OSGP Newsletter // June 2016

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Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) Focused on Security

The OSGP Alliance continues to enhance its industry leading security solution for smart metering and smart grid applications.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 15, 2016 —The OSGP Alliance (www.osgp.org), an independent, global, not for-profit association comprised of prominent utilities, systems integrators, service providers as well as smart grid equipment and software product developers, announced that it continues to enhance its security solution, embraces security research and fully supports security analyses of the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP).

We believe that it is important to do both internal reviews as well as third party reviews to ensure OSGP remains a secure, efficient, and accepted smart grid protocol. As such, we would like to thank Linus Feiten and Matthias Sauer from the University of Freiburg (Germany) for their excellent and recently published work on OSGP security. We would also like to thank Philipp Jovanovic from the University of Passau (Germany) and Samuel Neves from the University of Coimbra (Portugal) for their excellent work on OSGP security that was published back in 2015.

To avoid confusion, it is important to clarify some issues and address the recent news coverage of the RC4 attack on OSGP by Feiten et al. released last month (May 2016). All of the published attacks, including the most recent RC4 attack on OSGP by Feiten et al., are not applicable to the new security suite in OSGP (OSGP-AES-128-PSK). OSGP-AES-128-PSK has been part of OSGP, and recommended for use in production, since 2015. The official announcement was made in July 2015 by the OSGP Alliance (http://www.osgp.org/press-release-15-07-2015/) and vendor support began soon after that. As mentioned, the new security suite was subject to both internal and external security assessments before it was released. The professional third party security assessment concluded the new security suite to be secure and well-designed. Another independent security audit of OSGP-AES-128-PSK with a similar conclusion will be finalized in a couple of months (July 2016)…
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Member News

Change of climate friendly heating ensure annual saving of SEK 100,000

SEAS-NVE designed a geothermal system that saves over 40 percent on operating costs in Brorfelde Observatory and lowers the observatory heat-related CO2 emissions by 54 percent.

Brorfelde observatory’s new geothermal heating system is dimensioned to cover about 95 percent of the total heat demand. The remaining 5 percent comes from an oil furnace that automatically switches on in case of peak winter. At the same time it serves as a backup system for heat pump geothermal heating system.

The improvement lowers Centre’s annual heating costs by more than 100,000 a year and pays for itself in about eight years, while life expectancy is over 20 years. At the same time, the heat-related CO2 emissions decrease by 44 tons per year, which corresponds to approximately 54 percent.

“SEAS-NVE has left no stone unturned to find the right solution for us. Since the observatory has both astronomy, geology and natural as scientific themes, we do believe it is very well chosen that we pick up our heat from underground around the observatory, “says Julie Bouchet, head of Brorfelde Observatory.
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NES new partner in Power Circle

Power Circle announces another partner company. This time, the US based Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), which in conjunction with the opening of its Swedish office, joins Power Circle to strengthen its network, highlighting the benefits of the smart grid and to collaborate with exploring and influencing the future of the energy industry in Sweden.

Power Circle continues to grow and today it has more than 40 partner companies. Powercircle is strengthening its group of partners by adding NES, an innovative company that operates at the intersection of energy, IT and communications industry.

”NES is an exciting company shaped by two current powerful social trends – digitization and servicification. Their services focus is on contributing to a smarter and more efficient grid where space is created for innovative service offerings and intelligent use of energy, which comes at the right time. I look forward to an exciting collaboration,” says Olle Johansson, CEO of the Power Circle.
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Indiana state utility regulators approve Duke Energy’s plan to modernize its statewide energy grid

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission Wednesday approved Duke Energy’s settlement with some of Indiana’s key consumer groups on the company’s plan to build a smarter energy infrastructure that delivers power to more than 800,000 Hoosier homes, businesses and industries.
In March, the company reached agreement with the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, the Duke Energy Indiana Industrial Group, Companhia Siderurgica Nacional, Steel Dynamics, Wabash Valley Power Association, Indiana Municipal Power Agency, Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Cooperative and the Environmental Defense Fund on a seven-year plan using a combination of advanced technology and infrastructure upgrades to improve service to customers.
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CEO Axel Hjärne to leave Eltel

The CEO of Eltel, Axel Hjärne, has decided to leave his position. Axel Hjärne has been with Eltel for twelve years, and he has been CEO for the last seven years. Over these years Eltel has grown significantly from being a local Nordic player to becoming the leader in the Infranet industry in Northern Europe. In February 2015 Eltel was successfully listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.

“I have been with Eltel for more than a decade now during which the whole Eltel team has been through many positive and challenging phases and together we have made great achievements. Today, Eltel has a strong position and is well positioned for continued success. I have now come to a point where I feel that the timing is good to hand over to someone new and also personally reflect on my next steps”, says Axel Hjärne . I have enjoyed the journey with Eltel tremendously, and I will miss my great colleagues and all exciting business opportunities.
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Intermonte, Enel, Consilia and Ascomfidi launch “call for disruption in energy”

Intermonte, Consilia, Ascomfidi and Enel have launched the Call for Disruption in Energy, a call for proposals to promote innovative energy and green economy projects. The goal is to select two projects submitted by innovative start-ups, which will receive support in structuring an equity crowdfunding campaign and accelerated growth process to sustain their business.

Start-ups have until September 30th, 2016 to submit applications to the website with a description of the projects they intend to develop. The top two applications will be selected by a jury of independent experts appointed by the partners in the initiative. The two winning companies will be helped in their growth through a business mentoring programme provided by Enel, investor relations and content providing services offered by Intermonte through Websim, and legal and management advisory services offered by Consilia. They will also benefit from a reduction in the placement fees charged by Intermonte Sim and Ascomfidi and much more favourable conditions than those prevailing on the market, with no setup fees or guaranteed minimums.
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Enel Chairman Grieco: “Interesting Opportunities in the Russian Market”

In today’s global economy and free market, collaborations between companies and Governments are central to the effective functioning of the system. The private sector is in fact the main player in a series of processes that affect the community as a whole, starting from decarbonisation. Large companies, including Enel, were therefore invited to participate in events such as the COP21 (the United Nations Climate Change Conference) in November 2015 and the recent Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, to discuss renewables, grids and regulatory frameworks.

The Forum is Russia’s most important economic event, bringing together heads of state, ministers and company leaders. This edition of the event – the first since the economic sanctions applied by the European Union and the United States – continued to highlight the centrality of the Russian Federation in global investment processes.
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DNV GL to study feasibility for Phu Cuong 1 offshore wind farm in Vietnam

At a signing ceremony today in Ho Chi Minh City, DNV GL Americas entered into a contract with Phu Cuong Group (PCG), to deliver a feasibility study for a near-offshore wind farm under a grant from the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to PCG.

“The study will support efforts to develop Phu Cuong 1, the 170-megawatt (MW) wind farm (USD 435 million investment) that is the first in PCG’s planned series of near-offshore wind power projects along Vietnam’s southern coastline in Soc Trang province.” PCG, an established private firm majoring in real estate development and seafood exporting, plans to develop an 800 MW pipeline of wind power to meet the rising demand for energy of Vietnam’s growing economy. The Vietnam government has set a target for wind energy development to reach 800 MW by 2020, 2000 MW by 2025 and 6000 MW by 2030.

“As Vietnam significantly increases its electricity generating capacity, I am delighted to see PCG supporting the global climate change imperative with its leadership in building a sustainable electricity supply for Vietnam,” said Mathias Steck, executive vice president Asia Pacific for DNV GL’s energy division.

DNV GL will assess the potential for wind production, review permitting and land control issues, evaluate the needs for a safe, reliable and affordable connection to the province’s electrical grid, provide a foundational design, estimate potential construction costs and recommend the optimal approach to financing it.
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E.ON strengthens partnerships with start-ups AutoGrid and Thermondo

E.ON has their investments in US start-up AutoGrid Systems and German start-up Thermondo increased to offer smart and customer tailored solutions for the decentralized energy world. The initial start of the partnerships was in 2014.

AutoGrid is dedicated to bringing the power of data science to the decentralized energy world. E.ON was the first company to deploy the latest version of AutoGrid’s Energy Data Platform (EDP) in Europe: The smart Energy Internet solution helps to understand its customers’ energy needs and uses this knowledge to deliver value to all their stakeholders.

The Berlin-based company Thermondo is pioneer of the digitalization of the handicraft business. Thermondo combines the speed and wide product range of an internet company with the outstanding workmanship of experienced technicians. Based on an online platform, customers can compare and buy a variety of heating system manufacturers and technologies in a quick, easy, and cost-effective way.
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Internet of Things to overtake mobile phones by 2018: Ericsson Mobility Report

  • 16 billion connected devices forecast to join the Internet of Things by the end of 2021
  • Smartphone subscriptions to surpass those for basic phones in Q3 this year
  • Teenage use of cellular data for smartphone video grew 127 percent in just 15 months

The latest edition of the Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) Mobility Report, published today, reveals that the Internet of Things (IoT) is set to overtake mobile phones as the largest category of connected device by 2018.
Between 2015 and 2021, the number of IoT connected devices is expected to grow 23 percent annually, of which cellular IoT is forecast to have the highest growth rate. Of the 28 billion total devices that will be connected by 2021, close to 16 billion will be IoT devices.
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Vattenfall builds Denmark’s largest offshore windfarm

Vattenfall are about to start the construction of the offshore wind farm Horns Rev 3 off the West coast of Denmark. Horns Rev 3 will be commissioned in 2018 and the total investment will be just over 1 billion euros. Horns Rev 3 will supply enough electricity to power 400,000 Danish homes.

In February 2015 Vattenfall won the bid for the concession to build Horns Rev 3. Vattenfall is currently the second largest operator of offshore wind farms in the world and one of the biggest players in Denmark in the field of onshore wind. The construction of Horns Rev 3 will reinforce Vattenfalls´s position as a leader in renewable electricity generation, both in Denmark and in Europe.

“Horns Rev 3 is an important part of Vattenfall´s ambitions in the field of wind and particularly on our focus on offshore wind farms. Horns Rev 3 also gives a clear signal to the world around us that Vattenfall´s strategy is to make new investments in renewable electricity generation and to grow in wind. Vattenfall supports the transition to a totally renewable energy system and takes up the challenge, in spite of current low electricity prices and excess capacity,” says President and CEO of Vattenfall, Magnus Hall.
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Schneider Electric rises to 10th place in the Newsweek Global Green Ranking 2016

At the end of 2015, COP21 raised enormous, legitimate hopes worldwide that citizens, governments and companies would coordinate their efforts to limit the causes and effects of climate change. Just a few months later, the Newsweek Global Green Ranking 2016, the global listing of the most environmentally friendly corporations produced by U.S. weekly news magazine Newsweek in partnership with Corporate Knights and HIP Investor, has commended the environmental commitment made by Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation. The Group is proud to be ranked 10th, alongside other reputable companies such as Shire Plc., Reckitt Benckiser and British Telecom.
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The Investment Plan for Europe and Energy: making the Energy Union a reality

Energy efficiency, renewables, smart grids: with 24 financed projects and 29% of the available funding channelled into the energy sector, the Investment Plan For Europe is driving the Commission’s goal of building an Energy Union forward.

From renovating buildings to make them energy efficient in France, to a new onshore wind farm in Sweden, 11 Member States have received support for sustainable, low-carbon projects which are in line with the EU’s energy and climate goals. An additional €16.9 billion in investment is expected in sustainable and low-carbon energy projects over the coming years.
The Investment plan for Europe and the Energy Union are making change real, just one year after their launch. With key projects in energy infrastructure (in particular interconnections), renewable energy and energy efficiency, the financial cornerstone of the Investment Plan (EFSI, European Fund for Strategic investments)has allocated to the energy sector 29% of financing approved by the European Investment Bank (EIB). This adds up to the actions undertaken to leverage investments for small and medium enterprises (SME), in particular through the European Investment Fund (EIF), which has channelled EUR 3.5 billion for 185[1] SME financing agreements in the energy sector. Altogether, these operations in the energy sector are expected to have the knock-on effect of attracting additional investments of over EUR €16.9 billion in the coming years.
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Obama Administration Announces Federal and Private Sector Actions on Scaling Renewable Energy and Storage with Smart Markets

President Obama believes in the need to transition to a cleaner, more reliable, and affordable 21st century power grid. Under his leadership, transformations in how we produce and consume electricity are decreasing carbon pollution, scaling up renewable energy, and generating savings on consumers’ energy bills. Since 2009, renewable energy generation has increased at a record pace, while costs have decreased dramatically. Building on this progress, smart electricity market reforms, enhanced transparency, and flexible energy resources such as storage and demand response have the potential to further accelerate the development of a cleaner and smarter grid. In fact, in 2015 alone, the United States doubled the installed capacity of advanced energy storage to 500 megawatts (MW) and deployment of this key resource is projected to continue to expand.

With this dynamic progress as the backdrop, today the White House is hosting a Summit on Scaling Renewable Energy and Storage with Smart Markets. The Summit brings together regulators, power companies, municipalities, and energy developers that are leading efforts to promote smart electricity markets and greater grid integration of renewable energy and flexible resources such as energy storage.
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Nigerian smart meter manufacturers call for government’s support

In West Africa, Nigerian smart meter manufacturers have spoken out insisting that government intervention is needed for their firms to thrive in the energy sector.

Last week, chairman and CEO of Mommas Engineering Meters Manufacturing Company Limited (MEMMCOL), Dr Kolawole Balogun, highlighted that his company has the capacity to produce 50,000 smart meters per month, while other smart meter manufacturers have the ability to produce 20,000 each per month.

He, however, highlighted that this capacity has been underutilised due to very low support from the government and the current electricity boards.
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Acquisition remains on radar for ambitious Cyan

Smart metering and lighting technology business Cyan continues to weigh up a fresh cash raise for a potential strategic acquisition as it continues to scale globally from its Cambridge UK base.

Executive Chairman John Cronin stressed the growth agenda as theAIM-quoted company posted its results for the year to December 31.

Revenue was up 41 per cent to £272k but R & D spend increased 70 per cent to £3.126m. The operating loss widened to £4.9 million as opposed to £3.26m the previous year.

But Cronin said the real headlines had been written since the year-end, not least through the transformational £10m purchase order for smart metering in Iran.
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Honeywell Launches Industrial Internet of Things-Ready Gas Measurement and Data Management Solutions for Natural Gas Utilities

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) Process Solutions (HPS) today announced that it has introduced a fully integrated portfolio of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)-ready natural gas measurement and data management solutions for use by North American gas transmission and distribution customers.

These end-to-end smart metering solutions help optimize the entire gas value chain, including applications from the wellhead to the burner tip.

“Natural gas providers need the tools and know-how to effectively store, transport and deliver gas to meet rising demand,” said Pierre Dufour, HPS global product marketing manager. “Gas metering data must be collected more frequently and in smaller increments. The trend towards smart metering has demonstrated the importance of Meter Data Management (MDM) in realizing the full potential of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI).”
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CEN and CENELEC welcome European Commission’s commitment to have a ‘single standardization policy’

CEN and CENELEC welcome the European Commission’s latest proposals concerning the future of the European Standardization System. In particular, CEN and CENELEC are satisfied to see that the Commission has committed itself to having a more consistent and unified policy towards standardization, which serves to strengthen the Single Market and also supports the implementation of EU policies and legislation.

Responding to the European Commission’s Communication ‘European Standards for the 21st Century’ (COM(2016) 358 final), which was published on 1 June, Elena Santiago Cid, Director General of CEN and CENELEC said: “In CEN and CENELEC, we are very pleased to see that the European Commission has promised to have a much more coherent and integrated policy towards standardization. We believe that the ‘single standardization policy’ should encompass all economic sectors and fields of activity – including digital technologies, which until now have been addressed separately.”

“In today’s world, where digital and smart technologies are becoming ever more prevalent, it is increasingly difficult to draw the line between what is digital and what is not digital,” said Ms Santiago Cid. “For example – in the domestic environment, appliances such as washing machines and refrigerators are becoming smarter, while home heating systems can also be connected to the internet. Meanwhile, in the workplace, digital interfaces are being integrated into all kinds of equipment and machinery. Therefore, it is necessary to ensure a more coherent and consistent approach towards standardization across all fields of activity, and this should also be reflected in the cooperation between the European Commission, the European Standardization Organizations and other stakeholders.”
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Press release – 15-06-2016

Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP)
Focused on Security

The OSGP Alliance continues to enhance its industry leading security solution
for smart metering and smart grid applications.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 15, 2016 —The OSGP Alliance (www.osgp.org), an independent, global, not for-profit association comprised of prominent utilities, systems integrators, service providers as well as smart grid equipment and software product developers, announced that it continues to enhance its security solution,
embraces security research and fully supports security analyses of the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP).

We believe that it is important to do both internal reviews as well as third party reviews to ensure OSGP remains a secure, efficient, and accepted smart grid protocol. As such, we would like to thank Linus Feiten and Matthias Sauer from the University of Freiburg (Germany) for their excellent and recently published work on OSGP security. We would also like to thank Philipp Jovanovic from the University of Passau (Germany) and Samuel Neves from the University of Coimbra (Portugal) for their excellent work on OSGP security that was published back in 2015.

To avoid confusion, it is important to clarify some issues and address the recent news coverage of the RC4 attack on OSGP by Feiten et al. released last month (May 2016). All of the published attacks, including the most recent RC4 attack on OSGP by Feiten et al., are not applicable to the new security suite in OSGP (OSGP-AES-128-PSK). OSGP-AES-128-PSK has been part of OSGP, and recommended for use in production, since 2015. The official announcement was made in July 2015 by the OSGP Alliance (http://www.osgp.org/press-release-15-07-2015/) and vendor support began soon after that. As mentioned, the new security suite was subject to both internal and external security assessments before it was released. The professional third party security assessment concluded the new security suite to be secure and well-designed. Another independent security audit of OSGP-AES-128-PSK with a similar conclusion will be finalized in a couple of months (July 2016).

It is also important to reiterate that the OSGP Alliance independently did its own research with its members and proactively worked diligently to release the new security suite upgrade last year. Since its release, the OSGP Alliance has actively encouraged utilities (“distribution grid operators”) with an OSGP smart metering platform to apply this update to address the theoretical security risks.

The security update is available for all OSGP device generations. Even OSGP smart meters installed more than 10 years ago can be remotely updated. As a result, every utility with an OSGP smart metering platform can and should apply the update. Whether to implement the update is of course a utility’s decision. A decision that depends on a risk assessment of their particular smart grid platform. However, the recommendation from the OSGP Alliance is clear; apply the security update.

OSGP vendors released the security update via system and remote device firmware updates last year. In fact, their existing utility customers are already taking advantage of the new OSGP security update to ensure existing systems, and not just new systems, are protected from the identified theoretical attacks.

The OSGP Alliance and its members continue to research security and further enhance OSGP to ensure that it remains a secure protocol for utilities and their customer. As previously mentioned, we fully support and encourage third party independent research. We believe that it is important to do both internal development and support third party research to ensure OSGP remains the most secure and efficient protocol available for smart metering systems.

About The Open Smart Grid Protocol

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

About The OSGP Alliance

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

Contact:

Corien den Ouden
Secretariat@osgp.org

 

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OSGP Newsletter // May 2016

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OSGP Alliance and it’s members Görlitz and S&T Smart Energy will be present at the Powertage in Zürich to discuss the major tasks that lie ahead for the Swiss electricity sector as the sector is caught up in a process of comprehensive change. The electricity supply of the future will be intelligent, networked and decentralised; innovative solutions are called for. Powertage will be held on 31 May – 2 June in Zürich. For more information, see www.powertage.ch

 

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Member News

Eltel closes acquisitions with U-SERV and EVB in the German platform for smart metering business

Eltel has completed the previously announced acquisitions of U-SERV GmbH and the metering related field operations of EVB Billing und Services GmbH. By the acquisition of U-SERV Eltel becomes the 100% owner of the company. By the deal with EVB, the customer base in metering related field services and personnel of the company are transferred to Eltel. Both transactions have entered into force on May 1, 2016.
Eltel announced the signing of the contract to acquire U-SERV GmbH, a company operating in the electricity and gas metering sector in Germany on April 22, 2016. At the same time Eltel announced the contract to acquire metering related field service assets of EVB Billing und Services GmbH. The deal with EVB comprises the transfers of EVB’s customer base as well as approximately 80 employees to Eltel.
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EDMI selected as residential smart meter provider to one of the large energy suppliers in Great Britain

EDMI, a global smart meter solution provider, has announced that it has signed a contract with one of the large energy suppliers in Great Britain to provide 500,000 smart meters as part of the energy supplier’s residential smart metering rollout.

This agreement marks the first SMETS2 meter award for EDMI, building on the contract award to supply SMETS2 communication hubs to the north of Great Britain on behalf of Arqiva. It will see EDMI Europe Limited supplying both gas and electricity meters.
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RES4AFRICA, a Full Tank of Green Energy in the Future

In Sub-Saharan Africa, some 600 million people live without electricity. This means that more than half of the 1.2 billion people who, according IEA-International Energy Agency estimates, lack access to energy are in the African continent. A number that is both a challenge and a great opportunity to bring clean tech, renewable energy and therefore sustainable development to this extremely vast area.
With this objective, RES4AFRICA was launched at the annual conference held in Rome by RES4MED (Renewable Energy Solutions for the Mediterranean), the public-private platform that gathers utility companies, public entities and research centres for the promotion of clean energy in the Mediterranean. This innovative strategic project broadens the scope of the network established in 2012 from only the Mediterranean area to the whole of Africa. An area where, according to Enel Green Power’s estimates, renewable energy could reach a 50 percent share in the generation mix by 2030, with hydropower and wind sharing an installed capacity of around 100 GW, followed by 70 GW of solar. A growth that multiplies by ten the figures for 2013 and that allows a CO2 emissions reduction of 310 million tonnes by 2030 (source Irena).
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Amber Rudd MP and Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Visits Smart Meter Provider, EDMI

Amber Rudd MP, The UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, has visited EDMI Europe’s Research and Development facility in Reading. EDMI, a global smart meter solution provider welcomed Amber Rudd and other members of the Department of Energy and Climate Change for a tour of the premises which were opened in 2013. As part of the visit, the group were shown the state-of-the-art testing facilities and introduced to team members who are integral to the development of the Communications Hub and smart meters.
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GridPoint Wins Gold Edison Award for Innovation in Energy and Sustainability

GridPoint, an innovator in comprehensive, data-driven energy management systems (EMS), today announced it has received the Gold award for Energy Management and Customer Solutions within the Energy and Sustainability category at the 29th annual Edison Awards held in New York City.

GridPoint’s unique energy management solution includes granular submetering and monitoring, intelligent control, cloud-based software and professional services that generate energy, operational and maintenance savings up to 30% with an 18-36 month payback. Customers lower their utility bills by collecting and analyzing site data to intelligently control critical building systems without sacrificing customer comfort. GridPoint’s extensive data set and decision support tools enable customers to diagnose malfunctioning equipment, prioritize asset maintenance and assess the financial benefits of energy efficiency projects with confidence.
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Technology Outlook 2025: the 10 technology trends creating a new power reality

Based on internal research and development, DNV GL’s view is that 10 technology trends in materials, wind, solar, electricity storage, data-communications and power electronics will unleash a ‘perfect storm’, creating a new power reality, transforming our existing power systems.

The new power reality: a hybrid of macro and micro elements
Today, large generating plants and passive components still dominate the power system. That time is over. In the next 10 years, the new power landscape will be a hybrid of large and small scale elements: large scale renewable generating plants and super grids which move power over long distances and micro grids and energy producing buildings where end-users have an active role. Renewable generation will become the safest investment choice and dominate power generation new builds. Markets are already adapting to this reality. Grids will be governed more and more by software. Many electric technologies and appliances including heat pumps, electric vehicles, solar PV and batteries will come together with ICT systems in buildings. These buildings will be net generators instead of just consuming energy. With the help of digitalisation and automation, they will not only provide electricity, but also offer complex grid balancing and power quality services. These forms of flexibility, which are increasingly needed by the grid, will become easily available through the mass market. We will see a personalization of energy, where end users are enabled to source, price and better understand their electricity supply. Why? Consumers, emboldened by digital platforms, will demand choice and control of electricity in their daily lives, and the technology to support this is ready.
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Duke Energy Renewables enters New Mexico with a 25-MW solar project

Duke Energy Renewables today announced construction has begun on the 25-megawatt (MW) Caprock Solar Power Project near Tucumcari in Quay County, New Mexico.

The company acquired the project from Infigen Energy.
With completion expected later this year, the solar installation will generate enough energy to power about 5,000 average homes.

Power from the project will be sold to Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC) under a 25-year agreement.

“We are pleased to bring this solar project to New Mexico and add the state to our growing U.S. renewables footprint,” said Greg Wolf, president, Duke Energy Commercial Portfolio. “We’re also excited to be partnering with a progressive cooperative like WFEC, which reflects our commitment to provide clean energy solutions for utilities, cooperatives, municipalities, corporations and other organizations.”
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Mitsubishi Electric Shipped First 765kV Power Transformer from North American Subsidiary

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6503) announced today that Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc. (MEPPI), a Mitsubishi Electric’s subsidiary based in North American, shipped its first high-capacity 765kV power transformer to American Electric Power (AEP) on April 29. The shell-type 765kV transformer was manufactured at the company’s factory in Memphis, Tennessee. It is the first transformer of this category to be produced at MEPPI and also the first to be manufactured locally in the United States of America in 25 years. MEPPI is the only factory in the United States of America* capable of manufacturing power transformers with a capacity of 765kV.
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Duke Energy, Duke University partner on innovative power project

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) and Duke University today announced a partnership that will lead to cleaner and more efficient power for the university and the surrounding community.

Under a proposed 35-year agreement and subject to approval by the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC), Duke Energy Carolinas proposes to own, build and operate a 21-megawatt (MW) natural gas combined heat and power (CHP) facility on the Duke University campus in Durham.
If approved, the plant would use the waste heat from generating electricity to produce thermal energy and steam needed for the university, making it one of the most efficient generating assets in the Duke Energy generation fleet. The electric power would be put back on the Duke Energy electric grid to serve the university and nearby customers.
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Kapsch TrafficCom secures new contract for Toowoomba Second Range Crossing in Queensland

Kapsch TrafficCom AG (ISIN AT000KAPSCH9), listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange in the prime market segment, announces that its subsidiary Kapsch TrafficCom Australia Pty Ltd has been contracted by the State of Queensland to deliver the Tolling Roadside System for the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC) Project in Queensland, Australia. The contract comprises supply and operation for 10 years of the Roadside System for TSRC, and is valued at around 6 million EUR (9 million AUD).
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DNV GL Releases 2016 Solar PV Module Reliability Scorecard

In an industry too young to have long-term field data on reliability, DNV GL’s comprehensive laboratory study goes beyond standard testing to bridge the knowledge gap and help minimize risk for solar investors.

DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of certification and energy expertise, has released the 2016 PV Module Reliability Scorecard, its second edition of a rigorous review of PV module performance. The study aims to address the lack of publicly available long-term data on reliability.

“While a 25-year performance warranty is standard in the industry, most PV modules have actually been in use less than five years, so there is a real lack of data on how equipment holds up over time,” said DNV GL’s Jenya Meydbray, the study’s lead author. “Since the first edition of the Scorecard in 2014, its findings have become a critical resource to an industry looking to understand risk.”
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Fortum Charge & Drive continues to expand – now collaborating with Jönköping Energi in Sweden

Fortum and the Swedish electricity company Jönköping Energi have initiated collaboration to develop a charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. The overall purpose is to provide a total of 30 public charging stations for the residents of the city of Jönköping; the collaboration is expected to start in the fall of 2016. Jönköping Energi will own and manage the charging stations. Together with Fortum Charge & Drive, a simple and nationwide service will link Jönköping to the Charge & Drive Nordic network consisting of more than 600 charging stations.

“Through this partnership, our charging stations will be part of a network that enables us to take an active role in strengthening the Swedish infrastructure for electric vehicles. Jönköping’s geographical location gives us the opportunity to assist the many owners of electric vehicles who want to drive longer distances in a climate-friendly way,” says Fridolf Eskilsson, CEO of Jönköping Energi.

The expansion project will last two years and carries the possibility of extension to meet the future needs for electric vehicle charging.
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Nissan integrates e-mobility with Smart Grid

Japanese carmaker Nissan intends to establish closer technological and business ties between electric driving and smart grids: Together with energy provider Enel, the company plans to test a vehicle-to-grid system. Plus, Nissan is about to establish an energy storage for domestic usage based on second-life traction batteries.
The joint activity with Enel will be first launched in the United Kingdom. Nissan’s concept provides for about 100 vehicle-to-grid charging stations for private and commercial users of Nissan’s Leaf and eNV-200 electric vehicles. Users of such cars will be able to offer the battery capacity of their vehicles to buffer energy for the grid. Customers thus have the possibility to buy electricity in periods when it is cheap and resell this energy in high-demand periods and at higher prices. Thus electric vehicles in the future will not only offer mobility but at the same time they will be able to act as mobile energy storage.
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European Union Smart Meter Initiative To Cut Emissions 9%

The European Union’s initiative to replace at least 80% of electricity meters with smart metering systems across the Union could cut emissions by up to 9%.

According to a new report by research and consulting firm GlobalData, the European Union’s Security of Electricity Supply Directive (2005/89/EC), includes a requirement that encourages “the adoption of real-time demand management technologies such as advanced metering systems.” According to GlobalData, the uptake of smart metering systems across the EU, where at least 80% of existing electricity meters are to be replaced by smart meters, could end up reducing European Union emissions by up to 9%, and cutting annual household energy consumption by a similar amount.
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Oman to launch smart metering for power

Oman plans to launch Automated Meter Reading (AMR) services, also known as smart metering, for the power sector this year, a report said.

The service will primarily be targeted at large industrial and commercial customers whose electricity consumption exceeds a certain annual limit, Omar al Wahaibi, CEO of Nama Group, the holding company of state-owned procurement, transmission and distribution utilities, was quoted as saying in the Oman Observer report.
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Groningen aims to build world’s largest smart grid

The Dutch city of Groningen has launched a project to create the world’s biggest smart grid for up to 100,000 households.

Project Floor builds on foundations laid by the city’s PowerMatching City field trial of 42 houses in 2011-2013.

“We are now looking to create a large-scale smart grid in Groningen to connect 10,000 to 100,000 households. Much larger and much more ambitious than PowerMatching City,” said Eelko Steenhuis, Strategic Advisor for Economic Affairs at the City of Groningen.

PowerMatching City was the city’s living lab. It concluded that the smart grid was technically feasible and could result in savings of up to €3.5 billion.

The work on the project was carried out by Enexis, Essent, Gasunie, ICT Automatisering, TNO and Norwegian energy company DNV GL, which is masterminding Project Floor.
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Smart Grid, Storage, & Efficiency Companies Raise $375 Million In Venture Capital

April figures from Mercom Capital show that, together, smart grid, battery storage, and efficiency companies raised $375 million in venture capital in the first quarter of 2016.

Mercom Capital Group, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, published its first quarter funding and Merger & Acquisition (M&A) numbers for the smart grid, energy storage, and efficiency companies last month, with the three sectors globally raising $375 million. Specifically, smart grid companies raised $110 million; battery storage companies raised $54 million; and efficiency companies raised $211 million.
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Smart Grid Partnership Announced in Europe

Three energy companies in Europe announced Regalgrid Europe s.r.l., a joint venture that aims to create a new generation of smart grids around the world. The partners are Regal Grid s.r.l., Archeide SICAV SIF – Empower Fund and Upsolar.
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OSGP Newsletter // April 2016

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OSGP Alliance presented the transition of the electricity grid, moving from centralized to decentralized structure
During a workshop and panel session at the 4th International Istanbul Smart Grid and Cities Congress and Fair, held on April 20-21, 2016 at Halic Congress Center in Istanbul, the OSGP Alliance presented the transition of the electricity grid, moving from centralized to decentralized structure. The Smart meters play a vital role as sensor. ViKo, Asay Energy, Referans and NES shared their vieuws on smart metering and smart grid. PLC (Power Line Communication) based on OSGP protocol has proven to perform best in the Turkish grid. PLC is the preferred technology providing additional topology information and having best performance.

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Giza Systems Closes 100% Acquisition of HF Giza Systems

Giza Systems Group of Companies announced end of March that the company has completed the acquisition of 100% of the shares of HF Giza Systems Group, including all of its subsidiary companies in Egypt, Sub-Saharan Africa and the US.

“We believe that this acquisition will strengthen our position in our markets, and will allow us to provide a more integrated portfolio to cater to our clients’ success,” commented Shehab El Nawawi, Chairman and CEO at Giza Systems Group of Companies.

As of the acquisition, HF Giza Systems has been integrated into Giza Systems to form the new Smart Buildings Line of Business, which now aims to combine, deploy and deliver the most comprehensive building management solutions portfolio for its clients.
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NES first in world to receive r-46 certificate

NMi is proud to announce that it has issued the first OIML R 46 Certificate of Conformity in the world. It has been registered to Networked Energy Services in the United Stated of America. You can find the certificate on the OIML website.

Recommendation R 46 – “Active electrical energy meters” – implies a time- and cost saving opportunity for manufacturers: when having their meters tested in accordance with this Recommendation, they will be able to get easy market access in multiple countries by using the combination of OIML and IEC/EN reports.

NMi congratulates Networked Energy Services for being the first to obtain the OIML R 46 Certificate of Conformity!
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DNV GL to Validate ARPA-E ‘Internet of Energy’ Microgrid in Texas

DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification, together with its partners, Group NIRE and Geli (Growing Energy Labs, Inc.), will produce and operate an Internet of Energy (IoEn) platform integrating the management of up to 100 distributed energy resources (DER).

The award, DNV GL’s third from ARPA-E, is one of twelve new projects in the Department of Energy’s Network Optimized Distributed Energy Systems (NODES) program announced in December.

The Internet of Energy project will be deployed at Group NIRE’s utility-connected microgrid test facility in Lubbock, Texas, where it will be integrated with local utility monitoring, control and data acquisition systems to demonstrate advanced management of up to 100 disparate distributed energy resources using Geli’s “Internet of Energy” software.

The Internet of Energy platform will simultaneously manage both market level regulation and distribution system support functions to facilitate large-scale integration of renewable generation onto the grid. The platform will demonstrate a novel and scalable approach for the fast registration and automated dispatch of DERs by combining DNV GL’s power system simulation tools and independent third-party validation with Geli’s innovative networking, control, and market balancing software.

“DNV GL’s core role,”said Senior Consultant Michael Kleinberg, ”is to provide greater certainty to power systems planners and grid operators — who will increasingly be called upon to manage massive volumes of distributed energy assets — by validating operational performance and emerging economic models within a real-world, utility-connected microgrid.”
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Solar rankings: Duke Energy among Top 3 in the nation

CHARLOTTE, N.C.  — Duke Energy continues to be a national leader for the amount of solar energy connected to the grid for its retail customers.

In the Top 10 utility solar lists compiled by the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), Duke Energy Progress (DEP) was ranked third among all utility companies for bringing on new solar capacity during 2015.
“Our customers are experiencing the benefits of Duke Energy’s work to support the growth and expansion of solar generation in this region,” said David Fountain , Duke Energy’s North Carolina  president. “We are proud to put more and more solar energy to work for our customers in a way that works for everyone.”

DEP’s 461 megawatts of owned and purchased capacity for customers in 2015 helped it climb to third in the nation after being fourth the previous year. Overall, North Carolina is fourth in the nation for installed solar capacity. You can view the rankings here.

“We saw record installations of solar in 2015 across the United States. Our Top 10 survey results detail the scale of this growth, and the active role an increasing number of utilities are playing in it,” said Julia Hamm, SEPA’s President and CEO. “Consumers want solar, and their interest is driving change and innovation at utilities nationwide.”

The rankings were announced Tuesday at the organization’s Utility Solar Conference in Denver. The ninth annual survey includes figures from more than 300 utilities across the country.
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E.ON a core partner in project to promote energy transition

E.ON is a core partner “ENSURE – New Energy Network Structures for the Energy Transition,” a consortium supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. At an event in Berlin, Federal Minister Johanna Wanka presented four consortia selected by the German federal government as Copernicus projects to promote the energy transition. The ENSURE consortium consists of core partners E.ON, RWTH Aachen University, network operator TenneT TSO, technology companies Siemens and ABB, and 15 other partners. The consortium is led by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

The project aims to develop and test efficient, forward-looking structures that combine centralized and distributed energy sources. It will place a special emphasis on addressing the technological and social aspects of this transformation process. It will encompass power transmission technologies as well as information and communications technologies, which will maintain balance and ensure stability in tomorrow’s networked supply structures.
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E.ON begins selling electricity storage system in Germany

  • Storage system developed in partnership with SOLARWATT
  • Charge efficiency of 93 percent
  • Advanced German technology and sleek design

E.ON has begun selling its E.ON Aura electricity storage system in Germany. The system is available immediately at www.eon-aura.de. The all-in-one solution consists of a storage device, the E.ON Aura app, and, if desired, an E.ON Aura PV system, and the E.ON Aura electricity tariff. The German energy supplier worked closely with Dresden-based SOLARWATT GmbH to develop the system.

E.ON Aura’s charge efficiency of 93 percent makes it one of the most efficient storage devices on the German market. The system can increase a home’s energy self-sufficiency rate—that is, the proportion of self-produced electricity the home consumes—from about one third to around 70 percent. “With a storage capacity of 4.4 kilowatt-hours, E.ON Aura can meet the entire electricity needs of a three- to four-person family during the evening and night hours,” Robert Hienz, Managing Director of E.ON Energie Deutschland, explained. The system is therefore perfectly tailored to the average German household’s energy consumption.

Highly efficient, simple to install
For homes that consume more electricity, the system’s storage capacity is easily expandable to up to 11 kilowatt-hours with additional battery modules. E.ON developed the system in partnership with SOLARWATT, a Dresden-based solar company and storage-device manufacturer. E.ON Aura is aimed primarily at environmentally conscious homeowners who wish to achieve greater energy autonomy and reduce their energy costs. The lithium-ion battery modules have an estimated operating life of up to 20 years, providing customers with lasting quality. The compact, wall-mounted storage device combines a sleek design and noise-free operation.
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Fortum to start building the Solberg windfarm in Sweden

Fortum has made a final investment decision on the 75-megawatt Solberg wind park project in Northern Sweden, announced earlier this year. According to the plan, the construction starts in summer 2016 with ground works and the wind park is expected to start production in early 2018. Skellefteå Kraft AB (SKAB) has an option to participate in the project with a 50% share, subject to decision by their municipal owner and authority approvals, if any. SKAB is expected to decide on their participation during the second quarter of 2016. The total investment of the whole project is approximately EUR 100 million.

The project is an important step in the implementation of Fortum’s newly announced strategy and the ambition to grow in wind and solar power. Fortum aims to grow in wind and solar businesses through developing new projects and selective acquisitions.
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Vattenfall: First solar farm complete – Vattenfall

Vattenfall’s first large-scale solar farm has generated power for the first time. The facility in Wales, which covers an area of about eight hectares, consists of over 18,500 panels and were installed in less than two weeks. The investment cost amounts to some SEK 50 million.

The solar farm has a capacity of 4.99MW and will annually generate 5.5GWh of electricity which is enough to provide 1,440 British homes with renewable electricity. The solar farm consists of over 18,500 panels which weigh approximately 18 kg each.

The solar farm in southwest Wales is located adjacent to Vattenfall’s Parc Cynog wind farm with its 11 turbines and shares its grid connection with the wind farm.
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First turbine erected at Wales’s largest onshore wind farm

Vattenfall, the European energy company, said today that the first turbine at the largest onshore wind farm in Wales has been fully erected.

The Siemens turbine, at the east of the Pen y Cymoedd Wind Energy Project site and standing 145 metres tall, is the first of 76 to be erected at the 228MW upper Afan, Cynon, Neath and Rhondda scheme.

Natural Resources Wales, the landowner of the Pen y Cymoedd wind farm site, hailed its partnership with Vattenfall as this important milestone was reached.
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What utilities expect from the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is the concept of everyday objects – from industrial machines to wearable devices – using built-in sensors to gather data and take action on that data across a network. Thierry Godart, General Manager of Energy Solutions at Intel, describes IoT as “taking the best of IT into the operational world.”

IoT devices are indeed flooding utility operations. From synchrophasors to smart meters, new assets installed in the energy grid are highly sensored, due to the declining cost of the sensor technology. And customers aren’t left out either. Home automation technology can sense and respond to the needs of an individual or family, even when they are not present.

Across all industries, Gartner forecasts that 6.4 billion connected devices will be in use worldwide in 2016 – up 30 percent from 2015 – with the number reaching 20.8 billion by 2020. In 2016 alone, 5.5 million new devices will be connected each day.

For utilities, the smart grid era unleashed not only millions of these new IoT devices, but also more data that utilities need to analyze and understand to make better decisions about their networks. In fact, 63 percent of utility respondents in a recent SAS survey indicated that IoT was critical to their companies’ future success.

Top uses today include “metering and meter data management” (55 percent) and “cybersecurity” (49 percent). However, the biggest growth areas are customer-facing. Seventy-three percent of respondents indicated that “customer engagement” will be IoT-enabled in the next three years. It should come as no surprise that the most common benefit of IoT analytics cited in the research was better customer service.
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Ericsson demonstrates Smart Grids for smart cities in Istanbul

Ericsson explored how connectivity and the transformation of the utilities industry is promoting the evolution of smart sustainable cities at the 4th International Istanbul Smart Grid and Cities Congress and Fair, held on April 20-21, 2016 at Halic Congress Center in Istanbul.

During the event, Ericsson demonstrated Smart Sustainable Cities, particularly the four areas of a smart city: a Competitive City, Safe City, Resilient City, and Efficient City determining how cities are permitted to meet the many challenges of urbanization and accomplish their potential.
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India, EU show the way in smart grid technology market

Smart grids are a highly sophisticated way of achieving efficiency and reliability in power distribution. At present, the power distribution network in most regions has a significant supply-demand gap, due to the steadily rising demand for electricity. This gap is most prominent in Asia Pacific, where the combination of a rapidly rising population, rising standard of living, and inefficiency in power generation and distribution has led to the demand for supplementary power and the means to eliminate the wastage of power during distribution.

The high efficiency of power distribution achieved through smart grids is the major driver impacting the global smart grid market. According to a report released recently by Transparency Market Research, the global smart grid market is expected to exhibit an 18.2% CAGR from 2013 to 2019. The market’s value at the end of this forecast period is expected to be US$118.1 bn.
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ERIGrid Looking to Ease Incorporation of Smart Grids into Conventional Power Distribution Infrastructure

One of the major restraints on the global smart grid market is the difficulty in incorporating smart grid infrastructure into existing power distribution means. The difficulty in incorporating electricity gained from renewable resources, the generation of which is rising at a rapid pace, has also constrained the modernization of power distribution infrastructure.

An all-European coalition of energy specialists and research institutes has recently come together to attempt to solve just this problem. Called ERIGrid, the project was announced in early March, despite having begun in November last year. This project is headed by the Austrian Institute of Technology and includes renowned research centers such as the University of Strathclyde, the European Distributed Energy Resources Laboratories, and the Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Savings. ERIGrid will look into the various way to develop an overarching smart grid system that can also manage significant influx of renewable energy.
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Sweden’s Landskrona Energi AB Pilots the NES Patagonia Grid Modernization Platform

Networked Energy Services is expanding Landskrona’s existing AMR application to help them modernize the grid and meet new requirements in Sweden.

San Jose, CA, April 25, 2016:  Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid market leader, today announced Landskrona Energi, a utility with over 20,000 customers in Southern Sweden, has been piloting the NES Patagonia Platform for its distribution smart grid solution, including the NES market leading AMI application and smart meters and support for District Heating metering. Landskrona Energi began deploying and testing the Patagonia platform in 2015.

Landskrona Energi selected NES Patagonia because of its leading security features, proven global track record with over 36 million meters using NES technology, and its multi-application platform value proposition. In addition, more than one million NES smart meters and smart grid technology have been in operation in Sweden for over a decade, delivering over 99.7% daily communications performance with unmatched hardware reliability and software quality.
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Smart grid, storage, efficiency firms raise $375 mn in Jan-Mar

Companies from smart grid, storage and efficiency sectors raised USD 375 million (around Rs 2,500 crore) in venture capital funding during the first quarter of 2016, says a report.

According to global communications and consulting firm Mercom Capital Group Venture, capital funding including private equity and corporate venture capital for smart grid companies increased twofold this quarter with USD 110 million in 14 deals compared with USD 56 million in 12 deals in fourth quarter of 2015.

Mercom Capital Group released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the smart grid, battery/storage and energy efficiency sectors for the first quarter of 2016.
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Oracle automates customer engagement for US utility

This week, US utility Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) has partnered with smart grid solutions provider Oracle to automate its communication with customers.

In a company statement, the utility cooperative providing electricity to more than 160,000 customers said it integrated Oracles new tech with its existing customer information system.

The combined solution of the Oracle Utilities Customer Self Service and the Oracle Utilities Customer Care and Billing solution is said will allow SMECO customers to view their bills, make payments, access grid information, report outages and participate in various programmes online, on a single website.
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OSGP Newsletter // June 2016

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Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) Focused on Security

The OSGP Alliance continues to enhance its industry leading security solution for smart metering and smart grid applications.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 15, 2016 —The OSGP Alliance (www.osgp.org), an independent, global, not for-profit association comprised of prominent utilities, systems integrators, service providers as well as smart grid equipment and software product developers, announced that it continues to enhance its security solution, embraces security research and fully supports security analyses of the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP).

We believe that it is important to do both internal reviews as well as third party reviews to ensure OSGP remains a secure, efficient, and accepted smart grid protocol. As such, we would like to thank Linus Feiten and Matthias Sauer from the University of Freiburg (Germany) for their excellent and recently published work on OSGP security. We would also like to thank Philipp Jovanovic from the University of Passau (Germany) and Samuel Neves from the University of Coimbra (Portugal) for their excellent work on OSGP security that was published back in 2015.

To avoid confusion, it is important to clarify some issues and address the recent news coverage of the RC4 attack on OSGP by Feiten et al. released last month (May 2016). All of the published attacks, including the most recent RC4 attack on OSGP by Feiten et al., are not applicable to the new security suite in OSGP (OSGP-AES-128-PSK). OSGP-AES-128-PSK has been part of OSGP, and recommended for use in production, since 2015. The official announcement was made in July 2015 by the OSGP Alliance (http://www.osgp.org/press-release-15-07-2015/) and vendor support began soon after that. As mentioned, the new security suite was subject to both internal and external security assessments before it was released. The professional third party security assessment concluded the new security suite to be secure and well-designed. Another independent security audit of OSGP-AES-128-PSK with a similar conclusion will be finalized in a couple of months (July 2016)…
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Change of climate friendly heating ensure annual saving of SEK 100,000

SEAS-NVE designed a geothermal system that saves over 40 percent on operating costs in Brorfelde Observatory and lowers the observatory heat-related CO2 emissions by 54 percent.

Brorfelde observatory’s new geothermal heating system is dimensioned to cover about 95 percent of the total heat demand. The remaining 5 percent comes from an oil furnace that automatically switches on in case of peak winter. At the same time it serves as a backup system for heat pump geothermal heating system.

The improvement lowers Centre’s annual heating costs by more than 100,000 a year and pays for itself in about eight years, while life expectancy is over 20 years. At the same time, the heat-related CO2 emissions decrease by 44 tons per year, which corresponds to approximately 54 percent.

“SEAS-NVE has left no stone unturned to find the right solution for us. Since the observatory has both astronomy, geology and natural as scientific themes, we do believe it is very well chosen that we pick up our heat from underground around the observatory, “says Julie Bouchet, head of Brorfelde Observatory.
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NES new partner in Power Circle

Power Circle announces another partner company. This time, the US based Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), which in conjunction with the opening of its Swedish office, joins Power Circle to strengthen its network, highlighting the benefits of the smart grid and to collaborate with exploring and influencing the future of the energy industry in Sweden.

Power Circle continues to grow and today it has more than 40 partner companies. Powercircle is strengthening its group of partners by adding NES, an innovative company that operates at the intersection of energy, IT and communications industry.

”NES is an exciting company shaped by two current powerful social trends – digitization and servicification. Their services focus is on contributing to a smarter and more efficient grid where space is created for innovative service offerings and intelligent use of energy, which comes at the right time. I look forward to an exciting collaboration,” says Olle Johansson, CEO of the Power Circle.
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Indiana state utility regulators approve Duke Energy’s plan to modernize its statewide energy grid

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission Wednesday approved Duke Energy’s settlement with some of Indiana’s key consumer groups on the company’s plan to build a smarter energy infrastructure that delivers power to more than 800,000 Hoosier homes, businesses and industries.
In March, the company reached agreement with the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, the Duke Energy Indiana Industrial Group, Companhia Siderurgica Nacional, Steel Dynamics, Wabash Valley Power Association, Indiana Municipal Power Agency, Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Cooperative and the Environmental Defense Fund on a seven-year plan using a combination of advanced technology and infrastructure upgrades to improve service to customers.
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CEO Axel Hjärne to leave Eltel

The CEO of Eltel, Axel Hjärne, has decided to leave his position. Axel Hjärne has been with Eltel for twelve years, and he has been CEO for the last seven years. Over these years Eltel has grown significantly from being a local Nordic player to becoming the leader in the Infranet industry in Northern Europe. In February 2015 Eltel was successfully listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.

“I have been with Eltel for more than a decade now during which the whole Eltel team has been through many positive and challenging phases and together we have made great achievements. Today, Eltel has a strong position and is well positioned for continued success. I have now come to a point where I feel that the timing is good to hand over to someone new and also personally reflect on my next steps”, says Axel Hjärne . I have enjoyed the journey with Eltel tremendously, and I will miss my great colleagues and all exciting business opportunities.
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Intermonte, Enel, Consilia and Ascomfidi launch “call for disruption in energy”

Intermonte, Consilia, Ascomfidi and Enel have launched the Call for Disruption in Energy, a call for proposals to promote innovative energy and green economy projects. The goal is to select two projects submitted by innovative start-ups, which will receive support in structuring an equity crowdfunding campaign and accelerated growth process to sustain their business.

Start-ups have until September 30th, 2016 to submit applications to the website with a description of the projects they intend to develop. The top two applications will be selected by a jury of independent experts appointed by the partners in the initiative. The two winning companies will be helped in their growth through a business mentoring programme provided by Enel, investor relations and content providing services offered by Intermonte through Websim, and legal and management advisory services offered by Consilia. They will also benefit from a reduction in the placement fees charged by Intermonte Sim and Ascomfidi and much more favourable conditions than those prevailing on the market, with no setup fees or guaranteed minimums.
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Enel Chairman Grieco: “Interesting Opportunities in the Russian Market”

In today’s global economy and free market, collaborations between companies and Governments are central to the effective functioning of the system. The private sector is in fact the main player in a series of processes that affect the community as a whole, starting from decarbonisation. Large companies, including Enel, were therefore invited to participate in events such as the COP21 (the United Nations Climate Change Conference) in November 2015 and the recent Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, to discuss renewables, grids and regulatory frameworks.

The Forum is Russia’s most important economic event, bringing together heads of state, ministers and company leaders. This edition of the event – the first since the economic sanctions applied by the European Union and the United States – continued to highlight the centrality of the Russian Federation in global investment processes.
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DNV GL to study feasibility for Phu Cuong 1 offshore wind farm in Vietnam

At a signing ceremony today in Ho Chi Minh City, DNV GL Americas entered into a contract with Phu Cuong Group (PCG), to deliver a feasibility study for a near-offshore wind farm under a grant from the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to PCG.

“The study will support efforts to develop Phu Cuong 1, the 170-megawatt (MW) wind farm (USD 435 million investment) that is the first in PCG’s planned series of near-offshore wind power projects along Vietnam’s southern coastline in Soc Trang province.” PCG, an established private firm majoring in real estate development and seafood exporting, plans to develop an 800 MW pipeline of wind power to meet the rising demand for energy of Vietnam’s growing economy. The Vietnam government has set a target for wind energy development to reach 800 MW by 2020, 2000 MW by 2025 and 6000 MW by 2030.

“As Vietnam significantly increases its electricity generating capacity, I am delighted to see PCG supporting the global climate change imperative with its leadership in building a sustainable electricity supply for Vietnam,” said Mathias Steck, executive vice president Asia Pacific for DNV GL’s energy division.

DNV GL will assess the potential for wind production, review permitting and land control issues, evaluate the needs for a safe, reliable and affordable connection to the province’s electrical grid, provide a foundational design, estimate potential construction costs and recommend the optimal approach to financing it.
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E.ON strengthens partnerships with start-ups AutoGrid and Thermondo

E.ON has their investments in US start-up AutoGrid Systems and German start-up Thermondo increased to offer smart and customer tailored solutions for the decentralized energy world. The initial start of the partnerships was in 2014.

AutoGrid is dedicated to bringing the power of data science to the decentralized energy world. E.ON was the first company to deploy the latest version of AutoGrid’s Energy Data Platform (EDP) in Europe: The smart Energy Internet solution helps to understand its customers’ energy needs and uses this knowledge to deliver value to all their stakeholders.

The Berlin-based company Thermondo is pioneer of the digitalization of the handicraft business. Thermondo combines the speed and wide product range of an internet company with the outstanding workmanship of experienced technicians. Based on an online platform, customers can compare and buy a variety of heating system manufacturers and technologies in a quick, easy, and cost-effective way.
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Internet of Things to overtake mobile phones by 2018: Ericsson Mobility Report

  • 16 billion connected devices forecast to join the Internet of Things by the end of 2021
  • Smartphone subscriptions to surpass those for basic phones in Q3 this year
  • Teenage use of cellular data for smartphone video grew 127 percent in just 15 months

The latest edition of the Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) Mobility Report, published today, reveals that the Internet of Things (IoT) is set to overtake mobile phones as the largest category of connected device by 2018.
Between 2015 and 2021, the number of IoT connected devices is expected to grow 23 percent annually, of which cellular IoT is forecast to have the highest growth rate. Of the 28 billion total devices that will be connected by 2021, close to 16 billion will be IoT devices.
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Vattenfall builds Denmark’s largest offshore windfarm

Vattenfall are about to start the construction of the offshore wind farm Horns Rev 3 off the West coast of Denmark. Horns Rev 3 will be commissioned in 2018 and the total investment will be just over 1 billion euros. Horns Rev 3 will supply enough electricity to power 400,000 Danish homes.

In February 2015 Vattenfall won the bid for the concession to build Horns Rev 3. Vattenfall is currently the second largest operator of offshore wind farms in the world and one of the biggest players in Denmark in the field of onshore wind. The construction of Horns Rev 3 will reinforce Vattenfalls´s position as a leader in renewable electricity generation, both in Denmark and in Europe.

“Horns Rev 3 is an important part of Vattenfall´s ambitions in the field of wind and particularly on our focus on offshore wind farms. Horns Rev 3 also gives a clear signal to the world around us that Vattenfall´s strategy is to make new investments in renewable electricity generation and to grow in wind. Vattenfall supports the transition to a totally renewable energy system and takes up the challenge, in spite of current low electricity prices and excess capacity,” says President and CEO of Vattenfall, Magnus Hall.
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Schneider Electric rises to 10th place in the Newsweek Global Green Ranking 2016

At the end of 2015, COP21 raised enormous, legitimate hopes worldwide that citizens, governments and companies would coordinate their efforts to limit the causes and effects of climate change. Just a few months later, the Newsweek Global Green Ranking 2016, the global listing of the most environmentally friendly corporations produced by U.S. weekly news magazine Newsweek in partnership with Corporate Knights and HIP Investor, has commended the environmental commitment made by Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation. The Group is proud to be ranked 10th, alongside other reputable companies such as Shire Plc., Reckitt Benckiser and British Telecom.
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The Investment Plan for Europe and Energy: making the Energy Union a reality

Energy efficiency, renewables, smart grids: with 24 financed projects and 29% of the available funding channelled into the energy sector, the Investment Plan For Europe is driving the Commission’s goal of building an Energy Union forward.

From renovating buildings to make them energy efficient in France, to a new onshore wind farm in Sweden, 11 Member States have received support for sustainable, low-carbon projects which are in line with the EU’s energy and climate goals. An additional €16.9 billion in investment is expected in sustainable and low-carbon energy projects over the coming years.
The Investment plan for Europe and the Energy Union are making change real, just one year after their launch. With key projects in energy infrastructure (in particular interconnections), renewable energy and energy efficiency, the financial cornerstone of the Investment Plan (EFSI, European Fund for Strategic investments)has allocated to the energy sector 29% of financing approved by the European Investment Bank (EIB). This adds up to the actions undertaken to leverage investments for small and medium enterprises (SME), in particular through the European Investment Fund (EIF), which has channelled EUR 3.5 billion for 185[1] SME financing agreements in the energy sector. Altogether, these operations in the energy sector are expected to have the knock-on effect of attracting additional investments of over EUR €16.9 billion in the coming years.
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Obama Administration Announces Federal and Private Sector Actions on Scaling Renewable Energy and Storage with Smart Markets

President Obama believes in the need to transition to a cleaner, more reliable, and affordable 21st century power grid. Under his leadership, transformations in how we produce and consume electricity are decreasing carbon pollution, scaling up renewable energy, and generating savings on consumers’ energy bills. Since 2009, renewable energy generation has increased at a record pace, while costs have decreased dramatically. Building on this progress, smart electricity market reforms, enhanced transparency, and flexible energy resources such as storage and demand response have the potential to further accelerate the development of a cleaner and smarter grid. In fact, in 2015 alone, the United States doubled the installed capacity of advanced energy storage to 500 megawatts (MW) and deployment of this key resource is projected to continue to expand.

With this dynamic progress as the backdrop, today the White House is hosting a Summit on Scaling Renewable Energy and Storage with Smart Markets. The Summit brings together regulators, power companies, municipalities, and energy developers that are leading efforts to promote smart electricity markets and greater grid integration of renewable energy and flexible resources such as energy storage.
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Nigerian smart meter manufacturers call for government’s support

In West Africa, Nigerian smart meter manufacturers have spoken out insisting that government intervention is needed for their firms to thrive in the energy sector.

Last week, chairman and CEO of Mommas Engineering Meters Manufacturing Company Limited (MEMMCOL), Dr Kolawole Balogun, highlighted that his company has the capacity to produce 50,000 smart meters per month, while other smart meter manufacturers have the ability to produce 20,000 each per month.

He, however, highlighted that this capacity has been underutilised due to very low support from the government and the current electricity boards.
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Acquisition remains on radar for ambitious Cyan

Smart metering and lighting technology business Cyan continues to weigh up a fresh cash raise for a potential strategic acquisition as it continues to scale globally from its Cambridge UK base.

Executive Chairman John Cronin stressed the growth agenda as theAIM-quoted company posted its results for the year to December 31.

Revenue was up 41 per cent to £272k but R & D spend increased 70 per cent to £3.126m. The operating loss widened to £4.9 million as opposed to £3.26m the previous year.

But Cronin said the real headlines had been written since the year-end, not least through the transformational £10m purchase order for smart metering in Iran.
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Honeywell Launches Industrial Internet of Things-Ready Gas Measurement and Data Management Solutions for Natural Gas Utilities

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) Process Solutions (HPS) today announced that it has introduced a fully integrated portfolio of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)-ready natural gas measurement and data management solutions for use by North American gas transmission and distribution customers.

These end-to-end smart metering solutions help optimize the entire gas value chain, including applications from the wellhead to the burner tip.

“Natural gas providers need the tools and know-how to effectively store, transport and deliver gas to meet rising demand,” said Pierre Dufour, HPS global product marketing manager. “Gas metering data must be collected more frequently and in smaller increments. The trend towards smart metering has demonstrated the importance of Meter Data Management (MDM) in realizing the full potential of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI).”
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CEN and CENELEC welcome European Commission’s commitment to have a ‘single standardization policy’

CEN and CENELEC welcome the European Commission’s latest proposals concerning the future of the European Standardization System. In particular, CEN and CENELEC are satisfied to see that the Commission has committed itself to having a more consistent and unified policy towards standardization, which serves to strengthen the Single Market and also supports the implementation of EU policies and legislation.

Responding to the European Commission’s Communication ‘European Standards for the 21st Century’ (COM(2016) 358 final), which was published on 1 June, Elena Santiago Cid, Director General of CEN and CENELEC said: “In CEN and CENELEC, we are very pleased to see that the European Commission has promised to have a much more coherent and integrated policy towards standardization. We believe that the ‘single standardization policy’ should encompass all economic sectors and fields of activity – including digital technologies, which until now have been addressed separately.”

“In today’s world, where digital and smart technologies are becoming ever more prevalent, it is increasingly difficult to draw the line between what is digital and what is not digital,” said Ms Santiago Cid. “For example – in the domestic environment, appliances such as washing machines and refrigerators are becoming smarter, while home heating systems can also be connected to the internet. Meanwhile, in the workplace, digital interfaces are being integrated into all kinds of equipment and machinery. Therefore, it is necessary to ensure a more coherent and consistent approach towards standardization across all fields of activity, and this should also be reflected in the cooperation between the European Commission, the European Standardization Organizations and other stakeholders.”
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Jun 15

Press release – 15-06-2016

Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP)
Focused on Security

The OSGP Alliance continues to enhance its industry leading security solution
for smart metering and smart grid applications.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 15, 2016 —The OSGP Alliance (www.osgp.org), an independent, global, not for-profit association comprised of prominent utilities, systems integrators, service providers as well as smart grid equipment and software product developers, announced that it continues to enhance its security solution,
embraces security research and fully supports security analyses of the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP).

We believe that it is important to do both internal reviews as well as third party reviews to ensure OSGP remains a secure, efficient, and accepted smart grid protocol. As such, we would like to thank Linus Feiten and Matthias Sauer from the University of Freiburg (Germany) for their excellent and recently published work on OSGP security. We would also like to thank Philipp Jovanovic from the University of Passau (Germany) and Samuel Neves from the University of Coimbra (Portugal) for their excellent work on OSGP security that was published back in 2015.

To avoid confusion, it is important to clarify some issues and address the recent news coverage of the RC4 attack on OSGP by Feiten et al. released last month (May 2016). All of the published attacks, including the most recent RC4 attack on OSGP by Feiten et al., are not applicable to the new security suite in OSGP (OSGP-AES-128-PSK). OSGP-AES-128-PSK has been part of OSGP, and recommended for use in production, since 2015. The official announcement was made in July 2015 by the OSGP Alliance (http://www.osgp.org/press-release-15-07-2015/) and vendor support began soon after that. As mentioned, the new security suite was subject to both internal and external security assessments before it was released. The professional third party security assessment concluded the new security suite to be secure and well-designed. Another independent security audit of OSGP-AES-128-PSK with a similar conclusion will be finalized in a couple of months (July 2016).

It is also important to reiterate that the OSGP Alliance independently did its own research with its members and proactively worked diligently to release the new security suite upgrade last year. Since its release, the OSGP Alliance has actively encouraged utilities (“distribution grid operators”) with an OSGP smart metering platform to apply this update to address the theoretical security risks.

The security update is available for all OSGP device generations. Even OSGP smart meters installed more than 10 years ago can be remotely updated. As a result, every utility with an OSGP smart metering platform can and should apply the update. Whether to implement the update is of course a utility’s decision. A decision that depends on a risk assessment of their particular smart grid platform. However, the recommendation from the OSGP Alliance is clear; apply the security update.

OSGP vendors released the security update via system and remote device firmware updates last year. In fact, their existing utility customers are already taking advantage of the new OSGP security update to ensure existing systems, and not just new systems, are protected from the identified theoretical attacks.

The OSGP Alliance and its members continue to research security and further enhance OSGP to ensure that it remains a secure protocol for utilities and their customer. As previously mentioned, we fully support and encourage third party independent research. We believe that it is important to do both internal development and support third party research to ensure OSGP remains the most secure and efficient protocol available for smart metering systems.

About The Open Smart Grid Protocol

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

About The OSGP Alliance

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

Contact:

Corien den Ouden
Secretariat@osgp.org

 

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May 31

OSGP Newsletter // May 2016

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OSGP Alliance and it’s members Görlitz and S&T Smart Energy will be present at the Powertage in Zürich to discuss the major tasks that lie ahead for the Swiss electricity sector as the sector is caught up in a process of comprehensive change. The electricity supply of the future will be intelligent, networked and decentralised; innovative solutions are called for. Powertage will be held on 31 May – 2 June in Zürich. For more information, see www.powertage.ch

 

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Eltel closes acquisitions with U-SERV and EVB in the German platform for smart metering business

Eltel has completed the previously announced acquisitions of U-SERV GmbH and the metering related field operations of EVB Billing und Services GmbH. By the acquisition of U-SERV Eltel becomes the 100% owner of the company. By the deal with EVB, the customer base in metering related field services and personnel of the company are transferred to Eltel. Both transactions have entered into force on May 1, 2016.
Eltel announced the signing of the contract to acquire U-SERV GmbH, a company operating in the electricity and gas metering sector in Germany on April 22, 2016. At the same time Eltel announced the contract to acquire metering related field service assets of EVB Billing und Services GmbH. The deal with EVB comprises the transfers of EVB’s customer base as well as approximately 80 employees to Eltel.
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EDMI selected as residential smart meter provider to one of the large energy suppliers in Great Britain

EDMI, a global smart meter solution provider, has announced that it has signed a contract with one of the large energy suppliers in Great Britain to provide 500,000 smart meters as part of the energy supplier’s residential smart metering rollout.

This agreement marks the first SMETS2 meter award for EDMI, building on the contract award to supply SMETS2 communication hubs to the north of Great Britain on behalf of Arqiva. It will see EDMI Europe Limited supplying both gas and electricity meters.
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RES4AFRICA, a Full Tank of Green Energy in the Future

In Sub-Saharan Africa, some 600 million people live without electricity. This means that more than half of the 1.2 billion people who, according IEA-International Energy Agency estimates, lack access to energy are in the African continent. A number that is both a challenge and a great opportunity to bring clean tech, renewable energy and therefore sustainable development to this extremely vast area.
With this objective, RES4AFRICA was launched at the annual conference held in Rome by RES4MED (Renewable Energy Solutions for the Mediterranean), the public-private platform that gathers utility companies, public entities and research centres for the promotion of clean energy in the Mediterranean. This innovative strategic project broadens the scope of the network established in 2012 from only the Mediterranean area to the whole of Africa. An area where, according to Enel Green Power’s estimates, renewable energy could reach a 50 percent share in the generation mix by 2030, with hydropower and wind sharing an installed capacity of around 100 GW, followed by 70 GW of solar. A growth that multiplies by ten the figures for 2013 and that allows a CO2 emissions reduction of 310 million tonnes by 2030 (source Irena).
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Amber Rudd MP and Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Visits Smart Meter Provider, EDMI

Amber Rudd MP, The UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, has visited EDMI Europe’s Research and Development facility in Reading. EDMI, a global smart meter solution provider welcomed Amber Rudd and other members of the Department of Energy and Climate Change for a tour of the premises which were opened in 2013. As part of the visit, the group were shown the state-of-the-art testing facilities and introduced to team members who are integral to the development of the Communications Hub and smart meters.
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GridPoint Wins Gold Edison Award for Innovation in Energy and Sustainability

GridPoint, an innovator in comprehensive, data-driven energy management systems (EMS), today announced it has received the Gold award for Energy Management and Customer Solutions within the Energy and Sustainability category at the 29th annual Edison Awards held in New York City.

GridPoint’s unique energy management solution includes granular submetering and monitoring, intelligent control, cloud-based software and professional services that generate energy, operational and maintenance savings up to 30% with an 18-36 month payback. Customers lower their utility bills by collecting and analyzing site data to intelligently control critical building systems without sacrificing customer comfort. GridPoint’s extensive data set and decision support tools enable customers to diagnose malfunctioning equipment, prioritize asset maintenance and assess the financial benefits of energy efficiency projects with confidence.
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Technology Outlook 2025: the 10 technology trends creating a new power reality

Based on internal research and development, DNV GL’s view is that 10 technology trends in materials, wind, solar, electricity storage, data-communications and power electronics will unleash a ‘perfect storm’, creating a new power reality, transforming our existing power systems.

The new power reality: a hybrid of macro and micro elements
Today, large generating plants and passive components still dominate the power system. That time is over. In the next 10 years, the new power landscape will be a hybrid of large and small scale elements: large scale renewable generating plants and super grids which move power over long distances and micro grids and energy producing buildings where end-users have an active role. Renewable generation will become the safest investment choice and dominate power generation new builds. Markets are already adapting to this reality. Grids will be governed more and more by software. Many electric technologies and appliances including heat pumps, electric vehicles, solar PV and batteries will come together with ICT systems in buildings. These buildings will be net generators instead of just consuming energy. With the help of digitalisation and automation, they will not only provide electricity, but also offer complex grid balancing and power quality services. These forms of flexibility, which are increasingly needed by the grid, will become easily available through the mass market. We will see a personalization of energy, where end users are enabled to source, price and better understand their electricity supply. Why? Consumers, emboldened by digital platforms, will demand choice and control of electricity in their daily lives, and the technology to support this is ready.
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Duke Energy Renewables enters New Mexico with a 25-MW solar project

Duke Energy Renewables today announced construction has begun on the 25-megawatt (MW) Caprock Solar Power Project near Tucumcari in Quay County, New Mexico.

The company acquired the project from Infigen Energy.
With completion expected later this year, the solar installation will generate enough energy to power about 5,000 average homes.

Power from the project will be sold to Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC) under a 25-year agreement.

“We are pleased to bring this solar project to New Mexico and add the state to our growing U.S. renewables footprint,” said Greg Wolf, president, Duke Energy Commercial Portfolio. “We’re also excited to be partnering with a progressive cooperative like WFEC, which reflects our commitment to provide clean energy solutions for utilities, cooperatives, municipalities, corporations and other organizations.”
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Mitsubishi Electric Shipped First 765kV Power Transformer from North American Subsidiary

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6503) announced today that Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc. (MEPPI), a Mitsubishi Electric’s subsidiary based in North American, shipped its first high-capacity 765kV power transformer to American Electric Power (AEP) on April 29. The shell-type 765kV transformer was manufactured at the company’s factory in Memphis, Tennessee. It is the first transformer of this category to be produced at MEPPI and also the first to be manufactured locally in the United States of America in 25 years. MEPPI is the only factory in the United States of America* capable of manufacturing power transformers with a capacity of 765kV.
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Duke Energy, Duke University partner on innovative power project

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) and Duke University today announced a partnership that will lead to cleaner and more efficient power for the university and the surrounding community.

Under a proposed 35-year agreement and subject to approval by the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC), Duke Energy Carolinas proposes to own, build and operate a 21-megawatt (MW) natural gas combined heat and power (CHP) facility on the Duke University campus in Durham.
If approved, the plant would use the waste heat from generating electricity to produce thermal energy and steam needed for the university, making it one of the most efficient generating assets in the Duke Energy generation fleet. The electric power would be put back on the Duke Energy electric grid to serve the university and nearby customers.
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Kapsch TrafficCom secures new contract for Toowoomba Second Range Crossing in Queensland

Kapsch TrafficCom AG (ISIN AT000KAPSCH9), listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange in the prime market segment, announces that its subsidiary Kapsch TrafficCom Australia Pty Ltd has been contracted by the State of Queensland to deliver the Tolling Roadside System for the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC) Project in Queensland, Australia. The contract comprises supply and operation for 10 years of the Roadside System for TSRC, and is valued at around 6 million EUR (9 million AUD).
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DNV GL Releases 2016 Solar PV Module Reliability Scorecard

In an industry too young to have long-term field data on reliability, DNV GL’s comprehensive laboratory study goes beyond standard testing to bridge the knowledge gap and help minimize risk for solar investors.

DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of certification and energy expertise, has released the 2016 PV Module Reliability Scorecard, its second edition of a rigorous review of PV module performance. The study aims to address the lack of publicly available long-term data on reliability.

“While a 25-year performance warranty is standard in the industry, most PV modules have actually been in use less than five years, so there is a real lack of data on how equipment holds up over time,” said DNV GL’s Jenya Meydbray, the study’s lead author. “Since the first edition of the Scorecard in 2014, its findings have become a critical resource to an industry looking to understand risk.”
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Fortum Charge & Drive continues to expand – now collaborating with Jönköping Energi in Sweden

Fortum and the Swedish electricity company Jönköping Energi have initiated collaboration to develop a charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. The overall purpose is to provide a total of 30 public charging stations for the residents of the city of Jönköping; the collaboration is expected to start in the fall of 2016. Jönköping Energi will own and manage the charging stations. Together with Fortum Charge & Drive, a simple and nationwide service will link Jönköping to the Charge & Drive Nordic network consisting of more than 600 charging stations.

“Through this partnership, our charging stations will be part of a network that enables us to take an active role in strengthening the Swedish infrastructure for electric vehicles. Jönköping’s geographical location gives us the opportunity to assist the many owners of electric vehicles who want to drive longer distances in a climate-friendly way,” says Fridolf Eskilsson, CEO of Jönköping Energi.

The expansion project will last two years and carries the possibility of extension to meet the future needs for electric vehicle charging.
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Exclusive offer: IEC 61850 Europe 2016 

Are you currently charged with implementing multi-vendor multi-edition IEC 61850 architectures across your smart grid? Challenged by the limited choice of Edition 2 enabled systems and components on the market? Are you searching high and low for robust multi-vendor engineering and testing tools to help you take back control of your implementation and operation processes?

The 3rd annual IEC 61850 Europe 2016 conference, exhibition and networking forum provides you with the detailed implementation insights, operations and maintenance guidance, technology innovation updates, and facilitated networking opportunities to help you get under the skin of these complexities and develop an action plan that will propel your next generation IEC 61850 strategy to implementation with ease!

Book now to take advantage of the Very Early Bird rate, saving you €200 on delegate places and €1,000 on exhibitor spaces. Use the promocode IEC61850-16-OSGP to get a further 10% discount.

 

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Nissan integrates e-mobility with Smart Grid

Japanese carmaker Nissan intends to establish closer technological and business ties between electric driving and smart grids: Together with energy provider Enel, the company plans to test a vehicle-to-grid system. Plus, Nissan is about to establish an energy storage for domestic usage based on second-life traction batteries.
The joint activity with Enel will be first launched in the United Kingdom. Nissan’s concept provides for about 100 vehicle-to-grid charging stations for private and commercial users of Nissan’s Leaf and eNV-200 electric vehicles. Users of such cars will be able to offer the battery capacity of their vehicles to buffer energy for the grid. Customers thus have the possibility to buy electricity in periods when it is cheap and resell this energy in high-demand periods and at higher prices. Thus electric vehicles in the future will not only offer mobility but at the same time they will be able to act as mobile energy storage.
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European Union Smart Meter Initiative To Cut Emissions 9%

The European Union’s initiative to replace at least 80% of electricity meters with smart metering systems across the Union could cut emissions by up to 9%.

According to a new report by research and consulting firm GlobalData, the European Union’s Security of Electricity Supply Directive (2005/89/EC), includes a requirement that encourages “the adoption of real-time demand management technologies such as advanced metering systems.” According to GlobalData, the uptake of smart metering systems across the EU, where at least 80% of existing electricity meters are to be replaced by smart meters, could end up reducing European Union emissions by up to 9%, and cutting annual household energy consumption by a similar amount.
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Oman to launch smart metering for power

Oman plans to launch Automated Meter Reading (AMR) services, also known as smart metering, for the power sector this year, a report said.

The service will primarily be targeted at large industrial and commercial customers whose electricity consumption exceeds a certain annual limit, Omar al Wahaibi, CEO of Nama Group, the holding company of state-owned procurement, transmission and distribution utilities, was quoted as saying in the Oman Observer report.
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Groningen aims to build world’s largest smart grid

The Dutch city of Groningen has launched a project to create the world’s biggest smart grid for up to 100,000 households.

Project Floor builds on foundations laid by the city’s PowerMatching City field trial of 42 houses in 2011-2013.

“We are now looking to create a large-scale smart grid in Groningen to connect 10,000 to 100,000 households. Much larger and much more ambitious than PowerMatching City,” said Eelko Steenhuis, Strategic Advisor for Economic Affairs at the City of Groningen.

PowerMatching City was the city’s living lab. It concluded that the smart grid was technically feasible and could result in savings of up to €3.5 billion.

The work on the project was carried out by Enexis, Essent, Gasunie, ICT Automatisering, TNO and Norwegian energy company DNV GL, which is masterminding Project Floor.
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Smart Grid, Storage, & Efficiency Companies Raise $375 Million In Venture Capital

April figures from Mercom Capital show that, together, smart grid, battery storage, and efficiency companies raised $375 million in venture capital in the first quarter of 2016.

Mercom Capital Group, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, published its first quarter funding and Merger & Acquisition (M&A) numbers for the smart grid, energy storage, and efficiency companies last month, with the three sectors globally raising $375 million. Specifically, smart grid companies raised $110 million; battery storage companies raised $54 million; and efficiency companies raised $211 million.
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Smart Grid Partnership Announced in Europe

Three energy companies in Europe announced Regalgrid Europe s.r.l., a joint venture that aims to create a new generation of smart grids around the world. The partners are Regal Grid s.r.l., Archeide SICAV SIF – Empower Fund and Upsolar.
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Apr 27

OSGP Newsletter // April 2016

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OSGP Alliance presented the transition of the electricity grid, moving from centralized to decentralized structure
During a workshop and panel session at the 4th International Istanbul Smart Grid and Cities Congress and Fair, held on April 20-21, 2016 at Halic Congress Center in Istanbul, the OSGP Alliance presented the transition of the electricity grid, moving from centralized to decentralized structure. The Smart meters play a vital role as sensor. ViKo, Asay Energy, Referans and NES shared their vieuws on smart metering and smart grid. PLC (Power Line Communication) based on OSGP protocol has proven to perform best in the Turkish grid. PLC is the preferred technology providing additional topology information and having best performance.

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Giza Systems Closes 100% Acquisition of HF Giza Systems

Giza Systems Group of Companies announced end of March that the company has completed the acquisition of 100% of the shares of HF Giza Systems Group, including all of its subsidiary companies in Egypt, Sub-Saharan Africa and the US.

“We believe that this acquisition will strengthen our position in our markets, and will allow us to provide a more integrated portfolio to cater to our clients’ success,” commented Shehab El Nawawi, Chairman and CEO at Giza Systems Group of Companies.

As of the acquisition, HF Giza Systems has been integrated into Giza Systems to form the new Smart Buildings Line of Business, which now aims to combine, deploy and deliver the most comprehensive building management solutions portfolio for its clients.
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NES first in world to receive r-46 certificate

NMi is proud to announce that it has issued the first OIML R 46 Certificate of Conformity in the world. It has been registered to Networked Energy Services in the United Stated of America. You can find the certificate on the OIML website.

Recommendation R 46 – “Active electrical energy meters” – implies a time- and cost saving opportunity for manufacturers: when having their meters tested in accordance with this Recommendation, they will be able to get easy market access in multiple countries by using the combination of OIML and IEC/EN reports.

NMi congratulates Networked Energy Services for being the first to obtain the OIML R 46 Certificate of Conformity!
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DNV GL to Validate ARPA-E ‘Internet of Energy’ Microgrid in Texas

DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification, together with its partners, Group NIRE and Geli (Growing Energy Labs, Inc.), will produce and operate an Internet of Energy (IoEn) platform integrating the management of up to 100 distributed energy resources (DER).

The award, DNV GL’s third from ARPA-E, is one of twelve new projects in the Department of Energy’s Network Optimized Distributed Energy Systems (NODES) program announced in December.

The Internet of Energy project will be deployed at Group NIRE’s utility-connected microgrid test facility in Lubbock, Texas, where it will be integrated with local utility monitoring, control and data acquisition systems to demonstrate advanced management of up to 100 disparate distributed energy resources using Geli’s “Internet of Energy” software.

The Internet of Energy platform will simultaneously manage both market level regulation and distribution system support functions to facilitate large-scale integration of renewable generation onto the grid. The platform will demonstrate a novel and scalable approach for the fast registration and automated dispatch of DERs by combining DNV GL’s power system simulation tools and independent third-party validation with Geli’s innovative networking, control, and market balancing software.

“DNV GL’s core role,”said Senior Consultant Michael Kleinberg, ”is to provide greater certainty to power systems planners and grid operators — who will increasingly be called upon to manage massive volumes of distributed energy assets — by validating operational performance and emerging economic models within a real-world, utility-connected microgrid.”
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Solar rankings: Duke Energy among Top 3 in the nation

CHARLOTTE, N.C.  — Duke Energy continues to be a national leader for the amount of solar energy connected to the grid for its retail customers.

In the Top 10 utility solar lists compiled by the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), Duke Energy Progress (DEP) was ranked third among all utility companies for bringing on new solar capacity during 2015.
“Our customers are experiencing the benefits of Duke Energy’s work to support the growth and expansion of solar generation in this region,” said David Fountain , Duke Energy’s North Carolina  president. “We are proud to put more and more solar energy to work for our customers in a way that works for everyone.”

DEP’s 461 megawatts of owned and purchased capacity for customers in 2015 helped it climb to third in the nation after being fourth the previous year. Overall, North Carolina is fourth in the nation for installed solar capacity. You can view the rankings here.

“We saw record installations of solar in 2015 across the United States. Our Top 10 survey results detail the scale of this growth, and the active role an increasing number of utilities are playing in it,” said Julia Hamm, SEPA’s President and CEO. “Consumers want solar, and their interest is driving change and innovation at utilities nationwide.”

The rankings were announced Tuesday at the organization’s Utility Solar Conference in Denver. The ninth annual survey includes figures from more than 300 utilities across the country.
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E.ON a core partner in project to promote energy transition

E.ON is a core partner “ENSURE – New Energy Network Structures for the Energy Transition,” a consortium supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. At an event in Berlin, Federal Minister Johanna Wanka presented four consortia selected by the German federal government as Copernicus projects to promote the energy transition. The ENSURE consortium consists of core partners E.ON, RWTH Aachen University, network operator TenneT TSO, technology companies Siemens and ABB, and 15 other partners. The consortium is led by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

The project aims to develop and test efficient, forward-looking structures that combine centralized and distributed energy sources. It will place a special emphasis on addressing the technological and social aspects of this transformation process. It will encompass power transmission technologies as well as information and communications technologies, which will maintain balance and ensure stability in tomorrow’s networked supply structures.
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E.ON begins selling electricity storage system in Germany

  • Storage system developed in partnership with SOLARWATT
  • Charge efficiency of 93 percent
  • Advanced German technology and sleek design

E.ON has begun selling its E.ON Aura electricity storage system in Germany. The system is available immediately at www.eon-aura.de. The all-in-one solution consists of a storage device, the E.ON Aura app, and, if desired, an E.ON Aura PV system, and the E.ON Aura electricity tariff. The German energy supplier worked closely with Dresden-based SOLARWATT GmbH to develop the system.

E.ON Aura’s charge efficiency of 93 percent makes it one of the most efficient storage devices on the German market. The system can increase a home’s energy self-sufficiency rate—that is, the proportion of self-produced electricity the home consumes—from about one third to around 70 percent. “With a storage capacity of 4.4 kilowatt-hours, E.ON Aura can meet the entire electricity needs of a three- to four-person family during the evening and night hours,” Robert Hienz, Managing Director of E.ON Energie Deutschland, explained. The system is therefore perfectly tailored to the average German household’s energy consumption.

Highly efficient, simple to install
For homes that consume more electricity, the system’s storage capacity is easily expandable to up to 11 kilowatt-hours with additional battery modules. E.ON developed the system in partnership with SOLARWATT, a Dresden-based solar company and storage-device manufacturer. E.ON Aura is aimed primarily at environmentally conscious homeowners who wish to achieve greater energy autonomy and reduce their energy costs. The lithium-ion battery modules have an estimated operating life of up to 20 years, providing customers with lasting quality. The compact, wall-mounted storage device combines a sleek design and noise-free operation.
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Fortum to start building the Solberg windfarm in Sweden

Fortum has made a final investment decision on the 75-megawatt Solberg wind park project in Northern Sweden, announced earlier this year. According to the plan, the construction starts in summer 2016 with ground works and the wind park is expected to start production in early 2018. Skellefteå Kraft AB (SKAB) has an option to participate in the project with a 50% share, subject to decision by their municipal owner and authority approvals, if any. SKAB is expected to decide on their participation during the second quarter of 2016. The total investment of the whole project is approximately EUR 100 million.

The project is an important step in the implementation of Fortum’s newly announced strategy and the ambition to grow in wind and solar power. Fortum aims to grow in wind and solar businesses through developing new projects and selective acquisitions.
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Vattenfall: First solar farm complete – Vattenfall

Vattenfall’s first large-scale solar farm has generated power for the first time. The facility in Wales, which covers an area of about eight hectares, consists of over 18,500 panels and were installed in less than two weeks. The investment cost amounts to some SEK 50 million.

The solar farm has a capacity of 4.99MW and will annually generate 5.5GWh of electricity which is enough to provide 1,440 British homes with renewable electricity. The solar farm consists of over 18,500 panels which weigh approximately 18 kg each.

The solar farm in southwest Wales is located adjacent to Vattenfall’s Parc Cynog wind farm with its 11 turbines and shares its grid connection with the wind farm.
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First turbine erected at Wales’s largest onshore wind farm

Vattenfall, the European energy company, said today that the first turbine at the largest onshore wind farm in Wales has been fully erected.

The Siemens turbine, at the east of the Pen y Cymoedd Wind Energy Project site and standing 145 metres tall, is the first of 76 to be erected at the 228MW upper Afan, Cynon, Neath and Rhondda scheme.

Natural Resources Wales, the landowner of the Pen y Cymoedd wind farm site, hailed its partnership with Vattenfall as this important milestone was reached.
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What utilities expect from the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is the concept of everyday objects – from industrial machines to wearable devices – using built-in sensors to gather data and take action on that data across a network. Thierry Godart, General Manager of Energy Solutions at Intel, describes IoT as “taking the best of IT into the operational world.”

IoT devices are indeed flooding utility operations. From synchrophasors to smart meters, new assets installed in the energy grid are highly sensored, due to the declining cost of the sensor technology. And customers aren’t left out either. Home automation technology can sense and respond to the needs of an individual or family, even when they are not present.

Across all industries, Gartner forecasts that 6.4 billion connected devices will be in use worldwide in 2016 – up 30 percent from 2015 – with the number reaching 20.8 billion by 2020. In 2016 alone, 5.5 million new devices will be connected each day.

For utilities, the smart grid era unleashed not only millions of these new IoT devices, but also more data that utilities need to analyze and understand to make better decisions about their networks. In fact, 63 percent of utility respondents in a recent SAS survey indicated that IoT was critical to their companies’ future success.

Top uses today include “metering and meter data management” (55 percent) and “cybersecurity” (49 percent). However, the biggest growth areas are customer-facing. Seventy-three percent of respondents indicated that “customer engagement” will be IoT-enabled in the next three years. It should come as no surprise that the most common benefit of IoT analytics cited in the research was better customer service.
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Ericsson demonstrates Smart Grids for smart cities in Istanbul

Ericsson explored how connectivity and the transformation of the utilities industry is promoting the evolution of smart sustainable cities at the 4th International Istanbul Smart Grid and Cities Congress and Fair, held on April 20-21, 2016 at Halic Congress Center in Istanbul.

During the event, Ericsson demonstrated Smart Sustainable Cities, particularly the four areas of a smart city: a Competitive City, Safe City, Resilient City, and Efficient City determining how cities are permitted to meet the many challenges of urbanization and accomplish their potential.
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India, EU show the way in smart grid technology market

Smart grids are a highly sophisticated way of achieving efficiency and reliability in power distribution. At present, the power distribution network in most regions has a significant supply-demand gap, due to the steadily rising demand for electricity. This gap is most prominent in Asia Pacific, where the combination of a rapidly rising population, rising standard of living, and inefficiency in power generation and distribution has led to the demand for supplementary power and the means to eliminate the wastage of power during distribution.

The high efficiency of power distribution achieved through smart grids is the major driver impacting the global smart grid market. According to a report released recently by Transparency Market Research, the global smart grid market is expected to exhibit an 18.2% CAGR from 2013 to 2019. The market’s value at the end of this forecast period is expected to be US$118.1 bn.
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ERIGrid Looking to Ease Incorporation of Smart Grids into Conventional Power Distribution Infrastructure

One of the major restraints on the global smart grid market is the difficulty in incorporating smart grid infrastructure into existing power distribution means. The difficulty in incorporating electricity gained from renewable resources, the generation of which is rising at a rapid pace, has also constrained the modernization of power distribution infrastructure.

An all-European coalition of energy specialists and research institutes has recently come together to attempt to solve just this problem. Called ERIGrid, the project was announced in early March, despite having begun in November last year. This project is headed by the Austrian Institute of Technology and includes renowned research centers such as the University of Strathclyde, the European Distributed Energy Resources Laboratories, and the Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Savings. ERIGrid will look into the various way to develop an overarching smart grid system that can also manage significant influx of renewable energy.
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Sweden’s Landskrona Energi AB Pilots the NES Patagonia Grid Modernization Platform

Networked Energy Services is expanding Landskrona’s existing AMR application to help them modernize the grid and meet new requirements in Sweden.

San Jose, CA, April 25, 2016:  Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid market leader, today announced Landskrona Energi, a utility with over 20,000 customers in Southern Sweden, has been piloting the NES Patagonia Platform for its distribution smart grid solution, including the NES market leading AMI application and smart meters and support for District Heating metering. Landskrona Energi began deploying and testing the Patagonia platform in 2015.

Landskrona Energi selected NES Patagonia because of its leading security features, proven global track record with over 36 million meters using NES technology, and its multi-application platform value proposition. In addition, more than one million NES smart meters and smart grid technology have been in operation in Sweden for over a decade, delivering over 99.7% daily communications performance with unmatched hardware reliability and software quality.
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Smart grid, storage, efficiency firms raise $375 mn in Jan-Mar

Companies from smart grid, storage and efficiency sectors raised USD 375 million (around Rs 2,500 crore) in venture capital funding during the first quarter of 2016, says a report.

According to global communications and consulting firm Mercom Capital Group Venture, capital funding including private equity and corporate venture capital for smart grid companies increased twofold this quarter with USD 110 million in 14 deals compared with USD 56 million in 12 deals in fourth quarter of 2015.

Mercom Capital Group released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the smart grid, battery/storage and energy efficiency sectors for the first quarter of 2016.
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Oracle automates customer engagement for US utility

This week, US utility Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) has partnered with smart grid solutions provider Oracle to automate its communication with customers.

In a company statement, the utility cooperative providing electricity to more than 160,000 customers said it integrated Oracles new tech with its existing customer information system.

The combined solution of the Oracle Utilities Customer Self Service and the Oracle Utilities Customer Care and Billing solution is said will allow SMECO customers to view their bills, make payments, access grid information, report outages and participate in various programmes online, on a single website.
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OSGP Newsletter // March 2016

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Energimidt and HEF: Next step towards a real merger

The overwhelming majority of Himmerlands Electricity Supply (HEF) Board said YES at the 1st reading of the merger with Central Jutland Energimidt. Also EnergiMidt’s Representatives give their support for the merger plans at the first briefing.

On March the 3rd Energimidt and HEF published plans for a merger between the two companies. The committee of shareholders will take the final decision on the merger at extraordinary meetings. At the first meeting there was a significant majority in HEFs Representatives who voted positive to send the company forward in the merger process with Energimidt. They supported the Board’s recommendation for the merger, which, if approved, is paving the way for Denmark’s third largest energy company with 383.000 members.

“It’s really good for HEF that we are facing a merger with Energimidt,” says Governor Preben Jensen from district North-Hurup. “We follow developments, and it is important that we ourselves are involved in determining it, for what we can not stop. The merger ensures a strong and solid company for sure a strong benefit for the shareholders.

Also in EnergiMidt, headquarters in Silkeborg, the Board signalled support for the merger plans. Energimidt had convened an extraordinary briefing for the 150 Representatives, during the meeting, a number of Representatives praised the far-reaching merger plans.

“I am happy and proud on behalf of EnergiMidt. It will be good for our shareholders, and it will be good for our employees. A consolidation of this size makes the new company to a major player, and equality in merger where both companies recognize themselves, provides a strong foundation for a new company. Our big advantage is that this merger is not a forced marriage. We do it because we want to, not because we must,” says Governor Jørn Würtz, Silkeborg.

HEF and Energimidt already have a partnership in another deployment, namely fiber broadband. It is the prospect of further business development opportunities and synergies that now get companies to join forces in one company and capitalize on the strengths of cooperation. The consolidation will allow the combined entity considerable economies of scale and help to ensure a continued robust economy.

If the merger plans will be adopted at the second review meeting of HEF on March the 30st and at the same day approved by EnergiMidt’s Representatives at their meeting, the competition authorities finally will approve the merger.
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Apator Group acquires ultrasonic technology

Apator Powogaz S.A., subsidiary of Apator S.A. has acquired 100% of shares in a Danish company Miitors ApS, which designs and develops ultrasonic technology in water and heat metering. Price for the shares amounted to EUR 6.2m and refinancing of shareholder loans to additional EUR 0.8m.

The shares were sold by Mr Jens Drachmann, experienced constructor and founder of the company and financial investors. Miitors ApS was established in 2010 in order to develop full range of innovative ultrasonic products, including water meters (both for cold and hot water), heat meters and cooling meters. Research and development activities, as of the day of the acquisition, are advanced. Miitors has already developed several prototypes of residential meters for cold water. Tests have proved that project goals have been fulfilled.

Thanks to the transaction Apator Powogaz will gain innovative technology, broaden product portfolio and earn better access to the Western European, North American and Middle East markets. Key competitive advantages of technology used by Miitors are high measuring precision (metrological class), energy efficiency (long battery life span – up to 20 years) and low production costs (optimizing the construction). Numerous patent applications and patents are a proof of the value of this technology at a global level. All the intellectual property is owned by the acquired company.

Mr Krzysztof Prucnal, CEO of Apator Powogaz, said: “Ultrasonic technologies are a very fast growing and highly innovative segment of the global market. We expect that acquiring Miitors will give us greater access to markets with higher level of prices and margins. First ultrasonic products will be offered by Apator Powogaz in mid-2016 and full range of products until the end of 2018.”
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Schneider Electric named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute for the sixth consecutive year

Schneider Electric announced that it has been recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere® Institute, the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. This is the sixth consecutive year that Schneider Electric has received this accolade from Ethisphere®.

Through its World’s Most Ethical Company® list, the Ethisphere® Institute publicly honours companies that have demonstrated ethical leadership in their industries, using ethical conduct as a profit driver and a competitive differentiator. In 2016, 131 companies were designated the World’s Most Ethical Companies®, representing 53 industries across 21 countries.

Jean-Pascal Tricoire Chairman and CEO of Schneider Electric commented: “We are proud of this recognition for the sixth consecutive year. We go beyond the letter of the law and demonstrate the highest ethical standards in line with our corporate values. By disclosing information that proves our business walks the talk, we guarantee a transparent context to our customers while benefiting the planet and society.”
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Mitsubishi Electric Delivers High-capacity Energy-storage System to Kyushu Electric Power’s Buzen Substation

Will contribute to stable power supply with world-leading 50,000-kilowatt storage battery system

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6503) announced its delivery of the world’s largest energy-storage system-50 MW output and 300 MWh rated capacity-to Kyushu Electric Power Co. The system, which is part of a pilot project to balance supply and demand via high-capacity energy-storage systems, was installed at the Buzen Substation in Buzen, Fukuoka Prefecture.

The facility offers energy-storage capabilities similar to those of pumped hydro facilities while helping to improve the balance of supply and demand when renewable energy sources are used. The energy storage system achieves effective overall control and improved operational efficiency through the use of Mitsubishi Electric’s BLEnDer® RE battery SCADA system to monitor and control modules in a multiple module system. Also, containerized, compact (double stacked) battery modules help to reduce the facility footprint, installation time and construction costs.
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Duke Energy to put new battery and ultracapacitor system to the test in N.C.

  • First-of-its-kind Hybrid Energy Storage System (HESS)
  • Better integrates renewable installations and provides long-term grid support
  • Continues the company’s leadership standing in innovative energy storage approaches

Duke Energy has started testing a first-of-its-kind battery technology at its Rankin Substation in Gaston County, N.C.

The hybrid ultracapacitor-battery energy storage system (HESS) will demonstrate multiple service applications: extended operational life, rapid response, real-time solar smoothing and load shifting.
“This approach will allow our energy storage systems to do a variety of tasks,” said Thomas Golden, technology development manager for Duke Energy. “With so many solar installations in North Carolina, we must look for innovative ways to better incorporate renewable energy into our system – and still provide reliable service at a competitive price for our customers.”

One of the distribution lines at the substation has a 1.2-megawatt solar installation connected a mile away. With North Carolina fourth in the nation for installed solar power, managing and maintaining these grid-connected renewable installations is critical now and in the future, added Golden.

“Energy storage is changing the paradigm on how we generate, distribute and use energy. The demonstration of new technologies will help facilitate wider adoption across the nation,” said Matt Roberts, executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Energy Storage Association. “Duke Energy is to be commended for its work on this project and partnership efforts in advancing energy storage solutions.”
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Vattenfall – The world’s first fully renewable electricity system

RENEWABLE ENERGY Energy storage and advanced network management is key.

On the small island of Graciosa in the Azores the world’s first electric system based on 100% renewable electricity generation is being built. The system uses electricity from solar and wind power, electricity storage in batteries and advanced control to stabilize the grid for short-term fluctuations. As backup for extended periods of low renewable generation, a third of the existing capacity from diesel generators will be kept, which means that the electrical system in the end will not be “100% renewable” at all times.

The new grid on Graciosa is built by the German-US company Younicos. Previously, the company integrated the first ever megawatt-scale battery into the European power grid in Berlin in cooperation with Vattenfall. The Danish financial investor Recharge A/S has bought 50.1% of the electricity network on Graciosa and are investigating the possibility of building a similar renewable power system on other islands in the Azores.

Graciosa belongs to the central island group in the Azores and has an area of 61 km². The island has approximately 5,000 permanent residents.
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ENEL – Smart Meters: Consumption Becomes Smarter and Smarter

The architecture of smart cities – featuring digital distribution networks, energy storage and smart management systems, high efficiency LED street lights and electric mobility – has a key element that is already present in the homes of millions of Enel customers in Europe and Latin America: the electronic meter.

We were the first company in the world to introduce smart meters, through a pilot project that was launched in Italy in 2001. Smart meters allow us to perform a number of operations remotely, without having to send technicians on site, including supply operations management (such as activation and termination), monitoring and changing technical supply parameters, thus preventing tampering with consumption data. Electronic meters also make contractual changes and business operations easier to perform than in the past.

By having access to real-time information on their smart meters, customers are more aware of their power consumption and can consequently choose the most convenient rates and times.

Our Spanish subsidiary, Endesa, has invested 600 million Euros in the large-scale installation of the remote management system, one of its key projects. As many as 7 million smart meters have already been installed, accounting for 60% of the company’s current fleet. The installation plan will be completed by 2017, well ahead of the date set by Spanish legislation to complete the device replacement process (December 31, 2018). Endesa is Spain’s leading company in this process, and its 2016-2019 Strategic Plan estimates that at the close of 2016, 80% of the meters will have been installed, 70% more than the figure required by law.

The replacement process in the areas in which Endesa operates as a distributor (the Spanish regions of Catalonia, Aragon, Andalusia, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands) includes the installation of new meters for all customers with contracted power of up to 15 KW, and the installation of 140,000 concentrators, which enable the system to communicate with the associated meters.
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Duke Energy Indiana reaches settlement to modernize its statewide electric grid

Duke Energy Indiana has reached a settlement with some of the state’s key consumer groups on the company’s plan to modernize its aging electric grid that delivers power to more than 800,000 Hoosier homes, businesses and industries.
The company reached agreement with the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, the Duke Energy Indiana Industrial Group, Companhia Siderurgica Nacional, Steel Dynamics, Wabash Valley Power Association, Indiana Municipal Power Agency, Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Cooperative and the Environmental Defense Fund on a seven-year plan using a combination of advanced technology and infrastructure upgrades to improve service to customers.
“This plan is about creating an energy network that makes it easier for us to prevent and respond to power outages while strengthening an electric grid that has served the state for more than a century,” said Duke Energy Indiana President Melody Birmingham-Byrd. “Besides replacing aging equipment, the plan modernizes the electric grid for the type of information and services that consumers have come to expect.”
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GridPoint and Energy Management Collaborative Announce Reseller Channel Partnership

Combination of EMS with audits, lighting retrofits and maintenance services offer stronger customer ROI

GridPoint announced at the Restaurant Facility Management Association’s (RFMA) annual conference that Energy Management Collaborative (EMC), a Minnesota based lighting solutions provider, will become a part of its reseller partner network.

With presence in similar markets, GridPoint and EMC both focus on delivering maximum energy and operational savings to their customers. GridPoint’s unique energy management solution includes granular submetering and monitoring, intelligent control, cloud-based software and professional services that generate energy, operational and maintenance savings up to 30% with a payback of 24 months or less. EMC specializes in energy audits, lighting retrofits and maintenance services that provide significant energy and bottom line savings. The combination of both solutions creates an even stronger value proposition to customers.
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GÖRLITZ – 2-in-1 with IDSpecto

Combined data acquisition for RLM meter and smart metering systems

For many years already RLM-meters are used for the detection of the power consumption. In the future smart metering systems (IMSYS) will take over that function. With transitional provisions for installed metering and communication technology the federal government wants to avoid “stranded investments” and will allow, for a limited period of time, parallel operation of both solutions.

The consequence for the data acquisition is: Data collection from both systems, have to be processed and forwarded, for several years. This can be done with two different, parallel-driven solutions. More efficient, from a cost perspective as well as for ease of use perspective, is to use a single solution that integrates both worlds.

IDSpecto.DAYOS creates this possibility. Just with one surface you have both RLM meter and smart metering systems under control. The presentation of information such as measurement data, equipment etc. has been unified and well established processes such as plausibility and substitute values can also be used while working with IMSYS. The processing time will be reduced and the process costs reduced.
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ModemTec – How to measure high harmonics?

The aim of this article is to show how it is possible to measure harmonics and with high accuracy. In the previous article (Metering X/2014 page XX) demonstrated why and how they arise harmonics on the network and that the level of these harmonics often exceeds the amplitude and frequency range defined in the relevant standards. The conclusion was spoken of the energy needs of the harmonic measure.

We can say that energy meters at higher frequencies lying. Classical calibration is done at 50 Hz and higher harmonics are not calibrated and therefore are poorly measured. The resulting error is greater for higher harmonic.

Energy measurement of harmonics places greater demands on hardware measuring instrument (in our case the meter). A higher sampling rate requires faster AD converters and more processor calculation power for data processing. These are things known and well described. But what is never really engaged, the frequency of calibration. It is not surprising, because today current standards do not affect the status of the network.
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Fortum receives letter of intent for the 70 MW solar PV project in Rajasthan, India

Fortum has received a letter of intent from National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC), India’s largest power utility, confirming that NTPC plans to purchase solar power for 25 years for the 70 MW solar PV plant Fortum will build at Bhadla solar park in Rajasthan, India. Fortum expects to sign the Power Purchase Agreement with NTPC by the end of March, after which it can finalise the plans for the solar park.

In January, Fortum won a reverse auction for the 70 MW project with a fixed tariff of 4.34 INR/kWh (about 60 EUR/MWh) for 25 years. The e-bidding was organised by NTPC under Phase II Batch II Tranche I of Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM).

Fortum has currently 15 MW solar capacity in India, with solar PV plants in the states of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradhesh.
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Vattenfall – Important step for huge offshore wind farm in UK

Vattenfall commences the planning process for two wind farms in the eastern North Sea, 47 kilometers off the Norfolk coast in England. The first project, Norfolk Vanguard, will start in 2016 and will become Vattenfalls largest wind project so far. The second project, Norfolk Boreas, follows one year later. Together the two projects will have a installed capacity of 3.6 GW (1.8+1.8), enough to supply electricity to 2.6 million British households.

“We are very pleased to have been given a green light to develop this northern part of the large East Anglia region. It will deliver a substantial increase of electricity for the UK, and will also enable Vattenfall to continue expanding its focus on renewable energy production,” says Gunnar Groebler, Head of Vattenfall Wind.

Norfolk Vanguard contributes to Vattenfalls ambition to triple its wind power capacity to 7 GW across Northern Europe by 2025. The permit application for Norfolk Vanguard will be submitted in summer 2018 but not until 2020, the precise number and size of the turbines can be determined.
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Accenture – Utilities Warn of Rising Pressure on Electricity Reliability and Prices, Accenture Reports

Utilities Warn of Rising Pressure on Electricity Reliability and Prices
Storage could create more disruption or provide a solution to sustainable and cost-effective electricity

Almost half (45 percent) of utilities industry executives surveyed by Accenture worldwide, and 64 percent in Europe, reported that the traditional electricity distribution model is no longer fit-for-purpose. Unless the industry undergoes a digital, regulatory and business model transformation, utilities warn of increasing pressure on supply reliability and prices, according to Accenture’s Digitally Enabled Grid research, now in its third edition.

The proliferation of distributed generation has been a key challenge for utilities. Accenture’s survey of 85 industry executives across 18 countries found that more than half (56 percent) expect grid faults to increase by 2020 as a result of distributed renewable generation, such as residential solar photovoltaics (PV). In addition, improving economics could make electricity storage another key disruptor, with 32 percent of executives expecting it to cause an increase in grid faults, up from 14 percent in 2013.
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E.ON networks home to one third of Germany’s renewables capacity

Of the 96 gigawatts of installed renewables capacity subsidized under Germany’s Renewable Energy Law, fully one third – 34 percent – was connected to E.ON networks at the end of 2015. The company’s energy networks, which represent one of the three core businesses of its strategy, already deliver lots of green electricity to customers across Germany.

E.ON networks in Germany are home to a total of 32 gigawatts of renewables capacity, about as much as 100 large offshore wind farms. No other company in Germany has more green power fed into its networks. The most prevalent renewable energy source varies by region, with significantly more wind power in the North and more solar in the South.

“No company in Germany has integrated more renewable energy into its networks than E.ON,” Thomas König, Managing Director of E.ON Deutschland, said. “Renewables account for more than 80 percent of the electricity that flows through our networks, well above the national average. This demonstrates that E.ON already operates the innovative, efficient energy networks of the future. Each year we invest more than €1 billion to expand our networks in Germany.”
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Oracle Unveils First Data Protection Solution with Seamless Cloud Tiering

Oracle’s StorageTek Virtual Storage Manager 7 System Provides Mainframe and Heterogeneous Storage with a Fully Integrated Cloud Strategy

Oracle announces the all new StorageTek Virtual Storage Manager (VSM) 7 System, the most secure and scalable data protection solution for mainframe and heterogeneous systems with the additional capability to provide fully automated tiering directly to the public cloud. Furthermore, Oracle’s StorageTek VSM 7 System has been architected to seamlessly integrate with Oracle Storage Cloud Service—Object Storage and Oracle Storage Cloud Service – Archive Service and provides storage administrators with a built-in cloud strategy. With Oracle, cloud storage is now as accessible as on-premise storage.

“In the past, data protection solutions were designed to deal with exponential data growth on-premises, but an entirely different dynamic drove the design of the VSM 7,” said James Cates, senior vice president, Archive Product Development, Oracle. “The core is still there elevated performance, twice the capacity, a higher degree of scalability, but we saw a gap in the market, so we developed Engineered Cloud Tiering to enable mainframe users to take advantage of cloud economics.”
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DNV GL opens first Technical Assurance Laboratory for smart energy and cyber security in Peterborough

Laboratory will be a centre of excellence, focusing on the rigorous testing and compliance of new smart energy and cyber security solutions for the UK market.

DNV GL has launched a new centre of excellence for both smart energy and cyber security testing expertise. This facility, which will specialise in smart metering assurance, is the first of its kind in the UK.

As UK industry makes its final preparations for the mass roll-out of smart metering to households and businesses, the newly-opened DNV GL Technical Assurance Laboratory (DTAL) located in the centre of Peterborough (Cambridgeshire) will play a vital part in this process.

Recently commissioned by DNV GL, the 410 square meters facility will act as an innovative exploration and research centre to ensure the interoperability, safety and reliability of smart energy products for consumers, manufacturers and utilities.
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IEA – How best to encourage renewable energy after COP21

More than 150 researchers, government officials, investors and other energy experts met Monday with IEA officials in Paris to share ideas about the opportunities and challenges for renewable energy following the global accord to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius.

The findings from the invitation-only workshop of the IEA Renewable Energy Working Party (REWP) will help inform Agency recommendations, including a special report on renewable energy in the forthcoming World Energy Outlook 2016.

Executive Director Fatih Birol told the participants that the COP21 accord is just the first step towards a new energy sector. “With Paris behind us, everything is not finished: it is just beginning,” he said, noting the transformation already faces headwinds in the form of low fossil fuel prices.

Besides the effect of fossil fuel costs, the workshop looked at the cost-effectiveness of carbon pricing and other ways to improve the competitiveness and uptake of renewables necessary to meet the COP21 pledge. Presenters showcased projects and policies aimed at persuading both industry and consumers to embrace renewable energy.
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CEER Report on Investment Conditions in European Countries in 2015  

This report provides a general overview of the regulatory regimes, the required efficiency developments and analyses the overall determination of capital costs in EU Member States and Norway. A major focus is placed on the calculation of an ade-quate rate of return, the determination of the regulatory asset base (RAB) and the depreciation of assets in the different regulatory regimes. Importantly, individual parameters presented in this study have to be interpreted in the context of a whole country-specific regulatory regime. The data collection, covering investments in 2015, took place in summer 2015.
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DECC – Amber Rudd’s speech on the energy benefits of staying in the EU

Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, Amber Rudd delivers a speech on the energy benefits of staying in the EU

Introduction
I’m here today because on the 23rd of June, you will make a decision that will set the direction of the country for generations to come.
A definitive, lasting choice that will impact upon the lives of our children and grandchildren.
Are we stronger, safer, better off inside the European Union?
I wholeheartedly believe that the answer to this question is a resounding yes.
As the Energy Secretary, my first responsibility is to make sure that our families and businesses have the certainty of secure energy supplies that they can rely on…now and in the years ahead.
Today I want to make the case for why being a member of the European Union helps to deliver that certainty.

  • It’s actually pretty simple.
  • It’s about safeguarding our national and economic security…
  • It’s about lower costs for our households and businesses…
  • It’s about creating jobs and investment which mean the security of a regular pay packet for working people…
  • It’s about getting our voice heard and influencing action taken in response to the biggest global challenges we face.

In short, I’m not willing to take the risk with our economic security.
So why do I believe that energy is an important issue in this debate?
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DOE – Energy Department Announces Participation in Clean Line’s Large-Scale Energy Transmission Project

Building on the Department of Energy’s (DOE) ongoing efforts to modernize the grid and accelerate the deployment of renewable energy, today U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announced that DOE will participate in the development of the Plains & Eastern Clean Line Project (Clean Line), a major clean energy infrastructure project.

The Clean Line project will tap abundant, low-cost wind generation resources in the Oklahoma and Texas panhandle regions to deliver up to 4,000 megawatts of wind power via a 705-mile direct current transmission line — enough energy to power more than 1.5 million homes in the mid-South and Southeast United States.
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WEF – Geopolitical conflicts, cybersecurity and changes in energy infrastructure present rising challenges and new opportunities

The World Economic Forum released the fourth edition of the Global Energy Architecture Performance Index Report. The 2016 report puts the spotlight on energy security and access. Evolution in this area is being shaped by the fast transition underway in the energy sector, with several elements playing important roles, such as the fast growth of distributed renewable energy and recent developments in digital technology and international security.

The annual index provides a benchmark to help countries address energy transformation challenges and identify opportunities across their energy systems. This year’s study explores the energy architecture of 126 countries based on their ability to provide energy access across three dimensions of the “energy triangle” – affordability, environmental sustainability, security and access.
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Agora Energiewende – Integration costs for renewable energy: controversial, but likely low

High shares of wind and solar power transform the entire power system and can lead to additional costs aside from building the power plants themselves. A new background paper examines these dynamics and concludes that not only the direct integration costs are low, but also the controversial indirect costs – as long as the power system becomes considerably more flexible.

Which costs result from the renewable energy expansion, aside from building power plants themselves? This question has become one of almost philosophical nature – and is heavily debated in the energy business and policy community.
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The World Bank – US$ 250 Million Loan to Support Electricity Distribution Sector Reforms in Rajasthan, India

The World Bank Board approved a US$ 250 million development policy loan (DPL) to support the government of Rajasthan in improving the performance of its electricity distribution sector under the State’s 24×7 Power for All program.

The First Programmatic Electricity Distribution Reform Development Policy Loan for Rajasthan will be the first in a series of two operations for a comprehensive turnaround of Rajasthan’s electricity distribution sector.

The distribution companies (DISCOMs) in Rajasthan provide electricity to about 9.5 million customers. However, a combination of high generation costs, inefficiencies in the distribution sector and an accumulation of long-delayed tariff adjustments has resulted in several years of continuing losses for the DISCOMs leading to a total outstanding debt of Rs 780 billion as on July 2015.
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TU Wien – Power grids need a paradigm change, say engineers

Power grids have to meet ever higher requirements, therefore we should radically reconsider the way they work. TU Wien presents “LINK”, a completely new approach.

Power grids have evolved historically. Large sections of them date back to times when power distribution requirements were very different from today. In future, electricity generation will be further decentralised, with alternative energy providers feeding energy into the power grid. Electricity generation and storage will be integrated, all the way to the level of individual households. There have been various attempts to adapt power grids to these challenges but none of them solves all problems in a sustainable way.
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DOE – Advancement of Synchrophasor Technology in Projects Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 provided $4.5 billion to the Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) to modernize the U.S. power grid, create jobs, and stimulate the economy. The majority of the funding went to competitively selected industry projects under the Smart Grid Investment Grants (SGIG) and Smart Grid Demonstration Program (SGDP)-in which participants matched or exceeded ARRA funds with private funding.

DOE and industry partners invested a total of more than $357 million to deploy synchrophasor technology that will provide grid operators with unprecedented wide-area visibility to better sense the behavior of the transmission system and improve reliability. Traditionally, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems have been used to monitor and control power systems by measuring grid conditions every 2 to 4 seconds.
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Feb 29

OSGP Newsletter // February 2016

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Ferranti enhances internationalisation with new cloud services

Cisco has accredited Ferranti Computer Systems as a Master Partner in its Cloud & Managed Services Program (CMSP) in Belgium. The service provider has installed a Cisco IT infrastructure with which it can now offer hybrid cloud services to customers, and this service provision now comes with the highest possible quality assurance from Cisco.
Ferranti is working with Cisco, EMC and Microsoft for its new cloud services, with these organisations supplying the servers and switches, storage systems and virtualisation software respectively. Ferranti can now use these systems to offer hybrid IT services to customers who are increasingly entrusting the IT management of their computer applications to specialist providers. The hybrid offering includes MECOMS, which Ferranti is using to automate energy and utility companies.
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Modemtec – SMART GRIDS: say YES to time synchronization, avoid today’s “standards”

It seems that there is something wrong with current system’s interoperability. In the beginning, there were plenty of presentations about how smooth and reliable future operations would be because of interoperability.

Today, the initial skepticism of the realists is being realized. Although there were plenty of installations and rollouts realized, no summary results have been announced about the amounts of data transferred (let’s assume more than one reading daily), communication range, real transmission rates, latency, etc.

Though no information about results have appeared it is possible to find information about savings within interoperable smart grid (SG) systems. The big surprise is that this information does not come from a single utility, but has been released by the European Commission. If power distributors want to operate in a smart way, it is not enough to have customers with meters equipped with a relay that switches according to tariff. If customers do not connect this functionality with their home infrastructure and do not change consumption behavior, the paper results vary from real life in a dramatic way. The only ones who benefit are thus the meter manufacturers.
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Echelon – Leading Developers Use Echelon Corp.’s New Chipset To Easily Bring The Benefits Of The Industrial Internet Of Things (IIoT) To Traditional Building Automation Systems

The Versatile FT 6050 System on a Chip (SoC) Powers Products that Quickly and Easily Bring BACnet and LonWorks Systems into the IP World

“Developers have tremendous success with the FT 6050 and it is a key building solution that bridges building controls with the IIoT.”

Echelon Corporation  announced that four product developer partners have introduced new building control products incorporating Echelon’s FT 6050 Smart Transceiver—the industry’s only multiprotocol chip with built-in BACnet, LON and IP protocol stacks. The FT 6050 provides a highly stable, flexible platform to develop products that are compatible with existing BACnet and LON devices, while adding IP support for a new generation of IP-enabled building control devices. By incorporating leading communication protocols on one chip, many design complexities and connectivity barriers are removed that help developers to streamline development, thus reducing time to market.

GÖRLITZ proudly presents: Skalar.pro

Your plus in terms of security and independence

We take great pride in presenting the latest member of our hardware portfolio: a device designed for efficient and economic data communication that will perfectly integrate into your infrastructure today and also in the future.
Skalar.pro offers the tried and tested functions of the Skalar device family based on up-to-date technology; these functions are completed with current security features such as up-to-date encryption procedures and electronic signatures to proof authenticity.
Furthermore, Skalar.pro devices fulfil all demands placed on IP-based communication, thus creating independence from the CSD service, and guarantee maximum investment protection thanks to their future-proof platform.
Apart from that you benefit from increased performance, high memory capacity and easy operation.
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Vattenfall secures district heating supply in Hamburg

Vattenfall has decided to invest EUR 83.5 million in order to refurbish the combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Wedel. The investment is necessary to secure the city’s heat supply for the next couple of years and to comply with environmental standards.
Vattenfall and the City of Hamburg are collaborating to find a long-term solution to secure the City’s heat supply and to replace the hard coal-fired CHP plant.
“In parallel to the refurbishment of the plant in Wedel Vattenfall is developing a concept to achieve climate neutrality in Hamburg heat operations by 2050. It could include heat storage, power-to-heat, industrial heat, decentral solutions and possibly gas-CHP that will replace the existing plant. The concept will be developed in close alignment with the City of Hamburg,” says Tuomo Hatakka, Head of Business Area Heat.
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EnergiMidt – The impressive results from Innovation Fur continues

Innovation Fur has become a well-established living laboratory that created impressive results. Recent climate records show that the people of Fur maintain their good environmental habits. The project continues and has now spread to the entire Skive Municipality.

Since 2011 Fur has been transformed from a quiet island in the fjord to be a well-established living laboratory where Energimidt, in cooperation with the Municipality of Skive, is testing different future smart grids elements in “reality”. It was planned that at the end of 2015 the project should be completed, but the Innovation Fur project continues.

“There is big demand for Innovation Furs test results from universities and others who wish to participate in similar experiments. The unique position of Innovation Fur is that we make our test trials with real people in real homes with a real life conditions. It gives us very useful results and experience, and therefore we continue, even if the original Innovation Fur project only ran until the end of 2015”, says Gitte Wad Thybo, who is Energimidt’s project manager.

More results from Innovation Fur:
The latest climate reports are from 2013 and have just been published. It is the fourth of its kind, and it shows that the people of Fur are maintaining the energy savings and the green transition in 2013.

“At the end of 2013 the island Fur had recorded a total decrease of 27% in electricity consumption in the private sector and 34% for the entire island, including industry. Energy reports allow us to measure and evaluate the impact of projects and initiatives, we initiate on Fur”, says Gitte Wad Thybo.

Since 2010 the CO2 emissions have been reduced significantly on the island, as shown in the climate reports, although the total energy consumption in industry on the island of Fur has increased by 33% during the period.

“CO2 emissions for homes and holiday homes on the island have been reduced by 20%. This corresponds to a decrease of 1.5 tonnes per year per citizen. For the island Fur as a total, with the industry’s increasing energy consumption included, the reduction was 3.2% anyway. At the same time, the share of renewable energy rose by just 50%, while the nationwide increased only half as much”, says Gitte Wad Thybo to underline her undeniable feeling is that future climate reports will show that the positive development continues.
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GridPoint Wins 2016 BIG Innovation Award

Business Intelligence Group Names GridPoint as Leader in Innovation for GridPoint’s Energy Management Solution

GridPoint, an innovator in comprehensive, data-driven energy management systems (EMS), today announced it has been named a leader and winner in the 2016 BIG Innovation Awards presented by the Business Intelligence Group.

GridPoint’s unique energy management solution includes granular submetering and monitoring, intelligent control, cloud-based software and professional services that generate energy, operational and maintenance savings up to 30% with an 18-36 month payback.  Customers lower their utility bills by collecting and analyzing site data to intelligently control critical building systems without sacrificing customer comfort. GridPoint’s extensive data set and decision support tools enable customers to diagnose malfunctioning equipment, prioritize asset maintenance and assess the financial benefits of energy efficiency projects with confidence.
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E.ON’s renewables investments surpass €10 billion mark

A recent upgrade to Amrumbank West wind farm in the North Sea from 288 to 302 megawatts pushed E.ON’s net investments in renewables above €10 billion, more than any other German energy company.

E.ON is a global leader in renewables as well, recently advancing to number two worldwide in offshore wind. By devoting a similarly high proportion of its investments to onshore wind the company has established a strong position in this segment too, primarily in the United States. E.ON has the world’s twelfth-largest onshore wind portfolio.

The renewable energy generated by E.ON assets makes a substantial contribution to climate protection. E.ON’s green generation fleet has so far displaced the emission of more than 60 million metric tons of carbon, about as much as a major city like Berlin emits in six years.
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Lockheed Martin and Duke Energy Sign 17-Year Renewable Energy Pact Contact

Commitment provides 30 megawatts of Solar Power to U.S. National Grid

Lockheed Martin has entered into a 17-year power purchase agreement for solar-generated electricity produced by Duke Energy Renewables. The renewable power purchase, which is expected to produce 30 megawatts (approximately 72,000 megawatt hours per year) of solar energy for the U.S. national grid, will provide clean energy across all Lockheed Martin domestic business segments.

The new solar facility, operated by Duke Energy Renewables in Conetoe, North Carolina, is currently the largest solar power generating facility east of the Mississippi River producing 80 megawatts of total energy. As part of Lockheed Martin’s comprehensive sustainability commitments, the corporation is focused on reducing overall energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions through energy-efficiency measures as well as renewable energy projects.
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Powel – Powel Mesh – advanced analysis for power producers

Real-time analysis, insight, competitive advantage and genuine savings. Powel launches Powel Mesh, an agile and flexible platform that handles your data, now and in the future.

The energy market is undergoing substantial changes. The amount of renewable energy produced is rapidly increasing and often comes in the form of distributed small-scale production units. Meanwhile, larger, central production units are closing down, such as gas and nuclear power plants. Accurate and up-to-date information on, for example, weather conditions and consumption in a larger geographic market, becomes crucial in order to act efficiently. At the same time, margins are challenged, as the price of electricity generally remains low.
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Vattenfall – Full speed ahead for wind power in 2015

Sweden 2015 was a good year for Vattenfall’s wind power, which increased electricity generation by more than 40 per cent compared with 2014.

Last year, Vattenfall’s more than 1,000 wind turbines generated 6.2 TWh of renewable electricity.

Martin Reinholdsson, Head of Generation Wind at Vattenfall, describes 2015 as a year with good winds and good availability.

“We achieved availability of 96.6 per cent, which I’m pleased with, although we did have a few problems during the course of the year. The main issue was that DanTysk in the North Sea was delayed due to problems with the grid connection, which Vattenfall has been compensated for. We also had cable problems at our offshore wind farms in Thanet in the UK and Egmond aan Zee in the Netherlands. The transmission side of wind power is something we’re focusing on and it’s an area where the whole industry must improve. As far as our onshore wind farms are concerned, in the first quarter their performance was poor due to a number of technical problems, but in the second half of the year they performed extremely well.”
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Fortum’s new vision and strategic cornerstones; updated financial targets

Fortum’s strategy targets growth and continued profitability with a strong focus on clean energy, customers and shareholder value creation. The long-term financial target for return on capital employed (ROCE) is revised to at least 10%, while the target for comparable net debt to EBITDA, around 2.5 times, remains unchanged. Also the dividend policy remains unchanged.

The energy sector is changing fast, driven by climate change, urbanisation, more active customers, as well as new opportunities through digitalisation and fast development of energy-related technology – all global megatrends. The low energy prices, driven by depressed commodities and subsidised build-up of renewables as well as the low overall economic growth, have created a need for the energy industry transformation. At the same time, the energy sector must become the leader in climate change mitigation.
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Eltel wins two major power transmission contracts in Poland at a value of approximately EUR 25 million

Eltel has signed two power transmission contracts for reconstruction of high voltage substations with the Polish transmission grid operator, PSE S.A.. The projects are in the Jasiniec and Joachimow regions and have a total value of  approximately EUR 25 million.

The contract in Jasiniec is for a turnkey project to reconstruct a 220/110 kV substation including a new 400 kV switchgear. The scope of services spans from design, permitting, civil works, technology building, and a new 400 kV switchgear to complete substation systems. The contract in Joachimow is a turnkey project from design to start-up and testing, measurements and handover to the customer. Both projects will be started during 2016. The Jasiniec project will be completed by the end of 2019 and Joachimow project by early 2019.
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S&T – Smart Energy

S&T Smart Energy is a supplier of smart energy technology products. The development and production of hardware and software solutions implement the OSGP (Open Smart Grid Protocol) and are incorporated into intelligent power grids. Millions of these solutions are in successful operation. More than 250,000 of OSGP end-devices are being managed by this smart energy supplier in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Clients include such renowned energy suppliers as Linz Strom, Industrielle Werke Basel (IWB), Swiss Billing (SWiBi), Energie Klagenfurt und Werkbetriebe Frauenfeld.
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Oracle Utilities Leverages the Cloud to Deliver Advanced Metering Capabilities and Enables Utilities to Reduce IT Cost and Risk, Meet Evolving Business and Technology Goals

As advanced metering and device technology continues to transform the industry, utilities need meter solutions that prepare them to take advantage of the additional benefits of this technology and optimize investments in it. To assist in this effort, Oracle Utilities announced a new utilities solution delivered through Oracle Cloud to empower utilities with advanced metering capabilities. This new cloud service enables utilities to meet evolving business and technology trends faster and with less risk, while reducing IT cost and workload. With the new solution, utilities can support grid and customer service optimization with robust metering capabilities that scale and flex as needs change.

With the release of this new utilities solution, robust metering capabilities are available for cloud deployment.
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Mitsubishi Electric Develops Cyber Attack Detection Technology

Preventing information leakage by monitoring behavior patterns typical of viruses

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced it has developed a cyber-attack detection technology that can classify computer virus behavior into about 50 different patterns. Symantec’s latest report on Internet security suggests a million new viruses are spawned every day, but Mitsubishi Electric’s new technology offers the capability of detecting even previously unknown viruses through their behavior, preventing information leakage and its associated damages.
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IEA – How to reinvent electricity markets after COP 21

To ensure sustainability and supply security, IEA report prescribes a new balance between regulation and competitive markets
Electricity markets are undergoing massive transformation, as the push for low-carbon power generation shifts the industry towards high investment in renewables and other new technologies even as demand stagnates or declines in many countries.

Just in time, the IEA presents Re-powering Markets: Market design and regulation during the transition to low-carbon power systems. Drawing on the Agency’s review of best practices in electricity market design, mainly in Europe, the United States and Australia, the study offers guidance to governments, regulators, companies and investors on how to transition to low-carbon generation.
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EU-Commission – Towards Energy Union: Sustainable energy security package

The Commission today presented its energy security package with necessary proposals to equip the EU for global energy transition as well as to be prepared for possible energy supply interruptions.

Energy security dimension is one of the cornerstones of the Energy Union strategy, a key political priority of the Juncker Commission.

Implementing Energy Union: The Commission presents energy security package
The Commission today unveiled a package of energy security measures to equip the EU for global energy transition to address possible energy supply interruptions. Energy security dimension is one of the cornerstones of the Energy Union strategy, a key political priority of the Juncker Commission.
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EUROSTAT – Renewable energy in the EU

Share of renewables in energy consumption in the EU rose further to 16% in 2014

Nine Member States already achieved their 2020 targets
In 2014, the share of energy from renewable sources in gross final consumption of energy reached 16.0% in the

European Union (EU), almost double that of 2004 (8.5%), the first year for which the data is available.

The share of renewables in gross final consumption of energy is one of the headline indicators of the Europe 2020 strategy. The target to be reached by 2020 for the EU is a share of 20% energy from renewable sources in gross final consumption of energy. However, renewables will continue to play a key role in helping the EU meet its energy needs beyond 2020. For this reason, Member States have already agreed on a new EU renewable energy target of at least 27% by 2030.
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SmartGrid.gov – Recovery Act Smart Grid Document Collection

This document provides a list of key reports and case studies, and will be updated periodically as new materials are published and posted on SmartGrid.gov.
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Navigant – Due to the Diversity of Segments, the Business Case for Microgrids Continues to Evolve

Greater flexibility in regulation and public policy is key to further market growth

A new report from Navigant Research analyzes 10 emerging business models for the microgrid market, providing insight on the strategies, maturity, and financial opportunities attached to each development pathway.
Microgrids have the ability to play a role in realizing greater utilization of existing generation and resources by enabling networking and sharing of resources to match loads. Yet, resiliency services enabled by technology are not free, and each microgrid segment leans toward a different business model. Click to tweet: According to a new report from Navigant Research, the modularity and highly variable configurations of microgrids make calculating an overall return on investment for all microgrids virtually impossible, and as a result, the business cases for microgrids to continue to evolve.
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DECC – Lord Bourne’s speech on Investing in Green Innovation

It is fantastic to be with you today at Cleantech Innovate.
I am really pleased to be partnering here with the Swiss Federal Office of Energy.
And Doris Leuthard the Swiss Government Minister for Energy and Climate Change, will be giving her own perspective on cleantech innovation immediately after me.

This fourth London showcase event promises to be a real celebration of ground-breaking, green innovation.
How fitting that it is taking place at the Royal Institution, where so many pioneering, great British scientists made their own historical, ground-breaking discoveries that ‘changed the world’:

  • Michael Faraday, with his advances in steel alloys, electro-magnetism and electricity,
  • Humphry Davy and his pioneering work, including on optical glass and the miners’ safety lamp
  • And John Tyndall, who identified the ‘greenhouse effect’, so significant in a world that faces the biggest change of them all – global climate change.

Why green innovation is crucial
Modern day innovators need to make their own ground-breaking discoveries to tackle climate change, and in my Ministerial role I have already seen impressive progress, including the ‘SPECIFIC’ project near Port Talbot.

Work being done there – by Swansea University’s Innovation and Knowledge Centre – is developing functional coated steel and glass products.
These can improve the energy performance of buildings and even build a surplus, turning them into mini power stations.
Potentially a disruptive technology break through, and the very innovation we need to tackle the status quo and the challenge of climate change.
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Eurelectric – Getting retail markets’ basics right is key to put consumers in the driving seat

“Everyone agrees that consumers should be at the centre of energy markets but it won’t happen until they get the right information and cost structures enabling them to engage with the energy they need”, says Hans ten Berge, Secretary General of EURELECTRIC on the occasion of today’s  Citizens’ Energy Forum (‘London Forum’). Whilst the European Commission is to release legislative proposals at the end of the year, EURELECTRIC urges policy-makers to get the retail basics right. This should start by making sure that (i) regulated prices are phased-out, (ii) electricity bills reflect electricity costs, (iii) prosumers are integrated in the markets, (iv) fit-for-purpose smart meters are rolled-out and (v) adequate protection is in place for the most financially vulnerable. At a time where smart grids and smart homes are considered granted by many, these most basic principles have in fact still not been implemented in most member states.
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Jan 30

OSGP Newsletter // January 2016

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Eltel’s power transmission business wins a EUR 13 million substation contract with E.ON in Sweden

Eltel has won a contract for a full rebuild of the two substations Söderåsen and Mörarp of E.ON Elnät Sverige AB. The value of this contract is approximately EUR 13 million. This contract is an important further step for Eltel’s ambitions in the Swedish and Nordic substation markets.
The substation contract is a turnkey project for Eltel comprising design, supply of all equipment, civil works, installation and commissioning as well as decommissioning of the existing substations. Besides the rebuild of the 130 kV substations, there is a step-by-step energisation scheme where existing parts of the substations are phased out and new parts are phased in. This step-by-step energisation scheme is critical in order to maintain and guarantee uninterrupted operation of the vital substations.

Fredrik Menander, President – Power Transmission, Eltel AB comments:
“The decision of E.ON in Sweden to choose us as the prime contractor in the rebuild of these two substations is a major win for Eltel. We are now taking an additional strategic step in consolidating our position in the Swedish and Nordic substation markets. We are looking forward to good cooperation and efficient project execution together with E.ON”.
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Schneider Electric gets its highest score ever in the 2016 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World ranking by Corporate Knights

The Group ranks 12th overall and 1st in its sector.

Schneider Electric has been recognized as one of the 2016 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World, coming 12th overall and 1st in its GICS Industry. It’s the fourth year running the Group ranks among the top 15 corporations in the sustainability index by Corporate Knights, the magazine for clean capitalism, released every year at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Companies who make the Global 100 ranking are the top overall sustainability performers in their respective industrial sectors, selected from a starting universe of 4,353 listed companies with a market capitalization greater than $2 billion (USD) on October 1, 2015. Schneider Electric ranks first its sector and is among the 11 French companies listed. The Global 100 is determined using 12 quantitative sustainability indicators, as the amount of revenue companies generate per unit of energy consumed for example.

Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chairman & CEO, Schneider Electric commented, “With overall score up to 70.5% in 2016 from 68.4% in 2015, we have achieved our best Global 100 score ever, ranking 1st in our sector and demonstrating our commitment to put sustainable development at the heart of our strategy. Even so, we’ve dropped three places in the global ranking, which means that the overall standards have risen. That’s great news for everyone and invitation to increase our efforts.”
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ENEL Green Power enters the German market

Enel Green Power (“EGP”) has taken its first step into the German renewable energy market with the acquisition of a 78.6% stake in Erdwärme Oberland GmbH (“EO”) from Erdwärme Bayern GmbH & Co. (“EB”), a company specialised in the development of geothermal projects in the Bavarian region. The acquisition was carried out through the issue of new shares in EO for a total consideration of 22 million euros, covering the initial investment requirements of the project.
With this transaction, EGP, the Enel Group company devoted to renewable energy, enters the German market, bringing with it the most advanced technology and a century-long experience in the field of geothermal power.

“This acquisition is very significant because it opens the door for Enel Green Power to a major, stable renewable energy market such as Germany” said Francesco Venturini, CEO of EGP. “The transaction demonstrates the Group’s ability to keep pace with market developments and quickly enter new countries, leveraging its global presence and experience to seize new market opportunities. We intend to build a solid platform for future investment opportunities in the country, both in geothermal power and in other sectors, contributing to achieving the target for the share of renewables in the European energy mix.”
EO has recently developed a project for the construction of a geothermal plant with a maximum expected capacity of about 26 MW. The project, located near the town of Weilheim, about 50 km south-west of Munich, will be developed under a mineral exploration concession granted by the Bavarian Ministry for Economic Affairs, Media, Energy and Technology valid for 3 years from December 2015 and in consultation with local communities. EO will begin with geological exploration activities in 2016.
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Duke Energy Renewables racks up more than 600 megawatts of wind and solar power in 2015, with completion of Los Vientos V

Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy, ended 2015 with a flurry, completing its 110-megawatt (MW) Los Vientos V Windpower Project in Starr County, Texas.

With this site on line as of late December, the business added 400 MW of wind and 200 MW of solar power to its U.S. renewables portfolio in 2015.
“We’ve come a long way since we constructed our first 29-MW wind site in 2008,” said Greg Wolf, president Duke Energy Commercial Portfolio. “The company surpassed the 2,000-MW milestone just six months ago, and we’ve continued to accelerate renewables growth to a year-end total approaching 2,500 MW.”

“This is a remarkable accomplishment for our renewables business, which has demonstrated consistent growth over its eight-year history,” said Lynn Good, Duke Energy chairman, president and chief executive officer. “As we look forward, continued growth is important as Duke Energy transitions to an increasingly clean generation portfolio.”

Garland Power & Light, Greenville Electric Utility System and Bryan Texas Utilities (BTU) are purchasing the output from Los Vientos V through 25-year agreements. The facility produces enough emissions-free electricity to power about 33,000 average homes.
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Fortum – Energy for everyday life through well-being at work

Employees are the company’s most important resource, and we invest in well-being at work in many ways.
​Well-being wheelWorkplace well-being efforts are visible in Fortum’s daily operations; these efforts support our strategic goals and are an integral part of management. Fortum’s own ForCare well-being at work programme aims to promote work safety, support the working capacity of employees throughout their career, and promote the well-being of the work community. We have a strategic and comprehensive approach to well-being at work.
Managing well-being at work has a clear impact on the company’s competitiveness. When the well-being of employees is good, productivity increases and work disabilities and the costs associated with them decrease. The well-being at work programme encourages and supports our employees to take care of their physical, mental and social health and their work-life balance.

From 2016 onwards employee well-being index is one of the Group-level sustainability key performance indicators, and its development  is monitored regularly.
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Vattenfall – The first decommission in the world of an offshore wind farm is now complete

Vattenfall’s Yttre Stengrund wind farm has disappeared from the horizon in Kalmar Sound, Sweden.
Work on dismantling the five wind turbines with a total capacity of 10 megawatt (MW) which made up the Yttre Stengrund wind farm in Kalmar Sound began at the end of November. The wind farm had been in operation since 2001 and had been owned by Vattenfall since 2006. The reason for the decision to dismantle the entire wind farm rather than replacing the turbines with new, more modern ones was both financial and technical.

“The turbines that were installed at Yttre Stengrund were an early model and only about 50 of them in total were actually produced. The difficulty of getting hold of spare parts and the huge cost involved in upgrading the turbines and gearboxes meant that it wasn’t financially viable to replace the turbines,” says Maria Hassel, who project managed the dismantling operation for Vattenfall.
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Thüga Group: Electricity-to-Gas technology is compatible with smart grid .

“A decisive step has been made with the integration of our system into a virtual smart grid. We proved that the intelligent electricity-to-gas technology can distinguish the difference between electricity generation and consumption up to the minute,” said Michael Riechel, CEO of Thüga Aktiengesellschaft.

This autumn, the 13 partners of electricity-to-gas plant had first tested how the system behaves in an increasingly renewables dominated energy landscape. For this purpose, the Fraunhofer Institute had developed software for real-time control for Solar Energy Systems. During the live operation Thüga electricity-to-gas plant, wind and solar plants, a cogeneration (CHP) and the power consumption in computer simulations have been connected together in a virtual smart grid.

The electricity-to-gas plant started automatically the conversion into hydrogen when too much current was available. When the electricity demand was higher than the supply the connected CHP used the stored hydrogen for reconversion. The intelligent control software carried out this process automatically. “This result is crucial to leverage the electricity-to-gas technology for storing more abundant energy, because it serves its purpose only when it automatically responds to the constantly changing conditions between production and consumption,” explains Riechel. Today the integration of the ever-growing proportion of wind and solar power into the existing power supply is difficult; also due to their supply fluctuates. Nowadays the electricity surplus must be increasingly switched off, because there is not enough storage available. Only with sufficient intelligent storage systems for renewable electricity the energy transition can succeed.
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Oracle – CLK Enerji Selects Oracle Utilities for Business Transformation

Largest energy utility inTurkey will deliver a more modern and flexible Meter to Cash customer experience

CLK Enerji, Turkey’s largest energy utility, has selected Oracle Utilities solutions to transform and modernize its billing systems and improve service quality for its customers across all areas of its business.

With the changing landscape of the Turkish energy market, new demands are being placed on the country’s utilities requiring them to develop more customer-centric services and adapt their operations for the digital age. In a move designed to lower operating costs, increase accuracy and streamline its customer operations, CLK Enerji is implementing Oracle Utilities Customer Care & Billing (CC&B) and Oracle Utilities Meter Data Management (MDM) to deliver a more flexible, performing service to its growing base of energy and cost-conscious customers.

CLK Enerji serves nearly 10 million customers in Turkey and boasts an annual electricity distribution and sales strength of 46 billion kWh. With Oracle Utilities solutions, the company will build on its market-leading capabilities and deliver a new standard of excellence for energy management and customer service.
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LINZ AG – Success Story: Ten years biomass cogeneration plant in Linz

Ten year ago LINZ AG started a pioneering role in sustainable energy production. In January 2006 she opened the first biomass power plant in Austria. This biomass plant was integrated into the then renewed District heating power plant Linz-Mitte. Ten years later, it can be reported as a genuine success story.

Significant reduction of CO2 emissions
The biomass system makes a significant contribution to the reduction of CO2 emissions in Linz. The emission of CO2 has been reduced by approximately 60.000 tonnes per year, based on a comparison with natural gas. This corresponds to an annual CO2 emission of a car, driving 300 million kilometres or rounds the earth almost 7,500 times.

Renewable raw material
Only untreated wood is used as fuel. The plant is designed for a wide range of natural biomass fuels such as bark, wood chips and untreated wood residues. The LINZ AG relies mainly on partners from the Austrian forest-based industries. Around 70 percent of the wood comes from a radius of up to 150 km (z. B. Mühlviertel, Upper Austria or Mid- Alps).

Environmentally friendly energy for 32.000 households
The biomass plant produces around 60.000 MWh of electricity from biomass. This corresponds to the electrical energy need for approximately 20.000 households in the city of Linz. In addition, approximately 180.000 MWh of heat is supplied in the district heating network. This amount of energy can supply around 12.000 households with heat. This means that LINZ AG generates around 17% of the district heat from biomass, with the most efficient energy utilisation: combined heat and power (joint production of heat and electricity in a plant) with 90% performance.
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Alliander – Durable and circular Cooperation between Dutch DSO’s

Enexis, Gasunie, Alliander, Stedin TenneT (energy), KPN (telecom & ICT) and ProRail (Dutch railway infrastructure) have launched ‘Fair Infra. Via the platform “Green Grids” these seven Dutch infrastructure operators will cooperate to reduce energy consumption and emission, by commonly purchasing renewable energy, durable materials, which can be re-used, for construction, operation and maintenance of networks. The ambition was signed at the Dutch Power Symposium in Bunnik.

These DSO’s have identified five issues on which they will work together:

  • Energy saving in their companies,
  • Re-use of recycled cables, pipes, and railway track,
  • The use of green energy,
  • Green IT Fair
  • To use common infrastructure, where possible.

“The Dutch Energy Agency is very excited about this step. Given the size of all these infrastructure operators, it will directly contribute to lower CO2 emissions in the Netherlands,” said Michel Schuurman, program manager Circular Economy in the Energy Agency. ” Towards an innovative, circular economy these hugh investments will bring us major steps forwards.”

Reduction of their own energy consumption and the use of durable materials
The seven operators will work together to reduce their regular energy consumption significantly. They will do so by using more renewable energy and by more efficient energy transmission over their networks. ProRail already generates electricity from PV-panels situated on the roofs of the railway stations. KPN and TenneT buy green power for their operations from wind farms. Gasunie succeed transporting gas flows more efficiently by reducing the heating in the networks.

Alliander and Stedin took the initiative for the “Fair Meter Project”, re-using materials from old energy meters. Part of these materials can be re-used by the other infrastructure operators, for instance in the construction of railway tracks. Enexis focuses on sustainability for the procurement of cables and reduction of technical network losses. All parties will re-use materials for infrastructure such as cables, pipelines and stations as much as posssible.

Dutch government as a partner
The Dutch Government, as a contact point for climate and circular economy is an important partner to achieve the goals in this Mission Statement. In 2016 the participating infrastructure operators and the Dutch National government will further formalise this cooperation during the 2016 “Fair Infra” conference in the Netherlands. More about this partnership can be found www.groenenetten.org. The platform green networks is part of Ambition 2020 and supported as such by the Dutch Energy Agency.
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World Economic Forum – 5 ways we can open up access to electricity in 2016

We are at the start of a power revolution. The coming year presents a number of opportunities to take action to improve global access to electricity.

The world has made great progress over the past several decades. Primary education is becoming almost universal in many regions, child mortality rates have fallen globally, and life expectancy has risen in most countries. To maintain this momentum we need a sustained commitment to invest in infrastructure that provides people access to healthcare, water and most crucially, electricity.

Electrification, a key enabler of this progress — to power hospitals, facilitate studying at night, and run equipment necessary for manufacturing and job creation — is lagging behind. More than one in six people still lack access to electricity and one in three can’t depend on the sources they have. In Africa alone, over 600 million people still lack access to basic electricity and 70 percent of businesses cite unreliable power as a main constraint to doing business on the continent. Moreover, the world’s poorest often pay the most for what little electricity they do get. We can do better.
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EU-Commission- Energy efficiency employs nearly 1 million in the EU

Some 900 thousand people were employed in work relating to the supply of energy efficient goods and services in 2010, according to a new study  entitled ‘assessing the employment and social impact of energy efficiency’.

The study, published in December 2015, found that the sectors with the greatest levels of energy efficiency jobs were those that produce, or are part of the supply chain for, investment goods. This includes jobs in the manufacturing of the machinery and equipment that enables the production of energy efficient goods, as well as the energy efficient goods themselves.

Looking to the future, the study found that more jobs could be created in the manufacturing and installation of energy efficient products, in particular since it is a relatively labour intensive activity. It also found that opportunities for new jobs are greatest in the buildings and transport sectors.

In the transport sector, the manufacturing of electric or hybrid cars will create jobs and demand for new skills for example in the production of car batteries, specific maintenance skills and emission control engineers. Even more job creation could be linked to the export potential of such cars, the study said.
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US-DOE Announces $220 Million in Grid Modernization Funding

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) built on its Grid Modernization Initiative – an ongoing effort that reflects the Obama Administration’s commitment to improving the resiliency, reliability, and security of the nation’s electricity delivery system. During his visit to a utility control center in Miami, FL today, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced the release of DOE’s comprehensive new Grid Modernization Multi-Year Program Plan, a blueprint for modernizing the grid. The Secretary also announced the award of up to $220 million over three years, subject to congressional appropriations, to DOE’s National Labs and partners to support critical research and development in advanced storage systems, clean energy integration, standards and test procedures, and a number of other key grid modernization areas. Additional programs, initiatives, and funding opportunity announcements related to the Grid Modernization Initiative will be announced in the coming days.

“Modernizing the U.S. electrical grid is essential to reducing carbon emissions, creating safeguards against attacks on our infrastructure, and keeping the lights on,” said Secretary Moniz. “Our Quadrennial Energy Review and Quadrennial Technology Review identified needs and opportunities to invest in the grid. This public-private partnership between our National Laboratories, industry, academia, and state and local government agencies will help us further strengthen our ongoing efforts to improve our electrical infrastructure so that it is prepared to respond to the nation’s energy needs for decades to come.”
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EU Commission – invests €217 million in energy infrastructure

Member States agreed on a Commission proposal to invest €217 million in key trans-European energy infrastructure projects.

Member States agreed on a Commission proposal to invest €217 million in key trans-European energy infrastructure projects, mainly in Central and South Eastern Europe. In total, 15 projects were selected following a call for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), an EU funding programme for infrastructure. The selected projects will increase 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 into the electricity grid.

The European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete said: “Today, we are targeting those regions in Europe which need it the most. With this funding we will help secure supplies and fully integrate Europe’s energy market by connecting networks across Europe. We must press ahead with the modernisation of our energy networks to bring any country still isolated into the European energy market. Modern energy networks are also crucial to ensuring efficient use of our energy resources and therefore key to reaching our climate goals.”
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DECC – Quantitative research into public awareness, attitudes, and experience of Smart Meters: Waves 1-4 underlying dataset and technical note

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) commissioned Ipsos MORI to undertake four nationally-representative surveys to measure the public’s views on smart meters and in-home displays (IHDs) between April 2012 and October 2013.

This technical note accompanies the full survey dataset and includes a brief description of measures taken to anonymise results and metadata to support analysis. A summary of the results of all four waves is available from: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/quantitative-research-into-public-awareness- attitudes-and-experience-of-smart-meters

Methodology and sampling

The surveys were conducted in April 2012, October 2012, April/May 2013 and September/October 2013. All four waves were conducted on Ipsos MORI’s weekly omnibus Capibus which is carried out in-home using face-to-face interviewers. Wave 1 comprised 2,396 interviews; Wave 2 comprised 2,159 interviews; Wave 3 comprised 2,210; and Wave 4 comprised 2,333 interviews.

Capibus provides a high quality sample of respondents representative of the population at a national and regional level. Respondents for all four waves of the smart meters survey were aged 18+ and at least jointly responsible for paying their household energy bills to ensure that the survey findings reflected the views of adult energy bill payers.

Capibus uses a two stage random location design to select respondents to take part in the weekly survey.
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Eurlectric – Report “Mitigating credit risk in the interest of electricity consumers”

Main findings:

  • –  In most countries with a single bill model, suppliers have to pay transmission and distribution charges to network operators irrespective of whether customers pay their energy bills or not. France is the only exception to this rule as suppliers pay grid fees ex-ante but can claim them back when bills are not paid.
  • –  As for taxes and levies, suppliers have to pay them to national authorities, except – under well-defined circumstances – for VAT in a few countries (Luxembourg, Belgium and France) and for all taxes in the Netherlands.
  • –  The conditions under which a supplier is entitled to stop supplying a customer with large arrears differ significantly between Member States, especially in terms of process length, e.g. 1 month in Austria, 45 days in Poland, 2 months in Hungary. In some cases, disconnection is not possible at all, e.g. in Belgium (Brussels region) and France. Customers defined as vulnerable can generally not be disconnected.
  • –  In most EU countries, some kinds of credit information registers exist. A few countries (e.g. Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Norway and Spain) have a centralised database.
  • –  Suppliers are entitled to install prepayment meters (PPM) to customers with arrears only in a few countries such as Austria, Belgium (Wallonia), Hungary, Ireland, Poland and Great- Britain. Some other countries (e.g. France, Spain) made some trials with PPM which were not really conclusive.
  • –  In most countries, suppliers are entitled – under well-defined circumstances – to ask for guarantee deposits to those customers with a bad credit history. In a few countries such as Belgium this is not allowed and in Poland suppliers can ask deposits to commercial customers only.
  • –  In most countries, suppliers are entitled to charge an interest rate on outstanding debt at credit recovery. This is not possible in Austria, Ireland, Spain (for customers still supplied from the regulated market) and Great-Britain.
  • –  In most countries, the arrears a customer accumulated with a supplier will remain with that given supplier if the customer switches to another one. A noteworthy exception is Italy where part of the arrears will move to the new supplier (so-called ‘Indemnity System’). Also, in Great-Britain (‘Debt Assignment Protocol’) and in Ireland (to be implemented), the arrears of a PPM customer are transferred to the new supplier in case of switch.
  • –  In most countries, the new supplier is not entitled to charge a customer for the arrears accumulated with the old supplier. This is however possible in Italy and in Great-Britain where the new supplier buys the debt from the old supplier for 90% of the transferred debt’s amount.
  • –  In most countries, a customer who accumulated arrears with a given supplier can switch to another supplier, leaving the arrears behind. Only in Great-Britain and in Bulgaria (until the customer signs a payment deferral protocol), a supplier can object to a customer switching away from them if they are currently in debt.
  • –  In most countries, suppliers propose debt recovery programs to customers who struggle with the payment of their bills – e.g. payment deferral. This is also a way to prevent disconnection.
  • –  In most EU countries, specific treatments exist for vulnerable customers. Some Member States do not yet have a definition for vulnerable customers, which does not mean that specific measures do not exist for “protected” customers (e.g. Denmark, Finland, Germany, Sweden).

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Ofgem publishes latest quarterly data monitoring how the energy market works

Ofgem has today published its latest indicators to monitor trends in the retail and wholesale markets which we update every quarter. They cover everything from the price of energy tariffs to how we source our energy and they are part of our work to boost transparency in the market for consumers and stakeholders.

The indicators are interactive, allowing users to refine and expand selected information to provide an even more in-depth understanding of the market.
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IEA – Making the energy sector more resilient to climate change

The energy sector faces multiple threats from climate change, in particular from extreme weather events and increasing stress on water resources. Greater resilience to climate change impacts will be essential to the technical viability of the energy sector and its ability to cost-effectively meet the rising energy demands driven by global economic and population growth.

Energy sector stakeholders, including governments, regulators, utilities/energy companies and financial institutions (banks, insurers, investors), will need to define climate change resilience and adaptation challenges and identify actions needed to address these challenges.
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US-DOE – Energy Sector Cybercecurity framework implementation guidance

The US Energy Department released guidance to help the energy sector establish or align existing cybersecurity risk management programs to meet the objectives of the Cybersecurity Framework released by the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) in February 2014.  The voluntary Cybersecurity Framework consists of standards, guidelines, and practices to promote the protection of critical infrastructure and was developed in response to Executive Order 13636 “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity” through collaboration between industry and government. In developing this guidance, the Energy Department collaborated with private sector stakeholders through the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council and the Oil & Natural Gas Subsector Coordinating Council. The Department also coordinated with other Sector Specific Agency representatives and interested government stakeholders.
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EDSO – Vision for a “Digital DSO”

The European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids (EDSO) has issued a position paper today which posits a vision for a ‘Digital DSO,’ capturing the key messages of its recent responses to the European Commission consultations on:
  • the evaluation and the review of the regulatory framework for electronic communications networks and services;
  • the regulatory environment for platforms, online intermediaries, data and cloud computing and the collaborative economy;
  • standards in the Digital Single Market.

“Our members are fully committed to this important transformation and fully engaged in shaping the regulation – at EU- and national-level — that will enable it,” said Ana Aguado, EDSO Secretary General.
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Agora-Energiewende – The Agorameter

German current and historical charts concerning the production of electricity generated from conventional and renewable energy, exchange market prices as wellas electricity trade between Germany and its neighbour counties.
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EU-JRC – Europe’s summer temperatures in recent years: the highest of past two millennia

Summer temperatures over the past 30 years lie outside the range of natural variations. Some of the summer temperatures in this century across much of Europe are likely to have been the warmest of the past 2 000 years, according to a study published today in Environmental Research Letters. The research is a joint effort of a group of 45 scientists from 13 countries, including a JRC expert. They used tree-ring information and historical documentary evidence to reconstruct European summer temperatures from 138 Before Common Era (BCE) to date. The new evidence provided in this study will help to better understand the climate system, its variability and extremes, and to put recent climate change into a long-term perspective.
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Eltel’s power distribution wins new close to 300.000 smart meter rollout contracts with the Soria consortium in Norway

Eltel has signed new smart metering contracts with the Soria consortium for the roll out of an estimated 282 000 meters in Norway. This contract is the third major smart metering contract for Eltel in Norway during 2015 and will consolidate Eltel’s market leading position in Norway, as well as in the whole Nordic region. Including all previously won Norwegian contracts and a recent contract in Denmark with Kamstrup, Eltel’s total order stock for smart meter rollouts amounts to approximately 1.6 million meters.

The Soria consortium is a composition of several utility companies covering the Norwegian West Coast, the Trønder counties and the Northern part of Norway. Seven of the utility companies in the consortium have now awarded Eltel with rollout contracts in the Western part of Norway. The sizes of individual roll outs vary from 4 000 to 214 000 metering points, the largest one being the utility BKK Nett AS.

The contracted services include installation and testing of meters and communication infrastructure, warehousing and logistics, end customer communications and project management as a prime contractor. The customer projects will be started in the beginning from 2016 and are expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

Juha Luusua, President – Power Distribution Eltel AB comments:
“The contract award by the utilities in the consortium is a great victory for Eltel and complements our overall role to implement smart metering infrastructures in Norway. Together with the earlier contracts we now have an order book of approximately 1.1 million meter rollouts in Norway. We are convinced that we can utilise our extensive experience in our previous rollout projects and that the various customer projects support each other to take the Norwegian smart grid development to a totally new level. The new orders won this year in Norway and Denmark, and our earlier references of 3.5 million meters, make Eltel by far the most experienced company in this sector in Europe. This provides an excellent platform for further growth opportunities for us in other European countries”.
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GÖRLITZ – World record in the Smart Meter Rollout… and IDSpecto is included!

This was a small, fine complete rollout. In just one day, the Telekom Austria Group M2M has changed all customers of the Austrian network operator Kneidinger to smart meters. 17 technicians of the Austrian telecommunications provider A1 installed at this time 152 metering points. What might appear unspectacular at first glance, but is a good example of a perfectly planned and implemented project.

For what is decisive for the success of a smart meter rollouts? The smooth cooperation of all partners and systems, which was 100 percent in this operation. The Telekom Austria Group M2M offered a complete solution, and provided the the complete process chain to the network operator. By installing the new smart meter devices including de-installation of the old meter, the communication to IDSpecto as meter data management up to the billing system.

All relevant IT systems and processes of the A1 Field service teams are fully optimized for the smart metering rollout. For example, a IT Mobile App was used to delete automatically all dismounted meters in the billing system as well as in IDSpecto and to upload all new installed meters in the same procedure.

At the end of the day not only a world record was then obtained. It has also shown once again how efficiently a rollout can be implemented if all processes are optimally coordinated with each other.
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ENEL – Smart Meter Technology Reaches Romania

Enel has completed the installation of 30,000 meters in the Country, in a pilot project that is part of a broader programme to digitalise electric infrastructures

In 2001, the concept of “smartphones” was only present in a few scientific journals and the digitalisation process of industrial activities was still in its infancy. During that period, Enel set a world record with the design and widespread use of the first electronic meters in Italy. Today the multinational electric company has installed more than 32 million meters in Italy, over 5 million of a scheduled 13 million meters in Spain, in addition to having provided more than 1 million meters to other European utilities and having launched a number of pilot projects around the world. These include the installation of more than 30,000 smart meters in Romania, within a broader investment plan for the digitalisation of the Country’s electrical infrastructure.

‘We completed the installation phase in less than two months. The data that we have collected from the meters so far is very encouraging,’ declared Giuseppe Fanizzi, General Director of Enel Distributie Romania. ‘Our clients are satisfied and we are putting their reports to good use, in order to make future developments to the initiative. Enel has presented a project that includes the installation of 2.7 million meters over the next five years, one for each of our customers in the Country.’ Smart meters allow the power company to intervene remotely, without the need to send field technicians on site, thereby responding quickly to customers’ needs. In a liberalised market such as Romania’s (where Enel is the largest investor in distribution networks), thanks to smart meters, customers can switch from one power company to another in a just a few hours, while the traditional meter took about a month. Since data is updated in real time, customers have become increasingly aware of their consumption habits, allowing them to use electricity more wisely and to choose the rates and times of day that most suit their needs.
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Duke Energy Renewables teams with Green Charge to offer energy storage for commercial solar customers

Increases customer savings in markets such as California and Hawaii – With this agreement, Duke Energy Renewables has created a suite of onsite energy solutions for commercial customers.

Duke Energy Renewables is increasing savings for commercial solar customers through an alliance with Green Charge Networks, the country’s largest provider of commercial energy storage for retail, industrial and government customers.

The agreement provides these customers with “solar firming,” a way to smooth the peaks and valleys of a variable energy source. It also saves customers money by offsetting the higher prices of peak demand power.
Green Charge Networks, based in Santa Clara, Calif., will work closely with solar provider REC Solar to market  energy storage systems with REC’s solar projects. Initial focus will be on the Southern California and Hawaiian markets.

Duke Energy acquired a majority interest in REC Solar and energy management company Phoenix Energy Technologies earlier this year.

“Our goal is to make it easier for customers to combine solar and storage, so they can benefit from high quality, consistent and economical power 24/7,” said Greg Wolf, president Duke Energy Renewables and Commercial Portfolio. “In addition, through Phoenix ET, we’ll also have the ability to offer other energy management systems for those customers seeking a complete and integrated energy savings platform.”
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E.ON and Samsung SDI sign a Memorandum of Understanding on co-operation in energy storage business

E.ON SE has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Samsung SDI Co., Ltd., on co-operation in the energy storage business. The co-operation includes the development of profitable energy storage solutions and, to this end, to assess and develop a potential business model for targeting applications for Lithium-Ion batteries in selected regions and markets. The agreement focuses on solutions for grid stabilization, industrial customers and appropriate energy systems.

“The expansion of renewables, together with customers’ demands for decentralized solutions are driving the need for flexibility across the entire energy system. Lithium-Ion batteries are well suited to provide part of this flexibility due to their modular size, efficiency, simplicity and scalability”, said Bernhard Reutersberg, Chief Markets Officer E.ON SE. “To grow in this area, we are convinced Samsung is the right partner for us to develop a potential business model. The company is a market leader with a strong know-how and track record”, he added.
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Fortum – Royal Seaport awarded best sustainable urban development project

During the ongoing climate conference COP21 in Paris, the Cities Climate Leadership group, C40, awarded the Royal Seaport in Stockholm, Sweden, the best sustainable urban development project. C40 is a network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change.  It connects more than 80 of the world’s greatest cities, representing one quarter of the global economy.

Many sustainable solutions being developed today concentrate on making cities more resource and energy efficient. Johan Ander at Fortum, programme manager for Smart Energy in Royal Seaport, says the high ambitions for the project have formulated within the planning process. All the areas it covers, for example energy, green spaces, water management and traffic solutions, have since then become standard for all development projects in Stockholm; thus enabling the city to become fossil fuel free in 2040.
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Vattenfall partners up with AMF in wind farm agreement

Vattenfall has signed a GBP 237 million deal to partner-up with leading Swedish pension group AMF on an UK off shore wind farm. Vattenfall’s partnership strategy aims at supporting wind growth and the shift to renewables.
The partnership agreement means that AMF will take a 49% share in Vattenfall’s 150 MW Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm for GBP 237 million, approximately SEK 3 billion. Vattenfall will continue to operate the wind farm as majority shareholder.

“The market has shown a considerable interest in Ormonde. The main reason is that the wind farm is profitable and considered to have good prospects for stable and continuous profitability. Our partner AMF is a serious and long-term investor. We are therefore very pleased with completion of this deal,” says Magnus Hall, President and CEO of Vattenfall.
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Powel – New partnership enables aggregation and optimal utilisation of power grid

Powel today announces a new partnership agreement with Enfo, a Nordic market leader in smart grid systems and aggregator solutions. The agreement will facilitate the optimisation of operations and planning processes for the grid companies, or the DSO’s of the future.

Smart utilisation of real-time information and control options will be essential to realise the true benefits associated with the smart power grid. Integrating demand response (DR) into specialised grid operation systems helps to reduce both investment and operational costs. Grid operators today face far-reaching challenges associated with an ageing power grid, increased demands for efficiency, environmental focus and decentralised renewable energy production.

In order to maintain the quality of supply and manage energy efficient appliances, grid operators in Norway are, according to NVE and Statnett at least, facing an investment challenge of around NOK 140 billion between the Transmission, regional and distribution grids over the next ten years.
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Schneider Electric reaches an agreement to sell its Transportation Business to Kapsch TrafficCom AG

Schneider Electric announced  that it has signed an agreement to sell its Transportation Business, one of the recognized providers of mobility worldwide, to Kapsch TrafficCom AG.

The Transportation Business is targeting the major cities, highways and infrastructure operators in the world. It offers a large scope of solutions and services in the areas of traffic, tolling, tunnel and transit, which make mobility more efficient, safe and sustainable. The business generated revenues of €134m in FY2014. The Transportation Business is currently consolidated under the Infrastructure business of Schneider Electric.
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US-DOE – Duke Energy Business Services, LLC – Smart Grid Deployment Final Project Description

Duke Energy Business Services’ (Duke’s) Smart Grid Deployment project, a part of the Duke Smart Grid Program, involved implementing advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and distribution automation systems in five states. The project included large-scale deployments of AMI and distribution automation in Ohio and North Carolina, and smaller limited deployments of distribution automation in Indiana, Kentucky, and South Carolina. Duke also initiated pilot programs for electricity pricing, including time-of-use rates, peak-time rebates, and critical peak pricing. Customers in these pilot programs used smart thermostats, web portals, and direct load control devices to reduce their electricity consumption and peak demand.
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GSEP Releases Report to Assist Policymakers In View of the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris

The GSEP has released a ground-breaking report in which the top executives of the GSEP companies urge the Parties in Paris when establishing a long-term, international agreement against climate change, to enable effective frameworks that channel investments and operations, especially in the electricity sector, and to support the development and deployment of reliable and affordable technologies in order to deliver lower or zero carbon emissions.
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OECD – Statement by the Secretary-General Angel Gurría on COP21 Agreement

The Paris Agreement at COP21 marks a decisive turning point in our response to climate change. I strongly applaud this historic commitment and the robustness of a deal that includes an ambitious target for limiting the global temperature rise, a five-year review cycle, clear rules on transparency, a global goal for resilience and reducing vulnerability and a framework for supporting developing countries.

Countries’ nationally determined contributions to emissions reductions post-2020 lay a pathway to a low-carbon, climate-resilient future that could safeguard the future health and prosperity of billions of people.  But this is just the beginning of the road. The agreement is a framework for action, and governments now need to act.
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DECC – Changes to renewables subsidies

Further revisions to renewable energy subsidies which ensure bill payers get value for money

New measures to deal with the projected over-allocation of renewable energy subsidies have been announced today, following recent consultations.

Renewable energy subsidies are paid for via energy bills through a number of schemes including the Feed-in Tariff scheme and Renewable Obligation scheme. Government decided on a set amount that would be paid to renewables by 2020 and earlier this year, the Office for Budget Responsibility projected that the amount would be exceeded, meaning bill payers would have to pay more. Government has since taken action to reduce this overspend which includes the announcements being made today.

Feed-in Tariff
The Feed-in Tariff is a scheme where you can be paid (the tariff) for the electricity you generate from solar, wind, hydro or Anaerobic Digestion power. This gets paid even if you use it yourself as well as for any surplus electricity you export to the grid.
In the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) review consultation we proposed updated tariffs for solar, wind and hydro power, and asked for industry and public feedback. Government has listened to that feedback and has announced revised tariffs, including a new tariff for domestic-scale solar of 4.39p /kwh.
The new Feed-in Tariff rates provide a sustainable return for anyone investing in small scale renewable technology that contributes to our energy mix without imposing unnecessary burdens on bill payers who subsidise the renewables industry.
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EURELECTRIC publishes report on current Power Trends and provides recommendations for 2030 Climate and Energy Policies

The European power generation mix is becoming increasingly low carbon with a growing share of renewables. Meanwhile, fossil fuel fired generation continues to decline. This promising picture for a decarbonised future emerges from the latest edition of EURELECTRIC’s annual publication on European power industry data “Power Statistics and Trends: The five dimensions of the Energy Union”, launched today during a high-level conference in Brussels. EURELECTRIC’s report includes the latest available industry figures for 2014, offering insight into how the power sector is responding to the energy transition and reflecting on how this translates into key policy actions in the context of EU’s 2030 Climate and Energy Framework.
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ACER-CEER Market Monitoring Report

The annual ACER-CEER Market Monitoring Report (MMR) analyses retail markets and consumer issues, gas and electricity wholesale market integration and network access issues in 2014. It provides an analysis of continuing barriers to further market integration.

Fall in wholesale energy prices still not reflected at retail level:

The latest MMR (see here the MMR event video) reveals that despite some progress in the European wholesale market integration process, electricity and gas prices for EU households continued to rise.
On the positive side, market integration led to a wider choice of electricity and gas products for household consumers and consumers who switched suppliers in 2014 could save up to €400 in some EU capitals.
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OSGP Certification of the NES Generation 4 Meter

The feature rich NES Gen 4 single phase meter exceeds the rigorous OSGP testing standards and offers true device interoperability and interchangeability to customers globally.

OSGP Alliance and Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid market leader, jointly announce the NES Generation 4 (Gen 4) single phase meter has passed the conformance testing process administered by DNV KEMA and has been certified to be OSGP compatible by OSGP Alliance.

In July 2015, OSGP Alliance announced that an updated OSGP specification was released, which supports OSGP-AES-128-PSK security suite. NES’s Gen 4 Single Phase meter is one of the initial devices that supports the new AES based security providing secure and reliable communication and data storage.

“We welcome this exciting addition of the new OSGP compatible device from NES and are excited about even more choice for customers globally. NES’s previous generation of OSGP meters are widely used by leading utilities globally, including various OSGP alliance members. We are firmly committed to the open choice, multi-application value proposition, and true interoperability only OSGP offers,” said Mr. Harry Crijns, Secretary of OSGP Alliance, “and we look forward to the benefits NES will offer the market through its Gen 4 Patagonia platform.”
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Apator – The most favourable offer selected for the supplies of electricity meters to Tauron Dystrybucja SA

The Management Board of Apator SA announces that on 29th October 2015 Apator SA was advised about the winning of unlimited tender invited by Tauron Dystrybucja S.A. for the supply of static, direct single phase and three phase electricity meters. The net value of the project is PLN 38.5 m and performance of the supplies is expected until December 2016.

The participants of the tender have the right to make an appeal against the results of the tender within 10 days of selection day of the most favourable offer. The conclusion of the contract is expected after possible appeal proceedings are completed.
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Alliander – New market model enables trade in flexible energy use

A consortium of seven Dutch energy market players: ABB, Alliander, DNV GL, Essent, IBM, ICT and Stedin, presented the Universal Smart Energy Framework (USEF) during the European Utility Week in Vienna. USEF describes a new market model enabling trade in flexible energy use and helping all participants in the energy system to benefit from flexible production, storage and use of energy. USEF aims to be the international de facto standard for smart energy systems. A standard badly needed to accelerate the many initiatives and connect the various market players.

Buying and selling energy flexibility: everyone benefitsCurrently, only major industrial users and power plants are involved in preventing congestion in the distribution system and in correcting the imbalance between demand and supply. With the increasing demand for energy and increased supplies of energy from sustainable sources (which is less predictable), more flexibility is required to maintain reliability at the lowest possible cost. Thanks to USEF, beside the traditional energy market of demand and supply, a market for the better distribution of demand and supply can arise, that includes consumers as well.

“With a clear vision, detailed specifications and the first active pilot projects in the market, USEF offers European market players and policy makers a concrete solution for an integrated flexibility market,” says Jeroen Bode, Director of the USEF Foundation. “USEF brings together energy consumers, suppliers and grid operators and enables them to buy and sell flexibility through a flexibility market. The consumer provides flexibility allowing them to reduce their energy bills. With this flexibility, the supplier can take full advantage of the supply of sustainable energy and the grid operator can avoid investments in grid expansion. Everyone benefits.”Read more…

Schneider Electric – French business climate pledge: 39 major French companies take concrete action to combat climate change

In the lead-up to the Paris climate summit (COP 21), 39 major French companies, employing a total of 4.4 million people worldwide and generating sales of 1,200 billion euros, have made a firm commitment to combat climate change. By signing this climate pledge, they want to contribute to making COP 21 a success and to limiting the warming of the Earth to 2°C. They emphasize their driving role and leadership in the fight for a more sustainable world.

Active since many years, these companies are taking concrete steps to reduce their carbon footprint through:

  • The use of active and passive energy efficiency solutions,
  • The use of renewable energy, notably hydro, wind or solar energy,
  • The systematic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions throughout the life cycle of their products,
  • The development of new low-carbon materials and solutions,
  • The reduction of food waste and packaging,
  • The adoption of long-term investment strategies actively promoting the energy transition.

From 2016 to 2020, the 39 companies plan to invest at least 45 billion euros in industrial projects and R&D devoted to renewable energy, energy efficiency and other low carbon technologies. Over the same period, they also intend to provide bank and bond financing of at least 80 billion euros for projects contributing to the fight against climate change.

In addition, they foresee low carbon investments of 15 billion euros in new nuclear capacities and investments of 30 billion euros in natural gas as energy transition solution, planned over the next five years.
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Görlitz – Our new mathematical genius

The calculation module of IDSpecto.DAYOS
Clarity and guided processes – these are the essential strengths of IDSpecto.DAYOS. They improve and facilitate your daily work, help you saving time and minimize errors. And the new calculation module does just the same.
Exactly as its predecessor, the new module offers calculating data points for load profiles and registers; however the new version is much faster, more comfortable, and far more powerful.

New calculations are created as generic templates in the formula editor and are only configured at the data point, eg when creating a control point. These templates offer new flexibility as you can reuse them as often as you like; the templates also generally accelerate defining new calculations as you only have to enter few details.

The comprehensive integration into the overall process also reflects this focus on the essentials. So far, you had to configure the execution of every calculation separately, but with IDSpecto.DAYOS respective jobs must only be created once when setting up the system. Calculations are executed automatically afterwards as soon as a formula has been assigned. Administration effort is thus remarkably reduced increasing the system’s performance at the same time.
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Mitsubishi Electric – VoltDB Accelerates Smart Energy Deployments Worldwide

Delivering real-time analytics for more than six million Smart Meters in Japan, selected for national Smart Meter rollout in Europe and chosen as preferred Smart Energy platform by industry leaders

VoltDB is enabling real-world Smart Energy deployments and partnering with industry leaders to accelerate the adoption of Smart Energy solutions.

VoltDB is providing the fast data engine to support Smart Meter deployments in the Hokkaido and Shikoku provinces in Japan through a partnership with Mitsubishi Electric (link is external). In addition, VoltDB is part of an upcoming national Smart Energy deployment in Europe through a partnership with CGI, one of the world’s largest independent information technology and business process services firms.

Fast Data Smart Energy Implementation and Mitsubishi Electric Partnership
Two provinces in Japan are using VoltDB to enable high-velocity data ingestion, swift analytics and rapid decision-making for more than six million Smart Meters. The utilities are leveraging the speed and real-time analytics of VoltDB to add context and intelligence to meter utilization data as it arrives, and automatically implementing actions to drive down energy consumption. This implementation has been enabled by a partnership between VoltDB and Mitsubishi Electric, which led the deployment.

“Smart Meters allow utilities to capture energy consumption in real-time, but traditional database systems are too slow to ingest metering data, analyze it rapidly, and enable real-time decisions,” stated Hiroyuki Okamura, Manager, New Solution Systems, Information Systems & Network at Mitsubishi Electric. “We selected VoltDB because we needed a transactional database architected to handle fast data speeds and volume while delivering real-time analytics.”
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Fortum Energy Review: Hydropower – an indispensable part of tomorrow’s energy system

In conjunction with publication of the third review in its Energy Review series, Fortum held a seminar in Stockholm, Sweden, on 18 November 2015, focusing on the future of hydropower.
​Emissions-free hydropower is needed in combating climate change, but the profitability of hydropower production has weakened due to the historically low electricity prices, tighter regulatory requirements, and increasing taxation.

Hydropower is an emissions-free, flexible and cost-efficient way to balance the fluctuating production of other renewable energy sources. Wind and solar power in particular are very weather-dependent, so hydropower is needed as balancing power to offset fluctuations in energy supply and demand. Different interpretations of Vattenfall focuses on large-scale wind power in Denmark
The sale of a number of smaller wind farms on Jutland will allow Vattenfall, Denmark’s largest operator and owner of onshore wind farms, to focus specifically on large onshore and offshore wind power projects.
A total of 88 older turbines from 19 wind farms on Jutland with a total capacity of 65 MW have been sold to Green Power Partners K/S. The sum is not made public.
“The size of these wind farms does not match Vattenfall’s strategic direction, which is why we decided to sell them. We can now concentrate on further developing and strengthening our position in Denmark in the sector of large-scale onshore and offshore wind power,” says Martin Reinholdsson, Head of Business Unit Generation in Business Area Wind.
Vattenfall is investing in both onshore and offshore wind power in Denmark. The construction of the Klim wind farm in North-West Jutland is almost complete. Here, 35 older turbines have been replaced by 22 new and much more efficient ones, making it Denmark’s largest onshore wind farm in terms of output. At the same time, project planning is underway for the 400 MW Horns Rev 3 wind farm off the west coast of Jutland.
environmental legislation, long permit processes, and heavy taxation, however, hamper the utilisation of hydropower’s full potential.

“Political objectives aim to increase hydropower and other renewable energy sources. Meanwhile, environmental legislation and regulations are essentially preventing new investments or even the modernisation of existing hydropower plants. This is very concerning,” says Per Langer, Executive Vice President, Hydro Power and Technology, Fortum.
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Energimidt – Experts and politicians: Solar cells should be considered in the future of renewable energy supply

The Danish Photovoltaic Association hosted in Christiansborg the conference in which industry and politicians debated on photovoltaics’ role in the future renewable energy supply. There was broad agreement on the need for a long-term framework for solar cells and solar panels: They should play a greater role in future renewable energy to create a reasonable balance in our energy supply.

MP Mette Abildgaard (C) give a key note presentation on photovoltaics’ f role in the future Danish energy supply.

“We wanted to put solar cells on the agenda and have a debate about opportunities and challenges in the current conditions. In the introduction presentation we presented a policy framework proposal, wored out by our Danish Solar Analysts, says Flemming Vejby Kristensen, chairman of the Danish Association of Solar and business manager in Energimidt.

Dr. James Watson, CEO of Solar Power Europe, said in his presentation how solar cells are booming worldwide, and that it is very competitive compared to other technologies.

His views were supported by Gorm B. Andresen, assistant professor at the Department of Engineering at the University of Aarhus, how presented a study that concluded a mix of 20 – 30% solar energy, and 70 – 80% wind energy, is optimal in Danmark. It is a necessity to look at several technologies to create balance in our sensible energy and economy.

Poul Erik Morthorst, professor at the Technical University of Denmark, predicts that the price of solar cells, which already have fallen remarkebly over the years will be halved over the next 10 years. Moreover, energy production from solar PV is already cheaper than offshore wind. At the same time battery solutions advancing rapidly, so one day based on our Smart Grid, will ensure that the solar cell production by private facilities achieve the highest value in terms of both personal and national economy.

The need for clear lines and uniform framework conditions
Søren Rise, chief consultant for TEKNIQ, also holding of Deputy Chairman of Danish Solar Association, stressed the importance of the trade associations working together to improve the framework conditions for photovoltaics. Soren Rise submitted Photovoltaic Association’s five wishes for politicians:

  1. Spport the creation of more jobs, among others, by copying the wind industry’s success and provides the photovoltaic industry conditions to create a business.
  2. Make clear rules and long-term arrangements for solar cells. The political unstable course makes it impossible for the Danes to understand the rules, and it goes beyond the interest to invest in solar cells.
  3. Liberalize photovoltaic plant ownership, so companies can lease photovoltaic to municipalities to install solar cells without creating independent companies.
  4. Create identical framework conditions for solar cells and wind turbines in connection with the establishment of the Danish calculation models.
  5. Create the framework for the perfect renewable energy, where more energy is included in planning. Research suggests that the optimal balance between solar PV and wind turbines is 20 percent solar and 80 percent wind.

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E.ON utility-scale solar farm enters service in California

Maricopa West completed ahead of schedule and under budget

E.ON has completed another utility-scale solar project in the United States. Maricopa West, a 28 megawatt photovoltaic farm in Kern County in southern California, is now fully operational. A tracking system ensures that its 89,000 panels are always oriented toward the sun. Maricopa West was completed ahead of schedule and under its budget of roughly €50 million.

With regard to the strategy E.ON plans to develop more major solar projects in the United States through E.ON Solar, its San Francisco-based subsidiary. E.ON has completed several such projects in Arizona. Maricopa West is the second solar farm it has built in California.
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Vattenfall focuses on large-scale wind power in Denmark

The sale of a number of smaller wind farms on Jutland will allow Vattenfall, Denmark’s largest operator and owner of onshore wind farms, to focus specifically on large onshore and offshore wind power projects.
A total of 88 older turbines from 19 wind farms on Jutland with a total capacity of 65 MW have been sold to Green Power Partners K/S. The sum is not made public.

“The size of these wind farms does not match Vattenfall’s strategic direction, which is why we decided to sell them. We can now concentrate on further developing and strengthening our position in Denmark in the sector of large-scale onshore and offshore wind power,” says Martin Reinholdsson, Head of Business Unit Generation in Business Area Wind.

Vattenfall is investing in both onshore and offshore wind power in Denmark. The construction of the Klim wind farm in North-West Jutland is almost complete. Here, 35 older turbines have been replaced by 22 new and much more efficient ones, making it Denmark’s largest onshore wind farm in terms of output. At the same time, project planning is underway for the 400 MW Horns Rev 3 wind farm off the west coast of Jutland.
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Eltel wins two major power transmission contracts in Poland at a value of approximately EUR 26 million

Eltel Networks Energetyka S.A., a Polish subsidiary of Eltel AB, has signed a power transmission contract for an overhead transmission line project with the Polish transmission grid operator, PSE S.A.. In addition, Eltel has won a turnkey contract for a substation upgrade at Czerwonak for the same customer. The total value of these contracts is approximately EUR 46 million of which Eltel’s share is approximately EUR 26 million.
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ONE Nordic delivers the compete electrical installation for the Porsi hydropower station

ONE Nordic’s establishment in Sundsvall will start this fall to deliver the complete electrical and control equipment as a turn-key project.

“We have good experience with the ONE Nordic’s control system concepts and skills. The commitment of Porsi is a particular challenge because it includes also the integration of all systems included the renewal of units G1”, says Robert Falk, Vattenfall Hydropower, project Porsi G1 Renewal.

The project, scheduled for completion in November 2016, also includes wiring for connection of devices, sensors to control the system and power supply to replaced and additional items in the side contracts.
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Thüga Group wins VKU Special price for cooperation with Power to gas-conditioning

Munich / Berlin: The Association of Local Utilities (VKU) of power to gas-conditioning the Thüga Group has been awarded a special prize for cooperation.The jury particularly appreciated the pioneering character of the plant.”It’s a role model for the energy sector, as the project partners already demonstrate the integration of electricity to gas technology in municipal distribution networks and assist in creating the economic and political conditions,” said Ivo Gönner, VKU President.Among the operators of the complex include a total of 13 companies: badenova AG & Co. KG, gas Mittelsachsen GmbH, Energieversorgung Mittelrhein AG, gas Schwaben GmbH, ESWE public utilities, gas supply Westerwald GmbH, Mainova Aktiengesellschaft, Stadtwerke Ansbach GmbH, Stadtwerke Bad Hersfeld GmbH, Thüga energy networks GmbH, WEMAG AG, e-rp GmbH and Thüga Aktiengesellschaft as project coordinator.”I am delighted to receive this award. It confirms the innovative, efficient and responsible cooperation in Thüga Group,” said Michael Riechel, CEO of Thüga Aktiengesellschaft, who accepted the award in Berlin together with the project partners.With the Innovation Prize and the Special Prize of the VKU awarded every two years, companies from the fields of energy, water / sewage, waste management and city cleaning and the Telecommunications Division for their innovative and trendsetting ideas.
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Schneider Electric’s big bet on smart energy

Schneider Electric has built its multi-billion dollar business on ensuring that efficiency underpins all human activity. As Asia – its biggest region – undergoes urbanisation and economic growth, the smart use of energy will become even more important.

Asia – especially South Asia and developing countries in the region – is set to grow at the fastest rate compared to any other part in the world, according to the World Bank. As the region undergoes rapid urbanization, French power management giant Schneider Electric is eyeing three major areas with the biggest business potential: namely, energy efficiency, automation and digitization.

In the past few decades, the region has progressed “leaps and bounds” and is now in fact Schneider’s biggest source of revenue and headcount, said chairman and CEO Jean-Pascal Tricoire in a recent interview.
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European Commission – The Energy Union on track to deliver

The first State of the Energy Union Report shows that much progress has already been made since the adoption of the Energy Union Framework Strategy 9 months ago. Still much remains to be done, and 2016 will be an important year of delivery.

The Energy Union Framework Strategy (IP/15/4497) created a new momentum to bring about the transition to a low-carbon, secure and competitive economy. The Commission has also committed to report annually on the state of the Energy Union in order to address the key issues and steer the policy debate. The State of the Energy Union Report, published today for the first time, looks at progress made over the last nine months and identifies key action areas for 2016 and provides policy conclusions at Member State, regional and European level. This is a central element to monitor the implementation of this key priority of the Juncker Commission.

Maroš Šefčovič, the Vice-President responsible for the Energy Union, said: “Nine months down the road, we can say with confidence that we are on track to deliver the Energy Union. My messages for 2016 are clear. First, the EU should continue to lead in the transition to a low-carbon economy. Second, that transition should be socially fair and consumer-centred. And third, the geopolitical challenges that we faced this year will not go away. 2016 will also be the year in which we will lay the foundations of a robust governance system bringing predictability and transparency, which is what investors need. In sum: 2016 will be a year of delivery!”

Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, said: “The Energy Union is starting to take shape. A lot of progress has been made in these few months but we should now move to full scale delivery of all actions needed. This will be my focus in 2016: presenting the legislation to make our electricity market work better, to further increase the share of renewables, to bring down our energy consumption and to ensure security of our gas supply. With this, the EU’s energy system will be stronger and all conditions will be set for the EU’s transition toward a low-carbon energy system. As all eyes turn towards negotiations in Paris, this a renewed pledge for European leadership and our commitment to the international efforts to fight climate change.”
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IEA Energy Outlook – Low prices should give no cause for complacency on energy security

Latest World Energy Outlook also sees clear signs that the energy transition is underway, but warns strong direction is needed from Paris climate summit

An extended period of lower oil prices would benefit consumers but would trigger energy-security concerns by heightening reliance on a small number of low-cost producers, or risk a sharp rebound in price if investment falls short, says the International Energy Agency (IEA) in the 2015 edition of its flagship World Energy Outlook publication (WEO-2015).

The report finds that the plunge in oil prices has set in motion the forces that lead the market to rebalance, via higher demand and lower growth in supply, although the adjustment mechanism in oil markets is rarely a smooth one. In the central scenario of WEO-2015, a tightening oil balance leads to a price around $80 per barrel by 2020. But WEO-2015 also examines the conditions under which prices could stay lower for much longer. Since prices at today’s levels push out higher-cost sources of supply, such a scenario depends heavily on the world’s lower-cost producers: reliance on Middle East oil exports eventually escalates to a level last seen in the 1970s. Such a concentration of global supply would be accompanied by elevated concerns about energy security, with Asian consumers – the final destination of a huge share of regionally-traded oil – particularly vulnerable. Developing Asia, a region in which India takes over from China as the largest source of consumption growth, is the leading demand centre for every major element of the world’s energy mix in 2040 – oil, gas, coal, renewables and nuclear. By 2040, China’s net oil imports are nearly five times those of the United States, while India’s easily exceed those of the European Union.

“It would be a grave mistake to index our attention to energy security to changes in the oil price,” said IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol. “Now is not the time to relax. Quite the opposite: a period of low oil prices is the moment to reinforce our capacity to deal with future energy security threats.”
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U.S. EnergySecretary Moniz Awards $125 Million for 41 Transformational Energy Technology Projects Ahead of COP21 in Paris

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today announced $125 million across 41 cutting-edge energy technologies awarded by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). These new projects are funded under ARPA-E’s OPEN 2015 program and come in advance of the COP21 U.N. Climate Negotiations in Paris next week. The announcement was made at D.C. technology incubator 1776 at an event that focused on leveraging America’s top innovators to find technological solutions to combat climate change, enhance security and solve pressing energy challenges around the globe.

Open solicitations – also issued in 2009 and 2012 – serve as an open call to scientists and engineers for transformational technologies across the entire scope of ARPA-E’s energy mission. Through both open and focused solicitations, ARPA-E funds innovative technologies that display promise for both technical and commercial impact, but are too early for private-sector investment. The OPEN 2015 projects come from 21 states and encompass 10 technical categories, including transportation, electricity generation and delivery and energy efficiency.

“The ARPA-E projects selected today highlight how American ingenuity can spur innovation and generate a wide range of technology options to address our nation’s most pressing energy issues,” said U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “As we look beyond COP21, the energy technologies the Department of Energy invests in today will provide the solutions needed to combat climate change and develop a global low-carbon economy in the future.”
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European Commission – Unveils key energy infrastructure projects to integrate Europe’s energy markets and diversify sources

The European Commission adopts a list of 195 key energy infrastructure projects – known as projects of common interest – which will help deliver Europe’s energy and climate objectives and form key building blocks of the EU’s Energy Union.

The European Commission has today adopted a list of 195 key energy infrastructure projects which will help deliver Europe’s energy and climate objectives and form key building blocks of the EU’s Energy Union. The projects – known as Projects of Common Interest (PCIs) – will enable the gradual build-up of the Energy Union by integrating the energy markets in Europe, by diversifying the energy sources and transport routes. In addition, the PCI’s adopted today will help bring an end to the energy isolation of some Member States. They will also boost the level of renewables on the grid, bringing down carbon emissions. PCIs benefit from accelerated permitting procedures and improved regulatory conditions and may be eligible for financial support from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

A budget of €5.35 billion has been allocated to trans-European energy infrastructure under the CEF from 2014-20, helping projects of common interest to get implemented faster and making them more attractive to investors.

Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Arias Cañete said: “Modern and reliable energy infrastructure is essential to allow energy to flow freely across Europe. These projects will help us integrate our energy markets, diversify energy sources and routes, and end the energy isolation of some Member States. They will also boost the level of renewables on the grid, slashing carbon emissions. Europe’s energy transformation will require investments worth billions in strategic infrastructure. This list of projects will help ensure that our funds serve our goal of securing clean and affordable energy for Europeans.”
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EURELECTRIC – vision for electricity customers: Simple, Cheap and Fair

On the occasion of the EU Energy Council, which sees energy Ministers debate retail market design principles, EURELECTRIC today publishes a vision brochure on how to place the customer at the heart of the electricity system.

Titled “The Customer in Command – The smart energy system of the future,” the brochure considers fundamental changes that are sweeping across the downstream part of the electricity value chain, right at the junction between the electricity distribution network and retail electricity markets. “In practically every industry, disruptive technologies are giving customers more options and enabling them to take more control of their lives. The energy sector is no different. As an industry, we can and must play a key role in supporting the European Commission’s new deal for energy customers. To do this, we must put customers at the heart of everything we do and develop innovative solutions that allow them much more control over when, how and at what price they use electricity,” Pat O’Doherty, EURELECTRIC’s Issue Manager Downstream Market Design and CEO of Ireland’s ESB commented.
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DECC – New direction for UK energy policy

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd has set out her vision for an energy system that puts consumers first, delivers more competition, reduces the burden on bill-payers and ensures enough electricity generation to power the nation.

  • Consultation on ending unabated coal-fired power stations by 2025
  • New gas-fired power stations a priority
  • Commitment to offshore wind support completes commitment to secure, low-carbon, affordable electricity supplies
  • Move towards a smarter energy system

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd has set out her vision for an energy system that puts consumers first, delivers more competition, reduces the burden on bill-payers and ensures enough electricity generation to power the nation.
Speaking at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London today the Energy Secretary revealed her policy priorities and her strategy for putting them into action.
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U.S. Energy Secretary Moniz Announces Clean Energy Technologies are Accelerating in the U.S. Marketplace According to New Revolution…Now Report

Ahead of the International Energy Agency’s Ministerial in Paris, which serves as a lead-up to the COP21 UN Climate Negotiations, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today released the 2015 Revolution…Now report, which details the state of several clean energy technologies in the U.S. that provide technology solutions to climate change.

The updated report, which was announced by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz during a discussion at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, builds upon past Revolution…Now reports that showed a dramatic increase in deployment and a decrease in cost of four transformational technologies: wind turbines, solar technologies, electric vehicles (EVs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs).

“We are experiencing a clean energy revolution in the United States, and this report confirms it,” Secretary Moniz said. “Today, clean energy technologies are providing real-world solutions – not only to reduce carbon dioxide emissions that cause global warming, but they also drive a domestic, low-carbon economy with technologies that are increasingly cost-competitive with conventional technologies. We have the tools for a cleaner and more secure energy future.”
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EPRI – Details Advanced Coal Generation Technologies to Meet CO2 Emissions Limits Without Carbon Capture & Storage

Carbon capture with underground storage (CCS) is considered by many to be the best option to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from coal-fired power plants. But development and application of CCS systems face significant technology, policy, and cost challenges.

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) looked at several technologies available or in development that have the potential to enable power plants fueled solely by coal to significantly reduce CO2 emissions through more efficient combustion and use of heat. The results of EPRI’s study have been published in a new white paper, Can Future Coal Power Plants Meet CO2 Emission Standards Without Carbon Capture and Storage? (EPRI report 3002006770).
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DECC –Fourth Annual Report on the Roll-out of Smart Meters

This is the Government’s fourth annual progress report on the roll-out of smart meters in Great Britain. It reports on the significant developments in the smart metering programme since December 2014 and the measures we will be taking in the coming months, as we approach the start of the main installation phase of the Programme. In summary:

  • Chapter 1 sets out the background to the programme and highlights some of the key achievements since the last annual report, published in December 2014;
  • Chapter 2 looks at the work done on the technical and regulatory framework, and explains what energy suppliers and other industry partners have been focusing on this year;
  • Chapter 3 explains the work we are doing on tracking progress and ensuring that consumers can realise the benefits of smart metering; and
  • Chapter 4 explains how the programme is working to protect the rights of consumers, in particular vulnerable consumers.

The report concludes with Chapter 5, which looks ahead to 2016. The Annexes include a summary of the smart metering system and a glossary of terms.
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