Meet OSGP Alliance at European Utility Week

We will be happy to meet you at European Utility Week on 15 – 17 November at the Fira Barcelona. Prior to the conference/exhibition OSGP Alliance organises a workshop on Monday November the 14th, 14.00 – 16.30 hrs. For more information or to register, click here

OSGP Alliance’s Booth number is 3C89. We would like to invite you to join us for a drink on the stand on November 15 November, 16.30 – 18.30 hrs. The OSGP Alliance Dinner will take place on Wednesday November 16th. For more information and registration, please contact Marie-Louise van Rossum, Secretary OSGP Alliance at secretariat@osgp.org

To learn more on Smart Grid Security Pitfalls, please attend the presentation of Emil Gurevitch, Information Security Engineer, which is taking place on Tuesday 15 November 15.10 – 15.30 hrs. Emil will also participate in the panel discussion “Addressing new forms of cybersecurity risks to European energy utilities”.

We look forward to see you in Barcelona!

OSGP Newsletter // October 2016

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OSGP Workshop at European Utility Week

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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Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) Leads Successful Smart Grid Security Summit

The OSGP Alliance (www.osgp.org), an independent, global, not-for-profit association comprised of prominent utilities, systems integrators, service providers as well as smart grid equipment and software product developers, announced that it successfully completed a Smart Grid Security Summit on September 28th in Gdansk, Poland with industry and national leadership.

In collaboration with the Polish Ministry of Energy, the OSGP Alliance organized a Security Summit that was attended by the Ministry, utilities, and vendors including leading security and industry experts. The Keynote Speakers were Andrzej Kazimierski from the Polish Ministry of Energy and Mariusz Busilo from Mazovia Cluuter ICT / Supervisory Board PGE EXATEL, who presented information regarding the Polish Ministry of Energy Grid Security Strategy and Legal Challenges.

The other distinguished speakers were Tomasz Szalach from Ernst & Young, Emil Gurevitch from NES, Mariusz Jurczyk from Tauron, Aleksander Babs from the Institute of Power Engineering, Poul Eriksen from Develco and Bo Danielsen from SEAS-NVE in Denmark. Key topics included defensive strategies against common attacks, NES Smart Grid Solution security approach, Tauron’s Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Case Study, comprehensive smart metering security assessments, home area networking security, and a roundtable discussion with industry leaders centered on today and future trends.


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Member News

Görlitz presents IDSpecto autumn version 2016

The continuous expansion of IDSpecto is primarily aimed at supporting you as a user in your tasks. For example, by linking the content to each other, which saves you a lot of clicks, or by a broad individualization that supports you to display only the relevant information for you. Görlitz presents the highlights of the autumn version at a glance.

Görlitz has expanded its HES adapter with IDSpecto.collector. Now you can communicate with the devices in the field from IDSpecto.DAYOS. For example, to start a read or intermediate readout. And best of all, if you look at the missing values in the view of the completeness check, you can navigate directly to the device and issue the corresponding command.
With the integration of IDSpecto.collector, Görlitz has further advanced the integration of RLM meters and intelligent measuring systems – or other smart meter systems – and simplified the switch from old to new technology.


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Transformation of global electric industry depends on energy storage says DNV GL

In the concluding chapter for the World Energy Council’s World Energy Resources 2016 report released today at the 23rd annual World Energy Council Congress in Istanbul, DNV GL asserts that energy storage is playing an increasingly crucial role in the transformation to a cleaner, smarter, safer energy future worldwide. Lead author Paul Gardner, global segment leader of energy storage at DNV GL, presented the chapter’s content Monday and Wednesday at the Congress.

“Energy storage is pivotal to meeting the challenges facing economies worldwide,” says Gardner. “With this chapter, which follows sections on a variety of generation resources and technologies, we hope to present the challenges and opportunities in energy storage with a thorough examination of the economic, regulatory and commercial factors surrounding it.”

The chapter examines technical, financial, environmental and regulatory aspects of a variety of energy storage technologies including lithium-ion and flow batteries. It looks at the impact of increasing amounts of battery storage, and battery capacity in electric vehicles. Graphs depict storage technologies according to performance characteristics, using energy capacity and discharge time at rated power. Information gathered directly by PwC shows the levelised cost of storage in 2015 compared to the cost of 2030 in a bar graph, showing a projected decrease in future prices. The chapter develops the following major conclusions:

The main areas of growth in the next five years are likely to be in small-scale battery storage in conjunction with solar PV; in utility-scale electricity storage; in electric vehicles; in commercial, communications and software capabilities to allow DER to be aggregated, in a ‘virtual powerplant’ or ‘swarm’; in pumped storage hydro; and in islanded use cases integrating renewables
Most commercial interest is in battery storage and the costs of several storage technologies will fall as production volumes increase
The future outlook for energy storage markets is good due to an increasing need, but the regulatory and legal frameworks are failing to keep pace


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New milestone for Powel and Validér with delivery of central system

Powel completes delivery of the central system to Validér and thus a 30-month long project comes to an end. All deliveries of the central system is finalised and approved and is now entering a test phase.
In May 2014, Powel and Validér signed a strategic agreement to create Norway’s largest platform for handling smart meters. In accordance with the contract, Powel has now implemented the IT platform that makes it possible for Validér to become Norway’s largest provider of services for smart meters (AMS) to date. To begin with, the solution included 400.000 metering points, but over the course of the project new companies have joined and the solution today is set up to cover up to 750.000 metering points, approximately 25% of all AMS meters in Norway.
Powel has delivered a solution for managing and operating metering points according to Norwegian regulations for advanced metering and control systems. Validér aims to deliver services that streamlines and secures the processes related to smart meters. To do so, they will use Powel’s solutions for collecting, processing and analysing meter data.
The process from contract signing in May 2014 up to final approval has been comprehensive for all parties. Several rounds of acceptance tests have been completed, in addition to demanding testing of all components. From Validér’s side, the focus has been on stringent testing and verification of all requirements, in addition to ensuring that the solution has the needed functionality and possibilities for further development and growth. The last few months of the project has been spent ensuring the highest possible quality and improved functionality.


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Microsoft and Agder Energi collaborate to build an intelligent grid powered by an intelligent cloud

Thursday at Nordic Edge Expo, Agder Energi, Microsoft Corp. and Powel AS announced a pilot project that will help create a more efficient, flexible and intelligent grid of the future.
The project will leverage intelligent technology to create a cutting-edge smart grid solution that will prepare the grid for greater renewable integration and help keep pace with growing energy consumption. The Microsoft Azure intelligent cloud, PowerBI and Azure IoT Hub were combined with expertise from Powel to provide Agder Energi with tools to improve dispatch of new energy resources, including device controls and predictive forecasting for situational awareness.
“At Agder Energi we want to use new technology to make the power grid more efficient, more predictable and more flexible. We will go from being energy generators to energy partners, with a more active role for our customers,” said Agder Energi’s CEO Tom Nysted. “Together with our partners at Microsoft and Powel, we will use innovation to solve the challenges facing the grid.”


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Schneider Electric becomes a founding partner of ESCP Europe Internet of Things Chair

Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, is a founding partner of the Internet of Things (IoT) Chair, launched by ESCP Europe at the start of the academic year 2016-2017. The Chair is dedicated to supporting students, companies and research professors in investigating and researching business and management issues related to digitization and the development of connected devices. Valeo, leading global automotive supplier, is also a founding partner of the Chair.

Creating IoT innovative business models and management practices

“Schneider Electric uses the Internet of Things technology trend to address and solve customer needs in new and efficient ways. Some problems are age-old – like minimizing downtime in a production process – while other challenges, such as addressing sustainability or regulatory compliance requirements, are emerging. We leverage connectivity, the resulting data and advanced insights from analytics and Big Data and our active control capabilities to unlock new customer value through our solutions and services. IoT is creating a revolution in both ours and our clients’ existing business models and management practices. We believe this Chair, along with Schneider Electric’s collaboration with ESCP Europe, will offer students an opportunity to both learn and shape these emerging practices and position themselves at the forefront of tomorrow’s IoT- enabled workforce.” said Cyril Perducat, Executive Vice President, IoT & Digital Transformation at Schneider Electric.

The new Chair at ESCP Europe, internationally acclaimed business school, will focus research on responses to the IoT revolution from a business perspective: How do we create value for users? What are the different potential business models? How to monetize data from connected products and share value between the different partners?


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Market News

Establishment of the annual priority lists of network codes for 2017 & beyond – EDSO response to EC consultation

EDSO welcomes the annual consultation of the European Commission on the establishment of the annual priority lists for the development of network codes and guidelines for 2017 and beyond.

Over the last five years, EDSO has deployed considerable efforts to contribute to the development of the network codes & guidelines. By providing input & feedback on documents or consultations, participating in meetings & workshops, and more recently contributing to the activities of European Stakeholder Committees, EDSO has taken an active part in this process and is satisfied that the attention paid to considerations raised by DSOs has gradually improved throughout the last years.

EDSO recognises that a substantial move toward the completion of this process was achieved in 2016 with the adoption of a majority of network codes and guidelines. However, it should be underlined that some of the most controversial rules are still to be finalised. At the same time, the rules that have already been adopted should be carefully implemented at the national level. Finally, lessons from this long and complex process should be drawn before envisaging the way forward at European level.


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Energy Efficient Prosperity: Expanding Energy Access

Sub-Saharan Africa faces what some energy analysts have called the “66% situation.” Around 66% of the region’s population – more than 620 million people – have no access to electricity while 66% of energy investment in the region is aimed at exporting energy rather than using it internally.

This is all the more striking given that nearly a third of all global oil and gas discoveries between 2009 and 2014 occurred in the sub-Saharan region. According to the IEA, energy resources in sub Saharan Africa are more than sufficient to meet the needs of its population, yet they are highly underdeveloped.

But the situation is a stark reminder that even if a country has plenty of energy resources there is no guarantee that its citizens will have access to energy.


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Commission launches new electricity interconnection targets expert group

The European Commission has launched a new electricity interconnection targets expert group to help it boost electricity interconnection between EU countries.

The expert group was established in order to provide the Commission with the technical advice on how to break down a 15% electricity interconnection target into regional, country and/or border interconnection targets, while taking costs into account.

The group will also provide the Commission with advice on achieving the 10% by 2020 interconnection target, in particular on project finance and permit granting procedures.

By 2020, the Commission has set a target of 10% electricity interconnection. 22 EU countries are on track to reach, or have already reached, the target, but more interconnections are needed in some regions.

In 2014, in its European Energy Security Strategy, the Commission suggested extending its 10% electricity interconnection target by 2020 to 15% by 2030. To help achieve this, the Commission set-up an expert group on electricity interconnection.

Recent developments in improving electricity interconnections include the LitPol cable that links the electricity infrastructures of Lithuania and Poland, and the INELFE cable linking French and Spanish systems.


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Smart metering – preparing for end-to-end rollout

Over the past decade or so, with the global growth of smart metering, there have been significant market changes in the requirements deployments and what is expected of vendors.
“The need for product interoperability and open available standards are now common. However, increasingly vendors are being called on to be the integrator for an end-to-end offering,” Stijn Goerlant, Connexo product manager, Honeywell Home and Building Technologies, told Engerati.
“Our focus as a vendor has become broader and requires us to not only deliver the right products but also the know-how and a solution that grows with the utilities’ needs,” says Goerlant, who brings years of experience to the smart meter space.


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Margot James: UK making ‘very good progress’ on smart meter rollout

Consumers are interested in getting smart meters installed in their homes and the UK is making “very good progress” overall.

That’s according to Margot James, Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility, who believes the nation is off to “a very good start”.

Speaking to ELN at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham this week, she said: “One of the major six companies alone has fitted 750,000 smart meters already and all the other companies are engaged in the same activity and consumers are wanting them.

“I think that’s the most important thing – that consumers are interested and as the rollout continues and gathers momentum, more and more people will be demanding smart metering for the twin benefits of reduced bills and an end to estimated bills and also clever forms of usage and greater energy efficiency.”


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State of New York announces first funding opportunity in $140 Million grid modernization initiative

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced $3.5 million in funding available for the private sector with solutions to make it easier, less costly and less time-consuming to connect renewable resources, such as solar and wind, to the electric grid. The agency says this funding is part of a $140 million total investment to be allocated over the next 10 years for innovation and research projects that will modernize New York’s electric grid while making it both smarter and more efficient.

NYSERDA’s grid modernization activities focus on the development of an advanced, digitally managed electric grid. Building a grid that employs advanced 21st-century technologies in service of modern electric system needs is a critical component in Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy, according to the agency.

NYSERDA is seeking proposals from cleantech companies, distributed energy resource (DER) providers and others that have solutions to help New York overcome identified and as-yet-unidentified engineering and other technical challenges as it continues to connect DERs, such as combined heat and power, solar and community-based microgrids, to the electric grid.


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Chinese researchers develop algorithms for smart energy grid

A fallen tree, a lightning strike—it doesn’t take much to disrupt the electrical grid. An outage could last just a few minutes, but restoring electricity to millions of people typically takes hours, days or even weeks. The outdated system, developed a century ago, is due for an overhaul.

Enter the energy internet. It’s based on the idea that electricity could be distributed similarly to the actual internet. The energy internet isn’t yet reality, but scientists at Northeastern University in Shenyang, China, have proposed a way to actualize the theory.
“[The energy internet] brings new challenges to the study of some basic problems in power systems, one of which is… energy management,” wrote Huaguang Zhang, the director of the Electrical Automation Institute at Northeastern University. Zhang and his team published their proposal in IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica (JAS). “Unlike conventional power systems, the upcoming energy internet emphasizes comprehensive utilization of energy in the whole power system by coordinating multi-microgrids.”
A main power grid could partner with decentralized generators, including fuel, wind turbines and solar power, to delegate energy to multiple microgrids within each designated network.


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Report Calls Smart Utility Meters the IoT Dark Horse

Analyst firm Mobile Experts has released a new report titled “Smart Utility Meters 2016.” The report attempts to lay out a description of IoT connectivity for utility metering and compares 15 different technologies to a deep look at business models and market growth.

Unlike many other IoT markets, the report asserts, the Smart Utility Meter market is well underway, with about 48 million smart meters currently deployed each year. This report looks at PLC, 802.15.4 mesh, Wi-Fi, licensed narrowband (FSK), and cellular technologies in order to demonstrate the full range of the market potential. The analysts break down why some technologies are losing ground, while other technologies advance.


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For utilities hoping to unlock smart grid opportunities, data is the key

Having a smart meter installed doesn’t mean an electric customer is interested in, or aware of, clean energy products and services. Conversely, new research shows plenty of consumers without advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) want a smart thermostat, time-varying electric rate or other new offering from their utility.

How can utilities bridge that gap and connect these customers to smart grid opportunities?

The Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative has released a new survey of 1,500 customers providing insight into interest in a range of clean-energy technologies, highlighting the work utilities still must do to connect with more skeptical customers. But it also provides thoughts on how best to reach them, and where to begin that work.


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Press release 05-10-2016

Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) Leads
Successful Smart Grid Security Summit

The OSGP Alliance gathered leading security experts together to emphasize the importance of security solution for smart metering and smart grid applications.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, October 5, 2016—The OSGP Alliance (www.osgp.org), an independent, global, not-for-profit association comprised of prominent utilities, systems integrators, service providers as well as smart grid equipment and software product developers, announced that it successfully completed a Smart Grid Security Summit on September 28th in Gdansk, Poland with industry and national leadership.

In collaboration with the Polish Ministry of Energy, the OSGP Alliance organized a Security Summit that was attended by the Ministry, utilities, and vendors including leading security and industry experts. The Keynote Speakers were Andrzej Kazimierski from the Polish Ministry of Energy and Mariusz Busilo from Mazovia Cluuter ICT / Supervisory Board PGE EXATEL, who presented information regarding the Polish Ministry of Energy Grid Security Strategy and Legal Challenges.

The other distinguished speakers were Tomasz Szalach from Ernst & Young, Emil Gurevitch from NES, Mariusz Jurczyk from Tauron, Aleksander Babs from the Institute of Power Engineering, Poul Eriksen from Develco and Bo Danielsen from SEAS-NVE in Denmark. Key topics included defensive strategies against common attacks, NES Smart Grid Solution security approach, Tauron’s Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Case Study, comprehensive smart metering security assessments, home area networking security, and a roundtable discussion with industry leaders centered on today and future trends.

The participants and speakers all thought the Security Summit was very informative and of great value balancing the legal and governmental perspective with practical implementations of approaches to cyber security in smart grid technology. Attendees were able to learn about important security implementations and capabilities in the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) that utilities are successfully using in various OSGP based smart grid implementations. One of the highlights was the opportunity to learn about real world projects, such as Tauron’s AMIplus Smart City Wrocław project. Tauron’s AMI Project Manager Mariusz Jurczyk presented a case study that explained how Tauron put great emphasis on security in its 350k OSGP based project that aligns with the recommendations outlined by the Ministry of Energy and presented by EY at the Summit.

“When we are dealing with meter and billing data we are not only dealing with business critical data, we are also dealing with customer private data. That’s is a great responsibility that we, as an industry, need to take seriously,” said Bo Danielsen, the Head of Installation and Metering at SEAS-NVE. “With the tremendous possibilities that come with digital metering technology, also comes the threat from cyber hackers and criminals. It´s a common threat, so we should seek common solutions and share our experience and knowhow. And that is exactly why we at SEAS-NVE started the collaboration with NES and DTU, and that is exactly why I am so happy to see the OSGP alliance putting a focus on this subject.”

“The event was outstanding and a great opportunity to collaborate with other industry experts,” said Andy Robinson, the Chief Technology Officer of NES and also master of ceremony of the event. He added, “Cyberattacks against the power grid are very real. Collaboration between industry and government is very important for the development of security policies and standards while still enabling innovation. As a member of the OSGP Alliance, NES believes security is fundamental to everything we do.”

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.

About The OSGP Alliance
The OSGP Alliance, founded in 2006 as the Energy Services Network Association (ESNA), is an independent global, not-for-profit association that 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 the OSGP Alliance can be found at www.osgp.org.

Contact:
Marie-Louise van Rossum
secretariat@osgp.org

To download the PDF-version of this press release click here

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OSGP Newsletter // September 2016

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Smart Security Summit, a resounding success

Smart Grid Security is a topic that is getting major attention. Therefore OSGP Alliance invited the industry for a get together to discuss the future at the Smart Security Summit being held on September 28th in Gdansk, Poland.

Well chosen topics around security were being discussed by Mariusz Jurczyk, Aleksander Babs, and Poul Eriksen. We would also like to thank Bo Danielsen and Emil Gurevitch for the great presentation about the successful NES project with SEAS NVE. Andrzej Kazimierski and Mariusz Busilo for sharing the Polish Ministry of Energy Grid Security Strategy. And Tomasz Szalach from Ernst & Young for his insightful speech on reducing the effects of potential attacks.

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Smart Grid Security Perspective from Emil Gurevitch

Poland Smart Grid recently interviewed Emil Gurevitch, an information security expert at Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES). Emil has direct experience at a large utility (SEAS-NVE) where he held the role of Software Security Engineer and Project Lead on Smart Grid Security. Prior to that, he developed security systems at IBM and conducted security research at Technical University of Denmark. Emil has authored numerous security papers and has spoken about security issues at many industry conferences.

Hi, Emil. Thank you so much for spending some time with us. Please tell us about the basis of the new NES smart grid security solution?

As a result of close collaboration between NES, the OSGP Alliance and the Danish utility SEAS-NVE, NES developed and released new security features to the three tiers of its Patagonia platform and architecture. These new enhancements to the NES smart metering solution address not only today’s security needs but more importantly future issues that will arise during the lifetime of the Smart Grid System.

In particular, the protective measures in the solution were significantly improved and new detection capabilities were introduced to help utilities in responding and recovering from security incidents.

Poland Smart Grid: Security is getting a lot of attention in all sorts of industries. For utilities, what are the main types of threats they face related to AMI and the Smart Grid?

Emil Gurevitch: Utilities use AMIs and smart grids to store, distribute, and manage energy using information technology. Therefore, they share many of the same assets and corresponding threats as other entities relying on information technology systems.

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SEAS-NVE Net introduces free SMS service for all members in the grid operator’s area

With the new service SEAS-NVE’s members will have the opportunity to get a text message, if there is a power outage or with planned outages. It rarely happens, but if the power goes out, such a message will often be very welcome. The service is available for those who live in SEAS-NVE Net’s supply area or are otherwise connected to the grid – for example those with a vacation home in the region.
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How Prepaid Electricity Meters Make Life Easier (a blog by Conlog)

Modern prepaid electricity meters offer benefits to both tenants and landlords and property managers. There is a major drive by Eskom throughout South Africa, to get more properties and households fitted with prepaid meters, and to educate consumers on the great advantages that these meters offer.
Let’s start by taking a look at how these meters can make the lives of property managers and landlords easier. Firstly, it helps to ensure that tenants are paying for their electricity before consuming it, avoiding the nasty surprise of the landlord being confronted by a huge bill at the maturation the lease. It also helps to easily resolve any disputes on the amount of electricity consumed.

How Prepaid Electricity Meters Make The Lives of Tenants Easier

With regards to tenants, prepaid electricity meters help them to monitor their electricity consumption, by checking the easy to read monitor and adjusting their consumption as required. They are also able to budget in advance, so that there is never an instance where consumers are surprised by a large electricity bill at the end of the month. What’s more, tenants can also be assured that they are paying for the correct amount of electricity they are consuming. Read more…

Smart Meters Allow Energy Savings, But What About Data Security ?

The XXVI Economic Forum in Krynica speaks not only about economic theory, but also about practical solutions that can be applied in our homes, such as smart electricity meters.
About how the so called smart metering of electric power consumption works, explains Mariusz Jurczyk, project manager for AMI Tauron Distribution.
– These meters are a new generation of electronics that allow the measurement of energy at an hourly rate. They help to build awareness of how to use electricity as efficiently as possible. They also provide a wealth of information to the distributor of energy on the work of the power grid – explains the guest of Polish Radio 24.

Remote control

Such devices are capable, says Mariusz Jurczyk, of controlling the power consumption of the public.

– The devices can also allow remote change of tariffs, along with remote enabling and disabling of the installation of a recipient depending on various external events. We can control it remotely – explains the expert.

Power consumption can be tracked on your phone or tablet

Smart meters also allow the tracking of energy consumption in our homes, such as the consumption of the washing machine and fridge, for example, on your mobile phone or tablet after installing the appropriate application.

– With this application, customers can see at what time their energy consumption was significant. This will make them consider that devices in the household are causing considerable energy consumption, and that there is a need to replace them with something more efficient – says Mariusz Jurczyk.

Collector visits are no longer needed

Smart meters allow for remote reading, so collector visits to the homes of customers are no longer necessary.

– We have a remote reading system, and on this basis we will charge our customers. We will certainly monitor the meters, their technical conditions, proper functioning and, once every few years, we will do auditing control and verification. – says Mariusz Jurczyk.

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Eltel technicians restoring power in Finland after “Rauli” storm

The “Rauli” storm moved through Finland during the weekend and it was one of the most massive summer storms in many years. The strong storm wind caused massive power outages and almost 200,000 households went out of power at the same time. More than 280 Eltel electricians and engineers worked in the field during the weekend to restore electricity supplies as quickly as possible.
The storm hit strong over half of the country and electricity networks in large areas were affected. Skilled electricians were rapidly needed in those areas to speed up restoration and reduce response time.
“In the last few years several weather events have afflicted us in Finland and we have improved our storm restoration process further, Juha Luusua President of Eltel’s Power Distribution says.” Most of the network operators contact us well in advance, and we immediately increase the amount of stand-by teams. This means that our field service teams are ready to be dispatched before the storm has even begun.
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It may not always be May: Modems and IMSYS in parallel operation at Görlitz

RLM-counters are used since many years for the detection of the power consumption. The forwarding of their data to the processing systems is performed by appropriate communication devices. In the future, smart metering systems (IMSYS) will take over this job. During the transition period from 2017 to 2032, the federal government allows parallel operation of old and new technology, creating enough space to allow for a gradual transition.
Against this background, it may be useful to put some conventional technology together with newer products. This has been proven in practice. For example, Görlitz began installation of smaller numbers of smart metering systems, such that experience could be built up in this framework. Other measuring points can be provided during this time with a known technique to further benefit from well-established processes while leveraging the continuance.
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Smart Metering: technology and participation

Enel uses its expertise to develop an innovative electrical grid at Expo Energía 2016 in Santiago, Chile, presenting solutions that transform cities into Smart Cities.

From ancient Athens to large modern capitals, cities have always been the engine of social, economic and cultural progress – a role that in today’s context needs to take on a new perspective, in order to drive growth more sustainably.

By 2050, it is estimated that 65 percent of the world’s population will live in urban areas, which already account for over 60 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. It is therefore crucial to transform cities into Smart Cities.

Making big cities “smart” means rethinking all aspects of a city’s everyday life in terms of efficiency, starting from energy consumption. This was one of the main themes discussed at the recent Expo Energìa 2016 in Santiago de Chile. Institutional representatives of the energy industry participated in the event, which was sponsored by ElectroIndustria Magazine.

Enel, which is present in Chile’s power generation and distribution sector, contributed to the debate by presenting its experience in the development of intelligent management technologies for power grids.
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DNV GL, TenneT and ENGIE prove soft energisation system restoration for high-voltage grids

Reliable, safe and fully controlled method tested successfully on 220 kV network in north Netherlands

DNV GL, TenneT and ENGIE have announced the successful completion of the trial of grid system restoration using soft energisation in the Dutch high-voltage grid. Fast and safe, soft energisation reduces the chances of triggering follow-up blackouts and ensures more reliable system restoration. It can be applied to networks of any size with a relatively small generator without electrical stress or risk of damage to components.

After a blackout it is critical that power is restored as quickly, reliably and safely as possible while minimising the stress on network components. Traditional processes for restoring power involve a dedicated black start power plant supplying electricity again to the various network components such as overhead lines, cables and transformers. However, this approach can lead to voltage oscillations that can damage network components or trigger protection devices initiating another shut down.

As part of an effort to increase the level of black start (system restoration) power in TenneT’s network in the northern Netherlands, TenneT, DNV GL and ENGIE developed a new system restoration method for the 220 / 380 kV high-voltage grid based on soft energisation. In this approach, once the network is prepared, the generator terminal voltage at the power plant is increased in a carefully controlled manner from 0 kV to the rated value. As a result, all network components are energised gradually and simultaneously, reducing the electrical stress on network components and substation assets.
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E.ON to build one of the first commercial battery systems for the UK grid

E.ON has been awarded a contract with the British transmission system operator National Grid to support the power grid’s stability with an innovative battery solution. With the strong growth of weather-dependent renewable sources such as wind and solar, the amount of power fed into the grid is becoming increasingly volatile. National Grid had therefore launched a tender for a new service to deal with volatile fluctuations. As one of the first of its kind in Great Britain, E.ON’s battery system will help balance demand and supply in real time ensuring that the power supply and quality is maintained. The solution makes it even possible to increase the share of renewable energy in the grid. The 10 megawatt (MW) lithium-ion battery with a size of four shipping containers has an equivalent power of roughly 100 family cars.
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Fortum Charge & Drive and Genesta Property Nordic have signed a framework agreement to develop and operate their electric vehicle charging infrastructure

Genesta Property Nordic, a leading real estate management company in the Nordics, has chosen Fortum Charge & Drive to develop, install and operate their future electric vehicle charging infrastructure. By choosing Charge & Drive, the leading system for charging operations, Genesta will increase the value of their property by meeting the tenants expectations of a user friendly solution for electric vehicles (EV:s).

“We look forward to support Genesta to take a lead in being a sustainable real estate company. We have a well-developed Nordic charging network for EVs that Genesta tenants can utilize for longer journeys. We are looking forward to a good partnership based on a turnkey solution”, says Tobias Henmark, Sales & Marketing Director, Fortum Charge & Drive.

Smart charging solutions are already becoming a part of the service solutions tenants expect on the commercial property market. Through the agreement Genesta is able to offer a cost effective charging infrastructure for their tenants without having to project, install or operate it by themselves.
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Schneider Electric Receives Top Ranking in Navigant Research Leaderboard Report on Building Energy Management Systems

SmartStruxure™ solution receives highest overall score for strong strategy and execution to help facility managers reduce energy consumption and improve operational efficiency
Company commended for bringing customers market leadership in its integrated intelligent building platform approach and building analytics

Rueil-Malmaison (France), September 14, 2016 – Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, today announced that it has been named a leader in the Navigant Research Leaderboard Report on Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS). For the second year in a row, Schneider Electric has received the highest overall score for strategy and execution among 15 companies that have demonstrated a strong track record in the BEMS market.

Innovation at Every Level for Intelligent Buildings

Schneider Electric’s SmartStruxure™ solution, powered by the company’s StruxureWare™ Building Operation software, was recognized for its advanced capabilities in analytics that promote the development of intelligent buildings and optimize energy management.
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Ambrosetti and Enel: Recommendations for reviving investment in Europe

The study “Strengthening Europe’s investability: policy proposals for reviving investment in Europe and the role of the energy sector and digitalisation” presented in Cernobbio, Italy

Cernobbio, September 3rd, 2016 – Clarity in investment strategies, a comprehensive vision of medium/long-term development goals, consistency between European and national intervention levels, cooperation between the private and public sectors and flexibility of solutions based on Member States’ needs are what Europe needs, together with a growth model driven by investment through the positive involvement of the private sector and stimulating high-potential sectors that can act as a lever for the economy. “Network industries” such as energy, transport and ICT are the main enablers of competitiveness, innovation and growth.

These are the conclusions of the report “Strengthening Europe’s investibility: policy proposals for reviving investment in Europe and the role of the energy sector and the digitalisation” prepared by The European House – Ambrosetti (TEH-A) in collaboration with Enel and presented today in Cernobbio, Italy.

The study identifies the main obstacles to this goal and develops a number of recommendations to focus attention on specific actions that can help Europe to accelerate its development. “Europe faces a difficult challenge to ensure continuous and sustainable economic growth in the context of the process of decarbonisation now under way. Investment will play a central role in this effort,” said Enel CEO Francesco Starace. “As a leading global power utility, Enel is at the forefront of a process of profound change taking place across the sector. We therefore recognise the importance of policies that respond effectively to rapid technological progress, and models that promote innovation, as the basis of an attractive macro-economic investment case.
In addition, a visible, stable, transparent and forward-looking legal and regulatory framework is crucial. This is particularly the case in Europe, where technology advancements and market dynamics offer some unique opportunities, not only in the energy sector, but across the entire economy.”

According to Valerio De Molli, the CEO of The European House – Ambrosetti, “the next few months could represent a turning point for Europe, which in the last decade has found itself at the centre of a “perfect storm” that has undermined its political and economic stability. We are at a crossroads.
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EDSO: Integrating electricity storage in distribution grids

Distribution System Operators (DSOs) have to reinforce and expand their networks in order to maintain security of supply and quality of service. Many technical options could be envisaged for that purpose, including traditional investment in cables and transformers, using consumers’ flexibility or improving network monitoring and control.

In a new paper, EDSO call policy makers to fix the current regulatory uncertainty and to widen the range of technologies available to DSO in order to improve the power grid management and deliver better services to all consumers.
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Ofgem proposes capping prepayment meter warrant charges for indebted consumers

Ofgem has today [September 14] published proposals to cap charges for installing prepayment meters (PPMs) under warrant. An option in our consultation includes placing a firm limit on charges of £100 or £150. The proposals also include plans to ban PPM warrant installation charges for the most vulnerable customers.

When customers fall in debt, one option is for their supplier to install a prepayment meter (PPM) under warrant. Installing a PPM under warrant should be a last resort for recovering debt, to resolve situations where consumers can’t or won’t engage with suppliers to agree a resolution.

Under current rules, suppliers can charge warrant costs back to affected customers. These charges, which can include court costs, can range from £200 up to £900. In 2015, customers faced an average bill of £400 for having their PPM installed under warrant, risking pushing them more into debt.

Ofgem’s proposals aim to protect consumers from experiencing more debt or hardship due to warrant installations. These include capping at £100 or £150 warrant charges for all customers.

These also include plans to entirely prohibit PPM warrant charges, and installations, for the most vulnerable customers. This includes people in financial hardship, and people with physical and mental health issues and learning difficulties.
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Data management in the EU electricity networks

The four European associations representing electricity distribution system operators, CEDEC, EDSO, EURELECTRIC and GEODE, and ENTSO-E, representing the transmission system operators, teamed up to share their views on how to manage data and information exchanges between system operators. The resulting effort is a joint report that sets out how rules on data management and exchanges represent a precondition to deploying smart grids and unleashes all potential of the demand side of the electricity system. The report also intends to stir up the debate among stakeholders across networks and markets.

With more variable generation and distributed loads, the EU electricity system is operated closer to its limits. Solutions can be found in more flexibility: that is the demand or generation side adapting their behaviour to support the system. With more customer participation and more decentralised generation, flexibility providers connected to the distribution grid are significantly and continuously increasing. Therefore, the management and exchanges of information and data between the transmission system operators (TSOs), responsible for balancing supply and demand and the distribution system operators (DSOs), responsible for the system’s security of supply and quality of service is fundamental to integrating the new forms of demand and supply.
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State of the Union: smarter energy use creates jobs and growth

Smarter energy use combined with ambitious climate action creates new jobs and growth and is the best investment in Europe’s future and in the modernisation of our economy, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, has said in his 2016 State of the Union address.

Speaking in Strasbourg on 14 September, President Juncker noted that work towards a single market where energy can flow freely and no EU country is left isolated has progressed over the last year.

On interconnecting EU countries’ energy systems, President Juncker highlighted an agreement between Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland to end the energy isolation of the Baltic Sea region.

The Commission has also supported new pipelines between Estonia and Finland as well as connectors linking the natural gas grids of Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Austria. This will allow natural gas from the Caspian region and liquefied natural gas from other sources to reach Central Europe, he said.

On energy security, President Juncker noted the new measures on energy security that were published in February this year aimed at minimising interruptions to supply. The measures promote solidarity between EU countries to ensure that households and essential social services are protected in times of crisis.
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Smart meters: what and why?

Smart meters have the potential to change the way consumers look at, and use their energy, allowing them to be conscious of their usage patterns. They are meters with data logging and communications which record and transmit a building’s energy usage. Typically, a smart meter will read and store energy usage every 30 minutes and then send this information to energy distributers, or users.

Smart meters have come a long way. Traditional meters, or accumulation meters would simply record the amount of electricity which passed through it since it was first installed, or was last reset. The shortcomings of this style of meter was users would only find out their energy usage when they received their bill and a large amount of labour was required by the provider to send a reader from house to house in intervals to read the meters.

Accumulation meters progressed to interval meters, which measure energy electronically. They can record usage in intervals, usually have a digital display and the data can be downloaded by a reader using an electronic or optical interface. They enable a customer to pay different rates for different time periods in which they use their electricity. However, they are not considered smart meters.

SMART METERS SAVE SPACE
A smart meter is “smart” due to its ability to record more accurate and detailed data and facilitate a two-way flow of information. They eliminate the need for meter readers to visit each meter. Smart meters can receive commands from the supplier and carry out tasks such as disconnecting and reconnecting the power supply when a customer moves out or in. It continuously monitors the supply and can automatically notify the provider if there is a fault. They can also act as a gateway to the home for information.

The space-to-design ratio performance of smart meters has improved as technology advances. Less panel space and electrical installations are required and advanced smart metering designs can use up to 90 per cent less space when compared with typical ‘bottom up connect’ utility meters. This is particularly valuable in high-density, high-rise buildings.
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Cornell researchers aim to unleash ‘smart meter’ potential

Striving for a future with smaller electric bills, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and diminished need for power plants, Cornell researchers will use a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create, test and optimize new residential electric storage systems.

“Smart meters – which measure and manage residential electricity in real time – already have been installed in about 40 percent of homes in the United States, but have yet to meet the pledge of smaller electric bills and engage consumers,” said Todd Cowen, professor of civil and environmental engineering, and principal investigator for the project. Cowen is also the Kathy Dwyer Marble and Curt Marble Faculty Director for Energy at Cornell’s David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.

Announced Aug. 29, the NSF grant, titled “Energy Smart Community – Leveraging Virtual Storage to Turn Advanced Metering Infrastructure Into a Smart Service System,” seeks to bolster grid flexibility, integrate distributed renewable energy sources and reduce household electricity costs.

“While we already have a large number of homes in the U.S. with smart meters, these homes lack storage capacity that pair with them. This stands as a barrier to developing a truly efficient retail electricity market,” said Cowen. “Smart metering has been driven by utilities and government incentives, but consumers were absent from the process. This grant corrects that, so consumers are engaged in the processes, and we as a society can make great strides in improving the environment.”

The project will test whether adding rechargeable batteries (electric residential storage) to individual residential smart meters can produce significant benefits.
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A Smart Grid is Only as Smart as the Information it Gathers and Distributes

Smart grids are only as smart as the information that they gather and assimilate. In an ideal world, they are distributing electrons in an optimal way and avoiding traffic jams, and brown outs.

It’s about more than driving efficiency and reliability. It’s also about incorporating the new set of dynamics in the electricity market place, which include distributed generation, analytics or data analysis, and customer engagement, or the ability of power generators to communicate directly with their customers to save energy. Today, the machines are all interconnected, driven by data that is collected and centrally stored.

“We are all looking at data and how it will enable expectations,” of utilities and end users, says Mike Carlson, president of Siemens Smart Grid, at the group’s meeting in Boston last week. “What will we do with it and how will we make it relevant? It is all in real time — a digital grid, which is not possible without the next generation of analytics added to it.”

The technology must initially optimize wholesale energy markets by, first, assessing how much energy is needed to meet the demand within a ‘controlled area’ and, second, by determining the best generation sources to dispatch while it considers all the potential constraints on a transmission system.
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Then and Now: How the Utility Industry Has Changed

These are not easy times for utilities in Europe and the U.S.

First, increasing concern about the link between greenhouse gases and rising global temperatures has led to government policies in many countries that have encouraged—and sometimes required—utilities to embrace renewable energy, such as solar and wind farms, to reduce emissions.

At the same time, the rise of new technologies, such as energy-efficient appliances, smart meters and smart grids, has put new control in the hands of utility customers.

As a result, even though utilities have made efficiency gains through technological innovation and are delivering on the promise of more clean energy, the industry-wide changes have driven up costs, depressed demand and hurt profits. In Europe, demand for power declined almost 6% between 2007 and 2015, according to analyses by PIRA Energy Group.

“This is a rather different world that is proving very problematic for a lot of the established utility industry,” says Michael Grubb, a professor of international energy and climate-change policy at the University College of London.

Recent policy changes are a new direction from two decades of deregulation and privatization aimed at spurring competition and lowering energy prices in North America and Europe. Indeed, utilities in Europe have passed on the added costs of lowering carbon emissions to consumers, who pay average retail energy prices that are more than double those in the U.S., experts say.
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Nov 09

Meet OSGP Alliance at European Utility Week

We will be happy to meet you at European Utility Week on 15 – 17 November at the Fira Barcelona. Prior to the conference/exhibition OSGP Alliance organises a workshop on Monday November the 14th, 14.00 – 16.30 hrs. For more information or to register, click here

OSGP Alliance’s Booth number is 3C89. We would like to invite you to join us for a drink on the stand on November 15 November, 16.30 – 18.30 hrs. The OSGP Alliance Dinner will take place on Wednesday November 16th. For more information and registration, please contact Marie-Louise van Rossum, Secretary OSGP Alliance at secretariat@osgp.org

To learn more on Smart Grid Security Pitfalls, please attend the presentation of Emil Gurevitch, Information Security Engineer, which is taking place on Tuesday 15 November 15.10 – 15.30 hrs. Emil will also participate in the panel discussion “Addressing new forms of cybersecurity risks to European energy utilities”.

We look forward to see you in Barcelona!

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Oct 31

OSGP Newsletter // October 2016

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OSGP Workshop at European Utility Week

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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Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) Leads Successful Smart Grid Security Summit

The OSGP Alliance (www.osgp.org), an independent, global, not-for-profit association comprised of prominent utilities, systems integrators, service providers as well as smart grid equipment and software product developers, announced that it successfully completed a Smart Grid Security Summit on September 28th in Gdansk, Poland with industry and national leadership.

In collaboration with the Polish Ministry of Energy, the OSGP Alliance organized a Security Summit that was attended by the Ministry, utilities, and vendors including leading security and industry experts. The Keynote Speakers were Andrzej Kazimierski from the Polish Ministry of Energy and Mariusz Busilo from Mazovia Cluuter ICT / Supervisory Board PGE EXATEL, who presented information regarding the Polish Ministry of Energy Grid Security Strategy and Legal Challenges.

The other distinguished speakers were Tomasz Szalach from Ernst & Young, Emil Gurevitch from NES, Mariusz Jurczyk from Tauron, Aleksander Babs from the Institute of Power Engineering, Poul Eriksen from Develco and Bo Danielsen from SEAS-NVE in Denmark. Key topics included defensive strategies against common attacks, NES Smart Grid Solution security approach, Tauron’s Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Case Study, comprehensive smart metering security assessments, home area networking security, and a roundtable discussion with industry leaders centered on today and future trends.


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Görlitz presents IDSpecto autumn version 2016

The continuous expansion of IDSpecto is primarily aimed at supporting you as a user in your tasks. For example, by linking the content to each other, which saves you a lot of clicks, or by a broad individualization that supports you to display only the relevant information for you. Görlitz presents the highlights of the autumn version at a glance.

Görlitz has expanded its HES adapter with IDSpecto.collector. Now you can communicate with the devices in the field from IDSpecto.DAYOS. For example, to start a read or intermediate readout. And best of all, if you look at the missing values in the view of the completeness check, you can navigate directly to the device and issue the corresponding command.
With the integration of IDSpecto.collector, Görlitz has further advanced the integration of RLM meters and intelligent measuring systems – or other smart meter systems – and simplified the switch from old to new technology.


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Transformation of global electric industry depends on energy storage says DNV GL

In the concluding chapter for the World Energy Council’s World Energy Resources 2016 report released today at the 23rd annual World Energy Council Congress in Istanbul, DNV GL asserts that energy storage is playing an increasingly crucial role in the transformation to a cleaner, smarter, safer energy future worldwide. Lead author Paul Gardner, global segment leader of energy storage at DNV GL, presented the chapter’s content Monday and Wednesday at the Congress.

“Energy storage is pivotal to meeting the challenges facing economies worldwide,” says Gardner. “With this chapter, which follows sections on a variety of generation resources and technologies, we hope to present the challenges and opportunities in energy storage with a thorough examination of the economic, regulatory and commercial factors surrounding it.”

The chapter examines technical, financial, environmental and regulatory aspects of a variety of energy storage technologies including lithium-ion and flow batteries. It looks at the impact of increasing amounts of battery storage, and battery capacity in electric vehicles. Graphs depict storage technologies according to performance characteristics, using energy capacity and discharge time at rated power. Information gathered directly by PwC shows the levelised cost of storage in 2015 compared to the cost of 2030 in a bar graph, showing a projected decrease in future prices. The chapter develops the following major conclusions:

The main areas of growth in the next five years are likely to be in small-scale battery storage in conjunction with solar PV; in utility-scale electricity storage; in electric vehicles; in commercial, communications and software capabilities to allow DER to be aggregated, in a ‘virtual powerplant’ or ‘swarm’; in pumped storage hydro; and in islanded use cases integrating renewables
Most commercial interest is in battery storage and the costs of several storage technologies will fall as production volumes increase
The future outlook for energy storage markets is good due to an increasing need, but the regulatory and legal frameworks are failing to keep pace


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New milestone for Powel and Validér with delivery of central system

Powel completes delivery of the central system to Validér and thus a 30-month long project comes to an end. All deliveries of the central system is finalised and approved and is now entering a test phase.
In May 2014, Powel and Validér signed a strategic agreement to create Norway’s largest platform for handling smart meters. In accordance with the contract, Powel has now implemented the IT platform that makes it possible for Validér to become Norway’s largest provider of services for smart meters (AMS) to date. To begin with, the solution included 400.000 metering points, but over the course of the project new companies have joined and the solution today is set up to cover up to 750.000 metering points, approximately 25% of all AMS meters in Norway.
Powel has delivered a solution for managing and operating metering points according to Norwegian regulations for advanced metering and control systems. Validér aims to deliver services that streamlines and secures the processes related to smart meters. To do so, they will use Powel’s solutions for collecting, processing and analysing meter data.
The process from contract signing in May 2014 up to final approval has been comprehensive for all parties. Several rounds of acceptance tests have been completed, in addition to demanding testing of all components. From Validér’s side, the focus has been on stringent testing and verification of all requirements, in addition to ensuring that the solution has the needed functionality and possibilities for further development and growth. The last few months of the project has been spent ensuring the highest possible quality and improved functionality.


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Microsoft and Agder Energi collaborate to build an intelligent grid powered by an intelligent cloud

Thursday at Nordic Edge Expo, Agder Energi, Microsoft Corp. and Powel AS announced a pilot project that will help create a more efficient, flexible and intelligent grid of the future.
The project will leverage intelligent technology to create a cutting-edge smart grid solution that will prepare the grid for greater renewable integration and help keep pace with growing energy consumption. The Microsoft Azure intelligent cloud, PowerBI and Azure IoT Hub were combined with expertise from Powel to provide Agder Energi with tools to improve dispatch of new energy resources, including device controls and predictive forecasting for situational awareness.
“At Agder Energi we want to use new technology to make the power grid more efficient, more predictable and more flexible. We will go from being energy generators to energy partners, with a more active role for our customers,” said Agder Energi’s CEO Tom Nysted. “Together with our partners at Microsoft and Powel, we will use innovation to solve the challenges facing the grid.”


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Schneider Electric becomes a founding partner of ESCP Europe Internet of Things Chair

Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, is a founding partner of the Internet of Things (IoT) Chair, launched by ESCP Europe at the start of the academic year 2016-2017. The Chair is dedicated to supporting students, companies and research professors in investigating and researching business and management issues related to digitization and the development of connected devices. Valeo, leading global automotive supplier, is also a founding partner of the Chair.

Creating IoT innovative business models and management practices

“Schneider Electric uses the Internet of Things technology trend to address and solve customer needs in new and efficient ways. Some problems are age-old – like minimizing downtime in a production process – while other challenges, such as addressing sustainability or regulatory compliance requirements, are emerging. We leverage connectivity, the resulting data and advanced insights from analytics and Big Data and our active control capabilities to unlock new customer value through our solutions and services. IoT is creating a revolution in both ours and our clients’ existing business models and management practices. We believe this Chair, along with Schneider Electric’s collaboration with ESCP Europe, will offer students an opportunity to both learn and shape these emerging practices and position themselves at the forefront of tomorrow’s IoT- enabled workforce.” said Cyril Perducat, Executive Vice President, IoT & Digital Transformation at Schneider Electric.

The new Chair at ESCP Europe, internationally acclaimed business school, will focus research on responses to the IoT revolution from a business perspective: How do we create value for users? What are the different potential business models? How to monetize data from connected products and share value between the different partners?


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Establishment of the annual priority lists of network codes for 2017 & beyond – EDSO response to EC consultation

EDSO welcomes the annual consultation of the European Commission on the establishment of the annual priority lists for the development of network codes and guidelines for 2017 and beyond.

Over the last five years, EDSO has deployed considerable efforts to contribute to the development of the network codes & guidelines. By providing input & feedback on documents or consultations, participating in meetings & workshops, and more recently contributing to the activities of European Stakeholder Committees, EDSO has taken an active part in this process and is satisfied that the attention paid to considerations raised by DSOs has gradually improved throughout the last years.

EDSO recognises that a substantial move toward the completion of this process was achieved in 2016 with the adoption of a majority of network codes and guidelines. However, it should be underlined that some of the most controversial rules are still to be finalised. At the same time, the rules that have already been adopted should be carefully implemented at the national level. Finally, lessons from this long and complex process should be drawn before envisaging the way forward at European level.


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Energy Efficient Prosperity: Expanding Energy Access

Sub-Saharan Africa faces what some energy analysts have called the “66% situation.” Around 66% of the region’s population – more than 620 million people – have no access to electricity while 66% of energy investment in the region is aimed at exporting energy rather than using it internally.

This is all the more striking given that nearly a third of all global oil and gas discoveries between 2009 and 2014 occurred in the sub-Saharan region. According to the IEA, energy resources in sub Saharan Africa are more than sufficient to meet the needs of its population, yet they are highly underdeveloped.

But the situation is a stark reminder that even if a country has plenty of energy resources there is no guarantee that its citizens will have access to energy.


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Commission launches new electricity interconnection targets expert group

The European Commission has launched a new electricity interconnection targets expert group to help it boost electricity interconnection between EU countries.

The expert group was established in order to provide the Commission with the technical advice on how to break down a 15% electricity interconnection target into regional, country and/or border interconnection targets, while taking costs into account.

The group will also provide the Commission with advice on achieving the 10% by 2020 interconnection target, in particular on project finance and permit granting procedures.

By 2020, the Commission has set a target of 10% electricity interconnection. 22 EU countries are on track to reach, or have already reached, the target, but more interconnections are needed in some regions.

In 2014, in its European Energy Security Strategy, the Commission suggested extending its 10% electricity interconnection target by 2020 to 15% by 2030. To help achieve this, the Commission set-up an expert group on electricity interconnection.

Recent developments in improving electricity interconnections include the LitPol cable that links the electricity infrastructures of Lithuania and Poland, and the INELFE cable linking French and Spanish systems.


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Smart metering – preparing for end-to-end rollout

Over the past decade or so, with the global growth of smart metering, there have been significant market changes in the requirements deployments and what is expected of vendors.
“The need for product interoperability and open available standards are now common. However, increasingly vendors are being called on to be the integrator for an end-to-end offering,” Stijn Goerlant, Connexo product manager, Honeywell Home and Building Technologies, told Engerati.
“Our focus as a vendor has become broader and requires us to not only deliver the right products but also the know-how and a solution that grows with the utilities’ needs,” says Goerlant, who brings years of experience to the smart meter space.


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Margot James: UK making ‘very good progress’ on smart meter rollout

Consumers are interested in getting smart meters installed in their homes and the UK is making “very good progress” overall.

That’s according to Margot James, Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility, who believes the nation is off to “a very good start”.

Speaking to ELN at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham this week, she said: “One of the major six companies alone has fitted 750,000 smart meters already and all the other companies are engaged in the same activity and consumers are wanting them.

“I think that’s the most important thing – that consumers are interested and as the rollout continues and gathers momentum, more and more people will be demanding smart metering for the twin benefits of reduced bills and an end to estimated bills and also clever forms of usage and greater energy efficiency.”


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State of New York announces first funding opportunity in $140 Million grid modernization initiative

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced $3.5 million in funding available for the private sector with solutions to make it easier, less costly and less time-consuming to connect renewable resources, such as solar and wind, to the electric grid. The agency says this funding is part of a $140 million total investment to be allocated over the next 10 years for innovation and research projects that will modernize New York’s electric grid while making it both smarter and more efficient.

NYSERDA’s grid modernization activities focus on the development of an advanced, digitally managed electric grid. Building a grid that employs advanced 21st-century technologies in service of modern electric system needs is a critical component in Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy, according to the agency.

NYSERDA is seeking proposals from cleantech companies, distributed energy resource (DER) providers and others that have solutions to help New York overcome identified and as-yet-unidentified engineering and other technical challenges as it continues to connect DERs, such as combined heat and power, solar and community-based microgrids, to the electric grid.


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Chinese researchers develop algorithms for smart energy grid

A fallen tree, a lightning strike—it doesn’t take much to disrupt the electrical grid. An outage could last just a few minutes, but restoring electricity to millions of people typically takes hours, days or even weeks. The outdated system, developed a century ago, is due for an overhaul.

Enter the energy internet. It’s based on the idea that electricity could be distributed similarly to the actual internet. The energy internet isn’t yet reality, but scientists at Northeastern University in Shenyang, China, have proposed a way to actualize the theory.
“[The energy internet] brings new challenges to the study of some basic problems in power systems, one of which is… energy management,” wrote Huaguang Zhang, the director of the Electrical Automation Institute at Northeastern University. Zhang and his team published their proposal in IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica (JAS). “Unlike conventional power systems, the upcoming energy internet emphasizes comprehensive utilization of energy in the whole power system by coordinating multi-microgrids.”
A main power grid could partner with decentralized generators, including fuel, wind turbines and solar power, to delegate energy to multiple microgrids within each designated network.


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Report Calls Smart Utility Meters the IoT Dark Horse

Analyst firm Mobile Experts has released a new report titled “Smart Utility Meters 2016.” The report attempts to lay out a description of IoT connectivity for utility metering and compares 15 different technologies to a deep look at business models and market growth.

Unlike many other IoT markets, the report asserts, the Smart Utility Meter market is well underway, with about 48 million smart meters currently deployed each year. This report looks at PLC, 802.15.4 mesh, Wi-Fi, licensed narrowband (FSK), and cellular technologies in order to demonstrate the full range of the market potential. The analysts break down why some technologies are losing ground, while other technologies advance.


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For utilities hoping to unlock smart grid opportunities, data is the key

Having a smart meter installed doesn’t mean an electric customer is interested in, or aware of, clean energy products and services. Conversely, new research shows plenty of consumers without advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) want a smart thermostat, time-varying electric rate or other new offering from their utility.

How can utilities bridge that gap and connect these customers to smart grid opportunities?

The Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative has released a new survey of 1,500 customers providing insight into interest in a range of clean-energy technologies, highlighting the work utilities still must do to connect with more skeptical customers. But it also provides thoughts on how best to reach them, and where to begin that work.


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Oct 15

Press release 05-10-2016

Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) Leads
Successful Smart Grid Security Summit

The OSGP Alliance gathered leading security experts together to emphasize the importance of security solution for smart metering and smart grid applications.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, October 5, 2016—The OSGP Alliance (www.osgp.org), an independent, global, not-for-profit association comprised of prominent utilities, systems integrators, service providers as well as smart grid equipment and software product developers, announced that it successfully completed a Smart Grid Security Summit on September 28th in Gdansk, Poland with industry and national leadership.

In collaboration with the Polish Ministry of Energy, the OSGP Alliance organized a Security Summit that was attended by the Ministry, utilities, and vendors including leading security and industry experts. The Keynote Speakers were Andrzej Kazimierski from the Polish Ministry of Energy and Mariusz Busilo from Mazovia Cluuter ICT / Supervisory Board PGE EXATEL, who presented information regarding the Polish Ministry of Energy Grid Security Strategy and Legal Challenges.

The other distinguished speakers were Tomasz Szalach from Ernst & Young, Emil Gurevitch from NES, Mariusz Jurczyk from Tauron, Aleksander Babs from the Institute of Power Engineering, Poul Eriksen from Develco and Bo Danielsen from SEAS-NVE in Denmark. Key topics included defensive strategies against common attacks, NES Smart Grid Solution security approach, Tauron’s Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Case Study, comprehensive smart metering security assessments, home area networking security, and a roundtable discussion with industry leaders centered on today and future trends.

The participants and speakers all thought the Security Summit was very informative and of great value balancing the legal and governmental perspective with practical implementations of approaches to cyber security in smart grid technology. Attendees were able to learn about important security implementations and capabilities in the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) that utilities are successfully using in various OSGP based smart grid implementations. One of the highlights was the opportunity to learn about real world projects, such as Tauron’s AMIplus Smart City Wrocław project. Tauron’s AMI Project Manager Mariusz Jurczyk presented a case study that explained how Tauron put great emphasis on security in its 350k OSGP based project that aligns with the recommendations outlined by the Ministry of Energy and presented by EY at the Summit.

“When we are dealing with meter and billing data we are not only dealing with business critical data, we are also dealing with customer private data. That’s is a great responsibility that we, as an industry, need to take seriously,” said Bo Danielsen, the Head of Installation and Metering at SEAS-NVE. “With the tremendous possibilities that come with digital metering technology, also comes the threat from cyber hackers and criminals. It´s a common threat, so we should seek common solutions and share our experience and knowhow. And that is exactly why we at SEAS-NVE started the collaboration with NES and DTU, and that is exactly why I am so happy to see the OSGP alliance putting a focus on this subject.”

“The event was outstanding and a great opportunity to collaborate with other industry experts,” said Andy Robinson, the Chief Technology Officer of NES and also master of ceremony of the event. He added, “Cyberattacks against the power grid are very real. Collaboration between industry and government is very important for the development of security policies and standards while still enabling innovation. As a member of the OSGP Alliance, NES believes security is fundamental to everything we do.”

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.

About The OSGP Alliance
The OSGP Alliance, founded in 2006 as the Energy Services Network Association (ESNA), is an independent global, not-for-profit association that 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 the OSGP Alliance can be found at www.osgp.org.

Contact:
Marie-Louise van Rossum
secretariat@osgp.org

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Sep 30

OSGP Newsletter // September 2016

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Smart Security Summit, a resounding success

Smart Grid Security is a topic that is getting major attention. Therefore OSGP Alliance invited the industry for a get together to discuss the future at the Smart Security Summit being held on September 28th in Gdansk, Poland.

Well chosen topics around security were being discussed by Mariusz Jurczyk, Aleksander Babs, and Poul Eriksen. We would also like to thank Bo Danielsen and Emil Gurevitch for the great presentation about the successful NES project with SEAS NVE. Andrzej Kazimierski and Mariusz Busilo for sharing the Polish Ministry of Energy Grid Security Strategy. And Tomasz Szalach from Ernst & Young for his insightful speech on reducing the effects of potential attacks.

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Smart Grid Security Perspective from Emil Gurevitch

Poland Smart Grid recently interviewed Emil Gurevitch, an information security expert at Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES). Emil has direct experience at a large utility (SEAS-NVE) where he held the role of Software Security Engineer and Project Lead on Smart Grid Security. Prior to that, he developed security systems at IBM and conducted security research at Technical University of Denmark. Emil has authored numerous security papers and has spoken about security issues at many industry conferences.

Hi, Emil. Thank you so much for spending some time with us. Please tell us about the basis of the new NES smart grid security solution?

As a result of close collaboration between NES, the OSGP Alliance and the Danish utility SEAS-NVE, NES developed and released new security features to the three tiers of its Patagonia platform and architecture. These new enhancements to the NES smart metering solution address not only today’s security needs but more importantly future issues that will arise during the lifetime of the Smart Grid System.

In particular, the protective measures in the solution were significantly improved and new detection capabilities were introduced to help utilities in responding and recovering from security incidents.

Poland Smart Grid: Security is getting a lot of attention in all sorts of industries. For utilities, what are the main types of threats they face related to AMI and the Smart Grid?

Emil Gurevitch: Utilities use AMIs and smart grids to store, distribute, and manage energy using information technology. Therefore, they share many of the same assets and corresponding threats as other entities relying on information technology systems.

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SEAS-NVE Net introduces free SMS service for all members in the grid operator’s area

With the new service SEAS-NVE’s members will have the opportunity to get a text message, if there is a power outage or with planned outages. It rarely happens, but if the power goes out, such a message will often be very welcome. The service is available for those who live in SEAS-NVE Net’s supply area or are otherwise connected to the grid – for example those with a vacation home in the region.
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How Prepaid Electricity Meters Make Life Easier (a blog by Conlog)

Modern prepaid electricity meters offer benefits to both tenants and landlords and property managers. There is a major drive by Eskom throughout South Africa, to get more properties and households fitted with prepaid meters, and to educate consumers on the great advantages that these meters offer.
Let’s start by taking a look at how these meters can make the lives of property managers and landlords easier. Firstly, it helps to ensure that tenants are paying for their electricity before consuming it, avoiding the nasty surprise of the landlord being confronted by a huge bill at the maturation the lease. It also helps to easily resolve any disputes on the amount of electricity consumed.

How Prepaid Electricity Meters Make The Lives of Tenants Easier

With regards to tenants, prepaid electricity meters help them to monitor their electricity consumption, by checking the easy to read monitor and adjusting their consumption as required. They are also able to budget in advance, so that there is never an instance where consumers are surprised by a large electricity bill at the end of the month. What’s more, tenants can also be assured that they are paying for the correct amount of electricity they are consuming. Read more…

Smart Meters Allow Energy Savings, But What About Data Security ?

The XXVI Economic Forum in Krynica speaks not only about economic theory, but also about practical solutions that can be applied in our homes, such as smart electricity meters.
About how the so called smart metering of electric power consumption works, explains Mariusz Jurczyk, project manager for AMI Tauron Distribution.
– These meters are a new generation of electronics that allow the measurement of energy at an hourly rate. They help to build awareness of how to use electricity as efficiently as possible. They also provide a wealth of information to the distributor of energy on the work of the power grid – explains the guest of Polish Radio 24.

Remote control

Such devices are capable, says Mariusz Jurczyk, of controlling the power consumption of the public.

– The devices can also allow remote change of tariffs, along with remote enabling and disabling of the installation of a recipient depending on various external events. We can control it remotely – explains the expert.

Power consumption can be tracked on your phone or tablet

Smart meters also allow the tracking of energy consumption in our homes, such as the consumption of the washing machine and fridge, for example, on your mobile phone or tablet after installing the appropriate application.

– With this application, customers can see at what time their energy consumption was significant. This will make them consider that devices in the household are causing considerable energy consumption, and that there is a need to replace them with something more efficient – says Mariusz Jurczyk.

Collector visits are no longer needed

Smart meters allow for remote reading, so collector visits to the homes of customers are no longer necessary.

– We have a remote reading system, and on this basis we will charge our customers. We will certainly monitor the meters, their technical conditions, proper functioning and, once every few years, we will do auditing control and verification. – says Mariusz Jurczyk.

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Eltel technicians restoring power in Finland after “Rauli” storm

The “Rauli” storm moved through Finland during the weekend and it was one of the most massive summer storms in many years. The strong storm wind caused massive power outages and almost 200,000 households went out of power at the same time. More than 280 Eltel electricians and engineers worked in the field during the weekend to restore electricity supplies as quickly as possible.
The storm hit strong over half of the country and electricity networks in large areas were affected. Skilled electricians were rapidly needed in those areas to speed up restoration and reduce response time.
“In the last few years several weather events have afflicted us in Finland and we have improved our storm restoration process further, Juha Luusua President of Eltel’s Power Distribution says.” Most of the network operators contact us well in advance, and we immediately increase the amount of stand-by teams. This means that our field service teams are ready to be dispatched before the storm has even begun.
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It may not always be May: Modems and IMSYS in parallel operation at Görlitz

RLM-counters are used since many years for the detection of the power consumption. The forwarding of their data to the processing systems is performed by appropriate communication devices. In the future, smart metering systems (IMSYS) will take over this job. During the transition period from 2017 to 2032, the federal government allows parallel operation of old and new technology, creating enough space to allow for a gradual transition.
Against this background, it may be useful to put some conventional technology together with newer products. This has been proven in practice. For example, Görlitz began installation of smaller numbers of smart metering systems, such that experience could be built up in this framework. Other measuring points can be provided during this time with a known technique to further benefit from well-established processes while leveraging the continuance.
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Smart Metering: technology and participation

Enel uses its expertise to develop an innovative electrical grid at Expo Energía 2016 in Santiago, Chile, presenting solutions that transform cities into Smart Cities.

From ancient Athens to large modern capitals, cities have always been the engine of social, economic and cultural progress – a role that in today’s context needs to take on a new perspective, in order to drive growth more sustainably.

By 2050, it is estimated that 65 percent of the world’s population will live in urban areas, which already account for over 60 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. It is therefore crucial to transform cities into Smart Cities.

Making big cities “smart” means rethinking all aspects of a city’s everyday life in terms of efficiency, starting from energy consumption. This was one of the main themes discussed at the recent Expo Energìa 2016 in Santiago de Chile. Institutional representatives of the energy industry participated in the event, which was sponsored by ElectroIndustria Magazine.

Enel, which is present in Chile’s power generation and distribution sector, contributed to the debate by presenting its experience in the development of intelligent management technologies for power grids.
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DNV GL, TenneT and ENGIE prove soft energisation system restoration for high-voltage grids

Reliable, safe and fully controlled method tested successfully on 220 kV network in north Netherlands

DNV GL, TenneT and ENGIE have announced the successful completion of the trial of grid system restoration using soft energisation in the Dutch high-voltage grid. Fast and safe, soft energisation reduces the chances of triggering follow-up blackouts and ensures more reliable system restoration. It can be applied to networks of any size with a relatively small generator without electrical stress or risk of damage to components.

After a blackout it is critical that power is restored as quickly, reliably and safely as possible while minimising the stress on network components. Traditional processes for restoring power involve a dedicated black start power plant supplying electricity again to the various network components such as overhead lines, cables and transformers. However, this approach can lead to voltage oscillations that can damage network components or trigger protection devices initiating another shut down.

As part of an effort to increase the level of black start (system restoration) power in TenneT’s network in the northern Netherlands, TenneT, DNV GL and ENGIE developed a new system restoration method for the 220 / 380 kV high-voltage grid based on soft energisation. In this approach, once the network is prepared, the generator terminal voltage at the power plant is increased in a carefully controlled manner from 0 kV to the rated value. As a result, all network components are energised gradually and simultaneously, reducing the electrical stress on network components and substation assets.
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E.ON to build one of the first commercial battery systems for the UK grid

E.ON has been awarded a contract with the British transmission system operator National Grid to support the power grid’s stability with an innovative battery solution. With the strong growth of weather-dependent renewable sources such as wind and solar, the amount of power fed into the grid is becoming increasingly volatile. National Grid had therefore launched a tender for a new service to deal with volatile fluctuations. As one of the first of its kind in Great Britain, E.ON’s battery system will help balance demand and supply in real time ensuring that the power supply and quality is maintained. The solution makes it even possible to increase the share of renewable energy in the grid. The 10 megawatt (MW) lithium-ion battery with a size of four shipping containers has an equivalent power of roughly 100 family cars.
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Fortum Charge & Drive and Genesta Property Nordic have signed a framework agreement to develop and operate their electric vehicle charging infrastructure

Genesta Property Nordic, a leading real estate management company in the Nordics, has chosen Fortum Charge & Drive to develop, install and operate their future electric vehicle charging infrastructure. By choosing Charge & Drive, the leading system for charging operations, Genesta will increase the value of their property by meeting the tenants expectations of a user friendly solution for electric vehicles (EV:s).

“We look forward to support Genesta to take a lead in being a sustainable real estate company. We have a well-developed Nordic charging network for EVs that Genesta tenants can utilize for longer journeys. We are looking forward to a good partnership based on a turnkey solution”, says Tobias Henmark, Sales & Marketing Director, Fortum Charge & Drive.

Smart charging solutions are already becoming a part of the service solutions tenants expect on the commercial property market. Through the agreement Genesta is able to offer a cost effective charging infrastructure for their tenants without having to project, install or operate it by themselves.
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Schneider Electric Receives Top Ranking in Navigant Research Leaderboard Report on Building Energy Management Systems

SmartStruxure™ solution receives highest overall score for strong strategy and execution to help facility managers reduce energy consumption and improve operational efficiency
Company commended for bringing customers market leadership in its integrated intelligent building platform approach and building analytics

Rueil-Malmaison (France), September 14, 2016 – Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, today announced that it has been named a leader in the Navigant Research Leaderboard Report on Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS). For the second year in a row, Schneider Electric has received the highest overall score for strategy and execution among 15 companies that have demonstrated a strong track record in the BEMS market.

Innovation at Every Level for Intelligent Buildings

Schneider Electric’s SmartStruxure™ solution, powered by the company’s StruxureWare™ Building Operation software, was recognized for its advanced capabilities in analytics that promote the development of intelligent buildings and optimize energy management.
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Ambrosetti and Enel: Recommendations for reviving investment in Europe

The study “Strengthening Europe’s investability: policy proposals for reviving investment in Europe and the role of the energy sector and digitalisation” presented in Cernobbio, Italy

Cernobbio, September 3rd, 2016 – Clarity in investment strategies, a comprehensive vision of medium/long-term development goals, consistency between European and national intervention levels, cooperation between the private and public sectors and flexibility of solutions based on Member States’ needs are what Europe needs, together with a growth model driven by investment through the positive involvement of the private sector and stimulating high-potential sectors that can act as a lever for the economy. “Network industries” such as energy, transport and ICT are the main enablers of competitiveness, innovation and growth.

These are the conclusions of the report “Strengthening Europe’s investibility: policy proposals for reviving investment in Europe and the role of the energy sector and the digitalisation” prepared by The European House – Ambrosetti (TEH-A) in collaboration with Enel and presented today in Cernobbio, Italy.

The study identifies the main obstacles to this goal and develops a number of recommendations to focus attention on specific actions that can help Europe to accelerate its development. “Europe faces a difficult challenge to ensure continuous and sustainable economic growth in the context of the process of decarbonisation now under way. Investment will play a central role in this effort,” said Enel CEO Francesco Starace. “As a leading global power utility, Enel is at the forefront of a process of profound change taking place across the sector. We therefore recognise the importance of policies that respond effectively to rapid technological progress, and models that promote innovation, as the basis of an attractive macro-economic investment case.
In addition, a visible, stable, transparent and forward-looking legal and regulatory framework is crucial. This is particularly the case in Europe, where technology advancements and market dynamics offer some unique opportunities, not only in the energy sector, but across the entire economy.”

According to Valerio De Molli, the CEO of The European House – Ambrosetti, “the next few months could represent a turning point for Europe, which in the last decade has found itself at the centre of a “perfect storm” that has undermined its political and economic stability. We are at a crossroads.
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EDSO: Integrating electricity storage in distribution grids

Distribution System Operators (DSOs) have to reinforce and expand their networks in order to maintain security of supply and quality of service. Many technical options could be envisaged for that purpose, including traditional investment in cables and transformers, using consumers’ flexibility or improving network monitoring and control.

In a new paper, EDSO call policy makers to fix the current regulatory uncertainty and to widen the range of technologies available to DSO in order to improve the power grid management and deliver better services to all consumers.
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Ofgem proposes capping prepayment meter warrant charges for indebted consumers

Ofgem has today [September 14] published proposals to cap charges for installing prepayment meters (PPMs) under warrant. An option in our consultation includes placing a firm limit on charges of £100 or £150. The proposals also include plans to ban PPM warrant installation charges for the most vulnerable customers.

When customers fall in debt, one option is for their supplier to install a prepayment meter (PPM) under warrant. Installing a PPM under warrant should be a last resort for recovering debt, to resolve situations where consumers can’t or won’t engage with suppliers to agree a resolution.

Under current rules, suppliers can charge warrant costs back to affected customers. These charges, which can include court costs, can range from £200 up to £900. In 2015, customers faced an average bill of £400 for having their PPM installed under warrant, risking pushing them more into debt.

Ofgem’s proposals aim to protect consumers from experiencing more debt or hardship due to warrant installations. These include capping at £100 or £150 warrant charges for all customers.

These also include plans to entirely prohibit PPM warrant charges, and installations, for the most vulnerable customers. This includes people in financial hardship, and people with physical and mental health issues and learning difficulties.
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Data management in the EU electricity networks

The four European associations representing electricity distribution system operators, CEDEC, EDSO, EURELECTRIC and GEODE, and ENTSO-E, representing the transmission system operators, teamed up to share their views on how to manage data and information exchanges between system operators. The resulting effort is a joint report that sets out how rules on data management and exchanges represent a precondition to deploying smart grids and unleashes all potential of the demand side of the electricity system. The report also intends to stir up the debate among stakeholders across networks and markets.

With more variable generation and distributed loads, the EU electricity system is operated closer to its limits. Solutions can be found in more flexibility: that is the demand or generation side adapting their behaviour to support the system. With more customer participation and more decentralised generation, flexibility providers connected to the distribution grid are significantly and continuously increasing. Therefore, the management and exchanges of information and data between the transmission system operators (TSOs), responsible for balancing supply and demand and the distribution system operators (DSOs), responsible for the system’s security of supply and quality of service is fundamental to integrating the new forms of demand and supply.
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State of the Union: smarter energy use creates jobs and growth

Smarter energy use combined with ambitious climate action creates new jobs and growth and is the best investment in Europe’s future and in the modernisation of our economy, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, has said in his 2016 State of the Union address.

Speaking in Strasbourg on 14 September, President Juncker noted that work towards a single market where energy can flow freely and no EU country is left isolated has progressed over the last year.

On interconnecting EU countries’ energy systems, President Juncker highlighted an agreement between Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland to end the energy isolation of the Baltic Sea region.

The Commission has also supported new pipelines between Estonia and Finland as well as connectors linking the natural gas grids of Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Austria. This will allow natural gas from the Caspian region and liquefied natural gas from other sources to reach Central Europe, he said.

On energy security, President Juncker noted the new measures on energy security that were published in February this year aimed at minimising interruptions to supply. The measures promote solidarity between EU countries to ensure that households and essential social services are protected in times of crisis.
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Smart meters: what and why?

Smart meters have the potential to change the way consumers look at, and use their energy, allowing them to be conscious of their usage patterns. They are meters with data logging and communications which record and transmit a building’s energy usage. Typically, a smart meter will read and store energy usage every 30 minutes and then send this information to energy distributers, or users.

Smart meters have come a long way. Traditional meters, or accumulation meters would simply record the amount of electricity which passed through it since it was first installed, or was last reset. The shortcomings of this style of meter was users would only find out their energy usage when they received their bill and a large amount of labour was required by the provider to send a reader from house to house in intervals to read the meters.

Accumulation meters progressed to interval meters, which measure energy electronically. They can record usage in intervals, usually have a digital display and the data can be downloaded by a reader using an electronic or optical interface. They enable a customer to pay different rates for different time periods in which they use their electricity. However, they are not considered smart meters.

SMART METERS SAVE SPACE
A smart meter is “smart” due to its ability to record more accurate and detailed data and facilitate a two-way flow of information. They eliminate the need for meter readers to visit each meter. Smart meters can receive commands from the supplier and carry out tasks such as disconnecting and reconnecting the power supply when a customer moves out or in. It continuously monitors the supply and can automatically notify the provider if there is a fault. They can also act as a gateway to the home for information.

The space-to-design ratio performance of smart meters has improved as technology advances. Less panel space and electrical installations are required and advanced smart metering designs can use up to 90 per cent less space when compared with typical ‘bottom up connect’ utility meters. This is particularly valuable in high-density, high-rise buildings.
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Cornell researchers aim to unleash ‘smart meter’ potential

Striving for a future with smaller electric bills, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and diminished need for power plants, Cornell researchers will use a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create, test and optimize new residential electric storage systems.

“Smart meters – which measure and manage residential electricity in real time – already have been installed in about 40 percent of homes in the United States, but have yet to meet the pledge of smaller electric bills and engage consumers,” said Todd Cowen, professor of civil and environmental engineering, and principal investigator for the project. Cowen is also the Kathy Dwyer Marble and Curt Marble Faculty Director for Energy at Cornell’s David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.

Announced Aug. 29, the NSF grant, titled “Energy Smart Community – Leveraging Virtual Storage to Turn Advanced Metering Infrastructure Into a Smart Service System,” seeks to bolster grid flexibility, integrate distributed renewable energy sources and reduce household electricity costs.

“While we already have a large number of homes in the U.S. with smart meters, these homes lack storage capacity that pair with them. This stands as a barrier to developing a truly efficient retail electricity market,” said Cowen. “Smart metering has been driven by utilities and government incentives, but consumers were absent from the process. This grant corrects that, so consumers are engaged in the processes, and we as a society can make great strides in improving the environment.”

The project will test whether adding rechargeable batteries (electric residential storage) to individual residential smart meters can produce significant benefits.
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A Smart Grid is Only as Smart as the Information it Gathers and Distributes

Smart grids are only as smart as the information that they gather and assimilate. In an ideal world, they are distributing electrons in an optimal way and avoiding traffic jams, and brown outs.

It’s about more than driving efficiency and reliability. It’s also about incorporating the new set of dynamics in the electricity market place, which include distributed generation, analytics or data analysis, and customer engagement, or the ability of power generators to communicate directly with their customers to save energy. Today, the machines are all interconnected, driven by data that is collected and centrally stored.

“We are all looking at data and how it will enable expectations,” of utilities and end users, says Mike Carlson, president of Siemens Smart Grid, at the group’s meeting in Boston last week. “What will we do with it and how will we make it relevant? It is all in real time — a digital grid, which is not possible without the next generation of analytics added to it.”

The technology must initially optimize wholesale energy markets by, first, assessing how much energy is needed to meet the demand within a ‘controlled area’ and, second, by determining the best generation sources to dispatch while it considers all the potential constraints on a transmission system.
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Then and Now: How the Utility Industry Has Changed

These are not easy times for utilities in Europe and the U.S.

First, increasing concern about the link between greenhouse gases and rising global temperatures has led to government policies in many countries that have encouraged—and sometimes required—utilities to embrace renewable energy, such as solar and wind farms, to reduce emissions.

At the same time, the rise of new technologies, such as energy-efficient appliances, smart meters and smart grids, has put new control in the hands of utility customers.

As a result, even though utilities have made efficiency gains through technological innovation and are delivering on the promise of more clean energy, the industry-wide changes have driven up costs, depressed demand and hurt profits. In Europe, demand for power declined almost 6% between 2007 and 2015, according to analyses by PIRA Energy Group.

“This is a rather different world that is proving very problematic for a lot of the established utility industry,” says Michael Grubb, a professor of international energy and climate-change policy at the University College of London.

Recent policy changes are a new direction from two decades of deregulation and privatization aimed at spurring competition and lowering energy prices in North America and Europe. Indeed, utilities in Europe have passed on the added costs of lowering carbon emissions to consumers, who pay average retail energy prices that are more than double those in the U.S., experts say.
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OSGP Newsletter // August 2016

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GridPoint Announces Release of GridPoint Energy Manager Mobile 2.0

GridPoint, an innovator in comprehensive, data-driven energy management systems (EMS), today announced the release of a new edition to its mobile application, GridPoint Energy Manager Mobile 2.0.

Originally released in 2015, GridPoint Energy Manager Mobile brings the same intuitive and data-rich experience that GridPoint customers enjoy on their computers to iOS and Android phones and tablets. This application enables users to organize sites based on preference, access site details, and connect to real-time, asset-level data for granular visibility and remote troubleshooting. Energy managers and facility managers can use the application as diagnostic tools to triage HVAC or other failures at a site before dispatching a technician, to inform dispatched personnel with specific knowledge to make trips more efficient, and to validate resolutions before a technician leaves the site to reduce return trips.

This latest version, GridPoint Energy Manager Mobile 2.0, adds more on-the-go functionality including a Site Energy Dashboard, actionable summaries and specific asset-level drivers of power consumption and peak power demand within sites, visibility into set points and zone temperatures, and historical data views. For sites with HVAC or lighting controls, the app displays real-time unit performance status and schedule details, and allows new groups of authorized users, from store managers to employees and technicians, to perform, optimize, and track temporary control overrides.
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DNV GL adds three experts with deep energy efficiency expertise to its Sustainable Energy Use team

DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body, has made three key additions to its Sustainable Use business: Craig Williamson, Bob Ramirez, and Marc Collins. Energy use patterns in North America are rapidly changing in response to customer-sited automation technologies, distributed energy resources, and evolving regulatory climates. DNV GL has taken a major step in expanding its longstanding industry leadership in managing these changes by adding expertise in energy efficiency program evaluation, energy data analytics, and energy efficiency planning.

DNV GL helps utility customers harvest value from interval metering data via a range of predictive analytics tools, end-use load decomposition and demand response program support. Craig Williamson strengthens the company’s data analytics capabilities with decades of hands-on work within utilities and as an advisor and instructor, with particular expertise in statistical methods. As energy efficiency programs look for new ways to meet challenging goals with custom, behavioral, and systems approaches, Bob Ramirez brings deep and diverse expertise in building science to the company’s energy efficiency evaluation staff. With the expansion of energy efficiency programs in Canada, Marc Collins provides a broad range of high-level expertise in efficiency program policy, strategic planning, and evaluation in that country.
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LG CNS, acquired International Standards Certification for IoT 

LG CNS (Young-Seob Kim, Representative) has recently acquired IoT (Internet of Things) International standards certification for ‘oneM2M’ and ‘CoAP protocol’, which is the first in IT services industry.

‘OneM2M’ is the world IoT standards participated by 230 enterprises including companies in the fields of communication, manufacturing, solutions, etc. LG CNS has laid the groundwork to enter the foreign markets as well as domestic market through this certification with IoT products and services

LG CNS has applied oneM2M based IoT platform developed in collaboration with LG U+ to LG U+ Kid Watch ‘Juniver talkie’ Note3) in this past January.

LG CNS has also acquired ‘CoAP(Constrained Application Protocol) protocol’ Certification which is a IoT messaging standards, simultaneously with oneM2M certification.

‘CoAP protocol’ certification also certifies the efficiency of IoT devices enabling the communication among the IoT devices in low power level in consideration of the device characteristics of constant power consumption.
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Energimidt and HEF become Eniig

Denmark’s third largest energy company announced its new name. Energimidt and HEF, Himmerlands Electricity Supply must in future be called Eniig. The merged companies’ new common name was presented at a large event for employees and the press in Silkeborg.

Since Energimidt and HEF earlier this year started planning the upcoming merger, it was agreed that the energy company going forward should have a new name. It has been worked intensively during the spring and summer, and Monday, August 15 CEO Martin Romvig revealed the new name for all employees who had gathered in the Jysk Arena in Silkeborg.

– I am both pleased and proud today to announce Eniig as our new corporate name. We are in the process of implementing a merger between two equal parties. We are very similar, both in terms of corporate culture, vision and values. Therefore it has been important for us to create a new, common identity that we can all see ourselves in. For there is a lot that we agree on, says the director.
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DNV GL’s Technical Assurance Laboratory has been assessed and fully accredited by UKAS and recognised by CESG.

DNV GL’s centre of excellence for smart energy and cyber security testing expertise has achieved UKAS accreditation and CESG recognition. After several months of intense assessment, the newly-opened Technical Assurance Laboratory (DTAL) based in Peterborough has been accredited and recognised to offer Common Criteria and Commercial Product Assurance testing.

Common Criteria (CC) is an international standard that allows products to be evaluated and tested against a range of internationally agreed Protection Profiles. This enables manufacturers to achieve the necessary certifications to sell their products in valuable markets, such as the US Federal Government market, as it demonstrates that their products have been independently tested and assured, providing increased confidence in the vital security performance of those products.

Commercial Product Assurance (CPA) testing is a UK specific scheme where product evaluations are performed against the UK’s published Security Characteristics, such as encryption devices (encrypted removable media, full disk encryption), smart metering, virtualisation and network devices, such as firewalls. Companies far and wide are opting to use certified products to help secure IT architecture to minimise the risk to loss of data or disruption of service. Read more…

Görlitz: Change and save: SaaS for EMT and GWA

In 2017 it begins, in Germany: the rollout of smart metering and smart meter gateways to use the data communication to external operators (EMT). The devices are managed from a Gateway Administrator (GWA). In order to take in this context the legally required level of IT security account all relevant market roles must use a suitably compliant IT infrastructure.

This setup of this usually requires extensive adjustments to the existing systems and processes. Therefore, the use of a software-as-a-Service solution for small and medium-sized municipal utilities can be an efficient and cost-effective alternative to running.

Görlitz provides both the external market participants as well as the gateway administrator to such a possibility.
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E.ON combines battery and solar technologies for major customer in the US

E.ON is drawing on know-how from battery and solar technologies to offer a new, large-scale customer solution in the US, where E.ON will install and operate a ten megawatt battery to equalize the feed-in of renewable energy to the transmission network operated by regional energy provider, Tucson Electric Power. The battery will be charged by an associated solar park with a two megawatt capacity. E.ON will construct, own and operate the solar park.

This partnership with Tucson Electric Power is set to run for a period of ten years and is scheduled to begin in the first half of 2017. In the meantime, E.ON, in collaboration with Greensmith Power, a provider of storage solutions, will prepare a technical design and incorporate the battery, named the “Iron Horse”, into the net. The battery will be located at the Science and Technology Park of the University of Arizona in Tucson.
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Powel Intraday Trading released

New, web-based solution connected directly to the intraday market has potential to change the way energy companies capitalise on their their intraday trading activities.

Powel Intraday Trading is connected directly to the physical electricity market and can replace many of the processes in existing trading systems. Through an API connection, customers will have real-time read and write access, enabling energy traders to handle all their intraday trading activities directly from one innovative solution.
“The main advantage of using our system is that you will have all the relevant information in the same tool,” explains Henrik Ryman, Business Manager for Portfolio Optimisation, Powel Smart Energy. “You are able to extract all information from your production portfolio and link that to the information from the intraday trading exchange. The end-result is that you are able to increase the speed and efficiency of your intraday trading.”

Powel has had an established connection towards Nordpool since earlier this year and have now finalised the test phase for an API connection to EPEXSPOT. This allows the solution to connect to most European intraday markets, allowing traders to be more efficient on the EPEX intraday market.
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Renewables are often only as useful as the grid they feed

Scotland recently experienced one of its windiest days of the year with gusts reaching over 180 km/h on top of the country’s highest mountains. While they were disruptive to trains, ferries and car traffic, the winds had the capacity to meet the entirety of Scotland’s electricity needs for the day, according to a report in The Guardian.

This is a milestone for the country. The Scottish government describes onshore wind as the country’s most cost-effective low-carbon energy technology.

However weather like this doesn’t happen every day. A recent analysis by the IEA on Next Generation Wind and Solar Power shows that the variable nature of these renewable resources can present serious technical problems for system operators in charge of maintaining a balance between stable electricity supply and demand.

It is a challenge that is only set to grow as governments around the world seek to meet renewable energy targets under climate action plans.

As long as the contribution of wind and solar to the electricity mix doesn’t exceed a few percentage points, their integration into the grid is simple. However, as next generation renewables are deployed, the issue of system and market integration will increasingly become a critical priority for energy policy.
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EU-funded project explores technical solutions to bring more renewable energy online

The EU’s electricity grids are still largely designed around the needs of traditional, fossil fuel power stations. But, with a rapidly rising renewable energy supply, EU grids need modern, smart grid solutions to help integrate more variable and geographically-dispersed power sources.

One EU-funded project, GRID4EU, has worked on ways to integrate renewables. It has tested the potential of smart grids for integrating renewable energy, grid automation, energy storage and energy efficiency.

GRID4EU has six testing sites across Europe in Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, the Czech Republic and France.
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Zimbabwe’s metering goes smart

In Southern Africa, the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) is well on its way to rolling out a smart metering project in early 2017.

ZETDC, a subsidiary of the national power utility, ZESA, has received 14 tender submissions for the intended smart metering project.

According to local media, ZESA’s spokesperson Fullard Gwasira confirmed the development, which is expected to be effective in Q1 next year.

It is reported that the smart metering tender has been divided into two separate tenders, that being for smart meters and for the platform of the meter data management system.
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This Power Grid Startup Just Raised Money From Bill Gates

A startup that makes computing tech that controls power grid electricity has raised millions of dollars from billionaire Bill Gates, Silicon Valley investor Vinod Khosla, and the venture capital arm of conglomerate 3M.

The six-year-old company, called Varentec, develops algorithms and smart grid gear that can help utilities swiftly manage electrons at the edges of the power grid. Utilities can use the digital tech to run the power grid more efficiently and better manage new sources of clean energy like solar and wind.

Gates and Khosla have played key roles in developing computing and Internet technologies. So it’s not so surprising that they’d be interested in backing computing tech for the energy industry.
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US Dept of Energy spends $34m on securing the smart grid

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $34 million in funding to projects aimed at securing the smart grid.

In total, 12 projects have been accepted as part of the Obama Administration’s focus on energy-based infrastructure and the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability’s Cybersecurity of Energy Delivery Systems (CEDS) program.

The DOE says the projects will aim to enhance the “reliability and resilience” of US smart grids through “innovative, scalable, and cost-effective research.” The main focus, however, is on security — and how to keep core infrastructure and electrical grids as safe as possible from outside intrusion.

In 2015, Ukraine’s power grid was compromised by malware, leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power. Over in South Korea, nuclear power plants have become targets for what is likely to be state-sponsored attacks, and Stuxnet — the 2009 worm which caused Iran nuclear facilities to become out of control highlights the danger digital weapons now possess.
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Q&A: Why smart grids are the mobile phones of the electricity world

If you want to know how microgrids will transform energy, just look at what cellphones did to communication, says Dr. Mohammad Shahidehpour, the professor and engineer who oversees a microgrid at a university on Chicago’s South Side.

The future of power has a parallel in the recent history of telecommunications: a rapid rise of decentralization, access, and capabilities we once could have never imagined.

In 2008, the Illinois Institute of Technology launched what it calls the Perfect Power Initiative, a $18.5 million project aimed at designing and building “the world’s first self-healing and efficient smart microgrid distribution system.” Across nearly ten years, that vision grew into a 9-megawatt network of gas turbines, large-scale batteries, a wind turbine and numerous smart-efficiency technologies – with more on the way.
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Prepping power grids for the electric vehicle revolution

The growth of electric vehicles could put a peak demand strain on unprepared power grids, but also offers opportunities to stabilise energy networks and prop up the utility industry as the public becomes more energy-efficient. How much of a concern are electric vehicles for power systems, and what can the industry learn from early adopters like Japan?

As the world continues to face up to the urgent need to act decisively against climate change, the consensus among policymakers – and even senior executives in the auto industry – is increasingly coming to accept that electric vehicles (EVs) are the wave of the future. And evidence continues to mount that although it will be some years before the EV revolution begins in earnest, the momentum of this paradigm shift is now building towards critical mass.

Counting both fully electric cars and plug-in hybrids, there were more than a million EVs on the world’s roads in 2015, according to data from the International Energy Agency (IEA). Highlighting EVs’ role in global decarbonisation efforts, the agency noted that to limit global warming to 2°C, 150 million EVs would need to be on the road by 2030 and a billion by 2050, which would require a compound annual growth rate of more than 20%.

EV integration: a challenge and an opportunity

In one sense, the rise of EVs represents a growing challenge for electric utilities that are trying to balance power supply and demand and operating within some pretty slim margins during peak hours. If hundreds of thousands of vehicles are all plugged in to charge at the same time in the evening, the strain on grid infrastructure could reach breaking point.
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Aug 21

Smart Grid Security Summit

Seemingly overnight, the energy industry has been supercharged with the promise of the smart grid. From real time monitoring, fault detection, isolation, restoration, to grid mapping, automated meter reading, automated connect and disconnects – the opportunities are endless.

However, we have to remember the grid is a national asset – it is truly a matter of life and death. Nations rely on grids to power heat, cooling, food storage, light, hospitals, military systems, and the list goes on. The grid is a matter of national security, much like the air traffic, banking, healthcare, and other critical systems. Therefore, we cannot trivialize the new threats which are created by the new communications and IT doorways the smart grid opens for adversaries to potentially exploit.

It is time for the smart grid community to take a step back and get a fresh perspective on threat assessments, security approaches, and real-world case studies.

That is why OSGP and NES are excited to announce the Smart Grid Security Summit, a security summit geared towards the interests of utilities, regulators, ministry, researchers and vendors.

Expect a day full of high-quality speakers, content, and engagement. Click here to find out more.

 

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Jul 29

OSGP Newsletter // July 2016

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Ferranti Computer Systems launches MECOMS™ R4.

MECOMS™ R4 is the new release of Ferranti’s Customer Care & Billing software for energy and utility companies.

For this release, Ferranti has partnered up with several new technology partners to bring their customers an even more complete solution, straight out of the box.

The new MECOMS™ R4 takes customer experience management to the next level in the digital era with four major innovations:

  • A new Online Self-Service Portal. Designed and created in a partnership with November Five, the portal provides a top-notch user experience for utility companies’ end users. It covers all of the most important use cases, like requesting support, paying bills, exploring meter usage and arranging a move to a new location.
  • Multichannel Communication. Add value to the interaction with customers with our native integration with Lasernet from Formpipe. Providers can align their messaging, tone of voice and information across all channels, and model and generate rich, attractive documents (digital and paper) to get closer to the customer.
  • The true 360° Customer Cockpit. MECOMS R4 offers seamless 2-way integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM to bring its marketing capabilities to providers’ front and back office. The system combines all info about customers in one clickable view.
  • Master Contract Management and Discount & Rebate management allow providers to swiftly respond to new go-to market and market(ing) trends without the need for customization. It also helps process the large quantities of new customers, associated with group purchases, in a cost-efficient way.

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GÖRLITZ converts Stadtwerke Velbert to IDSpecto

In less than a quarter GÖRLITZ has succeeded in close cooperation with the customer to set up a system for remote meter reading, replacing the existing ASP metering system. IDSpecto already provides data on 600 electricity metering and 70 gas metering points.
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DNV GL acquires solar monitoring provider GreenPowerMonitor

DNV GL, the world largest resource of independent energy experts has acquired GreenPowerMonitor, a leading provider of solar monitoring, control and asset management systems. GreenPowerMonitor, established in 2008 and headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, employs 56 solar software experts who serve over 200 customers globally. Through the acquisition GreenPowerMonitor will gain access to DNV GL’s larger global network. Its monitoring systems help developers, owners and asset managers of large-scale solar power plants to optimize the performance of their plants.

“The combination of DNV GL and GreenPowerMonitor is an excellent strategic fit and will enable us to serve our joint customer base with even better services. In particular, it brings together world leading domain knowledge, technical expertise as well as digital delivery platforms and data-driven services. I am sure this, together with our trusted independent position, will enable us to help the solar industry to advance even further”, says Remi Eriksen, Group President and CEO of DNV GL.
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Enel: Smart grids for a greener Europe

Devise six different though mutually transversal solutions bound by the same common denominator: testing cutting-edge smart grids and integrating renewable resources into electricity distribution. This the result achieved by GRID4EU.

Launched in November 2011, within a call under the Seventh EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, GRID4EU is one of Europe’s most important applied research consortia for smart grids. Its objective is the development of repeatable and scalable grid technologies, aimed to enable a more efficient use of energy and the increased integration of renewable resources into distributed generation, meaning energy production from small-scale plants, such as solar PV or small wind power systems that can be installed on the roofs of homes.

The project – which lasted four years and benefitted from 54 million euros in funding, 25 of which disbursed by the EU – saw the contribution of 27 research centres, universities and industrial partners. The latter included the six leading electricity distribution operators (Distribution System Operators-DSOs) from just as many countries: ENEDIS from France, RWE from Germany, Enel from Italy with e-distribuzione, E-Distribuce from the Czech Republic, Iberdrola from Spain and Vattenfall from Sweden.
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E.ON strengthens its Digital Expertise

E.ON is making a strong statement in the new energy world. On August 1, 2016 Matthew Timms will take over a newly established Digital Business Unit which will take care of developing digital market-oriented products, the digitalization of processes and the development of big data solutions. Timms was previously in charge of Digital Commerce at SAP in London. Prior to that, he was responsible for digital transformation programs at various international banks. He can draw on extensive experience in the field of digitization across all market segments, from the implementation of mobile digitization strategies to the fields of online- and e-commerce, amongst others at Novartis and General Motors.

Digitization of products and services permeates all aspects of modern life. Customers expect to be able to attend to their business in all areas of life in a simple, fast and digital way while they are on the go. E.ON is already at the forefront of digital solutions in the new energy world. Over one million E.ON customers use digital solutions such as the mobile app “SmartCheck”. This digital platform allows private customers to compare their energy consumption with other households and continually monitor energy usage. It also provides individually tailored energy-saving tips and enables customers to dynamically adjust their monthly payments. Business customers already use a variety of innovate E.ON solutions to reduce their costs, to save energy and enhance efficiency.
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Fortum Charge & Drive to expand the collaboration with ON Power in Iceland

ON Power has been using Fortum Charge & Drive business system for operating their electric vehicle charging infrastructure. New functionalities will now be added to the cloud solution provided by Fortum Charge & Drive. These new functionalities improve customer-experience; new customer portal, web application and payment functionalities make it easier for customers to charge their cars. These services are offered as white-label making it possible for ON Power to offer the services using their own brand.

ON Power is the only charge point operator in Iceland and is developing a charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. ON Power will have approximately 20 chargers on Iceland at the end of this year.
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Powel AS to deliver software for hydropower planning to Dagachhu Hydro Power Corporation Ltd (DHPC) in Bhutan

Bhutan’s first hydropower plant was put into operation in 1986, and since then this industry has increasingly become more important for the country. Bhutan is energy self-sufficient and the export of electricity accounts for a fifth of their GNP. Their largest customer is neighbouring India, which imports close to 75% of all electricity generated in Bhutan.

Powel is delivering the Powel Inflow solution to Dagachhu, one of the newest power stations in the country. The software is a prognosis tool that helps power producers plan and optimise their production. Powel Inflow is a well-known and established solution used extensively in Norway particularly, but also in other countries such as Chile and Switzerland.

“Powel and DHPC have agreed on a six month pilot project where DHPC will test Powel Inflow. We are modelling a catchment area of 677km², where the highest mountains are nearly 5000 metres tall,” explains Bjørnar Fjelldal, Business Consultant in Powel Smart Energy. “The company has provided us with 20 years’ worth of historical data, which we have fed into the system. Throughout this project, they will perform readings of temperature and precipitation every day. This information is then fed into the system which calculates the estimated precipitation for the following day.”
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Thüga: New meter operation law changes metering profoundly

  • Bundesrat clears the way for meter operation Act
  • Business is subject to tough regulation by price caps

In its meeting today, the Bundesrat (Federal Council), cleared the way to the metering point operation Act, the so-called “law on the digitization of the energy transition”. This brings a fundamental change in the market with far-reaching consequences for the utilities. “With the implementation of intelligent metering systems high cost and revenue effects are associated. According to our calculations, the companies in the sector must expect in Germany alone necessary investments around two billion euros “, says Michael Riechel, CEO of Thüga Aktiengesellschaft, briefly summarizing the challenges.
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Duke Energy Renewables Control Center crosses 3,500-megawatt milestone; adds more capabilities

Duke Energy Renewables today announced its control center now serves more than 3,500 megawatts of wind and solar energy plants across the U.S. since it opened in its new location in 2015.

As a result of this rapid growth, the center is further enhancing its cyber security and other capabilities.

“The expanded Renewable Control Center (RCC) is at the heart of our growing renewable operations across the U.S.,” said Rob Caldwell, president, Duke Energy Renewables & Distributed Energy Technology. “The enhanced RCC increases our ability to safely and reliably operate wind and solar plants across the country and maximizes the performance of our assets and those of our third-party customers.”

The RCC oversees Duke Energy Renewables’ more than 2,500 megawatts (MW) of wind, solar and battery installations located in 12 states. It also serves another 1,000 MW of renewable energy plants owned by third-party generators. Read more…

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KEPCO’s ‘smart grid’ tech leaves the test site

On July 11, Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) celebrated the commencement of its “smart grid proliferation project” at the Keumho Daewoo Apartment located in Seongdong-gu, Seoul.

The event was attended by many from KEPCO as well as local government officials.

By utilizing the results of the company’s smart grid test site on Jeju Island, the project hopes to spread the technology throughout the country by 2018. It aims to reduce electricity bills by encouraging people to use electricity efficiently, and help federal and local governments to reduce greenhouse gases and invigorate local economies.
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Greenhouse gases and various other emissions resulting from the production and usage of power have been reduced by ‘smart grid’ technologies.

One estimate highlights that by 2030 the national carbon emissions will be reduced by 12% through the application of buildings mechanisms and smart grid technologies. However, at times the opposite becomes surprisingly true for an individual project. It all relies on a wide range of factors, but a new tool invented by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory provides a simple way to estimate those emission impacts.

The free, web-based tool allows industry and utilities to examine the environmental impacts of using smart grid technologies, and also provides organizations the operational data required to sift through factors in order to defend the investment.
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How smart metering can reduce your power bills

The Australian energy sector is due to undergo extensive changes designed to embrace smarter technology.
While certain similar initiatives in the industry have failed in the past, a move towards a more efficient use of utilities through smart technology remains greatly needed.
Changes ushered in by the Australian Energy Market Commission will come into effect in December 2017, in a push designed to open up competition in metering services and give consumers more opportunities to access a wider range of services.
The move is about driving innovation and means by the end of next year retailers in the national electricity market will have responsibility for metering, making new products and services available to customers.
Included in the measures is the requirement that all new electricity meters will be smart meters, as opposed to the traditional accumulation meter. The difference being that smart meters transmit data about your electricity use in real time, allowing both energy retail providers and households to design innovative techniques to save power and reduce household bills.
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Local power company ZESA anticipates annual savings of $120 million through smart meters

Local power utility company ZESA expects to save up to $120 million a year once it has completed its national smart meter project.

According to a report in The Sunday Mail, ZESA, through its subsidiary ZETDC has so far installed 568,554 prepaid meters and 38,550 smart meters and has met its targets for the current phase of meter rollout. It has set a target of 800,000 prepaid meters and 140,000 meters by 2018.
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Germany launches Smart Metering Roll-Out

On 8 July 2016, the new “Digitisation of the Energy Turnaround Act” cleared the final legislative hurdle in the German Federal Council (Bundesrat). The new law finally starts the long-awaited roll-out of ‘smart meters’ and connected infrastructure in Germany and defines future roles and tasks for all market participants.

The new Act is based on the “Third Internal Market Package” which was introduced by the EU back in 2009. The Directives of this Package require all EU member states to equip at least 80% of consumers with intelligent metering systems by 2020, subject to a positive national commercial assessment of the roll-out. Contrary to other areas of energy policy, such as renewable energy, the German government has been wary of the costs associated with this task. It took a long time until a first legislative proposal was on the table, and an even longer time to agree on the new – but still limited – German smart metering regime, which is now finally adopted.

The key objective of the new law is to facilitate the implementation of smart meters and so-called ‘Smart Meter Gateways’. In that respect, Germany now finally implements the EU Directives 2009/72/EG and 2009/73/EG into German law. The new law also introduces specific and detailed requirements, both for the design of the smart meter devices and for the transmission of data. The overall goal is to open up the German energy market to digitisation, while ensuring a high standard regarding data protection and ICT security.
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Facilitating a cost-efficient energy transition with smarter grids – A call to EU Energy and Environment ministers

The European Institutions are gearing up for delivering revised RES, energy efficiency, and market design directives during the next semester. In view of the the informal Energy and Environment Ministers meeting on 12-13 July, where these topics will be discussed, EDSO reminds policy-makers that the decarbonisation objectives set by the European Union will only be met with the support of a smart energy infrastructure.
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Distribution grids: new indicators and models to support a smarter energy system

JRC scientists have analysed the status of the European distribution system operators (DSOs) and built indicators and representative electricity distribution network models based on a comprehensive collection of data.
The objective is to help the DSO community to provide policy-makers with more accurate figures for better informing energy policies. The models will allow, among other points, simulations to be performed of the impact that increasing levels of intermittent renewable energy sources and demand response mechanisms will have on the distribution grid without the need to have access to the actual network data.
The latest JRC data brokering effort – the DSO Observatory project – focuses on European DSOs and their distribution networks. The findings are described in a JRC report that seeks to contribute to a better understanding of the challenges that the transition to a new energy system is posing to European DSOs and to elaborate solutions to address them.
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Jun 30

OSGP Newsletter // June 2016

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Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) Focused on Security

The OSGP Alliance continues to enhance its industry leading security solution for smart metering and smart grid applications.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 15, 2016 —The OSGP Alliance (www.osgp.org), an independent, global, not for-profit association comprised of prominent utilities, systems integrators, service providers as well as smart grid equipment and software product developers, announced that it continues to enhance its security solution, embraces security research and fully supports security analyses of the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP).

We believe that it is important to do both internal reviews as well as third party reviews to ensure OSGP remains a secure, efficient, and accepted smart grid protocol. As such, we would like to thank Linus Feiten and Matthias Sauer from the University of Freiburg (Germany) for their excellent and recently published work on OSGP security. We would also like to thank Philipp Jovanovic from the University of Passau (Germany) and Samuel Neves from the University of Coimbra (Portugal) for their excellent work on OSGP security that was published back in 2015.

To avoid confusion, it is important to clarify some issues and address the recent news coverage of the RC4 attack on OSGP by Feiten et al. released last month (May 2016). All of the published attacks, including the most recent RC4 attack on OSGP by Feiten et al., are not applicable to the new security suite in OSGP (OSGP-AES-128-PSK). OSGP-AES-128-PSK has been part of OSGP, and recommended for use in production, since 2015. The official announcement was made in July 2015 by the OSGP Alliance (http://www.osgp.org/press-release-15-07-2015/) and vendor support began soon after that. As mentioned, the new security suite was subject to both internal and external security assessments before it was released. The professional third party security assessment concluded the new security suite to be secure and well-designed. Another independent security audit of OSGP-AES-128-PSK with a similar conclusion will be finalized in a couple of months (July 2016)…
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Change of climate friendly heating ensure annual saving of SEK 100,000

SEAS-NVE designed a geothermal system that saves over 40 percent on operating costs in Brorfelde Observatory and lowers the observatory heat-related CO2 emissions by 54 percent.

Brorfelde observatory’s new geothermal heating system is dimensioned to cover about 95 percent of the total heat demand. The remaining 5 percent comes from an oil furnace that automatically switches on in case of peak winter. At the same time it serves as a backup system for heat pump geothermal heating system.

The improvement lowers Centre’s annual heating costs by more than 100,000 a year and pays for itself in about eight years, while life expectancy is over 20 years. At the same time, the heat-related CO2 emissions decrease by 44 tons per year, which corresponds to approximately 54 percent.

“SEAS-NVE has left no stone unturned to find the right solution for us. Since the observatory has both astronomy, geology and natural as scientific themes, we do believe it is very well chosen that we pick up our heat from underground around the observatory, “says Julie Bouchet, head of Brorfelde Observatory.
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NES new partner in Power Circle

Power Circle announces another partner company. This time, the US based Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), which in conjunction with the opening of its Swedish office, joins Power Circle to strengthen its network, highlighting the benefits of the smart grid and to collaborate with exploring and influencing the future of the energy industry in Sweden.

Power Circle continues to grow and today it has more than 40 partner companies. Powercircle is strengthening its group of partners by adding NES, an innovative company that operates at the intersection of energy, IT and communications industry.

”NES is an exciting company shaped by two current powerful social trends – digitization and servicification. Their services focus is on contributing to a smarter and more efficient grid where space is created for innovative service offerings and intelligent use of energy, which comes at the right time. I look forward to an exciting collaboration,” says Olle Johansson, CEO of the Power Circle.
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Indiana state utility regulators approve Duke Energy’s plan to modernize its statewide energy grid

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission Wednesday approved Duke Energy’s settlement with some of Indiana’s key consumer groups on the company’s plan to build a smarter energy infrastructure that delivers power to more than 800,000 Hoosier homes, businesses and industries.
In March, the company reached agreement with the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, the Duke Energy Indiana Industrial Group, Companhia Siderurgica Nacional, Steel Dynamics, Wabash Valley Power Association, Indiana Municipal Power Agency, Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Cooperative and the Environmental Defense Fund on a seven-year plan using a combination of advanced technology and infrastructure upgrades to improve service to customers.
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CEO Axel Hjärne to leave Eltel

The CEO of Eltel, Axel Hjärne, has decided to leave his position. Axel Hjärne has been with Eltel for twelve years, and he has been CEO for the last seven years. Over these years Eltel has grown significantly from being a local Nordic player to becoming the leader in the Infranet industry in Northern Europe. In February 2015 Eltel was successfully listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.

“I have been with Eltel for more than a decade now during which the whole Eltel team has been through many positive and challenging phases and together we have made great achievements. Today, Eltel has a strong position and is well positioned for continued success. I have now come to a point where I feel that the timing is good to hand over to someone new and also personally reflect on my next steps”, says Axel Hjärne . I have enjoyed the journey with Eltel tremendously, and I will miss my great colleagues and all exciting business opportunities.
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Intermonte, Enel, Consilia and Ascomfidi launch “call for disruption in energy”

Intermonte, Consilia, Ascomfidi and Enel have launched the Call for Disruption in Energy, a call for proposals to promote innovative energy and green economy projects. The goal is to select two projects submitted by innovative start-ups, which will receive support in structuring an equity crowdfunding campaign and accelerated growth process to sustain their business.

Start-ups have until September 30th, 2016 to submit applications to the website with a description of the projects they intend to develop. The top two applications will be selected by a jury of independent experts appointed by the partners in the initiative. The two winning companies will be helped in their growth through a business mentoring programme provided by Enel, investor relations and content providing services offered by Intermonte through Websim, and legal and management advisory services offered by Consilia. They will also benefit from a reduction in the placement fees charged by Intermonte Sim and Ascomfidi and much more favourable conditions than those prevailing on the market, with no setup fees or guaranteed minimums.
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Enel Chairman Grieco: “Interesting Opportunities in the Russian Market”

In today’s global economy and free market, collaborations between companies and Governments are central to the effective functioning of the system. The private sector is in fact the main player in a series of processes that affect the community as a whole, starting from decarbonisation. Large companies, including Enel, were therefore invited to participate in events such as the COP21 (the United Nations Climate Change Conference) in November 2015 and the recent Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, to discuss renewables, grids and regulatory frameworks.

The Forum is Russia’s most important economic event, bringing together heads of state, ministers and company leaders. This edition of the event – the first since the economic sanctions applied by the European Union and the United States – continued to highlight the centrality of the Russian Federation in global investment processes.
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DNV GL to study feasibility for Phu Cuong 1 offshore wind farm in Vietnam

At a signing ceremony today in Ho Chi Minh City, DNV GL Americas entered into a contract with Phu Cuong Group (PCG), to deliver a feasibility study for a near-offshore wind farm under a grant from the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to PCG.

“The study will support efforts to develop Phu Cuong 1, the 170-megawatt (MW) wind farm (USD 435 million investment) that is the first in PCG’s planned series of near-offshore wind power projects along Vietnam’s southern coastline in Soc Trang province.” PCG, an established private firm majoring in real estate development and seafood exporting, plans to develop an 800 MW pipeline of wind power to meet the rising demand for energy of Vietnam’s growing economy. The Vietnam government has set a target for wind energy development to reach 800 MW by 2020, 2000 MW by 2025 and 6000 MW by 2030.

“As Vietnam significantly increases its electricity generating capacity, I am delighted to see PCG supporting the global climate change imperative with its leadership in building a sustainable electricity supply for Vietnam,” said Mathias Steck, executive vice president Asia Pacific for DNV GL’s energy division.

DNV GL will assess the potential for wind production, review permitting and land control issues, evaluate the needs for a safe, reliable and affordable connection to the province’s electrical grid, provide a foundational design, estimate potential construction costs and recommend the optimal approach to financing it.
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E.ON strengthens partnerships with start-ups AutoGrid and Thermondo

E.ON has their investments in US start-up AutoGrid Systems and German start-up Thermondo increased to offer smart and customer tailored solutions for the decentralized energy world. The initial start of the partnerships was in 2014.

AutoGrid is dedicated to bringing the power of data science to the decentralized energy world. E.ON was the first company to deploy the latest version of AutoGrid’s Energy Data Platform (EDP) in Europe: The smart Energy Internet solution helps to understand its customers’ energy needs and uses this knowledge to deliver value to all their stakeholders.

The Berlin-based company Thermondo is pioneer of the digitalization of the handicraft business. Thermondo combines the speed and wide product range of an internet company with the outstanding workmanship of experienced technicians. Based on an online platform, customers can compare and buy a variety of heating system manufacturers and technologies in a quick, easy, and cost-effective way.
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Internet of Things to overtake mobile phones by 2018: Ericsson Mobility Report

  • 16 billion connected devices forecast to join the Internet of Things by the end of 2021
  • Smartphone subscriptions to surpass those for basic phones in Q3 this year
  • Teenage use of cellular data for smartphone video grew 127 percent in just 15 months

The latest edition of the Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) Mobility Report, published today, reveals that the Internet of Things (IoT) is set to overtake mobile phones as the largest category of connected device by 2018.
Between 2015 and 2021, the number of IoT connected devices is expected to grow 23 percent annually, of which cellular IoT is forecast to have the highest growth rate. Of the 28 billion total devices that will be connected by 2021, close to 16 billion will be IoT devices.
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Vattenfall builds Denmark’s largest offshore windfarm

Vattenfall are about to start the construction of the offshore wind farm Horns Rev 3 off the West coast of Denmark. Horns Rev 3 will be commissioned in 2018 and the total investment will be just over 1 billion euros. Horns Rev 3 will supply enough electricity to power 400,000 Danish homes.

In February 2015 Vattenfall won the bid for the concession to build Horns Rev 3. Vattenfall is currently the second largest operator of offshore wind farms in the world and one of the biggest players in Denmark in the field of onshore wind. The construction of Horns Rev 3 will reinforce Vattenfalls´s position as a leader in renewable electricity generation, both in Denmark and in Europe.

“Horns Rev 3 is an important part of Vattenfall´s ambitions in the field of wind and particularly on our focus on offshore wind farms. Horns Rev 3 also gives a clear signal to the world around us that Vattenfall´s strategy is to make new investments in renewable electricity generation and to grow in wind. Vattenfall supports the transition to a totally renewable energy system and takes up the challenge, in spite of current low electricity prices and excess capacity,” says President and CEO of Vattenfall, Magnus Hall.
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Schneider Electric rises to 10th place in the Newsweek Global Green Ranking 2016

At the end of 2015, COP21 raised enormous, legitimate hopes worldwide that citizens, governments and companies would coordinate their efforts to limit the causes and effects of climate change. Just a few months later, the Newsweek Global Green Ranking 2016, the global listing of the most environmentally friendly corporations produced by U.S. weekly news magazine Newsweek in partnership with Corporate Knights and HIP Investor, has commended the environmental commitment made by Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation. The Group is proud to be ranked 10th, alongside other reputable companies such as Shire Plc., Reckitt Benckiser and British Telecom.
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The Investment Plan for Europe and Energy: making the Energy Union a reality

Energy efficiency, renewables, smart grids: with 24 financed projects and 29% of the available funding channelled into the energy sector, the Investment Plan For Europe is driving the Commission’s goal of building an Energy Union forward.

From renovating buildings to make them energy efficient in France, to a new onshore wind farm in Sweden, 11 Member States have received support for sustainable, low-carbon projects which are in line with the EU’s energy and climate goals. An additional €16.9 billion in investment is expected in sustainable and low-carbon energy projects over the coming years.
The Investment plan for Europe and the Energy Union are making change real, just one year after their launch. With key projects in energy infrastructure (in particular interconnections), renewable energy and energy efficiency, the financial cornerstone of the Investment Plan (EFSI, European Fund for Strategic investments)has allocated to the energy sector 29% of financing approved by the European Investment Bank (EIB). This adds up to the actions undertaken to leverage investments for small and medium enterprises (SME), in particular through the European Investment Fund (EIF), which has channelled EUR 3.5 billion for 185[1] SME financing agreements in the energy sector. Altogether, these operations in the energy sector are expected to have the knock-on effect of attracting additional investments of over EUR €16.9 billion in the coming years.
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Obama Administration Announces Federal and Private Sector Actions on Scaling Renewable Energy and Storage with Smart Markets

President Obama believes in the need to transition to a cleaner, more reliable, and affordable 21st century power grid. Under his leadership, transformations in how we produce and consume electricity are decreasing carbon pollution, scaling up renewable energy, and generating savings on consumers’ energy bills. Since 2009, renewable energy generation has increased at a record pace, while costs have decreased dramatically. Building on this progress, smart electricity market reforms, enhanced transparency, and flexible energy resources such as storage and demand response have the potential to further accelerate the development of a cleaner and smarter grid. In fact, in 2015 alone, the United States doubled the installed capacity of advanced energy storage to 500 megawatts (MW) and deployment of this key resource is projected to continue to expand.

With this dynamic progress as the backdrop, today the White House is hosting a Summit on Scaling Renewable Energy and Storage with Smart Markets. The Summit brings together regulators, power companies, municipalities, and energy developers that are leading efforts to promote smart electricity markets and greater grid integration of renewable energy and flexible resources such as energy storage.
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Nigerian smart meter manufacturers call for government’s support

In West Africa, Nigerian smart meter manufacturers have spoken out insisting that government intervention is needed for their firms to thrive in the energy sector.

Last week, chairman and CEO of Mommas Engineering Meters Manufacturing Company Limited (MEMMCOL), Dr Kolawole Balogun, highlighted that his company has the capacity to produce 50,000 smart meters per month, while other smart meter manufacturers have the ability to produce 20,000 each per month.

He, however, highlighted that this capacity has been underutilised due to very low support from the government and the current electricity boards.
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Acquisition remains on radar for ambitious Cyan

Smart metering and lighting technology business Cyan continues to weigh up a fresh cash raise for a potential strategic acquisition as it continues to scale globally from its Cambridge UK base.

Executive Chairman John Cronin stressed the growth agenda as theAIM-quoted company posted its results for the year to December 31.

Revenue was up 41 per cent to £272k but R & D spend increased 70 per cent to £3.126m. The operating loss widened to £4.9 million as opposed to £3.26m the previous year.

But Cronin said the real headlines had been written since the year-end, not least through the transformational £10m purchase order for smart metering in Iran.
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Honeywell Launches Industrial Internet of Things-Ready Gas Measurement and Data Management Solutions for Natural Gas Utilities

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) Process Solutions (HPS) today announced that it has introduced a fully integrated portfolio of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)-ready natural gas measurement and data management solutions for use by North American gas transmission and distribution customers.

These end-to-end smart metering solutions help optimize the entire gas value chain, including applications from the wellhead to the burner tip.

“Natural gas providers need the tools and know-how to effectively store, transport and deliver gas to meet rising demand,” said Pierre Dufour, HPS global product marketing manager. “Gas metering data must be collected more frequently and in smaller increments. The trend towards smart metering has demonstrated the importance of Meter Data Management (MDM) in realizing the full potential of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI).”
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CEN and CENELEC welcome European Commission’s commitment to have a ‘single standardization policy’

CEN and CENELEC welcome the European Commission’s latest proposals concerning the future of the European Standardization System. In particular, CEN and CENELEC are satisfied to see that the Commission has committed itself to having a more consistent and unified policy towards standardization, which serves to strengthen the Single Market and also supports the implementation of EU policies and legislation.

Responding to the European Commission’s Communication ‘European Standards for the 21st Century’ (COM(2016) 358 final), which was published on 1 June, Elena Santiago Cid, Director General of CEN and CENELEC said: “In CEN and CENELEC, we are very pleased to see that the European Commission has promised to have a much more coherent and integrated policy towards standardization. We believe that the ‘single standardization policy’ should encompass all economic sectors and fields of activity – including digital technologies, which until now have been addressed separately.”

“In today’s world, where digital and smart technologies are becoming ever more prevalent, it is increasingly difficult to draw the line between what is digital and what is not digital,” said Ms Santiago Cid. “For example – in the domestic environment, appliances such as washing machines and refrigerators are becoming smarter, while home heating systems can also be connected to the internet. Meanwhile, in the workplace, digital interfaces are being integrated into all kinds of equipment and machinery. Therefore, it is necessary to ensure a more coherent and consistent approach towards standardization across all fields of activity, and this should also be reflected in the cooperation between the European Commission, the European Standardization Organizations and other stakeholders.”
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Jun 15

Press release – 15-06-2016

Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP)
Focused on Security

The OSGP Alliance continues to enhance its industry leading security solution
for smart metering and smart grid applications.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 15, 2016 —The OSGP Alliance (www.osgp.org), an independent, global, not for-profit association comprised of prominent utilities, systems integrators, service providers as well as smart grid equipment and software product developers, announced that it continues to enhance its security solution,
embraces security research and fully supports security analyses of the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP).

We believe that it is important to do both internal reviews as well as third party reviews to ensure OSGP remains a secure, efficient, and accepted smart grid protocol. As such, we would like to thank Linus Feiten and Matthias Sauer from the University of Freiburg (Germany) for their excellent and recently published work on OSGP security. We would also like to thank Philipp Jovanovic from the University of Passau (Germany) and Samuel Neves from the University of Coimbra (Portugal) for their excellent work on OSGP security that was published back in 2015.

To avoid confusion, it is important to clarify some issues and address the recent news coverage of the RC4 attack on OSGP by Feiten et al. released last month (May 2016). All of the published attacks, including the most recent RC4 attack on OSGP by Feiten et al., are not applicable to the new security suite in OSGP (OSGP-AES-128-PSK). OSGP-AES-128-PSK has been part of OSGP, and recommended for use in production, since 2015. The official announcement was made in July 2015 by the OSGP Alliance (http://www.osgp.org/press-release-15-07-2015/) and vendor support began soon after that. As mentioned, the new security suite was subject to both internal and external security assessments before it was released. The professional third party security assessment concluded the new security suite to be secure and well-designed. Another independent security audit of OSGP-AES-128-PSK with a similar conclusion will be finalized in a couple of months (July 2016).

It is also important to reiterate that the OSGP Alliance independently did its own research with its members and proactively worked diligently to release the new security suite upgrade last year. Since its release, the OSGP Alliance has actively encouraged utilities (“distribution grid operators”) with an OSGP smart metering platform to apply this update to address the theoretical security risks.

The security update is available for all OSGP device generations. Even OSGP smart meters installed more than 10 years ago can be remotely updated. As a result, every utility with an OSGP smart metering platform can and should apply the update. Whether to implement the update is of course a utility’s decision. A decision that depends on a risk assessment of their particular smart grid platform. However, the recommendation from the OSGP Alliance is clear; apply the security update.

OSGP vendors released the security update via system and remote device firmware updates last year. In fact, their existing utility customers are already taking advantage of the new OSGP security update to ensure existing systems, and not just new systems, are protected from the identified theoretical attacks.

The OSGP Alliance and its members continue to research security and further enhance OSGP to ensure that it remains a secure protocol for utilities and their customer. As previously mentioned, we fully support and encourage third party independent research. We believe that it is important to do both internal development and support third party research to ensure OSGP remains the most secure and efficient protocol available for smart metering systems.

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 4 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.

About The OSGP Alliance

The OSGP Alliance, founded in 2006 as the Energy Services Network Association (ESNA), is an independent global, not-for-profit association that 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 the OSGP Alliance can be found
at www.osgp.org.

Contact:

Corien den Ouden
Secretariat@osgp.org

 

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May 31

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OSGP Alliance and it’s members Görlitz and S&T Smart Energy will be present at the Powertage in Zürich to discuss the major tasks that lie ahead for the Swiss electricity sector as the sector is caught up in a process of comprehensive change. The electricity supply of the future will be intelligent, networked and decentralised; innovative solutions are called for. Powertage will be held on 31 May – 2 June in Zürich. For more information, see www.powertage.ch

 

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Eltel closes acquisitions with U-SERV and EVB in the German platform for smart metering business

Eltel has completed the previously announced acquisitions of U-SERV GmbH and the metering related field operations of EVB Billing und Services GmbH. By the acquisition of U-SERV Eltel becomes the 100% owner of the company. By the deal with EVB, the customer base in metering related field services and personnel of the company are transferred to Eltel. Both transactions have entered into force on May 1, 2016.
Eltel announced the signing of the contract to acquire U-SERV GmbH, a company operating in the electricity and gas metering sector in Germany on April 22, 2016. At the same time Eltel announced the contract to acquire metering related field service assets of EVB Billing und Services GmbH. The deal with EVB comprises the transfers of EVB’s customer base as well as approximately 80 employees to Eltel.
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EDMI selected as residential smart meter provider to one of the large energy suppliers in Great Britain

EDMI, a global smart meter solution provider, has announced that it has signed a contract with one of the large energy suppliers in Great Britain to provide 500,000 smart meters as part of the energy supplier’s residential smart metering rollout.

This agreement marks the first SMETS2 meter award for EDMI, building on the contract award to supply SMETS2 communication hubs to the north of Great Britain on behalf of Arqiva. It will see EDMI Europe Limited supplying both gas and electricity meters.
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RES4AFRICA, a Full Tank of Green Energy in the Future

In Sub-Saharan Africa, some 600 million people live without electricity. This means that more than half of the 1.2 billion people who, according IEA-International Energy Agency estimates, lack access to energy are in the African continent. A number that is both a challenge and a great opportunity to bring clean tech, renewable energy and therefore sustainable development to this extremely vast area.
With this objective, RES4AFRICA was launched at the annual conference held in Rome by RES4MED (Renewable Energy Solutions for the Mediterranean), the public-private platform that gathers utility companies, public entities and research centres for the promotion of clean energy in the Mediterranean. This innovative strategic project broadens the scope of the network established in 2012 from only the Mediterranean area to the whole of Africa. An area where, according to Enel Green Power’s estimates, renewable energy could reach a 50 percent share in the generation mix by 2030, with hydropower and wind sharing an installed capacity of around 100 GW, followed by 70 GW of solar. A growth that multiplies by ten the figures for 2013 and that allows a CO2 emissions reduction of 310 million tonnes by 2030 (source Irena).
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Amber Rudd MP and Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Visits Smart Meter Provider, EDMI

Amber Rudd MP, The UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, has visited EDMI Europe’s Research and Development facility in Reading. EDMI, a global smart meter solution provider welcomed Amber Rudd and other members of the Department of Energy and Climate Change for a tour of the premises which were opened in 2013. As part of the visit, the group were shown the state-of-the-art testing facilities and introduced to team members who are integral to the development of the Communications Hub and smart meters.
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GridPoint Wins Gold Edison Award for Innovation in Energy and Sustainability

GridPoint, an innovator in comprehensive, data-driven energy management systems (EMS), today announced it has received the Gold award for Energy Management and Customer Solutions within the Energy and Sustainability category at the 29th annual Edison Awards held in New York City.

GridPoint’s unique energy management solution includes granular submetering and monitoring, intelligent control, cloud-based software and professional services that generate energy, operational and maintenance savings up to 30% with an 18-36 month payback. Customers lower their utility bills by collecting and analyzing site data to intelligently control critical building systems without sacrificing customer comfort. GridPoint’s extensive data set and decision support tools enable customers to diagnose malfunctioning equipment, prioritize asset maintenance and assess the financial benefits of energy efficiency projects with confidence.
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Technology Outlook 2025: the 10 technology trends creating a new power reality

Based on internal research and development, DNV GL’s view is that 10 technology trends in materials, wind, solar, electricity storage, data-communications and power electronics will unleash a ‘perfect storm’, creating a new power reality, transforming our existing power systems.

The new power reality: a hybrid of macro and micro elements
Today, large generating plants and passive components still dominate the power system. That time is over. In the next 10 years, the new power landscape will be a hybrid of large and small scale elements: large scale renewable generating plants and super grids which move power over long distances and micro grids and energy producing buildings where end-users have an active role. Renewable generation will become the safest investment choice and dominate power generation new builds. Markets are already adapting to this reality. Grids will be governed more and more by software. Many electric technologies and appliances including heat pumps, electric vehicles, solar PV and batteries will come together with ICT systems in buildings. These buildings will be net generators instead of just consuming energy. With the help of digitalisation and automation, they will not only provide electricity, but also offer complex grid balancing and power quality services. These forms of flexibility, which are increasingly needed by the grid, will become easily available through the mass market. We will see a personalization of energy, where end users are enabled to source, price and better understand their electricity supply. Why? Consumers, emboldened by digital platforms, will demand choice and control of electricity in their daily lives, and the technology to support this is ready.
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Duke Energy Renewables enters New Mexico with a 25-MW solar project

Duke Energy Renewables today announced construction has begun on the 25-megawatt (MW) Caprock Solar Power Project near Tucumcari in Quay County, New Mexico.

The company acquired the project from Infigen Energy.
With completion expected later this year, the solar installation will generate enough energy to power about 5,000 average homes.

Power from the project will be sold to Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC) under a 25-year agreement.

“We are pleased to bring this solar project to New Mexico and add the state to our growing U.S. renewables footprint,” said Greg Wolf, president, Duke Energy Commercial Portfolio. “We’re also excited to be partnering with a progressive cooperative like WFEC, which reflects our commitment to provide clean energy solutions for utilities, cooperatives, municipalities, corporations and other organizations.”
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Mitsubishi Electric Shipped First 765kV Power Transformer from North American Subsidiary

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6503) announced today that Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc. (MEPPI), a Mitsubishi Electric’s subsidiary based in North American, shipped its first high-capacity 765kV power transformer to American Electric Power (AEP) on April 29. The shell-type 765kV transformer was manufactured at the company’s factory in Memphis, Tennessee. It is the first transformer of this category to be produced at MEPPI and also the first to be manufactured locally in the United States of America in 25 years. MEPPI is the only factory in the United States of America* capable of manufacturing power transformers with a capacity of 765kV.
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Duke Energy, Duke University partner on innovative power project

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) and Duke University today announced a partnership that will lead to cleaner and more efficient power for the university and the surrounding community.

Under a proposed 35-year agreement and subject to approval by the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC), Duke Energy Carolinas proposes to own, build and operate a 21-megawatt (MW) natural gas combined heat and power (CHP) facility on the Duke University campus in Durham.
If approved, the plant would use the waste heat from generating electricity to produce thermal energy and steam needed for the university, making it one of the most efficient generating assets in the Duke Energy generation fleet. The electric power would be put back on the Duke Energy electric grid to serve the university and nearby customers.
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Kapsch TrafficCom secures new contract for Toowoomba Second Range Crossing in Queensland

Kapsch TrafficCom AG (ISIN AT000KAPSCH9), listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange in the prime market segment, announces that its subsidiary Kapsch TrafficCom Australia Pty Ltd has been contracted by the State of Queensland to deliver the Tolling Roadside System for the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC) Project in Queensland, Australia. The contract comprises supply and operation for 10 years of the Roadside System for TSRC, and is valued at around 6 million EUR (9 million AUD).
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DNV GL Releases 2016 Solar PV Module Reliability Scorecard

In an industry too young to have long-term field data on reliability, DNV GL’s comprehensive laboratory study goes beyond standard testing to bridge the knowledge gap and help minimize risk for solar investors.

DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of certification and energy expertise, has released the 2016 PV Module Reliability Scorecard, its second edition of a rigorous review of PV module performance. The study aims to address the lack of publicly available long-term data on reliability.

“While a 25-year performance warranty is standard in the industry, most PV modules have actually been in use less than five years, so there is a real lack of data on how equipment holds up over time,” said DNV GL’s Jenya Meydbray, the study’s lead author. “Since the first edition of the Scorecard in 2014, its findings have become a critical resource to an industry looking to understand risk.”
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Fortum Charge & Drive continues to expand – now collaborating with Jönköping Energi in Sweden

Fortum and the Swedish electricity company Jönköping Energi have initiated collaboration to develop a charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. The overall purpose is to provide a total of 30 public charging stations for the residents of the city of Jönköping; the collaboration is expected to start in the fall of 2016. Jönköping Energi will own and manage the charging stations. Together with Fortum Charge & Drive, a simple and nationwide service will link Jönköping to the Charge & Drive Nordic network consisting of more than 600 charging stations.

“Through this partnership, our charging stations will be part of a network that enables us to take an active role in strengthening the Swedish infrastructure for electric vehicles. Jönköping’s geographical location gives us the opportunity to assist the many owners of electric vehicles who want to drive longer distances in a climate-friendly way,” says Fridolf Eskilsson, CEO of Jönköping Energi.

The expansion project will last two years and carries the possibility of extension to meet the future needs for electric vehicle charging.
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Exclusive offer: IEC 61850 Europe 2016 

Are you currently charged with implementing multi-vendor multi-edition IEC 61850 architectures across your smart grid? Challenged by the limited choice of Edition 2 enabled systems and components on the market? Are you searching high and low for robust multi-vendor engineering and testing tools to help you take back control of your implementation and operation processes?

The 3rd annual IEC 61850 Europe 2016 conference, exhibition and networking forum provides you with the detailed implementation insights, operations and maintenance guidance, technology innovation updates, and facilitated networking opportunities to help you get under the skin of these complexities and develop an action plan that will propel your next generation IEC 61850 strategy to implementation with ease!

Book now to take advantage of the Very Early Bird rate, saving you €200 on delegate places and €1,000 on exhibitor spaces. Use the promocode IEC61850-16-OSGP to get a further 10% discount.

 

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Nissan integrates e-mobility with Smart Grid

Japanese carmaker Nissan intends to establish closer technological and business ties between electric driving and smart grids: Together with energy provider Enel, the company plans to test a vehicle-to-grid system. Plus, Nissan is about to establish an energy storage for domestic usage based on second-life traction batteries.
The joint activity with Enel will be first launched in the United Kingdom. Nissan’s concept provides for about 100 vehicle-to-grid charging stations for private and commercial users of Nissan’s Leaf and eNV-200 electric vehicles. Users of such cars will be able to offer the battery capacity of their vehicles to buffer energy for the grid. Customers thus have the possibility to buy electricity in periods when it is cheap and resell this energy in high-demand periods and at higher prices. Thus electric vehicles in the future will not only offer mobility but at the same time they will be able to act as mobile energy storage.
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European Union Smart Meter Initiative To Cut Emissions 9%

The European Union’s initiative to replace at least 80% of electricity meters with smart metering systems across the Union could cut emissions by up to 9%.

According to a new report by research and consulting firm GlobalData, the European Union’s Security of Electricity Supply Directive (2005/89/EC), includes a requirement that encourages “the adoption of real-time demand management technologies such as advanced metering systems.” According to GlobalData, the uptake of smart metering systems across the EU, where at least 80% of existing electricity meters are to be replaced by smart meters, could end up reducing European Union emissions by up to 9%, and cutting annual household energy consumption by a similar amount.
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Oman to launch smart metering for power

Oman plans to launch Automated Meter Reading (AMR) services, also known as smart metering, for the power sector this year, a report said.

The service will primarily be targeted at large industrial and commercial customers whose electricity consumption exceeds a certain annual limit, Omar al Wahaibi, CEO of Nama Group, the holding company of state-owned procurement, transmission and distribution utilities, was quoted as saying in the Oman Observer report.
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Groningen aims to build world’s largest smart grid

The Dutch city of Groningen has launched a project to create the world’s biggest smart grid for up to 100,000 households.

Project Floor builds on foundations laid by the city’s PowerMatching City field trial of 42 houses in 2011-2013.

“We are now looking to create a large-scale smart grid in Groningen to connect 10,000 to 100,000 households. Much larger and much more ambitious than PowerMatching City,” said Eelko Steenhuis, Strategic Advisor for Economic Affairs at the City of Groningen.

PowerMatching City was the city’s living lab. It concluded that the smart grid was technically feasible and could result in savings of up to €3.5 billion.

The work on the project was carried out by Enexis, Essent, Gasunie, ICT Automatisering, TNO and Norwegian energy company DNV GL, which is masterminding Project Floor.
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Smart Grid, Storage, & Efficiency Companies Raise $375 Million In Venture Capital

April figures from Mercom Capital show that, together, smart grid, battery storage, and efficiency companies raised $375 million in venture capital in the first quarter of 2016.

Mercom Capital Group, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, published its first quarter funding and Merger & Acquisition (M&A) numbers for the smart grid, energy storage, and efficiency companies last month, with the three sectors globally raising $375 million. Specifically, smart grid companies raised $110 million; battery storage companies raised $54 million; and efficiency companies raised $211 million.
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Smart Grid Partnership Announced in Europe

Three energy companies in Europe announced Regalgrid Europe s.r.l., a joint venture that aims to create a new generation of smart grids around the world. The partners are Regal Grid s.r.l., Archeide SICAV SIF – Empower Fund and Upsolar.
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