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May2017
OSGP Newsletter // May 2017
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MEMBER NEWS

Dubai hosted smart grid security summit

The OSGP Alliance, the global non-profit association dedicated to promoting the adoption of the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) and infrastructure for smart grid applications, organized the 2nd Annual Smart Grid Security Summit on May 22, 2017 at Grand Hyatt Hotel in Dubai. Networked Energy Services Corporations (NES), a global smart grid market leader with industry’s leading Patagonia Energy Applications Platform (EAP), were the Platinum Sponsor of the security conference dedicated to utilities, regulators, ministries, consultants, researchers and vendors.

The energy sector is undergoing rapid transformation with the deployment of smart grids, which enables real time monitoring, fault detection, isolation and restoration, grid mapping, and automated reading as well as connections and disconnections. Therefore, it is vital to get a deeper insight on the security concerns as grids are a national asset and of critical importance for any country. The 2017 Smart Grid Security Summit highlighted information on the ‘Threats’ to understand the current and the future threat landscape and ‘Approaches’ to mitigate threats in the most effective and comprehensive way possible, supported by relevant ‘Case Studies’ from the field.

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Role of Smart Grids in building smart cities

According to a study by the WHO, nearly 54 per cent of the global population resided in cities in 2015, at an increase of 30 per cent since 1950 [1]. The urban residents are forecasted to rise to 60 per cent of the world population by 2030, adding 2.5 billion more people to urban areas by 2050 [2]. With such rapid growth, future cities need to become smart to make judicious use of non-renewable resources and existing infrastructure and mitigate the impact of climate change and global warming.

What is a smart city? It is an intelligent metropolitan which employs innovative technologies to enhance the performance of vital local services, including energy, water, transportation, healthcare, waste management, and public safety. The use of various channels of communication and information technology (IT) allows smart cities to effectively address many challenges such as a rapidly expanding population, environmental sustainability, and economic viability to offer a safe, secured and clean environment to its residents.

While there are several features of a smart city, the single most important aspect is its energy infrastructure, which impacts all other critical functions of the city and a Smart Grid is the solution for a sustainable, resilient and affordable energy infrastructure. But what is a Smart Grid? It is a dynamic, interactive, and real-time infrastructure concept that modernizes power systems through automation, remote monitoring, and control. It also informs consumers about the usage and cost to enable them to make informed decisions.

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Smart meter security - how Denmark is upping the ante

Mention ‘security’ today and many people immediately think of hacks or viruses and the need for cybersecurity. Likewise, many assume that a new IT-based system comes with adequate security built in. But these assumptions are both quite wrong when it comes to smart meters, says Emil Gurevitch, Security Software Engineer at Networked Energy Services (NES), a provider of smart grid and security solutions globally. “We often see people equating a smart meter system to a traditional IT system but their characteristics are very different. That needs to be understood or the risk analysis won’t be accurate.”

There are three sets of threats that need to be addressed for a smart metering system, Gurevitch points out. There are the ‘old school’ threats of fraud, theft and safety, which have long been a top concern for utilities. There is a newer and growing group of regulatory threats around non-compliance, such as the General Data Protection Regulation in Europe. And then there are all the threats associated with IT, such as cyberattacks that can prevent a utility from delivering its services. “Some of these threats are similar to those of an IT system, but their priorities differ,” comments Gurevitch. “And they are not static and continue to evolve and so the security solutions must likewise continue to evolve.”

Back in 2014, when utility IT breaches were starting to make headlines, Denmark’s largest cooperative utility SEAS-NVE was encouraged to look more closely into its own security arrangements. “At the time our smart meters were installed, security wasn’t a priority issue,” says Bo Danielsen, Head of Department at SEAS-NVE. “But with smart meters as a critical infrastructure for our business offering 400,000 potential attack points, we needed to ensure the system was as secure as possible.” The upshot was an approach to the Technical University of Denmark located near to Copenhagen as an outside party for academic input. This resulted in Gurevitch, then a master’s student there, undertaking for his thesis a detailed investigation of SEAS-NVE’s smart metering system from a security perspective and presenting solutions to address problems found. “Our intention was to create a win-win-win solution for our customers, the company and the vendor by aiming for the most secure system on the market,” says Danielsen.

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Vattenfall’s largest land-based wind farm supplies electricity

Vattenfall's largest land-based wind farm, Pen y Cymoedd in South Wales, UK, is now supplying electricity at full capacity. Pen y Cymoedd has a total of 76 wind power turbines and will generate approximately 700 GWh annually, which corresponds to the household electricity consumption of 188,000* British homes.

Pen y Cymoedd, whose construction began in autumn 2015, is Vattenfall's largest wind farm on land, and an important step in the ambition to generate even more renewable electricity and to power climate smarter living. In 2016 Vattenfall decided on a plan to invest a total of EUR 5 billion in wind power generation over the next five years.

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Eniig: New agreement on green district heating for Herning, Ikast and Sunds

Eniig Heating has together with Energik Ikast Heating and Watering and Water Heaters recently entered into a 15-year agreement with DONG Energy for the supply of district heating from Herningværk.

The new district heating agreement is the result of two years of negotiations between the parties. Here, the building of a brand new heating plant in the area has also been in play, but it has been possible to agree to continue with heat deliveries from Herningverket, which will also appear in a modernized, more efficient and more climate-friendly version.

The agreement implies that a plant is being established at the plant that utilizes the heat in the smoke - a so-called flue gas condensation plant. This allows more energy to be extracted from wood chips, which is the primary fuel. The work will therefore, from 2019, be able to deliver the same amount of heat in Herning, Ikast and Sunds as today, but with a fuel consumption that is approx. 20% lower. Thus, more efficient utilization and significantly less vulnerability to fuel price increases.

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Duke Energy will invest heavily in cleaner power, energy grid, natural gas infrastructure, CEO tells shareholders

Duke Energy will invest heavily in cleaner power, natural gas infrastructure and the energy grid during the next 10 years, CEO Lynn Good told investors during the company's first online shareholder meeting today.

The switch to an online meeting made it easier for shareholders worldwide to participate, without the expense and time required to travel to Charlotte.

"The new format gave small shareholders like me, who live outside Charlotte, a chance to participate in the meeting for the first time," said long-time Duke Energy shareholder Lester Schwartzman of Boynton Beach, Fla. "The webcast allowed me to hear directly from Lynn Good about the company's strategy, and I was really happy to hear about the investments in the natural gas business."

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E.ON announces partnership with British band Gorillaz

Solar energy is about to get really loud: E.ON has partnered with the British pop band Gorillaz. The collaboration between the band and E.ON will kick off with a film and music studio powered solely by solar energy and battery storage. E.ON has developed and put the studio into operation over the past few months. Today, the partners will present a jointly produced video for the current Gorillaz song "We got the Power." The film was produced exclusively with solar energy and battery storage.

Set in the desert, the film features over thousand dancing toys, hundreds of light installations, giant tanks of illuminating squid, a squadron of flashing UFOs and a giant golden lucky cat – all powered entirely by solar and battery storage technology. Instead of animation, it uses real, functional props, all powered entirely by solar energy-charged batteries and backed up by the pounding beats of the Gorillaz. The visual fireworks are online on eon.com/gorillaz and YouTube
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Neoen enters framework agreement with Schneider Electric for 750 MW of solar solutions and services worldwide

– Neoen, the premier French independent power producer and Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, have signed a 750 MW Conext SmartGenTM multi-year framework agreement on three continents. The scope includes: conversion stations composed of 1500V inverters, medium voltage switchgear, transformers, and complete monitoring and control system, as well as lifecycle maintenance services.

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E.ON chooses ONE Nordic for its 390,000 smart electricity meters

With a multiannual agreement, E.ON strengthens its cooperation with ONE Nordic regarding quality assurance, further development and collection of measurement values for 390,000 smart electricity meters in Stockholm, Malmö, Örebro and Billeberga.

"We are proud of E.ON's confidence and look forward to continued good cooperation, which means we are now recruiting new employees to the Measurement Technology Unit. The deal makes us an even more attractive supplier of measurement technology services and smart meters. Together with E.ON, we will continue to develop the services, "says Anders Malmberg, Head of Department of Measurement Technology.

"We look forward to continued cooperation where we develop and streamline the collection of measurement values from our customers," says Jennie Sjöstedt, Head of the Measurement Collection at E.ON Elnät.

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L&T wins Best Practices Award for Sustainable Development Goals

L&T has been conferred the prestigious Best Practices Award for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). The award was presented at the 12th National Convention on ‘Making Global Goals Local Business’, organised by the UNGC Network India, on April 28, 2017, at New Delhi.

The award was presented by Ms. Lise Kingo, CEO and Executive Director - UNGC, New York, and was received by our Corporate CSR team.

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MARKET NEWS

SEDC partners with Intersolar on Smart Renewable Energy

The Smart Energy Demand Coalition (SEDC) has concluded a partnership agreement with Intersolar Europe to strengthen the event dimension on “Smart Renewable Energy”. The conference and trade fair takes place in Munich, Germany, from 30 May to 2 June 2017.

As the energy transition in Europe advances, the role of smart solutions for improved consumer services and the optimal integration of decentralised resources into the electricity system has moved to the forefront. Intersolar Europe is reflecting this new dimension with its focus on Smart Renewable Energy.

“The interaction of distributed renewable energy generation with digitally enabled flexibility solutions like demand response will be the winning strategy for a clean and efficient electricity supply. We are glad to support the two sides coming together at Intersolar Europe”, said Frauke Thies, Executive Director of the SEDC.

The global energy market is currently undergoing a major transformation enabling new decentralized energy players and technologies integrate clean energy into the grid. As such, Intersolar Europe is shining a spotlight on the modern drivers of the new energy world in this year’s exhibition and conference.

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Regulators call for priority dispatch of existing Renewables to be removed

Today Energy Regulators (ACER and CEER), in their White Paper on Renewables in the Wholesale Market, called for EU legislators to bring Renewable Energy Sources (RES) fully into the market in the clean energy transition. Regulators recommend 3 changes to the European Commission’s Clean Energy proposals.

Extend the prohibition of priority dispatch (i.e. priority running) also to existing RES plants (and not only to new RES as proposed by the Commission), so that all technologies complete fairly in the market to deliver the lowest possible cost to consumers.

Remove the proposed 90% compensation for RES curtailment. Regulators support the proposals for market-based prices being the driver for compensation paid to renewables that are curtailed when there is congestion, and for Transmission System Operators (TSOs) to perform market-based (rather than technology-based) curtailments.

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Joint DSO Response to CEER Guidelines of Good Practice for Flexibility Use at Distribution Level

The four Associations representing European Distribution System Operators (DSOs), notably CEDEC, EDSO for Smart Grids, EURELECTRIC and GEODE welcome CEER’s consideration of the use of flexibility with an emphasis on the distribution level and are pleased to provide this single joint response. Consideration of flexibility issues at distribution level is most welcome as it has been missing from many policy approaches so far. Any future regulation should fully consider the need to integrate and support flexibility at the distribution level which is the most affected by the ongoing transformation.

Policymakers and regulators should have a clear understanding on the real practical needs of DSOs, which could be captured in the following statement: ‘DSOs need to have adequate means in place to make use of flexibility resources, supervise flexibility operations and make it easier and cost-efficient for customers to benefit the most, while ensuring quality of service and security of supply in a challenging environment.’ Furthermore, regulators also need to be aware of two main aspects with regards to DSOs’ flexibility roles. One aspect is how does flexibility impact distribution system operation in relation to their dual function, namely market facilitation and reliable electricity service provision, and another aspect is the own technical needs of the DSOs.

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From AMI to IoT: What lessons for utility deployments?

What has the utility sector learned from smart meter deployments to support Internet of Things platforms? Trilliant’s Ryan Gerbrandt shares his view.

In the next five to ten years, some countries within the European Union will begin smart meter replacement cycles. With more than a decade’s experience of managing advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), distribution system operators can reflect on what went well, what went wrong and how they can apply learnings to a new crop of technologies, says Ryan Gerbrandt, Senior Vice President of Global Solutions at Trilliant.

It is this wealth of knowledge that makes AMI deployment so valuable for energy companies looking to connect with even a fraction of the 50 billion Internet of Things-connected devices forecast to come online by 2020.

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How smart is it to deploy smart meters on the smart grid?

Conventional power grids worldwide are beginning to strain against rising energy needs. Blackouts are increasing in number of occurrences. How can we improve these systems in a sustainable way?

One possible solution, of which we have all heard, is the integration of information technology to the electric grid. By integrating modern technology, architectures and tools to the electric grids already employed and in service, as well as integrating these methods into newly planned electric grids, would be a very good start.

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PRESS RELEASE

2nd Annual Smart Grid Security Summit opens in Dubai to addres critical security needs
 

SEWA, HAAD, NES & Oracle among participating organizations that throw spotlight on threats lurking on Smart Grids & measures to avert them 

UAE, May 22, 2017 - The 2nd Annual Smart Grid Security Summit, a security conference dedicated to utilities, regulators, ministries, consultants, researchers and vendors, opened today (Monday, May 22, 2017) at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Dubai. Organized by the OSGP Alliance, the global non-profit association dedicated to promoting the adoption of the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP). The conference has gathered industry stakeholders from the region and the world to discuss critical smart grid security needs through a series of case studies and related presentations. 

Mariusz Jurcyzk, Advanced Metering Infrastructure Project Manager for Tauron Group, the second-largest electricity supplier in Poland serving approximately 5.4 million customers, presented the first case study on AMIplus Smart City Wroclaw, focusing on interoperability and security as the key priorities for Smart Grids.

H.E. Dr. Rashid Alleem, Chairman, Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA), said: “The 2nd Annual Smart Grid Security Summit is highly relevant in the context of the UAE, which currently needs to address its rising energy demands through sustainable and clean energy. The Smart Grid system is a perfect solution for our diversification efforts to gradually steer away from non-renewable energy resources. The case studies and roundtable sessions provide valuable insights on energy-efficient technologies that will ensure uninterrupted supply, optimized efficiency, and rationalized consumption.”

The session on ‘NES Patagonia Security: A Practical Perspective’ by Emil Gurevitch of NES focused on actual events and practices rather than on theories. While the first part of the session dealt with real-world examples, the second part focused on the benefits and features of the NES Patagonia Solution.

“At OSGP, we are impressed by the latest innovations in the Middle East and especially in the GCC towards increasing adoption of Smart Grid solutions,” said Bo Danielsen, Chairman of the OSGP Alliance, and the head of installation and metering at SEAS-NVE, “Alongside recognizing the long-term benefits of Smart Grids, it is imperative to have a deeper understanding of the associated security issues to protect the data generated by the network from any breaches. The 2nd Annual Smart Grid Security Summit continues to inform the audience about the functioning of the grids and advanced metering infrastructures (AMI) as well as offers recommendations through successful case studies to help the region overcome its reliance on oil-based energy sources and make a swift move towards a non-oil economy.”

The case study entitled ‘A Collaborative Approach to Grid Security’ by Danielsen and Gurevitch was about NES’s joint project with consumer-owned energy company SEAS-NVE for a Danish utility. This session emphasized the need for collaboration on security within the grid industry as well as presented a perspective on a secure grid and ways to achieve it. On the other hand, the session on ‘Emerging Cyber Threats and Counter Measure’ by Muhammed Adil Hayat Khan, Security Infrastructure Specialist, Health Authority Abu Dhabi, emphasized on digital vulnerabilities and possible solutions to address this type of problem.

Speaking on ‘Managing Smart Grid Devices Security and Configuration Challenges,’ Wail Gadour, Sales Consulting Director - MEA, Oracle, said: “A Secured Smart Grid is a priority for utilities with smart meters and necessary to derive multiple benefits of the network, including rationalized consumption of water and electricity and reduction in carbon footprints. We need to build frameworks using the latest techniques and algorithms that are quick to detect anomalies and avert major mishaps.”

Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid market leader with the industry’s leading Energy Applications Platform (EAP ™), is the Platinum Sponsor of the 2017 Annual Smart Grid Security Summit.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Grid Analytics Europe 2017: 6-7 June, Amsterdam, The Netherlands;

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VII Smart Communications and Technology Forum: 8 June, Warsaw, Poland;

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Smart Metering, Smart Utility, Smart Energy Trade Mission 2017: 17-24 June, Shanghai & Wuxi, China;

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WSEC 2017 World Scientific and Engineering Congress: 19-20 June, Astana, Kazakhstan;

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Metering China: 20-23 June, Wuxi, China;

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Energy, Power, Utility, Oil & Gas Efficiency Summit: 21 - 23 June, Prague, Czech Republic; 

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PPP Financing, Projects and Contracts: 21-24 August, Johannesburg, SA6-7 June;

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4th Annual Industrial Control Cyber Security Europe Summit: 19 - 20 September,  London, UK; 

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IEC 61850 Europe 2017: 26-28 September, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; 

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4th Annual Industrial Control Cyber Security USA Summit: 3 - 4 October, Sacramento, USA; 

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European Utility Week: 3-5 October, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; 

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POWER WEEK 2017: 13-17 November, Singapore; 

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Power & Electricity World Africa 2018: 27-28 March, 2018, Johannesburg; 

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28
Apr2017
OSGP Newsletter // April 2017
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Member News
 

Eniig: Acquisition of the Danish natural gas grid

After months of processing, the four energy companies Energi Fyn, Eniig, SE and SEAS-NVE are now one step closer to offering the acquisition of the Danish natural gas distribution network, bringing together our 1.3 million. Households and companies will become owners of the Danish natural gas grid.

We are four of the country's largest spirit-owned energy companies, and together we have the best conditions as owners of distribution assets in Denmark. Behind the specific interest is a homogeneous and financially strong owner who has been building, expanding and maintaining the Danish electricity distribution network, with great success over 100 years - a power network that gains wide international recognition.

The natural gas network is a vital part of Danish infrastructure, and therefore it should remain in Danish hands now and in the future. Energi Funen, Eniig, SE and SEAS-NVE are all cooperatives and jointly owned by 1.3 million. Danish households and companies.

We have a number of examples in Denmark that Danish nuclear infrastructure or public companies have come to foreign hands. The four cooperative companies are working to maintain the Danish natural gas network in Danish hands, so companies also provide a special guarantee that the state is given a pre-emptive right to buy the natural gas grid if it is ever to be resold.

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E.ON prepares rollout of one million smart meters
 

Company is awarded certificate for smart meter operation, configuration and data processing. Until the end of the planned rollout in 2027, E.ON will provide more than one million of its German customers with a smart meter and operate the metering systems. The company has now received the requisite certificate from the Federal Office for Information Security. It allows E.ON as a so-called gateway administrator to take care of smart meter operation, configuration and data processing.

On this basis E.ON will be able to offer all IT services related to the installation and operation of smart meters not only to its own network operators but also to municipal utilities. "Setting up your own certified system is time-consuming and costly," says Paul-Vincent Abs, Managing Director of E.ON Metering GmbH. "This is where we can support municipal utilities with our service."

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E.ON: 375,000 times renewable energy for Germany
 

According to the latest figures for 2016, about 375,000 installations funded under Renewable Energy Act (EEG) are connected to the E.ON grid in Germany. These systems have a total installed capacity of 34 gigawatt (GW), the equivalent of about 100 large offshore wind farms or roughly one third of Germany’s total installed capacity from EEG installations of about 100 GW. No other company in Germany has more green electricity fed into its grids than E.ON.

In the service areas of the E.ON grid operators in northern Germany – Avacon, E.DIS and Schleswig-Holstein Netz AG – most of this green electricity is of course generated from wind. About 110,000 installations funded under the EEG feed into these three grids.

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SEAS-NVE Cooperative companies guarantee that natural gas distribution will be in Danish consumers' hands
 

After months of processing, the four energy-owned energy companies: Energi Fyn, Eniig, SE and SEAS-NVE are now one step closer to offering the acquisition of the Danish natural gas distribution network, bringing together 1.3 million Danish households and companies to the Danish natural gas network.

We are four of the country's largest spirit-owned energy companies, and together we constitute the most competent and experienced owners of distribution assets in Denmark. Behind the specific interest is a homogeneous and financially strong owner who has been involved in creating, expanding and maintaining the Danish electricity distribution network - with a great success over 100 years - a power network that gains wide international recognition, says Jesper Hjulmand, CEO of SEAS -NVE.

The natural gas network is a vital part of Danish infrastructure. Therefore, it should remain in Danish hands now and in the future. Energi Funen, Eniig, SE and SEAS-NVE are all cooperatives and jointly owned by 1.3 million Danish households and companies.

We have in Denmark a number of examples that Danish nuclear infrastructure and public companies have come to foreign hands. The four cooperative companies are working to maintain the Danish energy infrastructure and thus the Danish natural gas network in Danish hands. Therefore, companies also provide a special guarantee that the state is given a pre-emptive right to purchase the natural gas grid if it is ever to be resold from the four energy companies. In this way, we ensure that the natural gas network for the present - and in the future - is in Danish hands, and the Danish control of critical infrastructure and high security of supply will continue in the future, "says Jesper Hjulmand.

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Duke Energy Renewables and REC Solar announce the completion of their first joint microgrid project with Schneider Electric
 

Duke Energy Renewables today announced its first microgrid project is now operating on the Schneider Electric Boston One Campus.

Schneider Electric built the microgrid on the campus of its North American headquarters in Andover, Mass. REC Solar, a national provider of commercial solar and energy solutions, built and will operate the solar array.

Duke Energy Renewables, which owns a majority interest in REC Solar, owns the microgrid system and solar array and is selling the power to Schneider Electric through a long-term power purchase agreement.

"The integration of an advanced microgrid at the Schneider Electric campus reduces its energy costs, incorporates more sustainable energy and delivers demand-side efficiency, while also offering resiliency to the facility in the event of a loss of power from the grid," said Chris Fallon, vice president of Duke Energy Renewables and Commercial Portfolio. "Additionally, in partnership with Schneider, we can research and develop new microgrid technologies, solutions and applications in a real-world environment."

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Vattenfall broadens customer offer in Sweden with geothermal energy
 

Vattenfall currently offers its private customers several alternatives for heating their homes, such as district heat and air heat pumps. They now have an additional alternative as the company complements its offer with geothermal energy.

“Geothermal energy is a good complement for owners of single houses in locations beyond the reach of our district heating network and for those who prefer a different solution. It makes us even more customer-oriented and takes us an important step closer to becoming a full-range supplier of heating solutions. It also complements our offer of local energy solutions such as solar cells, air heat pumps and solutions for charging electric cars,” says Magnus Hall, CEO of Vattenfall.

Starting today, 20th April, Vattenfall is now for the first time offering geothermal heating and cooling solutions to owners of single homes in Sweden. This has become possible through the acquisition of a 35 per cent share in BrainHeart Energy Sweden, the country’s largest supplier of geothermal solutions to private customers. BrainHeart Energy has an annual turnover of some SEK 200 million and installs about four geothermal energy solutions per day in Sweden.

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Schneider Electric, ENGIE Lab and Nanyang Technological University will develop a renewable micro-grid demonstrator in Singapore
 

Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, has signed a tripartite agreement with ENGIE Lab1 and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to address the energy access challenge for off-grid areas in Singapore state and more globally in Asia Pacific and South-East Asia region. The agreement was signed today at The Innovation Forum, Biopolis (Singapore), as part of French President Francois Hollande’s visit to Southeast Asia, covering Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, from March 26 to 29, 2017.

Micro-grids can meet the need for electrification of hundreds or thousands of islands in the Southeast Asian region that are not connected to the public grid. This joint initiative is part of the existing REIDS (Renewable Energy Integration Demonstrator in Singapore) project located on Semakau Island (Singapore). Led by NTU with a consortium of partners, including ENGIE Lab and Schneider Electric, the REIDS aims to develop a micro-grid demonstrator to address the energy access challenge in off-grid areas and islands by integrating various renewable sources and storage systems. The collaboration will bring together operational excellence and planning capabilities from ENGIE and energy management expertise and innovative offer from Schneider Electric. The partnership will integrate and test innovative solutions providing a package of services including electricity and mobility.

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Networked Energy Services Response to Static Energy Meter Accuracy Study
 

Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid solution provider with the industry’s leading Patagonia Energy Applications Platform (EAPTM), announced today the University of Twente in the Netherlands had not tested the accuracy of its meter in the recent published Static Energy Meter Accuracy Report. Recently there have been various industry articles referencing this report that identified meter accuracy errors caused by certain laboratory conditions meant to simulate households using numerous electromagnetic emitting devices. Some of these articles unintentionally misused a photo of an Echelon meter, but the University confirmed that Echelon meters were not part of the meters included in the report.

The University of Twente also informed NES, which was formed from the spinoff of Echelon Corporation’s Grid Modernization Division in 2014, that the University had tested an Echelon meter in a separate previous study by the University. The Echelon meter tested correctly and accurately, and did not provide the accuracy errors associated with the meters in the well-publicized study.

“In the earlier study, an Echelon meter was also tested, and our testing results show that this is one of the most reliable meters,” said Prof. Frank Leferink from the University of Twente. “In our research, the Echelon meter kept its measurements comparable to the readings of the Ferraris meter.”

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Market News
 

AEE: Midwest Public Utility Commission Staff Gather to Discuss Distribution System Planning for a Modern Electricity Grid
Two dozen staff from public utility commissions across the Midwestern states gathered in Chicago to discuss electricity system distribution planning and modernizing the grid at a forum facilitated by Advanced Energy Economy Institute last week. This meeting was a follow-up to a similar meeting of Midwest public utility commissioners last year.

The gathering of 24 commission staff from nine Midwest states (Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin) also discussed related issues around rate design and utility business models. Session topics were selected in advance by the commissions, reflecting their interest in the latest technology advancements, the growth of distributed energy resources (like storage, demand response and solar), evolving customer expectations, and the evolution of system planning processes.

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ACER calls for further improvements in Union-wide and national electricity network development plans
The Agency has recently published two opinions on electricity network development plans, one on the draft Union-wide Ten-Year Network Development Plan (TYNDP 2016) and another one regarding its consistency with the national network development plans. ACER finds the draft TYNDP 2016 prepared by ENTSO-E has improved when compared with previous plans, but it also identifies some shortcomings. Among them, insufficient alignment with the national network development plans.

ACER Opinion on draft Union-wide Ten-Year Network Development Plan 2016 The ACER Opinion on the draft TYNDP 2016 considers that the plan has improved in identifying the economic-efficient target capacities at 10 boundaries of the European system where power exchange bottlenecks were identified, corresponding to more than 30 individual borders. ACER also finds the scenario development included in the plan better prepared and explained. It also praises the classification of projects into “mid-term”, “long-term” or “future projects” categories, reflecting different advancement level and implementation dates, and the analysis of a mid-term study horizon for 2020 in addition to the one for 2030.

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Ofgem proposes new protection for consumers from back-billing
Suppliers will not be allowed to back-bill customers for energy used more than 12 months ago under new proposals from Ofgem. Back-bills mainly result from suppliers using estimated bills until they take an actual meter reading which may show that the customer’s consumption is higher than expected. Suppliers then send a‘catch-up’bill to recover the difference. Sometimes this can result in large amounts being owed.

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Press Releases

OSGP Alliance Selects NMi Certin for OSGP Certification

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, April 28, 2017
The OSGP Alliance, an association composed of utilities, developers, and integrators that maintain and promote open standards for the smart grid, announced today that it has selected NMi Certin for its OSGP Certification Program. NMi Certin has agreed to a cooperation agreement with the OSGP Alliance for the testing of products for compliance with OSGP (Open Smart Grid Protocol).

NMi Certin will offer OSGP conformance and interoperability test services. Working together, the OSGP Alliance provides a trusted source of verification for utilities that vendors’ products interoperate and conform to the OSGP specifications. The establishment of this new cooperation continues to provide vendors third-party validation of their OSGP implementations that can complement their internal test efforts. Vendors can offer their products to NMi Certin and the OSGP Alliance will release OSGP Conformance certificates based on NMi Certin test reports.

“We selected NMi Certin for it capabilities, skills and quality. NMi Certin is internationally recognized as one of the most trusted laboratories for metering and testing,” said Elly Kreijkes, Director of the OSGP Alliance. NMi Certin has been involved in providing testing of metrology of metering devices for many years. 

“OSGP is a leading standard in smart grids that is designed to support the transition in the utility industry. Its proven reliability as a communication protocol and the information provided to enable management of the low voltage grid is of interest to NMi Certin, and both organizations share the vision of transformation of the grid infrastructure,” stated Mr. Paul van Enckevort, Director Innovation & Business Development NMi Certin.

About OSGP Alliance.
OSGP Alliance is an independent global, not-for-profit association that maintains and promotes the adoption of the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) and related services and infrastructure for smart grid applications. Members include utilities, software, hardware and service providers, and solution integrators that share a common goal and vision for promoting open standards for energy demand side management, smart grid and smart metering systems. More information about OSGP Alliance can be found at www.osgp.org.

About NMi Certin
NMi is internationally recognized and has an excellent reputation as an independent testing and certification institute in the following fields: oil & gas, utilities, weighing, volume and length, pre-packaging and e-marks, gaming and mobility & traffic law enforcement. NMi supplies its products and services all over the world. It has branches in the Netherlands, Italy, the United Kingdom and Canada and it collaborates with local organizations in China, USA and Japan.

About The Open Smart Grid Protocol
The Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) is a family of specifications published by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) used in conjunction with the ISO/IEC 14908 control networking standard for smart grid applications. OSGP is optimized to provide reliable and efficient delivery of command and control information for smart meters, direct load control modules, solar panels, gateways, and other smart grid devices. With over 5 million OSGP based smart meters and devices deployed worldwide it is one of the most widely used smart meter and smart grid device networking standards.

To learn more, contact: Elly Kreijkes, Director, Secretariat@osgp.org

 

OSGP Alliance to Host 2nd Annual Smart Grid Security Summit in Dubai 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, April 28, 2017 
 

The gathering of industry experts and utility executives to discuss best practices to mitigate threats to grid security; Networked Energy Services announced as Platinum sponsor

The OSGP Alliance, the global non-profit association dedicated to promoting the adoption of the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) and infrastructure for smart grid applications, will organize the 2nd Annual Smart Grid Security Summit on May 22, 2017 at Grand Hyatt Hotel in Dubai. Networked Energy Services Corporations (NES), a global smart grid market leader with industry’s leading Patagonia Energy Applications PlatformTM (EAP), will be the Platinum Sponsor of the security conference dedicated to utilities, regulators, ministries, consultants, researchers and vendors. 

The energy sector is undergoing rapid transformation with the deployment of smart grids, which enables real time monitoring, fault detection, isolation and restoration, grid mapping, and automated reading as well as connections and disconnections. Therefore, it is vital to get a deeper insight on the security concerns as grids are a national asset and of critical importance for any country. The 2017 Smart Grid Security Summit will highlight information on the ‘Threats’ to understand the current and the future threat landscape and ‘Approaches’ to mitigate threats in the most effective and comprehensive way possible, supported by relevant ‘Case Studies’ from the field. 

Bo Danielsen, Chairman of the OSGP said: “While we are aware of the multiple benefits of smart grids, now is the time to also focus on the security threats caused by modern communication and information technology doorways. Following an overwhelming response to the first edition of the Smart Grid Security Summit that took place in Poland in September 2016, we felt it appropriate to expand the discussion on security concerns, data leaks and vulnerabilities of smart grids in the ME region. In addition, the conference will offer the regional entities as well as other stakeholders a deeper insight on how smart grids can help in monitoring and managing the consumption of electricity and water resources for a sustainable future. We are confident that the conference will be a platform for brainstorming on issues critical to the region while contributing to its economic and environmental health.”

“The governments in the Middle East and particularly the GCC have launched several initiatives to deploy the latest innovations in a bid to move towards a diversified economy. As the Platinum Sponsor of the second edition of the Annual Smart Grid Security Summit, we will throw the spotlight on potential threats that can arise from smart grids and ways to secure them through the latest available solutions. As the MENA region’s fourth largest market with the highest near-term potential for smart grid infrastructure and smart metering solutions as per the ‘Emerging Markets Smart Grid: Outlook 2016,’ the seminar will be of particular significance for the UAE,” concluded Michel Madi, CEO – Middle East, Africa & India, Networked Energy Services Corporation. 

The agenda for the annual Smart Grid Security Summit includes ‘UAE Smart Grid Vision;’ ‘UAE Utility: A Case Study;’ ‘Banking Perspective on Security;’ ‘A Collaborative Approach to Grid Security: A Case Study of a Utility Vendor, Pentest Project;’ ‘NES Patagonia Security: A Practical Perspective;’ ‘Utility Case Study: Poland;’ ‘Utility Case Study: Sweden;’ and ‘Consultant’s Perspective on smart grid Security.’ This conference will conclude with a Panel Discussion on threats and approaches supported by real examples. 

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Upcoming Events

 

Saudi Smart Cities Conference 2017: 16-18 May, Riyadh, KSA;

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African Utility Week: 16-18 May, Cape Town, South Africa;

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2nd Annual Smart Grid Security Summit: 22 May, Dubai, UAE; 

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2nd Annual Industrial Control Cyber Security Nuclear Summit: 22 - 24 May, Warrington, UK; 

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Grid Analytics Europe 2017: 6-7 June, Amsterdam, The Netherlands;

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Energy Efficiency Summit 2017: 21 - 23 June, Prague, Czech Republic; 

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4th Annual Industrial Control Cyber Security Europe Summit: 19 - 20 September,  London, UK; 

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4th Annual Industrial Control Cyber Security USA Summit: 3 - 4 October, Sacramento, USA; 

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European Utility Week: 3-5 October, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; 

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E.ON stabilizes electricity grid with wind power

The fluctuating feed-in of wind power into the electricity grid has so far been regarded as a problem for grid stability and supply security. E.ON is now turning the tables. E.ON will be one of the first companies to stabilize the German electricity grid with wind power. This is made possible by the integration of a wind farm into E.ON’s Virtual Power Plant.

Previously, only renewable energy from hydroelectric power plants and biogas power plants had contributed to grid stability. With this breakthrough in wind power, E.ON is succeeding in anchoring renewable energy overall as a supporting pillar of grid stabilization.

The company is now planning to continuously increase the share of wind power, which is used for supply security. This makes an important contribution to the success of the energy turnaround. At the same time, EON can also offer its customers who generate renewable energy, the innovative product of control energy, in addition to direct marketing. In doing so, E.ON is using the wind farm in a profitable manner, in order to balance the demand and supply of electricity in the grid. This also provides advantages for the general public: If there is a surplus of electricity, E.ON switches off the wind farm. In this case, the costs are not distributed to the general public in accordance with the Renewable Energies Act levy.

Concretely, E.ON has obtained pre-qualification for a customer wind farm in the Vorpommern-Greifswald administrative district in the federal state of Mecklenburg-Western Pommerania from the transmission system operator, 50Hertz. This is the precondition for being able to participate in the control energy market and has previously only been reserved for generators, who feed in continuously and reliably. In order to achieve this for wind energy, the electricity of the wind farm in Brandenburg is first incorporated by the Virtual Power Plant. In this system, E.ON bundles 3,800 megawatts (MW) generation output from various renewable and industrial sources. This way, sufficient capacity which the grid can access is always available. In a first step, E.ON will provide negative tertiary balancing power in the amount of 26 MW.

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CLK Energy and DNV GL successfully conclude Turkey’s largest smart meter pilot project

CLK Energy, Turkey’s leading electricity distribution and retail group, and DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body, have announced the successful conclusion of the biggest pilot rollout of smart meters in Turkey to date. The project explored the relative benefits and interoperability of different smart meter technologies and communication infrastructures. It has provided CLK Energy and the Turkish regulator with invaluable insight and experience into best practices for large-scale smart meter rollouts and implementing advanced metering infrastructures.

Turkey has experienced the world’s second largest increase in demand for energy over the last ten years and growth is expected to continue at around 7% until 2023. Meeting that growth with ensuring a reliable supply remains a major challenge for Turkey. As the owner of four distribution service operators (DSOs) – BEDAS, UEDAS, AEDAS and CEDAS – with a combined total of almost 10 million customers, CLK Energy considers to meet this challenge by replacing the majority of electricity meters with smart meters.The pilot included smart meters from seven different manufacturers, and assessed various implementations of powerline communications (PLC) and wireless communication. It explored the performance of the diverse technologies in different environments, including both urban and rural areas. Furthermore, the pilot included a high-level cost-benefit analysis to determine business cases for smart meter roll-outs. The results from the CLK-DNV GL pilot will be used as input for further projects in Turkey, including the ongoing Turkey Smart Grid 2020 initiative (TAS2020).

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E.ON launches four pilot projects for smart meter rollout

Extensive testing underway on Fehmarn and Rügen as well as in Saxony-Anhalt and Lower Bavaria In four selected regions of Germany E.ON has launched pilot projects for the rollout of smart meters. On the islands of Fehmarn and Rügen in northern Germany and in Saxony-Anhalt and Lower Bavaria a total of several hundred customers in the E.ON grid areas of Avacon, Bayernwerk, E.DIS and Hansewerk will participate in the projects.

The background to the pilot projects is the statutory obligation to install intelligent metering systems for customers with an annual consumption of more than 6,000 kilowatt-hours. Operators of plants funded under the Renewable Energies Act (EEG) with an installed capacity of more than seven kilowatts are also likely to be under an obligation to install such systems from autumn 2017.

Altogether, after the completion of the rollout in 2027, around 20 percent of all electricity customers in Germany should have these intelligent metering systems – commonly known as smart meters – installed at their properties. At E.ON, this will affect more than a million customers. A far greater proportion, approximately 80 percent, will be equipped with a so-called modern metering device, which is an electronic meter without a communication module.

“The experience we are currently gaining as part of these pilot projects and the cooperation with municipality utilities help us to optimize the technical performance of the devices and thus to better align the technology with the customers’ preferences,” explains Paul-Vincent Abs, Managing Director of E.ON Metering. “The launch of intelligent meters is another step towards intelligent grids, which are hugely important for new, customer-orientated products and an ever more distributed energy world”.

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SEAS-NVE: You can rely on your electricity meter

You can rely on your electric meter, SEAS-NVE says, after Dutch study on smart meter accuracy. "It is vital that our customers have 100 percent confidence in the meters. The gauges SEAS-NVE's grid company uses, are all approved by MID directive. It is an EU regulatory framework that sets the standard for the requirements our electricity meters must comply with. Our measures are all approved by MID, which also requires accuracy, "says Bo Danielsen, Head of SEAS-NVE Net.

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Fortum Charge & Drive builds the first high-power charging corridor between Oslo, Stockholm and Helsinki

Fortum Charge & Drive will build the first High-Power Charging (HPC) corridor between Oslo, Stockholm and Helsinki. The corridor provides charging possibilities for the upcoming models of long range, over 300 km, electric vehicles with higher charging speeds. In practice, it means that electric models expected to be on the market by early 2018 will be able to drive from Helsinki to Oslo in the same time as with a conventional car.

The high-power charging stations will be able to generate 150-350 kW power and will be equipped to serve all main car models. This is the first step in establishing a Nordic network that will enable drivers to take full advantage of the new generation of electric vehicles (EV) and make long-distance travel a real possibility. The first four HPC stations will be built during 2017.

Charge & Drive has extensive experience in installing and operating charging networks, as a market leader in Norway. The country is so far the only mass market for EVs with more than 100,000 electric vehicles on the road, clearly the biggest number per capita in the world. In order to secure timely and high-quality installations, Charge & Drive has recruited resources with extensive hands-on experience in building the Tesla Super Charger network in Norway.

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Fortum and Futurice are developing a new concept for solar energy companies in developing countries

Energy company Fortum and software agency Futurice are embarking on a new kind of cooperation that combines their expertise in solar energy and software design.

The aim of the cooperation is to create a solution that provides easier access to electricity for people in developing countries. In less than two hours the earth receives from the sun the amount of energy that is consumed annually. At the same time 1.3 billion people lack a dependable source of electricity.

The idea is to develop a platform that would help local solar companies offer solar energy systems to households. The Software-as-a-Service concept would offer a solution for solar companies to secure the payment from end-customers and to provide better customer support, as well as a more reliable system. One solution is the pay-as-you-go model which allows people who can’t afford their own panels to purchase electricity. By replacing the current services with a digital solution that can be used without a smartphone, via text messaging or other solutions, the potential user pool grows considerably.

The solution will be developed in an open innovation process by combining the resources and know-how of Fortum and Futurice. Fortum has expertise in developing energy systems and in industrial-scale solar power in India as well as offering solar solutions for private and business customers in Nordics. Futurice is an expert in the development of digital services, applications, and solution architecture.

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NRGI: Testing the smart meters

A Dutch study found recently that smart meters show readings up to 600 percent wrong. Jørgen S. Christensen, research and technology director at Danish Energy - commercial and professional organization of energy companies in Denmark, assures, however, that the vast majority of the electricity meters in Denmark are not experiencing such problems:

'Already in 2011 it was discovered that some smart meters could have this problem, and therefore we and Safety Agency informed our members on how the problem can be solved. So the electricity meters that have been tested, must be from before 2012', he says, explaining that the software on the electricity meters were updated in 2011. This means that if an intelligent electricity meter drifts, there is an alarm that goes off. "

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E.ON announces a new initiative in digital energy products

E.ON is using innovative products to help its customers declare their independence from traditional energy supply structures. Going forward, customers will be able to not only produce their own solar power, they will now also be able to store it in unlimited amounts – for use whenever they need it. As part of the concept called "Your Energy," E.ON is planning to introduce a range of digital products to the market this year. The focus will be on solar power.

As early as April, the company will begin offering E.ON SolarCloud, a product that offers a new independency in energy supply. Solar power producers will be able to store an unlimited amount of the energy they produce on a virtual electricity account and then draw on it any time they like however they like. During an initial phase, E.ON SolarCloud will be introduced on the German market as an innovative enlargement of the E.ON Aura solar power storage solution.

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Thüga SmartService GmbH is the first service provider for smart meter gateway administration to be certified based on IT-Grundschutz

Thüga SmartService GmbH (SmartService) received certification for the Smart Meter Gateway Administration (SMGWA) from the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). The certification is based on ISO 27001 based on IT-Grundschutz. An SMGWA configures and operates the gateway, the communication device of the intelligent measuring system. This defines the gateway to whom the data is made available.

At the handing over of the certificate by Thomas Gast, Division Manager D 1, he explained in the offices of the Swiss Federal Office: "With the certification of the information security management system (ISMS) at SmartService, another important building block is laid on the way to a secure intelligent measuring system. The requirements of the Measuring Point Act and the requirements of TR-03109-6 for an SMGWA developed and defined for this purpose are provided by SmartService for the market. Thus, there are several independent service providers offering various comprehensive services for the SMGWA."

In principle, measurement point operators (MSB) who wish to take over the task of SMGWA are obliged to establish and certify their own information security management system (ISMS). This obligation can be omitted if the MSB orders the SmartService and this assumes the operation of the ISMS. SmartService is individually designed for the respective measuring point operator and checks its implementation by random sampling.

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Market News
 

Common Statement on The European Dream we share, sixty years after the Treaties of Rome: clean energy, innovation and jobs

The SEDC (Smart Energy Demand Coalition), together with a group of 6 organisations representing various actors from the EU energy sector, have published a common statement on the European dream and the clean energy transition.

A common energy policy was at the heart of the European project at its inception. Bringing strategic assets together was seen as a stepping stone to rebuild a war shaken continent. The resulting peace and prosperity allowed Europeans to work together on a coordinated energy policy hinging on a liberalized energy market with power- and gas networks integrated across borders. In parallel, ambitious sustainability goals have been developed,clean tech is on the rise and the idea of an Energy Union, a European energy transition for all Europeans is gaining ground.

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EDSO for Smart Grids welcomes Clean Energy Package: European electricity distributors ready for energy revolution

EDSO Board of Directors and General Assembly gathered today in Brussels expressed deep appreciation for the European Commission Clean Energy for all Europeans legislative proposals strongly acknowledging and enhancing the role of electric power Distribution System Operators. In this advanced and forward looking perspective for a new market framework, EDSO members already serve over 75% of the European citizens consumers. They also are on the forefront of digitalisation of the power grids and smart solutions, bringing consumer in the very centre of the energy transition process.

Their long time mastering of quality of service, advanced technological choices, research, deployment, as well as a neutral, secure and efficient market facilitation, make EDSO members suitable for the new and evolving roles asked of the DSO. The new consumers, producing electricity on their own and gaining active role in the electric power value chain, must rely on trustworthy, dependable, up-to-date, cost-efficient grids able to deliver the usual high standard service while incorporating and accommodating their emerging needs.

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Ofgem: Energy complaints fall by a third in 2016

The total number of complaints by domestic energy consumers fell by 32 per cent last year according to data published jointly by Ofgem and the Energy Ombudsman today. The total number of complaints dropped from around 5 million in 2015 to 3.5 million complaints in 2016 - the lowest point in three years. Most large and medium suppliers solved on average at least 90 per cent of complaints within 8 weeks, the deadline after which complaints may be referred by individuals to the Energy Ombudsman.

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Smart meter roll-out must be judged by long-term benefits insists energy minister

The government’s £11 billion roll-out of smart meters must be judged by the long-term benefits it offers consumers, energy minister Jesse Norman has insisted.

The programme, which has been dogged by a number of high profile setbacks and disparaging comments from energy suppliers, was the subject of a number of questions during this morning’s Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy oral and topical questions session in the House of Commons.

“I find the minister was a touch complacent with his earlier answer on smart meters. Given this is going to cost the taxpayer £11 billion by the end of this parliament, what’s he going to do about the fact they don’t work when a customer switches supplier?” Labour MP Steve McCabe asked.

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Press Releases

The 2017 European Smart Energy Award for Cyber and Data Security

San Jose, CA, February 16th, 2017

Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid solution provider with the industry’s leading Energy Applications Platform (EAPTM), announced today its Patagonia Security solution won the 2017 European Smart Energy Award for Cyber and Data Security. The award was presented to NES at the 8th Smart Energy Europe Summit and Future Utility Summit in London.  The award recognizes not only innovation and thought leadership associated with smart grid security but, more importantly, actual implementation of industry leading smart grid security solutions.

The judges, comprised of utilities and industry experts from a range of companies around Europe, selected NES because its advanced security architecture strengthens the ability to prevent, detect, isolate, and respond to misuse of grid assets and malicious behavior. Specifically, the judges were impressed with how NES enables its customers’ ability to protect information, ensure data integrity and maintain an efficient, secure smart grid. 

“We had many outstanding companies nominated for the award. NES won our award because we believe it is an industry leader in smart grid security, for example, by developing and introducing security solutions like Patagonia, a new benchmark in smart metering security,” said Ben Morais, Senior Business Development Manager for Oliver Kinross.

"Security is a serious threat to the industry and hence it is our primary focus. We are honored to receive the European Smart Energy Cyber and Data Security Award," said Michael Anderson, Group President and CEO of NES. “We thank the judges for recognizing that NES is at the forefront of smart grid security innovation. Smart metering and smart grid security is our number one priority, and we understand that the public can only trust a smart grid, if they have full confidence in its security, safety and reliability.”

To learn more about the Smart Energy Europe and Future Utility Summit and the European Smart Energy Award winners, visit: www.networkedenergy.com.

NES clarifies that Echelon meters were not associated with the recent Static Energy Meter Accuracy Report

San Jose, CA, March 29th, 2017
Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid solution provider with the industry’s leading Patagonia Energy Applications Platform (EAPTM), announced today the University of Twente in the Netherlands had not tested the accuracy of its meter in the recent published Static Energy Meter Accuracy Report. Recently there have been various industry articles referencing this report that identified meter accuracy errors caused by certain laboratory conditions meant to simulate households using numerous electromagnetic emitting devices. Some of these articles unintentionally misused a photo of an Echelon meter, but the University confirmed that Echelon meters were not part of the meters included in the report.

The University of Twente also informed NES, which was formed from the spinoff of Echelon Corporation’s Grid Modernization Division in 2014, that the University had tested an Echelon meter in a separate previous study by the University.  The Echelon meter tested correctly and accurately, and did not provide the accuracy errors associated with the meters in the well-publicized study.

“In the earlier study, an Echelon meter was also tested, and our testing results show that this is one of the most reliable meters,” said Prof. Frank Leferink from the University of Twente. “In our research, the Echelon meter kept its measurements comparable to the readings of the Ferraris meter.”

In response to the various articles, ESMIG, the European voice of the providers of smart energy solutions, issued a positon paper about the research. ESMIG and its members, which includes NES, announced that while it supports independent research studies, it believes that the study in question did not properly represent real world conditions. ESMIG’s position paper was meant to reassure policy makers, network operators, electricity suppliers and most importantly, European consumers, that the smart metering technology being deployed in Europe is robust, secure and accurate.

“The issue identified in the report is not specific to the measurement technology in a meter but rather how a vendor implements the technology. If designed properly, these types of conditions do not negatively impact the accuracy of meters,” said Andy Robinson, CTO of NES. "We have known about these conditions since 2008 and designed our meters accordingly. NES meters meet, and often surpass, the requirements of the testing standards under the EU Measuring Instruments Directive (MID), which ensure their accuracy, reliability, durability and safety. To learn more, visit: To learn more, visit: www.networkedenergy.com.

Upcoming Events

2nd Annual GCC ICS Cyber Security Forum: 09-11 April, Dubai, UAE; Read more…
ICSG Istanbul 20172: 19-21 April, Istanbul,Turkey; Read more…
SMARTGREENS 2017: 22 - 24 April, Porto, Portugal; Read more…
2nd Annual Smart Grid Security Summit: 22 May, Dubai, UAE; Read more…
2nd Annual Industrial Control Cyber Security Nuclear Summit: 22 - 24 May, Warrington, UK; Read more…
Energy Efficiency Summit 2017: 21 - 23 June, Prague, Czech Republic; Read more…
4th Annual Industrial Control Cyber Security Europe Summit: 19 - 20 September,  London, UK; Read more…
4th Annual Industrial Control Cyber Security USA Summit: 3 - 4 October, Sacramento, USA; Read more…
European Utility Week: 3-5 October, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Read more…

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OSGP Newsletter // February 2017
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Networked Energy Services Wins Prestigious Cyber and Data Security Award

Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid solution provider with the industry’s leading Energy Applications Platform (EAPTM), announced today its Patagonia Security solution won the 2017 European Smart Energy Award for Cyber and Data Security. The award was presented to NES at the 8th Smart Energy Europe Summit and Future Utility Summit in London. The award recognizes not only innovation and thought leadership associated with smart grid security but, more importantly, actual implementation of industry leading smart grid security solutions.

The judges, comprised of utilities and industry experts from a range of companies around Europe, selected NES because its advanced security architecture strengthens the ability to prevent, detect, isolate, and respond to misuse of grid assets and malicious behavior. Specifically, the judges were impressed with how NES enables its customers’ ability to protect information, ensure data integrity and maintain an efficient, secure smart grid.
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Another new EU project to be demonstrated on Fur

A continued expansion of renewable energy in the Danish energy system is an essential element of the Danish climate strategy. Renewable energy sources like solar and wind provide challenges in balancing the production and consumption, but also heat pumps, batteries and electric vehicles challenge efficient, stable operation of the power grid. Battery Storage Systems - Energy Storage Systems (ESS) - can be a valuable solution to these challenges.

Eniig has just begun a major project under the EU program Horizon 2020, when the focus is on this issue. The project is called Storage4Grid (S4G) and aims to provide utilities and end users with new tools for optimal planning, implementation and evaluation of battery technologies in the power grid. S4G design new governance models and interfaces built on existing standards that are adequate to support scalable and cost-effective coordination of battery storage systems.

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Eniig lowers grid tariff

When Energimidt and Himmerlands Electricity Supply (HEF) in the summer of 2016 merged to Eniig, it was one of the agreements in the merger basis that economies of scale and a stronger market position would benefit customers. Now Eniig put action behind the words.

Eniig have per January 1, 2017 reduced its subscriptions and network tariffs, with a total of DKK 60 million. This means that the total electricity bill for Eniigs shareholders decreases, and thus comes some of the merger's economic benefits in terms of efficiency and economies of scale now benefit shareholders for good.

When we merged, it was, among other things with a clear objective to continue to ensure our shareholders a solid and efficient energy supply. I am therefore pleased that we can already visible, tangible results for our clients. In this case, as a saving of grid tariffs, says Martin Romvig, CEO of Eniig.

A recent study presented trade organization Danish Energy analysis of the quality of the European electricity grid. Here Denmark is in clear first place when it comes to the so-called uptime. Danish consumers have such power to the switch 99.99% of the time. Good results, as Martin Romvig admits.

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E.ON welcomes new e-mobility funding program

"The German government’s new e-mobility funding program provides an important basis for further developing the charging infrastructure in Germany. We expressly welcome this funding initiative which makes environmentally friendly e-mobility even more attractive," said E.ON board member Karsten Wildberger, who is also the Chairman of the National Electromobility Platform's "Charging Infrastructure and Network Integration Working Group".

In this context E.ON has announced that it will be joining the program, initially with over 250 charging points. To improve the charging network across Germany, there are plans to install numerous freely accessible charging points in rural areas.

In this process of establishing and expanding the infrastructure, E.ON sees itself as a partner for municipalities and companies wanting to install their own charging points. E.ON will apply for the funds and bring expertise to this partnership, helping to select suitable charging points, operating the charging columns, providing payment systems and managing the overall business. E.ON’s portfolio also includes systems such as fast charging columns and wall-mounted boxes for underground car parks. The company has set up a contact page for interested parties here. The regional utilities Avacon, Bayernwerk, E.DIS and Hansewerk offer complete packages for their customers.

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Opening a new Frontier: Duke Energy Renewables’ 200-megawatt Oklahoma wind project delivering power

Duke Energy Renewables has completed its large-scale wind power plant in Oklahoma, the 200-megawatt (MW) Frontier Windpower Project. The wind facility, located in Kay County, east of Blackwell, became operational in late December 2016, and increases Duke Energy Renewables’ U.S. wind capacity to 2,300 megawatts (MW). “We had several ‘firsts’ with the Frontier project,” said Rob Caldwell, president, Duke Energy Renewables and Distributed Energy Technology. “It was our first wind project in Oklahoma, and it was the first time Vestas’ extra-large 126-meter rotors were deployed in the U.S.

“We also formed a unique partnership with Blackwell Industrial Authority for our operations and maintenance building. A project of this scale was made possible by the overwhelming support of the community, landowners, vendors and our customer, City Utilities.” City Utilities of Springfield, Mo., is purchasing the power from the Frontier Windpower Project under a 22-year agreement. "We’re excited about the partnership we have developed with the Frontier Windpower Project,” said Scott Miller, general manager, City Utilities of Springfield. "Providing a long-term renewable source of power generation in this changing market is critical to the future of our utility.”

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Sandbank offshore wind farm fully commissioned

On 25 January, the offshore wind farm Sandbank was fully connected to the grid. The project was completed three months ahead of the originally planned time schedule. Sandbank is located 90 kilometers west of the island of Silt and started to produce electricity already in September last year.

"We delivered Sandbank three and a half months prior to schedule and well within budget. This is a great success and a proof point that we clearly delivered on our promises made in August 2014. Furthermore it demonstrates our ability for continuous improvement even whilst constructing our projects. A big thank you to all our people in Vattenfall and to our suppliers. It has been a team effort and is a joint success", says Gunnar Groebler, Head of Vattenfall Wind.

After the DanTysk offshore wind power plant (in operation since 2015), Sandbank is the second infrastructure project that Vattenfall and Stadtwerke München (SWM) have now realized together. This will give them a combined portfolio of 576 megawatt (MW) of installed capacity, making Vattenfall and SWM some of the largest producers of green electricity in the German Bight.

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Mainova opts for Thüga solution in Gateway Administration.

Mainova Aktiengesellschaft from Frankfurt am Main has commissioned the Thüga SmartService with the role of the gateway administrator. "We have already explored the market at an early stage. With its state-of-the-art software architecture, Thüga SmartService offers us a high degree of possibilities, information security and automation, "concludes Philipp Lübcke, Head of IT at Mainova Aktiengesellschaft. This is especially important for large companies to reduce the administrative and manual effort. In addition to companies such as Mainova and N-ERGIE, Thüga SmartService has also signed contracts with medium and small utilities such as the municipalities of Heide, Germersheim, Greven and Rheinhessische Energie- und Wasservers-GmbH. "The gateway administration process is only economically viable from a large number of intelligent measurement systems. An all-in-one makes no economic sense, as the rollout costs include a high proportion of fixed costs. This means that no matter whether 10,000 or a million gateways are administered - a high investment in IT is always required, "says Peter Hornfischer, Managing Director of Thüga SmartService.

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Eltel’s smart metering roll-out in progress in Norway – roll-out starting up in Denmark

Eltel’s smart metering roll-out in Norway has passed an important milestone and the company is now making over 1,000 installations per day. Eltel and Hafslund Nett signed a smart metering roll-out contract for 630,000 direct measured meters in April 2015, to be completed by 2019. Roll-out with Kamstrup A/S in Denmark for Radius (formerly DONG Energy Eldistribution) has started and is now in the pilot phase. Eltel’s total reference is exceeding roll-outs of more than five million smart meters.

Already in 2006, Eltel started its smart metering business in Finland and Sweden and in ten year’s time the company has installed 3.5 million smart meters in Finland, Sweden and Denmark. After the Hafslund contract, Eltel also won projects in 2015 with Skagerak Nett and the Soria consortium, both in Norway. Norway is now the last Nordic country to roll-out modern smart metering systems and, according to regulation, these have to be completed by 2019.

In November 2015, Eltel announced a roll-out and implementation contract with Kamstrup in their project with Radius in Denmark. The Radius project is the largest smart meter roll-out in Denmark and Eltel’s share will be 500,000 smart meter changes. Today, Eltel counts a total order backlog of approximately 1.6 million smart meter roll-outs to be completed during 2019, bringing the total reference of roll-outs to more than five million smart meters. In spring 2016, Eltel entered the German metering market through two acquisitions.

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Market News

EPRI Introduces the Integrated Energy Network at NARUC Meetings

PALO ALTO, Calif. (February 13, 2017) – The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) yesterday introduced a pathway to a more efficient, reliable and productive energy system during meetings of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners in Washington, DC. The unveiling included key actions – technology development, policy, regulation and standards -- to make that future a reality.

EPRI President and CEO Michael Howard cited the need for greater integration of all energy resources, a concept that the institute calls the Integrated Energy Network. “The Integrated Energy Network envisions a future in which customers have flexibility to use, produce and manage energy, while having increased access to reliable, safe, affordable and cleaner power for all. To achieve this future requires an integrated view of energy and natural resources – looking beyond just electricity.

"Our systems for managing energy and natural resources are increasingly interconnected. Yet these systems remain largely separate with respect to strategy, management and operations. Technological change is amplifying the cost of failing to integrate these systems. We offer our report to stimulate new thinking about the future energy system," he said.

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Building Capacities in Public-Private Financing for Renewable Energies in West Africa

On February 16, 2017, the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership (GSEP) concluded a high-level capacity building conference on renewable energies and public-private financing targeting the West African region. The conference was a part of GSEP’s flagship capacity building series, Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) for Sustainable Electricity Development. Organized in partnership with the Regions 20 of Climate Action (R20), the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and the Agence Nationale pour les Énergies Renouvelables (ANER) of Senegal, the event was a unique opportunity to exchange about best practices, local and international experiences for increasing access to sustainable, affordable, and reliable electricity which can accelerate regional social and economic development.

Mr. Djiby Ndiaye, Director General of ANER opened the conference, underlining the relevance and need for capacity building activities to advance in renewable energies. “I am convinced that participants at this gathering have understood the huge hope our governments pin on these proceedings,” said Ndiaye. “Governments understand the significance of this conference in providing for development of financing for renewable energy projects.”

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EU invests €444 million in key energy infrastructure

Today EU Member States agreed on the Commission's proposal to invest €444 million in priority European energy infrastructure projects. The 18 selected electricity, smart grids and gas projects will contribute to achieving the Energy Union's goals by connecting European energy networks, increasing security of energy supply, and contributing to the sustainable development by integrating renewable energy sources across the EU. Investing in sustainable and renewable energy sources helps accelerate the energy transformation in Europe and foster green growth and jobs – all priorities of the Juncker Commission. Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič said: "I welcome today's agreement by the Member States. These are important projects with major cross-border implications. They are a tangible sign of what the Energy Union means for Europe and how the European Union can help making our countries stronger by cooperating closely together." Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete said: "This is another milestone in the setup of a cleaner, more competitive European energy market. An energy infrastructure which is fit for purpose is essential for renewables to thrive. Thanks to this upgrade, the proposals in the Clean Energy for All Europeans package are even closer to become a reality. The EU is demonstrating its commitment to delivering cheaper, more sustainable and secure energy to European consumers".

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EU well on the way to meeting 2020 renewable energy target

The EU is on track to meet its target of 20% renewable energy by 2020: this is one of the key messages in the European Commission's second State of the Energy Union report, which was released on 1 February. However, EU countries will need to maintain their efforts to reach their national renewable energy targets. Increased use of renewable energy is integral to the EU's Energy Union strategy, and brings benefits for the environment, consumers, Europe's energy security and the European economy as a whole.

The Renewable Energy Directive set individual renewable energy targets for all EU countries that take into account their positions and potential to use more renewable energy. Meeting these individual targets will allow the EU as a whole to reach its 2020 target of 20% renewable energy, and the State of the Energy Union report now shows that Europe is well on the way to achieving this. In 2015, 25 of the 28 EU countries exceeded their national indicative trajectories: some have even surpassed their targets for 2020 already. The EU 2030 Framework for Climate and Energy also sets a further binding target that at least 27% of the energy used in the EU by 2030 should be renewable. The 'Clean Energy for All Europeans' package published by the Commission on 30 November 2016 includes a proposal for a recast Renewable Energy Directive that will provide the right framework for EU countries to meet this goal collectively and in a cost-effective way.

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Upcoming Events

2nd Annual Rail Cyber Security Summit: 14 - 15 March, London; Read more…
Gasification 2017: 15 - 16 March, Helsinki; Read more…
​Power & Electricity World Africa: 28 - 29 March, Johannesburg, South Africa; Read more…
International SAP Conference for Utilities, 28 - 30 March, Lisbon, Portugal; Read more…
SGTech Europe 2017: 28 - 30 March, Amsterdam; Read more… 
SMARTGREENS 2017: 22 - 24 April, Porto, Portugal; Read more…
2nd Annual Industrial Control Cyber Security Nuclear Summit: 22 - 24 May, Warrington (UK); Read more…
Energy Efficiency Summit 2017: 22 - 23 June, Prague; Read more…
4th Annual Industrial Control Cyber Security Europe Summit: 19 - 20 September,  London; Read more…
4th Annual Industrial Control Cyber Security USA Summit: 3 - 4 October, Sacramento (USA); Read more…

 

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OSGP Newsletter // January 2017
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Almost half of all Germans would like to heat their homes with solar energy
 

According to the findings of a study on living in Europe commissioned by E.ON, almost half of all Germans believe it would be desirable to use environmentally friendly solar energy for space heating. However, this would require a radical change because the representative survey by Kantar Emnid also revealed that most houses and apartments in Germany are still heated with natural gas or oil. At 47 percent, natural gas currently holds the biggest share of the space heating market. 20 percent of all households use fuel oil, 11 percent wood and 10 percent rely on night storage heaters to keep their homes warm.

Elsewhere in Europe, too, people prefer solar for home heating. 61 percent of all Hungarians and 60 percent of Italians would opt for a solar-heated home. The people least interested in heat from the sun are the British. While 38 percent would prefer to heat their homes with solar energy, 36 per cent would like to live in a gas-heated home. But there is nothing in the study to suggest that the supposedly typical British weather is to blame because, in fact, Britain has as many hours of sunshine per year as Germany.

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Few blackouts despite historical weather situation
 

The severe weather situation considering the region has experienced a few power cuts in the past day. When the water level peaked on Wednesday night was around 200 households, primarily in Præstø Faxe Ladeplads and Nysted without power for a short period. The vast majority of households quickly got power back. On Thursday morning, was just 48 households without power also primarily in Præstø Faxe Ladeplads and Nysted. SEAS-NVE is working to re-establish power to the last households. The flow is expected to be back in the course of the day.

Massive investment makes the difference At SEAS-NVE happy about the few power outages, and ascribes the previous year's investments in the region's power grid.

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Duke Energy turned N.C.'s sunny days into more solar energy capacity in 2016
 

North Carolina's status as a national solar energy leader expanded further in 2016 as Duke Energy connected about 500 megawatts (MW) of solar capacity in the state to serve customers. The combination of owned and purchased solar was enough to power about 105,000 homes at peak production. "Renewable energy is important to our customers, and Duke Energy is responding by developing and owning solar plants – and also by connecting other solar projects to our system in North Carolina," said Rob Caldwell, president, Duke Energy Renewables and Distributed Energy Technology.

Across its commercial and regulated businesses, Duke Energy invested in 100 MW of capacity during the year – including plants in Davie, Hertford, Northampton, Perquimans and Wilson counties. The company also purchased and connected about 400 MW of solar capacity for customers in 2016 that was built by other developers. Much of the new solar energy supports North Carolina's 2007 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard that mandates Duke Energy generate 12.5 percent of its retail sales in the state by renewable energy or energy efficiency programs by 2021.

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Fortum and Bonava to develop solutions for smart living
 

Fortum and Bonava have started commercial collaboration on solutions for smart living in Sweden. A solution is being developed for residents of apartment flats and single-family homes. The solution is expected to be installation-ready by the end of the year. The collaboration originated with the Smart Energy pilot project in Stockholm Royal Seaport, where Bonava is one of the area’s housing developers and Fortum is the energy partner in the pilot project. “In the future energy system, energy production is increasingly dependent on weather conditions. It is important that energy consumption can be shifted to those hours when there is an abundance of production. With the solution currently under development, the energy consumption of residents can be adjusted easily and without compromising living comfort,” says Rami Piik, VP, Smart Home Solutions, Fortum.

With a display in a smart home, residents can monitor and control the consumption of water, energy and heat, as well as control lighting, appliances and electrical devices. Additionally, the system incorporates security, fire and water damage alarms. Residents can manage and control their home either via a separate display or through their own cell phone.

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Vattenfall has signed an agreement to acquire the project development company for offshore wind project “Atlantis I”
 

Vattenfall has signed an agreement to acquire the project company “PNE WIND Atlantis I GmbH“ from PNE WIND AG. The sale and purchase agreement, which is still subject to various closing conditions, includes a purchase price in a lower double digit million Euro amount.

PNE WIND Atlantis I GmbH is the owner of the offshore wind project “Atlantis I” which is located in the German North Sea 84 kilometers north-west off the island of Borkum and the project site allows a potential for up to 73 wind turbines of multi megawatt class. PNE WIND AG will remain involved in the further development of project Atlantis I as a long-term service provider, contributing its expertise and knowledge about Atlantis I.

The acquisition of Atlantis I is a very good start for us into the new year and I am really delighted. After our successful participation in the tender rounds in Denmark last year where we could reinforce our offshore wind portfolio with another 950 MW, we are now well on track in the German market as well. In this context we explicitly welcome the change towards the auction system under the new EEG regime also in Germany. We can now apply our know-how in terms of cost reduction for offshore wind in this country as well – for the benefit of the electricity customers and thus for the further acceptance of this effective way to produce green energy, says Gunnar Groebler, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area Wind at Vattenfall.

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Thüga participates in start-up homeandsmart GmbH.
 

"With our new shareholding in homeandsmart GmbH, we are expanding the strategic digitalization competence of Thüga and our partner companies," said Dr. Gerhard Holtmeier, member of the Board of Management of Thüga Aktiengesellschaft. Thüga has participated in the company with eight percent, with the possibility of a subsequent increase. Other shareholders are KIC InnoEnergy Germany GmbH and badenova AG & Co. KG. A total of 15 employees work in the start-up in Karlsruhe. Homeandsmart GmbH has operated the Internet portal of the same name ( www.homeandsmart.de ) since 16 January 2017. "One of the drivers for the transformation process in the energy sector is digitalization. Networked services and intelligent devices are increasingly becoming the focus, "explains Holtmeier. "A

"At the same time, however, the smart home market is still confusing for the end user and the products are in need of explanation, and homeandsmart relies on this and the portal scores with well researched and comprehensively prepared information as well as manufacturer independence", Holtmeier is convinced.

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Market News
 

Smart energy use decreases power outages
 

The number of future power outages decreases when households are more flexible in their energy use. By connecting smart devices to a smart energy system, the peaks in the electricity grid are reduced, leading to fewer outages. Households want to contribute to such a system, as long as no extra effort is involved. These are the main results of the Dutch smart energy project “EnergieKoplopers” initiated by grid company Alliander and energy retailer Essent.

In the municipality of Heerhugowaard, where the project took place, 200 household were connected to a smart energy system for a full year. The smart energy system predicted the daily electricity use and production, and automatically controlled smart devices, such as an electric boiler, in order to balance demand and supply. In the project, Essent took on the role of Aggregator. The participating households supplied flexibility from their smart devices to the Aggregator, and received a remuneration for this flexibility. The aggregator applied this flexibility for the purpose of reducing peaks in the grid, for example by using excess solar power in daytime to heat the water in the electric boilers that could be used at night when solar power is short . As a result, the grid was not overloaded, and fifteen simulated power outages could be prevented.

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Greater separation for National Grid’s system operator role
 

Ofgem and the Government have today announced plans to create greater separation between the system operator role performed by National Grid and the rest of the National Grid group.

A more independent system operator will help to keep household bills down by working to ensure and enable more competition, coordination and innovation across the system. The system operator role includes balancing the electricity grid second by second. In future as the electricity system becomes more flexible this role will need to evolve. The system operator will also have to work more closely with local electricity distribution network operators to manage electricity flows across the grids.

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U.S. Energy Secretary and Mexico Energy Minister sign bilateral principles to promote electricity reliability of interconnected power systems
 

On Saturday, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Mexico's Secretary of Energy Pedro Joaquin Coldwell, along with Federal Energy Regulatory Commision (FERC) Chairman Norman Bay, Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) Chairman Guillermo Ignacio Garcia Alcocer and National Center for Energy Control (CENACE) Director Eduardo Meraz Ateca, together signed a non-binding foundational document that will support a continued effort by both countries to assure reliability of the increasingly interconnected American and Mexican electricity grids. U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson and President and CEO of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Gerry Cauley witnessed the signing.

“The United States and Mexico have a long-standing energy partnership that is being strengthened further as Mexico advances its impressive energy sector reform," said U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “Electricity system integration will help both countries achieve economic, energy and environmental goals, and these agreed upon principles will help assure reliability and resilience.”

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Commissioner Arias Cañete in Greece to deepen energy integration
 

On 19 January, Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete kicks off a two-day visit to Greece. The purpose of the visit is to follow up on the Clean Energy for All Europeans package presented by the Commission last November and to discuss issues regarding investment in the potential for renewable energy and in energy efficient buildings.

There is immense untapped potential in Greece for investment in wind and solar energy with a view to increasing the proportion of renewable sources in the energy mix. There are also opportunities to improve energy efficiency across different sectors and in particular in housing renovation.

On Thursday, Commissioner Arias Cañete will meet with the President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopios Pavlopoulos, the Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, and the Minister of Environment and Energy Georgios Stathakis. Following these meetings, Commissioner Arias Cañete and Minister Stathakis will hold a joint press conference at 12:15 local time.

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Platform play: building a structure for grid transformation
 

As utility digitalisation brings complexity for distribution system operators, Schneider Electric unveils a new solution In November 2016, Schneider Electric launched the EcoStruxure Grid platform, an open and interoperable system architecture for the Internet of Things (IoT) targeted at several verticals including the grid market and distribution system operators.

Schneider describes the platform as a technology stack that includes connected products and edge control, applications, analytics and services together with cyber security. Although each element of the stack is already being used in the market, Schneider’s marketing director of Automation and Energy Business Jean-Yves Bodin said what is new is how the company has pulled together the capabilities into one platform.

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Upcoming Events 2017


Energy Storage 2017: 8 - 9 February, Paris; Read more…
2nd Annual Rail Cyber Security Summit: 14 - 15 March, London; Read more…
Gasification 2017: 15 - 16 March, Helsinki; Read more…
​Power & Electricity World Africa: 28 - 29 March, Johannesburg, South Africa; Read more…
International SAP Conference for Utilities, 28 - 30 March, Lisbon, Portugal; Read more…
SGTech Europe 2017: 28 - 30 March, Amsterdam; Read more… Register before 24 February and benefit from the 10% discount, use the discount promocode SGTECH-17-OSGP
SMARTGREENS 2017: 22 - 24 April, Porto, Portugal; Read more…
2nd Annual Industrial Control Cyber Security Nuclear Summit: 22 - 24 May, Warrington (UK); Read more…
Energy Efficiency Summit 2017: 22 - 23 June, Prague; Read more…
4th Annual Industrial Control Cyber Security Europe Summit: 19 - 20 September,  London; Read more…
4th Annual Industrial Control Cyber Security USA Summit: 3 - 4 October, Sacramento (USA); Read more…

 

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Jan2017
OSGP Newsletter // December 2016
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Eltel’s power distribution business and Finnish Caruna have signed a new frame agreement for cabling projects in Finland
 

Eltel and Finnish power distribution system operator Caruna Oy have signed a three-year frame agreement to improve the medium voltage power distribution network in central and southwestern regions of Finland. The total value of the agreement is approximately EUR 17.5 million and the contract period is 2017-2019.

Eltel and Caruna have a long standing partnership and the new agreement is a continuation of previous successful collaboration in cabling projects in Finland. The new agreement consists of several separate projects, in which overhead power lines will be replaced by underground cables. In 2013 a new law was approved to secure improved electricity supply in the electricity market in Finland. This has resulted in increased investments by the utilities in underground cabling as a solution to ensure the so called weather proof electricity networks.

The new agreement is based on a turnkey delivery model. Eltel’s responsibilities in the projects will span from overall planning to site planning, cable installations, commissioning and documentation. The agreement was won in a public tendering.

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Thüga SmartService GmbH: New company of Thüga bundles digitalization and energy know-how.
 

Effective January 1, 2017, Thüga SmartService GmbH will start business. In the new company, Thüga has brought together its two daughters, Thüga MeteringService and Thüga EnergieEffizienz. The main objective of this strategic alliance is to bundle and further expand existing digitalization solutions and energy-related know-how. "This step is a logical response to developments in the energy market," said Michael Riechel, Chairman of the Board of Thüga Aktiengesellschaft. The four driver liberalization, regulation, decarbonisation and digitization have an effect on the business of the municipalities. On the one hand, companies must compensate for declining revenues from sales and network through efficient solutions. On the other hand, the customer is increasingly self-sufficient, generates and saves electricity himself and can decide whether "make or buy" across the entire value chain.

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EDMI awarded commercial product assurance for communications hub
 

EDMI Europe Limited is pleased to announce that the AICH Standard 420 Communications Hub has been granted Commercial Product Assurance (CPA) certification against the Security Characteristic Smart Metering Communications Hub v1.2 at Foundation Grade by the National Cyber Security Centre.

The AICH Standard 420 Communications Hub has been developed by EDMI on behalf of Arqiva and will be installed across Scotland and northern England as part of the smart meter rollout. The hub will enable communication with electricity meters, gas meters and the In-Home Display (IHD) allowing consumers to effectively monitor and manage energy usage.

The Communications Hub is the first of EDMI’s products to achieve CPA which is a UK Government backed scheme administered by NCSC providing the assurance that a product has met stringent predefined security levels.

Alan Masterman, General Manager, EDMI Europe, commented “The award of CPA for the Communications Hub marks a significant milestone for EDMI and demonstrates EDMI’s commitment to deliver. The CPA process for the Communications Hub was rigorous and the lessons learnt have been invaluable to our business, ensuring a smooth path for certifications for future SMETS2 products. We are also proud to announce that we have commenced supply of live Communications Hubs to Service Users.”

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L&T set to convert Pune into a Smart City
 

Larsen & Toubro has bagged yet another smart city project as part of the government’s Smart City Mission by being identified as the Implementation Partner to convert Pune into a Smart City. The Letter of Intent was handed over by the Municipal Commissioner of Pune, Mr. Kunal Kumar to representatives of L&T Construction’s Smart World & Communication Business Unit, which will be executing the project.

The scope of work includes enabling Wi-Fi at around 200 strategic locations across Pune, establishing Emergency Call Boxes and Public Address Systems, Environmental Sensors, Variable Messaging Displays, Network Connectivity and Video analytics Integration. The project intends to set up a state-of-the-art Smart City Operation Centre (SCOC) to integrate all its services and applications on a single platform. This single point interface will be a holistic platform with the potential to accommodate all the future needs through integration of various citizen centric applications. The project includes a revenue monetization model, country’s first in smart cities domain.

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Fredensborg Municipality and Eniig in partnership on the future communication networks
 

Soon the citizens of Fredensborg Municipality get a taste of the many new opportunities that can be achieved with Smart City. It occurs when the municipality with Eniig, Denmark's third largest energy group, seriously embarking on a joint demo and development project. The project will deliver energy-efficient LED lights, and at the same time the street lamps serve as building blocks in a municipal communications network.

The basis for cooperation include increasing focus on the use of digital opportunities to collect data about the city's central functions, the desire to create a better life for the citizens and the ambition to improve the climate and environment.

With the recently concluded cooperation agreement will Fredensborg Municipality the opportunity to test new alternative uses - in line with its strategy of increased digitization, to ensure greater comfort and value for citizens. The municipality home buyer street lighting system in 2018.

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Vattenfall’s wireless charging station inaugurated on new electric bus route
 

The first hybrid electric bus route in the Nordic region with wireless bus stop charging is inaugurated in Södertälje, south of Stockholm. The city bus is charged rapidly and invisibly at Vattenfall’s charging station. The project is a cooperation between Scania, SL, Vattenfall, Södertälje municipality and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) designed to develop silent and sustainable public transport. The project is being partly financed by the Swedish Energy Agency.

This is the first time in the Nordic region that a hybrid electric bus running on a regular route is being provided with invisible inductive charging. Seven minutes of wireless charging is enough for bus route 755 to run its entire distance of ten kilometres. The experience gained in this project will be important for the public transport of the future.

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Vattenfall enters the Danish consumer market
 

Vattenfall has acquired the energy sales company Vindstød.dk to enter the Danish consumer market. Vindstød.dk offers 100% wind power to Danish customers.

Vattenfall has a strategy to enter new markets through small and innovative sales companies with an existing customer base. The acquisition of Vindstød.dk and the entry into the Danish consumer sales market is a part of this.

“The demand in the market makes it a natural step for us to move from being a wind power developer and operator to also start providing Danish customers with 100% renewable energy. Vindstød.dk is an innovative, successful and fast-growing company which has pioneered the Danish consumer market”, says Martijn Hagens, Head of Customers & Solutions, Vattenfall.

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Market News
 

5 Emerging trends that drove the Utility Industry in 2016
 

The power sector is similar to geology in the sense that change must often be measured over long periods of time in order to see significant patterns. Increasingly, however, the timescale of change in the power sector is accelerating. As we look back at 2016, we see an industry grappling with seismic upheaval, and trying to adapt faster than it ever has before. Here are five trends that pushed the utility industry in 2016.

Resource planning moves to the grid edge. “Across the board, integrated resource planning has gone on to include distributed energy resources,” said Matt Mooren, an energy and utilities expert at PA Consulting Group. “And not just traditional resources like energy efficiency and demand response, but in many areas, such as solar, storage and electric vehicles and their impact on electric sales and demand.”

While California and New York are the prime examples of regulatory and market changes that are pushing utilities to consider resources at the grid edge, it is also increasingly happening in the independent system operators (ISOs) and in other states, particularly in the West, said Mooren.

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The evolving grid: Why smart technology and wireless communication go hand-in-hand
 

The seeds of the current smart grid were planted back in the 1980s when electronic control monitoring and metering were introduced. The technological innovations of the 1990s-which included digital control systems, graphical interfaces and software-then made two-way communication in the electrical grid possible. This allowed local grids to grow and eventually become interconnected to boost efficiency and reliability.

Over time, the grid evolved to meet even higher power demands. The smart grid was born. Our modern grid has automated digital communication and can gather and act on real-time data about the behaviors of suppliers and consumers. Now, more than ever before, teams can maximize the throughput of the system and improve overall energy efficiency.

Through sensors connected to the grid and various machines that capture real-time data, the monitoring, analysis and control capabilities that come with the modern grid and bi-directional communication greatly improve the reliability, safety, economics and sustainability of the production and distribution of electricity. Government mandates, coupled with greater industry competition, are spurring large investment in the smart grid movement worldwide.

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Blockchain will underpin our future energy system
 

Blockchain today might be like the internet in 1993: even though most of us don’t know what it is, a decade from now you will wonder how society ever functioned without it.

Blockchain is the technology behind the digital currency bitcoin. It is a kind of a distributed ledger that keeps track of things on millions of disparate computers, all coordinating with one another. The combination of smart grids, prosumers and blockchain may build a transparent platform for the cheap, clean flow of renewable energy from the grid to homes and from homes to the grid.

In 1993, hardly anybody had heard the word internet and the iPhone was introduced as late as 2007. Think of the explosion and disruption that happened over the following decade. Think of how our way of life was completely changed by this ‘internet’ thing. Imagine what it could mean if blockchain is the next internet.

For three consecutive years, technology has been a key driver behind the opportunities DNV GL has identified in our annual Global Opportunity reports together with our partners UN Global Compact and the think-thank Monday Morning Global Institute. This year, we are addressing the major global challenge of cybercrime; a risk that solely exists in the digital sphere. In an interconnected world with increasing cyber dependency, the risk of online crime has risen dramatically. UN Sustainable Development Goal 9 points to safe and secure digital infrastructure as a crucial driver of economic growth and development.

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Utility plans massive data management system, smart grid upgrade in Southern States
 

Entergy has tapped Accenture to help implement a meter data management system for its grid in Louisiana, New Orleans, Mississippi, Arkansas and Texas. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Accenture and Omnetric Group, a joint venture with Siemens, will design and build a system that is expected to make billing and maintenance more efficient, detect outages faster and increase the utility's data and analytics abilities. RELATED Solar Power Net Metering Most Beneficial According to Study Smart Water Meters Will Make Their Way to Walla Walla, Wash. Maine Utility Regulators Suggest Gradual Decreasing Net-Metering Customers' Credits The project, which runs until April 2019, will facilitate two-way communications between the utility and its customers, who have 2.9 million electric and 200,000 gas meters. The system also will make new customer services possible, such as allowing consumers to better monitor and control energy usage.

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Energy Secretary Moniz statement on breakthrough energy coalition fund announcement
 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz released the following statement regarding the announcement by the Breakthrough Energy Coalition (BEC) that the investor group has officially established a new investment fund. The fund, called Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV), will invest more than $1 billion of patient capital in early stage clean energy.

The Breakthrough Energy Coalition is a group of entrepreneurs, business leaders, and institutional investors who last November in Paris announced their commitment to help bring promising new zero-emissions energy technologies to market. BEC’s original commitment was made in parallel to the launch of Mission Innovation, an initiative by countries to double clean energy R&D.

The investment vehicle provided by the launch of Breakthrough Energy Ventures, involving 20 BEC members, offers an investment model for addressing the challenges and opportunities of investing in energy innovation.

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Australia’s utilities prepare for the future
 

Smarter use of data, research into technology, harnessing opportunities and customer centricity is what will create a sustainable utility business.

Now in its 14th year, the theme of this year’s Australian Utility Week was ‘Building the infrastructure to support utilities operational excellence goals and future energy services.’ Industry experts who visited our onsite Engerati studio were very keen to talk about how new digital technology, centred round consumers’ needs, will transform the utility business of today.

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Many energy markets creating more efficiency
 

Mini-grids are being looked at as temporary power solutions for many rural communities in developing countries but with the massive increase in renewable energy and the need for faster integration and a more efficient demand response solution, these innovative systems are being adopted in communities in more developed countries.

Centrica, British multinational utility company with its headquarters in Windsor, Berkshire, plans to spend £6 million on a project which will see nearly 160 homes and businesses in Cornwall become a new independent power market. The retail energy supplier intends to prove, by means of a three year trial of various batteries and green energy systems such as combined heat and power, that the traditional energy system is becoming redundant. The “virtual marketplace” will show it is possible to smooth a global surge in renewable power, according to Jorge Pikunic, managing director of Centrica’s new distributed energy and power business, who says that the systems on trial will highlight what the future utility business models will be.

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Commission develops a new energy system model
 

The Commission is developing a new energy system model which is capable of analysing the EU's energy systems in high level of detail. The model – METIS – can simulate the operation of both energy systems and energy markets for electricity, gas and heat on an hourly basis for a whole year. It can also factor in uncertainties like variations in the weather – particularly useful for planning the integration of more renewable energy. Recently, METIS has been used to feed in to the Commission's Clean Energy for All Europeans package of policy proposals by providing fact-based information on renewable energy, energy market design and energy security issues. The model complements the Commission's other modelling tools like PRIMES and POTEnCIA so that a wide range of analytical tools are used to inform Commission policy proposals.

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Upcoming Events 2017

Energy Storage 2017: 8 - 9 February, Paris; Read more…
2nd Annual Rail Cyber Security Summit: 14 - 15 March, London; Read more…
Gasification 2017: 15 - 16 March, Helsinki; Read more…
SGTech Europe 2017: 28 - 30 March, Amsterdam; Read more…
2nd Annual Industrial Control Cyber Security Nuclear Summit: 22 - 24 May, Warrington (UK); Read more…
Energy Efficiency Summit 2017: 22 - 23 June, Prague; Read more…
4th Annual Industrial Control Cyber Security Europe Summit: 19 - 20 September,  London; Read more…
4th Annual Industrial Control Cyber Security USA Summit: 3 - 4 October, Sacramento (USA); Read more…

 

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Dec2016
OSGP Newsletter // November 2016
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OSGP Alliance looks back on successful European Utility Week 2016 
Three weeks ago, OSGP Alliance was among the exhibitors at the European Utility Week 2016 taking place in Barcelona, Spain. We look back on a successful show and we would like to share some of the highlights with you.
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MEMBER NEWS
 

SEAS-NVE to take green transition to new heights by storing large amounts of energy in 600 degrees heated stones.

SEAS-NVE will, in collaboration with DTU Energy, Aarhus University Geoscience, Danish Energy, Energinet.dk and Rockwool try to come up with an innovative solution to the problem of energy storage by developing a high-temperature thermal storage. The energy is to be stored in stone that heats up to 600 degrees with air from an electric fan heater. The ambition is to be able to implement the solution on a large scale throughout Denmark at competitive prices while addressing the challenge of being able to store large amounts of energy at a cheap and environmentally friendly way. "Our role is to ensure a stable energy supply while also point the way to a future without fossil fuels. If we are to meet the target of a 100 percent fossil free energy without loss of security of supply, it requires that we are able to store especially wind energy from the windy days to use during the more wind poor days. It is hoped that we can solve the Gordian knot that is attached to storing energy over time for later use - in an affordable and sustainable way, " says Jesper Hjulmand, CEO at SEAS-NVE

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OSGP Alliance welcomes TAURON Distribution SA as new member

The OSGP Alliance is pleased to welcome a new member to its growing organization. TAURON Distribution S.A. from Poland is the newest member of the OSGP Alliance. Tauron Distribution, part of the Tauron Group, is the second largest electricity supplier in Poland supplies electricity to approximately 5.4 million customers in Poland. TAURON Distribution S.A. is in the process of completing the installation of 330,000 smart meters as part of its AMIplus Smart City Wroclaw project. The project, which began in 2014 and is scheduled to be completed in 2017, uses interoperable smart meters from multiple meter vendors that are compliant with OSGP (Open Smart Grid Protocol).

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Intelligent control of the home's energy consumption

MATCH is the name of a new EU project, which has just been launched under the auspices of Innovation Fur, an energy development cooperation between Eniig, the Municipality of Skive and Limfjord island Fur. The project will examine how to develop the power grid to be more intelligent by using the so-called Smart Grid solutions, and it should work in practice, with private customers. MATCH project will expand our understanding of how we can design and implement appropriate Smart Grid solutions aimed at private customers, while taking into account the many complex factors that influence the effectiveness and success of Smart Grid initiatives.
 

An extension of GreenCom project

The project has a strong relationship with the recently concluded Smart Grid project GreenCom as 32 households on Fur participated in. The goal of GreenCom project was to test the possibilities of creating a balanced electricity grid by making the relationship between electricity generation, electricity consumption and demand more flexible. The selected private homes have been equipped with Smart Home equipment for the collection and management of data from household consumption units. The homes have also been installed in various energy producing devices such as solar cells and heat pumps, as well as batteries integrated into GreenComs smart energy management system.

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Eltel builds a wireless system for energy consumption control in Denmark

Eltel has signed a contract with the utility Frederiksberg Forsyning A/S in Copenhagen to build a wireless network for remote control of energy consumption meters for gas, electricity and heating. As part of this contract, Eltel has signed a 12-month maintenance agreement after the completion of the build contract. Eltel’s new contract with Frederiksberg is great evidence of how the Infranets are becoming more digitalised and connecting consumers with the energy supplier. The new network represents one of the most important steps to implement smart grids aiming at on-time optimisation and balancing of energy generation with energy consumption. Building of smart grids will boost energy efficiency and lower environmental impact. Smart technologies are an important element to manage the so called micro grids consisting of micro production of electricity, often renewable solar and wind energy, and electricity consumption.

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Görlitz announces the Skalar.pro LTE

With its transmission rates of 50 Mbit / s and the latest mobile radio standard LTE, it is many times faster than its predecessor of the 3rd generation (3G). However, not only the transmission speed has risen with the new technology. In addition, the LTE network also has a much better network coverage than its predecessors. You can now use all the advantages of the new mobile radio standard with Skalar.pro LTE. For example, time-critical operations are reliably handled by the use of 4G even with high data volumes. At the same time, the downward compatibility on 3G and 2G creates a high degree of flexibility and future-proof operation, as measuring points can be reached via different networks. Whether it is the temporary breakdown of a transmission technology or the further expansion of the company's own infrastructure.

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Enel at European Utility Week: Digitisation, convergence and the energy of tomorrow

To meet the needs of a more sustainable, efficient and intelligent economy we must overcome the challenge of energy infrastructure transformation. Utilities have a key role to play in this process, in addition to innovating their business models. The issue was discussed in Barcelona at European Utility Week (EUW), one of the most important annual events to analyse the energy sector at a continental level. This year's talks were divided into plenary sessions and focus groups to look at two key topics: Energy Revolution Europe explored what has been defined as an energy revolution for the continent, based on power generation from renewable sources and storage, along with its ensuing challenges, such as the integration of renewables into the network. Intelligent Buildings Europe, on the other hand, hosted a series of meetings to share best practices and discussion on the impact of innovative solutions in the energy industry. The focus groups examined topics such as storage, big data, ICT, smart grids and smart metering, retail markets, and the sustainable development of cities.

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Indiana tackles crucial microgrid cybersecurity head-on

As microgrids become increasingly popular, Duke Energy, the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC), and the Battery Innovation Center (BIC) are exploring ways to protect this new power delivery technology against ever-increasing cybersecurity threats. Microgrids are mini-versions of the much larger electric grid, but are usually smarter and more efficient. They typically serve a small geographic area such as a college campus or a downtown area and often incorporate renewable resources like solar and wind power. Duke Energy is contributing $500,000 to the BIC to purchase cyber lab infrastructure comprising hardware assets, security protocols, and other associated control security infrastructure. The disbursement of these funds fulfills part of a settlement agreement reached last September between Duke Energy, the OUCC, and other groups regarding the company’s Edwardsport plant. “Microgrids present unique security challenges that need specific tools to guard against threats,” said Rob Caldwell, Duke Energy senior vice president and president of Duke Energy Renewables and Distributed Energy. “The BIC is already well-known as a microgrid test facility. We are pleased to partner with them in this research project.”

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Fortum: Inauguration of Smart Energy City research program in Stockholm

November 17th saw the opening of the world unique research program Smart Energy City in Stockholm, Sweden. In the new city district Royal Seaport, 150 families are moving into smart apartments where they will be able to control their energy usage in real time and have it presented visually. This will form a foundation for the research conducted by the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). The goal is to develop smart grids to better utilize renewable energy sources and to develop energy efficient homes. To monitor and research actual consumer behavior on this scale is world unique. “We are proud to start this research program. Together with those living in the apartments we develop and test new Swedish clean tech and at the same time get a lot of information regarding their actual energy usage pattern”, says Johan Ander, head of the program.

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Vattenfall launches inCharge – a partner-based charging network in northern Europe

Vattenfall has launched the charging network inCharge, which Vattenfall Nordic is building in conjunction with partners. The network will include thousands of charging stations and will make it easy for businesses, local authorities and local power companies to offer electric car charging. Through inCharge, Vattenfall wants to remove what is far and away the greatest obstacle to people converting to e-mobility: the ability to charge their car in any country and in any location. All Vattenfall's existing fast charging stations will be included in the network, as will the thousands of charging stations that belong to the partners that will participate in the inCharge network. "Electric car drivers must be able to rely on there being a reliable and comprehensive network of charging stations. Through inCharge, we plan to build one of the biggest charging networks in northern Europe together with our partners. The current 2,732 charging points that customers can access in Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands will soon increase significantly," says Susanna Hurtig, Head of Vattenfall E-Mobility Nordic.

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Statkraft Ventures and ETF Partners invest USD 5 million in smart meter software leader Greenbird

Statkraft Ventures, with participation of ETF Partners, led the USD 5.0 million investment into the European smart meter software company Greenbird Integration Technology AS. Greenbird is a profitable and rapidly growing software vendor and IT integration specialist based in Norway. The company is the clear leader in its home market, having served utilities representing more than 80 % of the Norwegian market, and it is continuing to build its international customer base. Its Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings Metercloud.io and Ghostwriter enable utilities to quickly implement flexible IT architectures for modern smart meter operations.

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N-ERGIE and Thüga MeteringService cooperate with Gateway Administration.

N-ERGIE Aktiengesellschaft, based in Nuremberg, is partnering with Thüga MeteringService GmbH to enter into a strategic cooperation agreement with the future gateway administration (GWA). "We were already looking at the implications for the metering industry at an early stage in the course of the new Digitalization Act and explored the market. With its state-of-the-art software architecture, Thüga MeteringService offers the highest level of data security and also the software and process support we need. This has convinced us ", explains Dr. Jürgen Kroha, Managing Director of CentraPlus GmbH, which is the subsidiary of the N-ERGIE Aktiengesellschaft responsible for measuring plant operation, customer service and billing. After the signing of the cooperation agreement, the project phase begins to build up the IT systems. Thüga MeteringService provides hardware, data centers and software for gateway administration in a "Software as a Service Model". N-ERGIE takes care of the operational operation, such as the deployment of the intelligent measuring systems (rollout), operation of the gateway administration system and the necessary adaptation of the processes around the measuring system. The intelligent measurement systems are procured through the bundled purchase of Thüga Aktiengesellschaft.

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MARKET NEWS

Final Report on Customer Acceptance, Retention and Response to Time-Based Rates from the Consumer Behavior Studies (CBS)

This report presents final results from the ten electric utilities who agreed to conduct consumer behavior studies (CBS) and produce comprehensive reports with the aim of evaluating customer acceptance, retention, and response to various types of time-based rate programs implemented in conjunction with information and control technologies such as in-home displays (IHD) and programmable communicating thermostats (PCT).

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Greentech Media: Will Trump "Harness America’s Greatest Economic Opportunity?" (Advanced Energy)

Greentech Media's article, "Trump Rode a Wave of Economic Angst. Will He Harness America’s Greatest Economic Opportunity?" uses data collected by AEE to describe advanced energy, which Stephen Lacey says is America's greatest economic opportunity. From the article: The advanced energy market -- which includes renewable energy, building efficiency, electric vehicles, energy storage and cleantech manufacturing -- is worth $200 billion in the United States. That's worth more than the pharmaceutical industry, and almost worth as much as the consumer electronics industry, according to Advanced Energy Economy.

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Joint statement on battery-based storage

The European associations representing distribution system operators (DSOs), CEDEC, EDSO for Smart Grids and GEODE and the association of automotive and industrial battery manufacturers, EUROBAT call on the EU institutions to deliver a clear regulatory framework incorporating storage as a key instrument towards achieving the Energy Union. Battery energy storage is an important grid management solution that can help boost the robustness of Europe’s electricity grids. To make use of this opportunity, network operators should be allowed to own and operate batteries for the purposes of grid balancing and operation, as highlighted here by the European Parliament. Electricity storage could be used by distribution system operators (DSOs) as an additional grid management tool that can serve multiple technical purposes. It can help to keep local electricity networks balanced and lower distribution losses while preventing congestions by storing energy when renewable generation is abundant but demand is low. It may also prove a more cost-effective option for reinforcing the network in a way that avoids or defers classical grid investments.

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Ofgem and government pave the way to a smarter, more flexible energy system

The government regulator for gas and electricity markets in Great Britain, Ofgem and the British Government are asking for views on developing a smarter, more flexible and user-friendly energy system which could lower the energy bills of Great Britain’s homes and businesses. A wealth of innovative technologies and services could deliver substantial savings, improve the reliability of GB’s electricity supply and support the move to a low carbon energy system. This includes increasing the use of energy storage technologies, such as batteries, in our homes, businesses and networks. Batteries can hold excess energy for use at times when the demand is higher or energy is more expensive.

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Opinion: Smart Meters: An opportunity to rebuild trust with customers

When the Government committed to every home having a smart meter by 2020, it was seen as a positive move. Aimed at both empowering consumers and helping the UK to meet its ambitious climate change targets, the Government rightly pinpointed the need to bring household energy products into the 21st century. Such a huge shake-up to the UK’s retail energy market would not be without its challenges anyway, let alone on the scale that the Government planned for - fitting 53 million smart meters in over 30 million premises over the next four years. It is no surprise then that utility companies were caught on their heels and, coupled with technology and infrastructure setbacks, there has naturally been a significant delay in the roll-out of the meters. We’ve all seen the numerous customer complaints following improper installation of metres, from billing glitches to IT system failures. For energy suppliers, this could quickly result in losing customers and such, it is crucial to make the installation process as efficient and seamless as possible.

Opportunities

The challenges in rolling out the meters also opens up a number of opportunities for utility companies. In particular, it provides the perfect chance to showcase the strength of their customer services’ offering, allowing them to engage with their customers about new products and getting ahead of their competitors in the process.

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Oct2016
OSGP Workshop at European Utility Week
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On 14 November OSPG Alliance is organizing a workshop, prior to the European Utility Week which takes places on 15 – 17 November in Barcelona. During the workshop we will provide information about the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) and share the Alliance’s vision with stakeholders involved in the modernization of existing power systems and the development of new Smart Grid applications. Worldwide there are already millions of OSGP compliant meters and devices communicating within smart grid deployments.This seminar provides the latest information about the protocol, device and certification process with DNV GL and the state of the OSGP Alliance, as well as providing a comprehensive overview of the protocol, system architecture and how to incorporate OSGP into a smart grid device.Other topics include the growing use of distributed resources, e-mobility and the application of distributed storage. These subjects as well as how OSGP supports other protocols and data models will be covered in this seminar together with the operational functionality of OSGP. We are also delighted to invite you to visit the OSGP Pavilion on the exhibition floor at European Utility Week.

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