Newsletter // March 2014
OSGP Alliance welcomes new members
OSGP Alliance is happy to announce that the alliance has grown recently with seven new members; aSAY Enerji, Conlog, Giza Systems, Mitsubishi Electric, ModemTec, RMS and VIKO.
Invitation to the Workshop: OSGP a future proof architecture and technology
OSGP Alliance likes to invite you to our interesting workshop.
During this workshop we will chare with you:
- Our understanding of the major trends in Europe regarding Smart Metering
- Key information for smart meter/grid tender requirements
- Our view on Smart Meter vs Smart Grid
- The key applications for OSGP
Attendance is free, thanks to the courtesy of aSay Energij, VIKO and OSGP Alliance
Smart Grid Gotland appointed Echelon as Preferred Supplier
Smart Grid Gotland appoints Echelon Corporation as Preferred Supplier. In The Smart Grid Gotland project Echelon will primarily assist with their expertise and their products within subprojects Smart meters. Using Echelon Control Nodes, intelligent sensors / meters based on Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) and the NES systems software valuable power quality information from the low voltage grid will be collected to allow for outage monitoring and detecting network losses and other “health problems” in the network and provide mapping of the low voltage grid.
Alliander and Enexis to explore exchange of regional energy networks in the Netherlands
The network companies Alliander and Enexis are going to explore the option of exchanging the energy networks of Enexis in Friesland and the Noordoostpolder and that of Alliander in the Eindhoven and South-East Brabant region (Endinet) with effect from 1 January 2015. A Letter of Intent was signed today.
Fortum, UPM and Valmet are jointly developing technology to produce advanced biomass based fuels
Fortum, UPM and Valmet have joined forces to develop a new, winning technology to produce advanced high value lignocellulosic fuels, such as transportation fuels or higher value bio liquids. The idea is to develop catalytic pyrolysis technology for upgrading bio-oil and commercialise the solution.
According to several studies pyrolysis technology is seen as the most competitive route to produce advanced lignocellulosic biofuels, and is one of the most efficient routes for meeting EU2020 greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.
Echelon Introduces IzoT™ in a Box for Easy Development of Multi-Protocol Systems for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
Echelon Corporation introduced the FT 6000 Evaluation and Development Kit (EVK), targeted at developers who are creating, testing and deploying devices and control applications for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). The FT 6000 EVK packages the essential elements of Echelon’s IzoT™ platform for the IIoT into an aggressively priced and easy-to-use kit for IIoT developers looking to create wired devices using the ISO 14908-compatible Free Topology (FT) technology.
Fortum completes divestment of its Finnish electricity distribution business
Fortum has today completed the divestment of its Finnish electricity distribution business to Suomi Power Networks Oy, owned by a consortium of Finnish and international investors. The transaction has all the necessary regulatory approvals and the customary closing conditions have been met.
New EDMI Cikarang Manufacturing Site Lifts EDMI-Indonesian Partnership
PT EDMI Indonesia have opened a new factory in Cikarang, adding a half a million units to EDMI?s yearly production capacity and strengthened ties with PLN Indonesia. The factory is capable of making 3Phase and 1Phase smart meters.
GÖRLITZ – IDSpecto.scadalink 6.0 with impressive new functions
The latest version of IDSpecto.scadalink enables grid operators to profit from greater manufacturer independence, usability and speeds. Additional devices have been integrated for demand-side power reduction, new features have been included in the client user interface and the overall data throughput has been increased.
Ubitronix with a new majority shareholder
On the 1st of March S&T acquired 51% of Ubitronix shares. S&T will now lay an important foundation for further growth of Ubitronix. The aim is to work with S&T to be a big player of Smart Energy in the German speakingD region, as well as in Eastern Europe. “For us it was crucial that S&T as a strategic partner and investor was strongly present in Austria as well as internationally. In addition, projects in the field of smart metering and smart grids are always IT projects. Here, S&T has exactly the skills and resources that are necessary for the expansion of our market position.? says CEO Dr. Christoph Schaffer.
Read more (in German)…
Meet OSGP Alliance and its members at the following events
- 02-03 April 2014; Social Media in the Utilities Sector in London, UK
- 09 April 2014; Masterclass UK Smart Meter Roll Out in London, UK
- 21-23 April 2014; Smart grid South East Asia Forum 2014 on Bali Island, indonesia
- 22-25 April 2014; Power Electricity World Asia in Singapore
- 24-25 April 2014; India Smart Grid Summit in New Delhi, India
- 28 April 2014; The Smart Grid Consumer education Symposium in New York, USA
- 29-30 April 2014; Smart grids Summit in Malaga, Spain
- 29-30 April 2014; Smart to Future Cities 2014 in London, UK
- 05-06 May 2014; Digital Grids and Smart Cities summit in Riyadh, KSA
- 08-09 May 2014; ICSG 2014 Smart Grid Congress & Exhibition in Istanbul, Turkey
- 13-14 May 2014; Smart City Event 2014 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- 14-16 May 2014; Africa Smart grid Forum in Abidjan, Ivoire
- 19-21 May 2014; National Town Meeting Demand Response + Smart Grid in Washington-DC, USA
- 26-27 May 2014; World Smart City Convention, India week 2014, New Delhi, India
- 28-30 May 2014; Metering China 2014 & Smart Utility China in Shanghai, China
- 04 June 2014; Smart grids & Clean Power in Cambridge, UK
- 09-12 June 2014; RiskMinds Energy in Amsterdam, NL
- 18-19 June 2014, Power Electricity World Philippines in Manila
- 18-19 June 2014; Utility Energy Storage Europe in London, UK
- 19-20 June 2014; Data management & Analytics for Utilities in San Diego, CA, USA
- 25 June 2014, Smart metering Update in London, UK
- 18-19 Sep. 2014; Annual China Smart Grid Forum 2014 in Shanghai, China
- 22-24 Sep. 2014; Cigré – Innovation and the Evolving Grid in Toronto, Canada
- 24 Sep. 2014 Evening with the Stars of Energy efficiency in Washington DC, USA
- 01-03 Oct. 2014; 2014 Smart Grid Canada conference in Montreal, Canada
- 28-30 Oct. 2014; Power Nigeria in Laos, Nigeria
- 04-06 Nov 2014: European Utility Week, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- 24-25 March 2015; Power Electricity World Africa inJohannesburg, South Africa
ETSI to develop European Standards for Cybersecurity
ETSI has opened a new technical committee on Cybersecurity to address the growing demands for standards in this field. “Secure networks and services are essential for a strong European internal market, for the protection of citizens and their data, and to fully unlock the business potential of an internet of things”, says Luis Jorge Romero, ETSI’s Director General. “Our newly created technical committee aims to produce strong, interoperable, trustworthy and transparent standards for a secure digital market”.
CEER Position on the European Commission’s Policy Framework for Climate and Energy 2020-30
CEER welcomes the European Commission’s Policy Framework and its recognition of the importance of regulatory investment certainty, and the value of coordinated approaches amongst Member States, as key contributions towards a more competitive, secure and sustainable energy system. Building on 6 key strategic points, the CEER position opens with a commentary on implications for energy consumers, and then provides a regulatory position on each of the main areas in the Commission’s policy framework.
UK-ERC – Scenarios for the Development of Smart Grids in the UK
Smart grid? is a catch-all term for the smart options that could transform the ways society produces, delivers and consumes energy, and potentially the way we conceive of these services. Delivering energy more intelligently will be fundamental to decarbonising the UK electricity system at least possible cost, while maintaining security and reliability of supply
Download the synthesis report…
CEER Memo on regulatory aspects of energy investment conditions in European countries
This Memo serves as an update to the previous edition in 2013, which provides an informative overview of how National Regulatory Authorities undertake their responsibilities in evaluating and developing their respective regulatory frameworks.
TNO’s Smart Appliances Project for European Commission started
TNO is performing a study for the European Commision to bring together semantics and data from smart appliances in buildings and households. These smart appliances all communicate in a different manor and the information they exchange differs. TNO brings the information together in one common ontology that can be used to match the data. The ontology created will fit into the ETSI M2M architecture.
Frost & Sullivan – Smart City Market Anticipated to Create Huge Business Opportunities with a Total Market Value of $1.5 Trillion by 2020
More than 26 cities globally will be smart cities in 2025 with more than 50 percent being in Europe and North America.
EBRD – Russian Grids Modernisation loan for JSC Russian Grids
The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development is considering extending financing to JSC Russian Grids to finance part of its investment program focusing on modernisation of the existing electricity distribution network and introduction of smart grid elements.
OFGEM – State of competition in the UK energy market
Ofgem has today acted to remove uncertainty from the UK energy market by proposing a market investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). A market investigation will once and for all clear the air and allow the CMA to ensure that there are no further barriers to effective competition. An investigation would reassure consumers and complement our reforms for a simpler, clearer and fairer energy market.
ITC Holdings – The Economic Case For Grid – Investment Background and research findings
ITC set out to understand whether and how both businesses and the general public understood the complex and significant economic benefits to our society that stem from a fully functioning electric transmission grid. To do so, ITC commissioned two streams of research: an online survey of national adults and in-depth interviews with business leaders. The following paper outlines a background for why the grid is important for the economy and then discusses the results from online survey and in-depth interviews.
Download the White Paper…
Navigant – Nanogrids
Grid-Tied and Remote Commercial, Residential, and Mobile Distribution Networks: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts.
Nanogrids are modular building blocks for energy services that support applications ranging from emergency power for commercial buildings to the provision of basic electricity services for people living in extreme poverty. In many ways, nanogrids are just small microgrids, typically serving a single building or a single load. Because of the simplicity, the technology requirements for nanogrids are less complex (in most cases) than those for either microgrids or the utility-dominated smart grid
DECC – Modifications to the Smart Energy Code
Licence Modifications to the Smart Energy Code, Smart Meter Communication Licences and the Standard conditions of electricity and gas supply licences were laid in Parliament on 30 January 2014.
Following successful completion of the Parliamentary process, the changes relating to Communication Hubs financing provision in the SEC and DCC licence will come into effect on 31 March 2014.The supply licence conditions relating to the Energy Efficiency Directive come into force on 4 June 2014 and all other provisions come into force on 6 April 2014 (please refer to the Modifications document for details).
Secretary OSGP Alliance