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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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.
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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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Dec 31

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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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Nov 03

OSGP Certification of the NES Generation 4 Meter

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Networked Energy Services and OSGP Alliance Jointly Announce 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.

November 3, 2015, San Jose, CA and the Netherlands: The 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.”

Mr. Andrew Robinson, Vice President & Chief Technology Officer at NES said “We are very pleased our Gen 4 meter has been certified by the OSGP Alliance. Because we understand that grid data communication security is becoming more and more an important topic for our customers, we are convinced that the introduction of the Gen 4 OSGP certified meter which implements the updated OSGP-AES-128-PSK security spec will push forward Grid security to the next level and provide significant value to OSGP users. At NES, we are committed to enabling the modernization of the distribution grid and we are proud members of the alliance of OSGP members committed to doing so.”

NES is also releasing new OSGP-certified device firmware that allows utilities to upgrade the current generation of NES devices to take advantage of the Patagonia AES security and the updated OSGP specification. Please refer to the corresponding press release for more detail about NES’s security suite update.

Harry Crijns
Secretary OSGP Alliance
harry.crijns@osgp.org

 

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Oct 31

OSGP newsletter // October 2015

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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.
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Join us at the OSGP Alliance Pre-Conference Seminar at EUW and learn the latest news!

In the past year there have been significant advancements of the Open Smart Grid Protocol, most notably the addition of a state-of-the-art security system.  This seminar covers all that is new with the protocol, device certification process with DNV GL and the state of the OSGP Alliance, as well as providing a comprehensive overview of the protocol, system architecture and how to incorporate OSGP into a smart grid device.

Date:                 Monday 2 November 2015
Welcome:         13:30 hours
Seminar:          14:00 to 17:00 hours
Place:               Business Suite Messe Wien
Messeplatz 1 1020 Vienna, Austria
Cost:                 Free and open to all
Registration:   On the OSGP website at the bottom of the event page
Registration requested though not required.

Who should attend: utility executives and managers, business and technical representatives of companies wishing to enter the OSGP enabled device market, and existing OSGP ecosystem company representatives who want to get up-to-date on the advancements to OSGP.

Speakers:

  • Teus de Zwart – Chairman, OSGP Alliance Standards Working Group
  • Emil Gurevitch – Senior Security Researcher – SEAS-NVE, a Danish utility
  • Mark Ossel – Member, OSGP Alliance Board of Directors
  • Harry Crijns – Secretary OSGP Alliance

Sign up now for this exciting free seminar at www.osgp.org!

Kind regards
Harry Crijns
Secretary OSGP Alliance
harry.crijns@osgp.org

 

 

 

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Polenergia Implements NES Patagonia Grid Modernization Platform

The Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) based solution exceeded the aggressive key performance indicators (KPIs) for Poland’s largest private electric energy distributor
Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), announced that Polenergia, the largest private distributor of electric energy in Poland, has successfully implemented the Patagonia Platform and its leading AMI application. Polenergia, which is made up of vertically integrated companies functioning in the area of generation of power from conventional and renewable sources, as well as distribution and trade of electric energy, implemented project included:
  • Delivery and installation of NES smart electricity meters and sensors.
  • mplementation of Patagonia Head End System software, consisting of the NES System Software and Element Manager Management System.

Alma SA, a Polish VAR Partner of NES, installed NES smart meters and data concentrators, and NES System Software and Element Manager on the Warsaw Marina Mokotów for private and businesses customers. The Patagonia Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) application supports both wireless and PLC technology (Power Line Communication) based on the OSGP protocol.
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Austria’s Stadtwerke Amstetten Selects the NES Patagonia Grid Modernization Platform

Networked Energy Services (NES) to supply Stadtwerke Amstetten with open, secure, future proof solution to meet the rigorous Austrian Smart Metering Requirements
NES announced that Stadtwerke Amstetten, a regional supply company in the wholly-owned property of the Municipality of Amstetten in Austria, has decided to install the Patagonia Platform and its leading AMI application. Stadtwerke Amstetten planned its rollout according to the Smart Meter Rollout milestones of the Austrian Law, IME-VO for its customers across its operating territory.

Stadtwerke Amstetten selected NES because of its successful long term experience and unique grid insight with its power line communications (PLC) implementation and its proven performance of delivering exceptional SLA´s via PLC. Stadtwerke Amstetten also wanted to get their rollout started with a BEV-certified meter that complies also according the IMA-VO under the current IME-VO regulations following the success of various Austrian References like Linz Strom, Stadtwerke Feldkirch and Energie Klagenfurt. They wanted to start the rollout in 2015 and also deploy a solution that provides a future proof system facilitating upgrades and supporting backwards compatibility, which is enabled by using the new Patagonia Metering Platform.

Networked Energy Services Releases Patagonia Security System

NES security offers industry leading threat detection and even greater protection from cyber attacks

Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES) announced that it has released new security features to the three tiers of its Patagonia platform architecture. These features enable the NES solution with enhanced encryption and authentication algorithms as well as sophisticated key derivation and update mechanisms, raising the bar on implemented security systems in the Smart Grid. Patagonia security is available to existing and new customers, and supports both the current as well as previous generation products.

The new security offer is a result of close collaboration between NES, its Denmark based customer, SEAS-NVE, and the OSGP Alliance. Starting in 2013, NES and SEAS-NVE began work on combined initiatives to bring specific application usage, market requirements and utility insights from SEAS-NVE to the global technical development team of NES in San Jose. The result is a roadmap for the NES Security System to take advantage of the highest security levels technology can provide, the first step being the updated system now available. This enhancement already implements the updated OSGP-AES-128-PSK protocol released in July of this year and is standard across all OSGP products.

“The collaboration with NES on security topics has allowed us to get further insights on the security system and work together on ensuring our grid is secured as strongly as possible. Security is a key concern of modern distribution systems like ours, it is highly technical and complex but the issue is simple, it is all about customer trust and we take it very seriously. Working on this collaboration with NES was a logical step to ensuring protection of our grid and serving our customers” said Bo Danielsen Head of metering and installation.

Miracle A/S, a Danish company with more than 400 IT experts focused on a wide range of technical platforms including corporate services, cloud computing and mobile communications, reviewed the revised OSGP specification. Michael Østergaard, OSCP, Ph.D., responsible for Cryptography and Information Security at Miracle stated, “Overall, the protocol is secure, well designed and based on established cryptographic primitives (AES, CMAC and CCM) with reasonable parameters. These cryptographic primitives are used in ways that should not give rise to currently known attacks against them.”

“Security is a key, if not the highest priority for NES given the importance to the industry.” said Michael Anderson, CEO NES. “We are very proud of continuously raising the bar and ensuring the NES system is secure and leads the industry. Security is never complete, it is an ever evolving effort to address new threats and we will continue to keep our customers’ systems strongly protected.”
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Duke Energy acquires majority stake in energy management company Phoenix Energy Technologies

Duke Energy acquired a majority share of Phoenix Energy Technologies, a provider of energy management systems and services for commercial customers.

PhoenixET, based in Irvine, Calif., monitors and controls energy usage at an enterprise level.

“We welcome Phoenix Energy Technologies to the Duke Energy Commercial Portfolio as we build more capabilities to help our customers reduce their energy consumption, decrease their environmental impact and achieve their corporate sustainability goals,” said Greg Wolf, president of Duke Energy’s Commercial Portfolio.

“PhoenixET has a proven track record of developing and executing energy management systems that drive out inefficiencies and save customers money,” added Wolf. “PhoenixET delivers a skilled analytics team and an advanced software system that enables commercial customers to reduce their energy usage without upfront capital costs.”

PhoenixET’s software is capable of integrating an entire customer’s portfolio of buildings without the deployment of additional hardware.
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Energimidt testing solar batteries on Fur

Energimidt is currently testing solar batteries in homes of the Limfjord Fur. The aim is to get a step closer to a business model in which energy storage from renewable energy is profitable. The batteries are installed and financed by Energimidt with financial support from the EU-FP7 and ForskEL.

So far Energimidt has installed solar batteries in five households on Fur as part of a test process in the project GreenCom. These five households already have solar cells on the roof, and the battery test will help identify viable solutions for storing power from solar cells.

Many Danish homes today have solar cells on the roof, and when solar panels produce the most power in the daytime, there is a large amount of power from renewable energy sources, which are most economically used while being produced.

“A storage solution will provide more flexibility and help to improve the return on investment in solar cells. It just requires that battery solutions have a good durability and price, which they do not have yet. Today we find it difficult to retain power because batteries for storage of self-produced power is simply too expensive to purchase the private homeowner. The price is coming down”, explains project manager Gitte Wad Thybo from Energimidt.

The project on Fur gives the five test homes the ability to store their own production and therefore use the produced energy when needed. At the same time the project gives Energimidt an opportunity to simulate different situations and test the impact on the power grid.

“Besides having an obvious advantage for the home owner himself, the project also Energimidt opportunity to simulate situations where it might make sense for the energy company to store surplus power batteries to avoid sending production udi online”, says Gitte Wad Thybo.
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Schneider Electric Makes Strategic Investments and Strengthens its Presence in Singapore

Company expands presence in Singapore through new software investments and headquarters set-up for its East Asia region operations. Total investment is around 65 million euros over the few next years.

Schneider Electric announced that it will make significant new investments to strengthen its presence in Singapore. The company will cumulatively invest around 65 million euros over the next few years to establish a Software Industry Solutions Center and a Software Regional Hub, a new East Asia headquarter and a Regional Control Tower for Network Logistics, Analytics and Transportation in Singapore.

“Schneider Electric is pleased to expand its substantial operations in Singapore with new investments committed to support the country with energy management, automation and software technologies, helping make it an exemplary smart city with smart industries and smart datacenters”, said Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chairman and CEO of Schneider Electric. “Singapore is a key knowledge and innovation hub in the Asia Pacific region. By basing our Software Industry Solutions Center and Software Regional Hub in Singapore, we want to take advantage of the country’s research capabilities and competitive ecosystem. We also value Singapore’s strong protection of intellectual property. This is an ideal location to set up our new solutions center that will address the challenges that the cloud and data center industry faces in Asia.”
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Kapsch BusinessCom acquires stake in evolaris

Acquisition brings Kapsch customers added digitilization competence

Austrian ICT expert Kapsch BusinessCom acquires a stake in Graz company evolaris next level GmbH. The research institution is regarded as a competence center for mobile communication and innovation. For Kapsch, this cooperation is a further building block in its process of expanding activities to digitalize customer value chains.

evolaris concentrates on leveraging the potential of digital connectivity (“Internet of Things”) and continues to place the focus on people. “We have enjoyed a very productive partnership for some time now. evolaris’ know-how in fields such as digital assistance systems will also play an important role in implementing our Industry 4.0 strategy. Together, we form a bridge between science and business, transforming evolaris’ scientific findings into user-friendly and future-proof innovations in our customers’ digitalization processes,” explains Jochen Borenich, Member of the Management Board of Kapsch BusinessCom.
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Thüga Group: Smart meter bill indeed creates reliability in planning , but also many disadvantages.

The Thüga Group welcomes the fact that the Federal Ministry of Economics (BMWi) has submitted the draft law on the digitization of the energy turnaround on 09/21/2015: “The industry has waited for years on legal provisions, basically the law creates planning security to prepare for the rollout of smart metering systems “said Michael Riechel, CEO of Thüga Aktiengesellschaft. The draft contains the metering point operation Act (MSBG), the provisions on the timing of the rollout does, the market role of the metering point operator (MSB) rewrites, and makes provisions for data communication. “In our view, unnecessarily existing organizational structures here are broken and it is engaged in well-functioning processes,” Riechel outlines the consequences. After Thüga Group believes this will lead to a significant additional work in the IT systems of all market partners, complicating relations between market partners and will significantly delay the rollout of measuring systems.
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LG CNS: What We Need to Know about AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure), the Gateway to Smart Grids

Smart Grids are gaining more attention in the media these days, and even some people who are not working in related industries are becoming quite familiar with the term. What is a smart grid? What kinds of investments are necessary to create one and what will they be like in the future? Let’s take a closer look at smart grids today.
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EDMI Clinches the 2015 Frost & Sullivan Company of the Year in Singapore Smart Meters Industry

EDMI Limited has been recognized with the 2015 Frost & Sullivan Company of the Year award in Singapore Smart Meters Industry.

The award was presented to EDMI at the 2015 Frost & Sullivan Singapore Excellence Awards banquet, held at the Conrad Centennial Singapore yesterday.

“By introducing products or services that are unique and in the best interest of the market, a business can experience significant increases in its customer base. Within the Singaporean smart meters industry, EDMI has been constantly pushing the envelope in terms of innovation in its services,” said Mr. Chua Kar Pin, Research Associate, Best Practices Division, Asia Pacific at Frost & Sullivan.
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E.ON tests inductive charging for electric vehicles in and around Berlin

E.ON and three partner organizations are conducting field trials of wireless, inductive charging for electric vehicles (EVs). The project is supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building, and Nuclear Safety. This innovative technology, which is provided by SEW Eurodrive GmbH of Bruchsal in southwest Germany, transfers energy by means of a magnetic field created between inductive coils mounted in a floor pad and on the underside of the vehicle.

The trials are being conducted in and around Berlin by E.ON subsidiary E.DIS, Joey´s Pizza, and SEW Eurodrive’s Berlin technical office. This mix of partners makes it possible to test inductive charging in a wide range of situations.
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Fortum and Renault bring new charging units to Lapland – convenient drive with electric vehicles from Norway to Finland

Fortum and Renault continue their co-operation within electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in the Nordic countries. During October and November, the Fortum Charge & Drive network will be expanded with seven new charging units in northern Lapland in Finland.
The new charging units consist of 22 kW semi-fast chargers, which are placed in relevant locations considering tourism flow between the two countries. Through the new charging units, Renault will provide its customers with an extensive charging network that enables a convenient drive with EV’s from Norway to Finland.
“We are happy to expand our charging network together with Fortum Charge & Drive to also cover northern Finland. We expect that many of our customers want to drive with EV’s from Norway to Finland, and through this expansion in the charging network, we can offer a convenient and safe journey,” says Anders Gadsbøll, Managing Director, Renault Norway.
Fortum and Renault began their co-operation in the end of 2014. Today the co-operation encompasses a total of 160 charging units, most of them located in Norway.
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Schneider Electric – Homes are being tested as grid-responsive Assets – No utilities required

Ohmconnect and Schneider Electric debut a concept for making connected homes an asset for grid operators.

Energy-smart homes mainly pay themselves off in energy saved. They can also enlist in a demand-response program and get paid a set amount for turning down power use via direct utility control, or in response to set price signals.

But rarely do we see energy-responsive homes playing the grid markets.

Grid operators are looking for megawatts — or at least, hundreds of kilowatts — of flexible load to participate in energy and ancillary services markets. Even if lots of homes can be aggregated to reach those volumes, there are the costs of connecting them to real-time dispatch and verification systems to consider. There’s also the fact that most regulations to allow this kind of aggregated, grid-responsive activity are very limited.
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EU-Commission – Energy statistics galore in the new EU energy pocketbook

EU Energy in figures 2015

The EU accounted for only 5.8% of the world’s energy production in 2013, compared to China with 19.2% and the US with 13.8%, according to the EU’s latest statistical energy pocketbook published last week. Meanwhile, the EU consumed 12% of the world’s total energy, China accounted for 22.4% of energy consumption and the US 16.1%.

The latest statistics reveal that, in 2013, Ireland, Cyprus, Luxembourg and Malta were the most fuel import dependent EU countries with over 80% of their energy imported. Denmark, Estonia and Romania were the least import dependent with less than 20% of their energy imported.
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State of Green – New Smart Buildings – White Paper published

In collaboration with the Danish Energy Association, the Danish Energy Industries Federation and the Danish Energy Agency, State of Green has recently published the new white paper ‘Smart Buildings: Combining energy efficiency, flexibility and comfort’. The publication offers a selection of examples and opinions, each demonstrating opportunities and lessons learned from different stakeholders across the Danish smart buildings industry, supported by state-of-the-art case examples from across the world.

In Denmark as well as in many other countries, fluctuating renewable energy resources account for an increasing share of power generation. The green transition requires enhanced focus on energy consumption and the ability to shift demand to hours where there is more wind and solar power in the energy system.

Buildings account for up to 40% of society’s energy demand and thereby play a key role in the green transition. By building smarter it is possible to achieve greater energy savings, flexibility and comfort to the benefit of people and the climate.
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EDSO – Adapting distribution network tariffs to a decentralised energy future

European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids (EDSO) has issued a position paper highlighting the need for distribution network tariff-setting to be adapted to the increasing integration of distributed renewable energy sources (DRES) and to the transition toward a more decentralised energy system.

EDSO notes that its views, for example, on limiting the use of net metering and on establishing a cost-reflective network, are aligned with those of the European Commission, expressed in the recent “Best practices on Renewable Energy Self-consumption” staff working document (July 2015).
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US-ARRA Grid modernization investment – fact sheet

The power grid of the future is a platform that delivers reliable, affordable, and clean electricity to American consumers where they want it, when they want it, and how they want it. To jump start the modernization of our nation’s aging energy infrastructure, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 invested $4.5 billion in the electric sector — matched by private funding to reach a total of about $9.5 billion— so that Americans could start experiencing the benefits of the future grid sooner. Below is a fact sheet that describes the investment’s major benefits to the nation and highlights six of the more than 330 Recovery Act projects that were successfully managed by the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability.
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EU-Commission – Europe tackles how to create the energy system of the future

Europe’s electricity system is in the middle of a period of profound change, and Europe has considerable challenges to overcome before its energy landscape is fit for purpose. Last week – on 8-9 October, a high-level conference and the European Electricity Regulatory Forum took place in Florence. It debated the complex issues of market integration across Europe, how to make markets more flexible to accommodate greater levels of renewable energy, and how to ensure a secure system which can deliver energy when and where it is needed.
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Edinburgh residents trial Smart Pay As You Go energy meters

Scottish Gas has introduced a new energy meter which allows customers to top up their gas and electricity online or by smartphone, as well as over the phone or at their local shop.

A trial in Edinburgh saw residents given a smart energy monitor, which comes with all smart meters, showing how much energy they’re using, in pounds and pence.

The monitors show the current balance and how much credit is remaining. This means customers will no longer have to look at actual meters, often located outside or in hard to reach areas in the home.

More than 550 Scottish Gas customers are now using Smart Pay As You Go meters in Scotland.

New research from Scottish Gas surveying people in Edinburgh shows:

  • The majority (91 per cent) say they go online to pay for bills, shopping, home entertainment and banking
  • More than half (62 per cent) say prepayment meters help them budget better
  • Almost half (45 per cent) say prepayment meters help prevent them from getting into debt.

Scottish Gas Smart energy expert, Stephen Cosgrove, installs smart meters in homes across Edinburgh.
He said: “For the first time ever, customers with prepayment meters in Edinburgh can see how much gas and electricity they’re using, down to the penny”.

“With the colder winter weather on its way, people will be able to top up from home, rather than going to a local shop. It’s a great feeling knowing I’m helping people in my home city to top up smarter.”

Scottish Gas has installed more than 25,000 credit smart meters in Edinburgh homes and more than 1.7 million across Britain. By 2020, smart meters will be rolled out as standard across Britain.
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US Energy Department Invests Over $34 Million to Improve Protection of the Nation’s Energy Infrastructure

As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to protecting America’s energy critical infrastructure, the Energy Department (DOE) today announced more than $34 million for two projects that will improve the protection of the U.S. electric grid and oil and natural gas infrastructure from cyber threats.The University of Arkansas and the University of Illinois will assemble teams with expertise in power systems engineering and the computer science of cybersecurity to develop new technologies that will help protect energy delivery systems which control the physical processes that result in the delivery of continuous and reliable power.
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Ofgem – New rules open up competition in connections to local power grids

Owners of Britain’s local electricity grids will face new rules from 30 October 2015 forcing them to open up competition in the electricity connections market.

The electricity connections market is worth over £500 million per year with hundreds of thousands of connections made every year, for example, to new housing estates and business premises. Independent companies compete against Britain’s regional electricity distribution networks (DNOs) to connect new customers. Effective competition should improve the quality of service that customers receive and reduce the cost of connecting business to the grid.
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EU- Commission-JCR – Electric vehicles in the EU: on the way to full scale commercialisation

Deployment of electric vehicles (EV) in the EU is gaining momentum: the number of sold cars rose from 760 in 2010 to more than 70 000 in 2014 and the trend continued in the first half of 2015, according to a new JRC report. The choice of models went from 3 to nearly 30 in the same period. The share of electric vehicles produced in the EU has also expanded, increasing from  30% (of EV registered in the EU) in 2011 to 65% in 2014.
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FERC – The Chairman presents at the EU Council their experience in market surveillance

The Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) of the United States, Norman Bay, presented today to the Working Party on Energy of the Council of the European Union a first-hand account of FERC’s experience in wholesale energy market monitoring. Mr Bay was joined by Vice-Chair of ACER’s Administrative Board, Piotr Woźniak, Chairman of ACER’s Board of Regulators, Lord John Mogg, and ACER Director, Alberto Pototschnig. In 2009 the EU adopted the Regulation on wholesale energy markets integrity and transparency (REMIT) which gave ACER the task of collecting information on wholesale energy transactions from market participants across the Union. As EU energy markets continue to integrate, the objective of REMIT is to ensure that prices are not unduly distorted to the detriment of consumers.
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EU- Commission-JCR – Current climate commitments would increase global temperature around 3° C

155 countries representing around 90% of global emissions have submitted their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) on climate policy to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in preparation of the new climate negotiations to be held in December in Paris.
JRC’s assessment of these initial proposals concludes that, if aggregated and fully implemented, unconditional INDCs (without international climate financial support or international cooperation mechanisms) could set global emissions growth at around 17% above 2010 level by 2030. Under EU’s scenario to reach the  global goal set by all Parties under the UNFCCC, i.e. limit global temperature increase to below 2ºC, global emissions would peak in 2020 and decline afterwards to 10% below 2010 levels by 2030.
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Harry Crijns
Secretary OSGP Alliance

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OSGP News

 

OSGP Alliance organises a Pre-Conference at EUW-2015 in Vienna

It has become almost a tradition; In the framework of European Utility Week OSGP Alliance will organise a seminar to present in depth OSGP with its latest updates.

Date:                   Monday, November the 2nd
Starting time:     14:00 hours
Place:                 Vienna fairground – Guidance via the EUW registration desk
Registration:      Via the osgp.org website
                             or
                            Via the registration on the EUW 2015 website

Title of the seminar:

OSGP the Open Smart Grid Protocol – a flexible solution to reach interoperability between Systems and parties connected to the Energy Infrastructure”

OSGP Alliance is pleased to announce the OSGP Seminar that will supply information about the Open Smart Grid Protocol and share the Alliance’s vision with stakeholders involved in the modernisation of existing power systems and the development of new Smart Grid applications. Worldwide there are already millions of devices communicating with and controlled by the Open Smart Grid Protocol.  As many different protocols used in energy systems will be interconnected in the future because of the increased hybrid use of the power system, focusing on interoperability and information security is a must.  Other considerations include the growing use of distributed resources, E-mobility and the application of distributed storage.  These as well as how OSGP supports other protocols and datamodels will be covered in this seminar together with the operational functionality of OSGP.

Seminar leaders:
Teus de Zwart – Senior director International Standards of Networked Energy Services and Chairman of the Working Group SG Standards of the OSGP Alliance; The driver behind OSGP

Second trainer to be determined regarding the demonstration of OSGP devices being an electricity Smart Meter and the data management to the head-end applications of the Utility.

 

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

 

Reasons to attend:

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

 

Harry Crijns
Secretary OSGP Alliance

 

 

Member News

 

 

Görlitz – “The Sound of Silence” for the Smart Meter?

The “All-IP –Project” also concerns Metrology

The German Telekom is modernising its infrastructure and currently provides to the fixed and mobile networks to IP-based technology.
In the end all components should communicate according to a uniform principle; the Internet Protocol (IP).
The German Telekom is following the global trend for transmission over IP that will replace gradually their traditional fixed-network with its analogue and ISDN connections as well as long term connection-oriented services in the 2G-GSM network.

Latest by the end of 2018 the “All-IP Project” should be completed. It is planned in this context, the complete and without compensation adjustment of Circuit Switched Data (CSD) service. A final decision is expected by the end of this year.

CSD service is connection-oriented data transmission over the GSM mobile network. Here an exclusive communication link is set up and transmit the data via audio signals. This technique, typically used by measurement data transmission from meters for electricity, gas and other media, will be out of service. The communication needs to be made via a different type of communication carrier.

What alternatives are available? One possibility is to simulate the CSD service over the IP network. Apart from the uncertainty of permanent availability this method has other serious disadvantages. Due to the fact that the audio signals need to be converted for transmission in the IP protocol, the reaction time, the Round Trip Time (RTT), of the service will increase.

Herewith problems will occur in the transparent data transmission in the GPRS-IP network. Non-predictable latencies will arise using the CSD-protocols such as IEC-1107. At high baud rates, the number of disconnections will increase, which results in a lower quality of reading. Consequence: higher costs and a time shift in the overall process from meter-reading to the accounting.

Furthermore, in the converting extra latency will be created, on top of the appropriate fixed timeouts of applications and devices. The consequence is a lack of timely or even no communication with the devices in the Grid. In 2010 a previous change in communication technology was responsible for the increase in the RTT, which meant an improperly functioning of the remote reading.

The favourable way is to choose the variant of IP communications. In the M2M environment, the FNN recommends, especially for new applications or end-of-life situations, to implement adapted IP-based solutions. The White paper (in German) for the legislative package “Smart Grids”, refers to relevant transitional measures to ensure investment security and to avoid “stranded investments”.

GÖRLITZ provides a proven solution for data collection, with the Scalar range, which can be easily adapted thanks to its modular design and wide range of interface options to different requirements – including for IP-based communications. Additional advantages offered in the”Least Cost Metering mode (LCM)”, in which the Scalar reads the meter data automatically and transmits these data to any target system. LCM will reduce both the total communication time for all measured value acquisitions as well as the amount of connection costs.

This decentralised process will sent the data from each measuring point, depending on network availability immediately and in parallel. This speeds-up the entire process and is at the same 100% TCP/IP communication in an IP network. In addition the Scalar system offers the ability to encrypt data using 128-bit AES. If appropriately configured devices are operating in an IP-VPN network, this solution is in respect to data protection and security required by BSI as “Current state of the art”.
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Schneider Electric Delivers Avantis Asset Health and Performance Monitoring Software at EDF Norte Fluminense Power Plant

One of the world’s leading utilities expands use of Avantis® PRiSM predictive asset analytics software to Brazil plant for improved operations and maintenance

Schneider Electric Software recently completed the installation of its Avantis® PRiSM predictive asset analytics software at EDF Group’s Norte Fluminense power generation plant.

Expanding on its use of PRiSM to monitor a number of assets across its fossil-fuel, nuclear and hydropower generation fleets in Europe, EDF is now implementing the technology for real-time asset health and performance monitoring of a combined-cycle plant in Brazil. The Norte Fluminense plant, with 780 MW of generating capacity, is committed to ensuring system reliability in the entire metropolitan area of Rio de Janeiro and generating energy for a population of more than two million.

“As a utility known for our commitment to social responsibility and our focus on sustainable development, we place great importance on safe and reliable power generation,” said Marcio Marques, engineer O &M at EDF Group. “PRiSM helps us achieve those goals by improving the availability and performance of our critical assets.”

PRiSM uses a proprietary algorithm, machine learning and advanced pattern recognition to identify and alert on subtle changes in equipment behavior for early warning notification and diagnosis of asset health and performance problems. The software has the proven ability to alert plant personnel of asset failures days, weeks or months before problems occur, leading to increased equipment reliability and reduced unplanned downtime. Customers state that the use of PRiSM has allowed them to reduce equipment downtime by up to 25 percent.
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Fortum wins Asian Power Awards 2015 for Indian solar project

Fortum’s 10MW solar PV plant in Madhya Pradesh recognised as the ‘Solar Project of the Year’.
Fortum FinnSurya Energy Pvt Ltd. has been awarded with the prestigious solar project of the year award by Asian Power Awards 2015. The award has been given in recognition for the development of its 10MW solar PV plant located in Kapeli, a village in Dist. Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. It was the first plant to be commissioned under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) Phase II initiative and developed under the VGF scheme of Solar Energy Corporation of India.

“The recognition connotes India’s efforts towards building the nation’s solar economy. We are grateful to the Indian government, state governments, Solar Energy Corporation of India and all our partners and employees for their continuous support in enabling us to complete the project well before the deadline,” said Mr. Sanjay Aggarwal, Managing Director, Fortum India.

The plant was commissioned on 31st December 2014, four months ahead of the deadline set by the government. Fortum has adopted a thin-film CdTe technology with  PV  modules mounted on fixed tilt structures and 15 central invertors, which allows for better control of carbon footprint, water use and energy payback time. This solar plant is Fortum’s second investment in the Indian solar sector. The 10 MW solar plant shall offset more than 18000 tonnes of CO2 emissions equivalent annually.
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Vattenfall – The Biotope Method 2005 – A method for calculatingthe impact of land use and water use.

The Biotope Method is based on the assumption that the losses and additions of biotopes resulting from exploitation mirror the resulting changes in biodiversity. These losses and additions can be quantified by measuring the areas affected, which enables comparisons between different types of exploitations. The use of the method entails assessing the changes in the distribution and quality of biotopes between ’before’ and ’after’ within a pre-defined area, i.e. the system boundary.

The Biotope Method is intended for use in connection with most types of land and water use. It is important to emphasise that the Biotope Method only reports the quantitative biotope changes (biotope losses and new additions) within the system boundary. Exploitation may also entail changes at the landscape level, i.e. outside the system boundary. These may include changes such as fragmentation, barrier effects and deterioration of habitats. When the Biotope Method is used, changes which take place beyond the system boundary are described only qualitatively.

The Biotope Method 2015 has been developed to be used also in areas of application other than EPD, as well as beyond the energy sector. The Biotope Method is also a tool which can be used in feasibility-studies and localisation studies, to assess the impact of planned operations.

Use of the Biotope Method obtains knowledge of the impact of planned or ongoing operations on biodiversity through the use of relatively limited measures and resources. Input data for the assessment is derived from available digital databases, aerial images and project-specific information. An inventory of biotopes is also carried out in the field. If the Biotope Method is used in a feasibility-study, the result can provide suggestions for modifications; if the method is used in a localisation study, it can generate suggestions for prioritisation. If the Biotope Method is applied to ongoing operations, the result can be used to identify suggestions for biotope improvements and compensation measures.
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Ferranti – MECOMS™ As A Service allows Our Power to deliver ‘Power to the people’

Our Power is a new energy provider in the United Kingdom, and is a community benefit society with membership of social housing providers and community controlled groups that aims to supply power to tens of thousands of households with the key goal of impacting positively on fuel poverty – particularly for those most disadvantaged in the energy market.
Ferranti Computer Systems is a specialist supplier of solutions to the utilities sector with MECOMS offering a first class leading Billing and Customer Management Solution with a proven UK pedigree.
Ferranti is Microsoft’s preferred global partner for Utilities and delivers MECOMS already to more than 40 companies in 15 countries.
Ferranti also improved again its position in Gartner’s Utilities CIS report, published on 2 June 2015 by Zarko Sumic, for its MECOMS™ product.

MECOMS™ As A Service provides the power and flexibility of an onsite MECOMS™ installation but is deployed, hosted and maintained entirely in the cloud. This allows Our Power to concentrate on the day to day running of their business whilst Ferranti manages the IT.
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Eltel and Caruna sign a EUR 50 million frame agreement for cabling projects in Finland

Eltel and Caruna have signed a frame agreement to improve the power distribution network in the southwestern regions of Finland. Improvements in medium-voltage networks will be carried out over the next three years. The total value of the agreement is EUR 50 million and it will extend until September 2018. The new agreement will continue earlier projects between the two companies. The tendering process was in form of a public offering.

The agreement is based on a turnkey model. It consists of several separate projects, in which overhead power lines will be replaced by underground cables. Eltel’s responsibilities in this turnkey project will span everything from design to the finished product.

Juha Luusua, President of Power Distribution, Eltel, comments:
“Executing large underground cabling projects is Eltel’s core competence. The turnkey project model enables a highly cost-effective and rapid execution. We are delighted to support Caruna’s massive investment programme in Finland. Caruna as the largest distribution operator in Finland is an important and long-time customer of Eltel. Our cabling expertise, which has been developed in Finland, is also an excellent export product to the other northern European electricity markets.”

Ari Koponen, CEO of Caruna, comments:
“Through investments, we rapidly improve the reliability of electricity distribution. We can also provide a weatherproof network for an additional 45,000 customers in the southwest regions of Finland. We see the investment in the electricity network, based on this frame agreement, as an important driver for complying with regulatory requirements within the given timeframe. The framework agreement is an essential part of our operations, while we maintain annual investments in our network of EUR 150 million in all areas to guarantee more reliable electricity supply for our customers.”
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Mitsubishi Electric to Build DC Development and Demonstration Facility at Power Distribution System Center in Marugame, Japan

Promoting middle-voltage direct current distribution systems that respond to environmental needs

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced that it plans to build a development and demonstration facility for middle-voltage direct current (MVDC*) distribution at its Power Distribution System Center in Marugame, Japan, with operations scheduled to start in April 2016. MVDC distribution reduces electricity loss at delivery, making related technologies increasingly attractive for businesses looking to mitigate environmental impact.

Environmentally conscious distribution systems that combine renewable energy such as solar and wind with an electrical accumulator are growing in popularity. These systems generate DC electricity and then convert it to AC for general use. However, communication devices and digital devices in general have to convert it back to DC. Energy loss will occur when electricity is being converted between AC and DC. MVDC distribution eliminates the DC conversion issue and reduces energy loss, enabling facilities to cut costs by using thinner power cables or transmitting electric power longer distances. This has prompted a reevaluation of DC technology, and Mitsubishi Electric aims to meet the needs of this new DC ecosystem by leveraging their existing DC technologies such as their distribution board for data center energy conservation and their high speed circuit for railway lines. At the same time, the company will use this new facility to develop next-generation MVDC technologies and communicate their value to consumers.
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Oracle Utilities’ Integrated Platform Enables Greater Time to Value

Accelerating innovation is the key challenge facing utilities around the world. Numerous business drivers are rapidly changing our utilities industry, and the speed with which this change is occurring continues to accelerate.

The pressure on utilities to run their operations better and more efficiently has never been stronger. Consumers are demanding more personalized, individual service, while sustainability and efficiency are reducing utility revenues, and putting additional pressures on asset reliability. Real-time data and analysis, from processes across the utility enterprise, are essential to meeting these increased demands.

Consequently, electric, gas, water and wastewater utilities are now shifting their attention from business-as-usual to the urgent need for faster business processes, reduced process latency, and quicker access to data for swift, actionable analysis and decision making in order to respond more quickly to the changing industry environment. Consolidation of information and processes across the utility enterprise, and interoperability between technology, applications and solutions, is of paramount importance in this accelerated environment.
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E.ON making good progress implementing its strategy: retaining its nuclear power business in Germany means spinoff can remain on schedule

  • E.ON’s strategic transformation on schedule, Uniper to begin operations at the start of the new year
  • Going forward, E.ON to focus on renewables, energy networks, and customer solutions; nuclear energy not a strategic asset
  • Nuclear power business in Germany to be managed by Hanover-based PreussenElektra
  • E.ON remains open to constructive solutions and shared responsibility with the German state
  • Impairment charges in the higher single-digit billion euro range expected in the third quarter
  • Dividend for 2015 financial year to remain at 50 cents per share

E.ON will retain responsibility for the remaining operation and dismantling of its nuclear generating capacity in Germany and not transfer it to Uniper. This will not affect E.ON’s strategic transformation. From today’s perspective, the division of the Group into two companies will take place on schedule. A Management Board resolution stating this intention was unanimously approved Wednesday evening by the company’s Supervisory Board. E.ON currently operates three nuclear power stations in Germany and has minority stakes in three others. E.ON’s nuclear power assets in Germany currently account for 8 percent of its generation portfolio.
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Enel’s Challenge – Environment and Climate

The power multinational is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and continues to develop global renewable projects with its subsidiary Enel Green Power. A program featured on We Mean Business coalition website
The International Energy Agency(IEA) has established that in order to limit global warming to two degrees centigrade by 2050, renewable sources should account for 42% of all energy generated by 2030 and 57% by 2050. This makes cutting greenhouse gas emissions in production processes a priority for companies, and Enel has been a pioneer in this direction for years. We Mean Business, a coalition (organizations, businesses and investors) born to build a common platform to help the transition to a low carbon energy system, in order to secure sustainable economic growth and prosperity for all, summarized these steps on its website.
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Schneider Electric – Powering an “always On” world

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Eurelectric – Reveal the true value of electricity! New report on electrification outlines its contribution to sustainable energy use

The decarbonisation of heating, cooling & transport in Europe is one of the most challenging tasks policymakers, industry and customers are currently facing. Heating and cooling in EU buildings and industries makes up almost 50% of our energy consumption. Together with transport (32%), they represent the largest shares of energy demand across Europe. According to the European Commission, 85% of heating and cooling is produced from fossil fuels, which presents a vast potential for decarbonisation and fuel savings, especially in urban areas.

Following the electrification leaflet published last June during the Sustainable Energy Week, today EURELECTRIC launched a new report showcasing how decarbonising electricity generation will provide a major contribution to meeting Europe’s climate change targets. “With the power sector fully committed to reducing CO2 emissions by 80-95% by 2050 and a policy framework in place to ensure this goal, electricity is set to become the energy carrier of the future,” said Philippe Bauduin, chairman of EURELECTRIC’s working group on energy efficiency.

The report finds that electrifying heating, cooling and transport with power from decarbonised sources reveals a wide range of benefits which are critical in the transition to a sustainable economy in Europe. These benefits include:

  • Reductions in emissions from local heating in buildings and cities
  • Reductions in emissions from road and rail transport
  • A shift away from burning fuel at the point of consumption will also lead to improvements in air quality, especially in urban areas
  • Reductions in traffic noise pollution in cities

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IEA – Technology Roadmap How2Guide for Smart Grids in Distribution Networks

This How2Guide for Smart Grids in Distribution Networks (Distribution SG H2G) seeks to provide decision makers with tools and steps for developing and implementing a strategic plan for smart grids at the national, regional or municipal level. It is the second in the International Energy Agency (IEA) series of How2Guides (H2Gs), concise manuals that seek to guide the reader through the key steps to developing and implementing a roadmap for a given technology, sector or system. This series has been initiated under the framework
of the IEA International Low-Carbon Energy Technology Platform, a key tool for IEA engagement with partner countries on low-carbon energy technologies.

As the global energy demand continues to rise, and with it human-induced carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, the need grows stronger for low-carbon technologies to play a prominent role in limiting a temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius (2°C) by 2050. Improvements in energy efficiency and increased use of renewable energy sources will be instrumental to the decarbonisation of electricity generation necessary to achieve the IEA Energy Technology Perspectives (ETP) 2°C Scenario (2DS). With the capabilities to modernise grid systems, smart grid technologies are considered critical infrastructural components for the energy sector in an era of climate change.

If successfully planned and implemented, smart grids can offer a host of benefits for widely developed and less-extended electricity grids alike. These benefits enable informed customer choices about consumption, accommodate electricity generation and storage options, and optimise asset utilisation and operating efficiency in response to issues of the variability of renewable energy and resilience to disturbances, attacks and natural disasters. For grid systems in emerging and

developing countries, smart grids can offer these benefits as microgrid configurations that have the option of then later being connected to regional or national grids.
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SEDC – Mapping Demand Response in Europe Today

Our report maps the progress of Member States in enabling “explicit” Demand Response programmes. It reviews the regulatory structures of 16 countries: 14 EU Member States, plus Norway and Switzerland. In order to further support these efforts, it provides overarching guidelines and technical information on how consumer-oriented Demand Response can be unlocked.

The report shows that progress has been made towards creating the conditions for Demand Response to participate in European electricity markets. On the national level, the growth of demand-side flexibility is clearly measurable in countries that have taken the decision to enable Demand Response, such as Belgium and France. However, important work remains to be done and significant barriers have to be removed across the continent, in order to tap into the full potential of Demand Response across Europe.
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DECC – Prime Minister urges fellow leaders to back climate change deal

David Cameron underlines UK support for climate change with ambitious funding deal announced in New York.

The Prime Minister will urge fellow leaders to work together to secure an ambitious global climate change deal in Paris when he speaks at a working lunch of leaders at the UN in New York later today (Sunday).

Demonstrating the UK’s commitment to achieving a deal, the Prime Minister will announce that the government will increase by at least 50% its financial support for cleaner, greener growth and for measures to help the world’s poorest adapt to climate change.

The government will provide £5.8 billion from the existing 0.7% official development assistance (ODA) budget to the International Climate Fund between April 2016 and March 2021, including at least £1.76 billion in 2020 – ensuring that the UK plays its part in achieving the goal of mobilising $100 billion of climate finance a year by 2020 and over the lifetime of the projects we support leveraging nearly as much again in private finance.
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Outlook on the European DSO landscape 2020

The trends that will change the name of the game The liberalisation process at the end of the 20th century reformed the energy sector into competitive production and supply activities, and monopolistic transmission and distribution network activities. Distribution System Operators have a regulated mandate to own and operate the electricity distribution network in an area that ranges from a few streets up to the entire territory of a country. This survey includes most of the large, and some of the smaller, companies of the more than 2300 DSOs in Europe. 60% of the participants in the survey serve more than 1 million customers, and 10% of the participants serve fewer than 100,000 customers.

During the past century, large power generators (hydro, nuclear, coal and gas) generated electricity that was brought to consumers via a grid made of high-voltage transmission lines and cables that fed into a medium- and low-voltage distribution network. It was like a waterfall – with electricity flowing in just one direction, from very high to progressively lower voltages.

Today, this situation is changing rapidly. In addition to the large power plants, there are a whole range of renewable energy units − like biomass stations, wind mills and photovoltaic panels − and other smaller units, like cogeneration plants, that deliver both heat and electricity. A whole raft of munici- palities, households and businesses own these smaller units, which generate electricity for local consumption.
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