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27
Apr2018
OSGP Newsletter // April 2018
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Europe’s Power Reliability - Are 'Smart' Grids Intelligent Enough? 

The branding of ‘smart grids’ makes them sound just that - smart. In terms of capabilities and technology, however, the low-voltage (LV) grid lacks intelligence, says Lars Molske, Product Manager, Low Voltage Grid Analytics & Distribution Outcomes at Networked Energy Solutions (NES).

According to Molske, Europe’s LV grid is not performing as reliably as it could be.

The reason for this? Outdated technology and processes. “We’ve been using estimates from the last 25-30 years to manage the networks. Now we have new technologies, people becoming more energy aware and more efficiently managing their usage, so the average consumption per customer is getting lower,” he explains.

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E.ON and RWE: Two European Energy Companies Focus Their Activities

E.ON and RWE agreed today that RWE will transfer its entire stake of 76.8 percent in innogy to E.ON via a far-reaching exchange of assets and businesses. The transaction will create two stronger European energy companies headquartered in Essen, Germany. As a leading company, the newly created E.ON will have a clear focus on intelligent networks and customer solutions, ideally positioned to become an innovative force behind the energy transition in Europe. RWE will become a broadly diversified power producer optimally complementing a large portfolio of renewables assets with its conventional energy generation and linking the two with its existing trading platform. This set-up will enable RWE to generate sustainable, profitable growth.

The transaction brings together the strengths of both previously vertically integrated German energy utilities by enabling a focus on networks and customer solutions on the one hand, and on a fully diversified generation business on the other.

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EDMI Celebrates Delivering Over 10 million Smart Meters Globally

In its 40th year, EDMI Limited, a global smart metering solutions leader, has now delivered more than 10 million smart meters for electricity and gas globally. Its customers include some of the world’s largest energy companies, from distribution network operators and utilities to service providers, across 88 countries. EDMI also provides market-specific integrated end-to-end solutions.

EDMI’s metering business began in the high voltage transmission and distribution markets with its main focus on high accuracy, feature-rich products. Leveraging its experience in high-end products, EDMI has expanded its business to commercial and industrial and residential markets, with full end-to-end smart metering solutions, including software and communications.

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OneCo AS Established in Sweden and Acquires Enteka AB

OneCo AS is established in Sweden with the ambition to become a solid supplier to the Swedish electricity power market on the long term. In order to become this, OneCo has purchased Enteka AB, which is well experienced in the Swedish electricity market.

Oneco today is well established in Norway with 800 employees, a turnover of NOK 1.5 billion and with acitivities in main areas such as electrical power telecom infrastructure, measurement systems, automation, system integrator and welfare technology.

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Apator Provides Electricity Meters for PGE Distribution

Apator has reported that it has received a notification about winning a tender that was organized by PGE dystrybucja Łódź Branch for the supply of 1- and 3-phase electricity meters for PGE Distribution brances.

Apator said that the value of the countract is around 24.8 million PLN and that the delivery is scheduled for 2018. At the same time, Apator pointed out, the terms of the tender also provide for the possibility of increasing the order by 32.5 million PLN with possible deliveries in 2019.

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Giza Systems Implements 50,000 Smart Meters in North Cairo Zone

The Egyptian Electricity Holding Company awarded Giza Systems the project to implement 50,000 electric smart meters in the area of North Cairo. The project is set for completion by December 2018.

Giza Systems won the project as part of the mammoth consortium led by Sagemcom, the renowned French communication company and including two leading companies in their fields of operations; EDF Energy and Globaltronics. EDF Energy specializes in the sales of electricity and gas to households, while Globaltronics specializing in the production of smart meters.

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MARKET NEWS

Power Grid Cyber Security Tool Uses Machine Learning and Sensors to Detect Threats

In today's always connected world, losing power is more than just an annoyance. "The truth is, we rely on electricity much more than we realize," writes Sherry Hewins in her column What Could Happen in a Long-Term Power Outage? "Even if you live 'off the grid' as I did for years, you are still living in a world and a society that is deeply dependent upon electricity."

It is the "deep dependency" that has power companies moving toward what is called the Smart Grid, a more efficient and reliable power-distribution infrastructure. The Smart Grid—in a sense, a power-line internet— introduces unprecedented capabilities, which include:

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Smart Charging: Integrating a Large Widespread of Electric Cars in Electricity Distribution Grids

EDSO explores the questions of what effects does electric vehicle charging have on distribution grids, and how can distribution system operators (DSOs) tackle the integration of the new loads into their networks in a smart way.

One of the key challenges of electric vehicle charging is their potential implications in terms of peak capacity demand, which can happen when all electric cars start to plug in at the same time as soon as the drivers arrive at their destination. The risk is that expensive grid infrastructure investments may need to be made – as depending on the charging time and travel distance, the additional demand can be twice as big as current peak power demand.

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Advanced Metering Infrastructure Market Technology Progress and Research 2018

The rising pressure on conserving resources, government regulations regarding the usage of water, electricity, and gas, coupled with the advancements in metering technologies, are anticipated to buoy the adoption rate of advanced metering infrastructure during 2018-2023 (the forecast period). However, the lack of capital investments for infrastructure installation and lack of ROI on these installations are expected to hinder the market growth.

Global Advanced Metering Infrastructure Market Major Key Players: Landis+Gyr Group Ag, Elster Group Gmbh (Honeywell Intenational Inc.), Hexing Electric Company Ltd , Aclara Technologies Llc, General Electric Corporation, Ibm Corporation, Itron Inc., Schneider Electric Se , Sensus Usd Inc. , Tieto Corporation, And Trilliant Inc.

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Survey Reveals 42% Increase in Utilities Analytics Focus

Survey results have been released in the 2018 BRIDGE Index Grid Analytics Survey report, which finds utilities’ investments in analytics increasing year-over-year. However, with 72% reporting that they don’t employ active data governance frameworks for OT data needs, those investments may not yield all of their intended benefits.

This year’s survey revealed a significant increase in the development and planning of predictive analytics, however many of these initiatives have yet to be operationalised. The survey also showed a substantial number of respondents (62%) were planning major analytics projects in the next two years. However, nearly half (47%) of utilities surveyed are investing less than $1 million in these efforts.

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Imagining Two Futures for Energy Blockchain

Blockchain is largely untested compared to its potential. We know it’s likely transformative — we just don’t know exactly how. There are hundreds of potential applications in the electricity business. Which ones will win out? To kick off this week's show, Shayle, Scott and Stephen will examine different pathways for the technology.

In the second half of the show, we’ll talk with Kristen Brown, a business technology expert at Commonwealth Edison, about how the regulated utility sees blockchain influencing operations. We’ll also talk with Michael Horwitz, a partner with Greentech Capital Advisors, about how he evaluates investment opportunities in the space.

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Smart Grids to Present $17.6bn Opportunity in MENA Region

Smart infrastructure market intelligence firm Northeast Group forecasts smart grid investments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to reach $17.6 billion from 2018 to 2027. Driving increases in smart grid investments during the forecasted period are efforts by MENA countries to modernise grid networks to address unsustainable tariff subsidies, high per-capita electricity consumption and high non-technical losses.

Smart grid development in the region is still in its early stages, according to a study conducted by Northeast Group. However, many countries have announced smart grid roll-out plans. Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates are expected to lead other countries in smart grid investments and adoption over the next decade.

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PRESS RELEASES

Networked Energy Services Awarded Additional Smart Grid Project in Romania 

Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid solution provider with the industry’s leading Energy Applications Platform (EAPTM), announced today that one of the three Electrica's DSO in Romania, SDEE Muntenia Nord, will install the NES solution for up to an additional 10,000 customers. Electrica is a utility in Romania with three DSO companies, including SDEE Muntenia Nord, and about 3.6M electricity customers. This project further expands the NES infrastructure and project with Electrica, which includes cooperation with local project partner Adrem Engineering as well as integration with the IDSpecto MDM System from Görlitz AG.

This new project follows two previous successful projects in Romania with SDEE Transilvania Nord and SDEE Muntenia Nord, where the NES System is effectively delivering 15 minute load profile data for the installed meters at a daily availability rate that is greater than 99.9%. This outstanding daily availability is achieved through the use of the industry leading OSGP (Open Smart Grid Protocol) based power line communication technology. The 15 minute load profile data provided by the system includes billing consumption data and power quality voltage data (minimum, rms values, and maximum) for each phase connected to the meter – providing a rich source of information to support low-voltage grid operations, capacity management and transmission loss reductions.

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GPEX 2018 Energy Transition Summit to Present Vision for the Energy Market of the Future

The road to 2050, digitalisation of the energy sector, and financing the future of energy are

three key themes of this year’s Global Power & Energy Leaders’ Summit, in Spain. The business leaders’ summit at GPEX 2018, taking place alongside Gastech in Barcelona, Spain (17-20September), will spearhead a more sustainable, low-carbon and smart energy system through its newlyreleased conference programme agenda.The modernisation of the energy system is taking place simultaneously with a shift to a low-carbon economy.

With the increasingly central role of digital technologies, the power and energy industry need to adapt theirbusiness models and embrace innovation, within the new energy landscape, to remain competitive, becomemore efficient and adapt to the growing needs and demands of their customers.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Metering China: 23-27 April 2018, Zhuhai, China 

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ICSG Istanbul 2018: 25-26 April 2018, Istanbul, Turkey

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African Utility Week: 15-17 May 2018, Cape Town, South Africa 

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UtiliNet Europe 2018: 15-17 May 2018, Brussels, Belgium

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Digital Utilities Europe: 16-17 May 2018, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Asean Power Grid Summit: 21-23 May 2018, Vientiane, LAO PDR

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Power & Electricity World Philippines 2018: 23-24 May 2018, Manila, Philippines

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Solar India Expo 2018: 23-25 May 2018, New Delhi, India

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CIRED Workshop 2018: 07-08 June 2018, Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Electrify Europe: 19-21 June, Vienna, Austria 

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Global Solar + Energy Storage Congress & Expo 2018: 02-04 July 2018, Shanghai, China

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Electricity Loss Reduction & Theft Management Summit 2018: 02-05 July 2018, Singapore 

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GPEX 2018 Global Power & Energy Exhibition: 17-20 September 2018 Barcelona, Spain

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Japan Solar + Energy Storage Congress & Expo 2018: 29-30 October 2018, Osaka, Japan

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European Utility Week 2018: 6-8 November 2018, Vienna, Austria

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Third Annual ASEAN Solar + Energy Storage Congress & Expo 2018: 14-15 November 2018, Manilla, Phillippines 

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Third Annual Australia Solar + Energy Storage Congress & Expo 2018: 05-06 December 2018, Sydney, Australia 

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30
Mar2018
OSGP Newsletter // March 2018
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Eltel in Finland Signs a EUR 30 Million Frame Agreement For Power Distribution

Eltel has signed a three-year frame agreement with Caruna Oy in Finland at a value of approximately EUR 30 million. The agreement comprises building and modernisation of the power distribution network in Southern Finland.

As a turnkey agreement Eltel’s scope extends from planning to execution and documentation in Caruna’s IT system. The focus of the services will be transforming medium voltage networks from overhead lines to underground cabling. The agreement covers a three-year time period from March 2018 till March 2021.

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Outlook from NES CEO – Michael Anderson

As previously anticipated, 2018 will be another year of advancement of the smart grid and NES is excited to continue to share our innovation with our customers, partners and the overall industry community. NES is committed to furthering the success of smart grid initiatives and we look forward to joining together with you to deliver valuable results and measurable improvements in safety, reliability, and efficiency.

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Alliander - Investments in Energy Networks Increase Further

In 2017 Alliander once again invested extra in the expansion and quality of the energy networks, despite a shortage of technicians. The reliability of the energy supply for customers remained as high as ever. In addition, the network operator delivered a solid financial performance with a higher revenue and profit after tax. This is evident from the annual report published today.

Ingrid Thijssen, CEO of Alliander: “Alliander performed well in 2017 in terms of safety and outage duration. And investments in our electricity and gas networks also increased further, despite the shortage of technicians in the Netherlands. Economic growth and the rapid energy transition are adding to our workload. The Netherlands must speed up its transition to renewable energy if it wants to achieve the Paris climate objectives. We are very keen to contribute in this regard. Yet, in order to ensure a good transition, we need to know what must be done where and when as soon as possible. It would greatly please me if the new Climate Agreement included a stipulation that required municipalities to make concrete long-term plans in the short term.”

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Caruna: EUR 277 Milliion Spent on Improvement in the Electricity Network in 2017

The cabling rate of Caruna’s networks increased in 2017, as the laying of underground cables actively continued nationwide. Caruna’s total investments amounted to EUR 291 million, of which EUR 277 million was mainly allocated to the reliability of network operations. At year-end, the weatherproof network extended to 71% of Caruna’s customers. More than a thousand new small-scale producers of renewable energy were connected to Caruna’s network.

Net sales of Caruna Networks Group (Caruna) amounted to EUR 426 million in 2017 (2016: EUR 384 million), with an increase of 11% on the previous year. This growth was largely attributed to the ending of discounted fixed basic fees in electricity distribution in March 2017. Otherwise distribution prices remained unchanged. The profit for the period was EUR 29 million, compared with a loss of EUR 32 million in the previous year. Caruna paid EUR 6.3 million in corporation taxes, as well as EUR 254 million of electricity taxes and VAT. Nearly half of electricity distribution fees paid by customers is made up of taxes.

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TAURON Began Cooperation in the Field of Innovation with the American Electric Power Research Institute

Energy storage and identification of electricity consumers' needs are the scopes of the first joint research programmes implemented by TAURON and the American Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). The cooperation agreement was signed on March 8 in Warsaw.

- TAURON is gaining a leading position in the preparation of solutions enabling management of modern power infrastructure. Customers will gain access to manage the energy use, energy consumption and billing, which will contribute to the rapid expansion of the Internet of Things in Poland. Cooperation with EPRI is another step in building the innovation and research potential at a global level - said the Deputy Minister of Energy Andrzej Piotrowski commenting on the company's participation in research programs.

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OneCo, Together with Partners to Deliver Advanced AMS Solution for Ravdex's Customers in Norway

Oneco, a Norwegian industrial company which has 800 employees and 1.5 billion in sales, believes in its commitment to the Scandinavion AMS market. Currently OneCo is a huge player in the Norwegian AMS market and is working with approximately 50 Norwegian network companies to complete the ongoing projects within the framework privided by the Norwegian regulater NVE. Ravdex is the network company which is responsible for the electricity and distribution grid.

OneCo, together with partners, will deliver an advanced AMS solution for Ravdex's approximately 17,000 online customers. The aim is to communicate over the fiber network and is planned in parallel with the fiber Fiber A / S fiber extension. In addition to the actual implementation of the solution, the agreement also consists of a 15-year operating period. The actual rollout of meters will start in September and the time until this date will be used for project preparation.

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MARKET NEWS

A Cyberattack in Saudi Arabia Had a Deadly Goal. Experts Fear Another Try

In August, a petrochemical company with a plant in Saudi Arabia was hit by a new kind of cyberassault. The attack was not designed to simply destroy data or shut down the plant, investigators believe. It was meant to sabotage the firm’s operations and trigger an explosion.

The attack was a dangerous escalation in international hacking, as faceless enemies demonstrated both the drive and the ability to inflict serious physical damage. And United States government officials, their allies and cybersecurity researchers worry that the culprits could replicate it in other countries, since thousands of industrial plants all over the world rely on the same American-engineered computer systems that were compromised.

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The Neural Grid Will Deliver a Powerful Platform for New Value Creation

A new white paper from Navigant Research explores the concept of the Neural Grid, identifying the critical components expected to transform legacy infrastructure into a platform that will eventually support a fully mature Energy Cloud environment.

Today’s smart grid enhances the traditional transmission and distribution (T&D) network with pockets of automation, connectivity, and centralized IT systems. But the grid of tomorrow, the Neural Grid, represents much more than Smart Grid 2.0. According to a new report from Navigant Research, the Neural Grid is a vastly more powerful platform of hard and soft assets leveraging ubiquitous connectivity, the cloud, robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), edge computing, and pervasive sensing to perform a variety of energy and non-energy applications.

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€200 Million EU Funding for Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure

The European Commission is making €200 million of funding available for projects in the areas of electricity, smart grids, cross-border carbon dioxide network and gas infrastructure, as part of the first call for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Energy in 2018. The money is intended for projects that will strengthen the EU's internal energy market, enhance security of energy supply, and help make Europe’s clean energy transition a reality. The call for proposals will be open until 26 April 2018.

The CEF provides EU funding for infrastructure projects. It supports energy projects that help to achieve the EU's broader energy policy objectives of increasing competitiveness, enhancing security of energy supply, and contributing to sustainable development and protection of the environment, including by the integration of energy from renewable sources and by the development of smart energy networks and carbon dioxide networks.

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Infrastructure Investments to Modernise Qatar’s Electricity Network

To cope with growth in power demand in Qatar and to better meet preparedness objectives for the FIFA tournament and QNV 2030, the government is investing heavily in upgrading and improving its transmission and distribution networks, Oxford Business Group (OBG) said in a report.

Already considered a regional innovator in the sector, these investments have positioned the country ahead of the curve in the adoption of new technology, OBG said in ‘The Report: Qatar 2017’. The ambitious fifth phase of the Qatar Power Transmission System Expansion Programme (QPTSEP) is progressing on schedule, and system maintenance programmes are succeeding in improving network reliability and preventing outages during times of peak electricity consumption, Oxford Business Group said.

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Survey Results Expose Greatest Threats to Grid Security

The results of the 2018 BRIDGE Index Utility Industry Grid Security Survey were released today revealing the greatest threats to grid operations and security.

The survey results reveal the following insights:

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UPCOMING EVENTS 

The Maghreb & West Africa Energy Week: 05-08 March, Marrakech, Marocco

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Middle East Electricity: 06-08 March 2018, Dubai, UAE 

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Global Smart Energy Summit: 06-08 March 2018, Dubai, UAE 

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Internet of Energy Conference 2018: 06-07 March 2018, Berlin, Germany

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SMART GREENS: 16-18 March 2018, Madeira, Portugal

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Flexible Energy Systems and Storage Forum: 22-23 March 2018, London, UK 

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

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Smart Cities - Exhibition and Conference for South-East Europe: 27-29 March 2018, Sofia, Bulgaria

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Energy Efficiency & Renewables - Exhibition and Conference for South-East Europe: 27-29 March 2018, Sofia, Bulgaria

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Kuwait Sustainable Energy and Technology Summit: 03-04 April, Kuwait, UAE

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7th Annual Smart Grid & Smart Meters Summit: 04-05 April, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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IntelliSub Europe: 10-12 April, Düsseldorf, Germany

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Commercial UAV Expo Europe: 10-12 April, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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International SAP Conference for Utilities: 17-19 April 2018, Lisbon, Portugal

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Smart City Expo Casablanca: 18-20 April 2018, Casablanca, Morocco

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Metering China: 23-27 April 2018, Zhuhai, China 

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ICSG Istanbul 2018: 25-26 April 2018, Istanbul, Turkey

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African Utility Week: 15-17 May 2018, Cape Town, South Africa 

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UtiliNet Europe 2018: 15-17 May 2018, Brussels, Belgium

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Digital Utilities Europe: 16-17 May 2018, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Power & Electricity World Philippines 2018: 23-24 May 2018, Manila, Philippines

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Solar India Expo 2018: 23-25 May 2018, New Delhi, India

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CIRED Workshop 2018: 07-08 June 2018, Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Electrify Europe: 19-21 June, Vienna, Austria 

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Electricity Loss Reduction & Theft Management Summit 2018: 02-05 July 2018, Singapore 

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Global Solar + Energy Storage Congress & Expo 2018: 02-04 July 2018, Shanghai, China

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GPEX 2018 Global Power & Energy Exhibition: 17-20 September 2018 Barcelona, Spain

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Japan Solar + Energy Storage Congress & Expo 2018: 29-30 October 2018, Osaka, Japan

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European Utility Week 2018: 6-8 November 2018, Vienna, Austria

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3rd Annual ASEAN Solar + Energy Storage Congress & Expo 2018: 14-15 November 2018, Manilla, Phillippines 

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3rd Annual Australia Solar + Energy Storage Congress & Expo 2018: 05-06 December 2018, Sydney, Australia 

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27
Feb2018
OSGP Newsletter // February 2018
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A Thousand Fortum Customers' Homes Form a One-Megawatt Virtual Battery

By utilising demand response, Fortum's Spring -venture has built a one-megawatt virtual battery with the help of one thousand of its consumer customers. The growing virtual battery will play an increasingly important role in maintaining energy system balance.

Household water heaters are running at night-time, but they can now be momentarily switched off. This has no impact on living comfort or on the heating of tap water, but it has a big significance in balancing the load of the national grid.

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Networked Energy Services Expands Its Leading Smart Grid Market Share in Denmark

Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid solution provider with the industry’s leading Energy Applications Platform (EAPTM), announced today the selection by Denmark’s Ravdex to install the NES System for all of its customers. Ravdex is a utility in Denmark with about 17,000 electricity customers in their network. This project further expands NES’s leading market share in Denmark, which includes nearly one million smart meters and other devices that enable a smarter Danish electrical grid.

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E.ON Kickstarts Smart Meter Rollout in Germany by Ordering 16,000 Smart Meter Gateways

E.ON has ordered 16,000 smart meter gateways from the manufacturer PPC, thus paving the way for the installation of smart metering systems as required by law, which will start this year.

The gateway is the communication unit in the smart metering system. It is responsible for transmitting meter data wirelessly. The new technology is expected to be installed across the entire E.ON network area from mid-2018. Legislation provides for the installation of intelligent metering systems, commonly known as smart meters, for private and business customers with an annual consumption of more than 6,000 kilowatt hours. Similarly, plant operators who are funded under the Renewable Energies Act (EEG) and have an installed capacity of more than seven kilowatts will have a smart meter installed in their meter cabinet.

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Larsen & Toubro Announces Multiple Contracts With Local Utilities

Indian-headquartered multinational technology firm Larsen & Toubro has announced it has signed multiple contracts to help Indian utility companies optimise their operations.

Larsen & Toubro has secured a contract with DNH Power Distribution Corporation to develop a 66KV Gas Insulated Substation in Hilvassa city. The 339 crore deal includes the laying of 66KV, 11KV and LT underground energy distribution cables and connection to the substation. Larsen & Toubro has also been selected by the Bangalore Electricity Supply Authority to convert part of an overhead energy distribution system in Bengaluru to an underground. The project is expected the utility achieve reliable and uninterrupted power supply with improved voltage profile.

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EDMI Launches New Automated Manufacturing Line to Support SMETS2 Meter Rollout in Great Britain

SINGAPORE, 1 February, 2018 – EDMI Limited, a leading smart metering solutions provider, has launched a new automated manufacturing line at EDMI Electronics Sdn Bhd (EESB), EDMI’s principal manufacturing plant in Senai, Malaysia. With this new line, productivity will increase almost threefold compared to the non-automated lines at EESB. The automated manufacturing line will be dedicated to the production of SMETS2 smart electricity meters for Great Britain, with the intention to adapt to other models in the future.

The fully automated manufacturing line, from the Surface Mount Technology (SMT) line to packaging, enables seamless production of smart meters in high volume and of superior quality with minimum operator intervention. The Auto Insert and Selective Soldering technologies are also introduced for Through-hole components mounting to produce consistent quality, which is due to become more popular across manufacturing sites globally in the future. Furthermore, the line is equipped with a high traceability system that intelligently detects a failure of every single component instantly, which further enhances the quality of production.

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NRGi and Better Energy are building a 53 MW Solar Park in Denmark

NRGi partnered up with Better Energy, which is also active on the Dutch market, to realise a 53 MW Solar park in Denmark.

The Danish company NRGi invests millions in this new partnership with Better Energy. Together, they invest in Denmark´s third largest solar park. This solar park has the size of approximately 112 football fields.

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MARKET NEWS

How to Create a Cybersecure Microgrid and Protect the Macrogrid Too

Cybersecurity should be a prime consideration at the outset of microgrid design. If a microgrid is being installed for resilience, it doesn’t make sense for it to increase the vulnerability of its customers or the main grid.

In comparison with the centralized model widely used for primary power grids, microgrids use a distributed architecture with multiple systems that communicate with each other. This distributed architecture innately includes power redundancy and resiliency. The microgrid controls also provide a basic level of security because they are distributed, with no single point of failure that could result in the loss of the entire system. As discussed, advanced microgrids are able to compensate for loss of one or more control points.

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EIB Supports Modernisation of Electricity Distribution Facilities in Spain With EUR 500 Million Loan to Endesa

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing a EUR 500 million loan to Endesa to support the necessary investment to upgrade its distribution grid. The aim of the project, which will be implemented over the next two years, is to improve the quality and efficiency of Endesa’s electricity supply facilities, making them more environmentally friendly and sustainable, and expanding its network of connections to renewable energy sources. The loan agreement was signed in Madrid today by EIB Vice-President Román Escolano and Endesa’s CEO, José Bogas.

The grid enhancements will be carried out in six Spanish regions (Aragon, the Balearic Islands, Catalonia, the Canary Islands, Andalusia and Extremadura) and over 17,500 jobs will be created during the project implementation phase.

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Audi Has a New Smart Energy Network That Uses EVs to Help The Power Grid

If you’re worried about your electric vehicle overloading the electric grid, don’t. At least, if Audi is involved. The German automaker is taking a page out of Tesla’s book and piloting a new project called the Audi Smart Energy Network. The test combines automobile, home, and power supply in order to from an intelligent energy network. In essence, the program will involve stationary storage batteries with solar installations of various sizes. Software will then allocate the solar energy as needed by either the home or the vehicle.

But the real magic happens when this connected home power storage system provides “balancing power.” As Audi explains, these various devices “balance out the fluctuations between power generation and consumption, and stabilize the grid frequency by temporarily storing smaller amounts of energy in stationary units at short notice.” This leads to optimized power consumption, where renewable sources provide a greater proportion of energy, and the power grid provides less.

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All Energy Suppliers Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks

Power utilities are poorly equipped to deal with increasingly frequent and unpredictable cybersecurity threats. That’s according to a survey of 1,200 global utilities conducted by consultancy EY, in which all organisations responding said their defences against hackers did not match up to their needs.

It also found 58% of these companies in the energy sector anticipate difficulties in monitoring their their digital network, compared with only 36% across other sectors and industries. The report highlights how increasingly disruptive new technologies are making it harder for companies to predict, understand and manage risks.

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New Survey Highlights Latest Trends in Utilities and Smart City Industries

According to the 2018 Strategic Directions: Smart Cities & Utilities Report by Black & Veatch, improvements on data analytics, electric transportation and next generation communications technologies will drive smart city development.

Black & Veatch finds creativity on financing models challenging old notions that smart city projects require massive upfront investments. The report comprises of survey results conducted on some 644 participants across the municipal, utility and technology sectors.

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Transactive Energy and Utilities - Where is The Value?

Transactive energy represents the convergence of decentralisation, distributed micro generation, virtual power plants, and demand management. It has the potential to revolutionise the energy retail market, but it could also be the golden bullet for the network operators faced with the practical and bottom line challenges of market facilitation, grid defection, and network volatility.

Ultimately transactive energy needs to provide value to all the players. The value to buyer and seller is obvious, but what about the respective utility participants? In an article in February’s Engerati Quarterly, a digest of analyses and insights from the utility industry, we inspect different European utilities’ perspectives on how to utilise transactive energy and shape their respective business models around it.

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PRESS RELEASES

Utility Professionals Can Understand How Drone Ecosystems Create Value at Commercial UAV Expo Europe 

28 Feb 2018

Commercial UAV Expo Europe, presented by Commercial UAV News and taking place 10-12 April at the RAI Amsterdam. It is the only pan-European event for commercial drone professionals. The event launched in Brussels in June 2017 with more than 500 attendees from 46 countries and solutions providers filling 55 stands with the newest airframes, components, software and services. Attendees will be able to evaluate the usage and benefits for drone technology for utility companies of all types and sizes.

“The availability of advanced aerial surveying platforms has changed the approach around what it means to successfully integrate new technical capabilities into the utility industry,” said Lisa Murray, Director of Commercial UAV Expo Europe. “Utility professionals need to look to the airspace and consider how drones can help alleviate technical and logistical challenges that are slowing down projects and potentially creating dangerous situations. Those are the exact sorts of insights that will be explored in detail at our event.”

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120+ Utility professionals come together in Dusseldorf to review successes and lessons learnt in the implementation of next generation digital substation technology

26 February, 2018

A recent survey conducted by Phoenix Forums reveals that many European utilities are currently preparing to make significant investment in next generation digital substation technologies. But with a plethora of products on the market promising simplified yet flexible system architectures, advanced smart grid functionalities, and robust cyber security capabilities, selecting the right solution to meet immediate grid development needs as well as long term lifecycle objectives is no easy task.

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Networked Energy Services Announces Participation in Tauron’s Smart City Wroclaw Project Expansion

12 Feb 2018

NES Patagonia EAP supports expansion of the largest interoperable smart metering project in Poland 

Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid solution provider with the industry’s leading Patagonia Energy Applications Platform (EAPTM), is honored to announce that Polish utility industry leader Tauron Dystrybucja S.A. has selected NES to participate in Tauron’s smart metering expansion project. This new project expands upon the successful Tauron Smart City project in Wroclaw, where Tauron has installed about 400,000 Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) based smart meters for their distribution customers.

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Energy Leaders to Gather in Istanbul

31 Jan 2018

The 6th International Smart Grids and Cities Congress and Fair, which will be held with the support of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology, the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications as well as the Energy Market Regulatory Authority and in strategic partnership with ELDER (Association of Electricity Distribution System Operators) and GAZ-BIR (Natural Gas Distribution Companies Association), will open its doors at Istanbul Congress Center on April 25 and 26, 2018.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

The Maghreb & West Africa Energy Week: 05-08 March, Marrakech, Marocco

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Middle East Electricity: 06-08 March 2018, Dubai, UAE 

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Global Smart Energy Summit: 06-08 March 2018, Dubai, UAE 

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Internet of Energy Conference 2018: 06-07 March 2018, Berlin, Germany

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SMART GREENS: 16-18 March 2018, Madeira, Portugal

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Flexible Energy Systems and Storage Forum: 22-23 March 2018, London, UK 

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

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Smart Cities - Exhibition and Conference for South-East Europe: 27-29 March 2018, Sofia, Bulgaria

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Energy Efficiency & Renewables - Exhibition and Conference for South-East Europe: 27-29 March 2018, Sofia, Bulgaria

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Saudi Renewable Energy Conference: 28-29 March 2018, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Kuwait Sustainable Energy and Technology Summit: 03-04 April, Kuwait, UAE

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7th Annual Smart Grid & Smart Meters Summit: 04-05 April, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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IntelliSub Europe: 10-12 April, Düsseldorf, Germany

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Commercial UAV Expo Europe: 10-12 April, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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International SAP Conference for Utilities: 17-19 April 2018, Lisbon, Portugal

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Metering China: 23-27 April 2018, Zhuhai, China 

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ICSG Istanbul 2018: 25-26 April 2018, Istanbul, Turkey

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African Utility Week: 15-17 May 2018, Cape Town, South Africa 

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UtiliNet Europe 2018: 15-17 May 2018, Brussels, Belgium

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Digital Utilities Europe: 16-17 May 2018, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Solar India Expo 2018: 23-25 May 2018, New Delhi, India

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CIRED Workshop 2018: 07-08 June 2018, Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Electrify Europe: 19-21 June, Vienna, Austria 

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Electricity Loss Reduction & Theft Management Summit 2018: 02-05 July 2018, Singapore 

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Global Solar + Energy Storage Congress & Expo 2018: 02-04 July 2018, Shanghai, China

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GPEX 2018 Global Power & Energy Exhibition: 17-20 September 2018 Barcelona, Spain

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Japan Solar + Energy Storage Congress & Expo 2018: 29-30 October 2018, Osaka, Japan

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European Utility Week 2018: 6-8 November 2018, Vienna, Austria

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3rd Annual ASEAN Solar + Energy Storage Congress & Expo 2018: 14-15 November 2018, Manilla, Phillippines 

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3rd Annual Australia Solar + Energy Storage Congress & Expo 2018: 05-06 December 2018, Sydney, Australia 

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26
Jan2018
OSGP Newsletter // January 2018
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Smart Meters Very Well Received in E.ON Pilot Projects

Electricity customers have responded very favorably to the smart meters installed on their premises as part of four smart meter projects conducted by E.ON in Germany. Over 1,000 meters have already been replaced, and the feedback from homeowners has been very encouraging, with over 80 percent of the customers saying that they saw the new, smart meter as something very positive or mostly positive.

E.ON grid operators in four selected regions in Germany are currently involved in pilots to roll out smart meters. On the islands of Fehmarn and Rügen in the north and in Saxony-Anhalt and Lower Bavaria, almost one thousand customers in the service areas of Avacon, Bayernwerk, E.DIS und Hansewerk are taking part in these pilots.

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NES - Smart Grid Security Perspectives

This paper provides smart grid security perspectives from a security expert involved in both attacking and defending these types of systems in practice. It is formatted as an interview, with questions and answers. The topics include smart grid threats, defensive approaches, and security certification perspectives.

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 smart meter systems (AMI), and the smart grid in general?

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Larsen & Toubro Wins Contract to Maintain 5 Million Smart Meters

NEW DELHI: Larsen & Toubro (L&T), India's biggest infrastructure and project execution company, has won a Rs 1,000-crore contract to maintain 5 million smart meters in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar over the next eight years, sources said.

The smart meter tender, floated by state-owned Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) earlier this year, was divided into two parts — meter procurement and systems integration. The latter exercise would involve meter installation, data storage on Cloud and preparing dashboards, among other things.

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Alliander - New Blockchain Token Aims to Decentralize Energy Consumption

On the 15th of September, Spectral teamed up with Alliander to launch a new blockchain-based energy sharing token at De Ceuvel, an urban incubator for cleantech concepts in Amsterdam. The goal of the token is to analyze whether blockchain technology can be used to create greater social value and to support a bottom-up movement in the transition towards a more distributed, robust and transparent economy, harvesting 100% renewable energy supply. The new token, the ‘Jouliette’ -named after the Joule unit of measurement for energy- aims to empower owners of photovoltaic installations to sell the energy that they generate on a peer-to-peer basis, making it the first initiative of its kind in the Netherlands.

Spectral, a smart energy company based in Amsterdam, and Alliander, one of the largest electric grid operators in the Netherlands, chose the experimental innovation community at De Ceuvel to launch Jouliette, because the site features a private renewable energy-based smart-grid, making it independent from the centralized grid. This enables the community to exchange renewable energy produced by their solar PV panels, without any restrictions, and therefore avoiding existing market barriers.

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CLEVER Gets SEAS-NVE Behind the Wheel

Denmark's largest energy and fiber network group SEAS-NVE has just bought the majority shareholding of 94.9 percent in the Nordic region's leading electric car operator CLEVER. SEAS-NVE takes thereby seriously social responsibility for the green transformation of the transport sector.

It must be easy to choose electric cars. This is the ambition for the Danish electric car operator CLEVER, which is the Nordic region's leading supplier of private and public charging solutions for electric cars. The ambition is now receiving additional backing from Denmark's largest spirit-driven energy and fiber network group, SEAS-NVE, which has just bought the majority stake in the company and now owns 94.9 percent of CLEVER.

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Schneider Electric Introduces Energy Efficient EcoStruxure Grid in Hyderabad

HYDERABAD, DECEMBER 14: Schneider Electric has launched its digital architecture, EcoStruxure Grid in Hyderabad that enables utilities to take to digital transformation and make the grid energy efficient.

The architecture is an open Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled framework for digital transformation of distribution utilities and utilises disruptive technology to generate higher efficiency. The EcoStruxure grid leverages the information technology and device convergence, ensuring higher efficiency in grid operations, thereby enabling overall digital transformation and optimal asset management.

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MARKET NEWS

Revenue Set to Grow in Power Line Communication Market

A new study analysing the global power line communication market forecasts the segment to grow by 9.53% between 2017 and 2023. The study predicts revenue generation in the power line communication market will increase from $5.47 billion in 2017 to $9.45 billion in 2023.

Increases in demand of power line communication technologies, especially for use for substation communication, will drive the market growth. The power line communication market for the energy management and smart grid application is expected to witness significant growth amongst other segments during the forecast period.

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National Data Study: Huge Potential For Electric Vehicle Smart Charging

It’s better for electric vehicle charging to be spread throughout the day, so that they can make the best possible use of renewable energy and don’t overload the electricity grid. This is the finding from the national data survey undertaken at 90 percent of all the public charging points in the Netherlands. The survey by the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences was commissioned by the G4 municipalities, Metropoolregio Amsterdam Elektrisch (MRA-E), the Living Lab Smart Charging and ElaadNL.

For the survey, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences collated almost 2.7 million transactions from 2016. What became apparent is that vehicles are often recharged as fast as possible. 30 to 50 percent of the charging operations begin between 4 and 8 pm, with 75 percent having a smart-charging potential. For instance, when a vehicle is connected to the charger for four hours, but the battery recharges fully in one hour, the other three hours are unused.

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Smart Cities Need "Bold Advances" in Data Analytics

The 2018 Strategic Directions: Smart Cities & Utilities report from Black & Veatch finds that “bold advances” in data analytics, electric transportation and next-generation communications systems will propel smart city development.

New creative financing strategies are also challenging old notions that these projects require massive upfront investments, the report reveals. The report explores the landscape of smart city efforts measuring shifting involvement among key stakeholder groups, including city leaders, utilities and technology providers as global macro trends impact local efforts.

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Platforms – the DSO Opportunity

‘Platforms’ are the new service offering. From the operation of smartphones with their plethora of apps to marketplaces for products and services, they offer for the user convenience and speed in a format matched for its practicality and ease of use.

With digitalisation at the core of the utility transformation, platforms offer the opportunity for both own and shared initiatives, particularly in regions such as Europe where information sharing needs to take place for cross-border and generation-transmission-distribution cross system activities.

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Blockchain Expected to Deliver Significant Benefits to Transactive Energy

Blockchain can help mitigate the costs of dealing with issues caused by distributed and intermittent generation. A new report from Navigant Research examines potential use cases for blockchain in transactive energy (TE) systems within the distribution grid.

TE is a two-way grid management approach that ensures the proper functioning of power networks that have large amounts of distributed energy resources (DER) and allows DER owners to earn a commensurate return on their investments. Blockchain, a technology that supports decentralized transaction types, has emerged as a potential technology to underpin a TE platform in the utility industry. Click to tweet: According to a new report from @NavigantRSRCH, while not a one-size-fits-all solution, blockchain has the potential to deliver significant benefits to a TE platform.

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AEE: Grid-Edge Technologies Vulnerable to Cyber Threats

Advanced Energy Economy Institute (AEE Institute) has issued a new report focused on cybersecurity challenges on a distributed grid, identifying key hurdles and best practices the group says state and federal policy makers will need to address to ensure a secure power system.

Among the recommendations is the development of a short list of "mandatory and standardized requirements" that could be implemented at little to no expense, and for cybersecurity to be embedded as part of standard security practices impacting manufacturers.

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UPCOMING EVENTS


Energy Storage Asia Congress 2018: 25-26 January 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

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NextGen SCADA Europe 2018: 30 January 2017 - 1 February 2018, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Smart Energy Summit: 19-21 February, Austin, Texas

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Africa Energy Indaba: 20-21 February 2018, Johannesburg, South Africa 

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The Maghreb & West Africa Energy Week: 05-08 March, Marrakech, Marocco

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Middle East Electricity: 06-08 March 2018, Dubai, UAE 

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Internet of Energy Conference 2018: 06-07 March 2018, Berlin, Germany

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SMART GREENS: 16-18 March 2018, Madeira, Portugal

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Flexible Energy Systems and Storage Forum: 22-23 March 2018, London, UK 

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

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Smart Cities - Exhibition and Conference for South-East Europe: 27-29 March 2018, Sofia, Bulgaria

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Energy Efficiency & Renewables - Exhibition and Conference for South-East Europe: 27-29 March 2018, Sofia, Bulgaria

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Saudi Renewable Energy Conference: 28-29 March 2018, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Kuwait Sustainable Energy and Technology Summit: 03-04 April, Kuwait, UAE

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International SAP Conference for Utilities: 17-19 April 2018, Lisbon, Portugal

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Metering China: 23-27 April 2018, Zhuhai, China 

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ICSG Istanbul 2018: 25-26 April 2018, Istanbul, Turkey

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African Utility Week: 15-17 May 2018, Cape Town, South Africa 

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Solar India Expo 2018: 23-25 May 2018, New Delhi, India

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CIRED Workshop 2018: 07-08 June 2018, Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Electrify Europe: 19-21 June, Vienna, Austria 

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Electricity Loss Reduction & Theft Management Summit 2018: 02-05 July 2018, Singapore 

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Global Solar + Energy Storage Congress & Expo 2018: 02-04 July 2018, Shanghai, China

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GPEX 2018 Global Power & Energy Exhibition: 17-20 September 2018 Barcelona, Spain

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Japan Solar + Energy Storage Congress & Expo 2018: 29-30 October 2018, Osaka, Japan

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European Utility Week 2018: 6-8 November 2018, Vienna, Austria

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3rd Annual ASEAN Solar + Energy Storage Congress & Expo 2018: 14-15 November 2018, Manilla, Phillippines 

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3rd Annual Australia Solar + Energy Storage Congress & Expo 2018: 05-06 December 2018, Sydney, Australia 

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29
Dec2017
OSGP Newsletter // December 2017
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E.ON Installs One Million Self-Reading Smart Meters For Its Customers 

As part of its commitment to offering smarter solutions for its customers and to rolling out smart meters to all of its customers, E.ON has announced it has installed one million self-reading smart meters in properties across Britain.

Michael Lewis, Chief Executive of E.ON UK, said: “Self-reading smart meters are a fantastic step forward and this is a hugely important milestone for E.ON and our customers. Tomorrow is all about helping customers engage and we’re already delivering changes to make this a reality. From our plans to scrap the Standard Variable Tariff and introduce innovative new tariffs right through to our efforts to provide customers with the smart meters which give them the information they need to take control of how and where they use energy, helping them to lower their energy use and the amount they spend, customers can see and feel that we’re on it.

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SEAS-NVE's Network Company Becomes Cerius

On the first day of the new year, SEAS-NVE's electricity company, SEAS-NVE Net, changes its name to Cerius which creates a new identity for the company. The characteristic green cars retain their color, but Cerius will stand on the sides when the seagulls meet them in the landscape. every employee has been allowed to choose whether to drive with wind turbines, sun, light, houses or a third logo on the cars.

“Cerius is a rewrite of Sirius, the clearest star in the northern hemisphere. The name reminiscent of the English 'serious' meaning serious. Last but not least, the name 'us' means us or community and that we stand together as we do in a cooperative company”, says Jesper Hjulmand, CEO of SEAS-NVE.

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DNV GL- Artificial Intelligence Boosts Efficiency for Solar and Wind

ARNHEM, The Netherlands - 21 November 2017 - Artificial intelligence (AI) will increasingly automate operations over the next several years in the solar and wind industries and boost efficiencies across the renewable energy sector, according to a new DNV GL position paper.

The position paper “Making Renewables Smarter: The benefits, risks, and future of artificial intelligence in solar and wind” explores where artificial intelligence like machine learning will have an impact to increase efficiencies in the renewables industry. Areas include decision making and planning, condition monitoring, robotics, inspections, certifications and supply chain optimization, but also the way technical work is carried out.

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Technology adoption - How EDP Is Using Schneider’s Easergy T300 RTU

Distribution companies are aware of the benefits of automating parts of the medium and low voltage grid to better manage complex network operations.

Schneider Electric has responded to this business need with the launch of Easergy T300, a remote terminal unit to digitise distribution assets by hosting local automation and fault detection.

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Tauron to Build a Pilot Microgrid

A microgrid able to cover own electricity demand independently will consist of renewable energy sources, a battery-charged electricity storage and elements controlling the microgrid performance. TAURON will build a pilot installation under the agreement with the National Centre for Research and Development.

A microgrid is a small power grid enabling to guarantee electricity supplies for consumers connected thereto. Owing to the possibility of periodical performance under the feed mode, it will be less sensitive to consequences of strong wind storms or disruptions in the National Power System.

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Duke Energy Takes Full Ownership of REC Solar

Duke Energy announced Wednesday that it has taken full control of California-based commercial solar developer REC Solar. The acquisition comes after Duke acquired a majority stake in the company in 2015.

Duke spokesperson Tammie McGee said it was assumed an acquisition would take place eventually, but that Duke accelerated the timeline in response to market dynamics.

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MARKET NEWS

Diehl Metering and Abunayyan Holding Sign Strategic Cooperation Agreement 

Diehl Metering and Abunayyan Holding sign a strategic cooperation agreement including a state-of-the-art final assembly line in Saudi Arabia for ultrasonic water meter technology.

Diehl Metering has successfully been partnering Abunayyan Holding – one of the leading solution providers in the electricity and water sectors, based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – since 2008, and is continuously expanding this cooperation. Thanks to this successful partnership, Diehl Metering has been able to comprehensively implement Fixed Network projects in Saudi Arabia – over 700.000 HYDRUS ultrasonic water meters have now been installed in the country.

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ENCS Launches RTBT Cyber Security Training For Energy Sector

The European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS) has launched its Red Team / Blue Team (RTBT) training to help the energy sector prevent, detect, and respond to cyber threats.

ENCS is a non-profit member organisation consisting of several stakeholders and security experts, which collaborate to integrate secure critical energy grids and infrastructure across Europe.

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Europe's First Blockchain Project to Stabilize The Power Grid Launches: TenneT and Sonnen Expect Results in 2018

Bayreuth, Wildpoldsried, 2 November 2017. The first pilot project in Europe using decentralized networked home energy storage systems and blockchain technology to stabilize the power grid formally kicked off. Transmission system operator TenneT has been sucessfully using those home energy storage systems for redispatch. With this and after several months of preparation, TenneT and the world’s largest residential energy storage company sonnen launched the pilot phase of the project, which is expected to continue until mid 2018. During this time, decentralized energy storage systems will be integrated into TenenT’s grid via blockchain technology.

The blockchain solution was developed by IBM while sonnen provides the pool of home energy storage systems that form the network and are operated by sonnen e-Services. The intelligent management of the energy storage systems adapts individually to the respective situation in TenneT’s grid. This allows the fleet of networked energy storage systems to absorb or discharge excess power in a matter of seconds when and where required, helping reduce transmission bottlenecks in the grid. This project is part of a broader programme of initiatives by TenneT to improve the flexibility through the increased use of data and the development of new flexibility options, making the grid fit for the challenges and opportunities of the energy transition.

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Interoperability For Demand Side Flexibility

Demand response implementation requires ‘signals’ such as a kilowatthour tariff, which must be sent from some central system to a smart meter or home energy management system and possibly on down to a smart appliance.

While conceptually straightforward, the integrity of this data must be guaranteed end to end, without any translation issues between the multiple interfaces and taking into account the range of potential technologies, e.g. wireless or wired, and the diversity of standards from different organisations.

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Energy Companies Struggling to Counter IoT Security Risks, Finds Research

While the majority of energy companies are turning to the Internet of Things (IoT) to help them meet growing demands for power and operate with greater efficiency, too many lack the security procedures to successfully deploy IoT solutions. This is according to the latest research from Inmarsat (ISAT.L), which found that more than half of global energy businesses do not have the skills and understanding required to combat the security risks associated with IoT.

In May 2017 market research specialist Vanson Bourne interviewed senior IT decision makers from 100 large energy companies across the globe for Inmarsat’s ‘The Future of IoT in Enterprise – 2017’ report. The research found that 53% of energy businesses identified a need to make heavy investments to meet both physical and digital IoT security requirements, and more than half (54%) reported that they needed additional digital skills in security to deliver successful IoT projects.

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China Cements Its Role as the Undisputed AMI Leader

In terms of volume, China continues to preserve its status as the undisputed global leader in advanced metering infrastructure (AMI). Since 2012, State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) has been deploying smart meters to each of its customers at a feverish clip. SGCC has installed more than 400 million smart meters across China over the past 5 years as part of this unprecedented project.

While utilities in countries like Italy and Sweden have succeeded in converting all their electromechanical meters to smart devices, the scale and execution of China’s nationwide project are truly unmatched. It is worth noting some of the unique characteristics of SGCC’s project and what’s in store for the future of the overall Chinese smart meter market.

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PRESS RELEASE

Dubai Smart Energy Summit to Shape Global Power Agenda

Dubai, UAE – 21 December 2017: The eyes of the industrial world will focus on Dubai next March as the world’s power and technology trendsetters take to the stage at the inaugural Global Smart Energy Summit (GSES), launched by Informa Exhibitions.

The three-day thought-leadership summit, being held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 6-8 March 2018, will see science and innovation pioneers in international relations, space, industry and power explore the technology and processes set to transform the way we live and work.

With a packed agenda featuring 140 regional and international speakers from 28 countries delivering 100 content sessions across four themed tracks, GSES is designed to be the world’s brainstorm think-tank in the age of power-for-everything, everyone and everywhere.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Energy Storage Asia Congress 2018: 25-26 January 2018, Bangkok, Thailand;

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NextGen SCADA Europe 2018: 30 January 2017 - 1 February 2018, Amsterdam, The Netherlands;

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Africa Energy Indaba: 20-21 February 2018, Johannesburg, South Africa; 

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The Maghreb & West Africa Energy Week: 05-08 March, Marrakech, Marocco;

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Internet of Energy Conference 2018: 06-07 March 2018, Berlin, Germany; 

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Middle East Electricity: 06-08 March 2018, Dubai, UAE; 

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SMART GREENS: 16-18 March 2018, Madeira, Portugal;

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

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Smart Cities - Exhibition and Conference for South-East Europe: 27-29 March 2018, Sofia, Bulgaria

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Energy Efficiency & Renewables - Exhibition and Conference for South-East Europe: 27-29 March 2018, Sofia, Bulgaria

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Metering China: 23-27 April 2018, Zhuhai, China 

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ICSG Istanbul 2018: 25-26 April 2018, Istanbul, Turkey

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African Utility Week: 15-17 May 2018, Cape Town, South Africa; 

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Solar India Expo 2018: 23-25 May 2018, New Delhi, India

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CIRED Workshop 2018: 07-08 June 2018, Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Electrify Europe: 19-21 June, Vienna, Austria; 

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Electricity Loss Reduction & Theft Management Summit 2018: 02-05 July 2018, Singapore; 

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GPEX 2018 Global Power & Energy Exhibition: 17-20 September 2018 Barcelona, Spain

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European Utility Week 2018: 6-8 November 2018, Vienna, Austria; 

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24
Nov2017
OSGP Newsletter // November 2017
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MEMBER NEWS


TAURON Acquired Successive EU Funds for Investment in the Grid

TAURON Dystrybucja acquired successive 33 million zlotys from the European Union funds for investment projects related to the retrofitting of the electric power grid. In total, TAURON Dystrybucja has already concluded 26 agreements for co-financing of measures under the financial perspective 2014-2020 for the amount of a grant worth almost PLN 160 million.

Four agreements for co-financing were signed on 27 October at the Ministry of Energy in Warsaw. The European Union funds received will be used for co-financing of tasks associated with the development and implementation of smart electricity distribution systems operating at low and medium voltage levels as well as for the support of building smart electric power grids.

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Duke Energy Settlement Agreement Paves Way for Smarter Energy Future

Duke Energy Florida received approval from the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC) today to move forward with its settlement agreement that will pave the way to a smarter energy future for Florida customers. The company also received approval for its fuel, capacity, energy conservation and environmental costs.

The settlement agreement, which was filed in August 2017, includes investments in solar energy, smart meters, grid modernization projects to enhance reliability and make the grid more resilient and secure, and optional billing programs to enhance customer choices. The agreement also includes plans to install electric vehicle charging stations and a battery storage pilot program. The company will also no longer move forward with the Levy County nuclear project and customers will not pay any further costs associated with the project. More details regarding the settlement agreement are available on our News Center.

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OneCo Changes 1.1 Million AMS Meters

OneCo is well on its way of changing approximately 1.1 million AMS electricity meters in the Norwegian market. This represents almost 50% of the total number of meters that need to be changed.

OneCo changes the meters from Lindesnes to the south to Hammerfest in the north. This has given the company a unique experience in rolling out major assembly projects in different geographies and on various digital platforms.

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E.ON Invests in Platform Provider Cuculus

E.ON strengthens its expertise in digital and networked customer solutions with a new partnership. The company acquires a stake in Cuculus, a software start-up based in Ilmenau. Together, the partners develop solutions for the intelligent house of the future. The technical basis for this is the Internet of Things (IoT), in which different devices and systems can communicate and control each other via the Internet.

In the new energy world, solar systems, battery storage systems – including virtual ones such as the E.ON SolarCloud – and electric vehicles and charging systems are all part of the house. All these systems must be continuously automated and coordinated in order to use energy as efficiently as possible. Energy customers are freed more independently of the energy supplier and at the same time of the complexity that would be associated with the optimization of each individual system. Smart meters and IoT technology provide the communication necessary for coordination.

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Schneider Electric Achieve First Milestone of Southeast Asia’s Largest Multifluid Renewable Energy Microgrid on Semakau Island

ENGIE, one of the world’s energy leaders, and Schneider Electric, leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, have reached a first milestone of the power generation asset installation for the ‘Sustainable Powering of Off-Grid Regions’ (SPORE) microgrid. As Southeast Asia’s largest hybrid microgrid, it will serve as a test and demonstration site for power generation from local renewable energy sources, providing clean cooking solutions and green mobility to remote islands and villages across the region, powered by a multifluid system integrating renewable resources like wind, sun and could embrace biomass production.

Located on Semakau Island, SPORE microgrid houses Singapore’s tallest wind turbine, PV (photovoltaic) panels, battery storage and a hydrogen system for storage and fuelling a hydrogen car - a first in Singapore. The microgrid is part of the existing REIDS (Renewable Energy Integration Demonstrator in Singapore) initiative led by the Energy Research Institute at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and in collaboration with EDB (Singapore Economic Development Board) and NEA (National Environment Agency).

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MARKET NEWS

Utilities Sector Reaping the Benefits of Artificial Intelligence

A new report has found that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is boosting job creation and profits in the utilities sector, while separate research suggests that there is "huge potential" for businesses to offer automated, smart technology as a product or service. In total, 73% feel that the technology can increase customer satisfaction, while 65% believe it could reduce a “future customer churn”

Global IT consultancy Capgemini’s new “Turning AI into concrete value” study found that 72% of the near 1,000 organisations with revenues of more than $500m that are implementing AI to automate job functions have experienced a 10% uplift in sales.

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The Second Wave of Smart Meter Rollouts Begin in Italy and Sweden

Italy and Sweden were the first European countries to embark on nationwide deployments of smart meters in the last decade. As the systems deployed in both countries reach their end-of-life, the distribution system operators (DSOs) are making preparations for a second wave of rollouts.

In Italy, Enel’s distribution arm e-Distribuzione is leading the way with plans to install 13 million second generation meters by 2019 and another 28 million in the following decade. Sweden faces a more complex situation with uncertainty around regulations and a greater diversity of DSOs.

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Smart Meters Inspire 86% of People to Take Energy-Saving Actions

New research by Smart Energy GB – the national campaign for the smart meter roll out – shows that 86% of smart meter owners change their behaviour to make energy savings once their device is installed.

The report, Smart meters and energy usage, demonstrates how the benefit of having a smart meter actually increases over time rather than diminishing as the novelty of the new technology wears off.

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Data Analytics Saves Money and Time for Utilities and Cities

According to a report published by Harvard University's Data-Smart City Solutions, leading cities are increasingly utilising data analytics with a view to increasing efficiency and reducing costs, improve public services or improve the accuracy of services.

At a city level, the effectiveness of these investments are, at time, hard to identify. According to the study, "Government employees with data skills can be thought of as “utility infielders,” able to work across departmental silos on a variety of projects, their value recognised internally but too seldom documented for the public."

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Berg Insight says Pure-Play PLC Smart Meter Shipments in Europe Will Peak in 2017

Annual shipments of smart electricity metres in Europe will grow by 71% in 2017 to reach 23.1 million units, according to a new research report from the M2M/IoT analyst firm Berg Insight. Growth is driven by accelerating deployments in France, Italy and the UK that coincide with the final phase of the nationwide rollout in Spain.

The great majority of the devices deployed in 2017 use powerline communication (PLC). Already in 2018, shipments of PLC smart metres are however expected to start to decline, even as the market remains strong. Instead radio-based technologies like 4G cellular (LTE-M/NB-IoT) and RF mesh will increase their market shares.

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US Utilities to Spend $20 Billion on Customer Analytics Through 2021

The spread of distributed energy resources (DERs) is driving the creation of new analytics and IT ecosystems for utilities. These ecosystems have become critical for utilities looking to enable broad range of functions from data management to DER planning.

The first wave of data and analytics was enabled through the deployment of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and utility-owned grid hardware. Today, utility analytics is evolving from internal performance optimization into a new stage. According to GTM Research’s Grid Edge Customer Utility Analytics Ecosystems report, this new stage will leverage both utility- and customer-owned internet-of-things (IOT) technologies to drive competitive advantage and achieve cost savings.

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PRESS RELEASES

Networked Energy Services Congratulates Tauron on Prestigious Industry Award

San Jose, CA, 30 October 2017

Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid solution provider with the industry’s leading Energy Applications Platform (EAP™), is pleased to congratulate and recognize utility industry leader Tauron Distribution for winning a New Impulse 2017 Award at the 14th Industry Congress Event in Poland. The New Impulse awards were presented to distinguished companies that are active, interesting and effective in responding to new trends in the power industry and making their business models. The experts voting on the awards honor distinguished individuals, companies and institutions, who showed leadership in changing and improving the energy sector in Poland.

Tauron’s award acknowledged their effective introduction of intelligent tools in energy distribution. Tauron Distribution recently completed the implementation of their Smart City project in Wrocław, where they installed 350,000 smart meters for their distribution customers. 

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Middle East Electricity Show Surges as Regional Demand Dynamics Shift

Dubai, UAE, 20 November 2017

Middle East Electricity (MEE), the region’s leading annual international trade event for the power industry, is undergoing major expansion in 2018 to service the shifting demand dynamics of the regional sector. 

“Our new dedicated product sector will launch as the Middle East and Africa's most comprehensive coming together of local, regional and international energy storage and management providers, with international manufacturers demonstrating the latest technologies transforming industry practices to regional audiences.

“With governments looking to meet spiraling demand - between 7 to 8per cent a year - caused by population growth and industrialisation, change is the name of the game across the entire Middle East and Africa power gambit. There is also a tremendous appetite to embrace technologies and renewables to combat climate change, deliver smart cities and make local eco-systems more resilient.”

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Power Europe 2017: 27-29 November 2017, Vienna, Austria;

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Cyber Security, Oil, Gas & Power 2017: 29-30 November 2017, London, UK; 

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Future Energy East Africa, 29-30 November, Nairobi, Kenya;

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Electricx: 03-05 December 2017, Cairo, Egypt; 

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Saudi Arabia Smart Grid Conference: 12-14 December, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

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NextGen SCADA Europe 2018: 30 January 2017-1 February 2018, Amsterdam, The Netherlands;

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Africa Energy Indaba: 20-21 February 2018, Johannesburg, South Africa; 

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The Maghreb & West Africa Energy Week: 05-08 March, Marrakech, Marocco;

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Middle East Electricity: 06-08 March 2018, Dubai, UAE; 

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SMART GREENS: 16-18 March 2018, Madeira, Portugal;

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

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Smart Cities - Exhibition and Conference for South-East Europe: 27-29 March 2018, Sofia, Bulgaria

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Energy Efficiency & Renewables - Exhibition and Conference for South-East Europe: 27-29 March 2018, Sofia, Bulgaria

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Metering China: 23-27 April 2018, Zhuhai, China 

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ICSG Istanbul 2018: 25-26 April 2018, Istanbul, Turkey

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African Utility Week: 15-17 May 2018, Cape Town, South Africa; 

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Solar India Expo 2018: 23-25 May 2018, New Delhi, India

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Electrify Europe: 19-21 June, Vienna, Austria; 

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GPEX 2018 Global Power & Energy Exhibition: 17-20 September 2018 Barcelona, Spain

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European Utility Week 2018: 6-8 November 2018, Vienna, Austria; 

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Oct2017
OSGP Newsletter // October 2017
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MEMBER NEWS

Caruna renews its electricity distribution network to meet needs such as 250,000 electric cars and flexible energy consumption

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment today released an interim report of the smart grid working group, which is developing a flexible and customer oriented electricity system. As a partner in the working group, Caruna’s emphasis is on a comprehensive solution that is built with electricity users in mind. Caruna’s own decade-long renewal programme is working towards the same goal.

The purpose of Caruna’s programme is to renovate the distribution network to meet the needs of customers and society for a long time to come.

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Vattenfall – smart meters bring transparency

Customer engagement is about creating transparency, Vattenfall Distribution’s Annika Viklund told Engerati.

After becoming one of the first companies to complete a national rollout of smart metering in Europe in Sweden in 2008, Vattenfall is now set to repeat this feat as it works towards one of the first second generation rollouts.

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Tauron Distribution has installed over 350,000 smart meters in Wrocław

Tauron Distribution is at the final stage of the AMIplus Smart City Wrocław project. Over 350,000 AMI smart meters were installed between 2014-2017. The present work concentrates on optimizing the meter reading system solution and completing the installation of meters in the southern part of the city.

AMIplus is a smart metering system that enables automatic processing, transmission and management of measurement data. It enables bi-directional communication between the electricity meters and the distribution company while providing the customer with up-to-date information on their electricity consumption.

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EDMI Awarded 2017 Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific AMI Solutions company of the year

EDMI Limited, a leading smart metering solutions provider, has been recognized with the 2017 Asia Pacific AMI Solutions Company of the year by Frost & Sullivan.

“EDMI is one of the leading companies offering AMI solutions in the APAC region,” said Avanthika Satheesh, Industry Analyst for Energy & Environment at Frost & Sullivan. “In 2016, the company was the market leader in ANZ, and has won a significant number of projects in APAC region,” she said.

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E.ON launches its new ‘Get Smart!’ schools competition

E.ON has launched its new ‘Get Smart!’ nationwide competition to encourage primary and secondary school pupils to think about smart meters in a fun and engaging way.

Pupils aged 7-14 years are being encouraged to write, produce and record a 60-second film all about smart meters, including information about what they are, the benefits they can bring and how they can help consumers use less energy and save money on their energy bills.

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MARKET NEWS

State of the Union 2017: The Commission scales up its response to cyber-attacks

Since 2013, the technological and security landscape in the European Union has changed at a very fast pace. Digital technologies are now an integral part of our daily life and the backbone of our economy. The Internet of Things revolution has become a reality, with tens of billions of devices expected to be connected to the Internet by 2020. At the same time the number and diversity of cyber threats is continuously growing.

With the recent ransomware attacks, a dramatic rise in cyber-criminal activity, state actors increasingly using cyber tools to meet their geopolitical goals and the diversification of cybersecurity incidents, the EU needs to be more resilient to cyber- attacks and create effective cyber deterrence, including through criminal law, to better protect Europe's citizens, businesses and public institutions. 

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EU smart meters spur growth in the customer analytics market

Advanced metering infrastructure in Europe will catalyze $30 billion in utility spending on customer analytics through 2021, according to new findings from GTM Research.

Two new reports from GTM Research demonstrate the substantial investment in both advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and specific customer analytics segments -- the first report analyzes the progress of AMI deployment in Europe, while the second is a comprehensive assessment of analytics use cases enabled by or interacting with AMI.

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Poland invests in smart grid rollout

Polish energy distribution system operator Energa is set to deploy smart grid infrastructure to improve the efficiency of the grid.

According to a statement, the energy distribution system operator signed a deal with the country’s Ministry of Energy to jointly fund the implementation of the smart grid programme. The energy ministry agreed to provide up to PLN166 million ($45.1 million) to help Energa to modernise its energy network.

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Smart grid security vulnerabilities and how to deal with them

Security flaws in widely used protective relays demonstrate the need for a rigorous cybersecurity approach in the design and use of grid devices.

Arguably the biggest challenge of the digital age is the need for security to protect against the less scrupulous members of society who are concerned either with theft or the sowing of chaos and destruction. With the power grid considered as ‘critical infrastructure’ and attacks such as that on Ukraine’s grid in 2016 with the recently identified Crashoverride malware highlighting the very real threat, security is a key issue that must be taken very seriously. And as new findings make clear, it concerns not only the deployment of new smart grid devices but the complete grid including the legacy devices.

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Central & Eastern Europe to invest $28.6 billion in smart grid infrastructure

September 27, 2017, Washington, DC: The Central and Eastern European (CEE) region offers one of the most compelling smart grid investment opportunities among emerging markets. The region—including Turkey—has relatively high rates of electricity consumption, areas with high non-technical losses and EU regulations that are driving the market. A handful of countries in the region have completed or are on their way to full deployments. Most others, including the largest markets of Poland and Turkey—are in the early stages of smart grid infrastructure investment that will total $28.6 billion over the period 2017-2027, according to a new study published today by Northeast Group, LLC.

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First storage solution for self-healing power grids in the world

ARNHEM, the Netherlands - 16 October 2017 - The rapid increase of intermittent renewable energy is putting an increasing pressure on global electricity grids. To make power grids more resilient to external influences, today a Dutch consortium, in which DNV GL participates, launched a new solution: a platform that allows local parts of the grid to disconnect from the central grid and self-heal. The project is being supported with a subsidy from RVO-TKI Urban Energy.

This new grid solution, the Cellular Smart Grid Platform (CSGriP), divides the central grid into many small cells that have the ability to function autonomously. In case of a central grid power outage, these local cells take over control. 

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Larsen & Toubro to supply 5 million smart electricity meters to EESL 

New Delhi: Larsen and Toubro Ltd (L&T) has won a Rs1,361 crore contract to supply 5 million smart electricity meters, according to state-owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), which is procuring the devices.

The contract to supply smart electricity meters at Rs2,722 a piece, the lowest bid, is about 40-50% lower than the current market rate, said EESL.

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PRESS RELEASES

OSGP Alliance Announces EUW 2017 Smart Grid Awards

October 16, 2017
The OSGP Alliance announced the 2017 Smart Grid Award winners at European Utility Week (EUW) last week in Amsterdam. The OSGP Alliance is a global non-profit association dedicated to promoting the adoption of the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) and infrastructure for smart grid applications towards a future proof modern smart grid. Each year, the OSGP Alliance provides awards to companies that achieve outstanding results with OSGP compliant smart grid/smart metering systems. “We are very proud of the outstanding projects delivered from these award winners,” said Bo Danielsen, Chairman of the OSGP Alliance. “Their achievements are a great reflection on the vast capabilities and outstanding performance available from OSGP based networks."

The OSGP Alliance EUW 2017 Smart Grid Awards recognize excellence, innovation and creativity related to OSGP based projects, solutions and products in three main categories.

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Networked Energy Services introduces new wireless communications options for the Patagonia Energy Applications Platform 

October 4, 2017
The new Fourth Generation Smart Meter now provides flexibility of wireless with industry leading communication architecture

San Jose, CA, October 4th, 2017: Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid solution provider with the industry’s leading Energy Applications Platform (EAPTM), announced today the introduction of its Generation 4 poly phase smart meter with a cellular option card. This new option further expands the wireless options available within the Patagonia Energy Applications platform and increases the connectivity footprint options for smart grid deployments.

The Generation 4 Gateway Module is a modem-equipped device that can be used to directly connect devices to the utility's data center. It is fully interoperable with NES software applications and follows the OSGP standard. This direct connect solution provides all the same functionality as a power line communication device for demand response, billing, consumer engagement and multi-commodity data collection. In addition, the Generation 4 Gateway Module architecture is also designed to support other RF communication technologies.

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Vertpom, the real energy network revolution

October 24, 2017
VERTPOM®, OUR FUTURE - MODULAR POSITIVE ENERGY TERRITORY 

MULTI FLUIDS - DECARBONIZED - DIGITAL 

The VERTPOM® project, acronym for " Véritable énERgie du Territoire POsitif et Modulaire" (Genuine Energy of the Positive and Modular Territory) was launched in June 2017 with the support of the Environment and Energy Management Agency, ADEME, within the “Investment Program of the Future” framework. This multi-fluid project develops intelligence on energy networks to optimize resources and obtain energy independence for the territory.

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150+ electric utility SCADA system professionals convene in Amsterdam to review recent implementations of next generation SCADA systems

October 26, 2017
Recent research carried out by Phoenix Forums indicates that many European utilities are now upgrading or replacing their SCADA systems to better meet the demands of the evolving digital grid. As new capacity addition and renewables integration continues to exacerbate grid complexity and undermine grid stability, more extensive and high functionality network monitoring and control is needed to provide full visibility of the end-to-end grid, and ease the migration path toward the self-learning self-healing network of the future.

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Networked Energy Services Expands Patagonia Energy Platform Applications Suite

October 3, 2017
NES Creates Low Voltage Grid Analytics to Help Utilities Reduce Technical Losses

San Jose, October 3, 2017: Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid market leader with the industry’s leading Energy Applications Platform (EAP™), announced today the launch of the Low Voltage Grid Mapper and Energy Balancer Applications for its Patagonia Platform. These applications enable utilities to map and maintain the connectivity model of their distribution network to reduce network planning costs and optimize transformer utilization as distributed generation, which industry experts expect annual installations to double within 10 years, increases across the global energy sector.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy 2017: 07-09 November 2017, Kiev, Ukraine; 

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Future Energy Nigeria, 7-8 November, Lagos, Nigeria;

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POWER WEEK 2017: 13-17 November 2017, Singapore; 

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Power Europe 2017: 27-29 November 2017, Vienna, Austria;

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Cyber Security, Oil, Gas & Power 2017: 29-30 November 2017, London, UK; 

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Future Energy East Africa, 29-30 November, Nairobi, Kenya;

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Electricx: 03-05 December 2017, Cairo, Egypt; 

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Saudi Arabia Smart Grid Conference: 12-14 December, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

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NextGen SCADA Europe 2018: 30 January 2017-1 February 2018, Amsterdam, The Netherlands;

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Africa Energy Indaba: 20-21 February 2018, Johannesburg, South Africa; 

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The Maghreb & West Africa Energy Week: 05-08 March, Marrakech, Marocco;

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Middle East Electricity: 06-08 March 2018, Dubai, UAE; 

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SMART GREENS: 16-18 March 2018, Madeira, Portugal;

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

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African Utility Week: 17-19 May 2018, Cape Town, South Africa; 

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Electrify Europe: 19-21 June, Vienna, Austria; 

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European Utility Week 2018: 6-8 November 2018, Vienna, Austria; 

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26
Sep2017
OSGP Newsletter //September 2017
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INVITATION TO JOIN OSGP ALLIANCE AT EUROPEAN UTILITY WEEK

With only 2 weeks to go we are pleased to invite you to come visit us at the upcoming European Utility Week in Amsterdam on 3-5 October 2017.

In addition to our active involvement as exhibitor we also offer you an interesting opportunity to update yourself on important industry and technology developments:

OSGP Pre-event Workshop

Monday, 2 October, 14.00 – 17.00 (Meeting Room D506, Elicium Building)

Programme:

  • Vision behind OSGP, the Future Grid, Main Building Blocks
  • OSGP Information Security and Data Protection
  • The OSI Layers and Standards & Specifications Involved, OSGP Application Layers Protocol
  • OSGP “Interoperability”, Conformance Testing and OSGP Evolution

Find the complete agenda here and contact secretariat@osgp.org for free registration.
 

Smart Meter and Grid Integration from a Vertical Perspective

Wednesday, 4 October, 09.30 - 13.00 (Hub Session 22, Exhibition Floor)

Presentation: Implementing Secure Smart Grid Applications

Speaker: Lars Garpetun, R&D Programme Manager, Vattenfall Distribution


Next Gen Cyber Security Seminar

Wednesday, 4 October,14.00 – 17.40 (Hub Session 23, Exhibition Floor)

In this session, attendees will receive information about real-world utility smart grid projects and their cost effective, practical security solutions. To give you an idea of the topics covered:

  • Smart Metering Solutions: A Hacker’s Perspective (Trusted Labs)
  • Road to Reality - Rolling-out a Secure Smart Grid (EDP Distribuição)
  • Much more than a Firewall: Security as an Integral Part of Any System (Northern Power Grid)
  • A Collaborative Approach to Grid Security (SEAS-NVE)

​Find the complete programme here.


Please visit us at our Stand (1H15) on the exhibition floor to network with OSGP experts and our OSGP Alliance co-exhibitors and sponsors including CIAC-IT, Develco, eSmart Systems, ETM, Greenbird, NES and S&T Smart Energy. 

You’re also invited to join us for a Cocktail Reception sponsored by CIAC and NES on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 from 16.30-18.30. A great opportunity to meet OSGP experts & users, exchange experiences, and have an enjoyable afternoon together.

Make use of the OSGP Alliance special discount registration and benefit from either 25% discount on your Summit pass (all access pass) or a FREE visitor pass to the exhibition (including access to the Hub Sessions).


MEMBER NEWS

E.ON uses smart meters for the first time to control customer systems

E.ON is one of the first companies in Germany to control photovoltaic (PV) systems using intelligent metering systems, commonly known as smart meters. An additional unit, a so-called control box, prevents grid congestion by flexibly controlling power generation by the solar panels.

The PV systems are connected to the grid operated by Bayernwerk, one of E.ON’s regional distribution subsidiaries. Flexible output control makes E.ON a pioneer in implementing the technical requirements of the VDE Network Technology Forum (FNN), and in the use of control boxes as part of a fully functional test system. FNN is the organization developing technical standards in this field.

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Diehl Metering: Industry model for smart water metering

Making 500 million lenses per year requires numerus stages of manufacturing to achieve a very high level of quality. Each step of the process requires the use of high quality water in significant quantities. As part of the continual improvement of its environmental management approach, for several years, ESSILOR has been conducting an innovative water-management programme. The group decided to take a structured ‘eco-design’ approach that has become a standard in five key stages: measuring, reducing, reusing, recycling and processing.

Through the identification of strategic metering points ‘water mapping’, a pilot project in a French facility resulted in a precise mapping out of the different ways of using water. This provided a site model of the consumption for each type of use (pre-treatment, process, sanitary).

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The importance of an official certification for Power Quality Instruments

Schneider Electric is one of NMi’s clients in the field of Power Quality Instrument testing and certification. Chris Ailey, Design Verification & Validation Architect at Schneider Electric in Canada shares his opinion on the importance of PQI certification.

“At Schneider Electric we have certified some of our Power Quality instruments at NMi. It is very important for Schneider to have an official certification for this type of instruments. A PQI’s performance involves numerous performance parameters. Each of which our customers require to be verified by an impartial and IEC 17025 recognized lab.”

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E-Distribuzione installs over a million electronic 2.0 Open Meters

Rome, September 11th, 2017 – over a million electronic 2.0 Open Meters have already been installed in Italy by E-Distribuzione. This is the first major step in the plan to install E-Distribuzione meters over a period of fifteen years. Over 41 million second-generation meters are to be installed all over Italy, 32 million of them replacing the current first-generation meters, the rest for new connections and as requested by customers.

The meters now up and running are part of the plan for mass installation and consumption management according to the rapid timescale set out in the plan approved by the Italian electricity, gas and water authority (AEEGSI) and published on the website of E-Distribuzione.

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Caruna to carry out extensive network improvements in Southwestern Finland and Satakunta

Caruna continues to renew its electricity distribution network in Southwestern Finland and Satakunta. Based on competitive tenders, Caruna has chosen three contractors to implement the project: Netel Oy, TLT-Group Oy and Vertek Oy. With the project, Caruna seeks to renew the network and strengthen the reliability of supply. At the project’s completion, nearly all transmission lines will be weatherproofed.

The total value of the framework agreements Caruna has signed with Netel Oy, TLT-Group Oy and Vertek Oy is EUR 100 million. The contract term is three years, extendable by one year if necessary. Spanning several years, the agreement covers many separate network improvement projects across Southwestern Finland and Satakunta.

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MARKET NEWS

Talk Community - with Bo Danielsen, Chairman of OSGP Alliance

Read the interview with Bo Danielsen to find out what they will be showcasing during European Utility Week, including a practical hub session on the 4th of October about a collaborative approach to Grid Security.

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Smart Metering deployment in the European Union

Member States are required to ensure the implementation of smart metering under EU energy market legislation in the Third Energy Package. This implementation may be subject to a long-term cost-benefit analysis (CBA). In cases where the CBA is positive, there is a roll-out target of 80% market penetration for electricity by 2020.

This report jointly prepared by the European Commission DG ENER and JRC measures progress on the deployment of smart meters across the EU. To date, Member States have committed to rolling out close to 200 million smart meters for electricity and 45 million for gas by 2020 at a total potential investment of €45 billion. By 2020, it is expected that almost 72% of European consumers will have a smart meter for electricity while 40% will have one for gas.

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5G – what will it bring to the energy sector?

5G should enable the next wave of smart grid and energy efficiency along with other benefits within the energy sector.

While in many countries 4G LTE is still an emerging technology for communications and has to see widespread deployment, developments are well under way on the next generation 5G.

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Monitoring the low voltage grid: How AMI can help

Distribution system operators with AMI systems can leverage the technology to shine light below the substation level. Expert NES tells Engerati more.

There is a joke in energy circles that if you left a group of engineers in a room, they would come up with 40 use cases for smart meters. And rightly so. Distribution operators have long had poor visibility on the low voltage grid compared to its heavily automated and real-time monitored cousins - the high and medium voltage networks - so why not leverage these new sensors.

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Bahrain develops framework for smart energy deployment

The Bahrain Sustainable Energy Unit (SEU) partnered with energy consultancy CESI in developing a framework to increase the integration of distributed renewable energy resources in the country’s main energy network.

SEU is an agency established by the Bahrain Ministry of State Electricity and Water and United Nations Development Programme to develop strategies and policies promoting increased adoption of clean energy, smart grid and energy efficiency measures to help the country improve and sustain the reliability of the grid network.

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UPCOMING EVENTS


Power Nigeria, 5-7 September 2017, Lagos, Nigeria;

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Future Energy Uganda, 13-14 September 2017, Kampala, Uganda;

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International Beirut Energy Forum, 18-20 September 2017, Dbayeh, Lebanon;

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4th Annual Industrial Control Cyber Security Europe Summit: 19- 20 September 2017,  London, UK; 

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

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Future Energy Central Africa: 2-3 October 2017, Yaoundé, Cameroon; 

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4th Annual Industrial Control Cyber Security USA Summit: 3 - 4 October 2017, Sacramento, USA; 

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European Utility Week: 3-5 October, Amsterdam 2017, The Netherlands; 

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Demand Side Response: 12 October 2017, Warsaw, Poland;

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Smart Energy World Summit: 24-25 October, 2017, Lisbon, Portugal

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Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy 2017: 07-09 November 2017, Kiev, Ukraine; 

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Future Energy Nigeria, 7-8 November, Lagos, Nigeria;

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POWER WEEK 2017: 13-17 November 2017, Singapore; 

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Utility Scale Solar Summit: 14-15 November 2017, Beirut, Lebanon;

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Power Europe 2017: 27-29 November 2017, Vienna, Austria;

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Cyber Security, Oil, Gas & Power 2017: 29-30 November 2017, London, UK; 

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Future Energy East Africa, 29-30 November, Nairobi, Kenya;

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Electricx: 03-05 December 2017, Cairo, Egypt; 

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Saudi Arabia Smart Grid Conference: 12-14 December, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

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NextGen SCADA Europe 2018: 30 January 2017-1 February 2018, Amsterdam, The Netherlands;

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Africa Energy Indaba: 20-21 February 2018, Johannesburg, South Africa; 

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The Maghreb & West Africa Energy Week: 05-08 March, Marrakech, Marocco;

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Middle East Electricity: 06-08 March 2018, Dubai, UAE; 

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SMART GREENS: 16-18 March 2018, Madeira, Portugal;

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

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African Utility Week: 17-19 May 2018, Cape Town, South Africa; 

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31
Aug2017
OSGP Newsletter // August 2017
Newsletter Details

 

MEMBER NEWS
 

Invitation to join OSGP Alliance Workshop at European Utility Week 2017, Amsterdam, 2 October 2017

The vision behind OSGP, the future grid and the main building blocks will be presented at the targeted OSGP Alliance pre-event workshop on Monday, October 2nd from 14.00-16.30. 

The presentation topics include:

  • The OSI layers and Standards and Specifications involved              
  • OSGP Application Layer Protocol
  • OSGP Information Security and Data Protection    
  • OSGP “Interoperability”, conformance testing and OSGP Evolution 

Contact secretariat@osgp.org for latest programme details and free pre-event registration for both OSGP Alliance members and non-members.


Nobody is talking about utilities’ core challenge – Enterprise Integration

Everybody is talking about Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data and Machine Learning. Everybody is talking about intelligent grid operations, predictive maintenance and preventative outage management.

Nobody is talking about utilities’ core challenge – Enterprise Integration

The number one challenge that utilities face is Enterprise Integration. A smart grid cannot exist without integration; it would just be a collection of meters and an accumulation of meter readings. We won’t experience a smart city without integration; it would just be a network of connected devices spouting big data. Without integration, there would be no smart services, no predictive maintenance, nor any intelligent grid operations.

Realizing the full vision of the digital utility is impossible without integration. To help utilities to understand the importance and urgency, Greenbird is working closely with the OSGP Alliance and its members such as NES to contribute with expert competency  within integration to build the future proof modern smart grid.
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Welcome to GREENBIRD as co-sponsor at European Utility Week OSGP Alliance Pavilion

Following up on last year’s success, OSGP Alliance will participate with an even larger pavilion of 120 m2 in a high traffic area at European Utility Week 2017 in Amsterdam, October 3-5.

EUW is the premier business, innovation and information platform connecting the smart utility community with 12.000 international smart energy experts, 600 exhibitors, 400 utilities and 450 high-level industry speakers expected.

If you wish to strengthen your position within the OSGP ecosystem. promote your company, as well as your hardware/software/system solutions, join the OSGP Alliance Pavilion and benefit from special discount booking. 

There are only limited spaces available so contact us immediately if you wish to join the pavilion at secretariat@osgp.org. Please note, there is an additional discount for OSGP Alliance members.


E.ON welcomes first of 1,000 smart metering apprentices as it opens new national electrical skills training academy in Kingswinford

E.ON’s new and bespoke national electrical skills training academy has been officially opened by Councillor Dave Tyler, Mayor of Dudley, and E.ON’s CEO Michael Lewis, HR Director Dave Newborough and the first of 1,000 recruits who will enrol at the academy over the next couple of years.

E.ON’s new smart metering ‘Academy of Excellence’ has opened its doors to its first 30 trainees who are undertaking a year-long apprenticeship in smart meter installation. Once they successfully complete their apprenticeship, the fully qualified Smart Metering Technicians will be visiting E.ON customers’ homes and businesses to fit smart meters as part of a government-led nationwide rollout which will help make estimated energy bills a thing of the past.

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Duke Energy bringing smart meters to Kentucky customers, giving them more control of their energy use and bill payment options

CINCINNATI -- Duke Energy Kentucky is launching its smart meter deployment program later this month, bringing the new digital technology to customers in northern Kentucky.

The new smart meters are part of Duke Energy's commitment to building a smarter energy future. The investment in the digital technology will improve reliability and help the company meet the changing needs and expectations of customers.

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EDMI awarded CPA certification for SMETS2 dual fuel meters in Great Britain

Hook, United Kingdom, 19th July, 2017: EDMI Europe Limited (EDMI), a leading smart metering solutions provider, has been granted Commercial Product Assurance (CPA) certification from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) for both its electricity and gas SMETS2 smart meters. EDMI is one of the first meter suppliers to have all required certifications to install SMETS2 meters into a live environment which are now ready for deployment as part of the residential smart meter rollout in Great Britain.

The dual fuel meters are recognised as SMETS2 compliant having met all of the security requirements necessary for the Governments national programme, and are to be noted on the Certified Products List (CPL) shortly. This follows the CPA certification for its Communications Hub for the North region gained last year, which has already begun installations.

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NES emphasizes critical importance of Smart Grid security 

Over the last two months, the world has been subject to two major ransomware attacks. The most recent being an attack known as 'Petya', a malicious software that spread through large firms that led to PC's and essential data being locked up and held for ransom. Prior to this incident, the 'Wannacry' ransomware locked data from nearly 230,000 computers used by leading international organizations in at least 150 countries, including the UK’s National Health Service, Russian Ministry of Interiors, and FedEx. These attacks, once again, brought to forefront the significance of cyber security at a time when cyber-crime has evolved into a growth industry with low risks and high returns.

In light of this event, Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid market leader with the industry’s leading Patagonia Energy Applications Platform (EAP ™), has thrown the spotlight on the critical role of security in Smart Grids. The connected infrastructures in power grids such as intelligent networks, smart meters, and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions have increased the possibility of cyber threats in the energy sector. In line with this, the company has urged the community, individuals, organizations and utility providers alike to be prepared to deal with cyberattacks for national security and economic well-being. Utility providers such as Dubai Electricity and Water Authority and Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority in the UAE are stepping up their efforts to ensure security in their grids from such attacks with the installation of smart meters, which is currently underway across the country in a bid to complete over one million smart meters by 2020.

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Schneider Electric and Claroty Partner to Address Safety and Cybersecurity Challenges

Claroty, an innovator in Operational Technology (OT) network protection, and Schneider Electric announced recently (8/7) that they are partnering to address safety and cybersecurity challenges for the world's industrial infrastructure. Under the terms of the agreement, Claroty will market its real-time OT/ICS network monitoring and detection solution to Schneider Electric's customers through the company's Collaborative Automation Partner Program (CAPP).

The Claroty platform is designed to proactively protect industrial control systems and continuously monitor industrial networks for cyber threats. With secure remote access, asset owners can employ policies to control remote employee and third-party access to critical systems, and record the sessions. Continuous threat detection creates a detailed inventory of industrial network assets, identifies misconfigurations, monitors traffic between assets, and finds anomalies that may indicate the presence of a malicious actor. Context rich alerts provide plant and security personnel with actionable insights for efficient investigation, response, and recovery, according to Claroty.

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MARKET NEWS

Smart meter deployments bring new challenges around data management, validation and security.

Energy companies are advancing mandated smart meter rollouts and many European households will have a smart meter installed before the end of 2020.

The ultimate goal of smart metering is to allow the utility to provide consumers with better visibility into their energy consumption, to enable demand response to reduce peak load and to manage voltage to reduce energy consumption.

These business values now need to be realised and Engerati believes it is absolutely necessary for the utility sector to transform smart metering into an engaging and compelling proposition for customers and to leverage it to deliver grid resilience.


Among the key impact areas of smart metering identified by Engerati are implementing grid intelligence, empowering smart demand response and enabling grid flexibility.

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Cyber security experts team up with grid to protect Europe

The European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS) and the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop regulations, practices, standards and defenses with the aim of protecting the industry from digital criminals.

ENCS will provide ENTSO-E with technical information and support on cyber security issues while the latter will provide insights into the European transmission system and the particular challenges faced by its operators.

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Grid automation drives increase in utility cybersecurity investments

According to energy market research firm Navigant Research, global smart grid cybersecurity spending will reach $3.2 billion by 2026.

Commenting on the nature of the utility landscape and market for cybersecurity technologies, Michael Kelly, research analyst with Navigant Research, said: “The proliferation of the smart grid and Internet of Things (IoT) has led to the deployment of billions of networked sensing devices, increasingly further out to the grid edge.

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Turkey to install 3.6m smart meters annually

Turkey's market for smart meters is growing rapidly but still needs standardisation and increased consumer awareness, says Frost & Sullivan.

Turkey has experienced the world’s second largest increase in demand for energy over the last decade and further growth is predicted to continue at around 7% until 2023. Meeting that growth while ensuring a reliable supply is a major challenge for Turkey.

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US utility expands smart meter rollout

In the US state of Michigan, the Coldwater Board of Public Utilities announced the expansion of its smart electric meters programme to its residential customers.

According to a local publication, the utility approved a budget of $181,125 for the installation of 680 smart electric meters for commercial customers under a smart electric meters programme kick-started in 2015.

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Smart meters ‘changing 85% of consumers’ energy habits’

Around 85% of people with smart meters have cut energy use by changing how they act around the house.

That’s according to a new report from Smart Energy GB, based on a 2,557-person survey of energy behaviour before and after upgrading to the new technology

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PRESS RELEASE 

Top sector experts in line up for European Utility Week Keynote Opening

24 Aug 2017

Mr. Adnan Z. Amin Director-General (IRENA) will open the Official Keynote for European Utility Week (EUW) 2017.

Emergent new players and distributed generation as well as changing demand patterns are all impacting business models tremendously. The Opening Keynote during the European Utility Week Summit, on day one of the event, will examine those key strategic themes causing shifts in the utility business model.

Shaping the future of the energy industry lies in an integrated approach to an energy infrastructure - a fully integrated and interconnected electricity system and market in Europe. A vision that goes beyond regional efforts and spans to include all key players in the smart energy ecosystem. European strategy to achieve a smooth transition towards a low carbon energy supply is at the heart of European Utility Week.

In the Opening keynote Adnan Z. Amin will address the challenges utilities are currently dealing with and how European strategy and goals for 2030 and 2050 will enable the transition towards a low carbon energy supply.

The Opening Keynote at European Utility Week will set the stage for what will come during the strategic Summit across the 3-day programme starting 3-5 October, Rai Amsterdam. The high level opening debate will be a true reflection of the choice of the “consumer”; how to empower people by understanding their energy choices and the shift of ownership in the value chain.

European Utility Week, part of the Global Utility Week series, spans a global network of 150,000 smart energy professionals. European Utility Week is the premier landmark event in Europe for the entire smart utility sector, and will accumulate over 12,000 international smart energy stakeholders and 600 exhibitors. The event brings together energy professionals to learn, network, collaborate and share expertise and information on a global level, which is why programmes for international delegations that wish to learn more about the European utility industry and beyond are set up. Utility delegations from the US, Turkey, Philippines will be sending their C-level utility representatives to the event with more delegations from Malaysia, Brazil, Peru and India to be confirmed shortly.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Power Nigeria, 5-7 September 2017, Lagos, Nigeria;

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Future Energy Uganda, 13-14 September 2017, Kampala, Uganda;

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International Beirut Energy Forum, 18-20 September 2017, Dbayeh, Lebanon;

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4th Annual Industrial Control Cyber Security Europe Summit: 19- 20 September 2017,  London, UK; 

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

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Future Energy Central Africa: 2-3 October 2017, Yaoundé, Cameroon; 

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4th Annual Industrial Control Cyber Security USA Summit: 3 - 4 October 2017, Sacramento, USA; 

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European Utility Week: 3-5 October, Amsterdam 2017, The Netherlands; 

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Demand Side Response: 12 October 2017, Warsaw, Poland;

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Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy 2017: 07-09 November 2017, Kiev, Ukraine; 

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Future Energy Nigeria, 7-8 November, Lagos, Nigeria;

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POWER WEEK 2017: 13-17 November 2017, Singapore; 

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Utility Scale Solar Summit: 14-15 November 2017, Beirut, Lebanon;

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Power Europe 2017: 27-29 November 2017, Vienna, Austria;

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Cyber Security, Oil, Gas & Power 2017: 29-30 November 2017, London, UK; 

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Future Energy East Africa, 29-30 November, Nairobi, Kenya;

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Electricx: 03-05 December 2017, Cairo, Egypt; 

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NextGen SCADA Europe 2018: 30 January 2017-1 February 2018, Amsterdam, The Netherlands;

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Africa Energy Indaba: 20-21 February 2018, Johannesburg, South Africa; 

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The Maghreb & West Africa Energy Week: 05-08 March, Marrakech, Marocco;

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Middle East Electricity: 06-08 March 2018, Dubai, UAE; 

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SMART GREENS: 16-18 March 2018, Madeira, Portugal;

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

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African Utility Week: 17-19 May 2018, Cape Town, South Africa; 

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OSGP Newsletter // July 2017
Newsletter Details

MEMBER NEWS

Programme updates Next Gen Cyber Security Session hosted by OSGP Alliance at European Utility Week 2017 

Critically important security implementations and proven capabilities implemented by some of the largest utilities in Europe will be presented at the Next Gen Cyber Security Session at European Utility Week 2017 in Amsterdam, October 3-5.

We are pleased to welcome our new speaker Mr Johan Rambi, Board Member of EE-ISAC (European Energy Information Sharing & Analysis Centre) and Corporate Privacy & Security Advisor, Alliander. Mr Rambi will present the results from information sharing and international collaboration @ EE-ISAC. The presentation topics include:

  • International collaboration with US and Japan
  • Sharing of incidents like Petya and Industroyer
  • Information sharing topics like threat intelligence and cyber-physical security

Contact secretariat@osgp.org for latest programme details and special discount registration for OSGP Alliance members.


OSGP Alliance Pavilion at European Utility Week 2017

Following up on last year’s success, OSGP Alliance will participate with an even larger pavilion of 120 m2 in a high traffic area at European Utility Week 2017 in Amsterdam, October 3-5.

EUW is the premier business, innovation and information platform connecting the smart utility community with 12.000 international smart energy experts, 600 exhibitors, 400 utilities and 450 high-level industry speakers expected.

If you wish to strengthen your position within the OSGP ecosystem. promote your company, as well as your hardware/software/system solutions, join the OSGP Alliance Pavillion and benefit from special discount booking. 

There are only limited spaces available so contact us immediately if you wish to join the pavilion at secretariat@osgp.org. Please note, there is an additional discount for OSGP Alliance members.


New programs offer Duke Energy Carolinas' customers more control of their energy use and bill payment options

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Duke Energy Carolinas is offering a number of new enhanced services that will provide customers with more control over their energy use as well as offer tailored bill payment options.

These programs offer customers with smart meters the opportunity to pick billing due dates, and receive alerts that will guide their monthly budget making and help them manage their personal energy lifestyle.

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UAS: a vision for smart energy

Was there ever a time when phones were really dumb, before the invention of smart technology? Perhaps not. But perhaps the same could not be said for smart electricity meters. With municipalities facing high bills from utilities, a billing crisis in some of the biggest cities in the country, if there was ever a sector of industry that needed a smart meter it would be this one.

Enter UAS, a Johannesburg-based company with a vision to make local energy consumption the smartest on the planet. Christo Myburgh is the entrepreneurial man-with-a-plan who heads up the company, and is its energetic leader. The maxim of the company is to use technology to effect smart innovation, and all indications are that he has the systems to pull it off.

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Eltel’s Power business signs a new multi-year building agreement with Ellevio in Sweden

Eltel has signed a new power distribution building agreement with Ellevio AB to build new local underground electric networks in Sweden. The scope is turnkey from design to commissioning and the entire project is expected to be completed by summer 2020. The contract is an important market breakthrough for Eltel in Sweden.

The new agreement consists of installing 800 kilometres of low and medium voltage cable, 470 kilometres of excavation and the installation of approximately 310 new net stations. In addition, the contract also comprises the dismantling of the existing overhead line network. In Finland, Eltel is the market leader in corresponding network investment projects.

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LG CNS secures contract to deliver energy storage systems to Guam Power Authority

– LG CNS, a leading energy solutions and services provider across energy storage, microgrids, renewable energy and smart cities sectors, was awarded a $43 million contract by the Guam Power Authority (GPA) to deliver, operate and maintain two Energy Storage Systems (ESS) that combined can deliver 40 megawatts (MW) of power output. The contract, celebrated at a ceremony on May 15, 2017, marks LG CNS’ largest ESS project to date.

The project will reduce the intermittent power outages Guam is experiencing due to increasing net metering penetration and utility scale renewable projects. Further, the project will help GPA prepare the grid as it works toward reaching a renewable goal of 25 percent by 2035. Plans call for a 24 MW ESS for frequency regulation to be located at a substation in the village of Agana, and a 16 MW ESS for renewable integration to be installed at a substation in the village of Talofofo, which is connected to an existing solar farm.

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Nordic energy CEOs call on EU to make markets work in the Clean Energy Package

In a joint declaration, the CEOs of Fortum, Statkraft and Vattenfall encourage the European Commission to safeguard the elements of the Clean Energy Package that support well-functioning power markets.

The three Nordic utilities also propose concrete adjustments to the legislative proposal, aimed at enforcing the path towards a decarbonised Europe driven by market-based instruments, a level-playing field and coherent governance.

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EIB to finance upgrade of Alliander electricity grid in the Netherlands

The loan will be used to finance parts of the renewal and expansion of the distribution network used by Liander, a subsidiary of Alliander, to distribute electricity to customers. This investment will contribute to make the network future-proof. The investment programme is expected to be completed in late 2018.

"Network operators play an important role in the transition to a sustainable energy supply in the future, this will require substantial investments. The EIB is very pleased to be able to contribute to this through this loan," says EIB Vice-President Pim van Ballekom. "Alliander is a new client for the Bank. Every day Alliander serves more than three million customers in the Netherlands, meaning it plays an important role in society; that is an important consideration for the Bank whether to award a loan."

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MARKET NEWS

Smart Meter Cyber Attacks: “A Clear and Present Danger”

A new article has been published in the International Journal of Critical Infrastructure Protection entitled, “Security Analysis of an Advanced Metering Infrastructure.”  According to the article: “Sophisticated cyber attacks on advanced metering infrastructures are a clear and present danger.  The most devastating scenario involves a computer worm that traverses advanced metering infrastructures and permanently disables or ‘bricks’ millions of smart meters in major metropolitan areas.”

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Smart thermostat growth fastest in Europe

The smart thermostat is proving to be an attractive opportunity in the smart home market.

Smart thermostats grew by 67% to 10.1m in 2016 across the US and Europe, according to a new report from research company, Berg Insight. The growth rate was slower than Europe at 64% but the installed base was larger at 7.8m households.

Analysts at Berg Insight predict that the number of smart thermostat-owning households will continue to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 50% over the next five years, reaching 78.1m in 2021. It states that the US will remain the largest market though, with 43.4 million homes having smart thermostats, compared to 34.7m in Europe.

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Smart grid cybersecurity: European project to tackle malware

The European SPARKS project has developed solutions to address malware threats to control systems in the smart grid. For the utility sector, Crashoverride, or Industroyer as it also was named, should be the ultimate wake up call on security, if any further are needed.

Taking its name from its self-identifying ‘crash’ in multiple locations, Crashoverride is the malware framework identified as that used in the widely publicised cyber-attack on Ukraine’s electric grid in 2016.

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Eskom gets smart in its battle to identify electricity thieves

Eskom is increasingly using smart meters and data analytics to identify electricity thieves as it tackles a growing problem that, in the year to March, accounted for 7.55% of its energy losses from 6.19% in 2012-13.

In January, a 15-month toddler was killed in his yard by an illegal electricity connection. In February, three people were electrocuted in separate incidents on the South Coast, apparently after stepping on exposed cables.

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Collaboration leads the charge on EV cyber security

A cyber security organisation and an electric vehicle (EV) group have joined together to protect charging infrastructure in the Netherlands.

The European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS) & ElaadNL have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop effective security measures and regulation, set out cyber security practices for the industry and develop common standards for EV charging.

ENCS will contribute technical information and expertise on cyber security whilst ElaadNL will provide expertise as the knowledge and innovation centre for charging infrastructure and smart charging in the nation.

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PRESS RELEASE

Industry Gears Up for 6th Edition of Power Nigeria

24 July 2017, Lagos, Nigeria: The Power Nigeria exhibition and conference, which takes place from 5-7 September at a new purpose built exhibition venue in Lagos - Landmark Centre, is set to once again attract the entire power market value chain, from decision makers and business leaders to experts and trade professionals who will gather to deliberate the latest trends and progression within the country’s power sector.

Speaking on the sidelines of last year’s conference, keynote speaker H.E. Babatunde Fashola, Minister – Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Nigeria stated; “Now is the time to invest. The Nigerian power sector is a market that no rational investor can ignore. We must be focused and cautious, as the sector is very sensitive. There is no need for just profiteers and inflammatory talk. The grid is strong and we are looking at expansion in the future.''

This year’s Power Nigeria Agenda, which runs throughout the three-day exhibition, provides the platform for Municipal, Disco, financial, manufacturing, and solar leaders to come together to discuss the nation’s electricity deficiencies and solutions with the greater electricity market. The event promises to move strategic and technical discussions forward on topics such as Reaching last mile customers; Managing project and financial risk; and Building on and off-grid solar capacity.

The 2017 edition will be its largest to date and is set to attract over 100 exhibitors from 11 countries, offering visitors a first look of some of the latest products available on the market covering transmission and distribution, cables, transformers, switchgears and lighting. This year, there has also been a significant increase in country pavilions from one to three with representation from Turkey, China and India.

“If you look at all the growth areas Power Nigeria, from exhibitor numbers and country pavilions through to planned product launches, we’re confident that this edition is the most suited to date to assist the country’s growing power sector. Solar is becoming an increasingly import industry sector and we have made sure that our content streams this year are set up to support discussions on how to grow solar in the country.” said Anita Mathews, Group Director – Industrial Group, Informa Exhibitions.

Some of the standout exhibitors this year include Cummins, Polycab, Gil Automations, Beta Transformator and Skipper Seil.

Power Nigeria draws on the strengths of Informa Industrial Group’s geographical foothold in the Middle East and Africa through its partner events Electricx and Solar-Tec in Cairo, and Middle East Electricity in Dubai, which holds the title of world’s largest power event.

Power Nigeria will take place at a new purpose built exhibition venue in Lagos - Landmark Centre, Nigeria from the 5 - 7 September 2017. Visitor pre-registration can be done online at https://goo.gl/rYvroj


UPCOMING EVENTS

PPP Financing, Projects and Contracts: 21-24 August 2017, Johannesburg, SA: 6-7 June;

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Power Nigeria, 5-7 September 2017, Lagos, Nigeria;

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Future Energy Uganda, 13-14 September 2017, Kampala, Uganda;

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International Beirut Energy Forum, 18-20 September 2017, Dbayeh, Lebanon;

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4th Annual Industrial Control Cyber Security Europe Summit: 19- 20 September 2017,  London, UK; 

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

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Future Energy Central Africa: 2-3 October 2017, Yaoundé, Cameroon; 

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4th Annual Industrial Control Cyber Security USA Summit: 3 - 4 October 2017, Sacramento, USA; 

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European Utility Week: 3-5 October, Amsterdam 2017, The Netherlands; 

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Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy 2017: 07-09 November 2017, Kiev, Ukraine; 

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Future Energy Nigeria, 7-8 November, Lagos, Nigeria;

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POWER WEEK 2017: 13-17 November 2017, Singapore; 

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Power Europe 2017: 27-29 November 2017, Vienna, Austria;

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Cyber Security, Oil, Gas & Power 2017: 29-30 November 2017, London, UK; 

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Future Energy East Africa, 29-30 November, Nairobi, Kenya;

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Electricx: 03-05 December 2017, Cairo, Egypt; 

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Africa Energy Indaba: 20-21 February 2018, Johannesburg, South Africa; 

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Middle East Electricity: 06-08 March 2018, Dubai, UAE; 

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

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African Utility Week: 17-19 May 2018, Cape Town, South Africa; 

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