Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) Focused on Security
The OSGP Alliance continues to enhance its industry leading security solution for smart metering and smart grid applications.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 15, 2016 —The OSGP Alliance (www.osgp.org), an independent, global, not for-profit association comprised of prominent utilities, systems integrators, service providers as well as smart grid equipment and software product developers, announced that it continues to enhance its security solution, embraces security research and fully supports security analyses of the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP).
We believe that it is important to do both internal reviews as well as third party reviews to ensure OSGP remains a secure, efficient, and accepted smart grid protocol. As such, we would like to thank Linus Feiten and Matthias Sauer from the University of Freiburg (Germany) for their excellent and recently published work on OSGP security. We would also like to thank Philipp Jovanovic from the University of Passau (Germany) and Samuel Neves from the University of Coimbra (Portugal) for their excellent work on OSGP security that was published back in 2015.
To avoid confusion, it is important to clarify some issues and address the recent news coverage of the RC4 attack on OSGP by Feiten et al. released last month (May 2016). All of the published attacks, including the most recent RC4 attack on OSGP by Feiten et al., are not applicable to the new security suite in OSGP (OSGP-AES-128-PSK). OSGP-AES-128-PSK has been part of OSGP, and recommended for use in production, since 2015. The official announcement was made in July 2015 by the OSGP Alliance (http://www.osgp.org/press-release-15-07-2015/) and vendor support began soon after that. As mentioned, the new security suite was subject to both internal and external security assessments before it was released. The professional third party security assessment concluded the new security suite to be secure and well-designed. Another independent security audit of OSGP-AES-128-PSK with a similar conclusion will be finalized in a couple of months (July 2016)…
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Change of climate friendly heating ensure annual saving of SEK 100,000
SEAS-NVE designed a geothermal system that saves over 40 percent on operating costs in Brorfelde Observatory and lowers the observatory heat-related CO2 emissions by 54 percent.
Brorfelde observatory’s new geothermal heating system is dimensioned to cover about 95 percent of the total heat demand. The remaining 5 percent comes from an oil furnace that automatically switches on in case of peak winter. At the same time it serves as a backup system for heat pump geothermal heating system.
The improvement lowers Centre’s annual heating costs by more than 100,000 a year and pays for itself in about eight years, while life expectancy is over 20 years. At the same time, the heat-related CO2 emissions decrease by 44 tons per year, which corresponds to approximately 54 percent.
“SEAS-NVE has left no stone unturned to find the right solution for us. Since the observatory has both astronomy, geology and natural as scientific themes, we do believe it is very well chosen that we pick up our heat from underground around the observatory, “says Julie Bouchet, head of Brorfelde Observatory.
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NES new partner in Power Circle
Power Circle announces another partner company. This time, the US based Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), which in conjunction with the opening of its Swedish office, joins Power Circle to strengthen its network, highlighting the benefits of the smart grid and to collaborate with exploring and influencing the future of the energy industry in Sweden.
Power Circle continues to grow and today it has more than 40 partner companies. Powercircle is strengthening its group of partners by adding NES, an innovative company that operates at the intersection of energy, IT and communications industry.
”NES is an exciting company shaped by two current powerful social trends – digitization and servicification. Their services focus is on contributing to a smarter and more efficient grid where space is created for innovative service offerings and intelligent use of energy, which comes at the right time. I look forward to an exciting collaboration,” says Olle Johansson, CEO of the Power Circle.
Indiana state utility regulators approve Duke Energy’s plan to modernize its statewide energy grid
The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission Wednesday approved Duke Energy’s settlement with some of Indiana’s key consumer groups on the company’s plan to build a smarter energy infrastructure that delivers power to more than 800,000 Hoosier homes, businesses and industries.
In March, the company reached agreement with the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, the Duke Energy Indiana Industrial Group, Companhia Siderurgica Nacional, Steel Dynamics, Wabash Valley Power Association, Indiana Municipal Power Agency, Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Cooperative and the Environmental Defense Fund on a seven-year plan using a combination of advanced technology and infrastructure upgrades to improve service to customers.
CEO Axel Hjärne to leave Eltel
The CEO of Eltel, Axel Hjärne, has decided to leave his position. Axel Hjärne has been with Eltel for twelve years, and he has been CEO for the last seven years. Over these years Eltel has grown significantly from being a local Nordic player to becoming the leader in the Infranet industry in Northern Europe. In February 2015 Eltel was successfully listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.
“I have been with Eltel for more than a decade now during which the whole Eltel team has been through many positive and challenging phases and together we have made great achievements. Today, Eltel has a strong position and is well positioned for continued success. I have now come to a point where I feel that the timing is good to hand over to someone new and also personally reflect on my next steps”, says Axel Hjärne . I have enjoyed the journey with Eltel tremendously, and I will miss my great colleagues and all exciting business opportunities.
Intermonte, Enel, Consilia and Ascomfidi launch “call for disruption in energy”
Intermonte, Consilia, Ascomfidi and Enel have launched the Call for Disruption in Energy, a call for proposals to promote innovative energy and green economy projects. The goal is to select two projects submitted by innovative start-ups, which will receive support in structuring an equity crowdfunding campaign and accelerated growth process to sustain their business.
Start-ups have until September 30th, 2016 to submit applications to the website with a description of the projects they intend to develop. The top two applications will be selected by a jury of independent experts appointed by the partners in the initiative. The two winning companies will be helped in their growth through a business mentoring programme provided by Enel, investor relations and content providing services offered by Intermonte through Websim, and legal and management advisory services offered by Consilia. They will also benefit from a reduction in the placement fees charged by Intermonte Sim and Ascomfidi and much more favourable conditions than those prevailing on the market, with no setup fees or guaranteed minimums.
Enel Chairman Grieco: “Interesting Opportunities in the Russian Market”
In today’s global economy and free market, collaborations between companies and Governments are central to the effective functioning of the system. The private sector is in fact the main player in a series of processes that affect the community as a whole, starting from decarbonisation. Large companies, including Enel, were therefore invited to participate in events such as the COP21 (the United Nations Climate Change Conference) in November 2015 and the recent Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, to discuss renewables, grids and regulatory frameworks.
The Forum is Russia’s most important economic event, bringing together heads of state, ministers and company leaders. This edition of the event – the first since the economic sanctions applied by the European Union and the United States – continued to highlight the centrality of the Russian Federation in global investment processes.
DNV GL to study feasibility for Phu Cuong 1 offshore wind farm in Vietnam
At a signing ceremony today in Ho Chi Minh City, DNV GL Americas entered into a contract with Phu Cuong Group (PCG), to deliver a feasibility study for a near-offshore wind farm under a grant from the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to PCG.
“The study will support efforts to develop Phu Cuong 1, the 170-megawatt (MW) wind farm (USD 435 million investment) that is the first in PCG’s planned series of near-offshore wind power projects along Vietnam’s southern coastline in Soc Trang province.” PCG, an established private firm majoring in real estate development and seafood exporting, plans to develop an 800 MW pipeline of wind power to meet the rising demand for energy of Vietnam’s growing economy. The Vietnam government has set a target for wind energy development to reach 800 MW by 2020, 2000 MW by 2025 and 6000 MW by 2030.
“As Vietnam significantly increases its electricity generating capacity, I am delighted to see PCG supporting the global climate change imperative with its leadership in building a sustainable electricity supply for Vietnam,” said Mathias Steck, executive vice president Asia Pacific for DNV GL’s energy division.
DNV GL will assess the potential for wind production, review permitting and land control issues, evaluate the needs for a safe, reliable and affordable connection to the province’s electrical grid, provide a foundational design, estimate potential construction costs and recommend the optimal approach to financing it.
E.ON strengthens partnerships with start-ups AutoGrid and Thermondo
E.ON has their investments in US start-up AutoGrid Systems and German start-up Thermondo increased to offer smart and customer tailored solutions for the decentralized energy world. The initial start of the partnerships was in 2014.
AutoGrid is dedicated to bringing the power of data science to the decentralized energy world. E.ON was the first company to deploy the latest version of AutoGrid’s Energy Data Platform (EDP) in Europe: The smart Energy Internet solution helps to understand its customers’ energy needs and uses this knowledge to deliver value to all their stakeholders.
The Berlin-based company Thermondo is pioneer of the digitalization of the handicraft business. Thermondo combines the speed and wide product range of an internet company with the outstanding workmanship of experienced technicians. Based on an online platform, customers can compare and buy a variety of heating system manufacturers and technologies in a quick, easy, and cost-effective way.
Internet of Things to overtake mobile phones by 2018: Ericsson Mobility Report
- 16 billion connected devices forecast to join the Internet of Things by the end of 2021
- Smartphone subscriptions to surpass those for basic phones in Q3 this year
- Teenage use of cellular data for smartphone video grew 127 percent in just 15 months
The latest edition of the Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) Mobility Report, published today, reveals that the Internet of Things (IoT) is set to overtake mobile phones as the largest category of connected device by 2018.
Between 2015 and 2021, the number of IoT connected devices is expected to grow 23 percent annually, of which cellular IoT is forecast to have the highest growth rate. Of the 28 billion total devices that will be connected by 2021, close to 16 billion will be IoT devices.
Vattenfall builds Denmark’s largest offshore windfarm
Vattenfall are about to start the construction of the offshore wind farm Horns Rev 3 off the West coast of Denmark. Horns Rev 3 will be commissioned in 2018 and the total investment will be just over 1 billion euros. Horns Rev 3 will supply enough electricity to power 400,000 Danish homes.
In February 2015 Vattenfall won the bid for the concession to build Horns Rev 3. Vattenfall is currently the second largest operator of offshore wind farms in the world and one of the biggest players in Denmark in the field of onshore wind. The construction of Horns Rev 3 will reinforce Vattenfalls´s position as a leader in renewable electricity generation, both in Denmark and in Europe.
“Horns Rev 3 is an important part of Vattenfall´s ambitions in the field of wind and particularly on our focus on offshore wind farms. Horns Rev 3 also gives a clear signal to the world around us that Vattenfall´s strategy is to make new investments in renewable electricity generation and to grow in wind. Vattenfall supports the transition to a totally renewable energy system and takes up the challenge, in spite of current low electricity prices and excess capacity,” says President and CEO of Vattenfall, Magnus Hall.
Schneider Electric rises to 10th place in the Newsweek Global Green Ranking 2016
At the end of 2015, COP21 raised enormous, legitimate hopes worldwide that citizens, governments and companies would coordinate their efforts to limit the causes and effects of climate change. Just a few months later, the Newsweek Global Green Ranking 2016, the global listing of the most environmentally friendly corporations produced by U.S. weekly news magazine Newsweek in partnership with Corporate Knights and HIP Investor, has commended the environmental commitment made by Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation. The Group is proud to be ranked 10th, alongside other reputable companies such as Shire Plc., Reckitt Benckiser and British Telecom.
Meet OSGP and its members at the following events
- 30 June – 01 July 2016; Power Distribution & Metering West Africa in Abuja, Nigeria
- 30 June – 03 July 2016; Annual New Energy Forum 2016 in Kintex, South-Korea
- 19-20 Sep. 2016; Energy Branding Conference in Reykjavik, Island
- 26-28 Sep. 2016 Smart Grid Canada in Montreal, Canada
- 01-02 Nov. 2016; Smart Grids & Smart utilities in Dubai, UAE
- 07-11 Nov. 2016; Power Week 2016 in Singapore
- 15-17 Nov. 2016; European Utility Week in Barcelona, Spain
- 28-30 Nov. 2016; Power Europe in Vienna, Austria
The Investment Plan for Europe and Energy: making the Energy Union a reality
Energy efficiency, renewables, smart grids: with 24 financed projects and 29% of the available funding channelled into the energy sector, the Investment Plan For Europe is driving the Commission’s goal of building an Energy Union forward.
From renovating buildings to make them energy efficient in France, to a new onshore wind farm in Sweden, 11 Member States have received support for sustainable, low-carbon projects which are in line with the EU’s energy and climate goals. An additional €16.9 billion in investment is expected in sustainable and low-carbon energy projects over the coming years.
The Investment plan for Europe and the Energy Union are making change real, just one year after their launch. With key projects in energy infrastructure (in particular interconnections), renewable energy and energy efficiency, the financial cornerstone of the Investment Plan (EFSI, European Fund for Strategic investments)has allocated to the energy sector 29% of financing approved by the European Investment Bank (EIB). This adds up to the actions undertaken to leverage investments for small and medium enterprises (SME), in particular through the European Investment Fund (EIF), which has channelled EUR 3.5 billion for 185 SME financing agreements in the energy sector. Altogether, these operations in the energy sector are expected to have the knock-on effect of attracting additional investments of over EUR €16.9 billion in the coming years.
Obama Administration Announces Federal and Private Sector Actions on Scaling Renewable Energy and Storage with Smart Markets
President Obama believes in the need to transition to a cleaner, more reliable, and affordable 21st century power grid. Under his leadership, transformations in how we produce and consume electricity are decreasing carbon pollution, scaling up renewable energy, and generating savings on consumers’ energy bills. Since 2009, renewable energy generation has increased at a record pace, while costs have decreased dramatically. Building on this progress, smart electricity market reforms, enhanced transparency, and flexible energy resources such as storage and demand response have the potential to further accelerate the development of a cleaner and smarter grid. In fact, in 2015 alone, the United States doubled the installed capacity of advanced energy storage to 500 megawatts (MW) and deployment of this key resource is projected to continue to expand.
With this dynamic progress as the backdrop, today the White House is hosting a Summit on Scaling Renewable Energy and Storage with Smart Markets. The Summit brings together regulators, power companies, municipalities, and energy developers that are leading efforts to promote smart electricity markets and greater grid integration of renewable energy and flexible resources such as energy storage.
Nigerian smart meter manufacturers call for government’s support
In West Africa, Nigerian smart meter manufacturers have spoken out insisting that government intervention is needed for their firms to thrive in the energy sector.
Last week, chairman and CEO of Mommas Engineering Meters Manufacturing Company Limited (MEMMCOL), Dr Kolawole Balogun, highlighted that his company has the capacity to produce 50,000 smart meters per month, while other smart meter manufacturers have the ability to produce 20,000 each per month.
He, however, highlighted that this capacity has been underutilised due to very low support from the government and the current electricity boards.
Acquisition remains on radar for ambitious Cyan
Smart metering and lighting technology business Cyan continues to weigh up a fresh cash raise for a potential strategic acquisition as it continues to scale globally from its Cambridge UK base.
Executive Chairman John Cronin stressed the growth agenda as theAIM-quoted company posted its results for the year to December 31.
Revenue was up 41 per cent to £272k but R & D spend increased 70 per cent to £3.126m. The operating loss widened to £4.9 million as opposed to £3.26m the previous year.
But Cronin said the real headlines had been written since the year-end, not least through the transformational £10m purchase order for smart metering in Iran.
Honeywell Launches Industrial Internet of Things-Ready Gas Measurement and Data Management Solutions for Natural Gas Utilities
Honeywell (NYSE: HON) Process Solutions (HPS) today announced that it has introduced a fully integrated portfolio of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)-ready natural gas measurement and data management solutions for use by North American gas transmission and distribution customers.
These end-to-end smart metering solutions help optimize the entire gas value chain, including applications from the wellhead to the burner tip.
“Natural gas providers need the tools and know-how to effectively store, transport and deliver gas to meet rising demand,” said Pierre Dufour, HPS global product marketing manager. “Gas metering data must be collected more frequently and in smaller increments. The trend towards smart metering has demonstrated the importance of Meter Data Management (MDM) in realizing the full potential of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI).”
CEN and CENELEC welcome European Commission’s commitment to have a ‘single standardization policy’
CEN and CENELEC welcome the European Commission’s latest proposals concerning the future of the European Standardization System. In particular, CEN and CENELEC are satisfied to see that the Commission has committed itself to having a more consistent and unified policy towards standardization, which serves to strengthen the Single Market and also supports the implementation of EU policies and legislation.
Responding to the European Commission’s Communication ‘European Standards for the 21st Century’ (COM(2016) 358 final), which was published on 1 June, Elena Santiago Cid, Director General of CEN and CENELEC said: “In CEN and CENELEC, we are very pleased to see that the European Commission has promised to have a much more coherent and integrated policy towards standardization. We believe that the ‘single standardization policy’ should encompass all economic sectors and fields of activity – including digital technologies, which until now have been addressed separately.”
“In today’s world, where digital and smart technologies are becoming ever more prevalent, it is increasingly difficult to draw the line between what is digital and what is not digital,” said Ms Santiago Cid. “For example – in the domestic environment, appliances such as washing machines and refrigerators are becoming smarter, while home heating systems can also be connected to the internet. Meanwhile, in the workplace, digital interfaces are being integrated into all kinds of equipment and machinery. Therefore, it is necessary to ensure a more coherent and consistent approach towards standardization across all fields of activity, and this should also be reflected in the cooperation between the European Commission, the European Standardization Organizations and other stakeholders.”