels, facilities and parks. The assignment is for two years from end 2014 to end 2016, with an option for an extension 2 years.
Under the agreement, ONE Nordic responsible for performing preventive maintenance, replacement of light bulbs, and error recovery for harm lighting installations. The work also includes minor renovations and duty around the clock.
“ONE Nordic won the contract against stiff competition. The quality and price clinched the deal. We are very excited to be launching cooperation with ONE Nordic because we know they have a good reputation in the industry and extensive experience in the lighting field, says Mona Iver Bring, lighting engineer in Sigtuna Municipality.
“This transaction expands ONE Nordic’s market share of sand in the lighting field in Mälardalen. The deal shows that we have a competitive offer and we are the leader in the field, “says Jan Bardell, CEO of ONE Nordic Group.
Read more…(in Norwegian)

Vattenfall challenges Dong’s offshore wind

Vattenfall to enter race with Dong for best and cheapest offshore wind turbines, writes Danish business daily Borsen. New Vattenfall head, Magnus Hall, will lower prices to match Dong’s ambition to make offshore wind at least 40 per cent cheaper. Moreover, Hall is out to make Vattenfall greener. Dong welcomes the offensive.
After a slow period in the wake of the financial crisis, Vattenfall brings in Magnus Hall as new CEO:
“We shall be the leading operator when it comes to the changeover towards renewable energy. Thus, wind energy is a natural part of our expansion options,” says Magnus Hall to Borsen.
The messages from the new CEO has received both positive and skeptical response from analysts  and experts. K2 Management’s CEO, Henrik Stamer and FTI Consulting’s chief of wind power, Feng Zhao applauds Vattenfall’s offensive statement. HIS Energy’s chief analyst, Magnus Dale, is more skeptical:
“The message from Vattenfall is very offensive. Our expectation is that within the next decade it would be possible to lower the price with 20 percent for a basic wind farm.”
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European Commission welcomes electricity subsea cables linking Norway to Germany and UK

The EU Commission welcomed the announcement made today by the Norwegian government to licence the construction of two subsea cables linking Norway to Germany and UK. The two 1400 MW subsea cables will enable the three countries to exchange electricity and use the Norwegian hydropower potential.
Vice-President of the EU Commission, responsible for Energy, Günther H. Oettinger said: “This will help enormously to integrate renewable energy in North-West Europe. Germany and UK can sell renewable energy to Norway when weather conditions are such that they produce a lot and Norway can sell electricity from hydropower. This will benefit both sides and balance the system.”
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US-DOE: Customer Participation in the Smart Grid: Lessons Learned

The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability has released a new report titled “Customer Participation in the Smart Grid: Lessons Learned.” The report highlights the experiences of four Recovery Act Smart Grid Investment Grant projects with customer education and outreach efforts, which are key ingredients for Smart Grid success.
The report is now available for downloading…

DECC – The Big Energy Saving Network on your doorstep

Helping households to cut their energy bills, Climate change and Energy

We’ve launched our Big Energy Saving Network map. Find out if there’s a volunteer group near you offering advice on how to save energy and money.
It’s Big Energy Saving Week and thousands of people have been getting involved in local events to help spread the word about the best ways of saving energy and keeping warm.
As part of the week, DECC today launched its Big Energy Saving Network map so you can find out if there’s a volunteer group near you and if so, who to contact to find out more.

Big Energy Saving Network map
Do you know someone cut off from internet access, or who needs advice to understand the choices available to them when it comes to energy bills?
We know that some people, especially the vulnerable, and older or disabled people, may need extra help.
That’s where the Big Energy Saving Network comes in. The Department of Energy and Climate Change funds a local volunteer network to provide people with year-round advice on switching energy suppliers, installing energy efficiency measures or simply learning how to pay a bill online. It’s already helped over 90,000 hard to reach, vulnerable energy consumers.
Since the Network launched in 2013, we’ve given over £2m in funding – this year, DECC will fund 170 individual BESN projects being delivered by around 90 different organisations.
The Network is made up of a broad range of groups such as housing associations, Citizens Advice Bureaux and community energy initiatives.
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EU-Commission – Common rules and Infrastructure needed to complete EU Energy Market

An integrated EU energy market is the most cost-effective way to ensure secure and affordable supplies to EU citizens and mitigate climate change. A completed internal energy market could bring net economic benefits between 16 and 40 billion euros each year. Substantial progress has been achieved to date but in order to reap full benefits more investment is needed in strategic cross-border infrastructure, and developing smart grids for electricity. Common and transparent rules on how the energy grids are used need to be put in place. These are the main points of the Communication on the challenges for completing the internal energy market released by the European Commission today.
Günther H. Oettinger, Vice-President of the EU Commission responsible for energy said: “If energy markets are well connected and common rules are in place there’s not much room left to use energy supplies as a political instrument. With proper price signals and sufficient infrastructure, energy is produced where it’s cheapest and sent to where it is needed. All this translates into secure energy supplies all over Europe and lower bills for consumers.”
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US-DOE: Municipal Utilities’ Investment in Smart Grid Technologies Improves Services and Lowers Costs

The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability has released a new Smart Grid report describing the activities of three municipal utilities that received funding through the Recovery Act Smart Grid Investment Grant program. “Municipal Utilities’ Investment in Smart Grid Technologies Improves Services and Lowers Costs” reports on the benefits of the cities’ investments, including improved operating efficiencies, lower costs, shorter outages, and reduced peak demands and electricity consumption.
The report is now available for downloading…

PR-Wire – Southeast Asian Countries To Invest $13,6bn In Smart Grid Infrastructure

Southeast Asian countries will invest $13.6bn in smart grid infrastructure between 2014 and 2024. This investment will include smart metering and the modernization of electricity transmission and distribution networks with sensors, communications and software. By 2024, the largest markets will be Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippinesand Vietnam, according to a new study published today by Northeast Group, LLC.

“Smart grid investment over the next decade will shift from North America and Europe to emerging market regions,” said Ben Gardner, president of Northeast Group. “Southeast Asian countries are just beginning on the path of modernizing their electric infrastructure. Strong GDP growth of nearly 6% through 2018 and corresponding growth in electricity demand will help lay the foundation for investment. Electrification programs and growth in renewable resources will also drive investment. Singapore is currently leading the region in development but later in the decade the large markets of Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines will account for significant smart grid investment.”
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EURELECTRIC welcomes European Council decision on the 2030 climate & energy policy framework

The European Council yesterday adopted an ambitious framework for climate & energy towards 2030, showing that Europe continues to take climate action seriously. Importantly, Heads of States and governments decided go ahead with a binding target of an at least 40% domestic reductions in greenhouse gases and to rely firmly on the Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) to deliver this objective. EURELECTRIC is particularly pleased to see the clear decision to consolidate the EU ETS mechanism through a strengthening of the annual factor to reduce the cap from 1.74% to 2.2% as of 2021 and with the additional endorsement of the ETS Market Stability Reserve proposal.

Reacting to this, EURELECTRIC President Johannes Teyssen said: “yesterday’s decision sets a clear greenhouse gases reduction target for all Member States and provides the necessary investment signal for low-carbon technologies. Of utmost importance is now a rapid reform of the EU ETS, as stipulated by the majority of Member States”. He added that it is of utmost importance to introduce the Market Stability Reserve from 2017.
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IEEE Joint Task Force on Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) Submits Final Report to the U.S. Department of Energy

IEEE, the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, today announced that the IEEE Joint Task Force on Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) submitted its final report to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on a specific set of priority issues related to the following:

  • Renewable intermittency on the electric power grid and the potential role of storage;
  • Utility and energy company business cases related to microgrids and distributed generation (DG), such as rooftop photovoltaics;
  • The technical implications for the grid of electric vehicle (EV) integration;
  • The implications and importance of the aging infrastructure and the overall asset management;
  • Recommendations for metrics for addressing smart grid;
  • Skilled workforce issues; and
  • Condition and performance of the electric grid

The report is in response to an initiative created by President Obama via a Presidential Memorandum he issued in January 2014. The President directed several U.S. Federal agencies to undertake a Quadrennial Energy Review and report their findings in January 2015. Subsequently, the U.S. DOE selected several priority topics and requested that the IEEE provide its insights.
Download the report…

European utilities are world leaders in renewable energy, new ranking shows

European utilities are among the greenest utilities in the world, according to the latest edition of a global utility ranking published by Energy Intelligence.
Spanish utility Iberdrola and Portuguese utility EDP lead the Top 100 Green Utilities list. In total, 6 of the top 10 companies are European, including Iberdrola, EDP, Enel, DONG Energy, EDF, and E.ON.
Published in EI New Energy, the global Top 100 Green Utilities ranking is based on renewable energy portfolio and greenhouse gas emissions. This year’s edition shows that renewable technologies accounted for a staggering 80% of new generation added by large utilities in 2013, compared with 30% in 2012.
“This ranking confirms European utilities’ role as global leaders on green energy. Indeed, European electricity companies today are instrumental in turning Europe’s low-carbon energy transition into reality. EURELECTRIC and its members are continuously working to ensure that investment in green energy remains attractive and that Europe’s energy system adapts as the share of renewable energy continues to grow,” said EURELECTRIC Secretary General Hans ten Berge.
EI New Energy, a specialist publication covering trends in carbon, renewable energy, and transportation, selected 100 of the largest power generators from around the world, accounting for just over half of global capacity. The ranking evaluated their “greenness” according to carbon dioxide emissions per megawatt hour, volume of renewable energy capacity, and proportion of renewables to total capacity.
Download the report…

REUTERS – Popular electricity smart meters in Spain can be hacked, researchers say

Network-connected electricity meters installed in millions of homes across Spain lack essential security controls, according to two researchers who say the vulnerabilities leave room for hackers to carry out billing fraud or even cause blackouts.
Security experts Javier Vazquez Vidal and Alberto Garcia Illera said in an interview on Monday that so-called smart meters installed by a Spanish utility to meet government energy efficiency goals lack basic safeguards to thwart hackers.
The researchers said flawed code in reprogrammable memory chips enable them to remotely shut down power to individual households, switch meter readings to other customers and insert network “worms” that could cause widespread blackouts.
“You can just take over the hardware and inject your own stuff,” Vazquez Vidal said, referring to the threat that hackers could insert malicious code into one box and use it to control nearby meters, and thereby cascade an attack across the network.
Read more…

OSGP-EUW

 

Meet OSGP Alliance during EUW – European Utility Week in Amsterdam

The OSGP Alliance will be present at the EUW in a common booth with its members to meet in person and to update you

  • about Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) ? the world? leading dynamic, reliable, multi-vendor and multi-application smart grid standard. See field interoperability of meters, grid sensors, gateways and load control devices from industry leading manufacturers
  • Get information on the successful utility projects that include more than 4 million OSGP based Smart Meters and Smart Grid devices worldwide.
  • Learn about the most recent OSGP project for 330.000 meters with Tauron, Poland?s largest utility. The project involves several OSGP Alliance members including LG CNS, WITS, Eltel Networks, NES and Apator.
  • How OSGP?s Grid Applications provide actionable data and analytics to enable utilities to act in a timely way to ensure the safety, reliability and efficiency of the grid as it is modernized.

Join us in OSGP Alliance Booth 1.B18

November 4 – 6, 2014
Amsterdam RAI Convention Center, Europaplein 22, 1078 GZ  in Amsterdam
Click here to register for a free visitor pass: European-utility-week and OSGP

If you arrive before, please join us at he pre-conference OSGP workshop concerning; Flexible solutions to reach interoperability between Systems and parties connected to the Energy Infrastructure.

This workshop will be on:

Monday, 3 November 2014 starting at 13.00 hours end around 18.00 hours
Hosted by: OSGP Alliance
This seminar is free of chargeClick here to register

If you want to participate at the EUW conference, OSGP is happy to offer you a 20% reduction on the conference fee.
Start with his link OSGP – Conference EUW and fill out the registration procedure on the EUW website.

More information about the OSGP booth and workshop see our website

Kind regards,
Harry Crijns
Secretary OSGP Alliance

E-mail: secr@osgp.org

November the 3rd – OSGP Workshop at European Utility Week

A flexible solution to reach interoperability between Systems and parties connected to the Energy Infrastructure.

The OSGP Alliance is pleased to announce the OSGP Seminar that will supply information about the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) and share the Alliance’s vision with stakeholders involved in the modernization of existing power systems and the development of new Smart Grid applications.

Worldwide there are already millions of devices communicating with and controlled by the OSGP. As many different protocols used in energy systems will be interconnected in the future because of the increased hybrid use of the power system, focusing on interoperability and information security is a must.

Other considerations include the growing use of distributed resources, E-mobility and the application of distributed storage. These as well as how OSGP supports other protocols and data models will be covered in this seminar together with the operational functionality of OSGP.

Monday, 3 November 2014 | 13.00 – 18.00
Hosted by: OSGP Alliance
This seminar is free of charge – Click here to register

 

Reasons to attend:

  • Learn about the new information era in developing future distribution systems
  • Explore vision behind data collection, communication and advanced control
  • See how the protocol and technology are applied in systems of an extensive size
  • Determine  how to cope with large amounts of metering and utility grid information
  • Discover how to not only collect data but really go for actual control of the power systems and the customer systems connected
  • Examine outline of the application of the OSGP protocol and related systems
  • Explore why the protocol and technology should be flexible, secure and future proof
  • Learn how OSGP supports other protocols and why this is an important feature of OSGP
  • Consider how to avoid technology lock-in
  • Learn about preparing for OSGP conformance and operability testing, including preparation of use cases, test cases and a test plan and how devices can become “OSGP Certified” based on successful OSGP Conformance testing
  • Discover how you can extend the functionality of your power system, beyond the application of Smart Metering in the field of demand response (DR) and Power System diagnosis
  • Consider how standardization and innovation go hand-in-hand
    See how the OSGP Alliance supports the use and development of OSGP
  • Learn how to participate in the development of OSGP and related applications as well as how to become a participating member of the OSGP Alliance

 

Seminar leaders:

  • Teus de Zwart is senior director International Standards of Echelon and Chairman of the Working Group SG Standards of the OSGP Alliance, the driver behind OSGP.
  • Second trainer to be announced – regarding the demonstration of OSGP devices being an electricity Smart Meter and the data management to the head-end applications of the Utility.

Who should attend:
Stakeholders involved in engineering, designing and the operation of Smart Grid applications connected to the power and communication infrastructure of a Power Utility.

For more information, please contact us at: secr@osgp.org

 

Jan 31

OSGP newsletter // January 2015

 

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 Apator – Contracts concluded by entities of Apator Group and RWE Stoen complying with the conditions in total the criterion of important contract.

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

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

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

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

The total value of the above liquidated damages is restricted to 30% net value of the contract. If the liquidated damages do not cover of the damages incurred, the Contractor is obligated to make payment of supplementary compensation excluding the damages followed and direct ones including profits lost. Total sum of liquidated damages and compensations from all the reasons cannot exceed 100% gross value of the contract.
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Eltel and Caruna have signed a frame agreement on improving the operational reliability of power distribution network in the southwestern parts of Finland.

The improvements on the medium and low voltage networks are carried out during the next three years. Value of the contract is EUR 40 million.

The frame agreement consists of several separate network improvement projects. Many of the overhead power lines will be replaced with underground cables. In addition to cabling existing poles will be changed, more automation will be added, hundreds of transformer stations will be installed. The agreement is based on turnkey principle meaning that Eltel takes the responsibility from project planning to execution.

“The agreement is a good example how the infrastructure markets are changing. Our works are more and more larger cabling projects. The agreement is also a great proof of Caruna’s trust in Eltel’s competences in project management and underground cabling, and it is very important for us”, says Juha Luusua, managing director of Eltel in Finland and President of Eltel Power distribution business.

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

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

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

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

This new smart metering system will provide:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Burger King® franchisee reduces energy consumption while maintaining guest comfort

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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European Commission – Smart Metering deployment in the European Union

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This includes ensuring that:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NES Patagonia security; the next level of OSGP Security – a White Paper

With NES Patagonia, our newly announced next generation platform, the security model is being reworked from the ground up, effectively setting the bar again for the industry. To build a secure grid system, we started with a clean slate and took a holistic approach grounded in the real world. We’re planning across all components and interfaces of the system, and looking towards integrating smoothly with IT security systems.
With the media taking a strong interest in security, it is easy to fall for “security theatre”, being taken in by impressive looking long keys and accredited algorithms and therefore overlooking the intricacies of a secure implementation. By taking an open and completely transparent approach we aim to work with the utility industry to build the most secure and reliable system possible. With that said, we freely acknowledge that there is no perfect system so we also prepared for intrusion response with detection and recovery mechanisms. As part of this consideration, we analyzed threat models to ensure that we considered attacks to a single device, as well as large-scale national security threats.
NES Patagonia security architecture is taking advantage of the latest tools available, including algorithms recommended by the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Data Protection Impact Assessment Template (DPIA) for Smart Grid and Smart Metering systems, and other renowned security-related initiatives. These algorithms were paired with a complete PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) system. The PKI model is designed in from the beginning and focuses on efficient implementations that aim to work for the most constrained parts of the grid. The architecture is designed with the complete life cycle of the system in mind, from the manufacturing of devices, installation, and operation to maintenance. At every level, NES is looking to prevent intrusion while supporting detection and incident response methods.
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Cedrus Enterprises Holding expands its smart energy portfolio with a new acquisition in partnership with S&T AG

Cedrus Enterprises Holding, a dynamic multi-faceted Lebanese Holding company, announced that it has acquired an equity stake in ‘Network Energy Services’ (NES) – a newly established company spearheaded by S&T AG, a leading provider of IT systems in Austria and Eastern Europe.

Cedrus Enterprises Holding has developed a business model and plan with the object of spearheading an investment program targeting the MENA and Indian sub-continent regions. The underlying strategy seeks to identify, and subsequently capitalize upon and expand, regional business opportunities available for smart metering and smart grid. The approach Cedrus intends to adopt calls for joint collaboration and effort with local, regional and international players acting through joint venture partnerships. As an added incentive, Cedrus will explore with local partner and international partners prospects that may be available for establishing NES smart meter manufacturing facilities aimed at benefiting the region it intends to serve.

Cedrus Enterprises Holding had previously invested considerable time, effort and resources in evaluating and testing almost all advanced Metering Infrastructure Vendors and had concluded that Echelon technology provides the best performing technology available in this field. It is in this context that Cedrus Enterprises Holding chose to join S&T AG in NES post acquisition of Echelon smart modernization division.

Cedrus Enterprises Holding believes that this strategic investment will substantially enhance its ability to remain highly competitive and to offer its target clients feasible, innovative and commercially viable solutions that meet their current and future needs and expectations. The company intends to capitalize on the existing demand for such smart solutions in the MENA region, especially in the Levant region, the Arab Gulf Countries and India.
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GÖRLITZ AG supports the research project SmartSCADA providing state estimation for low voltage as well as medium voltage grids

The aim is to guarantee reliable and stable power supply even in future and the research conducted within the framework of Smart SCADA is to contribute to that. SmartSCADA has been drawn up as joint project and is promoted in the context of the 6th Energy Research Programme by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Partners of the project are among others the Ettlingen-based IDS GmbH in the role of project coordinator, the technical university Kaiserslautern and the utility SWK Stadtwerke Kaiserslautern Versorgungs-AG.

Grid operators are facing new challenges due to the remarkably increased percentage of decentralized and regenerative generation plants in low voltage grids. It is not just integrating additional plants into the grid but, at the same time, also maintaining operation with only little interference and keeping standard quality of voltage. Exact knowledge of relevant system parameters especially grid voltage will be essential in future to be able to intervene and thus control and regulate grid operation.
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Schneider Electric and ERDF consolidate their smart grid partnership

By developing a flexibility management system for the electricity grid, ERDF and Schneider Electric are demonstrating their commitment to the growth of smart grids.

As part of a partnership launched over a year ago, ERDF and Schneider Electric have joined forces to develop and test innovative software and solutions for medium and low voltage grid management, for the design and monitoring of substations of the future and to facilitate the increase in renewable generation.
The increasing integration of variable renewable energies in addition to load management initiated by external operators can have a major technical impact on ERDF’s grid operations, resulting in additional costs of energy transmission and distribution.
New information and active resource management technologies are needed to meet the requirements of managing both supply-demand balancing and network capacity.
This technology allows external operators to control such resources whilst giving ErDF unprecedented visibility of this flexibility, enabling them to adjust the distribution network accordingly and make the grid more reliable.
These flexibility resources come from small-scale decentralised production facilities (< 10 MW) connected directly to the distribution network (e.g. wind or solar energy), from electricity storage, but also load management activities initiated by external operators. Such resources are aggregated to provide the necessary power to meet demand.
ERDF and Schneider Electric already collaborate in a number of smart grid projects and will strengthen their cooperation with this flexibility application for distribution network operators (ERDF, public electricity companies, etc.), through its implementation in Lyon, as part of the Greenlys* project.
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NRGI – Data Driven Decision Making in the Utility

Beyond measuring kWh consumption (measured and in 15-minute intervals, transmitted four times per day), NRGi’s smart meters also record maximum and minimum voltage, calculated and reported once daily. (On a three-phase European electrical system, this totals six additional values.) However, these meters still retain a week’s worth of hourly current and voltage data, which NRGi can request by remote as needed. The meter’s internal memory is divided into three partitions to support this strategy.

“With the current and voltage data, we get to monitor the exact status of the grid,” said Berthelsen. “If we notice that voltage is low in one area, we can do something about it, even before customers notice that there’s a problem. Analyzing data allows us to generate a ticket and start an investigation. More meter data can help us identify the source of the problem, such as a bad electrical service connection or overloading in that part of the grid.”

If consumption and hourly voltage data indicate a problem, and those values alone aren’t sufficient to indicate the cause of the problem, NRGi can reconfigure meters to learn more. For instance, voltage data can be collected in five-minute intervals, rather than hourly. “We can reconfigure the meters, gather the new data, and after a day we can start analyzing,” said Poul Berthelsen.
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Ferranti – MECOMS™ launched at SIwE’14 Conference in Poland

MECOMS™ Partner Sygnity, Microsoft Poland and Ferranti launched MECOMS™ at the “Konferencja Systemy Informatyczne w Energetyce SIwE’14” from 25 to 27 November in Poznań, Poland.
On the 1st day, MECOMS™ gained already a lot of attention thanks to the presentation by Sygnity and Microsoft and because of the introduction of the MECOMS™ Box in Polish, by Sygnity.
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Energo Audit Control reprograms 300.000 meters to “winter” time

Engineering Center “Energoauditcontrol” has rapidly finalized the reprogramming of smart electricity meters installed at major clients, such as – JSC “Federal Grid Company” and JSC “Russian Railways”, covering the railway network from Poland to and including Vladivostok.
According to the terms of the contract, work on reprogramming equipment was carried out in two stages. October 26, 2014 at 2:00 hours. At the first stage the company has to set-up software and hardware for the automatic remote reprogramming the clock-time in the meters. In the second stage, it has to check if the meters have accepted the “Winter-time” and if not to re-programme on-site as part of the service contract .Engineering Center took up the work and, in accordance with the agreements, going by the end of this year to transfer to winter time about 300.000 meters, more than 1.300 concentrators.
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Inside Kapsch. An interview with Christian Schober, CEO

Why do grids have to be intelligent? And what kind of benefits do Smart Grids offer for customers? Christian Schober, CEO Kapsch Smart Energy, talks about the importance of innovations in the electric power industry.

As a concept, smart energy is clearly a tag cloud meaning many things. To keep it short, I would define it as the intelligent use of energy resources that regrettably we do not really care for any more when it comes to electrical energy. Smart grid means an intelligent energy network. The energy system, the energy nodes, i.e. the grid nodes, have to be more intelligent, this is what smart grid means. Smart metering, in turn, is a small part of this smart grid, only a small piece of the jigsaw, and focuses on ensuring that we extend this grid, this intelligence, to households. Smart metering, new intelligent meters that offer many functions and can communicate with the central office, with the network operator; this has many benefits for both the network operator and for households. For me, households also have a right to know about their energy consumption. Because just now that is not the case.
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Eltel Networks led consortium signs a EUR 75 million contract in Poland

Eltel Networks Olsztyn, Polish subsidiary of Eltel Group Corporation, has signed together with its two consortium partners, a power transmission contract with PSE Operator in Poland. The total value of the contract is EUR 75 million, which is split in three equal shares thus providing Eltel Networks with a value of EUR 25 million.
The new contract is a project of double circuit 400kV overhead transmission line between Jasiniec and Pątnów substations, with delivery by the end of 2019. The project is comprised of a complete design, right of way, land easements, reconstruction of crossing lines and all construction works of a new 105 km 2×400 kV ovehead transmission line. Eltel Networks Olsztyn acts in this project as a consortium leader together with SAG Elbud Gdańsk and Elfeko Gdynia as partners.
The project of 2x400kV overhead line Jasiniec – Pątnów is among the biggest PSE’s investments in Poland today. The new line will secure power supplies to Bydgoszcz and Toruń metropoles with a total of 700,000 citizens.
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Fortum signs an RD partnership agreement with Cleantech Invest

Fortum Corporation and Cleantech Invest Plc have signed an agreement on partnership with regard to business development activities, potential future cleantech investments as well as information sharing.
​The agreement is aimed at creating new business opportunities for Fortum and accelerating growth and value creation for Cleantech Invest’s portfolio companies. According to the agreement, contacts and cooperation between Cleantech Invest’s portfolio companies and Fortum will be increased. As an example Fortum may conduct portfolio companies’ proof of concept testing in its power plants and among its customers. The agreement also covers sharing of energy sector information and technology development.

“As part of Fortum’s R&D activities, we have a high ambition level for new cleantech demonstrations to improve our current businesses and also to create new growth opportunities. Cleantech Invest, a very well-known Finnish investor among early phase cleantech companies, creates natural opportunities for beneficial co-operation in our core market areas” says Heli Antila, Fortum’s Chief Technology Officer.
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ONE signs framework agreement on technical consulting services with Vattenfall Distribution

ONE Nordic signs framework agreement with Vattenfall Distribution AB concerning the suborder of technical consultancy services. The agreement covers the years 2015 and 2016 with an option to extend for up to another two years.
“It is particularly gratifying that the ONE will be delivering technical consultants when Vattenfall Distribution will significantly increase the volume of new construction and re-investments in electricity networks in the coming years”, said Leif Carlsson, Key Account Manager for Vattenfall Distribution.
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Energimidt – CLEVER creates new opportunities for electric cars in Denmark

CLEVER make a massive investment in charging stations for electric cars. The charging network is upgraded to all ports and standard to fast charge all electric cars with a total of 263 new charging points. At the same time shorten the charging time for 20-30 minutes for all electric cars. The effort is part of a new offensive strategy for the infrastructure for electric cars that make Denmark a more attractive electric car country. In total, CLEVER with the new plans for 2015 have more than 543 charging points. That’s more than double the quick charging possibilities of electric cars in Denmark.
Along with four other Danish energy companies share Energimidt ownership of CLEVER and is thus a very active player in the effort to make Denmark an attractive electric car country both for automakers, other investors and consumers. Energimidt is through co-ownership of CLEVER front on the front row when the development of society and good energy conversion are discussed.
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DNV-GL – Enhanced Smart Cable Guard technology for medium voltage cable systems reduces operating costs and increases reliability for utilities and industrial asset owners

Smart Cable Guard solution continuously monitors and immediately detects the exact location of faults in medium voltage (MV) power cable systems
Real-time cable condition information accelerates repair time, increases reliability of MV power cable systems and reduces overall service costs for utilities and industrial asset owners
“Smart Cable Guard has proved to be a very attractive solution for accurate and quick on-line detection of faults in our network. For this reason, we already guard our circuits using DNV GL’s solution, and there will be more to come,” said Denny Harmsen, Senior Innovation Consultant at Alliander, one of the main Distribution Network Utilities in the Netherlands.
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Oracle -Utilities and Big Data: A Seismic Shift is Beginning

Evolution. Transformation. These are the words most often used to describe the journey of new systems and new processes being undertaken by today’s electric, gas and water utilities. The goal: a new utility structure capable of meeting the needs of the twenty-first century demands, as well as the needs, of its enlightened customers.
Not surprisingly, big data and predictive analytics provide the transformative cornerstone of the new utility. Terabyte after terabyte of new data streaming in from many different sources has forced utilities to re-examine how they look at information strategy, operational structure and customer engagement, as well as their abilities as an enterprise to cope with change and take more holistic, enterprise-wide advantage of the new data flow.
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Energy: EU invests €647 million in key energy infrastructure

Today Member States agreed to allocate €647 million to support key priority infrastructure projects. The bulk of the support goes to gas projects in the Baltic region as well as in Central Eastern and South Eastern Europe. Funding will come from an EU programme called the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). The supported projects will increase Europe’s energy security and help end the isolation of Member States from EU-wide energy networks. They will also contribute to the completion of a European energy market and the integration of renewables to the electricity grid.
Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for energy, Günther H. Oettinger said: “I welcome today’s decision, which will help us to quickly build the infrastructure we need to ensure Europe’s energy security. The geopolitical crisis has highlighted the need to better connect energy networks. This is also crucial for an integrated energy market where consumers get the best value for their money.”
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NIST Releases Final Version of Smart Grid Framework, Update 3.0

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published its NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 3.0, a document that reflects advances in smart grid technologies and developments from NIST’s collaborative work with industry stakeholders. Revisions to its guidelines for smart grid cybersecurity are available as well.
The 3.0 framework updates the plan for transforming the nation’s aging electric power system into an interoperable smart grid—a network that will integrate information and communication technologies with the power-delivery infrastructure, enabling two-way flows of energy and communications. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 established a goal to modernize the nation’s electricity system and assigned to NIST the primary responsibility to coordinate development of a framework to achieve interoperability of smart grid devices and systems.
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EU Meter-ON project provides its final recommendations on smart metering roll-outs

Today the two year project Meter-ON publishes its final results, a combination of observations, lessons learnt and recommendations for policy makers, national regulatory authorities (NRAs), distribution system operators (DSOs) and other stakeholders interested in positively impacting future smart metering deployment efforts.
Thanks to the efforts made during the last two years in gathering and analysing the existing experience and knowledge from the most representative smart metering roll-outs in Europe, Meter-ON has provided a better understanding of today’s status, the technical and regulatory obstacles faced, and the best way forward.
With its contributions and findings, the Meter-ON consortium hopes to significantly contribute to the preparation, acceleration and optimisation of smart metering technologies and infrastructures in Europe and welcomes invitations to present these results to the smart metering community, including national actors.
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EURELECTRIC recommends 10 steps to secure and increase electricity investment in the European Neighbourhood

Concerted effort is needed to attract investment in Europe’s ‘eighth energy region’, spanning EU and non-EU countries in Southeast Europe, EURELECTRIC says in a newly published paper. The paper was launched at a joint EURELECTRIC-Energy Community event today. Most countries of the region are affiliated to EURELECTRIC.
Although energy demand in the region is expected to increase, members of the Energy Community (EnC) in particular are not attracting sufficient private capital and investment in electricity generation assets and infrastructure. Most notably, several governments of the region have recently signed up to populist measures that have scared present European private investors away.
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EDNA – Smart Metering-Perfectionism: Germany is out of Business

EDNA sends open letter to the German Federal Minister of Economics and Energy Mr Sigmar Gabriel

The attempt on laws to develop a “perfect system” for the smart metering has brought the market for smart metering systems in Germany to an almost standstill. In an open letter to the Federal Minister of Economics and Energy Mr Sigmar Gabriel,  EDNA – German Federal Association for Energy Markets – warns therefore to continue this operation to strive to perfectionism. The attempt to develop in one exercise a full-secured measurement and communication system to install directly in the market, is doomed to fail. The next few months should rather be used to implement the pending regulations with all his strength to push forward through practical and above all, fair market rules. The new technologies should be tested and upgraded during pilot phase. The equipment rolled out during this period should fulfil the existing requirements; the next generation of devices need to fulfil the additional ones. Full implementation of the Data-Protection law and the BSI safety standards makes more sense after achieving appropriate quantities and on the basis of the gathered experience than an overstressed specified system prior to the introduction, concludes the first thesis of the open letter.
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The requirement to install metering equipment in Great Britain which complies with these Smart Metering Equipment Technical Specifications (SMETS) arises from standard licence conditions 39, 40 and 50.10 in electricity supply licences and standard conditions 33, 34 and 44.10 in gas supply licences.

This document has been brought into force by the Secretary of State on [ ] for the purposes of the relevant licence conditions. SMETS2 v1.57 was notified to the European Commission in accordance with the requirements of Article 8 of Directive 98/34/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down a procedure for the provision of information in the field of technical standards and regulations (OJ L 204, 21.7.1998, p. 37) as amended by Directive 98/48/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 217, 5.8.1998, p. 18). The Government is currently considering if renotification is required due to the changes made in this version (v1.58), compared to v1.57.

The Smart Metering technical and security architecture is based on a suite of agreed, open standards, reflecting the UK Government strategy to facilitate the development of third party innovative solutions for consumer devices.

Mutual recognition: Any requirement for any device to comply with any of the technical specifications contained or referred to in this document shall be satisfied by compliance with:

  1. a relevant standard or code of practice of a national standards body or equivalent body of any EEA State or Turkey; or
  2. any relevant international standard recognised for use in any EEA State or Turkey; or
  3. any relevant technical regulation with mandatory or de facto mandatory application for marketing or use in any EEA State or Turkey

in so far as compliance with the standard, code of practice or technical regulation in question enables the equipment to achieve, in an equivalent manner, all of the physical, functional, interface and data capabilities that are achieved by compliance with the requirements of any of the technical specifications contained or referred to in this document.
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OSGP newsletter // October 2014

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OSGP Alliance Members Win Major Smart City Project at Poland’s Largest Utility

Multivendor OSGP based AMI System To Be Deployed to 330.000 Households in Smart City Wroclaw Project

Tauron Dystrybucja S.A., the largest utility in Poland with over 5 million residential customers has selected a multivendor OSGP based system for its Smart City Wroclaw Project.

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Vice President of LG CNS Smart Green Business Unit: Mr. Jiseob Kim
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CEO of Tauron: Mr. Piotr Kolodziej

The winning consortium led by OSGP Alliance member LG CNS Co. Ltd of Korea and joined by WorldIT Systems Ltd., Eltel Networks A/S and Eltel Olsztyn SA bid interoperable OSGP meters from member companies Networked Energy Services Corporation, formally the Grid Modernization division of Echelon Corporation, of the United States and Apator SA of Poland.  Built on the NES System, an award-winning OSGP based smart grid infrastructure solution, the complete, turnkey system will serve approximately 330.000 end users in Wroclaw, the largest city in western Poland and fourth-largest in the nation.

“This project in Wroclaw is the first in Poland, in which meters will be delivered by two manufacturers; Apator and Networked Energy Services Corporation. It is also the largest single deployment of this project scope in such a big city like Wroclaw,” says Piotr Kolodziej, President TAURON Distribution. “The aim of the project is to provide customers with the tools for effective monitoring of electricity consumption, and assist the company with the next step in improving its electricity distribution process.”

“The smart grid market is a key focus area for growth within LG CNS,” said Jiseob Kim, Vice President of the LG CNS Smart Green Business Unit. “We are pleased that our first win is with a utility of the reputation and sophistication of Tauron and look forward to many more OSGP systems win in the future. It is a great milestone for the consortium and for the entire OSGP ecosystem. By successfully carrying out this business, we will accelerate our entry into the energy management market in Europe and in the long run, will become a world-class energy management company that represents Korea.”

Tauron, like all Polish utilities, has a mandate to replace 80% of its existing meters with smart meters by 2020 that meet the stringent Polish and EU regulations. The Smart City Wroclaw project is the first step toward meeting that mandate.  When completed, almost 5 million Tauron customers and approximately 16 million smart meters in total could be deployed across Poland as a result of the EU 2020 mandate.

LG-CNS - Tauron-2LG CNS and Tauron promised to carry out the business successfully.
From the left are Vice President of Tauron Marek Kleszczewski, Vice President of LG CNS Jiseob Kim,
CEO of Tauron Piotr Kolodziej, Sales Senior Leader of LG CNS Sang Dong Kim

 

Harry Crijns

Secertary OSGP Alliance
contact: secr@osgp.org

OSGP-EUW

OSGP – One year old – Anniversary during European Utility Week
–  A great year for the OSGP Alliance  –

OSGP Alliance growing
The OSGP Alliance had a great year after the re-launch at EUW 2013. Many companies, from around the world,  joined the Alliance to show their support and commitment for OSGP (Open Smart Grid Protocol). Manufacturers like Mitsubishi Electric, Viko Panasonic, Apator, ModemTec, ConLog and EDMI, as well as integrators like Kapsch, RMS, Cedrus, Asay, and S&T joined the Alliance and are implementing OSGP in their hardware or software solutions and services.

More products received certification
Various new products have received certification from the OSGP Alliance after  DNV GL compliance testing including products from  Mitsubishi Electric and Echelon, and others products, such as from Apator, are currently in the testing and certification process and awarding is expected at the EUW 2014. DNV GL provides compliance testing for OSGP devices like smart meters. The list of products is growing, and the OSGP Alliance received many requests for product certification based on DNV GL compliance testing.

Significant presence at European Utility Week with a focus on security
The OSGP Alliance is hosting a pre-conference workshop Monday afternoon, November 3rd. The OSGP workshop will be beneficial for utilities, as well as hardware and software developers who want to increase their understanding of the Open Smart Grid Protocol. The OSGP booth in the exhibition area has been enlarged based on the experience from last year and the demand from members to participate in the EUW booth. Companies including Apator, ETM, FlexEnergy, Görlitz, Greenbird Integration Technology, LG CNS, Mitsubishi Electric, Networked Energy Services (NES), Powel, Ubitronix and Vidcom have agreed to demonstrate their innovative solutions for smart grid management. The latest products include further security enhancements to address the biggest issue facing the industry, which is security.

Expanding footprint, OSGP project wins
Various consortia  of companies joined forces to offer state of the art interoperable solutions all over the world. Tauron in Poland is one example where the combination of integrators LG CNS and WITS, along with manufacturers like Apator and Networked Energy Services offering interoperability, were able to offer a more attractive solution than other bidders. Tauron, the largest utility in Poland with over 5 million residential customers, selected the award-winning OSGP based smart grid infrastructure solution for its complete, turnkey system that will serve approximately 330,000 end users  as part of its Smart City Project in Wroclaw, the largest city in western Poland.

Showcase at OSGP Alliance EUW Booth 1.B18
Come and visit the OSGP Alliance, meet members to exchange experiences, see the latest evolution of technology and solutions, and get insight about state of the art secure smart grid solutions.
More information about the OSGP booth and workshop see our website

Kind regards,

Harry Crijns
Secretary OSGP Alliance
E-mail: secr@osgp.org

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GÖRLITZ – IDSpecto deployed in pilot project at major DSO in Slovakia

With a pilot project comprising 30.000 smart meters, the Slovakian distribution system operator ZSE (Západoslovenská energetika) takes a major step into the smart metering future.

The smart meter data management system IDSpecto from GÖRLITZ will be applied for the management of devices and measured values.

It is estimated that a total of 620.000 smart meters will be installed throughout Slovakia by 2020. This is approximately 80% of all electricity consumers with a yearly consumption of over 4 megawatt hours. To achieve the objective, the Slovakian distribution system operator ZSE starts with a pilot project of 30.000 smart meters to be fitted by the end of 2015. The company, a member of the E.ON Group, is supported by GÖRLITZ Austria GmbH and the Slovakian companies Schrack Technik s.r.o. and Energotel a.s. The core of the complete solution is the SmartMDM IDSpecto from GÖRLITZ.

In addition to a comprehensive meter data management (MDM), the modular concept of IDSpecto provides a Head-End-System (HES) which, independently of energy sectors, administrates a variety of electricity meters from different manufacturers. Due to the integration to the existing SAP system and other back-end systems, it creates a platform enabling an automated data exchange and integrated processes. The flexible scalability ensures the adaptation to any infrastructure permitting the management of all 1.1 million metering points of the ZSE supply area by the use of an adequate hardware and software extension. ZSE has been convinced by the comprehensive functionality and scalability of the solution.

However, the IDSpecto is not a completely new solution for ZSE. The company has been deploying the previous version for remote reading and energy data management over 10 years. The current installation undertakes daily readings of around 6.000 C&I customers and more than 14.000 transformer stations. In sum over 275.000 load profiles are already recorded and processed per day.
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Alliander Telecom founded to set up own mobile network

Dutch utility network companies Stedin and Liander have signed a deal to work together with data traffic, setting up and managing a joint communication network. The companies want the new network to read smart energy meters and to then communicate with sensors on the energy networks.
Network company Alliander Telecom, the parent of Liander, acquired a CDMA license and transmitter site in 2013 that will be used for the mobile communications network. Both the license and transmitter site will become part of Utility Connect, in which Eneco Group, the parent of Stedin, will have a 40 percent stake. KPN will bring deployment and management support for the network.
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Fortum to launch sale of Swedish grid this month

Finland’s Fortum this month will launch a sale of its Swedish power grid, which is seen fetching around 6 billion euros ($7,5 billion), three people familiar with matter said.
The sale follows Fortum’s divestments of its smaller Finnish and Norwegian grids and is part of a trend. European energy firms are selling distribution networks, while electricity prices are low, and focussing on power generation and renewable energy.
The sources, who declined to be identified because details of the process are not public, said the sale could be completed around the end of the first quarter next year. Fortum declined to comment.
Citi and Danske Bank, which also managed the Finnish sale, are handling the process as advisers for state-controlled Fortum.
Many of the potential buyers for the Swedish grid had also taken part in the auction of the Finnish grid, which fetched 2,55 billion euros in December last year.
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One million customers sign up to E.ON Rewards as new research reveals four in five Brits are now on loyalty reward schemes

Money-savvy Brits are reaping the benefits of company reward schemes with the majority of people (80%) signed up to at least one, according to new research from E.ON.
The study found that customer reward initiatives are proving hugely popular with a fifth of respondents (20%) claiming to be a member of five or more schemes. A quarter of people say they’re at least £50 a year better off as a result.
The research has been conducted as E.ON celebrates its millionth customer signing up to receive E.ON Reward Points. To mark the milestone, E.ON will be giving away one million Tesco Clubcard points to its customers.

David Bird, Residential and Customer Operations Director at E.ON, said: “We understand that loyalty and trust are important in any relationship, and it’s no different for energy companies. Our customers are always our priority, and we’re working hard to improve our relationship with them.
“One million customers signing up to our E.ON Rewards programme is a landmark moment. Through initiatives like this, we hope to show our customers that we’re listening so we can deliver the improvements they tell us matter most to them.”
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SEAS-NVE – The future comes to the island of Asko

SEAS-NVE sets Asko on Denmark’s digital map. The small island Asko in Smålandsfarvandet will soon be able to enjoy the benefits of having the best Danish Internet. SEAS-NVE has rolledout a new submarine cable to the island, and the cable will secure the future of the island’s digital communications and the island’s electricity supply.

“Asko is a great example of our commitment to the deployment of fiber optic network. The small island had never been on the digital map of Denmark, whose task was left to market forces, but SEAS-NVE and Fibia can jointly handle the job for the benefit of residents and regional development, “says Ole Hillebrandt, managing director of Fibia.
Fibia is a fusion of SEAS-NVE and NRGi’s fiber network activities. In future it Fibia to deliver fiber-to SEAS-NVE Zealand members and NRGi’s eastern Jutland members.
Read more…(in Danish)

Stadtwerke Feldkirch – Smart Meter City Feldkirch

Stadtwerke Feldkirch is one of the first Austrian utilities that switched over to smart meters.

Why postpone, it has to be done anyway? In 2020, according to an EU Regulation, 80% of the electricity meters must be replaced by smart meters. Austria went one step further.
The Austrian Ministry for Energy and the Environment adopted an amendment; 95% must be converted by 2019. Many utilities mean that this is over the limit. The utilities defend themselves anyway, because they need to make the conversion but how can they absorb the extra costs, they do not know.

Converted to 75%
Nevertheless, the Stadtwerke Feldkirch started to realise this topic. As the first utility company ever the city utility started to exchange their meters. “For the moment we have converted 75% of the meters into smart meters,” explained managing director Manfred Trefalt. “In 2008 we started with those meters, which had to be recalibrated anyway. The Stadtwerke Feldkirch has rolled out 19.000 electric smart meters, an investment round about 1,35 million euros”, calculated Mr. Trefalt.  “This sum is part of the network costs. A smart meter costs than three times a conventional electricity meter. But in the long term they will be paid back. With the new smart meters we save on maintenance and personnel costs, so in the long term it is worth it,” says Mr. Trefalt, who is head of the city utility since 2002.

Stadtwerke Feldkirch was the first utility that concretely rolled out smart meters in Austria. Meanwhile, the Linz AG and Energie AG have converted parts of their electricity meter park as well.

Consumer and privacy
“The privacy issue is excessive” according to is Mr. Trefalt. “We have very high safety standards in Austria. In addition, the system does not operate in real time.”
“A husband who is on the road cannot not check what his wife is doing at home” said Mr. Trefalt with a wink. “Indeed the meter values will be recorded every fifteen minutes. But the data is deleted, if there is no explicit consent from the consumers. According to Law only one value per day is read and recorded”. Mr.Trefalt is certainly satisfied with the previous implementation. “Technically it works fine, we have no complaints.”
Read more…(in German)

ONE Nordic controls the public lighting in the city of Sigtuna

Sigtuna Municipality has engaged ONE Nordic AB to manage the operation and maintenance of public lighting in their city. The public lighting covers approximately 7500 lights that light up the streets, roads, sidewalks, bike paths, tunnels, facilities and parks. The assignment is for two years from end 2014 to end 2016, with an option for an extension 2 years.
Under the agreement, ONE Nordic responsible for performing preventive maintenance, replacement of light bulbs, and error recovery for harm lighting installations. The work also includes minor renovations and duty around the clock.
“ONE Nordic won the contract against stiff competition. The quality and price clinched the deal. We are very excited to be launching cooperation with ONE Nordic because we know they have a good reputation in the industry and extensive experience in the lighting field, says Mona Iver Bring, lighting engineer in Sigtuna Municipality.
“This transaction expands ONE Nordic’s market share of sand in the lighting field in Mälardalen. The deal shows that we have a competitive offer and we are the leader in the field, “says Jan Bardell, CEO of ONE Nordic Group.
Read more…(in Norwegian)

Vattenfall challenges Dong’s offshore wind

Vattenfall to enter race with Dong for best and cheapest offshore wind turbines, writes Danish business daily Borsen. New Vattenfall head, Magnus Hall, will lower prices to match Dong’s ambition to make offshore wind at least 40 per cent cheaper. Moreover, Hall is out to make Vattenfall greener. Dong welcomes the offensive.
After a slow period in the wake of the financial crisis, Vattenfall brings in Magnus Hall as new CEO:
“We shall be the leading operator when it comes to the changeover towards renewable energy. Thus, wind energy is a natural part of our expansion options,” says Magnus Hall to Borsen.
The messages from the new CEO has received both positive and skeptical response from analysts  and experts. K2 Management’s CEO, Henrik Stamer and FTI Consulting’s chief of wind power, Feng Zhao applauds Vattenfall’s offensive statement. HIS Energy’s chief analyst, Magnus Dale, is more skeptical:
“The message from Vattenfall is very offensive. Our expectation is that within the next decade it would be possible to lower the price with 20 percent for a basic wind farm.”
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European Commission welcomes electricity subsea cables linking Norway to Germany and UK

The EU Commission welcomed the announcement made today by the Norwegian government to licence the construction of two subsea cables linking Norway to Germany and UK. The two 1400 MW subsea cables will enable the three countries to exchange electricity and use the Norwegian hydropower potential.
Vice-President of the EU Commission, responsible for Energy, Günther H. Oettinger said: “This will help enormously to integrate renewable energy in North-West Europe. Germany and UK can sell renewable energy to Norway when weather conditions are such that they produce a lot and Norway can sell electricity from hydropower. This will benefit both sides and balance the system.”
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US-DOE: Customer Participation in the Smart Grid: Lessons Learned

The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability has released a new report titled “Customer Participation in the Smart Grid: Lessons Learned.” The report highlights the experiences of four Recovery Act Smart Grid Investment Grant projects with customer education and outreach efforts, which are key ingredients for Smart Grid success.
The report is now available for downloading…

DECC – The Big Energy Saving Network on your doorstep

Helping households to cut their energy bills, Climate change and Energy

We’ve launched our Big Energy Saving Network map. Find out if there’s a volunteer group near you offering advice on how to save energy and money.
It’s Big Energy Saving Week and thousands of people have been getting involved in local events to help spread the word about the best ways of saving energy and keeping warm.
As part of the week, DECC today launched its Big Energy Saving Network map so you can find out if there’s a volunteer group near you and if so, who to contact to find out more.

Big Energy Saving Network map
Do you know someone cut off from internet access, or who needs advice to understand the choices available to them when it comes to energy bills?
We know that some people, especially the vulnerable, and older or disabled people, may need extra help.
That’s where the Big Energy Saving Network comes in. The Department of Energy and Climate Change funds a local volunteer network to provide people with year-round advice on switching energy suppliers, installing energy efficiency measures or simply learning how to pay a bill online. It’s already helped over 90,000 hard to reach, vulnerable energy consumers.
Since the Network launched in 2013, we’ve given over £2m in funding – this year, DECC will fund 170 individual BESN projects being delivered by around 90 different organisations.
The Network is made up of a broad range of groups such as housing associations, Citizens Advice Bureaux and community energy initiatives.
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EU-Commission – Common rules and Infrastructure needed to complete EU Energy Market

An integrated EU energy market is the most cost-effective way to ensure secure and affordable supplies to EU citizens and mitigate climate change. A completed internal energy market could bring net economic benefits between 16 and 40 billion euros each year. Substantial progress has been achieved to date but in order to reap full benefits more investment is needed in strategic cross-border infrastructure, and developing smart grids for electricity. Common and transparent rules on how the energy grids are used need to be put in place. These are the main points of the Communication on the challenges for completing the internal energy market released by the European Commission today.
Günther H. Oettinger, Vice-President of the EU Commission responsible for energy said: “If energy markets are well connected and common rules are in place there’s not much room left to use energy supplies as a political instrument. With proper price signals and sufficient infrastructure, energy is produced where it’s cheapest and sent to where it is needed. All this translates into secure energy supplies all over Europe and lower bills for consumers.”
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US-DOE: Municipal Utilities’ Investment in Smart Grid Technologies Improves Services and Lowers Costs

The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability has released a new Smart Grid report describing the activities of three municipal utilities that received funding through the Recovery Act Smart Grid Investment Grant program. “Municipal Utilities’ Investment in Smart Grid Technologies Improves Services and Lowers Costs” reports on the benefits of the cities’ investments, including improved operating efficiencies, lower costs, shorter outages, and reduced peak demands and electricity consumption.
The report is now available for downloading…

PR-Wire – Southeast Asian Countries To Invest $13,6bn In Smart Grid Infrastructure

Southeast Asian countries will invest $13.6bn in smart grid infrastructure between 2014 and 2024. This investment will include smart metering and the modernization of electricity transmission and distribution networks with sensors, communications and software. By 2024, the largest markets will be Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippinesand Vietnam, according to a new study published today by Northeast Group, LLC.

“Smart grid investment over the next decade will shift from North America and Europe to emerging market regions,” said Ben Gardner, president of Northeast Group. “Southeast Asian countries are just beginning on the path of modernizing their electric infrastructure. Strong GDP growth of nearly 6% through 2018 and corresponding growth in electricity demand will help lay the foundation for investment. Electrification programs and growth in renewable resources will also drive investment. Singapore is currently leading the region in development but later in the decade the large markets of Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines will account for significant smart grid investment.”
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EURELECTRIC welcomes European Council decision on the 2030 climate & energy policy framework

The European Council yesterday adopted an ambitious framework for climate & energy towards 2030, showing that Europe continues to take climate action seriously. Importantly, Heads of States and governments decided go ahead with a binding target of an at least 40% domestic reductions in greenhouse gases and to rely firmly on the Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) to deliver this objective. EURELECTRIC is particularly pleased to see the clear decision to consolidate the EU ETS mechanism through a strengthening of the annual factor to reduce the cap from 1.74% to 2.2% as of 2021 and with the additional endorsement of the ETS Market Stability Reserve proposal.

Reacting to this, EURELECTRIC President Johannes Teyssen said: “yesterday’s decision sets a clear greenhouse gases reduction target for all Member States and provides the necessary investment signal for low-carbon technologies. Of utmost importance is now a rapid reform of the EU ETS, as stipulated by the majority of Member States”. He added that it is of utmost importance to introduce the Market Stability Reserve from 2017.
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IEEE Joint Task Force on Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) Submits Final Report to the U.S. Department of Energy

IEEE, the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, today announced that the IEEE Joint Task Force on Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) submitted its final report to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on a specific set of priority issues related to the following:

  • Renewable intermittency on the electric power grid and the potential role of storage;
  • Utility and energy company business cases related to microgrids and distributed generation (DG), such as rooftop photovoltaics;
  • The technical implications for the grid of electric vehicle (EV) integration;
  • The implications and importance of the aging infrastructure and the overall asset management;
  • Recommendations for metrics for addressing smart grid;
  • Skilled workforce issues; and
  • Condition and performance of the electric grid

The report is in response to an initiative created by President Obama via a Presidential Memorandum he issued in January 2014. The President directed several U.S. Federal agencies to undertake a Quadrennial Energy Review and report their findings in January 2015. Subsequently, the U.S. DOE selected several priority topics and requested that the IEEE provide its insights.
Download the report…

European utilities are world leaders in renewable energy, new ranking shows

European utilities are among the greenest utilities in the world, according to the latest edition of a global utility ranking published by Energy Intelligence.
Spanish utility Iberdrola and Portuguese utility EDP lead the Top 100 Green Utilities list. In total, 6 of the top 10 companies are European, including Iberdrola, EDP, Enel, DONG Energy, EDF, and E.ON.
Published in EI New Energy, the global Top 100 Green Utilities ranking is based on renewable energy portfolio and greenhouse gas emissions. This year’s edition shows that renewable technologies accounted for a staggering 80% of new generation added by large utilities in 2013, compared with 30% in 2012.
“This ranking confirms European utilities’ role as global leaders on green energy. Indeed, European electricity companies today are instrumental in turning Europe’s low-carbon energy transition into reality. EURELECTRIC and its members are continuously working to ensure that investment in green energy remains attractive and that Europe’s energy system adapts as the share of renewable energy continues to grow,” said EURELECTRIC Secretary General Hans ten Berge.
EI New Energy, a specialist publication covering trends in carbon, renewable energy, and transportation, selected 100 of the largest power generators from around the world, accounting for just over half of global capacity. The ranking evaluated their “greenness” according to carbon dioxide emissions per megawatt hour, volume of renewable energy capacity, and proportion of renewables to total capacity.
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REUTERS – Popular electricity smart meters in Spain can be hacked, researchers say

Network-connected electricity meters installed in millions of homes across Spain lack essential security controls, according to two researchers who say the vulnerabilities leave room for hackers to carry out billing fraud or even cause blackouts.
Security experts Javier Vazquez Vidal and Alberto Garcia Illera said in an interview on Monday that so-called smart meters installed by a Spanish utility to meet government energy efficiency goals lack basic safeguards to thwart hackers.
The researchers said flawed code in reprogrammable memory chips enable them to remotely shut down power to individual households, switch meter readings to other customers and insert network “worms” that could cause widespread blackouts.
“You can just take over the hardware and inject your own stuff,” Vazquez Vidal said, referring to the threat that hackers could insert malicious code into one box and use it to control nearby meters, and thereby cascade an attack across the network.
Read more…

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Oct 29

Meet OSGP Alliance during EUW – European Utility Week in Amsterdam

The OSGP Alliance will be present at the EUW in a common booth with its members to meet in person and to update you

  • about Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) ? the world? leading dynamic, reliable, multi-vendor and multi-application smart grid standard. See field interoperability of meters, grid sensors, gateways and load control devices from industry leading manufacturers
  • Get information on the successful utility projects that include more than 4 million OSGP based Smart Meters and Smart Grid devices worldwide.
  • Learn about the most recent OSGP project for 330.000 meters with Tauron, Poland?s largest utility. The project involves several OSGP Alliance members including LG CNS, WITS, Eltel Networks, NES and Apator.
  • How OSGP?s Grid Applications provide actionable data and analytics to enable utilities to act in a timely way to ensure the safety, reliability and efficiency of the grid as it is modernized.

Join us in OSGP Alliance Booth 1.B18

November 4 – 6, 2014
Amsterdam RAI Convention Center, Europaplein 22, 1078 GZ  in Amsterdam
Click here to register for a free visitor pass: European-utility-week and OSGP

If you arrive before, please join us at he pre-conference OSGP workshop concerning; Flexible solutions to reach interoperability between Systems and parties connected to the Energy Infrastructure.

This workshop will be on:

Monday, 3 November 2014 starting at 13.00 hours end around 18.00 hours
Hosted by: OSGP Alliance
This seminar is free of chargeClick here to register

If you want to participate at the EUW conference, OSGP is happy to offer you a 20% reduction on the conference fee.
Start with his link OSGP – Conference EUW and fill out the registration procedure on the EUW website.

More information about the OSGP booth and workshop see our website

Kind regards,
Harry Crijns
Secretary OSGP Alliance

E-mail: secr@osgp.org

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Oct 09

November the 3rd – OSGP Workshop at European Utility Week

A flexible solution to reach interoperability between Systems and parties connected to the Energy Infrastructure.

The OSGP Alliance is pleased to announce the OSGP Seminar that will supply information about the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) and share the Alliance’s vision with stakeholders involved in the modernization of existing power systems and the development of new Smart Grid applications.

Worldwide there are already millions of devices communicating with and controlled by the OSGP. As many different protocols used in energy systems will be interconnected in the future because of the increased hybrid use of the power system, focusing on interoperability and information security is a must.

Other considerations include the growing use of distributed resources, E-mobility and the application of distributed storage. These as well as how OSGP supports other protocols and data models will be covered in this seminar together with the operational functionality of OSGP.

Monday, 3 November 2014 | 13.00 – 18.00
Hosted by: OSGP Alliance
This seminar is free of charge – Click here to register

 

Reasons to attend:

  • Learn about the new information era in developing future distribution systems
  • Explore vision behind data collection, communication and advanced control
  • See how the protocol and technology are applied in systems of an extensive size
  • Determine  how to cope with large amounts of metering and utility grid information
  • Discover how to not only collect data but really go for actual control of the power systems and the customer systems connected
  • Examine outline of the application of the OSGP protocol and related systems
  • Explore why the protocol and technology should be flexible, secure and future proof
  • Learn how OSGP supports other protocols and why this is an important feature of OSGP
  • Consider how to avoid technology lock-in
  • Learn about preparing for OSGP conformance and operability testing, including preparation of use cases, test cases and a test plan and how devices can become “OSGP Certified” based on successful OSGP Conformance testing
  • Discover how you can extend the functionality of your power system, beyond the application of Smart Metering in the field of demand response (DR) and Power System diagnosis
  • Consider how standardization and innovation go hand-in-hand
    See how the OSGP Alliance supports the use and development of OSGP
  • Learn how to participate in the development of OSGP and related applications as well as how to become a participating member of the OSGP Alliance

 

Seminar leaders:

  • Teus de Zwart is senior director International Standards of Echelon and Chairman of the Working Group SG Standards of the OSGP Alliance, the driver behind OSGP.
  • Second trainer to be announced – regarding the demonstration of OSGP devices being an electricity Smart Meter and the data management to the head-end applications of the Utility.

Who should attend:
Stakeholders involved in engineering, designing and the operation of Smart Grid applications connected to the power and communication infrastructure of a Power Utility.

For more information, please contact us at: secr@osgp.org

 

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Oct 08

Meet OSGP Alliance at EUW in Amsterdam

EUW logo - zwartWe will be happy to meet you at European Utility Week in the Amsterdam RAI Convention Center

  • As pre-conference  OSGP will organise a workshop on Monday November the 3rd.

  • OSGP Alliance’s Booth number is 1.B18

  • OSGP Alliance Dinner, Wednesday November 5th

More information and registration will follow.
Harry Crijns
Secretary OSGP Alliance

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Oct 04

S&T AG extends technology portfolio of “Smart Energy” business area

Anti-trust authorities approve taking stake in the California-based Networked Energy Services Inc.

S&T has made another significant move to expand its smart energy business area. The company purchased the Grid Modernization division of the USA’s Echelon Corporation. This business has now been transferred to Networked Energy Services Corporation, (www.networkedenergy.com), which was founded for this purpose.

Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES) was formerly the “Grid Modernization Division” of Echelon Corporation. The new company maintains its primary R&D facility in Silicon Valley (CA) with an additional application and software innovation center in Fargo (ND). NES is now one of the world’s leading smart energy companies. The company develops and produces OSGP-based (“Open Smart Grid Protocol) hardware and software solutions for intelligent power grids. Millions of these products have been installed and are operating successfully at market leading utilities around the world. Customers include Vattenfall, EON, Fortum, Duke Energy and many other notable industry players.

NES’ business focus is the development and sale of its NES system, which includes utility data center software, field distributed application nodes and OSGP compliant devices used for advanced metering, control and grid data collection. NES sells its products through worldwide Value Added Resellers (VARs) which includes market leaders like LG CNS, Mitsubishi and Schneider Electric. The company is the world’s leader in the field of transforming conventional power grids into intelligently-operating “smart” ones. These smart grids feature the transmission of data – enabled by intelligent power grid components – between energy suppliers and consumers. These increase the efficiency of networks, and give rise to new services and models for the calculation of invoices based on supply and demand. Such grids will also expedite the expansion of sustainable energy-based grids and enable consumers to become active participants in energy conservation.

The purchase of NES was approved by the responsible anti-trust authorities. The closing took place on September 30, 2014. S&T holds a 40% stake in the new company, with the rest of the equity belonging to a financial investor. This latter holding is to be sold to strategic investors based in Asia and in the Middle East. The requisite preliminary contracts have already been drawn up.

Smart grids

…are “intelligent”. This means that they enable bidirectional communication between energy suppliers and consumers. The smart meters installed on consumers’ premises employ a low-voltage power grid to communicate with a head-end system, which aggregates the data supplied to it by the smart grid’s components. These flows of data enable the real-time determination of levels of grid utilization. This, in turn, permits the intelligent distribution of such loads. It also allows for the pricing of electricity in accordance with supply and demand. The growing share of energy stemming from alternative sources is one of the prime drivers of the deployment of smart grids. This is because the grid technologies previously used are not capable of handling such systems’ characteristics.

S&T AG

S&T AG (www.snt.at, ISIN AT0000A0E9W5, WKN A0X9EJ, SANT) is listed on the Prime Standard segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The company has some 2,100 employees. It operates in 20 countries. S&T is one of the three largest suppliers of IT systems in Austria and in Eastern Europe. S&T’s prime assets include the breadth of the products – many proprietorially developed – comprising its portfolio. These products are used in the smart energy, cloud, security and mobile IT sectors. The portfolio is distributed throughout Central and Eastern Europe. S&T launched its “smart energy” business area in 2014. This area now comprises NES (www.networkedenergy.com), the Austria-based Ubitronix GmbH (www.ubitronix.at) and the Group subsidiary RTSoft (www.rtsoft.ru/en). These companies provide S&T with an unsurpassed portfolio of smart energy technologies. This portfolio enables S&T to offer comprehensive, end-to-end solutions in this area.

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Oct 04

OSGP newsletter // September 2014

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S&T AG extends technology portfolio of “Smart Energy” business area

Anti-trust authorities approve taking stake in the California-based Networked Energy Services Inc.

S&T has made another significant move to expand its smart energy business area. The company purchased the Grid Modernization division of the USA’s Echelon Corporation. This business has now been transferred to Networked Energy Services Corporation, (www.networkedenergy.com), which was founded for this purpose.
Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES) was formerly the “Grid Modernization Division” of Echelon Corporation. The new company maintains its primary R&D facility in Silicon Valley (CA) with an additional application and software innovation center in Fargo (ND). NES is now one of the world’s leading smart energy companies. The company develops and produces OSGP-based (“Open Smart Grid Protocol) hardware and software solutions for intelligent power grids. Millions of these products have been installed and are operating successfully at market leading utilities around the world. Customers include Vattenfall, EON, Fortum, Duke Energy and many other notable industry players.
NES’ business focus is the development and sale of its NES system, which includes utility data center software, field distributed application nodes and OSGP compliant devices used for advanced metering, control and grid data collection. NES sells its products through worldwide Value Added Resellers (VARs) which includes market leaders like LG CNS, Mitsubishi and Schneider Electric. The company is the world’s leader in the field of transforming conventional power grids into intelligently-operating “smart” ones. These smart grids feature the transmission of data – enabled by intelligent power grid components – between energy suppliers and consumers. These increase the efficiency of networks, and give rise to new services and models for the calculation of invoices based on supply and demand. Such grids will also expedite the expansion of sustainable energy-based grids and enable consumers to become active participants in energy conservation.
The purchase of NES was approved by the responsible anti-trust authorities. The closing took place on September 30, 2014. S&T holds a 40% stake in the new company, with the rest of the equity belonging to a financial investor. This latter holding is to be sold to strategic investors based in Asia and in the Middle East. The requisite preliminary contracts have already been drawn up.

S&T AG

S&T AG (www.snt.at, ISIN AT0000A0E9W5, WKN A0X9EJ, SANT) is listed on the Prime Standard segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The company has some 2,100 employees. It operates in 20 countries. S&T is one of the three largest suppliers of IT systems in Austria and in Eastern Europe. S&T’s prime assets include the breadth of the products – many proprietorially developed – comprising its portfolio. These products are used in the smart energy, cloud, security and mobile IT sectors. The portfolio is distributed throughout Central and Eastern Europe. S&T launched its “smart energy” business area in 2014. This area now comprises NES (www.networkedenergy.com), the Austria-based Ubitronix GmbH (www.ubitronix.at) and the Group subsidiary RTSoft (www.rtsoft.ru/en). These companies provide S&T with an unsurpassed portfolio of smart energy technologies. This portfolio enables S&T to offer comprehensive, end-to-end solutions in this area.
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LG CNS Enters the Smart Grid Market in Europe

- LG CNS signs US $ 45 million AMI contract with Polish utility, Tauron. –

  • Implement AMI system based on OSGP technology and head-end systems for 330,000 households in Wroclaw, Poland
  • Won the contract based on experience in various energy businesses, including microgrid solutions, smart grid distribution and construction of solar power plants.
  • Secured a foothold in Poland’s US $1 billion AMI market and Europe’s future energy management market.

LG CNS successfully entered the European smart grid market after their success with the transit card system in Europe.
LG CNS has won an Advanced Metering Infrastructure(AMI) contract from Tauron Dystrybucja S., the electric power company servicing southwestern Poland, to provide 330,000 smart meters.
This is the largest scale business among Korean companies who had smart grid contracts with Poland.
LG CNS formed a consortium with three local companies, Eltel Networks from Denmark, Eltel Networks Olsztyn and WorldIT Systems from Poland, to win this contract valued at US $45 million(Net Sales). This consortium went through two phases of bidding, in fierce competition with world-class companies in Europe and Asia, to win the contract.
LG CNS will start working on the project in September 2014 to implement the AMI system for 330,000 households in Wroclaw and its neighboring areas in southwestern Poland. Also, the company will build a head-end system that analyzes the data collected from the AMI system until April 2017. The AMI is essential to implementing a smart grid, which adjusts the price of electricity according to supply and demand. The AMI consists of smart meters that provide information about electricity usage to the head-end system in real time.
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APATOR SA: Annex to the contract of design and supply of electricity meters

Acting based on art. 56 para. 5 of the act of public offering, Executive Board of Apator SA announces that on 17th September 2014 Apator S.A. and WorldIT Systems Spółka z o.o. („WorldIT”) signed annex to the contract of design and supply of electricity metres pursuant to OSGP technology in accordance with the requirements of UZZ/107/PO/2013 – “Smart City Wrocław” project dated 30th May 2014.(„Contract”).
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S&T AG won it largest order in company history

S&T provides smart grid technology for $ 20 million

The new The S&T AG division “Smart Energy” was able to sign the biggest order in the history of the company. As a subcontractor the S&T Group will provide approximately 330.000 smart meters and correspondence technology, as well as the required operating management software to a consortium who received the order, end of September, for the implementation of the first major European Smart Metering project in the Polish city of Wroclaw. The value of the order for S&T is approximately $ 20 million, the first delivery is scheduled in the first quarter of 2015.

S&T as technology supplier will deliver 330.000 Smart Meters and its technology, as well as the for the operation necessary of “Head-End” -Hard- and software system, to a Korean-Polish consortium, who was awarded by the largest Polish energy provider to rollout the smart meters infrastructure in the city of Wrocław (Breslau). For S&T the order is worth approximately USD 20 million. In the fourth quarter of 2014 supplies will take place for testing, the rollout will start in the first quarter of 2015 and bring revenues of approximately $ 3 million per quarter.

The “Smart City Wrocław” project, Wrocław is a Polish city with 630.000 inhabitants, is one of the largest “Advanced Metering Infrastructure” (AMI) projects amongst the numerous planned projects in Europe. Besides the possibility of active metering of consumption, future network reliability is a key project goal. In addition, end users can take advantage of extensive query and notification features on an online platform, such as exceeding a self-selected consumption-day limit.
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Echelon completes sale of its Grid Division

Echelon Corporation, the open-interoperable control networking pioneer for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), announced the completion of the sale of its grid operations to S&T AG, a publicly traded European IT systems provider with an existing focus on smart energy products and services. The transaction closed on September 30, 2014, with cash proceeds from the sale of approximately $4.9 million. After fees, expenses and restructuring charges are considered, Echelon expects the net benefit to be nominal.
The Smart Grid Modernization business has now been transferred to Networked Energy Services Corporation, (see www.networkedenergy.com), a US-based affiliate of S&T founded for this purpose. The new company maintains its primary R&D facility in Silicon Valley (CA) with an additional application and software innovation center in Fargo (ND). With the addition of approximately 60 former Echelon employees who will run the NES grid business, S&T is significantly expanding its Smart Energy Business while staying committed to supporting important grid industry standards and groups including the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP). S&T also will add its product portfolio to the Grid Modernization VAR program.
“This transaction represents a significant step in our long-term strategy focus on the Industrial Internet of Things market, while improving our operating results as we position our technology to capitalize on this emerging opportunity,” said Ron Sege, chairman and CEO of Echelon.
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Duke Energy Indiana proposes plan to modernize its statewide electric grid

Duke Energy Indiana is filing a plan today with Indiana state utility regulators to modernize its aging electric grid that delivers power to more than 800,000 Hoosier homes, businesses and industries.
The seven-year, $1.9 billion plan uses a combination of advanced technology and infrastructure upgrades to improve service to its customers and provide them with better information about their energy use.
“Today we still deliver power much like we did a century ago, but there’s technology now that can help utilities reduce power outages. With advanced systems, we can pinpoint problems faster and get the lights on sooner while providing customers with better information,” said Duke Energy Indiana President Doug Esamann.
If the plan is approved by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC), customers will see a gradual rate increase averaging about 1 percent per year between 2016 and 2022.
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Energimidt starts with energy renovation in the City of Skive

Energimidt and Energy City commitee collaborate in a new project to help citizens in saving energy. About 40% of our energy is used in homes, in which much is used for heating. Therefore, the renovation of private dwellings is an important part of the overall goal in Skive municipality Climate and Energy Strategy. Many citizens have already reduced their energy consumption a lot by switching to renewable energy sources and better insulation. Now is the time to inspire more people to do the same.
“The new project is a welcome initiative to boost energy savings. We have gladly followed the development of Fur, where Energimidt started some years ago promoting a better energy economy for the citizens. We are therefore very pleased that we have managed to create a partnership between Energimidt and Energy City commitee to spread the good experience from Fur to Salling and the rest of the municipality of Skive, “said Mayor Peter Christian Kirkegaard. Read more… (in Danish)

E.ON electricity network extends contract with ONE Nordic Meter reading in Sweden

E.ON Electricity Network has extended its contract with ONE Nordic AB for measurement collection services. ONE Nordic has been mandated by E.ON to collect readings from 400.000 powerline electricity and heat meters around the country. This applies from meters in households to the larges gauges in the industry. The assignment also includes field services, meaning ONE Nordic keeps the measurement infrastructure alive – it can be anything from maintaining metrology equipment to install new ones.
“ONE Nordic could extend the contract with relatively short notice, from our site it shows that they have a good and stable product and a project organization that is flexible, fast turnarounds, competent and experienced. We are pleased ONE Nordic is open to continue the collaboration. ONE Nordic is an important partner for us, now and in the future, “says Bengt Tore Sondh, representatives of E.ON Networks Sweden AB
“The deal is important for ONE Nordic – it shows both our expertise in metrology and the strength of our product FINISHED MEASUREMENT *. The deal is strategically important in ONE Nordic AB’s drive to become a major player in the metrological services in the market, “says Jan Bardell, CEO of ONE Nordic Group.
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Eltel and Caruna have signed a major contract on power distribution works

Eltel and Caruna have signed a frame agreement on improving the operational reliability of power distribution network in the southwestern parts of Finland. The improvements on the medium and low voltage networks are carried out during the next three years. Value of the contract is EUR 40 million.
The frame agreement consists of several separate network improvement projects. Many of the overhead power lines will be replaced with underground cables. In addition to cabling existing poles will be changed, more automation will be added, hundreds of transformer stations will be installed. The agreement is based on turnkey principle meaning that Eltel takes the responsibility from project planning to execution.
“The agreement is a good example how the infrastructure markets are changing. Our works are more and more larger cabling projects. The agreement is also a great proof of Caruna’s trust in Eltel’s competences in project management and underground cabling, and it is very important for us”, says Juha Luusua, managing director of Eltel in Finland and President of Eltel Power distribution business.
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GÖRLITZ – Netz Burgenland Strom GmbH opts for IDSpecto

The Austrian distribution system operator Netz Burgenland GmbH starts into the Smart Metering future with the Smart Meter Data Management System IDSpecto from GÖRLITZ. The solution displays the new central system in the IT architecture of the grid operator and will manage a total of 250,000 meters on the long run.
The performant service range of the SmartMDM IDSpecto was decisive for the Austrian grid operator. The new central system will act as a data hub for the existing business and technical applications. Due to the modular concept of IDSpecto, its functionality could be flexibly adapted to the needs of Netz Burgenland Strom GmbH. In the project, which is scheduled over a five-year period, a platform will be created to permit optimally automated data communication and integrated processes.
The complete solution is responsible for the processing of all customer-facing consumption data as well as for the monitoring and recording of the operations of the entire smart metering system. This spans from the communication of devices installed in customer systems to the processes of the SmartMDM in the computing centre of the grid operator. The support of SAP AMI processes ensures the highly efficient procedure of business processes from the meter to the back end systems. At the same time, the efficient operation of the system can be mastered by minimum effort for the incident management. Netz Burgenland Strom GmbH customers will also benefit from the new features. They can easily request their energy data via web portal at any time.
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Lackmann wins first major pilot project with Smart Meter Gateway

In the project with one of Germany’s largest utilities provides Lackmann Smart Meter Gateway and provides the system for Gateway Administration ready. The aim of the pilot is to evaluate the operational capability of the Smart Meter Gateway in view of the upcoming rollout. In this case, all system elements such as counters, gateways, and various software components are tested in practice.
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E.ON power-to-gas pilot unit in Falkenhagen

E.ON’s power-to-gas (P2G) pilot unit in Falkenhagen in eastern Germany has delivered a positive performance in its first year of operation, injecting more than two million kilowatt-hours of hydrogen into the gas transmission system.
“Falkenhagen has given us valuable experience that will help us refine all aspects of power-to-gas technology, from conducting the regulatory approvals process to building and operating P2G units and marketing their hydrogen output. After just one year we can already say that P2G has significant potential. We even see near-term opportunities for commercial applications in areas like mobility,” E.ON Deutschland CEO Ingo Luge said.
The Falkenhagen unit uses renewable-source electricity to power electrolysis equipment that transforms water into hydrogen, which is injected into the natural gas transmission system. With a capacity of two megawatts, it can produce 360 cubic meters of hydrogen per hour. This stored energy becomes part of the natural gas supply and can be used for space heating, industrial applications, in areas like mobility, and power generation. E.ON delivers some of Falkenhagen’s hydrogen output its project partner, Swissgas AG, and makes some available to its residential customers through a product called “E.ON WindGas.”
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Fortum to continue its research investments in wave power technology development by acquiring a stake in Wello Oy

Fortum has acquired a minority share of 13.6 per cent in the Finnish wave energy developer Wello Oy. The Penguin wave energy converter solution, developed by Wello, is based on a floating vessel that captures the kinetic energy of waves and converts it into electrical power with a generator. The advantage of the floating vessel is reduced need for massive anchoring.
In Fortum’s view, we are moving towards a solar economy where energy production is based on renewable energy sources and resources are used more efficiently than today. As an emissions-free energy production form, wave power can play an important role in such a future, and that’s why it is also one of Fortum’s research and development focus areas.
“We want to be in the vanguard of the development, so participating in the development of various wave power technologies is important,” says Heli Antila, Fortum’s Chief Technology Officer. ”The operating principle of Wello’s
technology and how it combines new innovations with existing technologies is especially interesting.”
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Open Smart Grid Platform winner Dutch ICT Environment Award 

Alliander and CGI have won the ICT Environment Award 2014 with the Open Smart Grid Platform, as announced during the evening of the Digital Economy. The ICT Environmental Award is an annual award of the ICT Environmental Foundation for the most innovative, environmentally sustainable and appealing ICT product. CGI developed the Open Smart Grid Platform commissioned by Alliander.
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IEA: Interactive timelines combine policies and energy data

New IEA web tool displays 22 years of key statistics on clean energy actions in more than 100 countries. What happened to CO2 emissions in Poland after the country adopted a national target in 2009, or to electricity usage by industry in Brazil following the adoption in 1991 of its National Energy Conservation Programme? Find out in just a few clicks using dynamic timeline charts now available on the IEA website.
The IEA Policies and Measures Databases (PAMS), which use information sourced directly from governments to track the development of clean energy policies globally, now includes an interactive visualisation feature. Put simply, the web tool shows users how specific benchmarks evolved as clean energy laws, regulations and other policy tools went into effect in more than 100 countries.
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USDA Announces $23 Million for Smart Grid Improvements

Funding helps bring Smart Grid technology to the nation’s rural electric infrastructure. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is investing more than $518 million in rural electric cooperatives to improve the delivery of electric power to communities in 15 states. This funding is part of nearly $50 billion that USDA has invested in infrastructure improvements since 2009.
“We must invest in America’s infrastructure to promote sustainable economic development in our rural and urban communities,” Vilsack said during a White House summit on infrastructure financing. “Enhancements to the nation’s electric grid make a huge difference for communities across the country and support President Obama’s efforts to build a stronger rural economy.”
More than $23 million in today’s funding is targeted for smart grid improvements, which better manage and increase efficiencies in our nation’s electric system. Smart grid technologies, such as automated meter reading and load management automation, allow for more efficient control over the use of power to better meet customers’ needs. USDA has a long history, dating back to 1935, of working with rural utilities to deliver infrastructure and service improvements. Through the years, these investments have brought new economic and social opportunities and have enhanced the quality of life in the nation’s rural communities.
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DECC – Energy consumption in the UK (2014)

This factsheet provides a brief overview of the trends and some key drivers that have influenced energy consumption in the UK since 1970. Analysis is based on data from DECC’s annual publication ‘Energy consumption in the UK’ published on Thursday 31 July 2014: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/energy-consumption-in-the-uk.

This factsheet looks at the change in energy consumption in the UK by the following sections:

  • Overall energy consumption in primary terms between 1970 and 2013.
  • Overall final energy consumption between 1970 and 2013.
  • Factors affecting overall energy consumption between 1970 and 2012.

This factsheet also contains publication plans for each table and a summary of related DECC publications in the Annex.
Total final consumption of UK energy products can be divided into four sectors – transport, domestic, industrial and services sector – where consumption from the transport sector represents 36 per cent of consumption in 2013, the domestic sector 29 per cent, the industrial sector 16 per cent and the services sector 14 per cent; the remaining 5 per cent was used for non-energy purposes. There are four additional factsheets that examine trends and drivers in each of these sectors in more detail.)
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ACER: Regulators’ Bridge to 2025 energy proposals should guide the new Commission’s energy priorities

Energy regulators today presented their “Bridge to 2025” Conclusions Paper to high level European Commission officials and stakeholders in Brussels. The regulators’ Bridge to 2025 recommendations are based on a holistic analysis of Europe’s energy sector and are particularly timely as the new Commission sets its EU energy priorities.
The “Bridge to 2025” Conclusions Paper, which is the result of extensive public consultation, identifies the trends foreseen in the ten-year period to 2025 and recommends a set of actions for regulators, Member States, the European Commission and energy actors (including consumers).
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ENTSOE: Transparency: 60% of South-East Europe Energy Market Data Published

Transparency, that is making fundamental data available to market participants, is essential in order to complete the internal energy market and increase Europe’s wholesale markets efficiency, liquidity and competitiveness.
TSOs from South-East Europe have, in cooperation with ENTSO-E, analysed the level of transparency of electricity markets within their region. A report with the results of their assessment has just been released.
The report goes beyond this assessment and proposes a series of solutions to improve the transparency of South-East Europe electricity markets; one of them being the linkage with ENTSO-E Transparency Platform.
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U.S. Energy Department Announces $8 Million to Improve Resiliency of the Grid

In support of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and the Administration’s commitment to improve national power grid resiliency, today the Energy Department announced more than $8 million for microgrid projects to help cities and towns better prepare for extreme weather events and other potential electricity disruptions.  This investment – which includes seven awardees in Alaska, California, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Tennessee and Washington – supports the development of advanced technologies, allowing communities across the country to become more resilient and adaptive.
“Building in grid resiliency has gained greater urgency in recent years, as demonstrated by the economic and personal losses from electricity outages due to severe weather,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “Keeping the power on during extreme weather events and other electric grid disruptions is essential, particularly so that critical facilities such as hospitals and water treatment plants can continue operating.”
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IEA: Chinese power companies adapt quickly to challenges of emissions trading

IEA helps organise project with power companies across China to simulate a national system.
China’s 12th Five Year Plan (2011-2015) includes a call to “gradually develop a carbon trading market”. In preparation, five cities and two provinces were directed to develop and implement pilot emission trading schemes (ETS).
To help influence the design of China’s national ETS and supplement the learning process that started with the pilot projects, the International Energy Agency joined with the China Electricity Council, the China Beijing Environment Exchange and the Environmental Defense Fund to develop and run a simulated ETS for the Chinese power sector.
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Oct 02

LG CNS signs US $ 45 million AMI contract with Polish utility, Tauron.

  • Implement AMI system based on OSGP technology and head-end systems for 330,000 households in Wroclaw, Poland
  • Won the contract based on experience in various energy businesses, including microgrid solutions, smart grid distribution and construction of solar power plants.
  • Secured a foothold in Poland’s US $1 billion AMI market and Europe’s future energy management market.

LG CNS successfully entered the European smart grid market after their success with the transit card system in Europe.

LG CNS has won an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) contract from Tauron Dystrybucja S.A., the electric power company servicing southwest of Poland, to provide 330.000 smart meters.

This is the largest scale business among Korean companies who had smart grid contracts with Poland.
LG CNS formed a consortium with three local companies, Eltel Networks from Denmark, Eltel Networks Olsztyn and WorldIT Systems from Poland, to win this contract valued at US $45 million(Net Sales). This consortium went through two phases of bidding, in fierce competition with world-class companies in Europe and Asia, to win the contract.
LG CNS will start working on the project in September 2014 to implement the AMI system for 330,000 households in Wroclaw and its neighboring areas in southwestern Poland. Also, the company will build a head-end system that analyzes the data collected from the AMI system until April 2017. The AMI is essential to implementing a smart grid, which adjusts the price of electricity according to supply and demand. The AMI consists of smart meters that provide information about electricity usage to the head-end system in real time.
With this contract, LG CNS occupies an advantageous position in Poland’s AMI market, which is expected to be more than US $1 billion.Footnote . As a European Union(EU) member, Poland is required to implement the AMI system for more than 80% of all households by 2020 to save energy, according to the “EU Mandate 2020″. Therefore, Poland is expected to implement the AMI system for approximately 16 million households by 2020 in phases.
In the meantime, other EU members are expected to introduce the AMI on a full scale beginning in 2015 to comply with the “EU Mandate 2020.” The market is expected to reach 150 million.
LG CNS has acquired its technological expertise in the energy management sector by participating in various businesses, including the construction of multiple solar power plants in Korea and implementation of the building energy management systems(BEMS), and the energy storage system(ESS). Based on this expertise, LG CNS has developed the Smart Green Solution, which allows you to manage electricity from one single building to an entire city, for the first time in the world.
Jiseob Kim, Vice President of the LG CNS Smart Green Business Unit, said “This contract is a smart grid construction business at a country-level that LG CNS has won for the first time and is the stepping stone to enter the EU market.” He continues, “By successfully carrying out this business, we will accelerate our entry into the EU energy management market and in the long run, will become a world-class energy management company that represents Korea.”

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