This map reflects the more than 30 different countries where the OSGP System is installed.
Utilities in these countries have a combined installed smart meter total of more than 4 million meters.
ModemTec - PLC Communication - The Weakest Link?
There is no doubt that power lines are part of critical infrastructure. Power engineering is now at its most dramatic development phase. Unfortunately, progress in technologies and political decisions tend to complicate development.
After the EU strategic plan 20-20-20 is realised, we are likely to face the paradox of a reliable supply of power still not being ensured. Fortunately, however, even empty slogans such as ‘smart grid’ bring rational considerations and decisions to the area of stability and safety of power supply.
The way to control end devices, including residential e-meters, is very clear... despite reservations PLC technology will prevail. It is the only technology with reliability that equals that of the power supply.
Shannon schematics of communication systems reveal the structure of both modem and surroundings that influence total efficiency of transferred information. A real communication system is obviously significantly more complicated, however, this simplified model is sufficient to identifythe key effects (See Figure 1).
Figure 1: Shannon schematics of a communication system, highlighting negative effects
The theoretical calculation for the highest possible transmission capacity C0 (Shannon–Hartley theorem) looks as follows: C0 = B log2 (1+ ) [bit/s; Hz; W; W] where B is equal to bandwidth; S is equal to signal power over bandwidth and N is equal to noise power over bandwidth
Linz Strom - The rollout of smart meters requires change and good governance
LINZ Strom GmbH is an Austrian company with responsibility for all services within the power supply and telecommunications in Linz area, capital of northern Austria. Since 2007 they have worked with the rollout of smart meters, and has made many experiences about how these processes affect both the customer base and organization.
"In our area there live about 400.000 people. We provide 82 communities and the city of Linz with electricity, and about 50% of the people live in the urban areas. Linz Strom is mainly responsible for the distribution of electricity, meaning responsible for the distribution networks and the reliable connection and metering in the homes. It is a challenge to establish new systems in these networks, but now we are fairly satisfied with the result", says Dipl.Ing. Andreas Reinhardt.
Why did you start the process of smart meters?
"There are three main reasons for this. When we started assessments of the project in 2006, there was a focus in the EU increased energy efficiency. It was very important and very visible, and smart meters were already discussed, although the regulation was not ready at this time. The other reason was our own asset management. We had many meters in our networks that needed to be replaced, and this would involve huge investments. We also had an old ripple control which had to be replaced. This encouraged us to make a choice: should they be replaced by electromechanical meters that we had used for many years, or replaced to electronic meters? The third aspect was the innovative management team of the company. They wanted to look at new business models and new opportunities", he says. "But the decision to start the rollout of smart meters was considered a major risk at the time. There were no systems on the market that they could buy and easy use. It had to be a development".
"There were gauges from the American supplier Echelon (now Networked Energy Services - NES Corporation) that could handle a basis of measuring data. We had to find a partner we can work closely with to develop the missing. This company was Ubitronix, and around 2007, we implemented the first smart meters as a pilot project", says Dipl.Ing. Reinhardt.
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DNV-GL - 60% integration of renewables in European distribution grids feasible by 2030 through mitigating technical and regulatory measures
- Integration of renewables will come with an expansion of European distribution networks, depending on the individual countries’ distribution grids and mix of distributed generation technologies
- Measures like Smart grid technologies, Demand Response and a balanced geographical distribution of renewables can significantly reduce the cost of integrating renewables
The integration of approximately 60% of renewables into the European electricity system will be feasible by 2030, but will come with an extensive expansion of infrastructure, including transmission and distribution networks as well as conventional backup generation. The challenges of grid integration of renewables can be mitigated by a number of technical and regulatory measures. These are the findings of a DNV GL study for the European Commission, looking at the impact of renewables on distribution grids both locally and across regions within Europe, carried out in conjunction with Imperial College London and NERA Economic Consulting. In addition to the necessary expansion of transmission and generation, the study Integration of Renewable Energy in Europe specifically evaluates the requirements on distribution infrastructure.
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Energimidt: Small PV systems are the best investment
There is growing interest for solar cells because of the new state aid funds. Two weeks before the opening of these aid fund Energimidt started the discussion with more than 2000 Danes interested in solar.
Energimidt's message surprises most: Buy small plants adapted to your consumption. It's the best business.
Many Danes have discovered shortly before the start of the state aid funds that buyers of photovoltaic cells may obtain a higher price for installations overproduction. However, it can be a challenge to understandm the complex rules and to find the personal optimal solution. Contrary to what many people think; it's not about to buy as large PV plant as possible, but to get a PV-plant adapted to your household's consumption. This is what Energimidt explained to the many Danes interested in solar energy.
“Solar cells are complex, application rules, optimal plant size and supplier choice can be a bit of a jungle to find your way around. Many people think that they need to buy a large plant to get the most out of the state aid funds and are actually somewhat surprised when our recommendation is for a significantly smaller and not least cheaper plants”, explains Jørgen Due Thomsen, business manager at Energimidt, adding that some customers actually report that they have been recommended to buy a significat bigger PV-plant from other suppliers.
The Danish Energy Agency has recently send a warning to be careful to invest in solar cells. This warning is supplemented with a calculation from Ernst & Young, which is based on a 5 kW plant which annually produces more power than the household normally uses. Energimidt completely agrees that we must be careful not to invest in a plant of such a size unless you have a large household with a very high consumption.
“Very few people who will get a good business out of investing in a large photovoltaic system, as the rules are now. A 5 kW unit might make sense if you are a family with 4-5 children and an annual consumption of 12.000 kWh or more, but those are, after all, not many. The vast majority of our customers are recommended to purchase a 2 or 3 kW unit, because it is the best business for them. The ideal is to buy a plant, which, even on a sunny day, can use the most power itself”, explains Jørgen Due Thomsen.
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Fortum concludes the divestment of its electricity distribution business by selling the Swedish business for approx. EUR 6.6 billion
Fortum and a consortium comprising Swedish national pension funds Första AP-Fonden (AP 1) (12.5%) and Tredje AP-Fonden (AP3) (20.0%), Swedish mutual insurance and pension savings company Folksam (17.5%) and the international infrastructure investor, Borealis Infrastructure Management Inc. (50%), have today signed a binding agreement for the sale and purchase of Fortum Distribution AB, which operates and owns Fortum's electricity distribution business in Sweden.
Fortum expects to book a one-time sales gain of approximately EUR 4.4 billion corresponding to approximately EUR 5 per share in its second quarter 2015 results. In the first quarter 2015 Interim Report the Distribution Segment will be presented as discontinued operations.
"A competent and experienced buyer with a long-term commitment to infrastructure and customer service is a very good solution for our 906,000 distribution customers in Sweden. At the same time, this is very good for our some 390 distribution employees, who will transfer with the business at closing with the existing terms of employment. The business is financially and operationally in a very good shape. It will now have a new owner that will develop the business as a core business," says Timo Karttinen, Fortum's Interim President and CEO.
E.ON comment on customer attitudes towards smart meters
Commenting on two reports into customer attitudes towards smart meters - from Smart Energy GB and from DECC's Early Learning Project - Don Leiper, New Business Director at E.ON, said: "It's extremely encouraging that two separate pieces of research show people feel more confident about their energy choices as a result of having a smart meter in their home. We took the decision to start installing smart meters early because we feel that they're the right thing for our customers, and having now installed more than 400,000 over the past few years, feedback from our own customers echoes these findings."
The DECC study, which featured responses from E.ON customers, showed that customers with smart meters in their homes were more likely to feel in control of their energy use, had tried to reduce consumption and were more satisfied with the service they received from their supplier.
Don Leiper added: "We're still in the early stages of the wider rollout of smart meters and we have a lot to do to ensure customers are made fully aware of the benefits they can bring; facilitating easier switching, bringing an end to estimated billing and giving customers the tools they need to control their energy use. It's interesting that awareness is still mixed across age groups and regions and this shows there's more we need to do, working alongside Smart Energy GB and the industry to further increase awareness and take-up among all age groups and in all regions.
"We've done a lot to improve the services we offer for all of our customers - those with smart meters and those who don't yet have them - like enabling customers to choose our best tariff for them simply and quickly, offering customers Rewards and the option to receive Price Alerts when we launch a new fixed price tariff and making it easier for customers to see how their energy use stacks up to similar nearby homes with our Saving Energy Toolkit. But smart meters will help us take things to the next level for all our customers - by giving them real-time information about how and when they're using energy and where they can make savings."
SEAS_NVE - Burglary revealed through website minmaaler.dk
A home owner discovered via the energy monitoring website; minmaaler.dk, that the electricity consumption in his house suddenly surged. The cause was an open door for burglary.
John Lindberg has cottage at Sejrø bay, and keeps it from frost with underfloor heating in the bathroom. When he is not staying in the house, he has the habit of monitoring the electricity consumption via his PC at minmaaler.dk. Consumption increased sharply from 3 to 18 kWh per day - without the house being used by someone, nor colder weather. "It seemed very strange, so I called SEAS-NVE, who recommended me to check the house as soon as possible. Because it is over 80 miles away, I called a neighbour who discovered that someone had broken in through a door you cannot see out of the street. It stood wide open, and it lead to the consumption of the underfloor heating electricity to rise very high", says John Lindberg.
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LINZ AG wins '' Energy Star 2015 ''
That the LINZ AG is a specialist in energy efficiency, This has now been confirmed by official sources: The company won '' the country's energy price '' Energy Star 2015 '' award for the cross-sectoral project '' Utilisation of waste heat in the biomass heating plant Asten".
On February the 26th, during the Energysaving exhibition in Wells LINZ AG received this prestigious award. This is aready for the third time, that Linz AG was happy to be the winner. In a2012, there was the '' Energy Star '' for the solar offensive and in 2006 for the biomass power plant).
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Görlitz research project – State estimation in low and medium voltage networks
The goal of the Smart SCADA project is to develop a method that can make intelligent coupling of a cost-effective data indicative of the operation state of low and medium voltage networks.
To continue to provide a stable power supply to the intended research project of smart Scada contribute. The Görlitz AG supports the collaborative project.
The sharp rise in proportion of distributed and renewable generation facilities in low voltage networks poses new challenges to network operators. So not only additional equipment must be integrated into the network, but it must at the same time allows trouble-free operation with standard-compliant power quality can be maintained.A precise knowledge of relevant system parameters, in particular the mains voltage will be essential in the future to has regulating engage in network operation can.
The goal of the Smart SCADA project is to develop a method that can make intelligent coupling of a cost-effective data indicative of the operation state of low and medium voltage networks. This state estimator uses as base data from existing smart meter infrastructure and PV Einspeiseprognosen. From his results, in a second step, additional information, such as the integration of renewable energy plants are derived. Furthermore, in this project algorithms for detection of topology errors in medium and low voltage systems are developed and tested.
Using a variety of read values are to be developed and tested the necessary state estimation algorithms in the next two years. Görlitz supports smart Scada with about 200 Echelon meters and its smart-MDM-ID Specto that handles the reading and processing the measured values. For about 24 connected to PV systems, counters are working with phase-sharp 5-min load profiles, on all remaining counters with 10-min load profiles. All counters run a data concentrator. Overall, each with 14 load profiles are transmitted to the system in the 4-hour intervals.
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Schneider Electric Smart Grid Lab at Ryerson University
Schneider Electric Smart Grid Lab at Ryerson University's Centre for Urban Energy officially open, available for testing and training
State-of-the-art facility will help build the future of Canadian energy
Schneider Electric, Ryerson University, and the Ontario Ministry of Energy today officially unveiled the Schneider Electric Smart Grid Laboratory (SESG Lab) at Ryerson’s Centre for Urban Energy (CUE) in Toronto. The facility, Canada’s first university-based smart grid laboratory, is now available to partners and collaborators seeking to test new products or operational strategies, validate grid transformation solutions, conduct research and train employees.
The Schneider Electric Smart Grid Laboratory was sponsored by the Ministry of Energy and funded in part through the Ontario Smart Grid Fund initiative.
“Building a smarter electricity grid is a key part of our government’s plan to modernize Ontario’s energy infrastructure and provide clean, reliable affordable power to consumers,” said Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Energy. “Supporting Ryerson’s Centre for Urban Energy, and the development of the Schneider Electric Smart Grid Lab, we are setting the stage for innovations that will be the backbone for our energy system for future generations.”
Enel offers turnkey Smart Cities solutions
Enel's expertise in developing technologies for smart cities, and the sector’s benefits and opportunities were the main topics discussed at the Italy's Drive Towards Smart Cities: Trends and Opportunities webinar. The meeting was sponsored by the UK Trade & Investment office and took place at the British Consulate, as part of initiatives connected to the Expo 2015.
At the webinar, Laura Montanari from New Business Solutions Development and Sales at Enel’s Global Infrastructure and Networks Business Line explained how the integration of different technologies into the smart city structure brings about economic, energy efficiency and sustainability benefits for both urban areas and consumers.
Fortum's Energy Review: Nordic electricity market in transition
Fortum’s second Energy Review, published today, focuses on the Nordic electricity market, its success so far and the challenges ahead. The Nord Pool area in the Nordic and Baltic countries is a real example of a functioning, regional electricity market offering its customers energy at competitive prices, good security of supply, and one of the world’s lowest energy production emissions per kilowatt-hour.
“For the success to continue, we need a strong, shared mindset in the Nordic countries. Transmission connections must be further developed within and between each Nordic country as well as between the Nordic countries and the rest of Europe. In addition to the wholesale market, the functionality of the retail market must also be a focal point, so that better products for controlling energy consumption and costs can be offered to household customers”, notes Fortum’s CFO Timo Karttinen, who currently acts also as President and CEO.
Powel to participate in Horizon 2020, EU’s largest R&D project
Vattenfall selects Powel iAM DMS as its testing solution in the €12 million EU Research and Development (R&D) project UPGRID, which will focus on smart grid improvements and service quality.
The Horizon 2020 project group, made up of a pan-European consortium of 19 participants from seven countries, is headed up by Iberdrola, Spain’s number one energy group. Participants will run four live smart grid demonstration sites in distribution networks in Sweden, Spain, Portugal and Poland.
Vattenfall, responsible for one of the key work packages in the research project, has invited Powel and other partners to contribute to the demonstration site in Sweden, for which Powel will offer its distribution management system (iAM DMS).
Alliander celebrating 100 years
Alliander launched today the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the company. On March 24, 1915 was founded the predecessor NV Provincial Geldersche Electriciteits-Maatschappij (PGEM).
The anniversary will be celebrated for one year with various activities. For example, open days for the public will be organized at Radio Kootwijk from 25 to 28th of June. Furthermore, there is a dedicated website (in Dutch only), where stories and images from the past 100 years can be found. It’s also possible to add yourself stories or photos to share.
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Meet OSGP and its members at the following events
- 22-24 April 2015; The European Power Innovation Congress in Prague, Czech Republic
- 27-28 April 2015; Euroheat & Power Congress in Tallinn, Estonia
- 28 April 2015; Smart Grid Research and Demonstration Thought Leadership Forum in Los Angeles CA, USA
- 29-30 April 2015; 3rd ICSG 2015 Congres in Istanbul, Turkey
- 05-06 May 2015; 3rd Annual Digital Grids & Smart Cities Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- 05-07 May 2015; Power & Electricity World Asia in Singapore
- 12-14 May 2015; African Utility Week 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa
- 20-22 May 2015; Smart Cities India 2015 in New Dehli, India
- 26-28 May 2015; Nat. Town Meeting Demand Response & Smart Grid in Washington DC, USA
- 27-28 May 2015; Smart Grid Paris 2015 in Paris, France
- 03-04 June 2015; Power & Electricity Philippines in Manilla, Philippines
- 09-10 June 2015; Asian Utility Week in Bangkok, Thailand
- 11 june 2015; Smart Communications & Technology Forum in Warsaw, Poland
- 15-16 June 2015; het slimme meter platform in Utecht, The Netherlands
- 15-18 June 2015; CIRED 2015 in Lyon, France
- 22-23 June 2015; Meter Asset Management in London, UK
- 31 Aug - 2 Sep.; 2015 CIGRÉ Canada Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
- 15-17 Sep. 2015; 2nd Power South-East Asia in Sule Shangri-La, Yangon, Myanmar.
- 22-24 Sep. 2015; SGTech Europe 2015in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- 05-07 Oct. 2015; Smart Grid Canada in toronto, Canada
- 13-14 Oct. 2015; 2nd Ann. Nat. Summit on Smart Grid and Climate Change in washington DC, USA
- 03-05 Nov. 2015; European Utility Week 2015 in Vienna, Austria
- 28-29 Jan. 2016; 7th Smart Energy Summit - Smart Metering and Grid Exhibition in London, UK
- 15-16 March 2016; Power Electricity World Africa inJohannesburg, South Africa
EU leaders confirm commitment to Energy Union
The EU leaders met on 19 March to set out the first steps of an Energy Union. The European Council strengthened their commitment for affordable, secure and sustainable energy within the EU.
At their meeting, their discussion focused on energy security and transparency in gas contracts. All gas contracts must be in line with EU law, more transparent and should not negatively impact Europe's energy security.
EU leaders also agreed to:
- develop innovative strategies for a new generation of renewable energies and increase energy efficiency
- step-up the EU climate diplomacy for a successful Paris climate summit in December 2015
National Science Foundation (NSF)
It only takes a power outage of a few minutes in the middle of a busy workday to drive home the hazards of relying on an energy infrastructure rooted in the Industrial Age. Without the electricity delivered over the nation's power grid, commerce would grind to a halt, communication networks would fail, transportation would stop and cities would go dark.
Simply put, nothing would work.
Plus, blackouts aren't easy to contain. Because the power grid is a vast interconnected network, the failure of one part can have a cascading effect, triggering successive outages down the line.
"The power grid is based on technology from the early 20th century," says Iqbal Husain, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at North Carolina State University. "That needs to change."
Husain is director of the FREEDM Systems Center, a collaboration of leaders in research, industry and engineering education working to envision and then create the energy network of the future. With funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) leveraged by additional industry support, the Engineering Research Center has sparked the growth of dozens of clean energy businesses in Raleigh's Research Triangle, making the region an epicenter of smart grid development.
"We're trying to create a new electric grid infrastructure that we call the energy Internet," says Alex Huang, an NC State researcher and co-inventor of a newly patented soft-switch single-stage AC-DC converter. "We're looking at the whole distribution system. That's a huge engineering system. It's very, very complex."
Ofgem to introduce more competition to electricity transmission network
Ofgem is today announcing new competition arrangements for some of GB’s electricity transmission network. Competitive tendering for new, separable, high value onshore transmission assets will benefit consumers through cost savings and innovation.
Ofgem also plans to bring in improvements into how network infrastructure is planned and regulated. As GB’s system operator, National Grid is responsible for coordinating the flow of electricity through the transmission network. It will now have extra responsibilities to identify the future needs of the onshore and offshore network, and to consider the value of more interconnection to other countries. This will help ensure that the network is planned and operated in an efficient, economical and coordinated way. This will lead to lower network charges to help keep consumer bills down.
Ofgem expects changes to the system operator’s role to be in place by summer 2015, following a consultation period.
Martin Crouch, senior partner for transmission, said: “GB’s transmission network requires substantial investment over the next decade. Our decision today, to open competition for some onshore transmission assets and providing the system operator with more powers in network planning, will ensure the system is fit for purpose, and that consumers are getting value for money.”
US-DOE - The smart grid experience: Applying results, reaching beyond
In October 2014, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) held a conference to assess progress, impacts, benefits, and lessons learned from utility smart grid projects and to exchange information about future challenges and opportunities. The conference provided participants with information and analysis resulting from unprecedented investments in smart grid deployments over the past five years, funded in large part through cost-shared grants under the Recovery Act. More than 150 participants representing electric utilities, federal and state government agencies, equipment manufacturers, vendors, universities, and national laboratories attended and contributed their experiences, perspectives, and insights.
Eurelectric - Unlocking the potential of electric vehicles – paper on smart charging
E-mobility is a great opportunity for the electricity sector and customers alike. For instance, electric vehicles (EVs) can help to integrate renewable energy into the distribution grid. But depending on when these cars charge, they may also put a significant strain on grids. To avoid this and make the most of EVs’ flexibility and storage potential, a EURELECTRIC paper published today proposes one straightforward solution: smart charging.
“If all the cars on the road today were electric, e-mobility would account for a 24% increase in total electricity demand, which could be handled without additional generation and transmission capacity. But if those cars are not charged in an intelligent and coordinated way, their impact in terms of peak demand at certain times could be much higher. We think that smart charging is the answer: it reduces environmental and societal costs while increasing power system efficiency. With 90% of charging predicted to take place at home or at work, it is important to make smart charging available and incentivise customers to use this service,” commented EURELECTRIC Secretary General Hans ten Berge.
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DECC - Smart Meter Delivery Plan
Written Ministerial Statement on Smart Metering by Secretary of State Edward Davey MP.
Following a proposal from the Data and Communications Company (DCC) to adopt an alternative delivery plan, I have today approved the DCC’s plan as provided for under powers in the DCC’s licences – which were granted under sections 7AB(2) of the Gas Act 1986 and section 6(1A) of the Electricity Act 1989. Under this revised plan, the DCC will plan to deliver operational services from April 2016 rather than its current target of December 2015.
The Data and Communications Company is responsible for establishing the enduring data and communications infrastructure over which energy suppliers will operate smart electricity and gas meters.
It is vital that the DCC delivers to a plan in which all parties have confidence. I have therefore made available up to a maximum of six months of contingency which will be strictly governed by my Department, and must be duly justified, to enable the DCC’s systems and services to come together with the energy companies’ systems and processes in a coordinated start to the main installation phase.
In the meantime consumers are already benefiting from the early roll out of smart meters with over 1 million meters operating under the programme.
ENTSO-E - Towards Smarter Grids: ENTSO-E Position Paper on Developing TSO and DSO Roles for the Benefit of Consumers
Consumers have an increasingly active role in the electricity market, due to the development of renewable sources of energy and of demand-side response. This paper identifies needed changes in the TSO-DSO interface in order to unlock consumers’ potential as electricity producers and balancing actors while increasing consumers’ choice, electricity affordability and reliability.
Addressing issues related to market framework, system operations, network planning and data handling, the paper highlights a number of key findings, including:
- Consumers must be allowed to participate in all markets. TSOs and DSOs must support the appropriate market framework in order to enable this participation;
- TSOs should work with DSOs and regulators in determining requirements around observability and active power management of distributed generation (DG) and demand-side response;
- TSOs and DSOs need to have a clear and consistent governance framework. Due to the diversity of arrangements between TSOs and DSOs at national level, there is no one-size-fits-all solution.
DSOs and ENTSO-E must work together to scope out how the role of consumers can be enhanced to enable them to fully participate in the electricity system of the future. Collaboration with DSO associations is starting and is planned to develop further to enable this further integration of consumers as active participants within Europe's energy market.
AEE Report: Advanced energy is a nearly $1.3 trillion global industry
At nearly $1.3 trillion in estimated global revenue for 2014, the market for advanced energy products and services is as large as apparel and fashion and almost four times the size of the semiconductor industry worldwide, according to a report commissioned by Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), a national business association. In the United States, advanced energy market revenue grew 14% last year – five times the rate of the U.S. economy overall – to just under $200 billion, making it bigger than the airline industry, equal to pharmaceuticals, and nearly equal to consumer electronics in this country.
The study, conducted by Navigant Research, found that advanced energy in the United States was an estimated $199.5 billion market in 2014, up 14% from 2013 ($169 billion), and five times the rate of growth of the U.S. economy overall. Areas of growth included solar energy (up 39%) and natural gas generating equipment (48%), in long-anticipated response to lower-priced natural gas supplies. Wind power, which suffered a severe setback in 2013 due to the on-again, off-again federal production tax credit (PTC), rebounded in 2014 with four-fold growth, to $8.2 billion, and a pipeline of projects that could result in revenue rivaling the $25 billion realized in 2012, its biggest year to date.
"This report shows that advanced energy is a vibrant industry that is driving economic growth," said Graham Richard, CEO of AEE. "Across the country and around the world, advanced energy companies are delivering technologies and services that make the energy we use secure, clean, and affordable. AEE is committed to bringing together business leaders and policy makers to accelerate the progress of this industry."
EU-Commission - Financing trans-European energy infrastructure – the Connecting Europe Facility
Energy infrastructure is usually financed by the market and through tariffs paid by users. However, in order to meet the challenge of interconnecting all EU Member States by 2020 and the €200 billion needed to that end, the European Union has set up funds contributing to leverage the investment needed. The most prominent of those funds is the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). Investments in energy infrastructure can also be supported under certain conditions by EU Cohesion Policy. In addition, the recently proposed European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) will offer financing opportunities for energy infrastructure going beyond CEF.
US Energy Department selects 11 ribal Communities to Deploy Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technologies
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today that 11 tribal communities will receive nearly $6 million to accelerate the implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies on tribal lands.
As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to partner with Tribal Nations, these projects provide Indian Tribes and Alaska Native villages clean energy options that will reduce fossil fuel use and save money. With tribal renewable energy resources comprising approximately five percent of all U.S. renewable energy resources, these facility- and community-scale projects support national energy goals to strengthen tribal energy self-sufficiency, create jobs and further economic development.
The projects represent a total investment value of $13.5 million. The department’s funding is expected to be leveraged by nearly $7.5 million in cost share by the selected Indian Tribes.
“The Energy Department is committed to helping Native American tribes develop clean, affordable and reliable energy options,” said Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency. “By harnessing America’s clean energy on tribal lands, tribes across the country can cut energy bills, spur economic development and advance energy solutions in their local communities.”
EU-Commission - Consultation on the list of proposed Projects of Common Interest in the field of Smart Grids
The consultation on the list of projects proposed for the PCI label in energy infrastructure has been launched and will remain open until 15 April 2015. Regulation (EU) no 347/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 April 2013 on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure (the TEN-E Regulation; identifies 9 priority corridors and 3 thematic areas and defines a procedure and criteria for a project to become a Project of Common Interest (PCI).
The first Union-wide list of PCIs was adopted by the European Commission in October 2013 and the TEN-E Regulation foresees that it shall be updated every two years. The identification of PCIs is based on a regional approach and is carried out by Regional Groups consisting of representatives of competent ministries, national regulatory authorities and the gas and electricity transmission system operators and project promoters, the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO) for electricity and gas, the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators and the European Commission.
Project promoters submit the Smart Grid project proposals for which they want to obtain the status of PCI to the Regional Groups for assessment. Regional Groups then will evaluate the projects against the general and specific criteria as defined in the Regulation assessing especially the contribution of the projects to market integration, sustainability, security of supply and competition. The assessment will be carried out in the coming months and the Thematic Group will decide on the Thematic PCI lists in summer 2015.
Research Beam - Smart Grid Market in China 2012-2016
TechNavio's analysts forecast the Smart Grid market in China to grow at a CAGR of 28.30 percent over the period 2012-2016. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increasing need for grid connecting and management systems. The Smart Grid market in China has also been witnessing the increasing environmental concern. However, the increased exposure to cyber attack could pose a challenge to the growth of this market.
TechNavio's report, the Smart Grid Market in China 2012-2016, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report focuses on China; it also covers the Smart Grid market landscape and its growth prospects in the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.