Tauron Dystrybucja S.A selected OSGP technology for its Automatic Meter Infrastructure in the Smart City of Wroclaw, Poland
The technically and economically most advantageous bid, around $7,8M, was made by a consortium comprising LG CNS, WorldIT Systems, Eltel Networks SA and Eltel Poland. They responded to the tender with a solution based on Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) technology.
The Polish National Board of Appeal has approved the tender procedure and the conclusion Tauron Distribution SA has made by selecting the above mention consortium.
In June the contract will be formally signed and the first delivery will be January 2015.
Apator SA concludes a contract for the delivery of OSGP Smart Meters for the Smart City of Wroclaw, Poland
The Executive Board announces that Apator S.A. and WorldIT Systems sp. z.o.o. with headquarters in Warsaw concluded the contract.
The subject of the contract is the design and delivery of electricity meters equipped with OSGP technology conform the requirements stated in the Tauron tender for the “Smart City of Wroclaw” project. Estimated net value of this contract is PLN 24,3M (€5,8M) and deliveries will start at the end of 2014.
GÖRLITZ – Measure Control Secure Network – Secure investment today ensures the ability to act tomorrow
Policy must shape the energy transition and Germany wants to be a pioneer, but the long wait for regulations and provisions are forcing utilities to step on the brakes. It is time to pick up speed. GÖRLITZ AG supports utilities with investment-secure solutions focusing on the requirements of the future energy market. During a series of events, the Koblenz based company informs on its solution and product strategy.
NRGi – Taxameters to visualise the energy source now in power sockets
Minute by minute, penny for penny, you can now follow up the use of wind power in the Green Tech Center Advice House in Vejle (Denmark). Behind the eye-opening initiative is climate partner NRGi.
In principle, everything from weather over the policy of war and disasters affect electricity prices. Power is a commodity that is difficult to stock. It should preferably be used immediately, and prices fluctuate cunningly 25-30 Danish Crowns Per kWh over the day. For environmental as for economical reasons there is an advantage to follow price trends and adapt its electricity consumption.
“Unbalanced supplies and unbalanced consumption is one of the major challenges of using renewable energy. You can’t just shovel some more coal on when the Danish families come home and turn on the TV, the washing machine and the computer. We have to some extent analyse and streamline consumption,” says Søren Sørensen, CEO of NRGi.
“With fluctuating prices, it is possible that we find nasty surprises on your electricity bill. At the same time, the system can focus attention on the best pays to build and hour its electricity consumption, which is of course one of the main objectives of several of our smart grid projects,” explained Jørgen Andersen, director of the Green Tech Centre.
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Duke Energy proposes to expand “Smart Energy” program into S.C.
The Smart Energy pilot in Charlotte cut energy consumption uptown by 6.2 percent, according to figures compiled for Duke by a third-party evaluator.
Duke Energy Carolinas has filed with regulators for permission to expand its energy saving Smart Energy in Offices program to South Carolina.
The program started in North Carolina as “Smart Energy Now” and was the utility’s piece of the Envision: Charlotte project designed to cut power consumption in Charlotte’s urban core by 20% over five years.
Duke has filed a petition with the S.C. Public Service Commission to allow it to offer the program statewide there.
The program still focuses on altering habits to reduce energy consumption. It is designed to provide real-time energy consumption data to companies, building managers and, in some cases, office employees to encourage less use of electricity.
Fortum is expanding the district-heating network in Wroclaw (Poland)
Fortum has started to connect the area Kepa Mieszczańska to the district heating network in Wroclaw. The company has already built a network segment along Kurkowa street, and in September will start to drill the network under the bottom of the Oder.
Fortum has also started the construction of the district heating network in the direction of the planned settlement New Żerniki.
Building a network for Kepa Bourgeois is one of the most complex and largest investment projects in Wroclaw’s city centre. Fortum’s district heating network is constantly expanding, but for the first time in such a large urban area.
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Alliander -Two million Euro for research for the conversion of electricity into gas
The energy in the Netherlands is shifting from gas to electricity, but electricity is difficult to store and expensive to transport. The objective is to convert electricity, CO₂ and water into hydrogen or methane. These gases can be transported cheaply over long distances in the current Dutch gas distribution network. Alliander will contribute in this project with a co-funding of € 500.000 on a total budget of € 2,1 million.
In the Netherlands Alliander expects that the demand of natural gas will decrease sharply around 2020. The converted electricity into gas could be a new application for existing gas and electricity infrastructure.
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ONE Nordic build new electricity and energy-related infrastructure to connect the wind farm in Dalarna to Fortum’s electricity network
The electricity supply of the two new wind farms at Bösjövarden in Mora Municipality and Brass Mount in Orsa will produce requires a connection to Fortum’s electricity grid. Fortum has sought ONE Nordic to construct a switching station in Blyberg and to build a new substation in Nude Ådalen for this purpose. In addition to the stations is also a new 30 km long transmission line voltage levels 130 kV, which will run between the stations. The projects will be completed during 2014.
“This is the overall largest contract ONE Nordic ever committed to performing at Fortum Distribution and now we hope that they live up to the high expectations we will offer,” said Anders Ekberg responsible for Fortum’s regional network in Dalarna and Gävleborg.
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Echelon – Reducing Barriers and Opening Doors for Building Automation Products in the Industrial Internet of Things
The emerging Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) represents the next generation of control networks for building automation. But unlike the consumer Internet of Things, the IIoT isn’t starting from scratch. The hundreds of millions of building automation devices already operating on networks, using a plethora of protocols and both wired and wireless media, must be stitched together-easily and cost-effectively. Multiprotocol, multimedia solutions will enable interconnection and intercommunication among currently disparate building automation networks. Such IIoT-based solutions will not only break down silos between various building automation systems, but the use of a common IP infrastructure will also open new market opportunities for device makers and help increase revenues through streamlined inventory management.
ABB makes Gotland (Sweden) the future electrical Paradise
Gotland will become the world’s most innovative powerline network. Together with a number of partners ABB is working on an existing electricity grid to get it smart.
Ventyx, an ABB company has joined the Smart Grid Gotland and will deploy a comprehensive high-tech electrical distribution system
“It is our objective that wind power will supply the full electric power demand. What we now do on Gotland is to optimise the electrical system with smart new technology,” stated Jens Birgersson managing director of Ventyx.
“We have set Renewables, like wind and solar into the electricity distribution system. The demand strongly depends on electricity customers. Uppsala University is working with an energy storage system that will take the surplus when the wind blows.”
“ABB will supply the control system which makes it possible to run the system to the extreme conditions without collapsing. We know how to do and now we show it on Gotland in full scale. This is a solution the whole world will need when they switch over from fossil fuels to solar and wind,” says Jens Birgersson, who believes that Gotland project is one if not the world’s most innovative Smart Grid project underway in an existing power grid.
Smart Grid Gotland is a demonstration project between Vattenfall, ABB, GEAB, Swedish Grid, Schneider Electric and KTH, supported by the Swedish Energy Agency. In long term Gotland will become an exporter of wind power with an installed wind power capacity of 1.000 megawatts.
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Vattenfall – Gotland (Sweden) will become an electric car island
“Gotland is the ideal place for electric cars. It is flat, distances are short and it has renewable electricity from wind power,” says Karin Lundqvist, Head of Marketing Communication at Vattenfall Sales Nordic. The project is a co-operation between Vattenfall, the Swedish Energy Agency, the solar power company Solkompaniet and a number of different electric car manufacturers with the aim to boost interest in electric cars.
The idea is to offer electric cars for rental on Gotland this summer.
SEAS-NVE and NRGi merge their fiber activities
SEAS-NVE and NRGi have agreed to merge the two companies’ fiber activities. The joint company will be named Fibia and become a leading player in the development of fast fiber network, which will ensure local, regional and national development and competitiveness to the benefit of shareholders and Denmark.
“This is a historic merger that will impact the spread of fast Internet in Denmark. By combining our fiber activities in Fibia we’re going to be even stronger in a competitive market, and we can come out with fiber network to even more of our members. Fibia become a leading player in the development of Denmark’s digital infrastructure. In this way we ensure local, regional and national development and competitiveness, “says Jesper Hjulmand, CEO at SEAS-NVE and chairman of Fibia.
“We achieve significant economies of scale from the merger of fiber activities Fibia and the benefits will come unitholders for good in that we create an even more efficient and profitable company,” said Soren Sorensen, CEO of NRGi.
Fibia will be the largest fiber network company in Denmark. The company has passed more than 200.000 households and businesses with fiber optic network, and has over 70.000 customers. Fibia wil be owned by SEAS-NVE for 65,5% and 34,5% will be NRGi’s part of ownership.
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Meet OSGP and its members at the following events
- 05-06 Aug. 2014; Asian utility Week, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- 04 Sep. 2014; Evening with the Stars of Energy efficiency in Washington DC, USA
- 16-18 Sep. 2014; International Power Industry Fair, Bielsko-Biala, Poland
- 18-19 Sep. 2014; Annual China Smart Grid Forum 2014 in Shanghai, China
- 22-23 Sep. 2014; Telecoms for Smart Grids in London, UK
- 22-24 Sep. 2014; Cigré – Innovation and the Evolving Grid in Toronto, Canada
- 23-24 Sep. 2014; German “Metering Days” in Fulda, Germany
- 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
- 18-19 Nov. 2014; WAPIC – West African Power Industry Convention in Lagos, Nigeria
- 26-28 Nov. 2014; Power Southeast Asia in Jakarta, Indonesia
- 24-25 March 2015; Power Electricity World Africa inJohannesburg, South Africa
EU-Commission – Smart Grid Projects Outlook 2014
Discover the content of the most updated and comprehensive inventory of Smart Grid and Smart Metering projects in Europe for 2014. It includes 459 smart grid projects launched from 2002 up until today, which amount to €3.15 billion in investments.
This report presents the latest analyses and insights from the most comprehensive database of smart grid projects across the European Union (EU) Member States. This rolling review, carried out on a periodical basis by the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) in tight cooperation with the European Commission Directorate-General for Energy (ENER), builds upon the previous two smart grid project-inventorying exercises published since 2011.
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U.S. Energy Department Invests Over $10 Million to Improve Grid Reliability and Resiliency
As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to a strong and secure power grid, the Energy Department today announced more than $10 million for projects that will improve the reliability and resiliency of the U.S. electric grid and facilitate quick and effective response to grid conditions. This investment which includes six projects across five states- California, Hawaii, Missouri, North Carolina and Washington – will help further the deployment of advanced software that works with synchrophasor technology to better detect quickly-changing grid conditions and improve day-to-day grid reliability.
“Through advanced sensors and monitoring devices, U.S. utilities now have unprecedented insight into the power grid – helping industry make decisions that may prevent power outages before they happen and adeptly respond to changing grid conditions without disruption,” said Patricia Hoffman, Assistant Secretary for the Energy Department’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability. “By partnering with utilities and software developers, the Energy Department can help the U.S. electric industry maintain more reliable and resilient power systems.”
EU-Commission – “Grid Infrastructure Communication Toolkit”
All across Europe, immense efforts are undertaken to develop and upgrade our power transmission networks that enable the reliable, sustainable and affordable supply of electricity to every European citizen across the continent. This power transmission network is the blood-system of our private and public life, the backbone of Europe?s economy and a key enabler of future energy systems largely build on renewable sources of energy. Clearly, it is a vital infrastructure priority for every one of us.
At the same time, power grid projects impact our daily lives and the environment in their specific context on the ground. Because of their strategic importance on one hand and their local effects on the environment and adjacent communities on the other hand, public acceptance for power grid development projects is indispensable. The common European effort to make our power transmission grids ready to secure a reliable, sustainable and affordable supply of electricity has to be jointly undertaken by all stakeholders of power grid projects. It is crucial to find the most acceptable way of implementing each one of them and thus eventually achieve high public acceptance for each project. To this end, improved project communication and an intensified multi-stakeholder dialogue can make a significant contribution.
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Eurelectric – forging a joint commitment to sustainable and cost-efficient energy transition in Europe
Conclusion: an urgent need for a joint agenda to optimise the energy system across Europe
Stakeholders from all sides, including policymakers, consumer organisations, industry and the energy sector, have recognised the major impact of the rising energy expenditure on Europe?s households and industry, and all share a sense of urgency about the issue. Still, we see a considerable gap between awareness and action.
Going beyond shared recognition, all partners need to work together towards the common goal and on a pan- European basis, reaching across country boundaries. The energy sector, policymakers and regulators, consumer representatives, industrial players, and environmental groups need to bridge their differences.
With this cooperative mind set, utilities can underline their commitment to securing an effective, efficient energy transition by focusing greater effort on the distribution, retail and consumption end of the value chain?whether through partnerships with each other, policymakers and regulators or with end users, as well as through innovative forms of collaboration with other sectors.
Although there has been considerable progress in addressing interconnectivity through the regulatory framework, the optimisation of generation, trading and transmission will be accelerated if there is constructive dialogue between utilities and regulators around European-wide market integration.
The success of our approach hinges on a genuine commitment to move forward together to develop a joint agenda for change, with efforts focused on key value levers across the full electricity value chain. The electricity industry will benefit – and so will Europe.
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U.S. Government – Power Africa’s Beyond the Grid Increasing Access through Small- Scale Energy Solutions
Today, the U.S. Government is formally launching an innovative framework under President Obama’s Power Africa initiative to increase energy access for underserved populations across sub-Saharan Africa. Over an initial five year period, Beyond the Grid will leverage partnerships with 27 investors and practitioners committing to invest over $1 billion into off-grid and small scale solutions for this underserved market. These private sector commitments will help Power Africa meet and exceed its commitment to provide access to 20 million new connections for households and commercial entities, providing electricity to millions of households in sub-Saharan Africa.
Off-grid and small scale energy solutions that generate electricity closer to end users will also bolster productive uses of energy and income generation. By partnering with investors, practitioners, and donors.
“Beyond the Grid will mobilize new resources, technologies, and expertise to address access to electricity issues in sub-Saharan Africa. Beyond the Grid will help to expand the work the U.S. Government is already doing through Power Africa to bring electricity to citizens of sub-Saharan Africa,”said U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.
EU Commission – Smart grid opportunities and applications in Turkey
A smart grid is a system that uses information and communication technologies to integrate, in an intelligent way, all users connected to the electrical power system considering their behaviour and actions. For this purpose, information about the electrical network, such as the current, the voltage or the power, is gathered together over time so that the behaviour of suppliers and consumers can be observed and automatically coordinated. Smart grids are becoming a significant part in the configuration of future electrical power systems. A lot of research has been done on using smart grids to achieve highly efficient and user-friendly electrical power systems. Many new methods have been introduced to solve the difficulties energy providers face when transforming conventional electrical networks into smart grids. These difficulties include the integration of renewable energy and different grid systems at national and international levels due to changes in frequency, voltage and in the synchronisation mechanism.
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IEEE – Want a successful smart grid implementation?
No matter how much work we do on developing technology and forecasting its commercialization – as we have done recently with our IEEE research Vision series on smart grid – the consumer is both the chief sponsor and beneficiary of most of our technology-related work. We must keep our focus on the end user as we pursue technology in order to fulfill the IEEE mission of fostering “technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.”
Fortunately, a new report, “IEEE Global Consumer Socialization of Smart Grid,” provides the means to understand the range of consumer knowledge of and sentiment towards smart grid. It identifies a handful of common motivations among consumers in order to segment them for effective outreach. For instance, some consumers wish to save money, others will pay a premium for environment benefits and yet others are early adopters of technology. Understanding consumer attitudes, perceptions and motivations will allow us to develop more effective messaging to grow their knowledge and eventual participation in smart grid.
CEER report – Ensuring market and regulatory arrangements help deliver demand-side flexibility
The Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU (EED) entered into force on 4 December 2012 and most of its provisions must be implemented by EU Member States (MS) before 5 June 2014. Article 15 of the EED addresses demand response, explicitly the role of National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) in encouraging demand response to participate in wholesale and retail markets (including balancing and ancillary services markets).
To assist NRAs’ understanding and implementation of the provisions of the EED, CEER started work on this topic in 2013 with an internal survey among NRAs and a public consultation. The goal of this work is to provide best practice examples (drawn out in the public consultation paper?s case studies) and also to draw out some key principles and specific recommendations in the form of this advice paper.
This advice paper is designed as input to advance the ongoing discussion about the scope, players and benefits of demand-side flexibility from both a network and market perspective. This work is part of an ongoing process that should contribute to assistance for NRAs and MS on how to encourage the participation of demand-side resources in their markets and networks.
It also sets out regulators? views on the high-level principles which should govern demand-side flexibility and allow it to be facilitated at the wholesale, network and retail levels.
As a high-level outcome, CEER wants to unlock the value of demand-side flexibility for the provider/customer. This requires:
• That consumers and market participants have the necessary information and tools to adequately and effectively engage in the market;
• A market free from barriers that promotes equal access for all parties and new entrants, through interoperable standards and arrangements; and
• A regulatory framework that is flexible enough to adapt in an evolving market.
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