ModemTec developed a robust and reliable PLC modem
Thanks to the Centre for Intelligent Energy the process of upgrading the power line communication has been completed.
Investing in a unique Centre for Intelligent Energy began to bear its first fruits when our team of developers significantly tweaked and tuned one of the best selling products we offer: PLC modem for data transmission, which bears the newly MT49R and replaces the older version MT39R.
Unlike the previous version, there was a significant increase from the original buffer of 520 bytes to 60 Kbytes. This was recently added, as well as the chance to repeat the transmitted signal, up to 6 levels, so we can meet our customers’ requirements.Thanks to this modification it will now be possible to communicate at a much greater distance, or to amplify the signal in noisy industrial environments.
Another important adjustment is the change of digital filters, thereby improving transfer characteristics by at least 25% and a new modem fully replaces the RS 232/485, or GSM / GPRS transmissions.
New features may include, for example, modems and reading electric meters IEC and data transfer of the system for remote meter readings ISAR.
Together with all modifications completely new setup software RSET was created, which is adapted to the new modem. This greatly simplifies user setup, which is now very intuitive.
For more information about the new modems do not hesitate to contact our sales and technical team who are ready to answer any other questions, as well as help you with the installation of these devices in your company.
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S&T AG closes a 22-million-euro deal in Poland
Eastern European business is developing rapidly – S&T wins largest contract in company history on land
The S&T AG (www.snt.at) can again sign a major contract in Eastern Europe. The company has been awarded a contract from the Polish government for a 22.5-million-EUR project in the IT services segment. In addition to the provision of services in the areas of operation, migration, support and training, S&T will deliver and implement project-specific customized software and network infrastructure. The Polish subsidiary, the top-selling and most strongly growing S&T subsidiary in Eastern Europe should fully carry out the project within 18 months.
“The S&T Group’s growth accelerated massively in Eastern Europe after a modest cyclical phase. In 2015 in Poland, we rose by more than 50 percent compared to last year! The large reference orders act as a multiplier and ensure repeat business”, declares S&T’s CEO Hannes Niederhauser.
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Echelon And APANET Green System Join Forces To Install 7,200 Open System-Based Networked LED Streetlights In Bydgoszcz, Poland
Networked Lighting Solution to Enhance LED Retrofit with Adaptive Controls Can Improve Safety and Create Overall Energy Savings Benefiting 450,000 Residents
Echelon Corporation and its European partner, Polish-based APANET Green System were awarded a comprehensive smart lighting and energy reduction project for the city streetlights of Bydgoszcz, Poland.
The eco-friendly retrofit will outfit 7.200 streetlights spread across approximately 400 streets utilizing a sophisticated multivendor networked lighting control solution. The project will utilize the Apanet Smart Lighting Controllers, powered by Echelon communications, and the Lumewave by Echelon smart server solution to deliver unrealized value for lighting installation including enhancing safety, reducing maintenance and energy costs as well as improving asset utilization. ENERGA Oświetlenie Ltd., also based in Poland, is managing the system installation to be completed by the end of August 2015.
Fortum to deliver solar power plant for Finnish Meteorological Institute’s site in Helsinki
The solar energy system consists of 80 panels and its capacity is 20 kW. Its estimated annual production is equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of about three single-family houses. The system will increase the energy efficiency of the Finnish Meteorological Institute’s Dynamicum building and will provide real-time data on solar energy production.
The goal of Fortum’s Intelligent Solar Energy Management from Cell to Grid INTESEM virtual power plant project is to find an optimal and cost-efficient solution for distributed solar energy. The project is creating a concept for a so-called virtual power plant (VPP), which means an aggregation of small-scale, geographically decentralised electricity production and consumption sites that can be centrally controlled like one large power plant. The pilot system consists of several solar power plants in Finland and Sweden. The solution aims to increase small-scale electricity production without putting stress on the grid operations or on handling the peak loads.
“Our plan is to use the solar power in our energy consumption and to find out exactly how much energy the panels produce in reality in different weather conditions in Finland,” says Pirkko Pylkkö from the Finnish Meteorological Institute.
NRGi – Every other Dane running electric or hybrid car in 2030
This is despite the new Danish government’s decision to drop the tax exemption on electric cars, assesses one of the leading futurists in the transport, electricity and hybrid vehicles has a bright future in Denmark. A survey of Danish opinions regarding electric cars backs him up.
Although currently only two percent of Danes have invested in an electric or hybrid car, the future for the silent vehicles looks anything but bleak. According to a survey done by YouGov commissioned by energy company NRGi, 23 percent of the respondents plan to invest in an electric or hybrid car within the next three years.
It does not surprise futurist in the transport Uffe Palludan:
“The change of attitude on the environment we see gaining ground at the moment, coupled with technological developments, will lead to that there will be even more electric and hybrid cars on Danish roads in the future. My assessment is that it is quite possible that half of the Danish fleet in 2030 will consist of electric or hybrid cars”, says Uffe Palludan from Palludan Futures.
The futurist indicates that a CO2 agenda and battery technology are two strong forces that drive this development – a development that will be further accelerated by rising oil prices, because it increases the incentive to research and develop battery technology.
NRGi´s study confirms the futurist in that the environment is a driving force in development. 71 percent of the respondents considering acquiring an electric or hybrid car within the next three years will do it for environmental reasons.
Energy Advisor at NRGi, Benny Hebsgaard, believes that the futurist assessment is realistic:
“The transition to a green economy where cities and municipalities are looking for smart and sustainable solutions is irreversible. Battery technology may be crucial for the development of the whole transport sector, but I do not think we should write off that other technologies will emerge as well, such as the hydrogen car”, says Benny Hebsgaard.
The development will continue – taxes or not
Besides the environment, price also plays a role for many respondents. 47 percent of those who do not own an electric car indicate that it should be cheaper to invest in an electric car before it is attractive to them. However, it can be up to producers themselves to when the government has chosen to drop the tax exemption of electric vehicles from the end of 2015.
“There is probably no doubt that the tax exemption has helped to stimulate sales in a positive direction, and that the lack of it will help put a damper on the development. In the long view, that is 15-20 years, I do not believe that successive governments’ divergent decisions on taxes will affect the overall development”, says Uffe Palludan, and continues: “A battery technology breakthrough, which may be imminent, will eventually make electric and hybrid cars cheaper than conventional cars, and then any additional charges will not play a role anymore”, says Uffe Palludan.
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EON – Construction of the world’s first modular large-scale battery storage system begins in Aachen
The 12th of August marks the official start of construction of the modular large-scale battery storage system M5BAT on the premises of RWTH Aachen University. Storage systems like this represent an important building block for the expansion of renewable energies, as they make a significant contribution to system stability. They also open up a broad range of areas of application. The planned power class of five megawatts and the high level of modularity – whereby different battery technologies are combined with one another – make the so-called “M5BAT” (Modular Multimegawatt, Multitechnology Medium-Voltage Battery Storage System) a world-first.
M5BAT is backed by a € 6.7 million grant from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy as part of its “Energy Storage Funding Initiative”. The project’s partners include the E.ON Energy Research Center and the Institute of Power Systems and Power Economics at RWTH Aachen University (IAEW), the energy company E.ON, the battery manufacturer Exide Technologies GmbH with its business unit GNB® Industrial Power, and the inverter manufacturer SMA Solar Technology AG.
Schneider Electric helps Electricity North West bring adaptive power protection to 5 million
Today, Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management, has announced a project to deliver a Fault Level Assessment Tool to Electricity North West, as part of its £5.5 million Respond project. The tool, which will be installed in Electricity North West’s control room, will help Electricity North West future proof its grid and secure power supply for more than 5 million people in the North West of England.
The Fault Level Assessment Tool from Schneider will deliver an intelligent approach to managing fault level – the potential maximum amount of fault current that flows when a fault occurs. When fault level approaches or rises above equipment fault level ratings, the Fault Level Assessment Tool will actively manage fault currents by instructing one of three fault level mitigation techniques known as Adaptive Protection, the IS-limiter and the Fault Current Limiting service. This will help increase capacity on electricity networks, minimise disruption and lower costs for customers.
Barrie Cressey, Smart Grid Director at Schneider Electric said: “Some days renewable power provides 20% of our energy mix but the next day it can drop to next to nothing. As our networks become more complex, peak demand increases and more renewable sources are introduced, the ability to dynamically adapt network configurations for efficiency and protection is crucial.
Mitsubishi Electric Asia (Thailand) Begins Sales in Thailand
Will strengthen sales and engineering services for power systems business
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced that Mitsubishi Electric Asia (Thailand) Co., Ltd., a Thai subsidiary operating as a regional corporate office since 2013, has begun conducting domestic sales. Mitsubishi Electric Asia (Thailand) will expand Mitsubishi Electric’s power systems business and develop opportunities in other fields of the country for Mitsubishi Electric in Thailand.
The headquarters of Mitsubishi Electric in Japan previously managed power systems sales in Thailand, and has to date received multiple orders for power stations, including two orders recently received for 500kV gas-insulated switchgear from the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand. The power systems business will now be managed directly in the local market.
“With the ASEAN Economic Community expected to launch this December, demands for power systems are expected to become more urgent in Thailand,” said Ryoji Ando, Managing Director of Mitsubishi Electric Asia (Thailand). “We will utilize our assets to develop local power systems sales and related engineering services, and also to explore other promising fields for the Mitsubishi Electric Group in this growing market.”
Eltel buys out its JV partner in Norway
Eltel has agreed to acquire the other half of the JV Eltel Sønnico AS in Norway from its partner Umoe at a price of NOK 265 million. The JV was formed in the beginning of 2014 to join the communication businesses of Eltel and Umoe in Norway. After this acquisition Eltel will be the sole owner of the company.
The joint venture of the communication businesses of Eltel and Umoe´s Sønnico Tele AS was agreed in Q1 2014 and started operations in the beginning of 2015. All other Eltel businesses in Norway are operated within Eltel Networks AS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eltel Group. In the end of 2014 Eltel Sønnico won a large framework agreement with Telenor in maintenance and build of fixed and mobile communications for five years. The driver that formed the JV between Eltel and Sønnico was the rapidly changing Norwegian telecom industry. Telecom operators have been exploring different options to improve cost efficiency requiring that their service providers should take over larger responsibilities for their value chain. An increased production capacity and a wider geographical coverage enabled the JV to meet such requirements. With Eltel becoming the sole owner of the JV, the governance of the company will be aligned with Eltel’s group structure, organization by specialized business units and implementation of Eltel’s operational model, Eltel Way. Hence the integration of the company with Eltel both within Norway and internationally will be enhanced.
Axel Hjärne, CEO Eltel Group comments:
“We are very happy to acquire the shares held by Umoe in Eltel Sønnico AS and thereby fully consolidate this entity within the Eltel group. A full ownership of the communication business in Norway will let us combine it with our power and rail businesses in Norway and will help us optimize our support functions in the country. Our overall pool of competencies will be much larger after the merger, providing more opportunities for employees and a more resourceful Infranet services partner for our Norwegian customers. The acquisition of Eltel Sønnico shares is in line with Eltel’s growth strategy and aligned with the medium and long term financial targets of the company”.
Ferranti’s new MECOMS™ As A Service selected by Our Power in the UK
New energy provider Our Power has chosen MECOMS™ from Ferranti to provide all their Customer Care and Billing requirements.
The company will provide Our Power with its pioneering MECOMS™ As A Service solution – a solution that provides the power and flexibility of an onsite MECOMS™ installation but is deployed, hosted and maintained entirely in the cloud.
Our Power 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.
Dawn Muspratt, Chief Executive of Our Power, also commented: “After a detailed selection process we selected Ferranti and MECOMS™ As A Service as we were confident that this would allow Our Power to deliver nothing less than excellent customer service. MECOMS™ offers a first class solution with a proven UK pedigree and a system that will scale with us both from a technical and commercial point of view.”
Mark Hurcomb, Chief Commercial Officer at Ferranti, commented: “Ferranti are delighted to be supporting Our Power as the first UK customer of our MECOMS™ As A Service solution. As an organisation we are excited to be supporting Our Power in helping those most at risk of falling into Fuel Poverty.”
Görlitz – Measuring points reached easily
Remote meter reading is dependent on telecommunications. But the options of possible connection types are dependent on location and can be very limited. Always present, however, is the power grid. The solution from GÖRLITZ and devolo is based exactly on that.
Utilities know the drill: There are always measuring points, where there is no apparent suitable transfer option in order to connect to a communications network. For these areas, Görlitz and devolo have now put together a total solution from the meter reading up to the metering system IDSpecto.
With the powerful trio of G3-PLC data transfer, scalar and IDSpecto counter can be connected through Powerline communication (PLC), where a mobile network, fixed network or Ethernet are not present or only in poor quality. The proven Scalar family by the scalar and scalar ETHN router take over the reading of the measured values and their transmission to IDSpecto. The distance between the two scalars is bridged by the proven devolo G3-PLC modem 500k.
The equipment combination allows a multitude of different application scenarios within the low-voltage network, for example. The control loads such as heat pumps, control of EEG plants or variable electricity tariffs for end users. For measuring points that are affected by the change in the communication networks of Deutsche Telekom on IP-based technology that provides the package offered an alternative.
Key benefits of the solution are a secure and stable system availability, a high coverage without the use of repeaters, optimal coverage through low frequency band (150 to 500 kHz), 100% building penetration as opposed to wireless technologies as well as a high degree of security against unauthorized access ,
Interested parties can assure with a comprehensive starter package itself from the performance and test the solution easily in its own network. In addition to the necessary hardware, technical support is included by both companies in the package.
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Meet OSGP and its members at the following events
- 02-04 Sep. 2015; World Smart Energy Week in Osaka, Japan
- 14-16 Sep. 2015; Smart Cities Week in Washington DC, USA
- 15-17 Sep. 2015; 2nd Power South-East Asia in Sule Shangri-La, Yangon, Myanmar.
- 22-24 Sep. 2015; SGTech Europe 2015 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- 24-26 Sep. 2015; BIT’s 5th New Energy Forum-2015 in Xi’an, China
- 25 Sep – 1 Oct 2015; 6th Power & Electricity Indonesia Conference in Djakarta, Indonesia
- 28-30 Sep. 2015; Industrial Control Cybersecurity Europe 2015 in London, UK
- 30 Sep. 2015; Demand Response Symposium – Consumer Empowerment within the EU- in Brussels, Belgium
- 05-07 Oct. 2015; Smart Grid Canada in Toronto, Canada
- 06-08 Oct. 2015; 2nd Annual Demand Response World Forum, Costa Mesa, California, USA
- 12-14 Oct. 2015; Industrial Control Cybersecurity USA in Sacramento California, USA
- 13-14 Oct. 2015; 2nd Ann. Nat. Summit on Smart Grid and Climate Change in washington DC, USA
- 20 Oct. 2015; The Energy Customer -Strategies for serving the customers of today & tomorrow- in Londen, UK
- 28-29 Oct. 2015; Smart Grids – Smart Meters Summit in Dubai, UAE
- 28-29 Oct. 2015; Power Networks Course in Birmingham, UK
- 02-05 Nov 2015; Power Week 2015 in Singapore
- 03-05 Nov. 2015; European Utility Week 2015 in Vienna, Austria
- 03-05 Nov. 2015; Power Nigeria 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria
- 19 Nov. 2015; ETSI Summit 2015: Standardization and Open Source
- 24-25 Nov. 2015; Smart Metering Forum 2015 in London, UK
- 28-29 Jan. 2016; 7th Smart Energy UK & Europe Summit – Smart Metering and Grid Exhibition in London, UK
- 03-04 Feb. 2016; Energy Sorage 2016 in Paris, France
- 22-24 Feb. 2016; Smart Energy Summit in Austin TX, USA
- 02-04 March 2016; World Smart Energy Week in Tokyo, Japan
- 15-16 March 2016; Power & Electricity World Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa
- 21-23 March 2016; Power & Electricity World Asia in Singapore
- 05-07 April 2016; Smart Cities & Energy Efficiency in Sofia, Bulgaria
- 09-11 May 2016; CIGRE & IEC – 2nd Int. Colloquium on EHV an UHV
- 11-13 May 2016; 2nd Smart Cities India 2016 in New Delhi, India
- 24-26 June 2016; Power & Electricity World Philippines in Manila, Philippines
EURELECTRIC Members face serious and urgent problems with market integration
Stakeholders in Europe’s electricity markets are noticing a decrease in market integration due to reduced traded volumes and (increased) congestion caused by missing infrastructure. This is partially due to the growing location-specific and highly variable renewable generation. It is also partially a governance issue for European regulators and TSOs to solve.
Available interconnector capacity has been decreasing over the last years, making it difficult to trade across borders. At the same time, physical flows have been changing in pattern over the last years especially in the occurring loop flows. EURELECTRIC therefore supports the ongoing efforts of the ENTSO-E Bidding Zone Study, which should help to understand how to improve the configuration in a way that enables the single European Market.
EURELECTRIC takes note of the fact that there may be underlying needs to change bidding zone configuration. However, it must be acknowledged that this could be a challenge for current hedging needs and that new financial products must evolve. Changes in bidding zones must be based on expectations of market efficiency and technical network constraints feeding into a cost-benefit analysis from a cross border perspective. It is EURELECTRIC’s desire that the implementation of the new network code for congestion management (CACM) also includes the creation of proper procedures and safeguards for when and how bidding zones are reviewed, and occasionally changed. This process should be well coordinated with the ENTSO-E Bidding Zone Study and, where possible, aligned in process and timing.
US President Obama Announces More Than a Billion Dollars in Energy Department Initiatives to Advance Innovative Clean Energy Technologies
President Obama announced more than one billion dollars in Department of Energy (DOE) initiatives to drive innovation and accelerate the clean energy economy.
As part of the President’s Clean Power Plan, DOE’s Loan Programs Office (LPO) is making up to one billion dollars in loan guarantees available to support commercial-scale distributed energy projects, such as rooftop solar with storage and smart grid technology. In addition, through the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E), DOE is awarding $24 million in funding for 11 high-performance solar power projects that could lower the cost and improve the performance of solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems. Together, these initiatives will spur innovation, ensure grid reliability and help ensure America’s low-carbon energy future.
“The announcements made today will help spur innovative clean energy technologies that will be central to the president’s Clean Power Plan and combat climate change,” said Secretary Moniz. “The Clean Power Plan is a tremendous opportunity for American businesses to be global leaders in solar and distributed energy technologies. This will help shepherd in a new era of clean energy jobs and a low-carbon economy that will deliver affordable and reliable power to America’s homes and businesses.”
EU Projects of Common Interest – new study on risk
The EU’s ‘Projects of Common Interest’ (PCIs) – major infrastructure projects of European relevance aiming to boost Europe’s security of energy supply and competition in the energy sector – may benefit from a wide range of risk-mitigating incentives and a more fit-for-purpose regulatory treatment, a new study has found.
PCIs can involve investments in multiple countries however this can increase the risks, such as permitting delays and cost and time overruns, involved. Moreover, some PCIs are technologically challenging or very large projects, for example innovative HVDC subsea electricity cables, which can also increase the risk associated with the project.
These risks can impact the viability or the planned timeframe of the project – a situation which the Commission would like to avoid.
EU rules on major cross-border infrastructure projects state that if the risk associated with a PCI is higher than the risk associated with a similar project, then measures may be taken to ensure that the project is still completed on-time and that the risk-reward ratio stays positive for the project promoter.
Austian FEEI pleads again for rapid introduction of smart meter
The introduction of smart meters in Austria is one of the important steps for the renewal of the current infrastructure.The current cooperation between the four network operators in western Austria to tendering of smart meters brings momentum into the ongoing roll-out in Austria.”The introduction of smart meters should be taken forward as quickly and comprehensively as possible.The current cooperation is an important stimulus.Benefits from a rapid roll-out arises for consumers and network operators, “said Manfred Müllner, CEO of the Deputy. FEEI – Association of the Electrical and Electronics Industry.
“The digitization of electricity meters in households has many advantages for consumers, such as the timely presentation of its own energy consumption, new flexible electricity tariffs and thus more competition in the electricity market. In the current infrastructure for example, increases in network operation efficiency and sustainable integration of renewable energies generates substantial benefits,” says Manfred Müllner.
With smart meters each current customer can first check its energy consumption at the online portal or on the smartphone and understand its use timely. The consumer can then respond to inefficient equipment and optimize its energy consumption. In Austria there are already energy suppliers such as the Linz AG or Energie AG in Upper Austria, which have adopted the smart meters conviction several years ago. Their experience shows that smart meters are part of an efficient electricity grid and bring many benefits to the customer and the network operator. Increased transparency in the electricity bill and clear delineation of power consumption for houses are the key benefits on the customer side. Timely information about the network status and more efficient customer processes are positive aspects for the system operator. By European standards, where more than 60 million smart meters already installed, it appears that digital electricity meters are recognized as a technology that are an important component of a modern energy system.
Information Security and Privacy
The introduction of new technology always brings new challenges and issues with it, which will be discussed publicly. The debate on the topics of information security and privacy often runs with a simplified argument. According to legal requirements having smart meters in the home provides the ability to measure meter readings, power values or energy consumption values at an interval of 15 minutes and storage of this data. A readout of the stored data in 15-minute intervals occurs only if the customer expressly agrees. Studies of the Josef Ressel Centre for User-oriented Smart Grid Privacy Security and Control at the University of Applied Sciences Salzburg show that 15-minute data intervals are definitely not sufficient to connect real-life situations to the measured consumption. To identify power consuming activities such as watching TV or showers a much finer resolution would be necessary. The reliable determination of individual electrical devices is not possible in this resolution. The encryption of data and information security is to implement on top spot.Experience from other sectors of the economy show that the information security work and crypotographic procedures with regard to confidentiality, authenticity and integrity can provide the necessary security in the electricity grid.
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ASHRAE / NEMA going global: A smart grid model for facilities
Smart homes, buildings and cities are a global phenomenon. It’s no wonder, then, that a proposed ASHRAE/National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) standard to create smart facilities supporting smart grids has gone international.
ASHRAE/NEMA Standard 201P, Facility Smart Grid Information Model, would provide a common basis for electrical energy consumers to describe, manage and communicate about electrical energy consumptions and forecasts.
Committee chair Steve Bushby said 201P s being considered for adoption as an international standard through the International Organization for Standardization, and coordinates with and uses content from the International Electrotechnical Commission’s Common Information Model (CIM) standards. It also coordinates with the North American Energy Standards Board’s basic energy usage data model standard, or Green Button, which facilitates consumer access to energy usage information for homes and commercial and industrial buildings.
“The effort to substantially modernize and transform electric grids around the world is an enormous undertaking that reflects both the size and importance of those grids,” Bushby said. “Viewed in its entirety, it is an intentional effort involving hundreds of organizations and companies and will impact billions of people. The standards infrastructure that will be needed to support this transformation may include over 100 standards by the time that is fully in place.”
The proposed standard is one part of that infrastructure and defines an object-oriented information model to enable appliances and control systems in homes, buildings and industrial facilities to manage electrical loads and generation sources in response to communication with the smart electrical grid and to communicate information about those electrical loads to utility and other electrical service providers.
“Almost all electricity is consumed in a building of some kind — homes, retail establishments, offices, schools, factories, hospitals and the list goes on,” he said. “Standard 201P attempts to capture the breadth and diversity of these consumers by using the term ‘facility.’ A facility is any kind of building or collection of buildings and all of the electrical loads or local generation sources contained within them or controlled by the facility owner.”
The standard is part of ASHRAE’s supporting efforts for the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel, a private-public partnership initiated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology to speed development of interoperability and cyber security standards for a nationwide smart electric power grid.
The proposed standard is open for public review through Oct. 6, 2015.
UK – Official response to provisional CMA report
The Government has today laid out its response to the Competition and Markets Authority Provisional Findings on the state of the UK energy market.
One Nation Government on the side of bill payers
To ensure a competitive and effective energy market that works for hardworking families and businesses across the country, the Government has today laid out its response to the Competition and Markets Authority Provisional Findings on the state of the UK energy market.
The CMA identified that energy suppliers are able to charge higher prices to customers who don’t shop around for the best deal. Over 34% of people the authority surveyed said they had never considered switching supplier.
The Government is already taking action to help families and businesses gain control over their energy use and ensure that power lies in bill-payers’ hands. We will introduce 24 hour switching in 2018 and by 2020, 53 million smart meters will be installed bringing an end to estimated billing. These measures will allow bill payers to know exactly what they are paying for and then use that information when comparing prices to get the best deal for them and switch to that deal faster.
Lord Bourne, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change said:
“Our number one priority is to keep bills down for hardworking families and businesses across the country.
“The CMA has rightly identified that one of the biggest concerns is people not shopping around to get the best tariff. We know this is the key to people getting a better deal on their energy bills and are already working on measures to improve this.
“Whilst we wait for the official findings of the report, due later this year, we will continue to promote competition in Britain’s energy market because competition helps drive down prices and push energy companies to keep bills as low as possible. We will also look into the CMA’s proposed solution of a safeguarding tariff which has the potential to protect those consumers who do not, or cannot switch.”
U.S. Energy Department Reports Highlight Trends of Growing U.S. Wind Energy Industry
According to two reports released today by the Energy Department, the U.S. wind energy industry continued growing at an impressive rate in 2014, further solidifying America’s position as a global leader in wind energy. Wind power is a key component of the President’s all-of-the-above energy strategy and Clean Power Plan to reduce climate-changing carbon pollution, diversify our energy economy, and boost America’s economic competitiveness by bringing innovative technologies online. With rapidly increasing wind energy generation, fast-growing demand, and steadily decreasing wind energy prices—the lowest ever seen in the United States— the U.S. wind energy market remains strong.
“With declining costs and continued technological development, these reports demonstrate that wind power is a reliable source of clean, renewable energy for American homes and businesses,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “Through continued investments and the help of stable policies, we’re confident that wind power will keep playing a major role in creating jobs and shaping America’s clean energy future.”
Smart Society Services – Introduction to Open Smart Grid Platform
Over the past few years, Energy Grid Company Alliander has developed a lot of experience in how to monitor and manage electricity and gas infrastructure in a smarter way. This is also known as the implementation of smart grid technology.
While facing an increasing demand for remotely controlling and monitoring smart devices, Alliander has also been faced with some issues with most of the (commercial) systems and platforms available:
- Closed for open development and third party applications
- Based on proprietary technology
- Limited use of open standards and technology
- Requires specific (closed) hardware or devices
- Requires specific communication infrastructures
- Vendor and technology lock-in for many years
- Expensive devices and systems
- High communication costs
- Almost no (open) Innovation
- Low implementation scales
This has led to the development of the ‘Open Smart Grid Platform. This platform is based on open source and open standards and plays a central role in the innovations that Alliander (and underlying network operators Liander and Endinet) are implementing.
Key drivers for Alliander to develop the platform:
- Need for a general purpose platform, to be used for any grid connected device and application. For example, Alliander has already started to design and develop a smart meter implementation based on OSGP
- To be in control of the future development without dependency on a specific vendor or closed technology
- To co-develop (and co-fund) the platform with other grid operators (and other public infrastructure operators). This is because these organizations have the same issues and requirements, as well as the idea of the platform becoming more advanced and having a larger ecosystem
- To develop and promote open standards for broad adoption and implementation in smart grid applications