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26
Oct2018
OSGP Newsletter // October 2018
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MEMBER NEWS

Invitation to visit OSGP Alliance Pavilion at European Utility Week - Visit us at Stand A.j4!

We are pleased to invite you to come visit us at the OSGP Pavilion at the upcoming European Utility Week in Vienna, 6-8 November 2018.  Please visit us at our OSGP Alliance Pavilion (Stand A.j4) to network with OSGP experts and our OSGP Alliance Pavilion sponsors and exhibitors including Networked Energy Services (NES), GÖRLITZ AG, eSmart Systems, ETM MÄTTEKNIK AB, Develco Products and CIAC IT. You will be able to explore the latest innovations and technologies that offer utilities additional benefits and new insights into future solutions. 

In addition to our active involvement as exhibitor, we also would like to inform you about an interesting opportunity to get an update on Protocols from a panel discussion of industry experts, including Mark Ossel, Board Member of the OSGP Alliance, who will play an active role as panelist. Session details:

Digitalisation – Protocols Session 

Thursday, 8 November, 09.30 – 12.30 (Digitalisation – Hub Theatre 2, Exhibition Floor)

Please be advised that the OSGP Alliance is able to offer you a special discount registration and benefit of either 25% discount on your Summit Pass (all access pass) or a FREE visitor pass  to the exhibition (including access to the Hub Sessions) by using this link.

We look forward to seeing you in Vienna!

 

Smart Grid, Smart Cities and the App Store

Of course, a Smart Energy Grid is an integral part of a Smart City. The social and sustainability benefits of the Smart City are dependent on reliable and secure supply of energy, leveraging the changing role of distributed generation and maximising distribution efficiency. This is clearly understood by the energy industry and directs the quality and “intelligence” of Smart Grid solutions in these environments.

The linkage with the iTunes App Store may be a little harder to conceptualise, but that is exactly what Tauron, a leading DSO in Poland, has explained in a recent case study describing their deployment of a Smart Grid for their Smart City Wroclaw initiative. Tauron is referring to how their deployment of more than 360K meters allows the introduction of new meter vendors and services into their Smart Grid solution seamlessly; reliably working together and integrating with their back-end systems.

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Panasonic's Multi-hop HD-PLC Adopted as Smart Meter Communications System by Taiwan Power Company

Panasonic Corporation has successfully proposed adoption to Taiwan Power Company of its HD-PLC high-speed power line communications technology as a communications system to utilize next-generation smart meters. Taiwan Power Company began accepting proposals for technology relating to communications systems in June 2017. Verification testing of the latest wireless technology and power line communications technology was held in Taipei City in September of that year. Smart meters will be introduced to approx. 260,000 households in main cities of Taiwan from December 2018. The HD-PLC technology meets the high performance criteria required, and smart meters incorporating this technology will be introduced in Taipei and other areas.

Smart meters require stable communications performance to achieve detailed controls matching power demand with high-frequency data collection. The HD-PLC technology can meet these requirements and is expected to contribute to building IoT communications infrastructure for smart meters and smart city concepts to be adopted worldwide in the future.

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N1 Takes Over Kjellerup Elnet A/S

The network company N1 and Kjellerup Elforsyning have entered into an agreement by which N1 takes over Kjellerup Elnet A/S. Both the increasing regulatory requirements for efficient networking and the major administrative burden make it increasingly difficult for the small power companies to operate, and after many years of cooperation in a number of areas, Kjellerup Elnet A/S is now part of N1.

The two grid companies have worked closely together for a long time. A collaboration which is a good reflection of the development that the industry has been through over the years. This includes the operation and maintenance of the electricity supply facilities, remote reading of the electricity meters and administrative services in connection with the import and operation of the wholesale model.

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Digital Technology Increases Grid Efficiency

E.ON is using digital technology to increase network efficiency: as part of the EU InterFlex project, E.ON subsidiary Avacon has put the Smart Grid Hub into live operation. This intelligent device is able to control grid-connected systems such as PV installations or battery storage remotely. In this way, the Smart Grid Hub ensures that the grid remains stable even if far too much or too little energy is generated locally. Avacon has installed smart meters in around 200 private households in Lower Saxony that transmit their data to the Smart Grid Hub. Thorsten Gross, InterFlex project manager at Avacon, says: "The transformation of the energy sector must remain affordable. Solutions such as those now being tested in Lueneburg help to increase grid efficiency and thus reduce overall system costs."

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Eniig and SE on the Way in Great Merger

The boards of both energy companies Eniig and SE have entered into an agreement to merge under the name Norlys amba. The prospect of significant business synergies and development opportunities forms the basis for the decision that the boards of both companies have agreed upon unanimously.

The merger, which takes place equally between SE and Eniig, is in line with both companies' strategy for increased branch collaboration and consolidation. Norlys amba becomes a solid and significant energy and telecommunications company with approx. 709,000 co-owners and approx. 2,500 employees.

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MARKET NEWS

Kuwait Announces New Smart Meter Project

Kuwait's Ministry of Electricity and Water has announced a new smart meter project which will connect hundreds of thousands of buildings across the country.The project will install a total of 800,000 electrical meters and 300,000 water meters to homes and office across the country, helping to meet the New Kuwait Vision 2035 goals of effective governance.

The project is a partnership with telco Zain, business consultants Oliver Wyman, and Ericsson, acting as the systems integrator. Smart meter sensors will transmit water and electricity data on Zain's networks to the Ministry's digital core. Ericsson will provide SAP's HANA in-memory platform to process the data, which will be used for real-time data on utilities usage and billing.

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APAC and North America to Drive Smart Meter Market Growth to $20bn

According to a new report, the global market for smart meters is set to be worth over $19.98bn by 2022. The report was published by MarketsandMarkets and outlines that the industry is expected to grow in various regions. Smart meters are a means of monitoring and displaying energy use to utility companies as well as their customers, and as such are becoming a popular way for consumers to try and make their energy use more efficient and economical, with many utility companies now rolling them out as standard.

The report is entitled ‘Smart Meters Market by Type (Electric, Water and Gas), Application (Commercial, Residential and Industrial), Technology (Automatic Meter Reading and Advanced Metering Infrastructure) and by Region – Global Forecasts to 2022’. It predicts that globally, the market will grow at a CAGR of 9.34% from 2017-2022. The North American market is estimated to be the largest, with current growth driven by government policies, energy conservation, increasing smart grid deployment and efforts by utility companies to improve billing accuracy and customer service.

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Smart Metering Operations Starts in Oman

Nama Group has announced the commencement of the live operation of their centrally implemented Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) project designed for high value customers in the electricity sector in Oman. The groundbreaking project was carried out by a professional team of Omani experts from the electricity distribution companies in Nama Group in partnership with CESI Middle East FZE, a subsidiary of CESI, a world-leading technical consulting and engineering company, and Wipro Limited as the system integrator. The AMR system is a central standard smart metering system that will enable electricity companies to obtain accurate, hourly meter readings from high value customers and collect their consumption in an automated manner.

Nama Group CEO Eng Omar Al Wahaibi said, “The AMR is another milestone in our continuous efforts to drive the electricity sector to enhance efficiencies, reduce electricity losses and provide better services to our customers. Moreover, this project sets a strong basis for providing more advanced services to our customers and helps us become more effective in serving their needs in an efficient manner, in our quest to realise Nama’s vision of becoming a leading reference for utility service excellence by 2022.”

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Smart Meters for Blind and Partially Sighted Energy Customers

Accessible in-home displays (AIHDs) for smart meters for energy customers who are blind and partially sighted are being developed. Trade body Energy UK, smart meter display manufacturer geo and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) have been working with energy suppliers to bring the benefits of the technology to more people.

Smart meters come with an in-home display that shows customers how much energy they have used and how much it costs. Energy UK says the AHID will feature “high-contrast, tactile buttons and speech output” and it is being tested by blind and partially sighted user groups to provide feedback and guidance to shape the overall design specification.

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Cybersecurity Pact for Europe’s Energy Sector

A European cybersecurity pact has been agreed that is intended to make “the tools of the energy transition safe for citizens and secure for providers”. The tools concerned are “the data generated and needed by the smart grid system that will allow for the real evolution of electric services at the advantage of customers”. At a high-level technical workshop in Brussels, the European Distribution System Operators' Association for Smart Grids (EDSO) and the European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS) agreed to jointly take active cybersecurity leadership in the energy sector.

“The challenge for all of us will be defining a socially responsible digitalisation in our sectors. Cybersecurity and hence the derived 'digital safety' become a new civil right for the citizens,” said Roberto Zangrandi, Secretary General of EDSO.

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Smart Meters yet to Catch on in Hungary

Still regarded as expensive, it will take time for smart meters to replace conventional ones in Hungarian households. A recently ended pilot project may give some new cues to consumers and transmission operators on the business case for these systems, but its result are yet to be published.

In an era when anything smart from phones to activity trackers sells like hot cake, it is somewhat counterintuitive that smart meters have taken so long to catch on, in particular in households, where the promise of saving on energy bills is supposed to convince most. Yet, to date, only a fraction of Hungarian households have had a smart meter installed. The main culprit is price; although it has dropped somewhat in the past few years, it is still regarded too high to help smart meters become widespread.

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PRESS RELEASES 

Networked Energy Services and Remote Metering Solution Nearing Completion of the Largest Commercial Smart Meter Roll-Out in South Africa

NES and RMS partnership offers a secure, multi-application utility metering and recovery service for property owners and Property Developers in South Africa. 

San Jose, CA, October 25, 2018: Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid solution provider with the industry’s leading Energy Applications Platform (EAPTM), announced today with its partner, Remote Metering Solutions (RMS), that they are nearing the completion of the third phase for one of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) Top 40 Listed Companies. The initial phase of the project, which is the largest commercial smart meter roll-out in South Africa, commenced in 2017, and the third phase will be completed before the end of this year.

The joint solution from NES and RMS, leverages the award winning NES Smart Grid and Smart Metering System, along with RMS’ customized solution for its clients’ utility billing and recovery management requirements. 

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The international conference on smart cities and urban solutions will gather over 400 speakers

Rufus Pollock, Andrew Keen, Victor Pineda and Muhammad Yunus, keynotes at Smart City Expo

03 October 2018: Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC), the leading international event for cities will host on 2018 its eighth edition under the theme Cities To Live In. From November 13 to 15, Fira de Barcelona's Gran Via venue will gather over 400 speakers and thinkers from fields that range from technology and smart governance to sharing economy and mobility. Among the top speakers for the 2018 edition are Rufus Pollock, economist and founder of Open Knowledge International; Andrew Keen, economist and author of How to fix the Future and The Cult of the Amateur; Víctor Pineda, social development scholar and disability rights advocate; and Bangladeshi social entrepreneur, banker and economist Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner.

This edition's theme aims to underline the ultimate and common goal of making cities better places to live in. And the keynote speakers featured in the 2018 SCEWC exemplify this purpose. 

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Caruna Finland Expands the Use of the NES System via L+G’s AMM System 

04 Sep 2018

Networked Energy Services Delivers on Interoperability 

Caruna Finland expands the use of the NES System via L+G’s AMM System.

San Jose, CA, September 4, 2018: Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid solution provider with the industry’s leading Patagonia Energy Applications Platform (EAPTM), announced today the successful integration of the NES System with Landis+Gyr’s (L+G) AIM Advanced Metering Management System for Caruna of Finland, the largest electricity distribution company in Finland. The migration and integration project was successfully implemented and performed under a Smart Grid Services Contract 

NES has been working with Caruna since 2009. The relationship started with the deployment of the NES solution for more than 672,000 customers, and has continued with expansions, updates and support to this day. The system provides secured access to metering data that is delivered to excellent levels of reliability for all meters. The NES System was initially integrated with Caruna’s billing and other IT systems via a 3rd party MDMS. After NES’s Smart Grid Services Team completed the recent migration and integration project with L+G, the NES System now is integrated with Caruna’s IT systems via L+G’s AIM MDMS System. The NES System was designed with interoperability as a core requirement, and the HES (Head End System) communicates with other IT Systems using standard Web services interfaces. This avoids a utility being locked into a single source and provides flexibility to change the MDMS or other IT Systems during the life of the smart metering system.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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

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POWER WEEK Asia: 12-16 November 2018, Singapore

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Future Energy Nigeria: 13-14 November 2018, Lagos, Nigeria

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4th Power & Energy Africa 2018: 13-15 November 2018, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania

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Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC): 13-15 November 2018, Barcelona, Spain 

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

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Electricx Power and Energy Exhibition: 17-19 November 2018, Cairo, Egypt

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GIS4SmartGrid 2018: 20-22 November 2018, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 

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The Power & Electricity Show Sri Lanka 2018: 28-29 November 2019, Colombo, Sri Lanka

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10th Annual European Power Distribution & Transmission Strategy Summit EDP 2018 (Part of the Power Europe Congress): 28-30 November, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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

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Grid-Connected Microgrids: 6 December 2018, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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Power & Energy Africa 2018: 06-08 December 2018, Rwanda, Africa

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Oman Sustainable Energy and Technology Summit (SETS): 11-12 December 2018, Oman, UAE

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Africa Energy Indaba: 19-20 February 2019,  Johannesburg, South Africa

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Middle East Electricity 2019: 05-07 March 2019, Dubai, UAE

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8th Annual Smart Grid Cyber Security Conference: 20-21 March 2019, London, UK

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2nd Power & Energy Africa 2019: 21-23 March 2019, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Power & Electricity World Africa 2019: 26-27 March 2019, Johannesburg, South Africa

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SGTech Europe: 26-27 March 2019, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 

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The Power & Electricity Show Vietnam 2019: 3-4 April 2019, Ho Chi Minh City,Vietnam

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Green Energy & Energy Efficiency, Smart Cities: 16-18 April 2019, Sofia, Bulgaria 

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ICSG Istanbul 2019: 25-26 April 2019, Istanbul, Turkey

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SMARTGREENS 2019: 3-5 May 2019, Crete, Greece

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The Power & Electricity Show Phlippines: 20-21 May 2019, Manila, Philippines

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8th Power & Energy Africa 2019: 25-27 June 2019, Nairobi, Kenya

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28
Sep2018
OSGP Newsletter // September 2018
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OSGP Alliance Pavilion at European Utility Week 2018

Following up on last years’ successes, OSGP Alliance will join the European Utility Week 2018 taking place in Vienna from 6-8 November 2018. OSGP Alliance is pleased to welcome the OSGP Alliance Pavilion sponsors Networked Energy Services (NES) as Platinum Sponsor, GÖRLITZ AG (Silver Sponsor), eSmart Systems (Silver Sponsor), ETM MÄTTEKNIK AB (Device Sponsor), Develco Products (Device Sponsor) and CIAC IT (Dinner Sponsor). 

European Utility Week brings together 12,000 of Europe’s thought leaders and visionaries behind the world’s most successful utilities and solution providers. The exhibition floor is where you can explore innovations and technologies helping to transform the utility landscape and where you will be able to meet fellow utility leaders & professionals showcasing projects, intelligence, and insights into future solutions.

Have a look at the interviews of CIAC IT, Develco Products and Networked Energy Services (NES) to learn more about their participation in the OSGP Alliance Pavilion at EUW2018.
 

Caruna Continued Investing in a Weatherproof Network - 78% of Customers Now Covered

Electricity distribution company Caruna progressed with the building of its weatherproof smart electricity network in all of its network areas from January to June. The Group invested EUR 128 million in the electricity network improvements and built more than 2,100 kilometres of low and medium voltage underground cabling network in total. The investments made during the first half of the year improved the reliability of supply for over 15,000 customers. Due to the investments, cash flow after investments remained negative by EUR 46 million. Caruna’s net sales from January to June were EUR 231 million. The loss for the reporting period was EUR 7 million.

Caruna Networks Group’s (Caruna) net sales amounted to EUR 230.5 (217.5) million, showing a growth of 6.0 percent compared to the same period last year. The total volume of electricity supplied during the reporting period was 5.2 (5.1) TWh and 1.5 (1.4) TWh in the regional network. The growth in net sales was largely attributed to increased volume of supplied electricity, particularly due to cold weather in March. Cash flow from operations increased to EUR 64 (62) million, but after investments the Group’s cash flow position remained negative by EUR 46 (68) million.

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Making the Smart Grid Intelligent: Using Software to Improve Power Reliability

Networked Energy Services (NES) and eSmart Systems have written a joint white paper about making the smart grid intelligent. This blog article is an extract - read the full white paper here. Timely actionable insight is the key to making the correct business and operational decisions. Over the last few decades, significant investment has been made in the monitoring and management of the medium- and high- voltage grids.

The latest generation of smart meters provides new levels of visibility of power and voltage quality at the substation transformer and the consumer. Some smart grid solutions even provide visibility of the low-voltage grid topology and connectivity, and can create measurements from within the low-voltage grid. With the availability of information from the low-voltage grid, software solutions that process and analyse this information can make a positive contribution by providing timely actionable insight. This insight can be used to improve operational processes and can also have a positive impact on the quality of service that the end consumer receives.

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Schneider Electric Introduces New Power Quality Meter

Schneider Electric has expanded its EcoStruxure Power lineup with a new power quality meter, the PowerLogic ION9000 series. With its advancements in IoT, event analytics and accuracy, this product is said to be two times more accurate than any other meter on the market.

The PowerLogic ION9000 meter is the latest generation of advanced power quality meters to build on the success of the ION7650. It offers the industry's most advanced capabilities with five core innovations, for those who demand the highest performance from their power networks:

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New NMi Testing Services for Prepayment Electricity Meters

Prepayment electricity meters have millions of users around the world and are becoming especially popular in developing countries like Africa. There the energy consumption is growing but the low or middle-income of most of the population results in difficult-to-pay bills.

To offer the certification services for prepayment meters, in 2017 NMi widened their ISO 17025 scope with the IEC 62055-31 and SANS 1524-1 norms, respectively the international and South African standard for Payment electricity meters.

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LG CNS Strengthens Platform Business with Brand Management

LG CNS is a leading provider of AI Big Data, Smart Factory, Block Chain, Internet (IoT), Smart City, and smart energy. The company is launching a solution strategy in order to strengthen its platform business. LG CNS will focus on their Strategic Brand platform in order to lead the future IT technology market. LG CNS's strategic branding entails that it will lead the platform and solution-based business model as well as enabling efficient digital transformation to the customer by providing the core technology of the fourth industrial revolution as a platform that customers can trust and choose .

Based on this brand management, LG CNS has a leading position in all areas from SI / SM to platform / solution business. LG CNS is promoting differentiated technology and services to customers in the B2B area. The Strategic Brand is launched in seven new technology sectors, including Big Data, Smart Factory, Block Chain, and IoT. LG CNS's strategic brand names makes sure that customers intuitively understand the nature of technology.

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AMIPlus Smart City Wrocław Project Innovating Communications.

With a strong focus on maintaining the highest standards of PLC communication security, Tauron believes its new AMI smart metering system, AMIPlus is the first solution of its kind in Europe. In a recent release from Cire, Tauron discusses the new developments in its AMIPlus Smart City Wrocław project, with the help of vendor and project partner, Networked Energy Services (NES). The project began with Tauron installing around 368 thousand meters in the area of Wrocław, which were supplied by two different manufacturers. Despite this, the smart meters are fully interoperable and can interact and communicate with each other in the power grid.

Of the project, Mariusz Jurczyk, Director of Intelligent Metering at Tauron Dystrybucja Pomiary says: “Interoperability is a unique feature of the system because it allows devices from different manufacturers to operate in the network and communicate with each other. This is a rare feature, but a very desirable one, as it increases the competitiveness of tender procedures. It also ensures greater investment in security since we are not reliant on only one equipment supplier.”

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MARKET NEWS

EDSO Jointly with Eurelectric and GEODE Publishes a Side Letter on EU-DSO Entity

The recast of the Electricity Regulation will establish a new EU institution, called “EU DSO Entity”, to foster cooperation between Distribution System Operators (DSOs) who are taking centre stage in the energy transition. The creation of the DSO Entity is a major development and it is warmly welcomed by the DSOs since it not only promotes the completion and functioning of the internal market for electricity but also contributes to the optimal management and coordinated operation of distribution and transmission systems.

Representing almost 100% of European DSOs, the European associations EDSO, Eurelectric and GEODE are closely following the legislative process and it is our firm belief that this crucial topic deserves further attention in the course of the negotiations on the electricity market design.

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Smart Meters Break Through the 100 Million Units a Year Barrier

Annual shipments of smart electricity meters exceeded 100 million units for the first time in 2017, whilst total meter shipments reached 170 million. With almost $5 billion generated annually by meter manufacturers just for hardware and increasing sales of related software and services, the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) technology wave is set to continue even as some major rollouts begin to peak in the coming years.

According to the latest IHS Markit Electricity Meters Report, Asia Pacific remains the largest region for smart electricity meter shipments driven by the huge volume in China. However, individual national rollouts beyond China are increasingly shifting the regional trend – for example with the Japanese projects looking to complete within the forecast period and accounting for 13% of shipments in Asia Pacific overall.

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Collaboration is the Way Forward for DSOs and TSOs

Areti Ntaradimou, Content Director, European Utility Week interviewed Peter Hermans, CTO of STEDIN regarding digitalisation and “democratising energy” and explains the vision and the future plans of this Dutch “Urban” distribution system operator (DSO). Peter explains the vision of STEDIN, as well as the need for mutual trust and collaboration between DSOs and transmission system operastors (TSOs) in this new era for the European Energy Sector.

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SEGRID – Cybersecurity for Smart Electricity Grids

The smart grid with the many new devices across the network is greatly expanding the horizon for potential cyberattacks. In order to protect against these, we need to have a good understanding of the risk profile of the various use cases, and once this is known the security requirements can be defined. Beyond that, any gaps in the security technologies also can be determined. This was the goal of the SEGRID (Security for Smart Electricity Grids), which was supported by the European Union under the previous FP7 research funding programme and has recently made available its findings.

The 39-month project, which ran from October 2014, was coordinated by the Dutch research organisation TNO (Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek) and included Alliander and Energias de Portugal as the distribution system operator (DSO) partners. Other participants were the European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS), vendors ABB and ZIV and the other research bodies the Research Institute of Sweden, KTH Royal Institute of Technology also Sweden, Instituto Consultivo para el Desarrollo from Spain and Foundation of the Faculty of Sciences of Lisbon University.

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Global Smart Meter Market to Achieve 4.11% Growth

A new intelligence report published by Research N Reports on the global smart meter market forecasts that revenue will increase by 4.11% between 2018 and 2023. According to the 'Global Smart Energy Meter Market Research Report 2018', the market is expected to be worth $11.33 billion by 2023 up from $9.27 billion in 2018. Smart Energy International has highlighted five reasons behind the anticipated growth as follows:

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Blockchain Technology Encourages New Models of Demand Response Participation

Grid instability and power outages caused by the peaks in energy demand are emphasizing the need for cost-efficient demand response (DR) programs all over the world. As a new model of energy distribution, DR programs will bolster energy efficiency and energy management initiatives in spite of the declining energy reserves. Frost & Sullivan's recent analysis, Global Demand Response Market, Forecast to 2024, notes advancements in enabling technologies such as data analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), and blockchain, as well as the rise in the number of electric vehicles (EVs), particularly in Europe, have proven themselves as powerful drivers of DR programs.

"Blockchain technology will provide an innovative and disruptive approach to automated DR programs, thereby creating a secure and decentralized smart energy grid management ecosystem," said Naren Pasupalati, research analyst for Energy & Environment at Frost & Sullivan. "Additionally, blockchain-based DR solutions will significantly improve real-time event validation, financial settlements and secure energy contracts. It currently enjoys enthusiastic adoption in regions such as Europe and North America, where the energy sector employs it to meet the growing demand for transactive energy applications."

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Smart grid Development in Bosnia and Herzegovina

People and businesses in the Republika Srpska, one of the two entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina, will benefit from a more reliable power supply and improved energy efficiency thanks to a loan provided by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) with the support of TaiwanICDF.

The funding of 15 million will finance the reconstruction of the medium and low-voltage power network in Elektrobijelijina's distribution area as well as the installation of smart meters. Losses in the distribution of power and high consumption due to outdated and inaccurate meters are major contributors to the high energy intensity in Bosnia and Herzegovina which causes additional costs to consumers.

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PRESS RELEASE

Networked Energy Services Solution Chosen for Sinfra’s Framework Agreement

NES and its VAR partners, Metrima and ONE Nordic, entered into an agreement with Sweden’s Sinfra to provide its 194 member companies the capabilities and benefits of the NES Patagonia Energy Applications Platform.

San Jose, CA, September 12th, 2018: Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid solution provider with the industry’s leading Energy Applications Platform (EAPTM), announced today it has been selected by Sinfra for its framework agreement associated with providing smart metering solutions to Sinfra’s 194 member companies. NES’ VAR partners, Metrima and ONE Nordic, each signed a framework agreement associated with providing the NES System to Sinfra’s member companies.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Zimbabwe Infrastructure, Power & New Energy Investors Conference: 10-11 October 2018, Harare, Zimbabwe

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Trade Mission International to China: 14-20 October 2018, Beijing & Tianjin, PRC

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The 5th Annual IEC 61850 Global 2018: 16-18 October 2018, Berlin, Germany 

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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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POWER WEEK Asia: 12-16 November 2018, Singapore

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Future Energy Nigeria: 13-14 November 2018, Lagos, Nigeria

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4th Power & Energy Africa 2018: 13-15 November 2018, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania

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Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC): 13-15 November 2018, Barcelona, Spain 

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

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Electricx Power and Energy Exhibition: 17-19 November 2018, Cairo, Egypt

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GIS4SmartGrid 2018: 20-22 November 2018, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 

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10th Annual European Power Distribution & Transmission Strategy Summit EDP 2018 (Part of the Power Europe Congress): 28-30 November, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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

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Power & Energy Africa 2018: 06-08 December 2018, Rwanda, Africa

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Oman Sustainable Energy and Technology Summit (SETS): 11-12 December 2018, Oman, UAE

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Africa Energy Indaba: 19-20 February 2019,  Johannesburg, South Africa

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Middle East Electricity 2019: 05-07 March 2019, Dubai, UAE

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2nd Power & Energy Africa 2019: 21-23 March 2019, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Power & Electricity World Africa 2019: 26-27 March 2019, Johannesburg, South Africa

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SGTech Europe: 26-27 March 2019, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 

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Green Energy & Energy Efficiency, Smart Cities: 16-18 April 2019, Sofia, Bulgaria 

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ICSG Istanbul 2019: 25-26 April 2019, Istanbul, Turkey

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SMARTGREENS 2019: 3-5 May 2019, Crete, Greece

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8th Power & Energy Africa 2019: 25-27 June 2019, Nairobi, Kenya

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31
Aug2018
OSGP Newsletter // August 2018
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OSGP Alliance Pavilion at European Utility Week 2018

Following up on last years’ successes, OSGP Alliance will join the European Utility Week 2018 taking place in Vienna from 6-8 November 2018. OSGP Alliance is pleased to welcome the OSGP Alliance Pavilion sponsors Networked Energy Services (NES) as Platinum Sponsor, GÖRLITZ AG (Silver Sponsor), eSmart Systems (Silver Sponsor), ETM MÄTTEKNIK AB (Device Sponsor), Develco Products (Device Sponsor) and CIAC-IT (Dinner Sponsor). 

Have a look at the interviews of ETM Mätteknik and GÖRLITZ AG to learn more about their participation in the OSGP Alliance Pavilion at EUW2018.

European Utility Week brings together 12,000 of Europe’s thought leaders and visionaries behind the world’s most successful utilities and solution providers. The exhibition floor is where you can explore innovations and technologies helping to transform the utility landscape and where you will be able to meet fellow utility leaders & professionals showcasing projects, intelligence, and insights into future solutions.

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.


Why Vattenfall Made Its LV Grid Intelligent

Thanks to new technologies on the grid, utilities have at their disposal an unprecedented level of data sources and visibility on the grid. However, perhaps the most dynamic area, the low-voltage (LV) grid is often overlooked by distribution system operators (DSOs). In an Engerati webinar, Lars Garpetun, R&D Programme Manager at Vattenfall, one of Europe's largest producers and retailers of electricity and heat, gave his perspective on why DSOs should pay more attention to the LV grid.

Due to the cost, he explains, the LV grid is not monitored by the SCADA system, making it a black hole for Vattenfall. To combat this, the utility established a LV monitoring system based on data from the smart metering system. He says: “It’s been running for a few years and is very cost-effective. Today we can monitor power outage and power quality data based on events generated by the meters when an unacceptable level of quality occurs.”

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Ferranti is Gearing Up to a More Customer-Oriented Organization as a Basis for Growth Strategy

A brand new IT company was established in Antwerp in 1976: Ferranti Computer Systems. No one could have predicted at the time that more than 40 years later, the same company would emerge as a leading IT player, with hundreds of customers at home and abroad. Ferranti has achieved this impressive track record by working together with customers at all times on the strategic front.

Today, in 2018, the concept of “computerization” (IT) is acquiring a completely different meaning than before. Customers tend to see technology more and more as a means to real value creation so as to achieve their corporate strategy: to expand an agile organization; implement new services, new business models and new processes across company boundaries; and, if at all possible, less complex for the end user.

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The Reliability of Electricity Distribution to further Improve for some 30,000 Customers in Southwestern Finland and Urban Areas in Satakunta in the next Few Years

Caruna is moving to the next phase in weatherproofing its electricity distribution network: underground cabling of low-voltage networks in urban areas. The first step is to lay underground cabling in urban areas in southwestern Finland and Satakunta. The partner for the network improvement project has been selected, and Eltel Networks Oy will join Caruna in renewing and improving networks during the next four years.

Caruna continues renewing its electricity network and improving distribution reliability in southwestern Finland and Satakunta. This network improvement project is the first of its kind and will improve the reliability of electricity distribution for the 30,000 customers in the area. In order to minimize the inconvenience to inhabitants and future renovation needs in the area, the aim of the project is to combine as much electricity, street lighting and fiber network construction as possible.

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OneCo Signs an Network Connection Agreement and an Operating Agreement for Smart Meters with Hafslund Nett

OneCo has worked together with approximately 50 Norwegian network companies in Norway since the beginning of the rollout of AMS meters. Thanks to this new agreement with Hafslund Nett, OneCo consolidates its position as one the country´s leading players in the field of AMS meters and infrastructure.

With this agreement, OneCo is entering into the market for field services related to AMS meters and infrastructure. The agreement that is signed consists of word management, booking services and the assembly of smart meters. The operating agreement consists of error correction and service assignments on meters and communication infrastructure.

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Eniig's Electricity Network is Called N1

It is the electricity network named N1, which ensures that there is power at the electrical outlet of approximately 385,000 middle and north Jutland electricity grid customers. The company's core focus areas are high delivery reliability, efficient networking and attractive prices as well as good, secure working conditions for employees.

From 1 July 2018, all group-owned network companies must be named in a manner that clearly differs from the name of the group to which they belong. Customers should be able to see clearly the difference between the network companies acting in the monopoly and commercial electricity trading companies that sell power to customers in free competition.

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Thüga Smart Service Registered as a Certification Authority

The Thüga SmartService GmbH is approved as a certification body in the field of smart metering for the issuance of digital certificates. As a so-called sub-CA (Certificate Authority), SmartService can now issue digital certificates for its Smart Metering Public Key Infrastructure (SM-PKI) to its own and third-party customers. These certificates are the basis for secure communication in the smart metering environment.

Growing decentralized power generation requires new digital infrastructures for networks and metrology. The use of smart metering systems is an essential building block that provides end users with more than 6,000 kWh of annual electricity consumption greater transparency than their own energy consumption.

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MARKET NEWS

“A Europe That Protects” – Security Through Standards

On 1 July 2018 Austria will take over the presidency of the Council of the European Union for the third time, which will significantly influence the legislative and political agenda of the Council during the next six months. The motto of Austria’s Council Presidency is “A Europe that protects”. In this context, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and its member Austrian Standards International (A.S.I.) highlight the essential contribution that standards make to the Austrian Presidency priorities such as solving many security challenges faced by the EU today and helping to maintain EU competitiveness through digitization.

“The European Standards we develop support the implementation of the European Security Union and Digital Single Market, and contribute to the economic stability and further development of most neighbouring countries of the EU”, says Elena Santiago Cid, CEN and CENELEC Director General in Brussels. Europe-wide standardization efforts are taking place in areas such as the protection of critical infrastructure, the management of dangerous substances, crisis and emergency management and security services. Moreover, European Standards underpin the deployment of European innovation activities.

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Bulk of Leading Energy Firms Say Surge in Data Will Open Up New Opportunities

As many as 84% of the energy industry’s main players have identified or plan to identify new business opportunities related to the increasing amount of data being produced. That’s according to a new poll of 50 energy suppliers conducted by Capgemini, which suggests 84% of these firms are already getting ahead in pursuing or planing to pursue these opportunities.

More than half are looking beyond the current value chain to find alternative revenue streams from new business models and innovative approaches to collaboration. In the survey, all suppliers agreed the market will be shaken up by a host of digital transformations over the next five years, with 86% believing the smart meter rollout will be the main driver for this.

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Modernizing The Grid: An Introduction to Smarter DSOs

A question that many in the tech world are asking is: How can we make the electricity grid more efficient and resilient? Tech companies like DEPsys, Greenbird, Cuculus, Venios, and Utilidata are firms with solutions to this question — forging the way in transforming the power grid and modernizing the role of the Distribution System Operator (DSO). To elaborate more on DSOs, we talk with venture capital firm Statkraft Ventures‘ founder, Dr. Matthias Dill, on why it has invested in smart-grid startups. And we spoke with founders Michael De Vivo and Thorsten Heller of DEPsys and Greenbird respectively, to find out how DSOs can be more than infrastructure and why that’s so important.

New technology and growing demands on today’s power-grid system mean that the infrastructure must adjust — we simply cannot expect a grid designed more than a hundred years ago to adequately meet today’s energy needs. With the influx of solar power and electric vehicles, energy generation and consumption no longer adhere to traditional supply-demand roles. And as these roles shift, so must the way we distribute energy adjust to new challenges and growing demands. This is where DSOs come in. The Distribution System Operator (DSO) is the connection between energy generation and consumers. In a non-traditional market, with self-consumption and generation of energy changing the infrastructure of the grid, so must the role of the DSO modernize and adapt.

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EU Nations Lag in Implementing Law to Fight Cyberattacks

Most European Union countries have missed a deadline to adopt an EU directive aimed at boosting cybersecurity, and have been sent warnings from the European Commission. The directive is designed to ensure the security of digital networks considered vital to modern society. The commission sent warning letters to 17 EU countries, telling them to speed their adoption of the directive on the security of network and information systems (NIS Directive, 2016/1148/EU). The deadline was May 9.

The NIS Directive requires authorities in EU countries to take steps to ensure the protection of vital economic activities against cyberattacks. Countries must list operators of essential services in sectors including energy, utilities, banking, transportation, and health care, and to require them to take cybersecurity precautions and notify the authorities of cyberattacks.

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European Regulation to Increase Utility Cybersecurity

The future of the energy industry is here - the industry is evolving and changing quicker than ever before. The sector is now increasingly digitised, automated and smart, and utility networks and systems are more and more interconnected and communicative. Whilst this fast-paced evolution is surely enabling the energy transition, the other side of the equation is that cyber threats against utility systems are also evolving at a quick rate. Utilities operate a section of critical infrastructure for society, which makes them prime targets for hackers and other hostile agents seeking to infiltrate the network.

In addition, energy networks have seen multiple elements and services being added to it in recent years, from electric vehicles (EVs) to smart meters and other customer applications. These new additions also represent additional entry points into the grid that hackers are likely to target. In fact, according to a 2016 report by the Cambridge University Centre for Risk Studies, 14% of all cyber attacks in the UK were targeted against the energy sector. In comparison, 30% of attacks targeted the financial sector and 15% the telecommunications sector, the sectors with the highest and second highest incidence of cyber attacks respectively.

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Effective Infrastructures for Liberalised, Competitive Energy Markets

The energy transition has created new challenges for the energy market - from increased competition and new entrants to local production and consumption changes. This trend of liberalised and digitised markets becomes a key issue for distribution system operators (DSOs), which must adapt to remain efficient and competitive, while still being agile and innovative.

Everything from electric vehicles to smart meters and renewables integration will directly impact how DSOs operate, and the key focus as always is how best to capitalise on the changes and ensure efficient, effective service. In our webinar “Balancing the energy market: how will new central market systems affect you?”, Martijn Frints, Director of Consulting, Central Market Systems at CGI and Mattijs van den Hoed, Vice President Consulting, Central Market Systems at CGI, gave us their view of what the liberalised market means, what it will change and how DSOs should adapt.

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Smart Meters: Ease of Use and Energy Conservation Features to Aid in Gaining Popularity

According to a report published by Grand View Research, the South Africa smart electricity meter market was valued at $54.1 million in 2017 and is projected to present opportunity worth over $79.5 million by 2025, growing at a CAGR of about 5.1% from 2018 to 2025.

It is an evolving market, providing ease to the utility regulatory authorities and the end users. Smart electricity meters are gaining popularity in South Africa, as they are being deployed with a prepaid system and are easy to use. Customers using prepaid meters can recharge their meter at any point using online portals and can obtain real-time data on the usage of electricity with a smart electricity meter.

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Sweden to Introduce Next-Generation Smart Electrical Meters

As part of its efforts to strengthen consumer choice and to develop a stable and efficient electric grid operation, the Swedish government announced that it plans to introduce new functionality demands for electrical meters.

"The next-generation smart electrical meters will now be introduced in Sweden. They will give customers better tools to stay active on the electricity market while the electrical meters also secure a safer operation of the electric networks," said Ibrahim Baylan, minister for policy coordination and energy.

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PRESS RELEASE

The NES Patagonia Platform Smart Metering Application provides essential analytics to assist PREPA to more effectively manage load while restoring the Electric Grid

San Jose, CA, July 10th, 2018: Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid solution provider with the industry’s leading Patagonia Energy Applications Platform (EAPTM), is proud to announce that it has been assisting PREPA in its rebuilding efforts following the massive hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico in September 2017. The NES Patagonia Energy Applications Platform, which is in place for a portion of PREPA customers, was the first smart metering system to return to full service following the devastating hurricane. NES, in collaboration with PREPA’s CIO Office, restored the NES System, enabling PREPA to understand where faults were present in order to restore customer services, manage load, and provide accurate usage data and invoices to customers using the NES solution. The NES Patagonia Platform was an instrumental tool used to achieve this efficient and effective recovery by providing key grid analytics and valuable customer information for those parts of its distribution network with NES smart meters.

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UPCOMING EVENTS  

POWER WEEK Africa: 10-14 September 2018, Johannesburg, South Africa

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Future Energy East Africa: 12-13 September 2018, Nairobi, Kenya

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

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Power Nigeria 2018: 25-27 September 2018, Lagos, Nigeria

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Grid Analytics Europe 2018: 25-27 September 2018, London, UK

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Zimbabwe Infrastructure, Power & New Energy Investors Conference: 10-11 October 2018, Harare, Zimbabwe

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Trade Mission International to China: 14-20 October 2018, Beijing & Tianjin, PRC

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The 5th Annual IEC 61850 Global 2018: 16-18 October 2018, Berlin, Germany 

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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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POWER WEEK Asia: 12-16 November 2018, Singapore

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Future Energy Nigeria: 13-14 November 2018, Lagos, Nigeria

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4th Power & Energy Africa 2018: 13-15 November 2018, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania

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Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC): 13-15 November 2018, Barcelona, Spain 

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

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Electricx Power and Energy Exhibition: 17-19 November 2018, Cairo, Egypt

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10th Annual European Power Distribution & Transmission Strategy Summit EDP 2018 (Part of the Power Europe Congress): 28-30 November, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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

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Power & Energy Africa 2018: 06-08 December 2018, Rwanda, Africa

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Oman Sustainable Energy and Technology Summit (SETS): 11-12 December 2018, Oman, UAE

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Africa Energy Indaba: 19-20 February 2019,  Johannesburg, South Africa

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Middle East Electricity 2019: 05-07 March 2019, Dubai, UAE

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2nd Power & Energy Africa 2019: 21-23 March 2019, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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ICSG Istanbul 2019: 25-26 April 2019, Istanbul, Turkey

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SMARTGREENS 2019: 3-5 May 2019, Crete, Greece

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8th Power & Energy Africa 2019: 25-27 June 2019, Nairobi, Kenya

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Jun2018
OSGP Newsletter // June 2018
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MEMBER NEWS

E.ON - Artificial Intelligence Warns of Potential Power Failures

Eliminating faults in the electricity grid long before they can occur: this is made possible by the use of artificial intelligence based on a technology developed in its present form by E.ON. It is now being used by Schleswig-Holstein Netz AG, a German grid operator belonging to the E.ON group. Combining comprehensive data analysis with a self-learning algorithm now makes it possible to predict faults and failures in the electricity grid much more reliably than before, and to take appropriate action much earlier.

E.ON has been using this method in Schleswig-Holstein Netz AG's medium-voltage grids for around nine months. And the results are astonishing: "The probability that we can predict a defect in the power grid has increased by a factor of two to three," explains Thomas König, responsible for E.ON’s German grid business. "And our customers benefit as well because possible sources of error that we identify in advance reduce the number of faults and make our grid more stable."

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Alliander Sells Allego to Meridiam

Grid operator Alliander has completed the sale of its subsidiary Allego to Meridiam, a French investment company specialised in the development, financing and management of long-term and sustainable infrastructure projects. This has been announced by both companies today. Allego realizes e-vehicle charging solutions and infrastructure for local authorities municipalities, private companies and transport firms, and is one of the leading providers of e-charging solutions in Europe.

“Alliander launched Allego in 2013 with the aim of freedom of choice for e-drivers when loading their electric cars and to develop solutions to ensure that e-charging doesn’t overload the electricity grid,” said Ingrid Thijssen, CEO of Allego’s parent company Alliander. “I’m delighted that we’ve found a new owner for Allego who shares this vision. As a long-term international investor in infrastructure, Meridiam ties in very well with Allego’s activities and is perfectly positioned to support Allego through the next phase of rapid international growth. The sale recoups Alliander’s initial outlay in Allego.”

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Smart Cities Need a Smart Grid: But What Type of Smart Grid?

There are lots of energy grid solutions which have the label “smart”, but are they all really “smart”? Which are “smart enough” to play an active role in the smart city. And what does “smart enough” mean? The objectives of the smart city include energy reliability and efficiency, sustainable energy supply, transmission and consumption, a balance between energy demand and supply, an optimised infrastructure, among others.

Smart grid solutions are available today to support and enable smart cities in these objectives. But the label of “smart” has been applied too widely and too indiscriminately to make any “smart” solution suitable for a smart city without further qualification and evaluation. NES indicates the dimensions by which a smart grid can be judged to ensure it is “smart enough” for a smart city. When reviewing the demands on the smart grid, the white paper reviews how the smart grid rates against features such as security, distributed intelligence, communications, and others; and it defines the suitability of the smart grid for a smart city in accordance to these set dimensions.

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Monitoring Advances the Smart Grid

Vattenfall Eldistribution AB, a network subsidiary of Vattenfall AB, one of Europe’s largest power utilities, has successfully completed its part of the European smart grid research and development (R&D) project, Grid4EU Demonstrator No. 2. The overall objective of the Swedish utility’s engagement in the Demo2 project was to identify cost-efficient and supplier-independent solutions for the monitoring and control of low- and medium-voltage (LV/MV) networks to fulfill future demands by customers and society in general.

The results of this project showed a potential to reduce the system average interruption duration index (SAIDI) by 5% to 12%. The technical solution from the project is expected to have an impact on the development and adaptation of the next generation of systems and communications and network equipment to be used in coming smart grid implementations with nonproprietary solutions based on common open standards.

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Fortum Offers Elenia an Electricity Battery Pack Service

Fortum and Elenia have signed a letter of intent for a completely new operating model in the energy sector. The companies are together testing the suitability of electricity storage in maintaining electricity system balance and in reducing power outages.

“Combining various ways of using electricity storage offers us the opportunity to develop an electricity market solution that benefits customers and electricity markets alike. In this globally unique model, electricity storage is utilised as a component in the balancing of a smart electricity network and the reduction of power outages. Electricity storage is part of Fortum’s service that Elenia utilises as back-up power during power outages,” says Fortum’s Tatu Kulla, Head of Business Development.

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Nordic Investment Bank Grants Caruna a Loan for Projects Weatherproofing the Electricity Network

Caruna has agreed a loan of MEUR 150 with the Nordic Investment Bank to finance the company's operations. The loan allows Caruna to carry out the planned extensive electricity network improvement projects to fulfil obligations of the Electricity Market Act by 2029.

The loan is granted by the Nordic Investment Bank (NIB). NIB’s mission, given by the Bank’s owners, Nordic and Baltic countries, is to improve the productivity and benefit the environment of the region. NIB’s major impact comes from its long-term lending to projects, and all projects considered for financing are viewed from a sustainability perspective.

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MARKET NEWS

ENCS and EDSO Step Up Partnership to Face Emerging Cybersecurity Evolution and Challenges in European Smart Grids

On 9 June 2016, EDSO and ENCS signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the view of working together on knowledge exchange for security regulations, effective cyber security practices and standardisation for energy distribution companies.

This cooperation was a success and, in addition to its initial objective, it also led to the development of a solid trust relationship, a convergence in the membership base of the two organisations and a stronger global expertise of cybersecurity issues in the European distribution industry.

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DSOs Has Pledged Allegiance for their Future EU Entity

The DSOs have opened a new chapter in Florence, on the banks of the Arno, as they solemnly affixed their signatures on a parchment proclaiming a covenant on Statutes for the DSO Entity and delivered it to Prof.Dr. Klaus-Dieter BORCHARDT of the European Commission.

One of the cornerstones for the achievement of the internal energy market, set out in the EU Clean Energy Package[1], is the establishment of a new EU Institution to foster cooperation between DSOs who have been catapulted to a central role in the energy transition. This DSO Entity is a major development and is warmly embraced by the DSOs as it promotes “the completion and functioning of the internal market in electricity, […][2]” which already includes the Commission (for the civil service), ACER (for regulators) and ENTSO-E (for TSOs). Not less importantly, the EU DSO Entity will also have to promote an “[…] optimal management and a coordinated operation of distribution and transmission systems.”[3]

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Level of Trust in Energy Companies Regarding Smart Devices Has Doubled

The level of consumer trust in energy companies regarding smart devices has almost doubled since 2016, rising from 34% to 60% over the period. That’s according to a new survey of more than 2,000 consumers by consultancy PwC, which shows the public are happier than ever to have utilities install and manage connected technologies such as smart meters, automatic thermostats or energy management systems in their home.

However, it also shows progress is being threatened by increased competition from the telecoms industry and tech companies, which have achieved 58% and 55% levels of consumer trust respectively. The report also shows ownership of smart devices has more than doubled in the last two years, with spending expected to hit £10.8 billion by 2019 and 30% of people now planning to purchase a smart device in the next two years, up 14% from 2016.

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Study on the Quality of Electricity Market Data, Supply Disruptions and Their Impact on the European Electricity Markets

The study, covering all of the 28 EU Member states, is focussed on the quality of electricity market data, supply disruptions and their impact on the European electricity markets and the everyday life of citizens and business in the EU. Concern for security of supply is quite widespread across Member states. Therefore the study aimed at providing knowledge about the extent of disruptions across the EU Member states and the overall loss to society from such disruptions.

The main findings can be summarised in the following points:

  • In 2016 an estimated amount of 13 TWh electricity was not produced due to generation outages
  • It is estimated that in the EU in total approximately 600-850 GWh of electricity is not supplied to consumers in each year
  • In the EU as a whole, disruptions were estimated to result in a loss to consumers of approximately 10 to 25 billion EUR annually in the period 2010 to 2014

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€500 Million in EU Funding Available for Clean Energy Infrastructure

The European Commission is releasing today €500 million of funding for cross-border energy infrastructure. The projects will strengthen the EU's internal energy market, enhance security of energy supply, and help provide clean, sustainable energy for Europe. The 2018-2 CEF Energy call for proposals (CEF-Energy-2018-2) under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF-Energy) will be open until 11 October 2018.

Proposed projects, which can be either studies or construction works, will be evaluated against several criteria. These include their state of maturity, their cross-border dimension, and to what extent they will remove bottlenecks to energy flow and end energy isolation of EU countries. To be eligible to apply for CEF funding, projects must be designated Projects of Common Interest (PCIs). PCIs are considered essential for completing the EU's internal energy market, and are required to have a significant impact on at least two EU countries. The third PCI list, which entered into force in April 2018, has an increased focus on electricity projects, with 110 projects out of 173 financing electricity transmission and smart grids.

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Smart Grids Driving Growth in Power Line Communication Market

According to the "Power Line Communication - Global Market Outlook (2017-2026)" report, the global power line communication market accounted for $5.12 billion in 2017 and is expected to reach $13.38 billion by 2026 growing at a CAGR of 11.3%. Increasing adoption of smart grids, growing demand for broadband frequencies in Indoor network applications, and recent technological advancements are propelling the market growth during the forecast period.

In addition, cost efficient power line communication technologies, increasing demand from emerging countries are also factors favouring the market growth. However, availability of alternatives to power line communication and network security are major constraints limiting the growth. By application, energy management and smart grid segments lead the market globally with the biggest market share and is expected to grow with a high CAGR during the forecast period.

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PRESS RELEASES

120+ utility data professionals convene for a review of the latest big data management, analytics and visualisation approaches to power the smart utility

Recent research carried out by Phoenix Forums reveals that European utilities are now fully invested in big data. Many have implemented internal centres of excellence utilising state of the art platforms and processes, operated by extensive teams of data engineering, data science and data visualisation specialists, recruited from outside of the industry and charged with injecting fresh thinking into the smart utility big data challenge. 

But whilst the operational foundations are now firmly in place, many are struggling to go beyond the well understood asset management applications and expand their suite of use-cases to achieve the return on investment levels that Boards are expecting. 

And it is with this in mind that the 4th annual Grid Analytics Europe 2018 conference, exhibition and networking forum is being launched. Drawing together 120+ utility big data professionals for 3 intensive days of implementation reviews, 16+ utilities are scheduled to share how they are implementing cutting-edge tools and technologies for advanced data collection, management, analysis and visualisation to deepen their insights into grid performance, fraud prevention, and new product development in preparation for the energy transition. 

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Networked Energy Services Appoints RMS as Strategic SADC Region Partner

NES and RMS partnership brings the capabilities and benefits of the NES Patagonia Energy Applications Platform to additional customers in South Africa.

San Jose, CA, June 29th, 2018: Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid solution provider with the industry’s leading Energy Applications Platform (EAPTM), announced today it has selected and appointed RMS as its Master VAR (Value Added Reseller) of all its products and solutions for the SADC (Southern African Development Community) region. NES chose Remote Metering Solutions (RMS) because of its compatible long-term strategy and proven success in the region. RMS relies on partnering with the best smart meter solutions available to bring to reality its core purpose ‘to make the metering, recovery, billing, collection and payment of utilities a non-issue in the lives of as many people as possible’.

RMS, with its headquarters in Pretoria, South Africa, supplies dependable utility metering solutions to listed property funds, corporate clients, residential communities and municipalities. As part of these solutions, RMS delivers trustworthy utility consumption data and enables its clients to achieve accurate utility consumption recovery in excess of R5bn annually. RMS provides a holistic solution that not only involves smart metering, but also offers a customized solution for its clients’ utility management requirements. RMS aims to be at the forefront of innovation, technology and expertise, leveraging its partnership with NES, in order to dominate the utility and revenue solutions industry in South Africa. A few years ago, RMS decided to build their business around OSGP (Open Smart Grid Protocol) based technologies including the NES Patagonia Energy Applications Platform. The Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) is a family of specifications for implementing smart metering and smart grid applications. About 60 international utilities are using OSGP for their smart metering technology. Hendrik Greyling, the RMS CEO, is a Board Member of the OSGP Alliance, which is an independent global, not-for-profit association that promotes the adoption of the OSGP.

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150+ IEC 61850 specialists and implementation leaders convene in Berlin for a review of the most recent implementations globally

Now in its 5th edition the Phoenix Forums IEC 61850 Europe conference re-brands and attracts global participation. Taking place 16-18 October 2018 in Berlin, the IEC 61850 Global 2018 draws together 150+ IEC 61850 specialists and implementation leaders for 3 intensive days of global utility implementation reviews.

This year’s agenda assesses new approaches to achieving multi-vendor multi-edition interoperability within the substation whilst identifying new ways to drive deployment of the standard across the wider smart grid.

“IEC 61850 has reached a tipping point, it is now fully accepted and on the investment agenda of the vast majority of European utilities” says Mandana White, Director at Phoenix Forums, organisers of IEC 61850 Global 2018. “What’s been interesting this year is to see how fast utilities outside of Europe, particularly in the US and Canada, are starting to embrace it.” 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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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The 10th Guangzhou International Solar Photovoltaic Exhibition 2018, 16-18 August 2018, Guangzhou, China 

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Future Energy East Africa: 12-13 September 2018, Nairobi, Kenya

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

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Power Nigeria 2018: 25-27 September 2018, Lagos, Nigeria

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Grid Analytics Europe 2018: 25-27 September 2018, London, UK

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The 5th Annual IEC 61850 Global 2018: 16-18 October 2018, Berlin, Germany 

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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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Power & Energy Africa 2018: 13-15 November 2018, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania

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Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC): 13-15 November 2018, Barcelona, Spain 

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

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Electricx Power and Energy Exhibition: 17-19 November 2018, Cairo, Egypt

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10th Annual European Power Distribution & Transmission Strategy Summit EDP 2018 (Part of the Power Europe Congress): 28-30 November, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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

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Power & Energy Africa 2018: 06-08 December 2018, Rwanda, Africa

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Oman Sustainable Energy and Technology Summit (SETS): 11-12 December 2018, Oman, UAE

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Middle East Electricity 2019: 05-07 March 2019, Dubai, UAE

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ICSG Istanbul 2019: 25-26 April 2019, Istanbul, Turkey
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Power & Energy Africa 2019: 25-27 June 2019, Nairobi, Kenya

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May2018
OSGP Newsletter // May 2018
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MEMBER NEWS

Schneider Electric Expands Presence in the Saudi Market

Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, has signed an official agreement and three Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with several public and private Saudi companies to develop infrastructure, foster innovation through digital technologies and contribute to sustainable growth in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The announcements were made during a ceremony held at the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs in the presence of Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chairman & CEO of Schneider Electric.

Eng. Najib Al-Naim, President of Schneider Electric Saudi Arabia, expressed pride over signing this series of agreements, which emphasize the confidence and prestige of Schneider Electric in the Saudi market in particular, and in the region in general. "All these agreements are in line with the company's intention and aim to harness all its capabilities to contribute effectively and significantly to the achievement of the objectives of the national transformation and ambitious Saudi Vision 2030," said. Eng. Najib Al-Naim. “We are determined to leverage our expertise and potential to contribute to achieving the ambitious Saudi Vision 2030,” added Jean-Pascal Tricoire.

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Caruna - Changes to Electricity Distribution Pricing after 1 July 2018

Caruna Oy’s electricity distribution prices will increase from the beginning of July. For individual customers, the effect of the price adjustment on the customer’s bill will depend on the type of housing and energy use. On average, the effect will be 6.5 percent of the total electricity distribution fee, including tax, shown on the bill. The electricity distribution bill also includes electricity tax, which Caruna accounts to the government in full. The tax makes up approximately half of the electricity distribution bill total. All customers will receive a letter concerning the price change within a few business days depending on the postal delivery schedule.

For residents in multi-storey residential buildings (annual use 2,000 kWh), this would mean an increase of around 1.5 euros per month, and for residents in detached or terraced houses (annual use 5,000 kWh) around 3.5 euros per month. The distribution bill for a detached house with electric heating (annual use 18,000 kWh) will increase by some 7.5 euros per month.

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Larsen & Toubro Signs Agreements with Schneider Electric to Divest Electrical & Automation Business

Larsen & Toubro, India’s leading engineering, technology and construction conglomerate today signed, subject to regulatory approvals, definitive agreements with Schneider Electric, a global player in energy management and automation for strategic divestment of its Electrical and Automation (E&A) business for an all-cash consideration of ₹ 14,000 crore.

L&T’s E&A business offers a wide range of low and medium voltage switchgear, electrical systems, marine switchgear, industrial and building automation solutions, energy management systems and metering solutions. Its manufacturing facilities are located at Navi Mumbai, Ahmednagar, Vadodara, Coimbatore and Mysore in India as well as in Saudi Arabia, UAE (Jebel Ali, Dubai), Kuwait, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the UK. Over the years, the E&A business has built strong research and development capabilities and has a wide network of channel partners across India and international markets.

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Tauron Engineers Have Constructed a Mobile Device for Powering up to 1000 Households

Engineers from Tauron Distribution have built a mobile device that is able to supply electricity to about 1000 households in a very short time in the case of serious failures of the of the medium voltage network. This device can also be used when conducting modernization or investments works.

The mobile power device is het project of the employees of Tauron located in Kraków. In the Polish electricity power industry, medium voltage power supply from mobile power generators has not been used up to now, mainly due to difficulties in solving the problems related to the protection against electric shocks. The solution applied by Tauron Distribution is based on the use of a low voltage aggregate.

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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.

VERTPOM® is led by a consortium to develop and deploy VERTPOM-BANK® decision support tool called Energy Bank, which will maintain an optimized balance between the available produced energy (conventional and renewable) uses (consumption and losses), in connection with the energy storage means. This tool will help territories to become positive energy territory "TEPOS" (Territoire à Energie POSitive). The energy bank will be based on algorithms for prediction and simulation of energy production levels, consumption and losses on the various distribution systems. They will exploit a common data base. The use of artificial intelligence will be preferred. One of the first tasks is to note the level of energy (positive or negative) of the territory. Then the energy bank will look for and simulate all possible scenarios to improve the production / consumption balance, while identifying the specific renewable energies of the territory.

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Duke Energy Customers are Centerpiece of Company's Long-Term Strategy

Duke Energy's customers represent the centerpiece of the company's long-term strategy, Chairman, President and CEO Lynn Good today told investors during the company's annual shareholders meeting, held online using a live video webcast.

"We're on a journey to deliver the experience our customers expect," Good said. "As we continue to meet our customers' changing needs, building a smarter, more resilient energy grid is essential. That's why we're making investments to improve reliability, integrate more renewable energy and provide customers with the information they need."

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MARKET NEWS

Making the Smart Grid Intelligent: Using Apps for Power Reliability

Equipment failure, degradation and small-scale outages cost utilities money - an estimated $150bn every year in the US alone, according to research by the US Department of Energy.

On 23 May, specialists from NES as well as project partners at Vattenfall and e-Smart, participated in a recorded webinar organised by Engerati.

The webinar provided the participants with a deeper understanding of how:

  • Power quality data can be used to improve grid reliability.
  • Distributed control nodes identify and isolate issues, enabling rapid response.
  • Automated problem identification can be incorporated into the smart grid to reduce manpower and OPEX.
  • Distributed intelligence can work across different platforms and devices to save implementation costs.

Download the recorded webinar here.
 

$260bn Investment Needed to Meet MENA Electricity Demand over the next 5 Years

The Middle East and North African (MENA) region will require $260bn of investment in the next five years to meet rising and suppressed electricity demand, a new report by the Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP) has revealed. Although GCC governments have coped well with rising electricity demand, the report says that recent increases in electricity prices in Saudi Arabia will slow demand growth.

In the Mashreq region, inadequate investment and political instability have weighed on the power sector, and persistent blackouts continue to put pressure on governments to take action. APICORP’s report also notes that electricity demand and consumption have been growing rapidly in the MENA region, driven by population growth and urbanisation, rising income levels, industrialisation, and low electricity prices.

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All Things Data - GDPR, Analytics and the DSO Technology Stack

The challenges ahead for the collection of data are significant. Netinium reports that the Netherland’s largest distribution system operator, Alliander takes 3.5m meter reads per day across 2.6m meters. “We are living in interesting times, I would say, with a lot of changes happening at the same time in society that all somehow impact our energy systems,” Ferry Cserép began in our Engerati webinar, “How can distribution utilities innovate? It’s all about data”.

Between local generation, the electrification of heating and transportation and local fixed and flexible energy storage devices, Cserép believes that the leveraging of smart meter infrastructure beyond billing is key. Based on key learnings from its 20-year partnership with Alliander, Cserép presents key takeaways and use cases for data innovation in utilities.

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What the Energy Transition Means to 12 Industry Experts and their Companies 

Innovative new energy technologies are being designed and developed at a scale and pace never seen before! Inside this eBook, 12 energy industry experts share their views on exactly what the energy transition means to them.

  • Why the right technologies could mean the difference between success and failure
  • What important role the governments much take in the energy transition
  • How we can promote a debate about the goals of the transition and the energy
  • Why the energy industry has not only an important role in the transition but also a big responsibility

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Turkey Sets Roadmap to Smart Grids, Plan Worth over EUR 4 Billion

Turkey plans to replace at least 80 percent of its current electricity meters with smart meters by 2035. It will cost EUR 4,3 billion (TRY 21 billion). Turkey’s Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA) and Association of Distribution System Operators (ELDER) set a plan for this transition. The main goal is to ensure the provision of more efficient usage and to reduce electricity losses and cuts.

The project Turkey Smart Grid 2023 (TAS2023) was presented at the 6th International Istanbul Smart Grids and Cities Congress and Fair (ICSG 2018), the local media reported. Turkey has 21 electricity distribution companies and they were all analyzed so that their upgrade requirements could be determined. According to the roadmap, each company operating in their respective regions will determine their own needs related to smart meters upgrade.

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Building a Smarter Grid in the Netherlands

Grid operator Enexis Netbeheer, based in the Netherlands, is building an Internet of Things-inspired smart grid and has 900,000 connected smart electricity meters already, with more planned. But deployment of this many connected devices needs managing, so how is it done?

Around the world, smart meter adoption is booming, as governments and individuals aim to increase electricity grid flexibility using the Internet of Things (IoT). In 2016, 700 million smart meters had been installed worldwide, with $14.3bn being spent on them throughout the year. In the Netherlands specifically, as part of its plan to upgrade its energy system to increase sustainable energy and decrease carbon emissions, the government has begun a rolling out smart meters across the whole country. The Intelligent Grids Innovation Programme, run by the Dutch Government, is also funding 94 pilot projects aiming to improve grid technology and smart metering.

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PRESS RELEASE

Networked Energy Services Extends Automation and Control Features

 
NES high current dual relay options provide DSOs with greater security and control of consumer energy consumption, a foundational layer for demand response and smart grids


San Jose, CA, May 01, 2018: Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid solution provider with the industry’s leading Energy Applications Platform (EAPTM), announced today the launch of its embedded high current latching dual relay option for its Gen 4 meters. This continues NES' strategy of providing highly sophisticated, feature rich meters, to be deployed in a wide variety of markets and address widening roles, as smart grids become more intelligent, interact more closely with the end consumer and become enablers for smart city.

The NES dual relay solution is unique. Each relay provides its own independent switching circuit, which can drive loads directly, or switch heavy loads such as EV chargers and storage heaters. Control of these relays is through the highly reliable and inherently secure OSGP protocol and provides scheduling and broadcast control from the head-end with integration into other business systems for increased automation and management. 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

7th Power & Energy Africa 2018: 29-31 May 2018, Nairobi, Kenya

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Eurelectric Power Summit Watt’s Next: 04-05 June 2018, Ljubljana, Slovenia

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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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Asian Utility Week: 27-28 June 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

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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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The 10th Guangzhou International Solar Photovoltaic Exhibition 2018, 16-18 August 2018, Guangzhou, china 

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

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Grid Analytics Europe 2018: 25-27 September 2018, London, UK

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Power Nigeria 2018: 25-27 September, Lagos, Nigeria

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The 5th Annual IEC 61850 Global 2018: 16-18 October 2018, Berlin, Germany 

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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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Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC): 13-15 November 2018, Barcelona, Spain 

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3rd Annual ASEAN Solar + Energy Storage Congress & Expo 2018: 14-15 November 2018, Manilla, Philippines 
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Electricx Power and Energy Exhibition: 17-19 November 2018, Cairo, Egypt
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10th Annual European Power Distribution & Transmission Strategy Summit EDP 2018 (Part of the Power Europe Congress): 28-30 November, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3rd Annual Australia Solar + Energy Storage Congress & Expo 2018: 05-06 December 2018, Sydney, Australia 
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Oman Sustainable Energy and Technology Summit (SETS): 11-12 December 2018, Oman, UAE
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Middle East Electricity 2019: 05-07 March 2019, Dubai, UAE
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Apr2018
OSGP Newsletter // April 2018
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MEMBER NEWS

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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Feb2018
OSGP Newsletter // February 2018
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MEMBER NEWS

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
Newsletter Details


MEMBER NEWS

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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MEMBER NEWS


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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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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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;

Read more…

 

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

Read more…

 

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

Read more…

 

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

Read more…

 

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;

Read more…

 

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

Read more…

 

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

Read more…

 

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

Read more…

 

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

Read more…

 

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

Read more…

 

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

Read more…

 

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

Read more…

 

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

Read more…

 

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

Read more…

 

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

Read more…

 

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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28
Jul2017
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;

Read more…

 

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

Read more…

 

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

Read more…

 

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

Read more…

 

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

Read more…

 

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

Read more…

 

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

Read more…

 

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

Read more…

 

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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Jun2017
OSGP Newsletter // June 2017
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OSGP ALLIANCE MEMBERS NEWS
 

Next Gen Cyber Security Session Hosted by OSGP Alliance at European Utility Week 2017 

Do you wish to join the discussion on Implementing security in a utility’s operation and get insights in:

  • Critically important security implementations and proven capabilities that some of the largest utilities in Europe are successfully using today
  • Real-world utility smart grid projects and their security solutions
  • Insight into how to balance legal and governmental perspectives with implementing cost effective, practical security solutions

Bo Danielsen, Head of Department, SEAS-NVE and other utility industry experts in this field at the Next Gen Cyber Security Hub Session taking place at  European Utility Week 2017, Amsterdam, October 3-5. 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, the OSGP Alliance offers you the opportunity to join the pavilion and benefit from:

  • Attractive pricing vs booking your own booth
  • Prominent booth location in high traffic area making the difference in maximising leads generation 
  • Access to utilities planning new tenders
  • A captive audience; utilities, industry experts, media and analysts
  • An opportunity to educate, influence, and network with leaders in the field
  • Associate your brand with the OSGP Alliance
  • Special OSGP Alliance discount on conference passes for sponsors & clients 
  • Inclusion in EUW show guide and EUW web site
  • Joint follow-up email
  • Access to stand visitor contact information

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 celebrates opening of first energy storage project in North America

E.ON celebrated the opening of its Iron Horse Energy Storage & Solar Project at the University of Arizona’s Tech Park near Tucson. The 10 megawatt (MW) lithium titanium oxide storage facility and accompanying 2 MW solar array is now helping Tucson Electric Power (TEP) to maintain reliable electric service for more than 400,000 customers by providing frequency regulation and voltage control support.

“We’re excited to celebrate the grand opening of our first grid connected lithium battery system project in North America,” said Mark Frigo, VP of Energy Storage North America at E.ON. “Energy storage systems, like Iron Horse, allow utilities such as Tucson Electric Power to use renewable resources more effectively and efficiently within their electric grid. Energy storage has the potential to truly revolutionize the 21st century grid, and we are excited to be leading the way in this innovative new market segment.”

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Celebrating a new Frontier: Duke Energy Renewables hosts dedication ceremony for 200-megawatt Oklahoma wind project

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – More than 100 supporters attended a dedication ceremony May 31 for Duke Energy Renewables’ Frontier Windpower Project, a 200-megawatt (MW) facility near Blackwell, Oklahoma.

State Rep. John Pfeiffer, who was the keynote speaker at the event, said, “Wind energy is progressive and beneficial to the economy of Oklahoma. I’m grateful to companies like Duke Energy Renewables that are unlocking the potential of this important resource to the benefit of our state.”

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OneCo flag of Utsira - AMS rollout on track

By January 1, 2019, all electricity customers in Norway have adopted smart meters. The new meters are part of the "Advanced Metering and Control Systems" (AMS). OneCo has been commissioned to replace approximately 1.1 million meters, which make up almost 50% of all electricity meters in Norway. OneCo is now well under way and has replaced approximately 250,000 meters distributed throughout the country.

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E.ON is joining with greenXmoney to offer "watt" securities

E.ON now offers everyone an opportunity to profit from the energy revolution – even those who have no roof space available to install their own photovoltaic equipment. To do so, E.ON has entered into a partnership with greenXmoney. The German start-up operates a trading platform that brings together producers of renewable energy with private investors. Starting now, investors can use www.eon.de/greenxmoney to make investments in German solar and wind power facilities easily, securely and independently of any particular bank.

The principle involved is simple: Owners of solar and wind power facilities register their units on the greenXmoney platform. Prospective investors can compare the solar and wind power systems – with respect to location, size, output or returns – and then decide which low-price energy producer they want to invest in. For a one-time minimum payment of 500 euros, the investor acquires a portion of the future electricity revenues generated by the solar or wind power system they choose. The customer need not hold onto his investment through the end of the period and can resell it at any time.

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State PSC OKs Duke Energy Kentucky to deploy smart meters; some customers may opt out

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved a request by Duke Energy Kentucky to begin a system-wide replacement of old electric and natural gas meters with advanced meters that can be read remotely.

Under an agreement Duke Kentucky reached with the Kentucky Office of Attorney General, customers who do not wish to receive an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI or “smart”) electric meter would be able to opt out and continue using a manually read meter.

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MARKET NEWS

 

The Coordination Problem: A Key Challenge for Smart Grids

The integration of renewable electricity supply (RES) into the electricity system requires an adaptation of the existing roles in the energy sector. Among other things, two developments are currently taking place.The two primary challenges on the distribution grid level

First, electricity generation based on RES is becoming decentralized. Here, decentralization refers to the local distribution of small electricity power plants (e.g. small-scale photovoltaic power plants) as well as the decentralization of ownership of these generation assets (e.g. private households installing photovoltaic power plants on the roof tops of their houses). These decentralization trends challenge the established business models of the incumbents, which are based on the centralized power generation business from conventional power plants.

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Western Europe Smart Grid Investment To Reach $133.7 Billion Over Next 10 Years, Northeast Group Reports

Western Europe is looking to invest $133.7 billion in smart grid infrastructure by 2027, as it seeks to update its grid system to 21st century standards while maintaining itself as a top smart grid region on the world stage. According to a recent report from the Northeast Group, smart meter projects are now commonplace, while information technology, battery storage, and distribution automation* will make up near-term investments as Western Europe look toward these advanced technologies to modernize its grid network.

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Fail Big Time. Fail Now. 

Utilities rolling out smart meters are facing substantial risks for costly delays caused by failing system integrations and applications in the meter to cash value chain. Comprehensive testing before smart meter rollouts can mitigate risk and lower investment costs significantly.

Utilities worldwide are in the process of planning large scale smart metering rollouts. These utilities are acquiring new applications for meter data management, asset management, field service management and distribution management systems to support the rollout, and to utilise the vast amount of data from smart meters. The meter to cash value chain requires complex system integration and utilities should make sure that all applications and system integrations are working as expected before the rollout of smart meters. Generation of high quality and realistic smart metering test data has been a substantial challenge for smart metering project managers

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Enel operates world's first “plug and play” micro-grid powered by solar pv and hydrogen-based storage in Chile 

Rome, Calama, May 31st, 2017 – Enel, through its subsidiary Enel Green Power Chile Ltda. ("EGPC") has started operations at the world’s first 100% emission-free “plug-and-play” commercial-sized micro-grid powered by solar PV as well as hydrogen-based and lithium-based storage. The facility is currently meeting part of the energy needs of the camp that hosts over 600 technicians working at the company’s geothermal plant Cerro Pabellón, located in Ollagüe in the Antofagasta region.

Antonio Cammisecra, Head of Enel’s Global Renewable Energies Division Enel Green Power commented: "This groundbreaking project shows that it is possible to build fully renewables-powered micro-grids capable of delivering efficient, zero-emission energy without interruptions. With this project, we have achieved a new milestone in our R&D work with the aim of creating systems that facilitate energy access to isolated areas, in line with our commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goal number 7, ensuring universal access to affordable and clean energy."

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The Electrification Alliance - Electricity for an Efficient and Decarbonised Europe

Avere, EURELECTRIC, the European Copper Institute, the European Heat Pump Association, SolarPower Europe and WindEurope have joined forces to launch the Electrification Alliance, calling for electricity to be recognised as the key energy carrier for an efficient and decarbonised European future.

At the launch event held today, the Electrification Alliance published a Declaration on Electrification which also has the support of a large number of associations, companies and NGOs. The Declaration states that as electricity in Europe decarbonises, it will reveal its true value as it becomes the key vector for achieving a decarbonised, energy efficient and digital European economy

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Plugging into Denmark’s energy potential

Denmark’s electricity grids should be further connected to neighbouring countries, says the European Commission.

This is according to European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič, who says that the country has a ‘world class’ renewables industry and that it is important that Denmark uses its role as a front-runner in energy technology to ensure that its citizens and businesses can fully benefit from affordable and clean energy.

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Time for an EU entity for distribution system operators?

European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids wants to play a key role in Europe’s energy transformation.

European Distribution System Operators (EDSO) for Smart Grids, an organisation that represents large European distribution system operators, is proposing that it drives the establishment of an ‘EU-DSO entity’. The proposal has been submitted to the European Commission.

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Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks Smart grid and energy storage on Shetland demonstrates the power of renewable energy

The five year long, £18m Shetland-based Northern Isles New Energy Solutions (NINES) project has demonstrated that an islanded electricity distribution system can operate securely with a high penetration of local renewable generation.

The project, which was run by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), trialled domestic demand side management (DSM) and large scale energy storage solutions, combined with new monitoring and control systems to manage the electricity network on the islands. Together these elements formed one of the most advanced Active Network Management (ANM) systems in the world. Thanks to the learnings gained from NINES, new ANMs are being rolled out elsewhere to help the transition towards low carbon networks and realise smart grids.

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Smart grids and renewables in Nigeria open up opportunities for Finnish companies

Nigeria has the largest economy in Africa, but its economic growth is hampered by a low electrification rate and frequent power outages. Now, the African country seeks to update its electricity system.

The aforementioned problems cause work stoppages at industrial centers and add uncertainty to the Nigerian market. The Federal Government of Nigeria estimates that an additional 26.6 gigawatts of supply will be required to meet the local electricity demand.

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Smart Grid an evolving grid system to help utilities in providing 24/7 electricity to all

India is presently spearheading some of the largest transformation projects with technology interventions for building smart cities, renewable energy and power grid modernization to fulfill the dream of Shri Narendra Modi to provide 24×7 reliable supply of electricity to all the citizens in the next 5 years.

The Smart Grid is an evolving grid system that manages electricity demand in a sustainable, reliable and economic manner built on advanced digital infrastructure and tuned to facilitate the integration of both demand and supply. The function of the Smart Grid is to use advancements of information and communication technology to make the power system more efficient, reliable, secure and resilient resulting in minimizing additional costly investments in new centralized generation capacity. Smart Grids can provide consumers with real-time information on their energy use, support pricing that reflects changes in supply and demand, and enable smart appliances and devices to help consumers exercise choices in terms of usage of energy.

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PRESS RELEASE

Networked Energy Services Corporation organises roundtable at World Scientific & Engineering Congress 2017

  • ‘Pioneering Future Energy in Kazakhstan’ held in collaboration with National Engineering Academy of Kazakhstan

  • Session focuses on Kazakhstan’s approach to Smart Grid Revolution


San Jose, 22 June 2017

Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid market leader with the industry’s leading Energy Applications Platform (EAP ™), recently organised a roundtable titled ‘Pioneering Future Energy in Kazakhstan’ during its participation at the World Scientific and Engineering Congress (WSEC) held under the theme ‘Energy of the Future: Innovative Scenarios and Methods of Their Implementation’ from June 19 to 20, 2017 at Astana City.

The roundtable was held on the second day of WSEC-2017 in collaboration with the National Engineering Academy of the Republic of Kazakhstan to throw the spotlight on NES’ role as a pioneer in the Smart Grid Revolution. Michael Anderson, President and CEO of NES, emphasized the company’s growth as a fully-integrated global smart energy provider as well as highlighted the ways in which it can help Kazakhstan’s electric utilities to usher in a new era of smart energy. 

Anderson said: “WSEC-2017 is a leading conference on energy and a perfect platform to discuss cutting-edge innovation and the latest developments taking place in the field. The roundtable on ‘Pioneering Future Energy in Kazakhstan’ was an enriching session where we delivered our vision for safety, reliability and efficiency of the grid with our proven 3-tier open multi-application platform offering performance, security and interoperability with Kazakhstan’s smart energy initiative.” 

Bakytzhan Dzhaksaliyev, Deputy Minister of Energy of Kazakhstan, was among the participants of the roundtable who discussed Kazakhstan’s aim to become one of the world’s top 30 developed nations by 2050. According to him the power sector across the entire value chain – generation, transmission, distribution and demand – will play a driving role in sustaining the country’s efforts towards modernization and diversification.  

Likewise, Mark Ossel, Treasurer, OSGP Alliance, focused on the Smart Grid Vision by highlighting its cornerstones – interoperability, performance and security. He said that intelligent power grids can detect theft, manage power failure, balance load, and provide end-to-end-security. The continuing emergence of a decentralized, local generation and feed-in form of energy, along with local storage, will require the utilization of low voltage grid management solutions.

Other participants included The Committee for the Regulation of Natural Monopolies, Protection of Competition and Consumer Rights at the Ministry of National Economy of Republic of Kazakhstan; Kuanysh Bektemirov, Chairman of the Board of JSC ‘KEGOC’ and JSC ‘Samruk Energy and Representative of the National Welfare Fund “Samruk Kazyna”;’ Bakytzhan Kazhiyev, CEO of JSC ‘KEGOC;’ Almasadam Satkalyev, CEO of JSC ‘Samruk Energy;’ Levan Mtchedlishvili, Principal – Energy Division, Asian Development Bank; Professor Mohammad Shahidehpour, Illinois Institute of Technology; and Aleksandr Timchenko, Energy Manager and Deputy Director, Schneider Electric.   

 

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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May2017
OSGP Newsletter // May 2017
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MEMBER NEWS

Dubai hosted smart grid security summit

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

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

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Role of Smart Grids in building smart cities

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

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

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

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Smart meter security - how Denmark is upping the ante

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

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

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

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Vattenfall’s largest land-based wind farm supplies electricity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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E.ON announces partnership with British band Gorillaz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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L&T wins Best Practices Award for Sustainable Development Goals

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

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

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MARKET NEWS

SEDC partners with Intersolar on Smart Renewable Energy

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

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

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

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

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Regulators call for priority dispatch of existing Renewables to be removed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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From AMI to IoT: What lessons for utility deployments?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PRESS RELEASE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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POWER WEEK 2017: 13-17 November, Singapore; 

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

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Eniig: Acquisition of the Danish natural gas grid

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

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

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

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

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E.ON prepares rollout of one million smart meters
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Vattenfall broadens customer offer in Sweden with geothermal energy
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Networked Energy Services Response to Static Energy Meter Accuracy Study
 

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

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

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

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Market News
 

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

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

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

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

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

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Press Releases

OSGP Alliance Selects NMi Certin for OSGP Certification

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, April 28, 2017 
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Upcoming Events

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mar2017
OSGP Newsletter // March 2017
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E.ON stabilizes electricity grid with wind power

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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E.ON launches four pilot projects for smart meter rollout

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

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

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

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

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SEAS-NVE: You can rely on your electricity meter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NRGI: Testing the smart meters

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

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

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E.ON announces a new initiative in digital energy products

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ofgem: Energy complaints fall by a third in 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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Press Releases

The 2017 European Smart Energy Award for Cyber and Data Security

San Jose, CA, February 16th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Feb2017
OSGP Newsletter // February 2017
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Networked Energy Services Wins Prestigious Cyber and Data Security Award

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

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

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

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

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Eniig lowers grid tariff

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

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

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

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

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E.ON welcomes new e-mobility funding program

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sandbank offshore wind farm fully commissioned

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

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

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

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Mainova opts for Thüga solution in Gateway Administration.

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

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

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

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

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

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EPRI Introduces the Integrated Energy Network at NARUC Meetings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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EU invests €444 million in key energy infrastructure

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

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EU well on the way to meeting 2020 renewable energy target

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

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

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Jan2017
OSGP Newsletter // January 2017
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Almost half of all Germans would like to heat their homes with solar energy
 

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

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

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Few blackouts despite historical weather situation
 

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

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

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

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

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

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Fortum and Bonava to develop solutions for smart living
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thüga participates in start-up homeandsmart GmbH.
 

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

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

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Smart energy use decreases power outages
 

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

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

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Greater separation for National Grid’s system operator role
 

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

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

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

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

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

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Commissioner Arias Cañete in Greece to deepen energy integration
 

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

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

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

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Platform play: building a structure for grid transformation
 

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

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

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Upcoming Events 2017


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

 

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Jan2017
OSGP Newsletter // December 2016
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Member News
 

Eltel’s power distribution business and Finnish Caruna have signed a new frame agreement for cabling projects in Finland
 

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

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

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

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

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

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EDMI awarded commercial product assurance for communications hub
 

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

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

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

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

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L&T set to convert Pune into a Smart City
 

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

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

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Fredensborg Municipality and Eniig in partnership on the future communication networks
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Vattenfall enters the Danish consumer market
 

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

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

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

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Market News
 

5 Emerging trends that drove the Utility Industry in 2016
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Blockchain will underpin our future energy system
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Energy Secretary Moniz statement on breakthrough energy coalition fund announcement
 

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

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

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

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Australia’s utilities prepare for the future
 

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

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

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Many energy markets creating more efficiency
 

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

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

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Commission develops a new energy system model
 

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

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Upcoming Events 2017

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

 

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Dec2016
OSGP Newsletter // November 2016
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OSGP Alliance

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

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

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

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OSGP Alliance welcomes TAURON Distribution SA as new member

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

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Intelligent control of the home's energy consumption

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

An extension of GreenCom project

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

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Eltel builds a wireless system for energy consumption control in Denmark

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

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Görlitz announces the Skalar.pro LTE

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

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

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

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Indiana tackles crucial microgrid cybersecurity head-on

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

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Fortum: Inauguration of Smart Energy City research program in Stockholm

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

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

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

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

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

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N-ERGIE and Thüga MeteringService cooperate with Gateway Administration.

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

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MARKET NEWS

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

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

Download the report at Smartgrid.gov
 

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

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

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Joint statement on battery-based storage

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

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

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

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

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

Opportunities

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

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

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