NES – An Exploration of Utility Cyber Security Essentials
Part One of a Two-Part Series on Smart Grid Security
In the first article we’ll explore cyber security today within the context of a modern utility, relate utility cyber security to security trends in various industries, and lay the groundwork for part two of this article next month about the necessary elements of a successful next generation cyber security system adapted for the special needs of the ever-evolving smart grid.
Cyber Security Today
These times are difficult ones for those managing utility resources of all kinds. Security a few decades ago used to be about physical security mainly whereas now with the typical networked and connected utility—with all of the IT and operational technology (OT) systems—one needs to consider hackers, viruses, intrusions, data compromises, network outages, terrorism, and other small and large scale threats that would ultimately affect the lives of the people in the service territory. These considerations are linked with two correlated trends that have emerged over the past several decades. They are the growing dependence upon an uninterrupted supply of electricity required to function efficiently in our modern working and personal lives, and the growing dependence on network connectivity (whether connected to the Internet or not) for almost all aspects of our lives. Without electrical power the communication networks don’t operate for long, so energy, networks, cyber security, enterprise security and personal security are all interlinked. At the same time the threats have expanded, with those in a utility needing to consider protecting not just against curious or casually malicious hackers but also determined clandestine groups including state-sponsored intrusion and terrorist groups as well as employee threats from within.
Part of the difficulty of managing the overall security of a utility in this new world is that a utility is managing a collection of systems (whether IT, OT or field devices from switches to meters) of various vintages from multiple suppliers with different security implementations, and each with a different set of security features or vulnerabilities. Added to this is that the collection of systems is frequently evolving, and each of the systems will be (or should be) improving providing updates to improving its security over time. Therefore a comprehensive systems approach is needed so that the utility identifies and implements clearly defined interactions between the various security elements at each of the internal trust boundaries, and fully understands the threat surface and mitigation strategies of each of the systems and as they relate to entire utility.
The mere discussion of cyber security can often be difficult as well, for there is an entire vocabulary that needs to be learned, with many of the related topics requiring deep discussion and understanding to be sure that the system as implemented and operated lives up to the promise of the vendors. Also, the understanding of security issues is not universal, so the utility must also evaluate the experience and attitude of each vendor with respect to security, and also verify themselves, possibly using outside security analysts, that the security implementation is as described.
The focus of cyber security today as it relates to the smart grid is protecting the field devices, the field networks (whether wired or wireless, owned, leased or subscribed to), the data therein (whether stored in place in memory within devices or in motion between devices within the network) from unauthorized access, modification or malicious destruction. Furthermore, cyber security today needs to include elements that automatically respond to attacks, and ensure that utility management is aware of the attacks—and the automated responses to those attacks—immediately.
Apator – Increase of the supply of electricity meters to Tauron Dystrybucja Pomiary sp. z o.o.
Further to current report 36/2014 concerning the supply of electricity meters to Tauron Dystrybucja Pomiary sp. zo.o. the Management Board of Apator SA announces that on 12th June 2015:
- value of the sale was increased from PLN 11.3 m to PLN 13 m under the contract of the supply of single phase electricity meters,
- value of the sale was increased from PLN 22.6 m to PLN 26.1 m under the contract of the supply of three phase electricity meters.
Moreover, time of the supply has been increased by 4 months that is till 15th October 2015.
Legal basis: art. 56 para 5 of the act dated 29th July 2005 on public bid and conditions of introduction of financial instruments to organized trading system and public companies.
Apator – Fullfilment of suspending condition concerning the important contract concluded with S&T Services Polska sp. z o.o.
Further to current report no. 22/2015 dated 22nd May 2015, Management Board of Apator SA announces that the second condition suspending the contract of the supply of OSGP electricity meters for the Smart City Wrocław project to S&T Services Polska sp. z o.o. (hereinafter referred as „S&T”) was fulfilled. The condition regarded the consent to be given by Tauron Dystrybucja SA for the participation of S&T in Smart City Wrocław project. Thus all the conditions indicated by the contract with S&T have been fulfilled.
Legal basis: § 5 para 1 point 4 of the Regulation of Minister of Finance regarding current and regular information being transferred by the issuers of securities and conditions to be considered as equivalent information required by law of the state not being the member of the EU.
Fortum completes divestment of its Swedish electricity distribution business
Fortum has completed the divestment of its Swedish electricity distribution business. The transaction has all the necessary regulatory approvals and the customary closing conditions have been met.
The total consideration from the divestment is SEK 60.6 billion on a debt- and cash-free basis (corresponding to approximately EUR 6.5 billion). Fortum will book a one-time sales gain of approximately EUR 4.3 billion corresponding to close to EUR 5 per share. The final sales gain will be reported as part of the second quarter 2015 results of the discontinued operations. Distribution segment has been presented as discontinued operations since the first quarter of 2015.
The new owner of the Swedish distribution business is a consortium comprising Swedish national pension funds Första AP-Fonden (AP 1) (12.5%), Tredje AP-Fonden (AP 3) (20.0%), Swedish mutual insurance and pension savings company Folksam (17.5%) and the international infrastructure investor, Borealis Infrastructure Management Inc. (50%). A total of approximately 400 employees will continue their work in the sold business. The electricity distribution to the approximately 908.000 customers will also continue without disruption uponclosing.
LG’s IT Company Takes Step Into the American Energy Storage Market
LG CNS, an affiliate of LG Corporation, plans to expand its business in America, demonstrating the strength to integrate energy storage system (ESS).
In May, Navigant Research, an American market research firm, released a Leaderboard Report for energy storage system integrators and LG CNS was positioned as the first in Asia and the fourth in the world. LG CNS’s competitive edge in the energy storage market is its experience as an IT service provider with a strong focus on IT System Integration (SI). This is the first report ever to rank the ESS system Integrators.
Until recently energy storage businesses were usually referred to ‘battery business.’ However, as the market has grown, the roles of system integrators that can manage projects and lead business endeavors have become ever more important in the energy storage industry. Now, the energy storage are designed, implemented, and ran to provide various custom services as well as traditional services while maintaining its core structure. Therefore, a strong IT background and technologies are required to satisfy these needs and industries begin to focus on IT service companies with energy business capabilities.
By keeping up with these trends, LG CNS, a leader in the Korean IT service market, has emerged as a new force in energy storage system integration around the globe. LG CNS has leveraged its 28 years of SI experience in the energy industry to provide energy storage systems on a turn-key basis by performing all processes ranging from the planning, design, implementation, and management of energy projects.
Schneider Electric wins contract to deliver Smart Grid to 5 million people
Schneider Electric has won a contract to deliver a new Distribution Management System (DMS) for Electricity North West, bringing intelligent energy to 2.4 million properties and more than 5 million people.
The project, which will span three years in design, delivery and integration, will be the foundation of smart grid technology in the region. With increasingly distributed generation of energy, the growth of renewables, an upward trajectory in peak demand and an aging grid, the UK requires a revolution in energy infrastructure. A smarter grid allows the network to become multi-directional and automated, offering regions the ability to use digital communications to detect and react to local changes in usage as part of a smarter energy strategy.
“A smarter grid is vital to put the UK on track to meet the European objective of becoming a low-carbon economy by 2050, as well as allowing energy distributors (DNOs) to meet the goals outlined by Ofgem in the new eight year Price Control Period (RIIO-ED1),” commented Barrie Cressey, Smart Grid Director at Schneider Electric. “The challenges posed by distributed generation, load growth and an aging grid are immense, but intelligent networks have the power to transform energy throughout the country. There are only a handful of such systems in the UK and it’s hugely exciting to be working on a project of this magnitude.”
Eltel wins a new long-term contract with E.ON in Power distribution in Sweden
E.ON has chosen Eltel as its main contractor in two regions of its power distribution network in Sweden. The value of the contract amounts to approximately 46 MEUR over four years, from the beginning of 2016 until the end of 2019. There is also an option for contract extension by one to two years.
The E.ON contract covers the two Swedish regions Norrköping and Södra Nord. The contracted services will include fault repair, maintenance, service works and project deliveries.
Axel Hjärne, CEO of Eltel Group, comments:
“We are very happy to win the confidence of E.ON to become one of their main contractors in Sweden going forward. Eltel has extensive experience in power networks, we have worked many years with E.ON in Finland and the new contract will strengthen our existing partnership with E.ON in Sweden. This contract is a great booster for our establishment in the power distribution business in Sweden.
E.ON to invest in energy efficiency platform
As part of its co-investment activities, E.ON is acquiring a stake in the US start-up Enervee. Founded in 2012, Enervee provides a dynamic platform on which consumers can make more energy-efficient choices when it comes to household appliances, devices and electronics. Enervee does this via a comprehensive scoring process that constantly compares the efficiency of the product in question with all those in the category. This intuitive efficiency score – the Enervee Score – is then combined with other data such as popularity and reviews, enabling consumers to better and more easily choose the products that are best for the home, their wallet and the environment.
The aim of this investment is to develop a platform that recognizes and meets European market needs. “By cooperating with Enervee, we will be able to give our customers even greater support in making choices that save energy. The Enervee Score makes it possible to recommend energy-efficient devices for specific needs,” comments Susana Quintana-Plaza, Senior Vice President for Technology and Innovation at E.ON.
“Providing easily accessible information about the total cost (purchase price and cost of use) alongside environmental impact empowers consumers to take better decisions. Especially when that information is seamlessly integrated in the marketplace at the time of purchase,” says Matthias Kurwig, co-founder and CEO of Enervee. “Until today this information has been difficult to find and near impossible to understand. The Enervee Score, along with the marketplaces we build for our partners, make it easy and compelling for consumers to act on real knowledge and will transform the way we all shop for any product that uses power.”
Schneider Electric – Venteea: France’s largest battery-based storage solution boosts wind power development and relieves pressure on power grid
ERDF, Saft and Schneider Electric have combined their strengths and expertise in a project of unprecedented scale and scope to implement the largest ever battery storage system in France, to support wind power generation and take pressure off the grid. The Venteea project is located in eastern France (Aube).
There is a growing consensus that renewable energy should play a greater role in power generation. However, these energy sources tend to be intermittent and unpredictable, putting increasing pressure on the grid. High-capacity electrical storage systems help resolve this issue by enabling more grid flexibility. Energy storage helps stabilize the grid to better match generation and loads and also provides frequency and voltage regulation, one of the major challenges involved in ensuring high-quality, uninterrupted supply, especially for commercial and industrial customers. This is the focus of the innovative Venteea project.
The aptly named Venteea ‘smart’ grid solution applies intelligent technologies that operate on two levels. Firstly, it optimizes two-way communication with the grid and helps meet all technical requirements (such as voltage levels and schedules). Secondly, it enables next-day forecasting of electricity production and demand, in turn allowing for the development of more tailored services that meet both grid and customer requirements.
This “multi-service” approach paves the way for a new business model in which storage costs are spread across the different stakeholders involved, all of whom are set to benefit from this new technology.
The Intensium® Max 2 MW/1.3 MWh battery system supplied by Saft, together with the Energy Storage Box deployed by Schneider Electric, will help integrate renewable power generation on the grid and step up its contribution to next-generation energy solutions.
GÖRLITZ and LichtBlick have reached a new milestone in their collaboration.
The companies optimize both the communication component SchwarmKommunikation 2.0 and IDSpecto as middleware server for the operating reserve market.
Even in the past the two partners had worked on communication processes between domestic combined heat and power plants and the IT platform SchwarmDirigent by LichtBlick to make communication quicker and more flexible and improve its security. LichtBlick is the first company on the German market to offer secondary control reserve provided by a pool of mini domestic CHPs. The company intends to integrate solar batteries, electric cars and heat pumps into the operating reserve market too in future.
That is because the energy market is changing fundamentally. Decentralized, environmental-friendly technologies such as photovoltaic, wind turbines or CHPs are replacing central large power stations at a rapid pace. Already today there are more than 1.4m decentralized power stations in Germany. Integrating these power stations into smart grids is a big challenge. But it is the only way to stabilize the grids and guarantee supply. Moreover, an optimized control of each single unit means more money and improves profitability.
Accenture – Consumers Rate Energy Providers Higher on Data Security Than on Energy-Consumption Advice, Accenture Research Shows
Consumers Rate Energy Providers Higher on Data Security Than on Energy-Consumption Advice, Accenture Research Shows
In today’s digital world of connected devices, energy consumers are nearly twice as likely to trust their energy providers to safeguard their personal data than to advise them on energy consumption, according to new research by Accenture.
Accenture’s sixth annual survey this year included more than 11,000 energy consumers in 21 countries. The report, The New Energy Consumer: Unleashing Business Value in a Digital World, found that 65 percent of consumers showed confidence in their energy provider to secure and protect their personal data and information about their energy usage. This rose to 76 percent among regular users of digital channels. In contrast, only 36 percent said that they trust their energy provider to inform them about actions they can take to optimize their energy use.
“As energy and everyday devices become increasingly connected, an unprecedented amount of personal information about consumers’ habits and their households is becoming available, magnifying the importance of digital trust,” said Tony Masella, global managing director of Accenture Energy Consumer Services.
Vattenfall – Wind farm live! North east residents open green energy scheme
First awards from Clashindarroch Wind Farm community fund
Vattenfall will be joined by scores of Aberdeenshire residents tomorrow to celebrate the official opening of the Clashindarroh Wind Farm and the first awards from the community fund.
Community groups from Huntly, Strathbogie, Tap o’ Noth, Glass and the Cabrach will receive grants from the fund, which opened to applications earlier this year.
Magnus Hall, President and CEO of Vattenfall said: “Vattenfall is driving towards a sustainable power supply and we want to take the communities where we operate with us. Clashindarroch Wind Farm hits the mark on both counts. We don’t just want our wind farms to be good for the environment but good for the community too – that’s why we invest in wind energy and why we look forward to a long and successful relationship with the people of Huntly, Strathbogie, Tap o’ Noth, Glass and the Cabrach.”
E.ON’s Humber Gateway offshore wind farm now fully energised
E.ON has tangibly expanded its renewable power business. With the final turbine at Humber Gateway recently becoming operational, the entire offshore wind farm is now generating electricity. This major project in the U.K. North Sea is in the final phase of construction and will be completed this summer, two months ahead of schedule.
Humber Gateway, which is located eight kilometers off the coast of Holderness, near Yorkshire, has an installed capacity of 219 megawatts. Construction of the offshore substation began in 2012, and the first of 73 turbines came online last February. After the completion of reliability runs and finishing of minor tasks the windfarm will be handed over from the project organization to operational service. A wholly owned E.ON project, Humber Gateway can supply up to 170,000 households with climate-friendly power.
“The rapid completion of this project is an outstanding success,” said E.ON Management Board member Bernhard Reutersberg, who took over responsibility for the company’s renewables business at the start of June. “E.ON is well on its way toward making offshore wind power even more competitive and reducing power-generation costs to less than €100 per megawatt-hour. We’re superbly positioned for future auctions in relevant European markets.”
Schneider Electric Integrated Smart Grid Solution enables Nova Scotia Power to improve outage management and operational efficiency
ADMS-based Outage Management System gives province more sustainable, reliable energy
Schneider Electric announced Nova Scotia Power has completed the implementation of an Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS)-based Outage Management System (OMS) that will allow the utility to more accurately locate faults and quickly manage customer outage incidents resulting in improved restoration and reliability in its electric distribution network.
The utility’s new ADMS will allow them to better react to outages, and with Distribution Management System (DMS) applications, be more informed in regards to grid observation and outage predictions. “Our goal is to offer our 500,000 customers the best service possible and our integrated ADMS helps us achieve that,” said Paul Casey, Senior Director of Transmission and Distribution at Nova Scotia Power. “Our employees now have real-time information at their fingertips where available, allowing them to quickly react to and repair any faults in the network.”
ONE Nordic receives contract worth two billion for E.ON’s Framework 2016-2019
ONE Nordic received an additional guaranteed the project volume in E.ON’s new 2016-2019 framework contract with a value of at least SEK 400 million.
In addition to previous award as prime contractor in six of eleven geographic areas, ONE Nordic received an additional project volume of approximately SEK 400 million in E.ON Powerline procurement of the new framework 2016-2019. Now that the entire contract is completed, the ONE Nordic has received contracts with a value of two billion.
“With the resulting additional project volume we have further advanced our position and ensured a large part of our turnover for the coming years. There has been fierce competition and tough price pressure. After completion of this procurement, we can be satisfied with an outcome abiding our high objectives. The price pressure means that we continue to focus our efforts in improved and efficient system of productivity. We continuously challenge ourselves to develop and optimize our approach while maintaining quality and – not least – the focus on occupational health and safety”, says Jan Bardell, CEO and President.
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Conlog – Greenhouse gas offenders could face R10m fine, 10-yr sentence
Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has published the Draft National Greenhouse Gas Emission Reporting Regulations in the Government Gazette for public comment.
The new regulations sought to penalise people convicted of an offence in terms of the regulations to a fine not exceeding R5-million, or imprisonment not exceeding five years.
In the case of a second or subsequent conviction, the offender would be liable to a fine not exceeding R10-million or imprisonment not exceeding ten years. In both instances, the offender could be sentenced to both a fine and a prison sentence.
This followed the recent finalisation of South Africa’s national Greenhouse Gas (GHG) inventory between 2000 and 2010.
GHG emissions from numerous sectors would need to be reported to a competent authority. First was the energy sector, including all fuel/petroleum and electricity-related activities, the manufacturing and construction sectors, fugitive emissions from fuels, spontaneous combustion and burning coal dumps, oil and natural gas, and any other emissions from the production of energy.
Alliander Reinvents Approach to Public Lighting
Alliander, Holland’s largest grid operator, has entered into a partnership with 15 cities, enabling their local governments to use an IoT application to control streetlights and conserve energy.
“The way we designed and built the Web services layer is generic, so a lot of code is reused for different services,” van Egmond explained. “However, there is a dedicated group of FlexOVL services [such as public lighting functions] available. These are needed for authorization purposes.”
Van Egmond added that third-party developers can use FlexOVL Web services to develop and integrate new public lighting applications. The platform handles application requests securely, using authorization, authentication, device management and logging functions as defined by the European Network for Cyber Security. For translating and communicating user or operator commands to streetlamp controllers, the platform will employ multiple protocols, including the International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC) Smart Metering (IEC 62056) and Electrical Substation Automation (IEC 61850) protocols.
- 31 Aug – 2 Sep; 2015 CIGRÉ Canada Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
- 14-16 Sep 2015; Smart Cities Week in Washington DC, USA
- 15-17 Sep. 2015; 2nd Power South-East Asia in Sule Shangri-La, Yangon, Myanmar.
- 22-24 Sep. 2015; SGTech Europe 2015in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- 24-26 Sep. 2015; BIT’s 5th New Energy Forum-2015 in Xi’an, China
- 25 Sep – 1 Oct 2015; 6th Power & Electricity Indonesia Conference in Djakarta, Indonesia
- 28-30 Sep. 2015; Industrial Control Cybersecurity Europe 2015 in London, UK
- 30 Sep. 2015; Demand Response Symposium – Consumer Empowerment within the EU- in Brussels, Belgium
- 05-07 Oct. 2015; Smart Grid Canada in Toronto, Canada
- 06-08 Oct. 2015; 2nd Annual Demand Response World Forum, Costa Mesa, California, USA
- 12-14 Oct. 2015; Industrial Control Cybersecurity USA in Sacramento California, USA
- 13-14 Oct. 2015; 2nd Ann. Nat. Summit on Smart Grid and Climate Change in washington DC, USA
- 20 Oct. 2015; The Energy Customer -Strategies for serving the customers of today & tomorrow- in Londen, UK
- 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
- 02-04 March 2016; 6th INT’L SMART GRID EXPO in Tokyo, Japan
- 15-16 March 2016; Power Electricity World Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa
- 05-07 April 2016; Smart Cities & Energy Efficiency in Sofia, Bulgaria
University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria offers world’s first Master’s Degree Programme in Energy Informatics
Energy is the underlying heartbeat of the global economy – a critical factor in the production of nearly all goods and services in the modern world. Clearly, given the critical role of energy, the driving imperatives in any economy are ensuring security of supply, maintaining competitiveness and overseeing the transition to a low-carbon future.
Key requirements in this respect are the strategic management of supply and improving its overall generation and distribution. Impacting on these challenging goals will be a variety of factors, including advances in renewables, e-mobility and green technologies, to name only a few. Managing this changing environment is no easy task. That will require intelligent IT solutions and therefore well-educated IT experts able to design and/or operate future smart grids, smart city infrastructures and enhanced energy supply systems.
Energy Informatics (ENI) is the application of information technologies to this highly demanding field.
Focus of the studies
This Master’s degree programme provides technical, business and legal expertise for the development of future energy systems, especially in the areas of:
- Software Systems (SCADA, ERP, Business Support, Operations Support, Meter Data Management, Device Data Management, Energy Data Management, Geographic Information Systems, Cloud Computing, Big Data
- Power generation, distribution, consumers (renewable energy, energy storage, charging stations, buildings, lighting, etc.)
- Field Components (meters, load control, gateways …)
- Communication Technology (Radio Frequency / Powerline)
- IT Security
- Home and Building Automation
- International legislation and standardization
- Project and Systems Engineering
- Processes and Process Modelling
ASME and IEEE-USA Provide Smart Grid Developments During Congressional Briefing
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and IEEE-USA recently co-hosted a congressional staff briefing focusing on developments related to smart grid technologies. The briefing, entitled, “Grid Security and Advancements in Smart Grid Technology,” was convened in conjunction with the Congressional Reach and Development (R&D) Caucus.
The briefing included presentations from Dr. Massoud Amin, an ASME and IEEE member, the chair of IEEE Smart Grid and recognized as a smart grid expert; Dr. Damir Novosel, president-elect of the IEEE Power & Energy Society and expert on smart grid-enabled technologies; and Kerrick Johnson, VP of strategy and communications from (VELCO) Vermont Electric and member of the Gridwise Alliance. All three and others spoke about how electric utilities are utilizing smart grid technologies to reduce costs to consumers and improve the reliability and resilience of the electric grid.
IEA launches World Energy Outlook 2015: Special Report on Energy and Climate Change
With just six months to go until the United Nations summit on climate change, taking place in Paris this December, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has launched a special report on energy and climate change.
The report provides an analysis of national climate and energy targets set against the current trends of a downward turn in fossil fuel prices. It also outlines ways to achieve goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions via the energy sector, without hindering economic growth.
The report, unveiled in London on 15 June, also highlights the urgent need to fast-track the energy technologies which are and will help drive forward the transition of the world’s energy system to a low carbon future.
Read more…and download the executive summary
EU – Energy Council: Energy Union must focus on consumers and investment
Energy Ministers of the EU’s 28 countries have said that the goal of the EU’s plans for Energy Union must be to provide consumers with affordable, safe, competitive, secure and sustainable energy.
Meeting in Luxembourg on 8 June, Ministers said that the EU must reduce its energy dependency and increase its energy security – a goal which is in line with the EU’s long-term energy, climate and economic growth objectives.
Building a consumer-orientated Energy Union can be achieved by creating a flexible European market for energy that ensures transparent pricing and maximises competition.
OECD – Energy taxes misaligned with environmental impacts of energy use
Governments are under-utilising taxation as a tool to curb the environmental consequences of energy use, foregoing revenue and weakening their attack on the principal source of greenhouse gas emissions responsible for climate change and air pollution, according to new OECD analysis.
The OECD says that taxes on energy use provide a transparent policy signal and are one of the most effective tools governments have for reducing the negative side effects of energy use. However, the new analysis shows that energy taxes are poorly aligned with the negative side effects of energy use, and are having limited impact on efforts to reduce energy use, improve energy efficiency and drive a shift towards less harmful forms of energy.
“Current taxes on energy use are low and incoherent,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría. “Tax policy is not being used effectively to reduce the adverse health impacts and emissions of greenhouse gases resulting from energy use. There is still considerable scope to use taxation to improve the environment and containing climate change.”
U.K. Department of Energy & Climate Change – Changes to onshore wind subsidies protect investment and get the best deal for bill payers
The Government intends to end new public subsidies for onshore wind farms by legislating to close the Renewables Obligation across Great Britain to new onshore wind generating stations from 1 April 2016.
The Government intends to end new public subsidies for onshore wind farms by legislating to close the Renewables Obligation across Great Britain to new onshore wind generating stations from 1 April 2016.
Up to 5.2GW of onshore wind capacity could be eligible for grace periods which the Government is minded to offer to projects that already have planning consent, a grid connection offer and acceptance, as well as evidence of land rights.
US – Energy Department Announces New Initiatives as Part of Administration’s Clean Energy Investment Summit
The Department of Energy announced several new and expanding initiatives as part of the Administration’s Clean Energy Investment Summit, including the launch of a Clean Energy Impact Investment Center (CEII), which will work to make the Department’s resources more readily available to the public, including to mission-driven investors.
Clean energy finance is a key part of the solution set on climate change. Today’s announcement builds off the Clean Energy Investment Initiative that was announced by Senior Advisor Brian Deese at the ARPA-E Summit in February, highlighting expanded private sector investment in solutions to climate change, including innovative technologies with breakthrough potential to reduce carbon pollution.
“The United States and other countries are providing substantial financial support to the development and commercialization of clean energy technologies but, if we are to achieve our climate goals, it is imperative that we find ways to incentivize the global capital markets to invest in clean energy,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “The U.S. government is addressing the need for new financing through a variety of programs that support clean energy technology through the research and development, demonstration, and deployment stages.
EURELECTRIC – Prosumers, an integral part of the power system and market
European utilities are becoming increasingly service-oriented and many companies already provide an array of services ranging from installation and maintenance of generation equipment, smart home applications, electrification, to storage and buying excess electricity. EURELECTRIC has published a new Paper entitled ‘Prosumers – an integral art of the power system and the market’. The Paper outlines the principles underlying an appropriate regulatory framework to ensure the cost-effective deployment of distributed generation and the adequate development of services that suit the needs of prosumers.
A stable regulatory framework that stimulates innovation provides an attractive business environment for companies to develop innovative, customer-friendly solutions, technologies and services for prosumers. Market-based business is allowed to grow when prices are not regulated and when there is no obligation for any party to buy the electricity which is generated by prosumers. Prosumers are able to react to market signals and optimise their consumption when the excess electricity they have generated is priced based on wholesale power prices. Adequate metering data provided by smart meters is a key enabler in this respect.
Read more…and download the paper
EU-JCR – Intense aerosols reduction to affect wind and solar energy availability in coming decades
A strong decline in emissions from human-made aerosols will drive changes to large scale atmospheric circulation and hence affect wind power density off-shore and solar radiation in Europe and northern Africa, according to JRC report analysing these two renewables in 2030-2050. Without a sizeable reduction in aerosols resulting from human activity, future changes are less prominent. The study focused on wind and photovoltaics, as they are directly related to meteorological variables.