Apator – Contracts concluded by entities of Apator Group and RWE Stoen complying with the conditions in total the criterion of important contract.
The Management Board of Apator SA announces that in the last twelve months the entities of Apator Group and entities of RWE Polska SA concluded the contracts of total net amount of PLN 30 million ($ 8,2 million). The contracts in total comply with the criterion of important contract due to exceeding 10% of equity of Apator SA.
The contract of the highest value is the contract concluded on 14th January 2015 by Apator SA (“Contractor”) for the net amount of PLN 21,3 m. It concerns the supplies of electricity meters to RWE Stoen Operator sp. z o. o. (“Ordering Party”) that will be performed in batches till January 2017. The conditions of the above contract do not differ from typical for such type of transactions on the market and it has been concluded without any restriction to the condition and date.
The Contractor is obligated to make payment Ordering Party the following liquidated damages:
- for the delay in manufacturing of the subject of the contract or its part due to reasons beyond in amount of 0,2% net price for the batch of electricity meters delivered late for each day of the delay;
- for the delay in remedy of the defect of the subject of the contract in amount of 0,2% net price of the batch of electricity meters where the defect has been found for each day of delay, counting since agreed by the parties the date of remedy of the defects;
- for the withdraw from the contract or its part by any of the party due to the reasons attributed to the Contractor in amount of 10% net price calculated to the batch of the supply withdrew.
The total value of the above liquidated damages is restricted to 30% net value of the contract. If the liquidated damages do not cover of the damages incurred, the Contractor is obligated to make payment of supplementary compensation excluding the damages followed and direct ones including profits lost. Total sum of liquidated damages and compensations from all the reasons cannot exceed 100% gross value of the contract.
Eltel and Caruna have signed a frame agreement on improving the operational reliability of power distribution network in the southwestern parts of Finland.
The improvements on the medium and low voltage networks are carried out during the next three years. Value of the contract is EUR 40 million.
The frame agreement consists of several separate network improvement projects. Many of the overhead power lines will be replaced with underground cables. In addition to cabling existing poles will be changed, more automation will be added, hundreds of transformer stations will be installed. The agreement is based on turnkey principle meaning that Eltel takes the responsibility from project planning to execution.
“The agreement is a good example how the infrastructure markets are changing. Our works are more and more larger cabling projects. The agreement is also a great proof of Caruna’s trust in Eltel’s competences in project management and underground cabling, and it is very important for us”, says Juha Luusua, managing director of Eltel in Finland and President of Eltel Power distribution business.
Caruna will secure their customers a reliable and weather-proof availability of electricity by these investments. “We organized a public procurement process when choosing the partner. We chose Eltel as our partner for the overall economy and the quality of operations. For us it is also important that Eltel is able to provide technician resources in major network disturbance situations”, says Ari Koponen, managing director of Caruna.
EAC – Moscow’s bridges and tunnels will EAC’s PowerLine smart metering system
Moscow’s bridges and tunnels will be equipped with the PowerLine metering system of EAC
Engineering Center “EnergoAuditControl” (EAC) won the state contract to perform contractor’s works on construction of “Automated systems of commercial electricity metering GBU” Gormost. “The new system will cover the Moscow transport tunnels, pedestrian crossings, fountains and other facilities.
The contract provides for the introduction of AMR at all points of commercial electricity metering, currently available in GBU “Gormost” – their 1112 to 5560 sites connected to the power supply. Accounting objects are traction substations, main switchboards, switchgear outlets, water-distribution panels, transport tunnels, fountains, pedestrian crossings, bridges, overpasses.
This new smart metering system will provide:
- Authorisation of the energy provision measurement and reporting the real consumption to GBU “Gormost” in accordance with their functional purpose.
- Financial savings in the energy budget, by optimising the control of tariffs and consumption.
- The possibility of organizing commercial energy accounting in accordance with the rules of NP “ATS”.
Term of performance of the contract is 10 months.
The specialised Trust for the construction of bridges and embankments, formed in November 1935, and after many transformations over the years. In 2011 it was transformed into the State budget institution for the city of Moscow with the objective to maintain and repair the engineering structures “Gormost.”
Today the enterprise has 1592 objects for various purposes in the port-folio:
- Bridge and tunnel construction;
- Embankments and bank stabilization;
- Transport tunnels and interchanges;
- Pedestrian tunnels and pedestrian bridges;
- Fountains and fountain complexes;
- Memorial complex at Poklonnaya Hill, a complex of buildings at the Manege Square and the complex construction of the monument to Peter I;
Kapsch Smart Energy – The smart path to smart metering and smart grid.
Fast, efficient, dynamic and smart, that is Kapsch Smart Energy. As a subsidiary of the Kapsch Group, we are experts in smart energy management and we stay always one step ahead when it comes to innovative, customer solutions in the area of smart metering and smart grid.
Kapsch’s portfolio ranges from the delivery and implementation of infrastructure and multi-utility components over the integration of third-party applications and the implementation of our own central meter data management system SEM (Smart Energy Management) as well as an end customer web portal to providing services such as maintenance and operation.
The Kapsch Smart Energy solution therefore covers the entire range from the metering point over the “last mile” (e.g. via PLC) as well as the corresponding backbone network (e.g. CDMA) and the central meter data management all the way to the interface with billing systems. In other words, it is a convenient end-to-end solution that lives up to the most cutting edge standards.
SEAS-NVE – Replacement of electricity meters
SEAS-NVE is searching its last 0,5% of its meter park to get it replace by Smart Meters, with this advertisement:
Do you have this meter (pictured above), do not do anything – then your electric meter already been changed.
SEAS-NVE has in recent years shifted most electricity meters from our 375,000 shareholders to remotely read electricity meters. However, we lack 2,300 meters, which we are currently replacing.
Do you have a meter as shown above, do not do anything – then your electric meter already been changed.
Do you have another type of meter, so please contact us immediately so we can replace the meter.
If you live in Roskilde, and has a meter of the brand Kamstrup, then the meter is not changed.
With the new remotely read meter you have plenty of options: Automatic reading of your electricity consumption, billing of the actual electricity consumption and no payments on accounts, and not least minmaaler.dk, where you can track your usage by the hour.
This is the first smart meter rollout project which is in this final stage.
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Alliander – The city of Berlin grants concession of public electricity charging stations
A Dutch-German consortium consisting of The New Motion, Allego and Alliander AG has acquired a concession for the placement and management of initially 220 public charging stations for electric cars in Berlin. Both regular and fast charging stations will be rolled out. In September 2016 the city of Berlin will decide whether the consortium may expand the number of charging stations until 2020. The project is implemented in cooperation with the German partner New Motion, who takes care of the installation.
The New Motion is a provider in the field of charging solutions for electric vehicles. The New Motion makes electric driving is easy by offering smart charging solutions for private as well as company car drivers. This also applies to businesses, from sole traders to multinational.
Allego is a daughter of network company Alliander, constructs and manages charging infrastructure, including associated services for electric vehicles. Allego offers solutions that are reliable, affordable and accessible to everyone and are flexible.
Since 2006 Alliander AG is active in the city of Berlin. In a public-private partnership it manages more than 2.000 traffic facilities. Last year Alliander agreed with its shareholders to focus in Germany on small-scale activities only. This awarded concession from the city of berlin fits within this framework.
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Energimidt – Here come the new solar rules
Finally we have again something from the solar front. The new photovoltaic rules are expected to be valid as early as February 1st. Then buyers of PV cells will only get a week to finalise the deal, if they want to participate in the attractive pool that allows them to buy solar cells with increased state aid. At Energimidt calls solar buyers to prepare themselves.
After almost two and a half year waiting final clarification on the new rules for the purchase of solar cells is published. The new rules provide solar buyers a relatively short period of time to finalise a deal if they will do hope to share in the 2015 pool, which gives buyers access to increased state aid. The pool for 2015 allows them to get 1.02 kr. Per kWh, the plant produces, besides the energy they consume themselves.
“When rules shall enter into force on 1 February, the market has only a short time to move, since the pool is open from 15 March to 31 May. To search space in the pool to be allocated on a first come, first served, you need a written proof, a signed contract for the purchase of solar cells. We therefore urge in the strongest solar buyers to finalise their purchase with a supplier as soon as possible”, explains Jørgen Due Thomsen, who is business manager at Energimidt.
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Gridpoint – TOMS King Increases Energy Savings with GridPoint Energy Management Solution
Burger King® franchisee reduces energy consumption while maintaining guest comfort
GridPoint, an innovator in comprehensive, data-driven energy management systems (EMS) announced that TOMS King, LLC, a northern Illinois-based Burger King® franchisee, has deployed GridPoint’s state-of-the-art solution at all 59 TOMS King restaurants after a successful six-site pilot.
TOMS King’s savings were achieved by installing asset-level submetering, monitoring several pieces of equipment and implementing HVAC and lighting controls. TOMS King also gained access to GridPoint’s cloud-based software platform, GridPoint Energy Manager, which aggregates and presents data collected at each site. Additionally, TOMS King subscribed to GridPoint’s Energy Advisory and Control Support Services to get the most value of the EMS data while optimizing their fleet of Burger King® restaurants.
“At TOMS King, we wanted to make our restaurants energy efficient, but needed to do so in a way that did not sacrifice customer comfort,” said Sandra MacDonald, Director of Development and Purchasing at TOMS King. “GridPoint gave us detailed insight into energy consumption at each of our restaurants throughout Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania and recommended specific controls we could employ to save money and energy while still maintaining a comfortable environment for our team members and guests”.
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Vattenfall – How Dutch wind power will stabilise the grid
The stability of electricity grids has declined in recent years due to the large-scale introduction of renewables. Vattenfall/Nuon is the first energy company on the Dutch market to offer a new service from a wind farm that will stabilise the grid.
Vattenfall/Nuon has finalised a deal with TenneT, the Dutch high-voltage grid operator, who will consequently produce reactive power from the Princess Alexia wind farm.
Reactive power is needed to control the voltage and secure the long-distance transfer capacity of the grid. Not all wind farms are built to produce reactive power, but they can do so with some adjustments.
“A small investment must be made for the modifications, and the power losses increase slightly. However, these factors are effectively compensated by the extra revenue we get from selling the reactive power,” says Peter Buskermolen, Power Origination manager at Asset Optimisation and Trading.
Fortum launches its first Greenfield Solar project in India
Fortum has today launched a greenfield solar PV plant in Madhya Pradesh, India. This solar plant is Fortum’s second solar energy project in the country. The 10 MW (AC) solar plant shall offset more than 18000 tonnes of CO2 emissions equivalent annually.
“Fortum believes in responsible energy production focusing on low emissions, high resource efficiency and security of supply. To deliver on our promise we focus more and more on renewable energy sources available locally and that is why we decided to focus on solar energy in India. In my view, such an approach can help India transform its energy sector and Fortum has already shown interest in contributing towards this transformation”, said Mr. Markus Rauramo, Executive Vice President, Heat, Electricity Sales and Solutions segment at Fortum during the inauguration of the solar power plant in India.
“Fortum is renowned across the globe for their expertise in sustainable energy. We have started to witness a similar replication in India, with their commitment towards promoting solar energy. This is evident through their fast-track project implementation model, and it is our pleasure to congratulate them for the completion of the first project under JNNSM Phase II,” said Dr. Ashvini Kumar, Managing Director, Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI).
The 10MW (AC) solar power plant spreads over about 70 acres in Kapeli, Dist. Ujjain. Fortum has adopted a thin-film CdTe technology with more than 1.250.000 modules mounted on fixed tilt structures and 15 central invertors, which allows for better control of carbon footprint, water use and energy payback time.
Ferranti – A modernized ICT infrastructure for the city of Mortsel in Belgium
Mortsel is a small city with many assets in the green belt around Antwerp. Because of its excellent location, strong service and a rich social and cultural life, Mortsel has become an ideal place to live.
Quite a few local governments urgently need upgrading of their IT systems. This was also the case for Mortsel. Therefore the city allocated within the long-term policy the necessary budgets for a practical approach. The contract for this ICT modernization was awarded to Ferranti Computer Systems and includes the provision of new PCs, laptops and tablets, the renewal of the IT infrastructure (servers, storage and virtualization), the replacement of active network components, as well as the implementation of System Center Operations Manager and Configuration Manager.
“This contract is really important to us,” says Gunter Van De Cauter, Sales Director ICT at Ferranti Computer Systems. “Within the ICT division we have particular focus on local government. The modernization of Mortsel’s ICT infrastructure is a nobility letter, which you can turn into pride afterwards.”
DNV GL assesses the potential for electricity efficiency in Saudi Arabia
DNV GL will develop a study to assess electricity end-use efficiency, which will enable the forecast of future electricity consumption trends and the development of appropriate planning methodologies
Driven by economic, industrial, commercial and population growth, the electricity demand of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has more than doubled since 2000 and is anticipated to continue increasing rapidly- at an average rate of more than 8% per year – for the next ten years. The surge in electricity consumption is prompting Saudi Arabia to pursue a number of supply- and demand-side options. Among these options, energy efficiency offers significant potential to cost effectively offset demand growth.
To get the most out of its energy efficiency investments, Saudi Arabia needs to understand how consumers in residential and non-residential sectors are using electricity. To that end, the Saudi Electricity Co-Generation Regulatory Authority (ECRA) and the Saudi Electric Company (SEC) engaged DNV GL to develop a program to understand and classify how electricity is consumed within the Kingdom.
ENEL – Green Energy and Smart Grids Driving Growth in Colombia
The Enel Group is helping to guide the economic rebirth of Colombia through hydropower, wind and solar power in remote areas of the country and smart grids in Bogotá
Green Energy and Smart Grids Driving Growth in Colombia
Power plants that harness natural resources and innovative network infrastructures that provide quality services and bring energy to remote areas are the key to Colombia’s growth. Enel has been operating in the South American country for nearly 20 years through its local subsidiaries, offering a technological expertise and vision that encourages sustainable development.
The Latin American country is experiencing an economic and social renaissance and is looking to overcome the internal conflicts that for decades have held back its development. Today, Colombia’s GDP is growing at an average annual rate of four to five percent – the highest rate in the region – and the country is looking positively towards a future that combines economy with sustainability. Its aim is to preserve an extraordinary natural heritage in which 10 percent of the planet’s biodiversity lives either in the sea (it is the only South American state that borders both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea), the Amazon, savannahs, the Andes or volcanoes.
Meet OSGP and its members at the following events
- 16-18 Feb. 2015; Smart Energy Summit – Engaging the Customer, in Austin,Texas, USA
- 25-27 Feb. 2015; World Smart Energy Week 2015 in Tokyo, Japan
- 02-06 March 2015; India Smart grid Week 2015 in Bangalore, India
- 09-10 March 2015; European Smart Grid Cyber Security in London, UK
- 10-13 March 2015; Smart Grid Technology in Singapore
- 11-13 March 2015; South-East European conference& exhibition in Sofia, Bulgaria
- 16-19 March 2015; Nigeria Power Industry Strategic Conference & Exhibition in Abuja, Nigeria
- 24-25 March 2015; Power Electricity World Africa inJohannesburg, South Africa
- 25-26 March 2015; 2nd Southeast Asia Utilities Innovation Forum in Manila, Philippines
- 29-30 April 2015; 3rd ICSG 2015 Congres in Istanbul, Turkey
- 05-06 May 2015; 3rd Annual Digital Grids & Smart Cities Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- 05-07 May 2015; Lightfair International 2014 in New York, NY, USA
- 05-08 May 2015; Power & Electricity World Asia in Singapore
- 12-14 May 2015; African Utility Week 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa
- 19-21 May 2015; IT, OT & telecom Convergence to Deliver the Smart Grid in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- 20-22 May 2015; Smart Cities India 2015 in New Dehli, India
- 11 june 2015; Smart Communications & Technology Forum in Warsaw, Poland
- 15-18 June 2015; CIRED 2015 in Lyon, France
- 03-05 Nov. 2015; European Utility Week 2015 in Vienna, Austria
World Economic Forum – Opportunities to Build Tomorrow’s Electricity Sector
The World Economic Forum has published a report which indicates that the diminishing financial returns for utilities have put at risk the ability of the electricity sector in OECD markets to raise the estimated $7.6 trillion in investments needed by 2040 to meet energy policy objectives, according to a new report from the World Economic Forum. This investment is needed to simultaneously decarbonize the sector while maintaining energy security.
The Future of Electricity report offers guidance on transforming the electricity sector to a more sustainable, affordable and reliable system, and outlines recommendations for policy-makers, regulators and businesses in developed markets to attract needed investment. It is part of a broader Future of Electricity initiative, which was launched at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2014, and aims to provide countries, companies and societies with a platform for dialogue and learning amid the transition to a lower-carbon electricity system.
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U.S. Department of Energy – The Smart Grid Experience: Applying Results, Reaching Beyond – Summary of Conference Proceedings
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) held a conference1 to assess progress, impacts, benefits, and lessons learned from utility smart grid projects and to exchange information about future challenges and opportunities. The conference provided participants with information and analysis resulting from unprecedented investments in smart grid deployments over the past five years, funded in large part through cost-shared grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). More than 150 participants representing electric utilities, federal and state government agencies, equipment manufacturers, vendors, universities, and national laboratories attended and contributed their experiences, perspectives, and insights.
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The World Bank – Practical Guidance for Defining a Smart Grid Modernization Strategy: The Case of Distribution
This report provides some practical guidance on how utilities can define their own smart grid vision, identify priorities, and structure investment plans. While most of these strategic aspects apply to any area of the electricity grid, the document focuses on the segment of distribution.
The guidance includes key building blocks that are needed to modernize the distribution grid and provides examples of grid modernization projects. Potential benefits that can be achieved (in monetary terms) for a given investment range are also discussed.
The concept of the smart grid is relevant to any grid regardless of its stage of development. What varies are the magnitude and type of the incremental steps toward modernization that will be required to achieve a specific smart grid vision.
Importantly, a utility that is at a relatively low level of grid modernization may leap frog one or more levels of modernization to achieve some of the benefits offered by the highest levels of grid modernization.
Smart grids impact electric distribution systems significantly and sometimes more than any other part of the electric power grid.
In developing countries, modernizing the distribution grid promises to benefit the operation of electric distribution utilities in many and various ways. These benefits include improved operational efficiency (reduced losses, lower energy consumption, amongst others), reduced peak demand, improved service reliability, and ability to accommodate distributed generating resources without adversely impacting overall power quality.
Benefits of distribution grid modernization also include improved asset utilization (allowing operators to ‘squeeze’ more capacity out of existing assets) and workforce productivity improvement. These benefits can provide more than enough monetary gain for electric utility stakeholders in developing countries to offset the cost of grid modernization.
Finally the report describes some funding and regulatory issues that may need to be taken into account when developing smart grid plans.
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EURELECTRIC tells policymakers – Investment gap is threatening low-carbon energy transition,
As Europe advances to a decarbonised economy, a new energy landscape is emerging. In 2013, for the second year running, more than half of the electricity generated in Europe came from low-carbon sources. The share of renewable electricity continued to grow: from 24% is 2012 to 27% in 2013. As a result, 2013 also saw a marked decline in CO2 emissions. At the same time, however, investment in renewables substantially declined between 2011 and 2013. These are some of the key findings of a new report on electricity industry trends and figures, presented at a EURELECTRIC conference in Brussels.
The rapid energy transition is creating new challenges: the power system needs to adapt to the growing share of variable electricity production while ensuring a stable electricity supply and continued low-carbon investment. Yet the report shows that the power sector is experiencing a persistent investment gap, as wholesale prices are too low to incentivise investment in most existing technologies.
“To pursue Europe’s decarbonisation pathway, 740 GW of additional generation capacity would be needed by 2035, making the EU the second largest economy after China to revamp its generation fleet to such an extent. This can only be achieved if EU policymakers recognise the urgency in putting forward a regulatory framework that empowers companies to cost-efficiently meet the decarbonisation agenda”, stated Oluf Ulseth, CEO of Energi Norge and Chairman of EURELECTRIC’s Energy Policy and Generation Committee.
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EPR – India’s stride toward smart
India is firmly in the world’s smart spotlight. The country is investing US $ 1.2 trillion over the next 20 years to establish 100 new smart cities and many satellite towns to cope with an increasingly urbanised population. How will India’s smart future develop?
India is witnessing a massive move towards urbanisation — it is expected that more than 840 million people will live in Indian cities by 2050. The ambitious smart city program responds to this trend by aiming to increase efficiency, reduce expenses and improve the quality of life in India’s cities by digitising almost every aspect of their operation, including governance, transportation, communication and energy.
Smart grids will play a crucial role in the development of these smart cities and India’s continuing economic growth and social improvements. The primary objective of India’s “Smart Grid Vision and Roadmap” unveiled in August 2013 is the pursuit of ensuring electricity is accessible to all. The Roadmap outlines how smart can help resolve the country’s two most pressing power needs:
Meeting rising peak demand, technical and non-technical losses and the stability and accessibility of the grid, and preparing the grid for an expected increase in intermittent renewable, electric vehicles and associated technology.
India’s smart plan will see it develop its own low-cost smart meters (Rs 1,000 – Rs 1,500) and install 130 million smart meters by 2021 — a target that would position the country as the third-largest smart grid investment market after China and the US.
DECC – UK’s first ever auction to reduce demand on electricity takes place today
The UK’s first ever Electricity Demand Reduction (EDR) auction took place on January the 29th.
This will give organisations the chance to bid for government funding to reduce their energy demand.
The funding available will go towards energy saving schemes, this could include replacing light bulbs with more efficient LED bulbs, for example.
The scheme will test whether organisations can provide lasting electricity savings at peak times of demand. This is typically during the winter when the evenings get darker quicker, so more electricity is being used as more lights are switched on in offices and at home. It is hoped that in the long term these organisations could compete in the Capacity Market, acting to reduce the need for extra electricity generation at peak times which is when the capacity market comes into effect.
There is up to £10m of funding available for organisations to bid for through this auction with a further auction expected next year when more money will be available.
The winners of the auction will be announced on Wednesday 4th February.
The auction process is being observed by an independent, external monitor who will verify the auction process and the results.
EPRI Unveils Open-Source Demand Response Software Designed to Help Appliances and Devices Respond to Changes in Grid
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) unveiled demand response software today that would provide a common way for devices and appliances on the electric grid to respond automatically to changes in price, weather, and demand for power, a process called automated demand response (ADR).
ADR makes it possible to translate changes in wholesale markets to corresponding changes in retail rates. It helps system operators reduce the operating costs of demand response (DR) programs while increasing its resource reliability. For customers, ADR can reduce the cost of electricity by eliminating the resources and effort required to achieve successful results from DR programs.
The EPRI ADR software was certified by the OpenADR Alliance, an organization of stakeholders that fosters the development, adoption, and compliance of the Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) standard through collaboration, education, training, testing, and certification.
“Release of this software is a critical step in developing open, interoperable standards that will facilitate the emerging integrated grid,” said Mark McGranaghan, vice president of Power Delivery and Utilization at EPRI. “Making this software freely available to the industry will accelerate the adoption of standards-based demand response.”
The EPRI integrated grid concept envisions a robust electricity grid that effectively integrates distributed energy resources – ranging from rooftop solar to demand response.
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European Commission – Smart Metering deployment in the European Union
The Commission issued the document “Benchmarking smart metering deployment in the EU-27 with a focus on electricity”, jointly drafted by DG ENER and JRC, as COM(2014)356. This report gauges progress in the deployment of intelligent metering in the EU Member States on the basis of economic assessments of long-term costs and benefits (CBAs) of electricity and gas smart metering prepared by Member States and submitted to the Commission in line with Third Energy Package provisions. It also provides summary information on received Member States’ deployment plans and highlights best practices and lessons learned.
Member States are required to ensure the implementation of smart metering under EU energy market legislation in the Third Energy Package. This implementation may be subject to a long-term cost-benefit analysis (CBA). In cases where the CBA is positive, there is a roll-out target of 80% market penetration for electricity by 2020.
This report jointly prepared by the European Commission DG ENER and JRC measures progress on the deployment of smart meters across the EU. To date, Member States have committed to rolling out close to 200 million smart meters for electricity and 45 million for gas by 2020 at a total potential investment of €45 billion. By 2020, it is expected that almost 72% of European consumers will have a smart meter for electricity while 40% will have one for gas.
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Lux review – How power-line communication is helping China embrace streetlighting controls
Power-line communication is allowing some of China’s biggest cities to embrace LED streetlighting and controls.
The technology allows lights to be controlled using signals sent over existing power lines – so no new wiring or antennas are required.
Over the last few years Guangdong Rongwen Lighting Co, working with US controls provider Echelon, has installed more than 130,000 ‘smart’ streetlights in Guangdong Province – China’s most populous.
Foshan, a city of around seven million people in central Guangdong Province, is currently installing 50,000 LED lights, while Dongguan in the Pearl River Delta, part of an urban area that’s home to 25 million people, is also using the technology.
Rongwen says its system has a larger installed base in China than any other single lighting solution.
The system can control individual luminaires in real time, enabling big savings in energy consumption.
Controllers for a segment of streetlights can be placed within one of the luminaires or at the bottom of a column for easy access.
Secretary OSGP Alliance