Newsletter // February 2014
Philippine Energy Regulatory Commission approves electric meter product of Braid Networks, Inc.
The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) approved on January 13 the application of Braid Networks, Inc. for the use of its Type 83021-21AA, Form 2S, 200 A, 240V, three-wire, Echelon brand watt-hour meter.ˇThe ERC will issue a Certificate of Approval (CoA) to Braid Networks, Inc. authorizing it to offer said meter product to distribution utilities or redistributors and bear the ERC logo on the nameplate of the particular meter product.
Görlitz – Technology to span Smart Grids and Smart Metering
GÖRLITZ AG and IDS GmbH demonstrated the full power of combined strength on a joint stand at the E-World energy and water in Essen. As core competence GÖRLITZ provides the latest technology for energy measurement and communication and IDS delivers solutions for the management of energy grids. The complementary solutions bring greater convenience to the metering point operators, ultimately increasing the reliability of the supply.
Mitsubishi Electric Develops Energy Loss-reduction Technology for Power Distribution Grids
Achieves 50% less energy loss and reduces power-generation costs
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced that it has developed energy loss-reduction technology that uses fast analysis of three-phase electricity to establish optimal coordination of power-distribution grids for reductions in energy loss and power-generation costs. The technology was achieved under Mitsubishi Electric’s Smart Grid Demonstration Project.
Energimidt – Green, greener, is the island of Fur
New climate records show that the citizens in Fur have reduced their CO2 emissions by 25% in just two years. Targeted energy consultancy, a private-public partnership and local ownership came up with the following reasons :
- The citizens of Fur are engaged in a massive green transition .
- Compared to 2010, the figures show that CO2 emissions on the island of Fur have been reduced from 6.8 tonnes to 5.1 tonnes per year. This is a decrease of 25 % of the total energy (electricity, heat and transport) .
- Electricity consumption for homes and holiday homes have been reduced with 23%. At the same time the share of renewable energy on the island of Fur have been increased from 4,1% to 5,4%, an increase of 24%.
Eltel and Fingrid – Partnership for pioneers
“Eltel has been a partner for many years and delivers exceptionally high quality in a number of fields. Throughout the years, we have come to know each other very well, and what to expect from one another”, says Kari Kuusela, Executive Vice President at Fingrid.
Fortum partners to develop wave power in the UK
Fortum has signed a leasing agreement with the UK-based Wave Hub in order to test wave power solutions off the coast of Cornwall. The agreement provides Fortum with a new opportunity to rapidly deploy advanced, full-scale wave power converters in ocean conditions. Fortum believes that a transition to a Solar Economy, where energy production is based solely on renewable energy sources, is inevitable, although gradual. As an inexhaustible and emissions-free energy form, wave power can play an important role in the future, and that is why it is also a key focus area in Fortum’s research and development work.
Schneider Electric and AREVA sign a strategic partnership agreement on energy storage
AREVA and Schneider Electric have signed a strategic partnership agreement to develop energy management and storage solutions based on hydrogen fuel cell technology.
Under the terms of this agreement, both groups will combine their expertise in order to design and propose energy storage solutions that guarantee the reliability of electrical grids for isolated sites and areas where access to power is limited.
E.ON extends partnership with GreenWave Reality for smart home solutions
As part of its greater emphases on distributed energy and smart energy solutions, E.ON is extending its partnership with GreenWave Reality, a U.S. company promoting a connected lifestyle by providing custom-tailored solutions and combining energy management and home automation. The partnership involves smart home services that will offer E.ON customers more comfort, security, and energy efficiency.
SEAS-NVE and Coop initiate cooperation on energy and customer loyalty.
SEAS-NVE customers can now get a free Coop card and Coop customers by purchasing power from the energy company SEAS-NVE fill the account with points that can be used as payment in Coop’s shop and in stores on points days.
Two of Denmark’s oldest co-operative companies , SEAS-NVE and Coop enters into a strategic alliance that provides joint customers more benefits and create a common platform for further growth in the two cooperatives.
Oracle Industry Connect Brings Together Leaders to Share Insight and Industry-Specific Best Practices at New Conference
Oracle announces a new leadership event, Oracle Industry Connect, which will gather executives from communications, financial services, health sciences, retail, utilities and other project-management intensive industries to showcase how they tackle complex business challenges and drive innovation in their specific industries. The event will take place March 25-26, 2014, in Boston.
LG-CNS – The future of Smart Green City
Nowadays, cities require change. The world has been faced with serious environmental challenges, overuse of energy, overwhelming CO2 emission from cities, Rapid increase in waste growth andˇincreasing demand for new infrastructure.?To resolve these systemic challenges, the answer isˇto shift from conventional city to Smart Green City.
Eurelectric – Letter for European Council of 20-21 March 2014 – Commission?s proposals for EU energy and climate policy until 2030
The European electricity industry supports the Commission?s proposals on GHG reduction and calls for agreement on a 2030 target of at least -40%. For Europe to reach this goal, we continue to believe that the solution lies in advancing the decarbonisation of the European electricity sector through a strong EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), and through using low-carbon electricity to decarbonise other sectors of the economy such as transport and heating/cooling.
Energycities – An open letter to the European Council concerning the 2030 energy efficiency target
An alliance representing more than a thousand European cities wrote to Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the European Council, calling for binding 2030 targets of 40% for energy efficiency, and 30% for renewable energy, in line with a European Parliament proposal.
EPRI Unveils Study on the Integrated Electric Grid
The Electric Power Research Institute has launched a study on the transformation of the electric power grid. The rapid rise of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) ? such as rooftop solar panels and high tech microgrids ? could change the structure of the electric grid. Yet even as these technologies rise rapidly, very few organizations have looked at how these technologies could be integrated into the electric power systems so customers can enjoy the benefit of both the central power system and the distributed technologies in the most cost-effective way. The potential for this “integrated grid” is a transformation in the ways that electric power is supplied and used.
China out-spends the U.S. for the first time in $15bn smart grid market
The world’s most populous country spent $4,3bn in 2013, part of that going on the installation of 62m smart meters, while US investment declined. Smart metering accounted for just under half of the total smart grid spending worldwide, with distribution automation and other integrated demonstration projects rounding out the total.
Energy Department Announces Funding to Improve the Resiliency of the Electric Grid
In support of the President’s State of the Union address and Climate Action Plan, the Department of Energy is committed to working with officials and communities at the state, local, and tribal level to strengthen and modernize our critical energy infrastructure, diversify our energy portfolio, and improve the resilience of our electric grid in the face of extreme weather events and other potential disruptions. As part of that commitment, the Energy Department today announced up to $7 million to advance the design of technologies that will help communities become more adaptive and prepared for power outages caused by severe weather and other events.
DECC – Energy companies to offer direct debit refunds to British households
Energy customers who are in credit will get automatic refund direct debits
Four of the big six energy companies will now automatically refund direct debits to customers who are in credit. While EON were already doing this, negotiations chaired by Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker have resulted in EDF, British Gas and SSE plus First Utility following suit and passing consumers money back to them.
Indian Government Chalks Out Plan for Smart Grid
With the State Government shifting its focus to infrastructure development in the power sector in a big way, the Energy department has started the process to strengthen the power transmission networks through smart grid initiatives. The Department has constituted a 14-member steering committee for formulation of a vision document and a road map for implementation of smart grid through the application of information and communication technology (ICT).
CEER Status Review on European Regulatory Approaches Enabling Smart Grids Solutions
The 2013 CEER Work Programme envisages a “CEER Status Review on European regulatory approaches enabling smart grid solutions (“smart regulation?”)”. The work programme describes the paper as follows:
“In the future, smart distribution systems will become more and more important. Therefore, CEER will analyse current national smart grid models. In particular, smart grid technology aspects which make electricity grids more cost effective will be studied.”
The present report follows on from the 2011 Status Review of Regulatory Approaches to Smart Electricity Grids, and the 2010 Position and Conclusion Papers on Smart Grids. The 2010 paper identified three main priorities for regulators:
- To concentrate on outputs of the regulated entity, by tailored regulatory mechanisms;
- To favour cooperation among stakeholders, with emphasis on standardisation, also in order to identify the possible barriers to smart grid development; and
- To encourage an adequate level of innovation, while protecting consumers by the identification of costs and benefits of smart grid demonstrations and deployed solutions.
Ofgem tears down barriers to competition to bear down as hard as possible on energy prices
From 31 March new rules come into force meaning the six largest suppliers and the largest independent generators will have to trade fairly with independent suppliers in the wholesale market, or face financial penalties. The six largest suppliers will also have to publish the price at which they will trade wholesale power up to two years in advance. These prices must be published daily in two one-hour windows, giving independent suppliers and generators the opportunity and products they need to trade and compete effectively.
Berg Inside – 10th consecutive report; Smart Metering in Europe
This strategic research report provides you with over 260 pages of unique business intelligence, including 5-year industry forecasts, expert commentary and real-life case studies on which to base your business decisions.
Highlights from the tenth edition of this report:
- Full coverage of the European market with in-depth market profiles of all countries in EU28+2.
- Case Studies of smart electricity and gas metering projects by the leading energy groups in Europe.
- 360-degree overview of next generation standards for PLC and RF smart grid communication.
- Updated profiles of the key players in the metering industry. Revised market forecasts lasting until 2019.
- Summary of the latest developments in the European energy industry.
Meet OSGP Alliance and its members at the following events
- 10-11 March 2014; European Smart Grid Cyber and SCADA Security in London, UK
- 11-12 March 2014; Power & Electricity World Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa
- 13 March 2014; Eurelectric Conference – “Welcoming the Commission’s 2030 proposals”, in Brussels, Belgium
- 17-19 March 2014; Power Generation Africa in Cape Town, South Africa
- 19-20 March 2014; Next Generation SCDA systems to support Smart Grid in Amsterdam, NL
- 25-27 March 2014; The Future of Utilities in London, UK
- 26-27 March 2014; Smart Energy Analytics 2014 in London, UK
- 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
- 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
- 09-12 June 2014; Strategic & Practical Innovations in Risk Management & Regulation in Amsterdam, NL
- 18-19 June 2014, Power Electricity World Philippines in Manila
- 19-20 June 2014; Data management & Analytics for Utilities in San Diego, CA, USA
- 25 June 2014, Smart metering Update in London, UK
- 04 Sep. 2014 Evening with the Stars of Energy efficiency in Washington DC, USA
- 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
- 04-06 Nov 2014: European Utility Week, Amsterdam, The Netherlands