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19
Sep2020
OSGP Newsletter // September 2020
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MEMBER NEWS
 

OSGP presents at Smart Grid Cybersecurity 2020 Virtual Conference - 7 October 2020

Emil Gurevitch, Member OSGP Alliance and Senior Security Architect, NES will represent the OSGP Alliance as speaker, jointly with Oleksandr Kabachynskyi, Head of System Administration & Information Security of JSC Khmelnytskoblenergo, Ukraine. The presentation will focus on Smart Metering Security – Developing a smart meter cybersecurity strategy that addresses the vulnerabilities of the existing install base and future complexities introduced by DER. Special discount tickets available for OSGP Alliance Members!

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The accumulator storage of Fortum and Caruna improves the reliability of the electricity system

Climate change and the energy transition towards renewable and weather-dependent energy sources create requirements for the balance of the electricity system. Fortum and Caruna have together developed solutions for securing reliability of supply in the future.

As a result of the cooperation, the companies have together developed a significant accumulator system by Nordic standards, which will improve the reliability of electricity distribution and the quality of supply. The size of a shipping container, the accumulator operates connected to Caruna's medium voltage network in Inkoo. Deployment of the system is part of the smart electricity network. When Caruna does not need the electricity storage to repair a power outage caused by a maintenance or fault situation, Fortum will use the accumulators in the control electricity market to balance the national electricity system.

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An Experienced Sales Leader Joins Networked Energy Services Senior Management Team

Artemy Voroshilov has been appointed as Chief Sales Officer at NES to further develop NES strategy and growth initiatives as the company rapidly expands its market share San Jose, CA, August 25, 2020: Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid solution provider with the industry’s leading Energy Applications Platform (EAPTM), is pleased to announce the appointment of Artemy Voroshilov as its Chief Sales Officer (CSO). Artemy will be responsible for leading and further developing NES global sales operations.

Artemy joins NES with years of expertise in various ICT sales and partnership development roles across Europe, in particular, leading Nokia’s Smart Grid incubation effort in the region. Artemy brings a wealth of sales leadership experience across the telecommunications and utility space. He joins us from Smart Energy Water, a global SaaS leader in digital utility self-service, where he was responsible for sales and market development in greater Europe. Prior to that he led Huawei’s software sales and digital transformation engagement with a global telecommunications group headquartered in Amsterdam.

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Duke Energy looking to roll out Solar Choice Net Metering program

Duke Energy is looking to roll out a new program in the Carolinas called Solar Choice Net Metering, which credits small customers with rooftop solar arrays for excess electricity they generate and provide to Duke Energy via the grid. The program is designed to provide pricing and incentive options for customers in North Carolina and South Carolina while allowing the company to address increasing electric demand periods in the winter. Duke Energy recently reached an agreement with leading solar installers, environmental groups, and renewable energy advocates to launch the program. It now seeks approval from regulators.

“This first-of-a-kind package completely modernizes the rooftop solar transaction,” Lon Huber, Duke Energy’s vice president for rate design and strategic solutions, said. “This new arrangement not only recognizes the value of solar and the enabling energy grid, but it unlocks additional benefits for all customers by addressing when utilities experience peak demand across their systems in the Carolinas.”

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Powering up the transition to a new energy world - E.ON, AI and digitalisation

There’s a bold statement of intent on the homepage of the E.ON corporate website: "We are going to be the energy company that supplies energy for the digital age". In pursuit of that ambition, the energy giant has embarked on a number of digital transformation initiatives in recent years, both internally to transform the way it operates and externally to assist client organizations and consumers to transition to what it pitches as a new energy world. At the heart of all this is a dedication to using data as the foundation for change as Matthew Timms, CEO Energy at E.ON Digital, outlined as part of a keynote address during London Tech Week recently:

"We're putting AI, we're putting digitalization, at the heart of everything we do in our business. The reason that we're doing that is that we've got to make a significant impact on supporting us through this challenge that we have around climate. ..."

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PROJECTS: Schneider Electric bags smart grid deal in Egypt

Top executive Walid Sheta said the company is eyeing new contracts in Egypt’s transportation and natural gas sectors Energy management and automation company Schneider Electric has signed an agreement with Egypt's Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy to establish distribution control centres in the country, a top company official told Zawya Projects. "The distribution control centres would be established in three phases within 30 months. Four would be operationalised in Phase 1, and five each in Phases 2 and 3 at a total estimated cost of 13.8 billion Egyptian pounds ($869 million)," said Walid Sheta, regional Cluster President of Schneider Electric Egypt, North Africa and Levant in an exclusive interview.

Schneider Electric would be involved in the first phase which would be completed over a 18-month period. He said the agreement comes within the framework of a national plan to establish smart distribution and control centres to raise the level and quality of electricity supply in the country.

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MARKET NEWS

 

Combatting fraud and theft in the smart grid

Power theft in the smart grid is the menace of electric utilities from rural cooperatives to large investor-owned and municipal providers.

As early as 1899, the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies addressed the problem of tampering with screws that adjusted meter damping magnets. Over 36 years ago in 1984, the New York Times published an article citing ConEd and the potential of “1% of power customers of stealing services.”

According to estimates, theft and fraud of electricity costs the industry as much as $96 billion every year globally, with as much as $6 billion every year in the United States alone. This not only results in higher prices for paying customers and costly government subsidies but is also a public safety crisis in some countries with dangerous illegal power connections. In some countries, high non-technical losses threaten the financial sustainability of the energy utilities, with double-digit % energy losses through theft and fraud being estimated.

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The Secret To A Scalable Distributed Energy Future

By Elta Kolo, Wood Mackenzie Grid Edge Research Content Lead, and Fei Wang, Wood Mackenzie Research Manager Leaning into a distributed energy future is a complex endeavour for utilities. Wood Mackenzie expects cumulative capacity of distributed storage and solar in North America, Europe and Oceania to double by 2025, while electric vehicle (EV) charging points are set to grow sevenfold by this date. The US alone will add 127 GW of distributed energy resource capacity between 2016 and 2025. In the same timeframe, the majority of new bulk generation capacity will be variable renewable energy: wind, solar and battery storage. The increasingly variable nature of both distributed energy resources (DERs) and bulk power generation will lead to operational and planning challenges for utilities.

Regulatory approval for grid expansion and reinforcement is a multi-year and often political process that results in bill increases for customers. At the same time, utilities are exploring ways to incrementally mitigate the rising complexities of their grids.This is where DER management systems (DERMS) and software solutions can help meet utility objectives and address DER-related issues swiftly and economically.

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How smart metering infrastructure can help distressed power sector in India

When electricity demand is expected to rise by 95% by 2030, India’s power sector is marred with high Aggregate Technical and Commercial (AT&C) losses. Electricity demand is expected to nearly double by 2030, but high aggregate technical and commercial (AT&C) losses mar sector. The reliance on postal services in sending bills to customers, delayed payments, and collecting tariffs from inaccessible geographical locations has prompted a need to look for an alternative. “AT&C losses are major contributors to overall power losses in the sector. As a result, distribution utilities lose almost 72 paise per unit of electricity they purchase,” said Vishal Kapoor, a director, Union Ministry of Power (MoP), in a webinar.

The country aims to cut AT&C losses under 12 per cent by 2022 and below 10 per cent by 2027. The losses are currently pegged at 20 per cent. India is also transforming its energy mix by installing more non-fossil fuel-based energy generation technologies. Smart grids are entrusted to both integrate renewable energy and reduce AT&C losses. The smart-grids are digitally augmented electricity grids which automate and manage the increasing intricacies on the supply as well as the demand side.

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Using smart meters will lead to happy discoms and customers and pave the way to smart grid connectivity

The role of smart meters and its value proposition has come into a lot of focus during the Covid-19 pandemic, wherein distribution utilities are constrained in performing the basic tasks of meter reading and subsequently billing. Many utilities have been forced to resort to provisional billing (i.e. an estimate based on the actual meter reading pattern of the last few months of the same year or that of the previous year during a similar billing cycle). This has, however, caused a huge uproar in several cities where consumers have taken to social media and other mediums to vent their surprise and frustration at what they perceived as inflated bills. Distribution utilities have subsequently spent a huge amount of their resources and time in explaining the methodology of provisional billing and extending facilities such as instalments to ease the monthly burden for customers.

All this pain and stress for both consumers and utilities has been avoided where smart meters are installed. Such a meter communicates the meter reading to the utility without any manual intervention, thereby eliminating the need to do billing on a provisional or estimated basis. For example, in Delhi, smart meters have come to the rescue of discoms and consumers. As many as 200,000 smart meters across consumer segments—domestic, industrial, and commercial—enabled 350,000 bills to be raised with actual readings during the lockdown. They also helped prevent more than 150,000 visits a month to consumers’ premises during the lockdown.

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State joint venture to support smart meter rollout in India

A joint venture company is being established to provide the infrastructure to enable India’s distribution companies to accelerate their smart meter rollout. Press reports indicate that the joint venture under the ministry of power will provide a ‘common backend infrastructure facility’ with a standardised and scalable architecture that the discoms can ‘plug and play’. Such an architecture should simplify the rollout of smart meters by avoiding duplication and enabling the meter data management to be scaled as required. The JV will be comprised of the four state energy organizations NTPC Ltd, the country’s largest power generation company, the Power Grid Corporation responsible mainly for transmission, the Power Finance Corporation and REC Ltd (formerly the Rural Electrification Corporation).

Each are reportedly putting in funding of Rs150 crore ($20 million). A debt component of Rs1,400 crore will bring the total available capital to Rs2,000 crore ($271 million). The facility will be offered to the discoms as a software-as-a-service and they will be charged a usage fee. India’s national smart metering programme aims to replace 250 million conventional meters with smart meters. Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), the state agency implementing the programme, indicates that almost 1.4 million smart meters have been installed to date.

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Ed’s note: Holding critical infrastructure to ransom(ware)

The global pandemic has been good for cybercriminals. There has been a significant increase in attempted and successful attacks since the beginning of 2020 – what’s behind the increase? The FBI has reported that the number of complaints about cyberattacks to their Cyber Division is up to as many as 4,000 a day. The World Health Organisation has said that efforts against their staff has increased fivefold. Interpol has said it has seen a shift away from smaller businesses and individuals to attacks targetting large corporations, governments and critical infrastructure.

As remote working as continued, criminals are taking advantage of the increased vulnerabilities – stealing data and utilising ransomware to extort money. Utilities have not been exempt from the impacts either. In fact, it has been reported that utilities worldwide were subject to 1,780 distributed denial-of-service (DDoS)* attacks in the period 15 June – 21 August. This is a 595% increase in year-on-year attacks. In fact, the list of utilities or power sector related organisations which have been subjected to attacks in 2020 include...

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UPCOMING

 

Smart Grid Cybersecurity 2020, VIRTUAL, 7 October 2020

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Energy Transition World Forum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 13 October 2020

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Solar Expo Chile Postponed to 2021

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IEC 61850 Global 2020, VIRTUAL, 28-29 October 2020

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The Future Energy Show Philippines 2020, Manila, Philippines, 28-30 October 2020

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MENA ENERGY MEET, Virtual Expo & Summit, 2-3 November 2020

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Power & Electricity World Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa, 4-6 November 2020

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XIII International Trade Fair EcoEnergy Expo, Kiev, Ukraine, 10-12 November 2020

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SMART CITY LIVE 2020, Virtual Event, 17-18 November 2020

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The Future Energy Show Vietnam 2020, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 18-19 November 2020

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Energy Transition North America, 19-20 November 2020

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Energy Transition Europe, Online & On-Demand, 23-24 November 2020

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African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa, Cape Town, South Africa, 24-26 November 2020

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GIS4Smartgrid 2020, Virtual Conference, 25 November 2020

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Future of Utilities Summit, Virtual Event, 30 November – 1 December 2020

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The European Power Strategy & Systems Summit, Prague, Czech Republic, 30 November – 2 December 2020

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Oman Energy & Water Conference & Exhibition, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 30 November-2 December 2020

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Digital Utilities Europe 2020, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2-3 December 2020

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POWERGEN India & Indian Utility Week 2021, New Delhi, 27-29 January 2021

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Advanced Metering Infrastructure 2020, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 24 February 2021

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Africa Energy Indaba, Cape Town, South Africa, 2-3 March 2021

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Enlit Asia, Jakarta, Indonesia, 23-25 March 2021

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PowerGen & Renewable Energy Indonesia 2020, 30 March – 1 April 2021

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SMARTGREENS 2021, Prague, Czech Republic, 28-30 April 2021

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Middle East Energy Dubai, Dubai, UAE, 14-16 June 2021

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Fundamentals of IEC 61850 2021, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 30 March – 1 April 2021

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SPARK, London, UK, 22-23 June 2021

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Power China 2021, Guangzhou, China, Enlit Europe, Milan, Italy, 30 November – 2 December 2021

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Enlit Europe, Milan, Italy, 30 November – 2 December 2021

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24
Aug2020
OSGP Newsletter // August 2020
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Alliander: more work done despite COVID-19, but higher costs

Despite the COVID-19 crisis, Alliander has connected more customers, laid more cables and invested more in the power grid over the first six months of 2020 compared to the same period last year. This puts the network company on course to structurally increase its work rate. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our operations and the higher tariffs charged by Tennet, costs were up. As a result, the net profit for the first half of 2020 came in €29 million lower than in the same period in 2019 (2019: €121 million, 2020: €92 million).

Maarten Otto, Alliander’s CEO: “Given that our energy networks are part of the Netherlands’ essential infrastructure, we have done everything within our power during the COVID-19 crisis to ensure our work could go ahead as much as possible and even to accelerate it. This is important, because without energy everything would come to a standstill. We have adapted to the situation and shown flexibility to help our customers as well as possible. We are unrelenting in continuing our work on the energy networks, so as to be able to keep offering a reliable and affordable energy supply, also in the future.”

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Top students to present their ideas for a smarter and more sustainable future at Schneider Go Green global finals in September

Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, hosts its global student competition, Schneider Go Green, every year. Students are invited to submit their innovative and bold ideas on energy management and automation for a smarter and more sustainable future from around the globe. The company announced the top eight teams on August 10, 2020. They will present their ideas and compete against each other during the finals on September 10th, 2020. Schneider is deeply committed to diversity and inclusion which is why the 2900 submitted projects are chosen from Asia Pacific, North America, South America, China, Europe, India, and the Middle East & Africa. Teams are also asked to include at least one female to encourage a balanced representation.

At Schneider, we are deeply committed to diversity and inclusivity and as such, encourage a balanced representation at the leadership level. The finalists, supported by their Schneider Electric mentors, are now gearing up for the global digital finals, the ultimate stage of the competition. The teams will pitch their bold ideas in the form of business cases to an executive jury composed of eight Schneider Electric leaders from around the world. The teams will also participate in a pre-show event hosted digitally by Schneider Electric where they will attend career talks, presentations on innovation and incubation and a candid talk with the Group’s CHRO and other top management leaders.

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Video: Grid Watch – NES Security Application

Even if you are aware of security events, you can be missing important indicators of attack, simply because they are lost in the background of low-level threat indicators and false positives. Common responses are to log everything or log nothing. In either case, you are unable to spot the key indicators that would allow you to adopt a modified security posture in response to a threat or react to block an attack or limit its impact.

Grid watch adds detection and response capabilities to established smart meter security layers. It strengthens the ability to prevent, detect, and respond to misuse of grid assets and malicious behavior through a unique intrusion detection system.

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Egyptian state utility to create Middle East’s first-ever smart grid with Schneider Electric

State-owned Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC) will transform its electricity grid into a smart grid with the help of Schneider Electric. EEHC and the French industrial group signed a $287,5 million contract on 12 July to implement the project. Schneider Electric will build four control centres, which will monitor and optimise the electricity network within the next 18 months. It will also install more than 12,000 smart ring main units through the national network during that time. They project includes the upgrade of 1,000 distribution points and substations to be able to connect them to the smart grid. The network will be protected by cybersecurity software that is built into the hardware.

When completed this smart grid will be the Middle’s East’s first-ever country-wide smart grid that should meet the electricity needs of Egypt’s growing population as well as its industrial development, said Schneider Electric in a press release. The four control centres will use the company’s Advanced Distribution Management System to monitor, control and reconfigure the network, through the use of big data and artificial intelligence.

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Poland's Tauron lauds new record in renewables connections

August 4 (Renewables Now) - Renewable power plants with a combined capacity of 254 MW, mostly micro-systems, have been connected to TAURON Dystrybucja’s network in the first half of 2020. Polish energy company Tauron Polska Energia SA (WSE:TPE) announced this on Monday, pointing out that micro-installations in the period reached 34,632 with a combined capacity of 235 MW. This is more than TAURON Dystrybucja connected for the whole of 2019.

All but one of these newly added systems used solar photovoltaic (PV) technology. The one exception was an agricultural biogas plant. The table provides details on micro-installations in the network of TAURON Dystrybucja in the last few years.

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E.ON selects SAP to build new platform for network operations

Germany energy company E.ON has selected SAP to build a new process and technology platform to optimise network operations. E.ON and SAP intend to set a new standard in Germany’s power grid business. The energy company will use cloud solutions from SAP to optimise billing and ensure information exchange processes are more efficient and consistent across its corporate group. The project will help subsidiaries of E.ON including energy suppliers, grid operators and metering point operators to share information faster, more accurately and more easily.

Having a standardised approach to data sharing will help E.ON to follow best practices and reduce the cost of developing custom software. Implementing innovative cloud solutions should save the group more than 40% in costs long term.

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MARKET NEWS

 

Covid-19 impact on electricity: Impact of lockdown measures

In light of the extraordinary impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting lockdown measures on the energy system, the IEA is publishing the most up-to-date possible electricity data. This report includes data through 31 July, 2020. It will be updated on 15 September with data through the end of August.

Electricity demand dropped quickly with confinement measures. It steadily recovered as measures were gradually softened; it was still 10% below 2019 levels in EU countries in June. In the last week of July, electricity demand was 5% below 2019 levels in EU countries except Italy. In India, recovery seems faster.

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Protect, Detect and Respond: securing the smart grid

Find out how to keep pace with changing legislation, regulation, threats from cyber-criminals and consumer expectations when implementing and maintaining your smart grid.

Energy supply, revenue streams, operation efficiency, and your customer's personal information, are all under threat by a possible cyberattack. How can you be better prepared?

Join Smart Energy International and Networked Energy Services in a live webinar discussion on 23 September 13h00 GMT.

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Adani Electric Mumbai Limited Invites Bids to Implement Smart Group Metering for Its Power Consumers in Mumbai

Adani Electric Mumbai Limited (AEML) has issued a tender to implement a smart metering solution in its power distribution area of 700,000 consumers in the east division in Mumbai. Interested bidders are expected to make an earnest money deposit (EMD) of ₹25 million (~$0.33 million). The last date for bid submission is September 14, 2020. The tender stated that bids would only be accepted in electronic format.

Adani is planning to implement an automatic metering infrastructure (AMI) solution for 700,000 meters to smart group metering by setting up RF (radio frequency) communication canopy network across its distribution area spanning over 99 square kilometers. The scope of work includes the implementation of smart group metering. The bidders need to supply, install, test, commission and provide training of RF communication canopy network elements, RF nodes, group, and standalone smart meters, group smart meter cabin and field maintenance services, head-end system, meter data management system, customer portal and its integrations with the existing AEML systems along with IT infrastructure on the cloud. Bidders have to maintain the entire solution for ten years, and it must be scalable up to 3 million.

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What might COVID-19 mean for DSOs in the long-term?

Anja Langer Jacquin, the CCO of DEPsys explains what might COVID-19 mean for energy distribution system operators (DSOs) in the long-term. Summer is here and COVID-19 is still with us. Though parts of society are reopening, full normality will be a slow, potentially irregular process – three steps forward, two steps back. Nonetheless, the situation has improved enough that we can start to think about the future. A shock as profound as the pandemic will spark lasting changes: some good, some bad, some simply different. Distribution system operators (DSOs) and distribution network operators (DNOs) will not be exempt from this. These utilities have had to rapidly pivot to handle the immediate challenges of the crisis, and now are in the midst of managing low- and medium-voltage grids through the transitionary phase as societies reopen.

Now they must ask themselves what is at the other end of that transitionary phase. It can’t be a simple return to life before – COVID-19 has changed the game and besides, the industry’s commitment to the energy transition means there can be no backwards movement. So, what will those changes be? What are the lessons COVID-19 has taught us? Above all, that grid digitalisation – what many call the smart grid – may already have been a long-time industry talking point, but in reality is more important and urgent than we ever thought.

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Brazil's CPFL Energia makes another move to digitize processes

Brazilian energy company CPFL Energia, which is controlled by China's State Grid, invested 47mn reais (US$8.76mn) in a new integrated system for network operation as part of a broader strategy to digitize its processes. Supplied by Schneider Electric, the Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) platform was activated this month at the power distributor's CPFL Piratinininga unit, which operates in 27 municipalities in São Paulo state, serving approximately 1.8mn consumers, the company reported.

Later this year, CPFL intends to activate the platform at the CPFL Paulista unit, which covers 234 municipalities in the interior of São Paulo state, serving 4.6mn consumers; and CPFL Santa Cruz, which serves municipalities in São Paulo, Paraná and Minas Gerais states, serving approximately 457,000 consumers. For 2021, the goal is to take the system to distributor RGE, which is responsible for distributing 65% of the electricity consumed in Rio Grande do Sul state, serving 2.9mn residential and corporate customers.

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Opportunities in the Global Smart Electricity Meter Market: A $16 Billion Industry

DUBLIN, Aug. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The "Smart Electricity Meter - Global Market Outlook (2019-2027)" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. The Global Smart Electricity Meter market accounted for $10.22 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach $16.53 billion by 2027 growing at a CAGR of 6.2% during the forecast period. Some of the key factors propelling market growth include increased need for efficient data monitoring systems coupled with favorable government policies for smart meter rollout, improved cost savings, and increasing emphasis on renewable energy sources globally. However, high initial investment and delays in smart meter rollout projects are likely to hamper the market.

By end user, the residential segment is anticipated to grow at significant rate during the forecast period, due to the widespread use of sophisticated electrical, electronic, and data equipment and growing importance of power management solutions. The installation of smart electric meters in residential places would help in reducing the dependence on fossil fuels, as the smart electric meters can assist the consumers to monitor, regularize, and reduce their consumptions from the grid, and generators, and further integrate their consumptions from renewable energy sources such as solar installations.

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Sanwo Olu introduces smart meters to improve electricity in Lagos

Despite significant investments and resolutions around power generation and distribution, there is still a huge metering gap of over 60 percent of electricity consumers in Lagos and Nigeria. In Nigeria’s commercial hub, most residents do not have access to meters in measuring the consumption of electrical energy in individual households. This has caused a series of disagreements between residents and power distribution companies. In a bid to overcome the problems of traditional electricity meters and address the metering gap, the Lagos State government developed a Smart Meters initiative tagged, “The Lagos Smart Meter Hackathon 2020.” The smart meter initiative unveiled by Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, and the Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Power, Goddy Jedy-Agba, is a collaboration between the Lagos state government and Eko Innovation Centre.

In a bid to overcome the problems of traditional electricity meters and address the metering gap, the Lagos State government developed a Smart Meters initiative tagged, “The Lagos Smart Meter Hackathon 2020.” The smart meter initiative unveiled by Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, and the Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Power, Goddy Jedy-Agba, is a collaboration between the Lagos state government and Eko Innovation Centre.

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Power Sector To Spend $5 Billion on Software by 2025

August 13, 2020 New BloombergNEF research shows that the power sector will spend $3.2 billion on software in 2020 to optimize the performance, costs and revenues of generation and grid assets. BNEF believes this will grow to $5.2 billion by 2025, driven by the sectors decarbonization mandate. For power generation software, China and Europe will be the biggest markets, accounting for 26% and 24% of the global market respectively. We estimate the market for power grid software in 2020 is split roughly evenly between China (28%), the U.S. (21%), Europe (25%) and the rest of the world (26%). The market share of Europe and the U.S. erodes toward 2025 due to growing demand for software in the rest of world.

The falling cost of IoT sensors and communications networks has helped expand the use of advanced analytics such as asset performance management (APM), and also the use of in-field digital tools such as augmented reality. While the growth in cloud computing and artificial intelligence use is making predictive maintenance (PdM) and computer vision popular. Smart-grid technologies have also become more real-time and automated thanks to IoT and analytics. This market size is only for software spend, with the total digitalization cost being about double this due to upfront hardware and services fees. Power plant and system operations will also spend millions of dollars on software for weather forecasting, predicting power demand, and operating trading platforms.

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PRESS RELEASE


An Experienced Sales Leader Joins Networked Energy Services Senior Management Team


Artemy Voroshilov has been appointed as Chief Sales Officer at NES to further develop NES strategy and growth initiatives as the company rapidly expands its market share

San Jose, CA, August 25, 2020: Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid solution provider with the industry’s leading Energy Applications Platform (EAPTM), is pleased to announce the appointment of Artemy Voroshilov as its Chief Sales Officer (CSO). Artemy will be responsible for leading and further developing NES global sales operations.

Artemy joins NES with years of expertise in various ICT sales and partnership development roles across Europe, in particular, leading Nokia’s Smart Grid incubation effort in the region. Artemy brings a wealth of sales leadership experience across the telecommunications and utility space. He joins us from Smart Energy Water, a global SaaS leader in digital utility self-service, where he was responsible for sales and market development in greater Europe.  Prior to that he led Huawei’s software sales and digital transformation engagement with a global telecommunications group headquartered in Amsterdam.

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UPCOMING EVENTS


AI&ML for the Smart Grid 2020, Brussels, Belgium, 8 - 10 September 2020

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MOVE Asia, Singapore, 9-10 September 2020

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4th Smart Mobility Congress & V2X 2020, Shanghai, China, 9-10 September 2020

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Utility Cloud 2020, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, VIRTUAL, 16 September 2020

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Powering Iraq, VIRTUAL, 20-22 September 2020

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Smart Grid Innovation 2020, VIRTUAL, 23 September 2020

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Nigeria Energy, Lagos, Nigeria, 22-24 September 2020

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Grid Asset Management 2020, VIRTUAL, 30 September 2020

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Smart Grid Cybersecurity 2020, VIRTUAL, 7 October 2020

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Energy Transition World Forum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 13 October 2020

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Solar Expo Chile 2020, Casapiedra, Chile, 13-14 October 2020

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IEC 61850 Global 2020, VIRTUAL, 28-29 October 2020

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The Future Energy Show Philippines 2020, Manila, Philippines, 28-29 October 2020

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Power & Electricity World Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa, 4-6 November 2020

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XIII International Trade Fair EcoEnergy Expo, Kiev, Ukraine, 10-12 November 2020

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Smart Grid Network Planning, Virtual Conference, 17-19 November 2020

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The Future Energy Show Vietnam 2020, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 18-19 November 2020

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Energy Transition North America, 19-20 November 2020

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Energy Transition Summit, London, UK, 23-24 November 2020

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GIS4Smartgrid 2020, Virtual Conference, 24-26 November 2020

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African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa 2020, DIGITAL EVENT

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The European Power Strategy & Systems Summit, Prague, Czech Republic, 30 November – 2 December 2020

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Oman Energy & Water Conference & Exhibition, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 30 November-2 December 2020

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Advanced Metering Infrastructure 2020, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 24 February 2021

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Africa Energy Indaba, Cape Town, South Africa, 2-3 March 2021

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Middle East Energy Dubai, Dubai, UAE, 15-17 March 2021

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Enlit Asia, Jakarta, Indonesia, 23-25 March 2021

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PowerGen & Renewable Energy Indonesia 2020, 30 March – 1 April 2021

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Fundamentals of IEC 61850 2021, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 30 March – 1 April 2021

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SPARK, London, UK, 22-23 June 2021

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Enlit Europe, Milan, Italy, 30 November – 2 December 2021

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24
Jul2020
OSGP Newsletter // July 2020
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MEMBER NEWS
 

Thüga - Digital measurement of house connections

Click and (go): With new apps, the measurement processes for connecting cables should become significantly faster. To this end, Veolia, the start-up Vaira and Thüga Energy Networks have teamed up. The solutions should be ready for the market in 18 months. Measuring, documenting, creating orders: Connecting new houses or commercial properties to electricity, gas, heating or data networks is one of the core tasks of network operators. An alliance of developers and users now wants to significantly simplify and accelerate the required measurement processes for connecting cables using new apps based on a digital platform.

The environmental service provider Veolia, the start-up Vaira and Thüga Energienetze, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Thüga Aktiengesellschaft, have joined forces in the alliance. The partners are confident that, over the next 18 months, they will be able to bring field-proven apps onto the market for creating dimensioned sketches and for measuring x / y coordinates for house connections and the installed components. These should then be made available to all network operators across Germany.

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New NES report explores COVID-19 impacts on the smart energy transition

Networked Energy Services Corporation has completed its industry survey related to the impact of COVID-19 on smart metering and smart grid projects. The report Smart Metering and the Smart Energy Transition in the New Normal has found that the impacts of COVID-19 have been both positive and negative on the smart energy transition, with the balance being towards the positive.

The report, which is available at https://bit.ly/3h3E7fa, summaries the results of a dedicated survey and presents a perspective on how smart grid and smart metering solution providers can help the energy industry and consumers to mitigate the risks and ameliorate the impacts of similar pandemics in the future. Ben Gardner, the president of market intelligence firm Northeast Group, said: “Utilities (and hopefully regulators) are now seeing first-hand the importance of smart metering deployments as the pandemic and ensuing lockdown reinforce the need for improved automation and resiliency.”

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German E.ON to invest EUR 210 million in power business in Romania

E.ON earmarked EUR 375 million for capital expenditure by 2023 in Romania, of which EUR 210 million is for the electric power division. It is also developing energy products and services and electric mobility infrastructure. Marking 15 years since the entry into Romania, E.ON said its priority has been the rehabilitation and modernization of distribution networks in order to increase safety and quality and develop products and services. Germany’s second-largest utility revealed it intends to invest EUR 375 million in the Southeastern European country by 2023, of which EUR 210 million is earmarked for the power distribution and supply division.

E.ON’s plan for electricity networks implies the further implementation of the SCADA system – supervisory control and data acquisition. It said it would continue with automation efforts, the expansion of smart metering, improvement of overhead network and substations and replacement of transformers. As for smart grids, 13 stations are up for a makeover this year in the Moldova region. E.ON runs 133 units and 118 have already been integrated, at least partially, with SCADA.

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Schneider Electric to upgrade DP World’s Sokhna Basin 2 with EcoStruxure Power smart energy distribution system

(MENAFN) Schneider Electric has been selected by DP World, a leading enabler of global trade, to implement an end-to-end smart energy MV, LV distribution system at DP World''s Sokhna Basin 2 Terminal, situated near the southern entrance to the Suez Canal on the Red Sea. The solution will improve safety, save on electricity and maintenance costs, and reduce carbon emissions at one of Egypt''s largest ports. The EcoStruxure Power solution is Internet-Of-Things-enabled, which will allow DP World to run a variety of digital applications, analytics and other technologies across the system, to further improve operations and ensure business continuity.

The full installation will include both hardware and software to manage, monitor and optimize the power across Basin 2''s electrical distribution network. The system will give DP World Sokhna''s staff, both those on-site as well as people working remotely,

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Tauron is testing a new live tool

Tauron Dystrybucja is testing modern methods of live work. The modular tensioning tool is a technology that has not been used in Poland so far. It allows you to improve the work on the power grid, without the need to turn off the power supply for customers. The live work technique (PPN) is necessary and useful from the point of view of both electricity consumers and the energy supplier. Its use in Tauron Dystrybucja has increased by approx. 10% annually in recent years. This is because the company implements new technologies and tests devices that allow to extend the scope of works and increase the safety of the works performed.

A modern, innovative solution on a Polish scale, is used to maintain tension during works. The device is currently being tested in the Legnica branch of Tauron Dystrybucja, where also thanks to it the number of works carried out in PPN technology has increased sixfold in the last two years.

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Mitsubishi Electric Accredited for Substation Design and Installation Management System

Mitsubishi Electric Power Products recognized for demonstrating ongoing commitment to quality by satisfying customer requirements and industry specifications. Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc. (MEPPI) recently announced it has received accreditation for its Substation Design and Installation Management System.

"For years, MEPPI customers have benefited from our IS09001-certified quality systems for manufacturing equipment. We are also now proud to carry the ISO9001-2015 certification for our organization performing Substation Design and Installation Management, which assures our customers that we adhere to our turnkey procedures," said Brian Heery, MEPPI president and CEO. "The MEPPI quality system provides our customers assurance that our designs will meet their requirements, they will experience systematic repeatable project management, and we will adhere to our own rigorous safety practices during the substation construction process."

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How to cut network losses?

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. So how could a suite of smart grid applications help improve grid reliability? Efficient and timely service-problem identification gives a distribution system operator (DSO) the ability to predict and pre-empt outages and poor service eliminating the need for the customer to call and report an outage. Proactive maintenance, triggered by improved visibility of the network operation and performance, can lead to avoidance of outages due to failed equipment.

Exemplifying the benefits of smart grid applications in a use-case scenario, Mark Ossel, Chairman of the Board of the OSGP Alliance, will present at the European Power Strategy & Systems Summit on Monday 30 November, Prague, Czech Republic and demonstrate the potential advantages of using distributed intelligence and smart grid applications.

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Shipments of smart electric meters in Europe to hit record level in 2021

The annual shipments of smart electric meters in Europe will reach a record level in 2021, according to a new report issued by Berg Insight. Up to 34.8 million units are expected to be installed in the bloc in 2021, compared to the 20.9 million smart electric meters and 8.5 million smart gas meters installed in 2019.

However, installations are expected to decline by 10% in 2020 compared to 2019 due to temporary postponements being made to rollouts as a result of COVID-19. Major first-wave rollouts in countries such as France and the Netherlands are expected to be completed according to timelines in the next couple of years, while the largely delayed UK rollout is forecasted to ramp up during the same time period.

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Cameroonian startup Ndoto Sarl develops a smart meter that helps reduce fraud

(Business in Cameroon) - Douala-based startup Ndoto Sarl announces that it has just completed the development of a smart electricity meter, after 5 years of research. According to the promoters of this start-up, this smart meter is adapted "to the challenges of energy distribution management in Cameroon." "Our solution allows users to both optimize the operating costs related to the management of energy distribution and to monitor their electricity consumption, through our mobile application," says Wolf Njitia, co-founder of Ndoto Sarl.

The solution developed by this start-up digitalizes billing, geolocalizes the electricity consumers, and thus helps reduce fraud. Thanks to these smart meters, we learn, energy consumers will be able to access their consumption in real-time. They will also be able to remotely turn their meters on and off and instantly pay their bills via mobile payment platforms. They will also receive alerts on their mobiles before any service interruption. The innovation of this start-up comes at a time when Eneo, concessionaire of Cameroon's electricity utility, is testing the first smart meters on its grid. This is intended to limit frauds responsible for the loss of 20% of the energy distributed in the country in 2018, i.e. around 200 megawatts.

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Virtual power plant in Loenen shows the future of electricity

A virtual power plant is running in Loenen, which tracks the generation of sustainable energy and demand and coordinates it. The project was set up together with the citizens and is unique in the world. The community-based virtual power plant was awarded last month. The matching of supply and demand is one of the major challenges for the large-scale local generation of sustainable energy. A Virtual Power Plant (VPP) that collects all generation and usage data can help to gain insight, which can better match demand with supply.

At the end of last month, Eindhoven University of Technology (TUe) and the Sustainable Projects Loenen (DPL) foundation received awards for the international project on the Community-based Virtual Power Plant (cVPP) - a European Interreg project , in which the TU / e looks at how citizens can hook up locally with their own Virtual Power Plant for their community. Because of the way citizens in Ghent, Tipperary (Ireland) and Loenen (on the Veluwe, ed.) Have been involved in their own VPP in recent months, TUe took home the 'engagement' public award of the EUSEW Awards (EU Sustainable Energy Week). When developing a cVPP, proper monitoring of a community's electricity generation and consumption is crucial. The cVPP in Loenen works via the P1 port of smart meters in matching supply and demand. The aim: to achieve a better balance so that more electricity is used locally and the grid is less burdened.

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Must all Transformers be Smart?

Transformers are one of the most ubiquitous and critical assets on our T&D systems. Must they all be replaced to meet the demands of a modern grid? Electric utilities are spending hundreds of millions of dollars per year to replace aging infrastructure. Those following the industry know the principal reasons: many grid assets are well past their service life, there is a growing need for greater reliability and resiliency, goals related to higher system efficiency and the need for more flexible performance in a more complex grid environment. Transformers are one of the most ubiquitous and critical assets on our T&D systems. Must they all be replaced to meet the demands of a modern grid? What are the options for the millions of transformers that have a remaining useful life and for the applications where it is time for a replacement?

Research and Markets recently reported that the global market for power transformers would reach a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.4% by 2023. That does not sound all that impressive, although the spending level in 2023 is projected at $12.84B annually. Another study made available by Market Research Future projected that the smart transformer market would achieve a CAGR of 11.5% by 2023. Given similar geographic coverage and timeframe, these reports imply there is a modest, but growing preference for smart transformers.

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What might COVID 19 mean for DSOs in the long-term?

Summer is here and COVID-19 is still with us. Though parts of society are reopening, full normality will be a slow, potentially irregular process – three steps forward, two steps back. Nonetheless, the situation has improved enough that we can start to think about the future. A shock as profound as the pandemic will spark lasting changes: some good, some bad, some simply different. Distribution system operators (DSOs) and distribution network operators (DNOs) will not be exempt from this.

These utilities have had to rapidly pivot to handle the immediate challenges of the crisis, and now are in the midst of managing low- and medium-voltage grids through the transitionary phase as societies reopen (we discussed these stages respectively in parts one and two of the series). Now they must ask themselves what is at the other end of that transitionary phase. It can’t be a simple return to life before – COVID-19 has changed the game and besides, the industry’s commitment to the energy transition means there can be no backwards movement. So, what will those changes be? What are the lessons COVID-19 has taught us? Above all, that grid digitalisation – what many call the smart grid – may already have been a long-time industry talking point, but in reality is more important and urgent than we ever thought.

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Egypt to create the Middle East’s first-ever smart grid

State-owned Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC) will transform its electricity grid into a smart grid with the help of Schneider Electric. EEHC and the French industrial group signed a $287,5 million contract on 12 July to implement the project. Schneider Electric will build four control centres, which will monitor and optimise the electricity network within the next 18 months. It will also install more than 12,000 smart ring main units through the national network during that time.

They project includes the upgrade of 1,000 distribution points and substations to be able to connect them to the smart grid. The network will be protected by cybersecurity software that is built into the hardware. When completed this smart grid will be the Middle’s East’s first-ever country-wide smart grid that should meet the electricity needs of Egypt’s growing population as well as its industrial development, said Schneider Electric in a press release.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

 
The 9th Asia-Pacific Biomass Energy Exhibition (APBE2020), Guangzhou, China, 16-18 August 2020

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Power China 2020, Guangzhou, China, 16-18 August 2020

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Solar PV World Expo 2020 (PV Guanzhou) Power China 2020, Guangzhou, China, 16-18 August 2020

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AI&ML for the Smart Grid 2020, Brussels, Belgium, 8 - 10 September 2020

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MOVE Asia, Singapore, 9-10 September 2020

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4th Smart Mobility Congress & V2X 2020, Shanghai, China, 9-10 September 2020

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Utility Cloud 2020, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 15-17 September 2020

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Smart Grid Innovation 2020, Brussels, Belgium, 22-24 September 2020

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Nigeria Energy, Lagos, Nigeria, 22-24 September 2020

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Grid Asset Management 2020, Brussels, Belgium, 29 September - 1 October 2020

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Smart Grid Cybersecurity 2020, Berlin, Germany, 6-8 October 2020

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Energy Transition World Forum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 13 October 2020

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Solar Expo Chile 2020, Casapiedra, Chile, 13-14 October 2020

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Advanced Metering Infrastructure 2020, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 13-15 October 2020

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IEC 61850 Global 2020, Brussels, Belgium, 26-30 October 2020

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The Future Energy Show Philippines 2020, Manila, Philippines, 28-29 October 2020

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Power & Electricity World Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa, 4-5 November 2020

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XIII International Trade Fair EcoEnergy Expo, Kiev, Ukraine, 10-12 November 2020

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Smart Grid Network Planning, Virtual Conference, 17-19 November 2020

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The Future Energy Show Vietnam 2020, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 18-19 November 2020

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Energy Transition North America, North America & Online, 19-20 November 2020

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Energy Transition Europe, London, UK, 23-24 November 2020

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GIS4Smartgrid 2020, Virtual Conference, 24-26 November 2020

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African Utility Week, Cape Town, South Africa, 24-26 November 2020

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The European Power Strategy & Systems Summit, Prague, Czech Republic, 30 November – 2 December 2020

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Oman Energy & Water Conference & Exhibition, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 30 November-2 December 2020

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Africa Energy Indaba, Cape Town, South Africa, 2-3 March 2021

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Middle East Energy Dubai, Dubai, UAE, 15-17 March 2021

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Enlit Asia, Jakarta, Indonesia, 23-25 March 2021

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PowerGen & Renewable Energy Indonesia 2020, 30 March – 1 April 2021

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Fundamentals of IEC 61850 2021, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 30 March – 1 April 2021

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SPARK, London, UK, 22-23 June 2021

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Enlit Europe (Formerly European Utility Week), 30 November – 2 December 2021

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OSGP Newsletter // June 2020
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First Thüga real smart city laboratory: Koblenz gets climate road

Energy suppliers Mittelrhein (evm) and Thüga are testing innovative smart city solutions for Koblenz in a joint real laboratory. The "Klimastraße" will connect several applications: parking space monitoring, charging infrastructure, emissions and other sensors. The first plants are scheduled to go into operation in September.

With the "Klimastraße" the evm was able to prevail in the tender for the real laboratory. At the beginning of 2020, the Thüga competence center for innovation asked Thüga partner companies to apply. The 39 members of the innovation platform chose the winner by vote. The goal of the real laboratory is to pilot cross-application smart city projects under real conditions on site.

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Energy Theft and Fraud Reduction

Power theft is the menace of electric utilities from rural cooperatives to large investor-owned and municipal providers. Utility companies have been plagued with non-technical losses almost since their inception. As early as 1899, the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies addressed the problem of tampering with screws that adjusted meter damping magnets. Over 36 years ago in 1984, the New York Times published an article1 citing ConEd and the potential of "1% of power customers of stealing services." As power generation and electric utility proliferation moved into developing countries, many more providers confronted new challenges and obstacles to combat non-technical losses and the issues it causes. No utility provider is immune to attempts to steal power.

The financial losses, also known as non-technical losses, include metering inaccuracy, non-payment, billing, and rate class errors and simple to complex energy theft. The two dominant components of non-technical losses are non-payment and energy theft. Non-payment refers to customers who are unable or unwilling to pay for their electricity, which can lead to significant revenue loss if the utility fails to handle nonpayment situations quickly. However, electricity theft usually impacts a utility more than non-payment problems.

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Tauron forms the Smart City bridgehead in Chorzów

Tauron, the Upper Silesian Fund and the management of the Silesian Park in the largest downtown park in Europe are planning to install smart benches with chargers, launch a network of electric bicycles and scooters, as well as a new alley. Electric car charging infrastructure is to be built in the car parks around the park, and park buildings will receive energy from renewable sources.

The green revolution planned in Park Śląski will be carried out through a project to build an ecological infrastructure. Tauron, Górnośląski Fund and the Silesian Park Board will prepare a change plan so that the Park will become even more friendly to the residents and nature. Thanks to the latest green technologies, this largest downtown park in Europe will become an even more attractive place of rest for the inhabitants of Silesia - says Filip Grzegorczyk, president of the board at Tauron Polska Energia. - Our activity is focused on Silesia - our employees and clients live here, and we connect our future with this region. We want the Tauon energy transformation to accompany the transformation of Silesia - adds Filip Grzegorczyk.

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Video: The new "Network Building" of the Linz AG

From water to energy to fast broadband internet and waste collection - this is how the citizens of the state capital are served perfectly.

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Romanian electricity holding Electrica to merge its regional networks

Romanian electricity distribution and supply group Electrica, whose biggest shareholder is the state with nearly 49% of the shares, has initiated the merger of its three regional electricity distribution networks. Thus, Electrica plans to merge Electrica Transilvania Nord, Electrica Transilvania Sud, and Electrica Muntenia Nord in a single company. This initiative is one of the main pillars of the group’s strategy for the period 2019-2023.

The three power distribution companies together hold over 196,000 kilometers of power lines and serve 3.71 million customers. They have more than 6,600 workers.

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Mitsubishi Electric Announces Development of Cooperative AI Technology for AGVs

In a recent press release, the Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced its development in artificial intelligence (AI) integrated automated guided vehicles (AGVs). The company has developed a cooperative AI technology that enhances work collaboration between humans and machines by using inverse reinforcement learning (IRL) to learn and imitate the actions of skilled workers.

IRL is a prime feature of Mitsubishi Electric’s Maisart (Mitsubishi Electric's AI creates the State-of-the-ART) AI technology, which is a machine learning technology that allows machines to mimic and learn human-like actions based on relatively small amounts of data. IRL is the field of learning an expert or skilled worker’s behavior by observing their rewards, objectives or values. The new cooperative AI technology will be further refined through the use of prototyping, persistent field testing by test deployment, and finally commissioning the technology into AGVs and robots alongside human workers at production and distribution sites. Mitsubishi Electric speculates that in the future, this technology will be used in autonomous driving vehicles and other applications.

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Operating DSOs in the pandemic; transforming asset investment; risk management

Operating a distribution network during a pandemic: the challenges and threats. Overnight, COVID-19 lockdowns have transformed our economies and societies. How are DSOs responding?

Transforming asset investment processes. Creating integrated investment planning, management and governance approaches which are fit for the future.

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The operational impacts of C-19 on utility operations

Philip Gordon examines the operational implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on utility operations. This article is largely derived from opinions expressed by panellists during the COVID-19: Utility Crisis Management series of webinars hosted by Smart Energy International and Clarion Energy. It’s been hard to find stable footing in 2020. Even the most surely-laid plans, based on the best available research, under the scrutiny of the most astute in our global economy have been unable to say with any consensus how our world has changed in just a few short months; nor how it will change as we look forth to leaders around the world to help us navigate our next cautious steps.

These disastrous few months however have seen so many put principle ahead of personal interest and hold the line in a fight so large it threatens even our global efforts to protect the climate. In the utility sector though, maintaining a balance, and navigating emergencies is nothing new. As climate shifts gather momentum, natural disasters have seen utilities do the extraordinary on an everincreasing basis.

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Ukraine’s energy sector faces its moment of truth

Opinion by Andrian Prokip. Ukraine’s energy sector is undergoing one of the most profound crises in its history. It is no surprise therefore that solving this crisis is a priority for officials and industry. In doing so, they will have to take a fundamental decision; whether to pursue a pragmatic or a populist approach to policy and regulatory change. Various factors have coalesced to create the current crisis in the energy sector. The extremely warm winter and the COVID-19 pandemic have both had a profound and negative impact on energy demand. These events have taken place against a backdrop of poor policy and regulatory decisions and issues. These include issues with renewable producers receiving the feed-in tariff, overregulation in the energy sector and the fact that energy price subsidies have wreaked havoc in the power sector.

However, while rarely discussed, two further issues, if left unresolved, will further undermine Ukraine’s energy sector: the future of its electricity distribution grids and the price determination mechanism for power distribution services. At present, Ukraine’s power grid suffers from extensive wear and tear. According to the national Association of Electricity Distribution System Operators of Ukraine, the depreciation rate for the grid is 60%, This is all the more alarming when one considers that in 2019 Ukrainian consumers on average faced outages up to 683 minutes, while neighbouring countries such as Poland and Romania faced 260 and 474 respectively. This is clearly not acceptable.

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North East Slovenian electricity grid bolstered by EIB funding

Elektro Maribor, the distribution company in the 2nd largest Slovenian city, will be using the funding to upgrade and renovate its infrastructure. Elektro Maribor, the main distribution company of Slovenia’s 2nd largest city and one of the country’s five main electricity distributors will be responsible for bolstering the capacity of the North-eastern segments of its power grid. The task will be accomplished thanks to some 31 million euros that were granted by the European Investment Bank (EIB) to the company in the form of a loan that will be used for improving the already existing power supply chain and maintaining its capacity.

Providing essential support to local efforts. The loan provided by the EIB comes on top of Elektro Maribor’s own funding amounting to a total of 81.2 million euros. Combining their capabilities, the company will be much more up to the task and will be able to ensure that Slovenia’s north-eastern power grid will prove more resilient to blackouts and will be able to mitigate the costs of blackout-related damages and emergencies.

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Now is the Time for Smart Meters in India

The infrastructure overhaul required for smart metering systems will also serve to bring the country one step closer to a digital ecosystem. The ongoing coronavirus crisis and the poor financial performance of power distribution companies (DISCOMs) have shown that the power sector needs a serious revamp, and smart meters have to become part of the solution. There is no better time to implement smart meters than now.

Social distancing regulations and the nationwide lockdown have prohibited DISCOMs from physically collecting electricity bills as conventional metering systems require readings to be checked in person. This, along with its other problems, including aggregate technical and commercial (AT&C) losses, low tariffs, and other internal inefficiencies, has left DISCOMs in a tough spot financially.

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Behind the firewall: a discussion on the evolution of cybersecurity in the utility industry

The utility sector is being transformed - and this process has opened the industry up to a new range of cyber-threats. Attacks will continue to escalate in frequency and complexity.

Here, two industry experts give their views on this new paradigm - and what the sector can do to protect itself and its customers.

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UPCOMING EVENTS 

 

The 9th Asia-Pacific Biomass Energy Exhibition (APBE2020), Guangzhou, China, 16-18 August 2020

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Power China 2020, Guangzhou, China, 16-18 August 2020

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Solar PV World Expo 2020 (PV Guanzhou) Power China 2020, Guangzhou, China, 16-18 August 2020

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AI&ML for the Smart Grid 2020, Brussels, Belgium, 8 - 10 September 2020

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MOVE Asia, Singapore, 9-10 September 2020

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4th Smart Mobility Congress & V2X 2020, Shanghai, China, 9-10 September 2020

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Utility Cloud 2020, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 15-17 September 2020

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Smart Grid Innovation 2020, Brussels, Belgium, 22-24 September 2020

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Grid Asset Management 2020, Brussels, Belgium, 29 September - 1 October 2020

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Smart Grid Cybersecurity 2020, Berlin, Germany, 6-8 October 2020

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Energy Transition World Forum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 13 October 2020

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Solar Expo Chile 2020, Casapiedra, Chile, 13-14 October 2020

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Advanced Metering Infrastructure 2020, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 13-15 October 2020

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IEC 61850 Global 2020, Brussels, Belgium, 26-30 October 2020

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The Future Energy Show Philippines 2020, Manila, Philippines, 28-29 October 2020

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Power & Electricity World Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa, 4-5 November 2020

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XIII International Trade Fair EcoEnergy Expo, Kiev, Ukraine, 10-12 November 2020

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Smart Grid Network Planning, Virtual Conference, 17-19 November 2020

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The Future Energy Show Vietnam 2020, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 18-19 November 2020

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Energy Transition Summit, London, UK, 23-24 November 2020

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GIS4Smartgrid 2020, Virtual Conference, 24-26 November 2020

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African Utility Week, Cape Town, South Africa, 24-26 November 2020

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Africa Energy Indaba, Cape Town, South Africa, 2-3 March 2021

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The European Power Strategy & Systems Summit, Prague, Czech Republic, 30 November – 2 December 2020

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Africa Energy Indaba, Cape Town, South Africa, 2-3 March 2021

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Middle East Energy Dubai, Dubai, UAE, 15-17 March 2021

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Enlit Asia, Jakarta, Indonesia, 23-25 March 2021

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PowerGen & Renewable Energy Indonesia 2020, 30 March – 1 April 2021

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Fundamentals of IEC 61850 2021, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 30 March – 1 April 2021

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SPARK, London, UK, 22-23 June 2021

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Enlit Europe (Formerly European Utility Week), 30 November – 2 December 2021

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Nigeria Energy, Lagos, Nigeria, postponed to 2021, new dates to be announced

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May2020
OSGP Newsletter // May 2020
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Networked Energy Services successfully completes OSGP smart grid project in Albania

Networked Energy Services Corporation has announced the successful completion of the deployment phase of its smart grid project with OSHEE (Electricity Power Distribution System Operator) in Tirana, Albania. NES is achieving exceptional high SLAs delivering its smart metering solution along with its smart grid applications to improve revenue generation and reduce energy distribution losses.

The previously announced project with OSHEE, provides for “investments in the balance metering system and re-construction of ABC cable network”, as per Buletini Nr. 9 dated 04 March 2019, Agjencia e Prokurimit Publik. The project included OSGP (Open Smart Grid Protocol) compliant smart meters for residential, business and light industry consumers in Tirana, in conjunction with OSHEE’s ongoing project to renew its distribution cable infrastructure.

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E.ON tops €500 million in investments to accelerate the energy transition

German multinational energy company E.ON has announced an additional €500 million ($547 million) in investment for smart infrastructure and climate-friendly solutions as part of efforts to accelerate the energy transition. The utility says the investment will help accelerate recovery from the COVID-19 crisis at the same time addressing climate change in Germany and Europe.

The investment will be used to fund projects such as digital economy and e-mobility and will be implemented in partnership with customers to promote a better energy system. Despite COVID-19 having limited impact on the utility’s operations and financial results in the first quarter, E.ON says it will not rule out or undermine the overall impact of the virus in the near short term or long term, hence the additional investment.

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Duke Energy standing by customers, employees during pandemic; company also moving toward greener future, CEO tells shareholders

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy’s purpose has never been more important than it is right now, Chair, President and CEO Lynn Good told investors during the company’s annual shareholders meeting online today.

“This pandemic is unlike anything we’ve experienced – and it’s required us to dramatically adjust how we operate. Yet, our purpose has never been more important. We provide an essential service, powering the lives of our customers and the vitality of our communities, no matter the circumstances,” Good said.

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evm group and Thüga: Closer together in smart metering

The evm group and Thüga SmartService are expanding their cooperation. Thanks to the SmartClient from Thüga SmartService, the Koblenz energy service provider relies on independence in its market role as a measuring point operator.

evm relies on a Thüga platform for smart meter gateway administration. Smart street lighting, trash cans that report their fill level and parking lot guidance systems: this and much more awaits people in smart cities. At the same time, the rollout of intelligent measuring systems begins. This lays the foundation for smart metering and smart grids. The number of sensors and data is continuously increasing. In order to bundle these technologies and to be able to process them efficiently, the Energieversorgung Mittelrhein group of companies (evm group) relies on Thüga SmartService. Together with it, it has been offering municipalities in the region individual solutions for Smart City and LoRaWAN under the umbrella brand "SmartMacher" since the end of 2019. In the future, the two partners will also work together on the Smart Meter Gateway Administration. "Thüga SmartService is already one of the market leaders in gateway administration nationwide and we want to benefit from this know-how here in the region", Benjamin Deppe, Head of Measurement Service in the evm Group, explained the decision.

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Billon launches blockchain PoC project with Tauron

Billon launches blockchain PoC project with Tauron Tuesday 12 May 2020 10:46 CET | News AddThis Sharing Buttons Share to LinkedIn Share to TwitterShare to EmailShare to Facebook Billon Digital Services, a fully owned subsidiary of Billon Group, has been testing blockchain storage and delivery of contracts for Tauron, an electricity provider based in Poland. The project is based on Billon’s enterprise DLT system functionalities to store complete high-value documents on blockchain, together with remote signing and proof of delivery. The documents would be stored and available for any future reference, with the embedded immutability and tamper protection provided by the nature and architecture of Billon’s distributed ledger, according to the official press release.

The pilot project is supported by Microsoft which delivers Azure cloud infrastructure to host blockchain nodes. The Polish branch of the Redmond company is Billon’s technological partner in building solutions to publish high-value documents, such as diplomas and certificates, on-chain. The pilot project includes a selected group of 100 Tauron clients who were testing the solution until the end of April 2020. Apart from individual contracts, Tauron can use Billon’s enterprise DLT to publish public documents, such as terms and conditions and general tariffs.

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COVID-19 Impact survey Energy & Smart Grid Sector

Over the past few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented global economic and social crisis. Adapting to the “new normal” is becoming increasingly important to the Energy Sector and Smart Grid. We are already facing several challenges regarding changes in investments, technology and maintenance to adapt to new circumstances.
 
Networked Energy Services (NES) is conducting a Survey to provide insight across a wide range of participating companies and assess the impact of COVID-19 on their operations. Defining the impact is crucial in preparing the best solutions addressing the key challenges faced by the Energy Industry.
 
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MARKET NEWS


Report: Smart Electricity Metering – the current state of play

In this IoT Now Analyst Report, the author Levi Östling, an IoT analyst at Berg Insight, explores the adoption and penetration rates of smart meters in different regions of the world, how different types of utilities are and have been rolling out smart meter deployments, the state of different markets around the globe and what the future holds for smart meter communications. Read about these topics and more by downloading the report - fill out the form below.

IoT Now selected Berg Insight, an IoT analyst house based in Sweden, to produce this bespoke report due to its acknowledged global expertise in smart metering and the Internet of Things. The report is published by IoT Now, a Media Partner of Enlit Europe, which co-sponsors the report.

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European trade bodies team up to map need for distribution grid investment

The European electricity sector is in the midst of a fundamental transformation. The drive towards climate neutrality, combined with rapidly falling prices for renewables generation costs, has triggered an accelerated decentralisation of European power. It also resulted in new and more complex flows of electricity and an additional need for distribution grid reinforcements over the coming decade. The European trade bodies E.DSO. and Eurelectric are now teaming up to assess the investment needs.

Strong trends of decentralisation of the power sector and increased electrification of end-use sectors are set to continue and intensify. The agreed political targets for climate and energy for 2030 will require connecting between 350 GW and 400 GW of additional renewable energy capacity in the coming 10 years. At the same time, plans to progressively electrify transport, buildings and industry are expected to add significant load to the distribution grids. Specifically, more than 30 million electric cars are expected to hit the road in Europe over the next decade. Already by 2025, the EU plans to have installed at least 1 million public EV charging points.

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IEA brings together leading global figures to discuss the role of energy efficiency in Covid-19 stimulus packages

The IEA today coordinated a meeting of the Global Commission for Urgent Action on Energy Efficiency to discuss the vital role that energy efficiency can play in improving the effectiveness of stimulus packages that governments are developing in response to the Covid-19 crisis. The Global Commission is an independent high-level body that was established to advance global progress on energy efficiency. It has 23 members and is composed of national leaders, ministers, top business executives and global thought leaders.

Senior figures from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas discussed the potential for energy efficiency to create jobs and provide economic stimulus while also ensuring long-term improvements in energy systems. These include enhanced economic competitiveness, lower energy bills and major reductions greenhouse gas emissions.

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IREC publishes guide for assessing economic and environment benefits of distribution grid upgrades

A new guide has been published in the US to “help stakeholders assure prudent use of funds by electric utilities” when it comes to upgrading the distribution grid, from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) and GridLab. Called the GridMod Playbook, an abbreviation of its full title: A Playbook for Modernising the Distribution Grid; Volume 1: Grid Modernisation Goals, Principles and Plan Evaluation Checklist, the publication is intended as a toolkit for stakeholders to evaluate and ensure that proposals to modernise the US grid have a meaningful impact and will be done efficiently.

Intended as the first volume in a series, the document has been developed by IREC, which provides state-by-state regulatory policy engagement and best practise resources, together with GridLab, which offers technical expertise and services. It includes principles for modernising the grid as well as an evaluation checklist and builds on a concept developed at an accelerator programme hosted by the Colorado-headquartered Rocky Mountain Institute think-tank. "Grid modernisation plans and investment proposals are complex regulatory filings, full of technical jargon and acronyms,” Curt Volkmann, president of distributed energy consultancy New Energy Advisors and one of the report’s co-authors, said.

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Grid “Health Check” reports for power grid managers

The first set of free quarterly grid Health Check reports to power distribution system operator (DSO) customers have been provided by Depsys to its customers. The technology company uses real network data collected by its GridEye grid optimisation solution, to highlight trends, anomalies and outliers, delivering individual reports that will help them to better understand and manage distribution networks.

Anja Langer Jacquin, chief commercial officer, comments on the launch: “Our goal is to simplify the energy transition for grid managers; to help them improve and maintain operational excellence in the face of the challenges it will bring. Whereas we already do that with real-time, ongoing grid monitoring, we realised that we could use that same data to give grid managers additional insights into how their networks are performing over time. So, we did – and feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive.” The Health Checks were created on behalf of seven DSO customers in Switzerland, Germany and Ireland. The ambition is to extend the free service across Depsys’ entire customer base – which currently stands at around 40 DSOs around the world.

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Million investment in smart meters threatens to be nullified by frequency auctioning

Two major network operators have lost a lawsuit filed against the Ministry of Economic Affairs. They expect to lose more than a billion on investments in smart meters that hang with some five million Dutch households.

The Ministry wants to redistribute the frequency at which these are read out via an auction, the Financieele Dagblad found out. The ministry sees that there are more parties that are interested in the frequencies in the 450 MHz band. These include municipalities and water and rail companies. The two grid operators STEDIN and Liander are now using these frequencies to remotely read smart meters that they have installed since 2016. They did not want to be dependent on third parties and bought the network from Utility Connect, a subsidiary of KPN. That purchase also included the antenna infrastructure and the frequency license

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PRESS RELEASE


IEC Publishes New International Standard Defining OSGP Communication Profile for the DLMS/COSEM Suite of Standards

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 26 May 2020: The OSGP Alliance, 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, is pleased to announce that IEC recently published a new International Standard defining the OSGP Communication Profile for the DLMS/COSEM suite of standards. This new standard was originally initiated under the EU Smart Metering Mandate M/441 and the associated project was managed by IEC’s TC13 WG14.

OSGP is targeted at utilities that want a multi-application Smart Grid infrastructure instead of a meter centric Automated Metering Infrastructure (AMI). OSGP enables independent implementation of interoperable meters and other smart grid devices from multiple vendors on the same network, and helps utilities lower cost and enhance functionality by enabling multiple smart devices and applications to share a common infrastructure while avoiding vendor lock-in.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Energy Storage & Charging Electric Vehicles, London, UK, 22-26 June 2020

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Smart Mobility Congress Asia, Singapore, 23-24 June 2020

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7th Residential Energy Storage Forum, Sydney, Australia, 23-25 June 2020

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The 9th Asia-Pacific Biomass Energy Exhibition (APBE2020), Guangzhou, China, 16-18 August 2020

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Power China 2020, Guangzhou, China, 16-18 August 2020

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Power & Electricity World Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa, 20-21 August 2020

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PowerGen & Renewable Energy Indonesia 2020, Jakarta, Indonesia, 26-28 August 2020

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AI&ML for the Smart Grid 2020, Brussels, Belgium, 8 - 10 September 2020

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MOVE Asia, Singapore, 9-10 September 2020

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Utility Cloud 2020, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 15-17 September 2020

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Enlit Asia, Jakarta, Indonesia, 22-24 September 2020

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Smart Grid Innovation 2020, Brussels, Belgium, 22-24 September 2020

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Nigeria Energy, Lagos, Nigeria, 22-24 September 2020

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Smart Metering in Energy Systems - ERRA Energy Regulation Conference, Tbilisi, Georgia, 28-29 September 2020

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Grid Asset Management 2020, Brussels, Belgium, 29 September - 1 October 2020

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Smart Grid Cybersecurity 2020, Berlin, Germany, 6-8 October 2020

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Energy Transition World Forum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 13 October 2020

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Solar Expo Chile 2020, Casapiedra, Chile, 13-14 October 2020

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Advanced Metering Infrastructure 2020, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 13-15 October 2020

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IEC 61850 Global 2020, Brussels, Belgium, 26-30 October 2020

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Enlit Europe (Formerly European Utility Week), 27-29 October 2020

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The Future Energy Show Philippines 2020, Manila, Philippines, 28-29 October 2020

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XIII International Trade Fair EcoEnergy Expo, Kiev, Ukraine, 10-12 November 2020

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The Future Energy Show Vietnam 2020, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 18-19 November 2020

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Energy Transition Summit, London, UK, 23-24 November 2020

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POWERGEN India, POSTPONED TO JANUARY 2021

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Africa Energy Indaba, Cape Town, South Africa, 2-3 March 2021

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Middle East Energy Dubai, Dubai, UAE, 15-17 March 2021

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SPARK, London, UK, 22-23 June 2021

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30
Apr2020
OSGP Newsletter // April 2020
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How Europe’s Energy Sector Is Responding to the Coronavirus

Power sector “won’t be as hard-hit as other industries,” but it can’t expect to escape the crisis unscathed, said E.ON CEO Johannes Teyssen.

Europe's electricity giants are grappling with the demanding challenge of safeguarding staff, keeping the lights on and contributing to the relief effort — all while rolling ahead with their own energy transition plans.

As Europe's utilities, project developers and network operators take stock, early speculation and guesswork on the impact of the coronavirus outbreak are giving way to more informed forecasts and detailed assessments. Some companies, including Ørsted and Total, have established dedicated task forces to deal with the ever-changing circumstances.

The energy sector "won't be as hard-hit as other industries," but it cannot expect to escape the crisis unscathed, said E.ON CEO Johannes Teyssen, as the company announced its full-year results.

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Mitsubishi Electric Develops "BLEnDer ICE" Battery-powered Wireless Terminal to Collect Meter Data and Control Networked Sensors

TOKYO, March 16, 2020 - Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced today that it has developed the BLEnDer® ICE battery-powered wireless communication terminal for use in sensor networks to collect gas and water meter data and remotely control sensors in the networks. This terminal will enable meters to be automatically read and both monitored and controlled remotely to achieve greater efficiency in the maintenance operations of utilities and infrastructure operators. Various tests conducted so far have demonstrated that the terminal operates and communicates stably in the field.

BLEnDer (short for Bid Liaison and Energy Dispatcher) is a packaged software developed by Mitsubishi Electric in response to the changes in the power industry and support utilities to realize smarter and more efficient operations. The BLEnDer Intelligent Communication Edge (ICE) terminal will work together with the BLEnDer HE (Head End) software which manages and controls smart meters through various communication methods and the BLEnDer MESH software which utilizes wireless multi-hop communication to realize a wide range smart meter communication network at a low cost.

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NES Receives Silicon Valley’s 2020 Best Smart Energy Software Company Award

Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid solution provider with the industry’s leading Patagonia Energy Applications Platform (EAPTM), announced today that it has been selected for the Silicon Valley 2020 Best Smart Energy Software Company Award by the San Jose Award Program.

Each year, the San Jose Award Program identifies companies in the Silicon Valley community and business area that they believe have achieved exceptional market success. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of business through service to their customers and involvement in the community. The program selects exceptional companies who help make the area a great place to live, work and play.

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Eltel’s Power business in Finland signs a five-year frame agreement worth EUR 90 million

Eltel’s Power business in Finland has signed a five-year frame agreement with Helen Electricity Network Ltd, one of Finland’s largest power distribution companies, to construct and maintain the electricity distribution network in Helsinki. The contract is worth about EUR 90 million.

The scope of the agreement includes grid design, construction, fault repair, maintenance and documentation. Eltel and Helen Electricity Network Ltd. will work in close partnership to ensure efficient and reliable construction and maintenance of Helsinki’s electricity distribution network. The agreement starts 2 April 2020 and is valid for a period of five years, with a possibility to continue for an indefinite period.

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Thüga SmartService and EMH metering offer a practical all-round carefree package for a safe rollout

The rollout of intelligent measuring systems in Germany began with the official market analysis in January. Just in time for the start, Thüga SmartService and EMH metering offer the market an efficient solution. This also includes an alternative for the secure supply chain of the measuring point operators.

The smart meter gateway CASA from the manufacturer EMH metering GmbH & Co. KG (EMH metering) has been certified as the third device according to the Common Criteria of the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) and clears the way for the nationwide rollout of intelligent measuring systems . As part of a multi-year development partnership with Thüga SmartService GmbH (TSG), the "Secure Supply Chain" (SiLKe) with the so-called "Safebag" was developed for the safe transport of the gateways.

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Alliander: Smarter Grids Pave the Way for More Open Grids. Linux Foundation bets open software will underpin grids of the future

As the sun sets across the Netherlands, streetlights twinkle on, town by town. But it’s not in lockstep: some city managers can set their lights to respond to local sunset time or a schedule of their own or they can control individual lights for local events. That’s because in 2017 those cities adopted a smart grid software-powered service built by Dutch public utility Alliander that may be the first open smart grid platform in everyday use.

Before, these cities could only operate their lights collectively because they used ripple control technology, a widespread control method that sends a pulse over the grid. While smarter control of streetlights may be handy for cities and save them some energy and cash, Alliander has also re-used the platform to manage a growing number of additional services and, earlier this month, placed it under the umbrella of LF Energy, part of the Linux Foundation.

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NRGi ready with financial hand

The East Jutland energy company, NRGi, will come to the rescue of economic operators, institutions and other cooperatives during a difficult time of shutdown and crisis as a result of the corona eruption. NRGi's online company KONSTANT provides free internet tarifs and subscription in June, and NRGi earns funding for sustainable projects whose implementation is challenged by the current situation. The prevalence of coronavirus in Danish society is wide and severe. This also applies to the local business community in East Jutland, where government restrictions and general consumer care are felt directly on the economy.

Therefore, NRGi will now make their contribution to local traders and other cooperatives through a number of new initiatives. Among other things, the co-owned energy company's network company KONSTANT has decided to drop both grid tariff and subscription in June, which gives the shareholders a saving of DKK 23 million in June. In doing so, the grid company supports the approx. 40,000 companies in the supply area that may be squeezed as a consequence of the shutdown.

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MARKET NEWS

 

Coronavirus prompts crisis measures in electric power systems in Balkans

Power producers and distributors in the Balkans have been introducing emergency procedures to contain the fallout from the spread of COVID-19. The coronavirus pandemic has put a spotlight on the electric power system together with other infrastructural pillars, essential for meeting the citizens’ basic needs and security overall.

Of note, measures of social distancing and the slowdown in economic activity will likely result in a drop in demand for power worldwide and thus in Southeastern Europe. Warmer weather may contribute to the easing of the pressure before the season of air conditioning sets in.

Croatia’s national power conglomerate HEP Group has instructed employees to perform all activities they can at home, especially those in the headquarters in Zagreb. A worker there was one of the first people in the country whose contagion was confirmed, three weeks ago. At the time, the person’s close coworkers were told not to come to their workplaces.

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The Smart Grid Security Market - Drivers and restraints, competitive analysis, and growth trends for 2020 to 2027.

Types of Smart Grid Vulnerabilities and Attacks: Cyberattacks are mainly classified topology wise, component wise, or protocol wise. Topology-wise attacks target the smart grid topology by launching a denial-of-service (DoS) attack that stops operators to have a full view on the power system causing inappropriate decision-making. Component-wise attacks target field components that include the remote terminal unit (RTU). The RTU is majorly used by engineers to remotely troubleshoot and configure smart grid devices. Protocol-wise attacks target to attack communication protocols using various methods such as false data injections and reverse engineering. Some of the other attacks are as follows:

Malware spreading: The attacker develops malware and injects it into the smart meter and company server to replace or add any function to a device. Access through database links: If a company's database management has not been configured properly, the attacker can access the business network database and use it to exploit the control system. Communication equipment: The hacker directly affects the communication equipment, for example multiplexers, to directly damage the equipment or use them for further attacks. Injecting false information: The attacker sends a false information package to inject in the network, such as fake price, wrong meter data, and so forth. Fake information directly affects the financial department of the electricity market. Network availability: As a smart grid works on IP protocol, the attack of DDoS affects network flow, delaying, blocking, or corrupting information transmission by making smart grid resources unavailable. Eavesdropping and traffic analysis: The hacker can access sensitive information by monitoring network traffic.

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DSO Models Promise a More Digital, Distributed Grid

(Part 2 of a two-part series based on the findings of Black & Veatch's 2020 Strategic Directions: Smart Utilities Report)

It simply does not make financial sense for small energy producers — businesses and homeowners — to invest in distributed energy technologies. A more dynamic model, including a distribution systems operator (DSO) function, is needed to achieve a return on their investments. In Part 2 of this two-part series based on the findings of Black & Veatch's 2020 Strategic Directions: Smart Utilities Report, we will discuss how the DSO function benefits utilities when it comes to managing and coordinating distributed energy resources (DERs) and fast-approaching distribution markets.

The flood of DERs is changing how traditional electric power and consumers interact with the grid and their utility provider. Utilities are facing hundreds of thousands, or even millions of digital assets that require new business models and advanced technologies on the distribution system and behind the meter. New markets are also on the horizon, promising to deliver more efficiency and resiliency while allowing DER market participants to monetize their investments.

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Is Europe getting ready for 1 million public charging points?

The road to net zero CO2 emissions across the economy passes through the electrification of transport. 63% of the transport sector can be powered by decarbonised electricity, thus substantially reducing CO2 emissions and improving air quality. What does it take to get there and to put the first million public charging points on Europe’s roads? Eurelectric releases today a list of five policy priorities that must be addressed during the review of the TEN-T Regulation and Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive, to enable the electrification and decarbonisation of transport.

First, policymakers should introduce new and separate ‘sustainable fuels’ definitions for light and heavy-duty vehicles as well as for maritime, in line with the carbon neutrality ambitions. The current definition of “alternative fuels” hampers the transition to e-mobility, as it puts fossil fuels and clean energy vectors on an equal footing. Second, the coverage criteria for charging infrastructure must be revised. Eurelectric supports the creation of an EU-wide ‘safety net’ along the TEN-T core and comprehensive networks. In addition, the power sector recommends increasing the number of chargers at single locations, such as high occupancy roads.

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Kick-off of new E.DSO project – Education for Digitalisation of Energy

In January the new ERASMUS+ project EDDIE had its kick-off with E.DSO onboard. The project is led by Comillas, with the aim to create a Sector Skill Alliance (SSA) by bringing together all the relevant stakeholders in the Energy value chain, from industry, education and training providers including legal authorities. E.DSO will lead the work package which involves Implementation tasks to create Stakeholder’s map as a database of sector occupations and job profiles, with skill content analysis. This will set ground for a strategic sectoral cooperation in order to design and build a strategic network, in close relation with WP4 – “Assessment of policies and requirements for VET and beyond”.

The main objective of this SSA is to develop a long-driven Blueprint for the digitalisation of the European Energy sector to enable the matching between the current and future demand of skills necessary for the digitalisation of the energy sector and the supply of improved Vocational Education and Training (VET). An interdisciplinary approach is also sought, including green and soft skills with a high collaboration of workers by using participatory approaches through Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) methodologies.

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New EU rules for external power supplies will enable household energy savings

A new EU Regulation on external power supplies aimed at making a range of household appliances more energy efficient - from laptops to electric toothbrushes – enters into force as of 1 April 2020 within the context of EU ecodesign measures. As a result, European consumers will be able to save on their household bills, help reach significant EU-wide energy savings and reduce emissions.

The new rules will make the external power supplies more efficient, aligning them to the highest standards worldwide. It is expected that electricity savings across the EU of over 4 TWh/year will be generated by 2030, enough to power the whole of Latvia for a month. This will result in avoiding greenhouse gas emission of more than 1.4 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year by the end of the decade.

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PRESS RELEASES
 

Electrica Expands its NES System by Executing Option for Smart Grid Project in Romania

SOCIETATEA DE DISTRIBUTIE A ENERGIEI ELECTRICE (SDEE) MUNTENIA NORD exercises additional option for 32,000 more NES smart meters as part of its installed NES Patagonia Energy Applications Platform San Jose, CA, April 02, 2020: Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid solution provider with the industry’s leading Energy Applications Platform (EAPTM), announced today that Electrica's SDEE Muntenia Nord has exercised an additional option to purchase and install an additional 32,000 NES smart meters and associated data concentrators and software associated with the NES System and solution. Electrica is a utility in Romania with three DSO companies, including SDEE Muntenia Nord, and about 3.7M 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 enacted optional order provides confirmation of the success and performance of the NES System for Electrica, which follows several 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 99.7%. 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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BNP Paribas, Glennmont Partners and EIC on Financing the Energy Transition in Reuters Events Podcast

LONDON – 23 March – Reuters Events - today announced the second episode of their ETS Pivot Podcast Series, Financing the Energy Transition (April 14th, 15:00 GMT)

The Energy Transition team at Reuters Events brings you a panel including Join Joost Bergsma (CEO and Managing Partner, Glennmont Partners), Olivier Warnan (Investment Director, BNP Paribas) and Stuart Broadley (CEO, Energy Industries Council) to explore transition opportunities for the investment and energy communities alike!

The episode will both reflect on the past 20 years of investment, whilst deep-diving into ESG through the age of transition, and exploring the sustainability of future investment models.

At Glennmont we expect the energy transition to continue to gather pace.  New investment opportunities will continue to emerge across the risk / return spectrum.  Over the past decade, renewables have helped lead the efforts of European economies to decarbonise and it is vital that we maintain strong levels of institutional investment going forward” – Joost Bergsma, CEO & Managing Partner, Glennmont Partners

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UPCOMING EVENTS

 

9th International Conference on Smart Cities and Green ICT Systems (SMARTGREENS) 2020, Prague, Czech Republic, 2-4 May 2020

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African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa (Virtual Event), 11-15 May 2020

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Energy Storage & Charging Electric Vehicles (EVs), Singapore, 1-5 June 2020

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7th Residential Energy Storage Forum, Sydney, Australia, 23-25 June 2020

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Energy Storage & Charging Electric Vehicles, London, UK, 22-26 June 2020

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Smart Mobility Congress Asia, Singapore, 23-24 June 2020

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Energy Transition World Forum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 7 July 2020

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The Future Energy Show Vietnam 2020, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 8-9 July 2020

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The 9th Asia-Pacific Biomass Energy Exhibition (APBE2020), Guangzhou, China, 16-18 August 2020

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Power China 2020, Guanzhou, China, 16-18 August 2020

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Solar PV World Expo 2020 (PV Guangzhou), Guanzhou, China, 16-18 August 2020

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Power & Electricity World Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa, 20-21 August 2020

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PowerGen & Renewable Energy Indonesia 2020, Jakarta, Indonesia, 26-28 August 2020

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AI&ML for the Smart Grid 2020, Brussels, Belgium, 8 - 10 September 2020

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Professional Enhancement Certificate in SMART METERING advances in technology and applications, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 8-9 September 2020

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MOVE Asia, Singapore, 9-10 September 2020

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Utility Cloud 2020, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 15-17 September 2020

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Smart Grid Innovation 2020, Brussels, Belgium, 22 - 24 September 2020

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Enlit Asia, Jakarta, Indonesia, 22-24 September 2020

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Smart Grid Innovation 2020, Brussels, Belgium, 22-24 September 2020

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Nigeria Energy, Lagos, Nigeria, 22-24 September 2020

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Smart Metering in Energy Systems - ERRA Energy Regulation Conference, Tbilisi, Georgia, 28-29 September 2020

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Grid Asset Management 2020, Brussels, Belgium, 29 September - 1 October 2020

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Energy Transition Summit, London, UK, 1-2 October 2020

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Smart Grid Cybersecurity 2020, Berlin, Germany, 6-8 October 2020

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Solar Expo Chile 2020, Casapiedra, Chile, 13-14 October 2020

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Advanced Metering Infrastructure 2020, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 13-15 October 2020

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IEC 61850 Global 2020, Brussels, Belgium, 26-30 October 2020

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Enlit Europe 2020, Milan, Italy, 27-29 October 2020

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The Future Energy Show Philippines 2020, Manila, Philippines, 28-29 October 2020

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XIII International Trade Fair EcoEnergy Expo, Kiev, Ukraine, 10-12 November 2020

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POWERGEN India, POSTPONED TO JANUARY 2021

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Africa Energy Indaba, Cape Town, South Africa, 2-3 March 2021

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Middle East Energy Dubai, Dubai, UAE, 22-24 March 2021

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SPARK, London, UK, 22-23 June 2021

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24
Mar2020
OSGP Newsletter // March 2020
Newsletter Details

MEMBER NEWS

Tauron will ensure security of electricity and heat supply during coronavirus

Tauron introduced various preventive measures and maintains the continuity of electricity production and distribution. Failures were handled immediately and Tauron distribution and technical services are continuously supervised 24/7 over the entire power distribution network. The company's employees are divided into permanent teams with no possibility of rotation between them. The company also limited its planned work. The company's employees read meters and other work only if the meter is in a public place and its service does not require access to a residential premises. In other cases, the Company asks customers to provide the meter reading by phone to the number indicated in the read notification or by e-mail via the form: https://www.tauron-dystrybucja.pl/uslugi-dystrybucyjne/odczyt-licznika-online. Technical service of measuring and billing systems inside the premises will be carried out in emergency cases regarding power failure.

Planned works related to the need to shut down sections of the power line and associated with a power outage have been temporarily suspended. In the event of emergency shutdowns, removal work will be carried out in compliance with the increased rules of personal safety of employees and customers.

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Eltel installs 236,000 smart meters in Sweden for EUR 22 million

Eltel’s Power business Smart Grids has signed a contract with Vattenfall Eldistribution AB, one of the largest Distribution System Operators in Sweden, to replace 236,000 electricity meters in Sweden. The contract is worth about EUR 22 million. Eltel will be responsible for the rollout and implementation of 236,000 smart meters and technology for 15,400 secondary substations metering in the middle and western part of Sweden. The scope includes planning, installation and logistics of new and old meters, and related infrastructure.

The project is the first of Vattenfall’s four phases to replace and install a total of about 900,000 electricity meters in Sweden in order to meet new requirements from both the EU and the Swedish government by 1 January 2025.

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Caruna takes care of the electricity distribution even under abnormal circumstances

We take the coronavirus situation seriously and we have already taken steps to ensure the electricity distribution even under abnormal circumstances. We ensure that electricity will be transferred to our customers and possible faults will be taken care of. In our preparations we follow not only our own instructions but also those of the authorities and we closely monitor the situation. We will update our operations as needed.

We have also given our own staff instructions on how to deal with the current situation and how we can reduce the risk of disease through our own actions. In our electronical and costless self-service Caruna+ you can follow up on your own consumption, order messages of power cuts, see power cuts on our outage map and take easily care of issues related to invoices and paying.

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Vattenfall seeks 200 new talents in digitalisation and innovation

Vattenfall aims to take on 200 new employees for its IT operations until 2022, to develop smart, innovative services and solutions. The recruitment phase has started and in September a trainee program will commence.

"We want to see what we can do to contribute to a reduction in emissions and a more efficient use of energy. Digitalisation will play a major role in the energy transition, and smart IT solutions are essential. Our focus is on speeding up automation and to benefit from the digital opportunities," says Anna Zolnowska, responsible Human Resources at Vattenfall IT.

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Kiwa and Alliander building demo hydrogen house

To enable professionals to learn how to make the current natural gas supply suitable for hydrogen in residential areas, testing, inspection and certification (TIC) leader Kiwa and Alliander are building a hydrogen house together in the Netherlands. Located in Apeldoorn, the training residence will be designed a residence and the demo house is expected to be operational by next fall.

Kiwa and Alliander said they are currently busy with the construction and furnishing of the hydrogen house, which will have a heating system, kitchen and meter cupboard. There will also be a course and meeting room for training and other meetings. Dutch company Alliander handles the distribution of energy in a third of the Netherlands and is currently preparing a hydrogen pilot project in Lochem, which will see homes with natural gas transferred to hydrogen.

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Mitsubishi Electric Develops "BLEnDer ICE" Battery-powered Wireless Terminal to Collect Meter Data and Control Networked Sensors

TOKYO, March 16, 2020 - Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6503) announced today that it has developed the BLEnDer® ICE battery-powered wireless communication terminal for use in sensor networks to collect gas and water meter data and remotely control sensors in the networks. This terminal will enable meters to be automatically read and both monitored and controlled remotely to achieve greater efficiency in the maintenance operations of utilities and infrastructure operators. Various tests conducted so far have demonstrated that the terminal operates and communicates stably in the field.

BLEnDer (short for Bid Liaison and Energy Dispatcher) is a packaged software developed by Mitsubishi Electric in response to the changes in the power industry and support utilities to realize smarter and more efficient operations. The BLEnDer Intelligent Communication Edge (ICE) terminal will work together with the BLEnDer HE (Head End) software which manages and controls smart meters through various communication methods and the BLEnDer MESH software which utilizes wireless multi-hop communication to realize a wide range smart meter communication network at a low cost.

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MARKET NEWS

Digitalisation provides line of defence in coronavirus response

Every day the implications of the Covid-19 pandemic become more apparent. No sector will remain unscathed. While plunging oil and gas prices following reduced demand are wreaking havoc with certain energy sector financials, the impact on electricity suppliers and networks may be less negative but more complex as they scramble to respond to not just lower demand but vastly different demand patterns.

A large proportion of the population have started working from home and up to 40% of their workforce could be out sick, quarantined, or might stay home to care for sick family members, predicted the Edison Electric Institute in a bulletin on how to handle operations during the pandemic. While data centres may be using more energy, other companies are pausing their production, and peak consumption has dropped. “This means that even more than usual, the energy system needs to be able to respond to changes quickly. Flexibility from distributed energy resources will be very much needed, also for short periods of time, to build our resilience in the most cost-effective way possible,” says Layla Sawyer at digital solution association smartEn.

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Smart grid security and defensive military architecture of the middle-ages; an interesting comparison

Why are our castles now just romantic ruins? Part of the answer is gunpowder and the eventual victory of the iron projectile over stone walls. But, a more fundamental reason is their static nature, their focus on layers of defensive perimeters and their inability to adapt to more agile and fluid forms of warfare. In many respects, the battle against the cyber-attacker is similar, especially as it relates to the low-voltage smart grid.

Both vendors and utilities in the low-voltage smart grid industry have focused on multiple lines of defensive positions to secure their smart grid, using technology to create barriers. The underlying concept is that the more barriers you have, the better you can block an attack. If the attacking force was an ill-equipped and poorly educated rabble, led by a few unimaginative iron-clad knights, then that is probably enough.

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Smart Meters Set for $30B Gusher of Investment Over Next 5 Years

By mid-decade the world will have almost 1.3 billion smart meters in place, bringing many countries to full deployment, according to Wood Mackenzie. Utilities around the world will invest a total of around $30 billion over the next five years to install more than 300 million smart meters, bringing many of the world’s most populous countries to full deployment but leaving other parts of the globe with relatively low penetration.

Cumulative investment in advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) will rise to $127.6 billion by 2025, up from $97.4 billion this year, according to a new report from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. Over that period, total smart meters deployed will rise from about 1 billion to nearly 1.3 billion.

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How Electricity Use Changes During a Pandemic

This week on The Interchange podcast: What does the load curve look like during a global crisis? We are in the middle of a sudden, jarring economic shift. Storefronts, sports arenas and office buildings are dark in many cities. Homes are becoming the center of our activity ⁠— and for many of us, our work. That is causing sudden shifts in the way we consume energy. We’ve seen it play out in China, France and Italy.

So what is happening to the daily shape of electricity load here in the U.S.? And what are the long-term consequences to power providers if this goes on for a long time? Shayle Kann and Stephen Lacey talk with someone who knows how to read a load curve: Nick Chaset. Nick is CEO at East Bay Community Energy and on the board of the California Community Choice Association. He’s worked as chief of staff to the head of the California Public Utilities Commission and was special adviser to Governor Jerry Brown on distributed energy resources.

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Advanced Distribution Management Systems Market Set for 19% CAGR through 2029; Smart Grid Applications to Influence Developments: Future Market Insights

Major advanced distribution management systems vendors are focusing on the needs of energy and utilities businesses to expand their product offerings and improve performance.

Future Market Insights, Dubai, UAE, March 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The global advanced distribution management systems market will witness an exponential growth outlook with a projected 19% CAGR during the forecast period (2019 – 2029). According to a new study by Future Market Insights (FMI), the market for advanced distribution management systems is largely influenced by upsurge in demand for energy conservation and optimal distribution management.

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PRESS RELEASE

NES Invests and Dedicates Resources to Better Enable Transition to Smart Sustainable Energy

NES reshapes its software development centers in readiness for major expansion of its smart grid solutions.

San Jose, CA, March 5th, 2020: Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid solution provider with the industry’s leading Patagonia Energy Applications Platform (EAPTM),  announced today that it is reshaping its software development centers as part of preparations for major expansion of its smart grid solutions.

EAP provides the foundation for a suite of innovative smart grid solutions. These applications focus on increasing security through awareness of the rapidly evolving threats DSO face, reducing time and cost to deploy new smart grid solutions, reducing cost of long-term maintenance and cap-ex, increasing flexibility and agility of the deployed infrastructure, and increasing visibility of the performance and energy supply quality in the smart grid.

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UPCOMING EVENTS


8th International Istanbul Smart Grid & Smart Cities Congress and Fair 2020, Istanbul, Turkey,POSTPONED, NEW DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED!

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Metering China 2020 (MC), Beijing, China, 26-29 April 2020

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Procurement & Cooperation Strategy Summit 2020 (PCSS), Beijing, China, 26-29 April 2020

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9th International Conference on Smart Cities and Green ICT Systems (SMARTGREENS) 2020, Prague, Czech Republic, 2-4 May 2020

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Energy Storage & Charging Electric Vehicles (EVs), Singapore, 1-5 June 2020

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7th Residential Energy Storage Forum, Sydney, Australia, 22-25 June 2020

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Energy Storage & Charging Electric Vehicles, London, UK, 22-26 June 2020

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Smart Mobility Congress Asia, Singapore, 23-24 June 2020

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POWERGEN India, New Delhi, India, 23-25 June, 2020

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Energy Transition World Forum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 7 July 2020

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The Future Energy Show Vietnam 2020, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 8-9 July 2020

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The 9th Asia-Pacific Biomass Energy Exhibition (APBE2020), Guangzhou, China, 16-18 August 2020

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Power China 2020, Guanzhou, China, 16-18 August 2020

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Power & Electricity World Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa, 20-21 August 2020

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PowerGen & Renewable Energy Indonesia 2020, Jakarta, Indonesia, 26-28 August 2020

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AI&ML for the Smart Grid 2020, Brussels, Belgium, 8 - 10 September 2020

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Professional Enhancement Certificate in SMART METERING advances in technology and applications, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 8-9 September 2020

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MOVE Asia, Singapore, 9-10 September 2020

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Smart Grid Innovation 2020, Brussels, Belgium, 22 - 24 September 2020

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Enlit Asia, Jakarta, Indonesia, 22-24 September 2020

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Nigeria Energy, Lagos, Nigeria, 22-24 September 2020

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Smart Metering in Energy Systems - ERRA Energy Regulation Conference, Tbilisi, Georgia, 28-29 September 2020

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Grid Asset Management 2020, Brussels, Belgium, 29 September - 1 October 2020

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Smart Grid Cybersecurity 2020, Berlin, Germany, 6-8 October 2020

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The Future Energy Show Philippines 2020, Manila, Philippines, 28-29 October 2020

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Residential 6th Energy Storage Forum, Munich, Germany, POSTPONED TO November 2020

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XIII International Trade Fair EcoEnergy Expo, Kiev, Ukraine, 10-12 November 2020

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SPARK, London, UK, 22-23 June 2021

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24
Feb2020
OSGP Newsletter // February 2020
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Linz AG: Research Project "Urcharge" about E-Mobility starts in April

What happens if the half of all the cars of a whole neighbourhood change to a Electric Vehicle? What are the challenges for the grid, the load management and the usage? In order to provide answers to these questions the Linz AG set up the research project "Urcharge" in collaboration with TU Wien, Neue Heimat Oberösterreich, KEBA and ETA Umweltmanagement. The participants of the experiment will give up on their conventional car and get a Renault Zoe or a Nissan Leaf.

The goals of Urcharge are: 1) the development of a dynamic software for load management for at least hundret charging stations. 2) Simulation of various charging scenarios to detect economic and technical specifications for the grid. 3) Test phase to discover the real user behaviour and acceptance. 4) Reccomendations for further implementations in the grid.

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Thüga SmartService and EMH metering offer a feasible all-in-one package for a secure implementation

Naila/Gallin. With the official market analysis in January the rollout of new measuring systems in Germany has begun. Now Thüga SmartService and EMH metering offer a feasible all-in-one and efficient solution.

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New, innovative solution for ultra-fast charging electric vehicles

Cooperation between E.ON and Volkswagen Group Components makes a significant contribution to the development of ultra-fast charging infrastructure. Ultra-fast charging in the future – simple, inexpensive and possible everywhere

The establishment of a dense public network of ultra-fast e-vehicle charging stations can be realized much faster than previously assumed. E.ON and Volkswagen Group Components are giving a new impetus with the prototype of a new, flexible ultra-fast charging station that will be presented in Essen. By integrating a battery system, it will be possible to install ultra-fast charging stations almost anywhere and at significantly lower cost without civil engineering or mains connection.

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Sønnico merges with OneCo

OneCo has entered into an agreement to acquire Sønnico AS, which provides technical services and solutions in electrical and energy related areas. Subject to the approval of the Competition Authority, Sønnico becomes part of the OneCo Group. Through this merge the OneCo Group will be able to offer an even better range of products and services throughout Norway.

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Networked Energy Services announces Jonathan Main as new COO

NES selects proven leader with extensive industry experience to help lead company as it begins new growth phase driving the smart energy transition. Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid solution provider with the industry’s leading Energy Applications Platform (EAPTM), announced today the appointment of Jonathan (Jon) Main as the new Chief Operations Officer. This announcement follows a comprehensive search process to find a new COO to help lead the company’s new growth phase and its continued commitment to be a recognised leader in the evolving energy industry.

Jon Main has more than 25 years of operational experience within various industries including energy and automotive. He has a broad range of audit & control, finance, operations, sales and IT experience having worked with both private and public companies in several global roles. In his most recent roles, he was an executive director with TMD Friction, and prior to that he was the Global SOX audit manager for Elster Group SE, where he was responsible for reviewing and auditing all business processes throughout the global group.

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LF Energy and Alliander announce GXF to tackle interoperability on the Dutch power grid

LF Energy is working with Dutch distribution system operator Alliander to utilise, on its open-source community, Alliander’s Grid eXchange Fabric (GXF), a scalable and technology-agnostic industrial Internet of Things (IoT) platform that allows grid operators to securely collect data and monitor, control and manage smart devices on the grid.

LF Energy is a Linux Foundation project charged with accelerating the decarbonisation goals of the energy and electricity sectors through open-source technology. GXF is Formerly known as Open Smart Grid Platform (OSGP) and was created by Alliander. It is the first project contributed by the company to the open-source community since joining LF Energy last October as a Premier Member.

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MARKET NEWS

Public consultation to establish the priority list of network codes

The European Commission has opened a targeted consultation of relevant stakeholders on the priorities for the development of network codes and guidelines for the period 2020-2023 for electricity and for 2020 for gas. Input on priorities beyond these time horizons is also welcome.

The Commission has identified two key areas, in the electricity sector, where new network codes could be required and contribute to achieve the goals set out in the European Green Deal.

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Estfeed – safe use of smart meter data in order to lower energy costs

Estfeed is a highly secure and transparent data sharing platform developed by the Estonian transmission system operator, ELERING. It aims to connect smart meter data from various hubs and sources across Europe with energy services in order to integrate retail markets, offer new smart services and lower costs. End-consumers can keep track of their own energy consumption, and use it with comparison tools to receive personalized offers.

The story about the platform is brought by the European Technology and Innovation Platform Smart Networks for Energy Transition – ETIP SNET Energy Stories, designed to bring applications in energy transition technologies, often developed through public funding, closer to the citizen, highlighting whenever possible the direct benefits of the latest technologies to the energy consumer.

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Cyberthreats could turn smart cities into dumb ones

Smart technology is making Europe’s cities more sustainable, but privacy and hacking risks are also growing. COPENHAGEN — In the capital's old harbor neighborhood, Denmark is experimenting with a city of the future, including a school covered in ocean-blue solar panels, fast-charging stations for electric cars, automated home heating and a large battery storing green energy. But the smart city vision comes with an Achilles' heel — cyber vulnerability.

Growing decarbonization efforts coupled with state-of-the-art technology are creating an increasingly wired energy infrastructure that poses a huge cybersecurity challenge. The risks range from hackers trying to crash the systems to snoops gathering data on people to extortionists and social media abusers like Cambridge Analytica — the defunct political consultancy that used data to shift elections.

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Smart Grid Meter Data Management (MDM) System Market to Record an Exponential CAGR by 2023

Rapid growth in the global smart grid market is expected to propel growth in the global meter data management (MDM) system market. The increasing deployment of smart meters and advanced metering infrastructure technologies are likely to act as a catalyst to the market’s growth. A meter data management system allows easy information and technology integration of advanced metering infrastructure. It performs long term data storage and captures metering data from advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) head end systems and creates a complete system of record for the metering data. Furthermore, meter data management systems also facilitate the distribution of the meter data across the utilities.

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ENCS publishes new distribution automation security requirements

ENCS has published a new set of security requirements for distribution automation (DA) RTUs. The requirements were developed in the ENCS member project on procuring secure equipment. They update the requirements produced in the member project on distribution automation in 2016.

The requirements have been split into two parts: First, DA-201-2019: Security architecture for distribution automation systems: a security architecture that provides guidance for departments implementing a distribution automation systems (access for ENCS members); Second, DA-301-2019: Security requirements for procuring DA RTUs: security requirements for procuring new DA RTUs (public). The requirements are based on a risk assessment for distribution automation systems.

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Video: The future of cyber security

By 2050, smart cities and homes will be the norm. Your fridge will tell a drone to pick up fresh milk when you run out and lampposts will change the intensity of streetlights when your smartphone is nearby. In this hyper-connected world, the threat cyber-criminals pose will only grow.

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New tariff proposal could resolve a looming problem with grid expansion

The existing network tariff structure is not fit for purpose. A new bandwidth model proposed in the Netherlands and Norway could be a solution.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Fundamentals of IEC 618502020, London, UK, POSTPONED, NEW DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED!

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10th National Conference on Microgrids, Boston Massachusetts, 18-19 March 2020

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Future of Utilities Summit 2020, London, UK, POSTPONED, NEW DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED! 

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Smart Grid Security 2020, Berlin, Germany, POSTPONED, NEW DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED!

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8th International Istanbul Smart Grid & Smart Cities Congress and Fair 2020, Istanbul, Turkey, POSTPONED, NEW DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED!

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Metering China 2020 (MC), Beijing, China, 26-29 April 2020

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Procurement & Cooperation Strategy Summit 2020 (PCSS), Beijing, China, 26-29 April 2020

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9th International Conference on Smart Cities and Green ICT Systems (SMARTGREENS) 2020, Prague, Czech Republic, 2-4 May 2020

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Smart Renewable Systems Conference, Munich, Germany, 16-17 June 2020

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AI&ML for the Smart Grid 2020, Brussels, Belgium, 16-18 June 2020

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7th Residential Energy Storage Forum, Sydney, Australia, 22-25 June 2020

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Energy Storage & Charging Electric Vehicles, London, UK, 22-26 June 2020

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Smart Mobility Congress Asia, Singapore, 23-24 June 2020

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POWERGEN India, New Delhi, India, 23-25 June, 2020

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Smart Grid Innovation 2020, Brussels, Belgium, 30 June -2 July 2020

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Energy Transition World Forum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 7 July 2020

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The Future Energy Show Vietnam 2020, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 8-9 July 2020

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The 9th Asia-Pacific Biomass Energy Exhibition (APBE2020), Guangzhou, China, 16-18 August 2020

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Power China 2020, Guanzhou, China, 16-18 August 2020

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Power & Electricity World Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa, 20-21 August 2020

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PowerGen & Renewable Energy Indonesia 2020, Jakarta, Indonesia, 26-28 August 2020

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Professional Enhancement Certificate in SMART METERING advances in technology and applications, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 8-9 September 2020

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MOVE Asia, Singapore, 9-10 September 2020

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Enlit Asia, Jakarta, Indonesia, 22-24 September 2020

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Smart Metering in Energy Systems - ERRA Energy Regulation Conference, Tbilisi, Georgia, 28-29 September 2020

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The Future Energy Show Philippines 2020, Manila, Philippines, 28-29 October 2020

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Residential 6th Energy Storage Forum, Munich, Germany, POSTPONED TO November 2020

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XIII International Trade Fair EcoEnergy Expo, Kiev, Ukraine, 10-12 November 2020

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SPARK, London, UK, 22-23 June 2021

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31
Jan2020
OSGP Newsletter January 2020
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MEMBER NEWS


OSGP Alliance Welcomes Griffin Group Energy as Board Member

The OSGP Alliance is very honored by Griffin Group Energy’s decision to join the Alliance as a Gold Member and very pleased to welcome Adam Zalewski, Executive Business Development Director of Griffin Group Energy as a Member of the OSGP Alliance Board.

Griffin Group Energy, which is part of Griffin Group SA, is active in the energy sector in both the public and commercial segments. With Griffin Group Energy’s wealth of experience in the energy industry and Adam Zalewski’s active role in promoting open standards for energy demand side management, smart grid and smart metering systems, the OSGP Alliance is very pleased to welcome Griffin Group Energy to help promoting the adoption of the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) and infrastructure for smart grid applications towards a future proof modern smart grid!

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Conlog: Grand Opening of High-Tech Facilities

The day has finally arrived as global leaders in metering solutions Conlog opens its first high-tech facility Dube TradePort in Durban, South Africa.The strategic move into this new facility will strengthen Conlog's capabilities and most of all help fulfill the company's purpose, 'Enriching lives by connecting people and resources'.

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Apator Provides Meters for Three Power Distributors

The management board of Apator has received news that its offer for the tender announced by Tauron Distribution, PGE Distrubtion and Enea Operator has been selected as the most advantageous.

Apator will supply static, direct three-phase electricity meters to the three companies mentioned above. The value of Apator's offer is PLN 77 million. Apator has reported that it will complete the contract for the delivery of the electricity meters by the end of 2020. The terms of the tenders also include an option with the possibility of extending the contract with 2 years. Therefore, the potential maximum value of the contract is PLN 95 million

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Vattenfall retains Gold for sustainability performance

Vattenfall's sustainability work has once again proven to be of the highest quality and makes considerable strides in the labour and human rights category. This, according to EcoVadis, that rate over 55 000 suppliers sustainability performance in 155 countries.

The four themes that are assessed are: Environment, Labour and Human Rights, Ethics and Sustainable Procurement.

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MARKET NEWS


The E.DSO Sustainable Grid Charter Highlights the Contribution of DSOs to a Sustainable Future

In the presence of stakeholders from in and outside the energy sector E.DSO, the association of the largest and leading European DSOs, handed over its Sustainable Grid Charter to Director General Ditte Juul Jørgensen of the European Commission DG ENER and Deputy Director General of DG CLIMA Clara de la Torre.

Mrs Juul Jørgensen on the occasion said: "There is a lot of talk about policy, because it is central in the green transition and the green deal and in that context it is very welcome that you have worked on the E.DSO Sustainable Grid Charter and your role in the transition." Mrs de la Torre with reference to the green new deal said: "I am sure that E.DSO will be an important partner in our work for the climate pact."

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Data Handling in the Smart Grid

Growing volumes of data along with the ever present threat of cyber attacks and the changing market requirements of GDPR are providing an ongoing challenge for the management and use of data as more and more advanced technologies are brought onto the smart grid and prosumers become players in the energy system. In order to get a handle on the main barriers faced with such data handling and the underlying communication infrastructure, the BRIDGE initiative is gathering information from across multiple EU Horizon 2020 supported smart grid projects as one of its four work streams. The others are business models, regulation and customer engagement.

BRIDGE has adopted a 'full data lifecycle' approach encompassing data capture, exchange, storage and access and is focussed on four data flows. These are DSO to aggregator, aggregator to prosumer, prosumer to aggregator and prosumer to DSO. The first three cover mainly flexibility requests and demand response commands and feedback, and the last mainly metering and grid quality measurements. In addition, other key requirements being addressed are interoperability to enable data exchange between multiple parties and cyber security and data privacy,

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Addressing Cybersecurity in Distribution Network SCADA Systems

The SCADA protocols and communications infrastructure that was (and in most cases still is) used to control the electricity distribution grid is based on essentially insecure protocols with no inherent design to handle the threat of adverse action by internal players or third parties. It isn't the inherent fault of the existing systems, they are designed to operate reliably and robustly under challenging environments, providing control and data in an era before data management was the science that it is today, enabled by advances in information processing technology.

But with the global democratisation of knowledge and information, the validity of SCADA systems that purport "Security by Obscurity" or claim immunity to cybersecurity threat through the use of serial communications are losing credibility. Fortunately, much work has been completed by the technical working groups associated with energy network SCADA communications protocols. With the release of the Distributed Network Protocol Secure Authentication Version 5 (DNP3-SA v5), legacy systems, even those based on serial communications, can deploy cost-effective strategies to raise the technical bar for would-be assailants.

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Grid Operators to Establish Energy Data Access Alliance to Revolutionise European Energy Market

In Tallinn, Estonia grid operators from Spain, France, Denmark, Finland, Poland, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Estonia signed a Letter of Intent to investigate launching an Alliance that will connect together the energy data of all Europeans, so that energy companies can securely access this data and operate in any European country without barriers.

Europe has set ambitions energy and climate goals. A key milestone to achieve these targets is retail market integration. Today retail and services markets are highly fragmented, due to differences in regulation and data access, which prevents the spread of energy retail, efficiency and flexibility solutions around Europe. The Clean Energy Package aims to fix this, requiring interoperability of data access methods. If successful, the initiative, led by Estonian electricity and gas system operator Elering, will achieve retail market integration in practice. A benefit assessment by Pöyry indicates that the value of integrating European data would be at least €200M each year.

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A Look at the World's First Smart Grid Index

Modernizing the power grid through smart grid enhancements is essential for the development of a smart city. A smart grid enables the city to be more sustainable by integrating distributed energy resources (DER), such as solar photovoltaics, wind turbines and energy storage systems, enabling the production of clean, sustainable and renewable energy close to where it is needed. The rapid growth of these DERs together with technological advancements is transforming the global power industry.

Declining costs and meeting green targets are driving the proliferation of DERs. Over the last decade, the cost of DERs has been reduced drastically, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BloombergNEF). For example, solar energy now is cheaper than coal in some parts of the world and projected to represent 20% of the global energy consumption by 2040, up from 4% in 2015. Similarly, the price of Lithium-ion batteries has dropped by 80% over the last decade and is expected to fall an additional 52% by 2030.

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Eurelectric is launching an international platform to aggregate research and activity on artificial intelligence in the electricity industry, in association with IBM

Engerati spoke recently with Kristian Ruby, secretary general of European electricity association Eurelectric, about the potential of AI to transform utility strategy, new roles that will emerge and the ethical risks that need to be managed. 

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PRESS RELEASE

Networked Energy Services Participates in Tauron’s 2019 Smart City Wroclaw Project Expansion

NES Patagonia EAP continues to be an integral component of the largest interoperable smart metering project in Poland

San Jose, CA, January 08, 2020: Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid solution provider with the industry’s leading Patagonia Energy Applications Platform (EAPTM), is pleased to participate in Tauron’s 2019 smart metering expansion project in the city of Wroclaw. This on-going project, with the Polish utility industry leader Tauron Dystrybucja S.A., further expands upon the successful Tauron Smart City project in Wroclaw, where Tauron had already installed about 400,000 Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) compliant smart meters for their distribution customers.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Saudi Smart Cities Summit and Expo, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 18-19 February 2020

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Smart Energy Summit, Austin, Texas, 17-19 February 2020

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Utility Telecoms 2020, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 25-27 February 2020

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Smart Communications & Technology Forum – Power Grid Inventory, Warsaw, Poland, 27 February 2020

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Africa Energy Indaba, Cape Town, South Africa, 3-4 March 2020

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Middle East Electricity, Dubai, UAE, 3-5 March 2020

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India Smart Utility Week (ISUW) 2020, New Delhi, India, 3-7 March 2020

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Energy Storage & Charging Electric Vehicles, Singapore, 16-20 March 2020

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Future Cities Summit Saudia Arabia 2020, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 17-18 March 2020

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Fundamentals of IEC 618502020, London, UK, 17-19 March 2020

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10th National Conference on Microgrids, Boston Massachusetts, 18-19 March 2020

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Future of Utilities Summit 2020, London, UK, 24-25 March 2020

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Power & Electricity World Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa, 31 March - 1 April 2020

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Smart Grid Cybersecurity 2020, Berlin, Germany, 31 March – 2 April 2020

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Smart Mobility Congress Asia, Singapore, 22-23 April 2020

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Metering China 2020 (MC), Beijing, China, 26-29 April 2020

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Procurement & Cooperation Strategy Summit 2020 (PCSS), Beijing, China, 26-29 April 2020

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SMARTGREENS 2020, Prague, Czech Republic, 2-4 May, 2020

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POWERGEN India, New Delhi, India, 5-7 May, 2020

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The Future Energy Show Philippines 2020, Manila, Philippines, 18-19 May 2020

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MOVE Asia, Singapore, 19-20 May 2020

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Energy Storage & Charging Electric Vehicles, London, UK, 22-26 June 2020

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SPARK, London, UK, 30 June – 1 July 2020

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The Future Energy Show Vietnam 2020, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 8-9 July 2020

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PowerGen & Renewable Energy Indonesia 2020, Jakarta, Indonesia, 26-28 August 2020

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Enlit Asia, Jakarta, Indonesia, 22-24 September 2020

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Dec2019
OSGP Newsletter // December 2020
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In Focus Q&A: Peter Söderström, Head of Digital Hub at Vattenfall Distribution Sweden

Peter is responsible for digital innovation at Vattenfall Distribution Sweden including portfolio manager for innovation projects. Peter is also chairman of CIRED session (6) covering markets and regulation.

Vattenfall Distribution Sweden is one of the largest Swedish DSOs operating the distribution and sub-transmission grid in primarily the mid and northern part of Sweden. Engerati asked Peter to share some insights on challenges facing DSOs today and to discuss the rationale behind some of the new projects his company is working on to address those challenges.

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Enabling the Smart Energy Transition

Gain valuable insights into the importance of the smart energy transition for both DSOs and society. Watch the full interview at EUW 2019 with Jon Wells, VP Customer Solutions at Networked Energy Services (NES) Corporation. Jon walks us through the importance of the Smart Energy Transition and what NES is doing to support utilities in this transition.

Watch the interview conducted at European Utility Week 2019 in Paris.

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Mitsubishi, Chubu to Take Over Dutch Energy Giant Eneco

Dutch energy company Eneco says it has agreed to a proposed 4.1 billion-euro ($4.5 billion) takeover by Japanese corporations Mitsubishi and Chubu. Eneco said in a statement Monday that Mitsubishi will fund 80% of the deal and Chubu the remaining 20%. The company, which is currently owned by a group of 44 Dutch municipalities, says Mitsubishi and Chubu support strengthening Eneco's sustainable energy strategy and will allow it to further expand internationally.

Mitsubishi CEO Takehiko Kakiuchi says Eneco "fits in perfectly with our current energy activities and provides us with a platform to further grow in the European market in which we intend to have a leading position in the energy transition."

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ABB Technology in 40 Vattenfall Electric Vehicle Fast-Charging Stations Across Sweden

ABB is supporting European energy company Vattenfall develop a comprehensive electric vehicle charging network in Sweden, with a complete solution that includes both the fast-charging station and all the necessary grid connection hardware. The technology from ABB is now charging EVs at almost 40 public locations across Sweden for Vattenfall. As part of Vattenfall's strategy to make fossil fuel-free living possible in Sweden within a single generation, the company is installing electric vehicle chargers across the country.

ABB technology ensures the stations provide the reliability drivers need and the durability demanded by Sweden's harsh winter conditions. Frank Muehlon, head of ABB's global business for e-mobility infrastructure solutions, says: 'For e-mobility to flourish, drivers need fast-charging stations with a reliable power supply connection.' ABB's ability to provide this as an end-to-end solution is why we are the leading name in electric vehicle charging and is a key factor in our work for Vattenfall.

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Lolland as the Green Energy Island

The island of Lolland is at the forefront when it comes to green energy solutions that are developed in the coming years. SEAS-NVE is joinging forces with focus groups to realize, among other things, a better balance between green energy production and green energy consumption. The project is called 'Ren Energi Lolland' (REEL), and has welcomed SEAS-NVE as its newest partner. Together with Lolland Municipality, HOFOR and the city of Copenhagen, SEAS-NVE will try out solutions to overcome some of the challenges that arise with the green energy transition.

Henrik Wej Petersen, construction director at SEAS-NVE, explains: 'Much more green electricity is produced at some times than it ce used locally in Lolland. Hence, it is a suitable place to test different models that may create a better balance between supply and consumption.' Besides, the imbalance only gets bigger as we get more green energy and more electric cars on the road, he adds.

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OneCo Acquires Relacom in Sweden

OneCo has entered into an agreement to acquire Swedish Relacom AB, which provides technical services and strategic solutions in areas such as telecom and energy. The acquisition will take place as soon as it is approved by the competition authority. OneCo strengthens its position in Sweden as a complete provider of infrastructure services in the telecom and energy market.

"OneCo and Relacom AB complement each other in a good way. OneCo has socially critical infrastructure as an important focus area, focusing on expansion in electricity, telecom, energy and transport. With its employees, products and services, Relacom AB will contribute to complementing OneCo's telecom and energy capacity to our customers in the Swedish market, "says OneCo CEO Marvin Jensen.

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Tauron Connected more than 30,000 Renewable Energy Sources

Tauron Distribution has connected 14,500 micro-installations to the power grid, with a total capacity of more than 158 MW, in the first three quarters of 2019. This is three times more in comparison with the same period last years. Of all the micro-installations, the vast majority included photovoltaic technology. In addition, three wind and three hydropower plants have been connected. The company also connected 59 renewable energy sources other than micro-installations, three of which were not made with solar technology. They were a hydroelectric power plant, a wind farm and a power plant using agricultural biogas.

For comparison, throughout 2018, over 8,000 micro-installations were connected to the company's network with a total capacity of 75 MW. Whereas in the three quarters of last year Tauron connected 4,900 renewable energy sources with a capacity of 46 MW. In the entire 2017, just over 4,000 micro-installations were connected to the company's network with a total capacity of 24 MW.

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MARKET NEWS

The Global Penetration Rate of Smart Meters Is Expected to Near 60% by 2028

A new report from Navigant Research analyzes the global market for smart electric meters, or advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), providing an overview of market drivers and global market forecasts, segmented by region, through 2028. Smart meters have grown into one of the most polished business cases for the deployment of advanced communications networks across smart grids. Each meter is both a data collection point and a communications node, enabling greater returns on utility investment while maximizing benefits provided to utilities and their customers. According to a new report from Navigant Research, the global penetration rate of smart meters is 41.2%, which is expected to rise to nearly 59% by 2028.

"Smart meters have the highest deployment rates of any smart grid technology, and the global market, although slowing slightly, continues to expand," says Michael Hartnack, research analyst with Navigant Research. "Across all regions, the Middle East & Africa demonstrates the highest potential for growth in smart meter deployments, while Asia Pacific accounts for the highest percentage of overall global smart metering revenue."

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TSO-DSO Cooperation in a Distributed Energy System

With new decentralised generation increasingly connected to the distribution grid and both distribution and transmission system operators (DSOs, TSOs) competing for flexibility resources, communication and cooperation between them is becoming ever more critical. While a lot of progress has been made by TSOs and DSOs in building trust over the past two years, some areas are still under investigation with various European projects under way to facilitate and advance the dialogue. One of these is the BRIDGE initiative, which is drawing information from across multiple EU Horizon 2020 supported smart grid projects in four key areas - regulation, data management, business models and customer engagement.

'Collaboration between TSO and DSO is mainly about data exchanges and their interoperability,' said Manuel Sanchez-Jimenez, smart grids team leader at DG ENER, at a recent BRIDGE workshop. 'Information and data are major topics in the value chain. This must lead to optimal utilisation of resources, efficient operation and facilitate market operation.' By early 2021, DSOs and ENTSO-E will go further in terms of cooperation and communication, he anticipates.

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Twelve Reasons to Transform Utility Distribution Networks

Here we explore how electric utilities can transform their assets from utility-infrastructure to utility-telecom to optimise through the reuse of networks to generate alternative sources of revenue. Electric utilities are facing an increasing number of challenges evidenced by thinning revenues as a result of over-regulation, high competition, limited funding, changing demand, low customer satisfaction, disruptive technologies, high commercial and technical losses, ageing infrastructure, and increasing costs of infrastructure development. Opportunities in the transmission, distribution and last-mile grid segments are fully optimised for additional revenues. To this end, Kenya Power is benchmarking the utility-telecom model, which comprises the integration of broadband fibre optic infrastructure onto power lines from generation to consumers.

The model comprises aerial fibre optic deployments in existing and new power lines. The implementations are done in compliance with safety standards on clearance that are dependent on applicable line rates. The optical ground wire (OPGW) and all-dielectric self-support (ADSS) fibre cable types are the predominant types in aerial deployments. The OPGW fibre cable is used for grounding besides consideration as the telecom broadband infrastructure. The utility-telecom model empowers utilities to deploy fibre optic cables for internal communication/data networks, billing, automation/smart grid and extra capacity for telecom business.

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The First Harmonised European Approach for Security Certification of Smart Meters has been Formally Certified

The first set of harmonised requirements for security certification of smart meters in Europe, developed by CEN/CENELEC/ETSI Coordination Group for Smart Meters with the support of the ESMIG, has now officially been certified under Common Criteria by the Dutch certification body NSCIB. Smart meter certification performed using this protection profile by any of the certification bodies members of the SOG-IS agreement, will gain recognition across the 17 European countries that have signed that agreement.

The development of smart energy grids is dramatically changing the grid as we know it today, and traditional energy services and markets are undergoing a significant transformation. Thanks to ICT, the grid of the future becomes smarter so as to improve the reliability, security, and efficiency of the energy systems through information exchange, distributed generation, storage sources, and the active participation of the end consumer. Internet of Things (IoT) communication networks are already in use and enable modern energy services provided by grid operators and energy service companies.

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A Potential Solution for Protecting Customer Privacy when Sharing Smart Meter Data

By 2020, the European Union (EU) aims to replace 80% of household electricity meters with smart meters. This is because smart meters are widely regarded as a key to reducing both energy consumption and emission levels. Along with smart meter technology, however, comes some challenges in protecting consumer's data privacy. This blog describes these privacy concerns as well as a potential solution to address them.

With the help of machine learning and advanced data analytics, several load-monitoring techniques can deduce a customer's activity patterns just from their electricity metering data. Imagine a situation where a third party gets hold of your metering data and, using data mining algorithms, and can detect your presence or absence and other household activities. Wouldn't that be devastating? While the simplest solution to avoid this type of risk lies in not sharing your metering data with anyone, including your utility provider, which is easier said than done. The utility provider requires your power consumption data for billing, data aggregation and for estimating other physical elements critical to the grid operation that may not be measurable using sensors.

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How European DSOs can Unlock New Value from Smart Grid Infrastructures

There is no denying that distribution system operators (DSOs) in Europe face a myriad of challenges today, but new opportunities to unlock added value and maximize efficiencies from advanced metering infrastructures (AMIs) are also emerging. The most promising new development is the availability of a new generation of scalable Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity platforms, which bring together intelligent endpoints, flexible communications, software and applications in a single network that can enable forward-looking DSOs to chart a seamless path towards smart infrastructures.

Before describing the composition of such new platforms, it is worth unpacking the specific problems that they address for DSOs. While it is difficult to generalize because there are so many energy market models across Europe, the core mission of a DSO is to manage a network that provides a secure electricity supply and quality of service between power generators and consumers. In each European country this has to be done within the risk and reward parameters of national and international regulatory frameworks, and wherever pricing is regulated there is naturally intense pressure on DSO operating margins. This pressure on margins means DSOs are under constant pressure to enhance the efficiency of their operations, but their challenges don't stop there.

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PRESS RELEASES

Networked Energy Services Achieves First 100,000 Meters in its New Contract Electronics Manufacturing Facility in Romania

Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid solution provider with the industry's leading Energy Applications Platform (EAPTM), is delighted to announce it has achieved production of the first 100,000 meters from its new global contract electronics manufacturing (CEM) facility in Romania. The facility is producing NES Generation 4 OSGP compliant single-phase and poly-phase smart meters, which incorporate advanced smart grid sensors, demand control and industry leading security features. Production lines will soon be extended to include the Distributed Control Node 3000 and NES CT meters.

These first 100,000 meters are being used in many smart grid projects around Europe in which NES plays crucial roles in helping DSOs (Distribution Service Operators) respond to the demands of the smart energy transition. The smart energy transition is driven by increased EV, green energy production, security demands and community energy projects - these applications require sophisticated smart meters; produced reliably, to high quality standards, at volume, and to operate without human intervention for many years in the field.

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E.ON Digitizes Grid Information

Around 800,000 distributed systems producing green energy are already connected to E.ON's grids in Germany - and that figure is rising. In order to considerably speed up the connection process for these systems, experts from E.ON grid operator E.DIS teamed up with the start-up envelio, a spin-off of RWTH Aachen University, to develop a digital grid connection monitor. It's a self-assessment portal for planners of distributed generation systems and offers an initial indication of technically possible grid connection points within a matter of seconds.

It is very easy to use: You enter the location online along with the system type, such as photovoltaic or wind power, and the planned output in kilowatt. You then pinpoint the exact location in the aerial image on the screen using the mouse. Within seconds, there will be a green tick and the answer will appear like this, for example: "The system can potentially be connected to the medium-voltage grid. Distance from grid connection point is 200 metres".

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Predictive Maintenance 2020: Berlin, Germany, 14-16 January 2020

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Common Information Model 2020: Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 21-23 January 2020

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NextGen SCADA Global 2020: Berlin, Germany, 27 - 31 January 2020

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Saudi Smart Cities Summit and Expo, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 18-19 February 2020

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Utility Telecoms 2020, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 25-27 February 2020

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Africa Energy Indaba: Cape Town, South Africa, 3-4 March 2020

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Middle East Electricity, Dubai, UAE, 3-5 March 2020

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Energy Storage & Charging Electric Vehicles, Singapore, 16-20 March 2020

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Future Cities Summit Saudi Arabia 2020, 17-18 March 2020

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Fundamentals of IEC 618502020: London, UK, 17-19 March 2020

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10th National Conference on Microgrids: Boston Massachusetts, 18-19 March 2020

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Smart Mobility Congress Asia: Singapore,19-20 March 2020

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The Future Energy Show Vietnam 2020: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 24-25 March 2020

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Future of Utilities Summit 2020, London, UK, 24-25 March 2020

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PowerGen & Renewable Energy Indonesia 2020: Jakarta, Indonesia, 26-28 March 2020

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Power & Electricity World Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa, 31 March - 1 April 2020

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SMARTGREENS 2020: Prague, Czech Republic, 2-4 May, 2020

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POWERGEN India: New Delhi, India, 5-7 May, 2020

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The Future Energy Show Philippines 2020: Manila, Philippines, 18-19 May 2020

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Energy Storage & Charging Electric Vehicles, London, UK, 22-26 June 2020

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SPARK, London, UK, 30 June – 1 July 2020

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Enlit Asia, Jakarta, Indonesia, 22-24 September 2020

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MEMBER NEWS

Schneider Electric Provides Grid Flexibility with the Release of EcoStruxure™ DERMS

Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, announces the release of EcoStruxure™ DERMS - Distributed Energy Resource Management System. The new energy landscape is becoming more decarbonized, more decentralized and more digitalized. Electricity consumers are seeking more control over their energy future and are driving the growing presence of Distributed Energy Resources (DER). This growth is disrupting utility operations, planning and the industry overall. Schneider Electric offers EcoStruxure™ DERMS as a grid-focused solution to assist in managing this disruption.

With grid constraint optimization at its core, DERMS models DER assets, calculates hosting capacity, monitors activity, forecasts future state, optimizes control and enables new services. EcoStruxure™ DERMS provides centralized analysis and control of all types of DER, regardless of ownership entity, to deliver value to the grid and all energy stakeholders. As the DER landscape evolves, DERMS enables utilities to orchestrate distributed generation and deliver electricity while improving the safety, reliability and quality of service.

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Networked Energy Services Strengthens Smart Grid Security for Caruna

Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid solution provider with the industry's leading Energy Applications Platform (EAPTM), announced today the successful completion of a project to upgrade Caruna's smart meters to the latest firmware versions. For Caruna, this enhances compliance to GDPR, sets the standard for security regulation in the smart grid, and anticipates some of the new security standards such as those being defined by ESMIG for the EU.

Caruna has over 680,000 smart meters deployed for its customers in Finland. The project included upgrading meter and DCN firmware to the same up-to-date versions on all devices. Thanks to the reliable communications achieved by the NES meters, these operations were conducted remotely and automatically from the central Head End System (HES), with only a very small residual meter population requiring manual updates. The project was executed with oversight from Landis+Gyr, Caruna's Service Operations partner and provider of its MDM solution, over 5 months. Due to the nature of the mission critical environment, the project was managed to commercial and regulator SLAs in order to de-risk the whole activity. As well as providing the upgrade, NES conducted a training knowledge and tool transfer program to ensure Caruna and its Service Operations partner can independently perform future updates and security enhancements.

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E.ON Puts Customer in Control of Energy Data with Blockchain Prototype

E.ON has developed a blockchain technology that says will allow its customers to have transparency and complete control over their own energy data. Developed by engineers at the E.ON Future Lab, E.ON has registered the IT-system for a patent and the European Patent Office has now made the application public. The technology is housed within a box the size of a ?5 note and can be fitted in a customer's home, in an administrative building or in a company.

The box collects data, for example from smart home applications, evaluates it and makes it usable. Only the customer is able to decide who can access which part of his data stream. In addition, the customer can use the box to earn money by releasing selected data analytics for use. E.ON acts as an intermediary and service provider - but only gains access if the customer expressly agrees. Highly-secure encryption in conjunction with blockchain technology prevents data from being stolen or manipulated.

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Tauron Acquired more than 195 Million to Invest in the Electricity Networks

Tauron Distribution has acquired new EU funds to construct and modernize their medium and low voltage electricity networks. The main goal of the projects will be to prepare the power grid for an increasing amount of renewable energy sources that will be connected. In total, Tauron has obtained grants with a value of more than PLN 195 million for these investments.

In 2019 only, Tuaron has signed seven subsequent agreements for co-financing the construction and reconstruction of distribution networks with a total value of more than PLN 27 million. The main goal of the implemented projects will be to ensure the functioning of the power grid when distributed electricity generation units are connected. 'We connect more and more renewable energy sources to our distribution network. Only in the first half of this year we have connected more of them compared to the whole of 2018. This is a big challenge for the energy sector, because we have to make constantly sure that our infrastructure is adapated to the requirements of the connected installations.' - sas Jerzy, Topolski, Vice President of Tauron.

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Vattenfall and Microsoft Pilot World’s First Hourly Matching (24/7) of Renewable Energy

Vattenfall and Microsoft have jointly developed a first-of-its-kind solution, providing customers a new level of transparency into their electricity consumption making it possible to go from year-based data to hourly based data on source of origin. The solution, 24/7 Matching, is being piloted at Vattenfall and Microsoft Headquarters in Sweden.

The new 24/7 solution is built with Microsoft Azure IoT Central platform that connects energy generation such as wind- and hydro power from Vattenfall, with data from smart meters that measure the consumption in real-time. “We are very happy to further develop our relationship with this advanced offering. Microsoft has high renewable ambitions and this solution shows how new digital solutions and technology can be used to enable a fossil free living. The solution gives us possibilities to offer customers specific data and unique precision, that can support them in decisions, environmental efforts and communication,” says Andreas Regnell, Senior Vice President of Strategic Development at Vattenfall.

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Conlog CEO Explores the African Metering Landscape

Logan Moodley, the CEO of Conlog (PTY) LTD gives his expert insight into African metering solutions in a global context at European Utility week 2019.

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MARKET NEWS

Cybersecurity Defense Workshop Highlights Grid Vulnerabilties

A high level technical workshop was organised by the Association of European Distribution System Operators (E.DSO), the European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS) and the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) to address the safety of the European electricity grid.

The aim of the workshop was to discuss how to maintain control over grid infrastructure now nation state online activities targeting power grids are no longer in doubt. Furthermore, the workshop focused on how best to overcome cybersecurity issues in light of new actors and technologies being connected to the grid at an ever-increasing rate. Attendees included cybersecurity experts from the grid operator community, public organisations and industry and discussion centered on the main threats requiring mitigation, strategic opportunities and how to stay ahead of the developments.

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Joint Letter from E.DSO, Eurelectric and Geode Calling for Recognition of the Crucial Role of Electricity Distribution Networks in the Sustainable Finance Taxonomy

E.DSO jointly with Eurelectric and Geode is calling for the crucial role of electricity distribution networks, including their digitisation, for the energy transition to be recognized in the Sustainable Finance (Taxonomy) Proposal.

To this end we ask decision-makers participating in the ongoing trilogue negotiations to explicitly reference grid digitalisation investments in the Taxonomy's Art. 6(1) as well as to take distribution grid investments into account under Art 7(1) to acknowledge the key role of electrification for climate change adaptation.

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Achieving Diverse Interoperability with Wireless Communications

Unfortunately, networking solutions are frequently deployed to serve a single project or application, leaving utilities with numerous wireless networks to manage different groups of connected devices. In fact, the majority of utilities are deploying and managing several communications solutions

Utilities are hard pressed to reduce operation and maintenance (O&M) costs while facing critical IT challenges, including massive growth in data and devices, supporting multiple applications, implementing effective network management and countering cyber security threats. To explore solutions to these issues, utilities must address the technology that links them all: the communications network. Unfortunately, networking solutions are frequently deployed to serve a single project or application, leaving utilities with numerous wireless networks to manage different groups of connected devices. In fact, the majority of utilities are deploying and managing several communications solutions.

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The Energy Sector and Cyber Security: The Other Capacity Gap

Anjos Nijk, Director at European Network for Cybersecurity (ENCS), discusses the skills gap within the cybersecurity industry, delving into the energy sector specifically. We are familiar with capacity gaps in the energy sector. Here is a statement that I'm sure most of our industry leaders would agree with: Society needs energy, and demand will only grow. We need more power and to be smarter about how we use it to maintain security of supply. Now replace the word 'power' with 'cyber security resource'. Would as many people agree? They should, because it's true.

This resource gap is very real, and it's crucial we get to grips with it as our infrastructure becomes smarter and more connected. One part of this equation is the skills gap - the shortfall in cyber security professionals in the sector - which we have discussed before. However, aside from skills, we need to increase resources and be more intelligent about how we deploy them.

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AMI Penetration and Communication Protocols

Smart Energy International looks at the penetration of smart meters, the different communication protocols used in various regions, reasons for their adoption and some of the challenges being faced in adopting the standards. Smart metering is widely regarded as the cornerstone for future smart grids and is currently being deployed all over the developed world, with a growing number of largescale initiatives now also being launched in developing countries.

The Asia-Pacific region constitutes the largest market by far while North America ranks as the third-largest market after Europe. The two highly dynamic market regions saw a wave of massive smart metering projects being launched or completed during the first half of the current decade. Several major utilities in these regions are thus now preparing for second wave deployments to take off, driven by new smart meter functionalities and smart energy use cases.

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PRESS RELEASES

OSGP Alliance Announces EUW 2019 Smart Energy Awards

Paris, France, November 19, 2019: The OSGP Alliance announced the 2019 Smart Energy Award winners at European Utility Week (EUW) last week in Paris. 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.

This year’s awards were presented by Mark Ossel, OSGP Alliance Board Member and Jon Wells, VP Customer Solutions of NES, Platinum Sponsor of the OSGP Alliance Pavilion at EUW. “We witnessed many outstanding achievements during 2019 by our members and utilities utilizing OSGP in their smart grid and smart metering projects, and we are once again extremely proud of the successful projects based on OSGP that continue to be delivered, said Mark Ossel. “This year’s OSGP EUW award winners demonstrated outstanding results in a variety of diverse OSGP based projects achieved by our partners and their customers.”

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Networked Energy Services Awarded Another Smart Grid Project in Romania

SOCIETATEA DE DISTRIBUTIE A ENERGIEI ELECTRICE (SDEE) MUNTENIA NORD continues expansion of its use of the NES Patagonia Energy Applications Platform

San Jose, CA, November 7, 2019: Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid solution provider with the industry’s leading Energy Applications Platform (EAPTM), announced today that Electrica's SDEE Muntenia Nord, will install the NES solution for an additional 40,000 customers with an option for 50,000 additional smart meters. 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.

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UPCOMING EVENTS


The 4th annual Regional Energy Summit: Senegal, West Africa, 2-3 December 2019

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Power Grids International Forum: Moscow, Russia, 3-6 December 2019

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2nd Edition Oman Sustainable Energy and Technology Summit: Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 09-10 December 2019

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Predictive Maintenance 2020: Berlin, Germany, 14-16 January 2020

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Common Information Model 2020: Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 21-23 January 2020

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NextGen SCADA Global 2020: Berlin, Germany, 27 - 31 January 2020

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Utility Telecoms 2020: Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 25-27 February 2020

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Africa Energy Indaba: Cape Town, South Africa, 3-4 March 2020

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Middle East Electricity, Dubai, UAE, 3-5 March 2020

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Future Cities Summit Saudi Arabia 2020

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10th National Conference on Microgrids: Boston Massachusetts, 18-19 March 2020

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Fundamentals of IEC 618502020: London, UK, 17-19 March 2020

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Smart Mobility Congress Asia: Singapore,19-20 March 2020

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The Future Energy Show Vietnam 2020: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 24-25 March 2020

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Future of Utilities Summit 2020, London, UK, 24-25 March 2020

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PowerGen & Renewable Energy Indonesia 2020: Jakarta, Indonesia, 26-28 March 2020

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Power & Electricity World Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa, 31 March - 1 April 2020

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SMARTGREENS 2020: Prague, Czech Republic, 2-4 May, 2020

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POWERGEN India: New Delhi, India, 5-7 May, 2020

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The Future Energy Show Philippines 2020: Manila, Philippines, 18-19 May 2020

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OSGP Newsletter // October 2019
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MEMBER NEWS

Invitation to Visit OSGP Alliance Pavilion at European Utility Week in Paris - Visit us at Stand H130!

We are pleased to invite you to come visit us at the OSGP Pavilion at the upcoming European Utility Week in Paris, 12-14 November 2019. Please visit us at our OSGP Alliance Pavilion (Stand H130) to network with OSGP experts and our OSGP Alliance Pavilion sponsors and exhibitors including our Platinum Sponsor Networked Energy Services (NES), our Silver Sponsors GÖRLITZ AG and Develco Products, our Bronze Sponsors ETM MÄTTEKNIK AB and Griffin Energy Group and our Dinner Sponsor CIAC International Technologies. You will be able to explore the latest innovations and technologies that offer utilities additional benefits and new insights into future solutions.

ETM is Launching New Products with NB-IoT and CAT-M1 Support in the OSGP Alliance Pavilion at EUW

ETM is launching new products with NB-IoT and CAT-M1 support in the OSGP Alliance Pavilion at EUW. Since 1997 ETM, has concentrated on developing market leading 2G, 3G and 4G cellular IoT products and is a leading supplier of cellular modems for smart metering applications. Other key markets serviced by ETM include security, water and sewage, transport, environmental monitoring, building automation and agriculture.

The ETM-Purple modems have been a well-proven communication solution for the NES data concentrators DC1000 and DCN3000 since more than 6 years with support for 2G/3G and 4G cellular technologies. ETM is now launching the next generation of Purple modems with support for NB-IoT and CAT-M1 technology in order to gain advantages as underground coverage and cost effectiveness. In parallel, ETM is also launching the cellular signal quality analyser ETM770 supporting NB-IoT and CAT-M1 with worldwide coverage. This hand held battery operated device is an excellent tool for the smart meter installation crew in order to quality assure the cellular communication coverage at the smart meter site.

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Survey Results - Feeding the Big Data & Artificial Intelligence "Information-Appetite" - from the Low-Voltage Grid

In an earlier white-paper, we questioned how to feed information into the ever-hungry maws of the big data and AI platforms, especially focusing on the information coming from the low-voltage grid. As the Smart Energy Transition picks up pace, the role of the smart grid is coming more into focus. A major driver are the initiatives of Electric Vehicle introduction, distributed and green energy production and storage, and energy community projects and micro-grid. These will have profound effects on the low-voltage grid, as this is where many of these initiatives are being delivered.

Historically, it has been a major challenge to provide cost effective monitoring, management and control into the low-voltage grid. The result we have now, is a low-voltage grid which is essentially passive in nature with manageability limited to the "edges" of a black box and limited means to see and then control what happens within that black-box.

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More than One Million Meters Managed by New Smart Grid Network Operating Tool

Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid solution provider with the industry's leading Energy Applications Platform (EAP TM) announced the release of its latest software solution, Grid Operations. This coincides with NES achieving over one million meters managed through its smart metering and smart grid deployment and operations and maintenance (O&M) solutions.

Grid Operations is the latest version of NES's mature and established deployment and O&M solutions for more than 5 million smart meters that help DSOs maintain exceptional communications with their meters (>99.7%) and keep their investment operating with a high degree of availability, efficiency, visibility and control. The solution is based on NES Element Manager, initially released in 2008, and now with over 11 years of R&D investment, provides the most user-friendly and functionally rich solution of its type. Grid Operations is being used to rollout and manage over one million meters; around 600K in the US and around 450K in Poland, with other deployments in the Nordics and Balkans.

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Manage Non-Technical Losses: Collect, Prevent, and Detect

Unpaid bills, electricity theft and meter tampering have challenged utilities since the installation of the first electricity meters. Now the market, facing enormous business challenges, is actively seeking some form of transformation to ensure sustainability. Revenue collection is fundamental to this strategy.

Faulty meters, meter bypassing, meter tampering, inaccurate billing, nonpayment and illegal connections are the most significant contributors when it comes to high revenue losses. A well-established plan will focus on three strategic areas: revenue collection, loss prevention, and the detection of fraudulent activities. Examination of each of these categories will determine the correct counter-measures.

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Vattenfall and Nivos Energia Oy Launch New Partnership in Finland

Vattenfall and the Finnish energy company Nivos Energia Oy have signed a new electricity and partnership contract. It is Vattenfall´s first partnership agreement in Finland within the energy company segment and the partnership is an important step in the rapidly shifting energy market where cooperation and knowledge sharing are vital.

Vattenfall has operated in Finland since 1996 and is now the third largest electricity supplier in the country providing several smart energy solutions. Nivos Energia, located in Mäntsäla, 50 kilometres north of Helsinki, has been operating at the market since 1926 and has approximately 20 000 customers.

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E.ON Signs Framework Agreement with MVM Magyar Villamos Muvek Zrt. and Opus Global Nyrt.

On September 18, E.ON SE completed the acquisition of RWE's 76.8% stake in innogy. This transaction is a major step in our goal to become a company that shapes the future of energy with a visionary focus. Customers are at the centre of the new, decentralised energy world, those companies that best understand the customer and have the innovative edge will prevail. The new E.ON has a clear focus on intelligent networks and customer solutions, achieving a favourable position to become one of the innovative drivers of the energy transition in Europe and responds to the needs of nearly 50 million of its European customers. The company provides more than 70,000 professionals with jobs and exciting career options and offers shareholders attractive value and growth prospects.

Today we are announcing a series of agreements including a strategic asset swap which pave the way for the foundation of a new E.ON Hungária group, a company that will play an active part in the implementation of the national energy strategy of Hungary, offering smart, affordable and sustainable solutions as well as outstanding customer experience to all our Hungarian customers. Being an integral part of the international E.ON Group and sharing its vision, E.ON Hungária will continue to focus its activities on providing customer-focused innovative and convenient energy solutions and on operating intelligent power and gas distribution networks, contributing to the well-being and the competitiveness of Hungarian people and economy.

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Joint Energy Activities regarding the Cybersecurity of Poland

The Ministry of Energy and Tauron Distribution signed an agreement regarding the cooperation in the energy sector to increase the country's cyber security. The agreement was concluded during the National Economic Summit held in Siedlce. The agreement applies to the four largest power distribution operators in the country. The initiative is about joint actions which will contribute to increase the IT security of the energy distribution area and protect it against potential external threats.

The four companies that signed the agreement have agreed to extensive cooperation with other market participants to increase cybersecurity. In addition, they have also agreed to exchange experience and information on threats. At the same time, in the event of a cybersecurity incident, they agreed to exchange information that might be useful to detect a threat regarding other energy companies in Poland. 'Cyberattacks on IT systems and automation controlling energy infrastructure is one of the key identified threats that affect the level of national security. That is why all actions and initiatives taken to prevent and mitigate the effects of cybercriminals in this area are so important' said Robert Zasina , president of Tauron Distribution.

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Eltel and Electricity Distribution Company Elenia Sign Cooperation Agreement for Four New Areas - Total Value €13 Million

Eltel and the electricity distribution company named Elenia are increasing their cooperation by signing a new agreement whereby Eltel will enter the distribution network of Elenia as a regional partner in the areas of Nokia, Orivesi, Laukaa and Jyväskylä. Due to this new cooperation agreement, Eltel will become Elenia's largest regional partner. Previous cooperation agreements were already signed for the areas of Lapua, Seinäjoki, Lempäälä and Kangasala.

The duration of the contract is from the beginning of january 2020 until the end of january 2022, with a total value of approximately €6.5 million per year. The contract also includes the possibility for an extension of two additional years.

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MARKET NEWS

Taking the AMI Route to Market

In 2018, the city of Wroclaw, Poland, completed a four-year smart meter rollout, installing over 360,000 meter points to provide customers with reliable and secure communication for better energy management while improving the overall Distribution System Operator (DSO) service offering.

The AMIplus Smart City Wroclaw project is a multi-vendor project initiated by DSO Tauron Distribution, and is one of the largest advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and smart metering deployments ever implemented in Poland. With multiple meter suppliers on board, this project is also one of largest interoperable smart grid projects in the world. The total project comprises the AMI head end system (HES), delivery and installation of data concentrators and meters, logistic and warehousing to support the rollout, installation and commissioning process, and communication to customers regarding installation of the smart meters. The main technology is a PLC, OSGP standard, fully interoperable model.

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Getting Ready to Operate the Smarter Grid: How Smart Grid Operations, Aligned to ITIL, Can Enable the Smart Energy Transition

In the past, the grid was not smart. Equipment was either unmanaged or managed through highly bespoke, isolated and dedicated systems. Equipment was only able to perform the task it was deployed to do and required a manual intervention to change configuration to perform a different task (or the same task with different parameters). There was very little opportunity to change the way equipment functioned remotely and dynamically.

Equipment was largely unable to notify monitoring teams about potential and actual performance degradations or critical alerts. Equipment was developed for a simple distribution model - energy was created centrally and then distributed out towards the consumer - always and forever. In a sense, the grid was "hard-coded" to a specification and was largely mute in terms of how it performed against that specification. Furthermore, that specification is now no longer fit for purpose, when viewed against the changes about to hit the grid.

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Top Use Cases for Smart Meter Data Insights

Bidgely and Lumidyne Consulting have released the results of a study conducted to understand how utilities are leveraging smart meter data to optimise their operations. The 2019 AMI Innovation Study: Utility Perspectives on AMI End Use Disaggregation also looks at demand-side management programme operators are utilising smart meter data in planning their rates.

Some 19 experts from 11 utilities operating in North America have been surveyed to understand utility use of smart meter data. They revealed that customer data analytics, customer targeting and rate recommendations are the top use cases for smart meter data insights. Customer targeting has been found the most use case owing to the current priority placed on customer communications and personalisation.

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Accelerating the Shift to Communicating Meters

Globally, legislation and the evolving grid are pushing utilities towards an increasingly data-heavy environment, which in turn is driving the demand for communicating meters. The electricity meter market continues the journey towards advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), with 109 million communicating meters shipping globally in 2018, according to IHS Markit's 2019 Electricity Meters Report. The electricity meter market continues to accelerate its shift from basic to communicating meters as utilities head towards a data-driven future. Nearly two-thirds of the 1.6 billion meters shipping between 2018 and 2025 will be communicating, boosted by several large smart meter rollouts within the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions.

The report reveals that a short-term peak is likely to occur in 2020 before the market rebounds again through 2025. This will be as a result of the various rollout cycles that affect the overall forecast (particularly where ahead of schedule, such as Japan and South Korea). In contrast, the North American market maintains a steady growth with no major rollouts expected in the next few years, whilst Latin America continues to show potential for growth.

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TechDispatch #2: Smart Meters in Smart Homes

To tackle climate change, the European Union has set itself a target to ensure that 80% of EU consumers are using smart meters by 2020. This should accelerate the move towards cleaner energy and reduce energy consumption. The European Commission issued a Recommendation on preparations for the roll-out of smart metering systems in 2012. Today, there are an increasing number of smart meters being used across the EU and integrated with other smart home appliances.

A smart meter is an electronic device that records energy consumption and exchanges consumption data with energy suppliers, which is used for monitoring and billing. While this TechDispatch focuses on electricity smart meters, smart meters can also measure the consumption of other resources, such as natural gas or water. A smart home is a home with a system that connects with certain appliances to automate specific tasks. It is typically remotely controlled. A smart home system can be used to program sprinklers, set and monitor home security systems and cameras, or control appliances like refrigerators, or air conditioning and heating.

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Smart Meters: Who Wants One?

Smart meters are a key building block for a smarter energy system. In part of Europe, industry 'push' has already rolled them out. In others there's more reliance on customer pull. In this episode we focus on the 'pull', exploring how the benefits of smart meters are being framed and communicated to customers. Rob Cheesewright, Director of Corporate Affairs at industry body Smart Energy GB, Chris Fleck, CTO at Onzo and Delta-EE expert David Trevithick join Jon Slowe to discuss experiences in the UK and Europe.

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Under-Frequency Load Shedding is the Power System’s Final Option

Fingrid is currently responsible for arranging under-frequency control, but this responsibility will be spread more widely. In the future, distribution network operators and industrial operators connected to the transmission system will be responsible for under-frequency load shedding. These parties need to get themselves up to speed now, as all changes must be made by the end of 2022.

Under-frequency load shedding is an essential aspect in securing the supply of electricity. If a major national electricity disturbance occurs, the first line of support will naturally be the contracted reserves. But what if – for one reason or another – the reserves are not enough or they do not work when it comes to the crunch? In this event, the last resort will be under-frequency load shedding, which automatically disconnects enough consumption from the network to allow the national electricity system to keep going. “Under-frequency load shedding is the final option. So far, there has never been call to use it,” says Reima Päivinen, Fingrid’s Senior Vice President of Power System Operations.

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PRESS RELEASE

Networked Energy Services Expands Smart Grid Market Share in Switzerland

New system expansions of the NES Patagonia Energy Applications Platform, including Patagonia Security Suite, at Several DSOs in Switzerland

San Jose, CA, October 23, 2019: Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid solution provider with the industry’s leading Energy Applications Platform (EAPTM), announced today the successful operation and expansion of its grid modernization solution in Switzerland including a new customer order from TB Weinfelden and the award of an AMI system expansion order, along with an option for orders, as part of an ongoing project with Industrielle Werke Basel (IWB) in Basel, Switzerland. These new meters are in addition to the more than 200K NES smart meters already deployed in Switzerland for 11 different DSOs.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Kuwait Smart Grid: Kuwait, UAE, 30-31, October 2019

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XII International Trade Fair Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy - 2019: Kiev, Ukraine, 05-07 November 2019

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POWER & ENERGY AFRICA 2019: Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, 7-9 November 2019

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European Utility Week: Paris, France, 12-14 November 2019

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POWER WEEK ASIA: Singapore, 11-15 November 2019

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28th FORUM CROATIAN ENERGY ASSOCIATION _ WORLD ENERGY COUNCIL: Zagreb, Croatia, 15 November 2019

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Smart City Expo World Congress: Barcelona, Spain, 19-21 November 2019

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Developing Onshore Wind Farms Summit: Lille, France, 20-21 November 2019

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Grids of the Future Summit 2019: London, UK, 21-22 November 2019

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Digital Substations 2019: Berlin, Germany, 26-28 November 2019

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The Future Energy Show Thailand 2019: Bangkok, Thailand, 27-28 November 2019

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Future Cities Summit: Mauritius, 28-29 November 2019

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The 10th Annual European Power Distribution Systems Summit (EPD): Prague, Czech Republic, 27-29 November 2019

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Power Grids International Forum: Moscow, Russia, 3-6 December 2019

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2nd Edition Oman Sustainable Energy and Technology Summit: Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 09-10 December 2019

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Predictive Maintenance 2020: Berlin, Germany, 14-16 January 2020

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Common Information Model 2020: Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 21-23 January 2020

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NextGen SCADA Global 2020: Berlin, Germany, 27-31 January 2020

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Africa Energy Indaba: Cape Town, South Africa, 3-4 March 2020

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Middle East Electricity, Dubai, UAE, 3-5 March 2020

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10th National Conference on Microgrids: Boston Massachusetts, 18-19 March 2020

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The Future Energy Show Vietnam 2020: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 24-25 March 2020

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Future of Utilities Summit 2020, London, UK, 24-25 March 2020

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PowerGen & Renewable Energy Indonesia 2020: Jakarta, Indonesia, 26-28 March 2020

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Power & Electricity World Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa, 31 March - 1 April 2020

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SMARTGREENS 2020: Prague, Czech Republic, 2-4 May, 2020

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POWERGEN India: New Delhi, India, 5-7 May, 2020

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The Future Energy Show Philippines 2020: Manila, Philippines, 18-19 May 2020

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27
Sep2019
OSGP Newsletter // September 2019
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MEMBER NEWS


OSGP Alliance Pavilion at European Utility Week 2019

Following up on last years’ successes, OSGP Alliance will join the European Utility Week 2019 taking place in Paris from 12-14 November 2019. OSGP Alliance is pleased to welcome the OSGP Alliance Pavilion sponsors Networked Energy Services (NES) as Platinum Sponsor, GÖRLITZ AG (Silver Sponsor), Develco Products (Silver Sponsor), CIAC IT (Dinner Sponsor) and Device Sponsor ETM Mätteknik AB. 

European Utility Week brings together 18,000 of Europe’s smart energy professionals 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  Networked Energy Services (NES) and GÖRLITZ AG and read about Develco Products’ participation in the OSGP Alliance Pavilion at EUW2019.
 

Energy Storage and Smart Grids

OSGP enables integration and interoperability with energy storage solutions for utilities and their customers.

Utilities worldwide are modernizing their electricity grids to enable highly reliable efficient and secure power infrastructure for the future. One of the key issues is how to enable the smart grid -- an energy infrastructure that runs from generation to distribution and includes millions of gridconnected devices and systems that consume energy.

Smart metering provides the foundation for a smart grid system, offering increased functionality via built-in two-way communications and smart grid applications, many of which provide improved and expanded customer service. However, thinking “beyond the meter” and toward an overall solution delivers dramatic improvements in utility operations, reliability, and customer-service capabilities by offering detailed usage information, demand metering, detailed power-quality data, timely outage information and flexible billing options.

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Building a Weatherproof Electricity Distribution Network Progresses on Schedule and Improves the Reliability of Electricity Distribution to Customers

Caruna's projects to build a weatherproof electricity network progressed as planned in the group's network areas across Finland. The investments improved the reliability of electricity supply for some 13,000 customers by replacing old electricity network with underground cables, increasing network automation and clearing trees in the vicinity of overhead lines. In January-June, approximately 1,750 kilometres of the network was placed underground to protect it from the elements and the network cabling rate went up to 56 per cent.

Reliability of supply rate was 99.99 (99.98) per cent. The highest number of supply interruptions was caused by the storm known as Aapeli in January, during which the highest number of customers simultaneously affected by an interruption of supply was 28,900. The investments to improve the reliability of supply have reduced both the number of electrical faults and the time taken to rectify them. During the storm known as Tapani in 2011, there were more than 200,000 Caruna customers simultaneously without electricity and the day after the storm, there were still more than 100,000 customers without electricity.

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Metering Is at the "Heart" of the Energy Transition, Says IoT Maker EDMI

EDMI, owned by Osaki Electric Company in Japan, has major smart metering deals with water, gas, and electric utilities in Asia and Europe. The Singapore-based company makes IoT modules for utilities, to provide the management platform for smart meter devices, connectivity, and data. EDMI struck a deal with UK-based chip design and IoT company Arm back in March, to integrate latter's Pelion IoT software platform and Mbed device operating system into its offer to utility providers. The pair share at least one major utility customer in Europe.

The partnership with Arm will enable utilities to secure, simplify and accelerate the deployment of connected smart meters and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solutions. Utilities taking EDMI meters will be able to use the Arm platform to identify and address outages, detect power thefts, track usage patterns, and plan asset upgrades and maintenance schedules. EDMI, also part of the US based uCIFI Alliance, along with connectivity provider Kerlink and lighting company Schréder, among others, told Enterprise IoT Insights, for a recent Making Industry Smarter editorial report on the energy and power sector (see Keeping the Lights on with Green Power) its solutions are at the "heart" of the energy transition, and gave a number of examples of its work.

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E.ON Celebrates as Two Million of Its Customers Meters Are Now Smart

Following on from its announcement that it is now providing 100% renewable electricity to all customers' homes as standard, E.ON has now reached a new milestone with the installation of its two millionth smart meter. This important milestone supports E.ON's vision to help customers better manage their energy in a sustainable way, giving them greater control over the energy they need and use. Smart meters are the first step in a journey towards helping achieve a sustainable and personalised energy system and bringing Britain's energy market into the 21st century.

Michael Lewis, Chief Executive of E.ON UK, said: "The future of energy is smart, personalised and sustainable. It's a great accomplishment that we've now installed two million smart meters in Britain as this is a crucial first step for many householders in helping us, as a nation, reach our net-zero target. "Through a combination of transformational actions both large and small by customers we can take responsibility across society and take positive action to help combat climate change, ensuring a more sustainable future for the next generation. Smart meters are free to install and help give people real power over their energy efficiency, helping to create a smarter grid for us all."

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Orsted Enters $3.2 Billion Deal to Sell Assets to SEAS-NVE

Orsted A/S, the world’s biggest offshore wind-park operator, has agreed to sell a number of assets in a deal that lets it focus on renewable energy. The company is selling its power distribution business, Radius, and two other units for 21.3 billion kroner ($3.15 billion), it said on Wednesday. SEAS-NVE, a Danish energy company which owns a minority stake in Orsted, is the buyer. The deal is expected to close in the first half of next year, with Orsted guiding it will book a divestment gain of about 11-12 billion kroner.

Orsted, which is roughly 50% owned by the Danish state, had put the businesses up for sale in June 2018. But a deal was delayed as Denmark headed for general elections. Lawmakers were also opposed to foreign buyout firms entering the process and tried to steer any sale toward local buyers. Shares in the company fell about 2.2% after the deal was announced. SEAS-NVE said it will sell part of its existing stake in Orsted in connection with the asset purchase, bringing its holding to around 5% from 9.54%.

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Apator Implements a System with Energy Meters Based on LTE Technology

Apator, in cooperation with several partners, is implementing a 4Grid system that uses electricity meters based on new communication technologies in the LTE standard, the company said. "Successful pilot projects regarding intelligent solutions lead to an increased interest for ​​smart meters and the wide application of breakthrough technologies. The value of pilot projects for both the supplier and the client is based on the possibility of testing solutions and technologies in real time. By doing so, it is possible to modify or improve different aspects of the technology such that it will effectively meet all customer expecations"- said the director of apparatus and measuring systems Artur Bratkowski

"Recently, Apator has been examining the practical application of the most commonly used communication technologies: LTE-M, NB-IoT and M-BUS. In the Lithuanian market, the company has carried out a pilot project, including the implementation of the 4Grid measurement data management system, which is used to read smart meters. As part of this project, Apator has delivered and tested meters equipped with the NB-IoT module "

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MARKET NEWS

Are EVs an Energy System Concern or Savior?

The expected growth in plug-in EVs (PEVs) threatens the stability of electrical grids. Yet, proactive action by utilities in developing vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capabilities can mitigate these risks and lead to a range of benefits, including greater utilization of transmission and distribution resources and reduced grid investment costs.

V2G applications can be classified into four categories: transmission system services, distribution system services, wholesale market arbitrage, and behind-the-meter (BTM) solutions. Among these applications, grid ancillary services are currently best suited for V2G from technological, economic, and regulatory viewpoints.

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Unlocking Flexibility in Smart Devices

The challenge facing distribution system operators (DSOs) as smart home devices proliferate is the absence of visibility on them. There are myriad different technologies being installed by different vendors, including electric vehicle (EV) and home storage charging, heating, hot water, flexible lighting, etc.

To address this issue, the Swedish Energy Agency is supporting what it calls a "bottom up approach" project with Upplands Energi and smart device providers in the Uppland County on the country's eastern coast. The scope is to integrate the various smart systems addressing technical, regulatory and psychological challenges to unlock their flexibility in order to optimise the distribution grid as renewable generation grows. "In the deregulated energy market in Sweden, the concern is that as these smart systems grow they could bring down the entire bidding process in the market, while simultaneously inducing severe power peaks in the local distribution grid if their use is based only on cheap hourly energy prices," explains Joachim Lindborg, the project technical lead at Sustainable Innovation Sweden.

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Digital Project Aims to Cut Risk of Distribution Network Overload

Siemens and German utility Stromnetz Hamburg have launched a three-year pilot project aimed at avoiding extensive expansion of the low-voltage networks and preventing overload situations in secondary distribution networks. Applying a concept for resilient information and communication technology to digitalize secondary distribution networks, the project's goal is to facilitate stable and reliable operation of the low-voltage networks to ensure secure power supply as demand for electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure grows.

With the extensive growth of electromobility and associated charging infrastructure, increased pressure is placed on distribution networks. Through the pilot project, network operator Stromnetz Hamburg aims to ensure secure, reliable network operation and increased integration of home charging stations, while maintaining specified voltage ranges. Until now, home charging stations have generally been integrated without external control or possibilities for intervention. As a result, distribution networks reach their capacity limits when a large number of electric cars are charged simultaneously, during peak periods such as the end of a work day.

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Utilities Find Data at the Center of Operations, Launching the Grid Analytics Market to $2.31 Billion

As data becomes central to new business models in the energy utility sector, the global grid analytics market is expected to accelerate from $1.15 billion in 2018 to $2.31 billion in 2025, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.4%. Energy utilities are generating massive volumes of data from smart meters, intelligent energy devices, and multi-sensing units but only 2% to 4% of data from the system is actually leveraged for analytics. This data, combined with a sophisticated analytics platform, can deliver valuable insights for utilities that can lead to improved customer service and operational metrics.

“The market will gradually switch to predictive and prescriptive analytics, especially as networks with low latency capabilities, such as 5G, are employed to minimize reaction times,” said Farah Saeed, Research Director, Energy & Environment at Frost & Sullivan. “Predictive and prescriptive analytics will incorporate statistical models that flag areas of inefficiency, evaluate and predict events in a timely manner, and eventually include Artificial Intelligence (AI) to deliver a holistic decision-making tool.”

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What Does the Future Hold for Distribution Network Companies?

In the 'old energy' world, distribution networks managed the downwards flow of electricity and gas from the transmission system to customers. As the transition from 'old' to 'new' energy gathers pace, the role of distribution networks is changing. In this episode, we are joined by Pallas Agterberg, Director at Alliander and Dave Openshaw, Director at Millhouse Power, to discuss how they are changing, and where they are headed.

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Increased Security Automation Supports Reliability, Efficiency and Compliance for Grid Operators

The energy sector has become a primary target for cyberattacks. This means that besides the ongoing transformation to smart grids there is, in parallel, an increased need for cyberdefense. However, deploying a smart grid without suitable cybersecurity might result in serious consequences; such as grid instability, utility fraud, the loss of user information - which would be a serious GDPR breach in Europe - or, in the worst case, could result in fatalities (if smart homes lose power in the middle of the winter and people get hurt by the cold).

Due to the various architectures that assure communication within the smart grid, it is a challenge to design an advanced and strong cybersecurity concept that can be smoothly deployed to protect as well as operate securely and efficiently. Smart grid operations also cannot be handled with the same amount of people as in the past due to a lack of cybersecurity experts in the market; as such, there must be another solution. This is where the latest cybersecurity technology around security analytics, orchestration and response (SOAR) comes in handy to achieve a higher level of automation and reduce the risks as well as response times in the case of incidents.

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Our Learnings from Rollout Deployment

  • Smart meter rollout deployment

Smart meter roll-out projects are running worldwide with different dynamics, approaches, and deadlines. It is an essential first step towards the digital transformation and provides invaluable benefits to electrical distributors worldwide. Not only does it reduce meter reading costs but also turns an outdated energy system into smart demand-driven, flexible and greener one.

  • Planning and executing the rollout

Before performing roll-out deployment, utilities need to do their research and create a detailed and realistic plan considering time, budget, and risk management. It is also crucial that everyone in the team is working towards a common goal and is actively involved in the planning stage. DSOs should carry out pilots to assess new AMI technologies, mitigate the project risks, and receive some aggregated recommendations on how to make the smart meter roll-out a success.

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PRESS RELEASE

Networked Energy Services Announces More Than One Million Meters Managed by New Smart Grid Network Operating Tool

NES Delivers Grid Operations Software to Help Utilities Operate Smart Grids

San Jose, CA, September 26, 2019: Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid solution provider with the industry’s leading Energy Applications Platform (EAPTM) announced the release of its latest software solution, Grid Operations. This coincides with NES achieving over one million meters managed through its smart metering and smart grid deployment and operations and maintenance (O&M) solutions.

Grid Operations is the latest version of NES’s mature and established deployment and O&M solutions for more than 5 million smart meters that help DSOs maintain exceptional communications with their meters (>99.7%) and keep their investment operating with a high degree of availability, efficiency, visibility and control. The solution is based on NES Element Manager, initially released in 2008, and now with over 11 years of R&D investment, provides the most user-friendly and functionally rich solution of its type.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Smart Grid Flexibility 2019: London, UK, 1-3 October 2019

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HOMER International Microgrid Conference: Cambridge, MA, 7-9 October 2019

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The 12th Energy Storage World Forum: Rome, Italy, 8-10 October 2019

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IEC 61850 Global 2019: London, UK, 14-18 October 2019

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Future of Utilities: Smart Energy 2019: London, UK, 16-17 October 2019

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Kuwait Smart Grid: Kuwait, UAE, 30-31, October 2019

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XII International Trade Fair Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy - 2019: Kiev, Ukraine, 05-07 November 2019

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POWER & ENERGY AFRICA 2019: Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, 7-9 November 2019

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POWER WEEK ASIA: Singapore, 11-15 November 2019

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European Utility Week: Paris, France, 12-14 November 2019

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28th FORUM CROATIAN ENERGY ASSOCIATION _ WORLD ENERGY COUNCIL: Zagreb, Croatia, 15 November 2019

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Smart City Expo World Congress: Barcelona, Spain, 19-21 November 2019

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Developing Onshore Wind Farms Summit: Lille, France, 20-21 November 2019

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Digital Substations 2019: Berlin, Germany, 26-28 November 2019

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The Future Energy Show Thailand 2019: Bangkok, Thailand, 27-28 November 2019

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The 10th Annual European Power Distribution Systems Summit (EPD): Prague, Czech Republic, 27-29 November 2019

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Power Grid International Forum: Moscow, Russia, 3-6 December 2019

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2nd Edition Oman Sustainable Energy and Technology Summit: Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 09-10 December 2019

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Common Information Model 2020: Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 21-23 January 2020

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Middle East Electricity, Dubai, UAE, 3-5 March 2020

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10th National Conference on Microgrids: Boston Massachusetts, 18-19 March 2020

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The Future Energy Show Vietnam 2020: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 24-25 March 2020

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Future of Utilities Summit 2020, London, UK, 24-25 March 2020

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PowerGen & Renewable Energy Indonesia 2020: Jakarta, Indonesia, March 26 – 28, 2020

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Power & Electricity World Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa, 31 March - 1 April 2020

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SMARTGREENS 2020: Prague, Czech Republic, 2-4 May, 2020

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POWERGEN India: New Delhi, India, 5-7 May, 2020

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The Future Energy Show Philippines 2020: Manila, Philippines, 18-19 May 2020

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30
Aug2019
OSGP Newsletter // August 2019
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Feeding the Big Data and Artificial Intelligence "Information-Appetite" - from the Low-Voltage Grid

The promise of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence is everywhere. And, in all cases, so are the results. One almost gets the impression that there is no problem that cannot be solved with these new technologies. The answer to everything is "Big Data and Artificial Intelligence". Open a web-browser and you see advertising tuned to your latest on-line shopping. Turn on the TV and you see advertisements about how our leading IT providers are using Big Data and Artificial Intelligence to address social, economic and environmental challenges. Two extremes of direct application of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence.

The tools used to derive timely, actionable insight to both the biggest and the most mundane challenges have certainly hit the main stream. Using these tools has direct application to the smart grid. They can be used to increase reliability, improve operational efficiency, reduce energy loss, increase fair energy supply by reducing fraud and theft, identify illegal use of energy, enable other green energy initiatives, such as distributed generation, energy storage, and electric vehicles, and focus restoration by sociological and business priorities.

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How to Hack a Smart Meter - Update

Denmark's largest cooperative utility SEAS-NVE is considering testing a pilot project for surveillance of its smart meter network. The utility, whose 400,000 customers all have smart meters, embarked on a security programme to meter supplier Networked Energy Services (NES) NES 5,2 smart metering platform including improved communications security between the different layers of the system and a new key management system providing automatic key updates at regular intervals. Other measures included improved intrusion detection based on the smart meter characteristics to detect abnormal behaviours, and improved 'compartmentalisation' to ensure that a breach into a meter is restricted to that meter alone.

SEAS-NVE is so far not aware of any attempts to hack the system, but at the moment, the company is in the dark as to whether it simply hasn't been attacked, or whether any attempts were thwarted by the security system. "The new software will give us more insight on what is going on with the meter network. The system will look into communications and put some intelligence in that. For example, if somebody is trying to tamper with the meter, either hacking physically through the optical portal or through the power line communication (PLC) network," said Bo Danielson, head of metering and installation at SEAS-NVE.

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Conlog and Tshimologong Precinct Partner to Launch Blockchain Incubation Programme

Leading smart metering solutions provider, Conlog, has partnered with Wits University's Tshimologong Precinct to launch an innovative technology programme. With a strong focus on blockchain and smart city solutions, Conlog approached the Precinct to assist in developing and promoting innovation, skills development and entrepreneurship within South Africa through its newly established Reapele programme.

Hosted and run by the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in Braamfontein, Reapele will be delivered in seven phases and aims to innovate and nurture technology businesses, digital products and ideas, turning them into viable businesses: "We are excited to launch this new project, which will assist in developing Conlog's open innovation capability in smart connected metering technology," said Kendal Makgamathe, head of marketing, Tshimologong Precinct.

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E.ON Applies for Digital Patent for Full Customer Data Control

Data is the currency of the future. At present, however, only companies in the global digital industry are benefiting from this. Engineers at the E.ON Future Lab have now developed an innovation that puts customers on the winning side: they also benefit when their data is used and gain better control over the analytics of this data. E.ON has registered the unique IT-system for a patent. The European Patent Office has now made the patent application public.

The box, the size of a 5 dollar bill, can be installed in a household, administrative building or company. There it collects data, for example from smart home applications, evaluates it and makes it usable. Only the customer is able to decide who can access which part of his data stream. In addition, he can use the box to earn money by releasing selected data analytics for use. E.ON acts as an intermediary and service provider - but only gains access if the customer expressly agrees. Highly secure encryption in conjunction with blockchain technology prevents data from being stolen or manipulated.

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Krafringen Chooses ONE Nordic for Introducing the Next Generation of Smart Meters in Sweden

Kraftringen chooses ONE Nordic for recplacing the company's current stock of roughly 110,000 meters with new modern smart meters in most of the municipalities in Skåne. With these new smart meters, the customers of Kraftringen can access new smart energy services where they can monitor their consumption in real time. As this is not the first smart meter project, ONE Nordic further strengthens its position as one of the leading players in the market of Sweden.

The agreement runs for 6 years with the possibility to extend the agreement for another 10 years. The agreement also includes the establishment of IT systems, the communication structures, integration with Kraftringen's businss system, data collection and quality controls as well as most field services. The project has already started and the preparations are in full swing. The large scale replacement of meters are planned to start in 2020 and will last until the end of the year 2022-2023. In total approximately 102,00 electricity meters, 9,000 heating meters and 1,800 gas meters will be replaced.

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MARKET NEWS

Smart Meters Need More Protection from Hackers

Utilities should prepare to defend themselves against hackers attempting to access the grid via the new fleet of smart meters, says Emil Gurevitch, Senior Security Architect at Networked Energy Services (NES). The industry is in a dilemma when it comes to cyber security, as while there is a need to share information, utilities do not want to talk openly for fear of exposing themselves to more threats or attracting negative press.

NES supplies smart meters to many countries in Europe, Middle East, Asia, Africa and Americas. In Europe, this includes Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Poland, Romania, France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and Germany. Although many of these countries are less worried about the kind of national adversary threat that heightens tensions between the Ukraine, Russia, the US and China bring, there is a growing concern about criminal hackers looking to make financial gains or just disrupt the smart energy transition to make a name for themselves.

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ENCS and E.DSO Provide First Set of Harmonised Smart Meter Security Requirements

ENCS, the European Network for Cyber Security, and E.DSO, the European Distribution System Operators' Association have announced the launch of cyber-security baseline requirements for smart meters (SMs) and data concentrators (DCs). As the second in a series of security guidelines for smart grid components, these mark an important stimulus in improving and harmonising the security of smart grid devices across Europe, helping to build a more resilient "grid of grids".

The requirements provide European distribution network operators (DNOs) and distribution system operators (DSOs) with a practical set of considerations that can be used totally or partially when procuring and testing SMs and DCs. ENCS has been active in smart meter security since it was established in 2012. Having started by analysing vulnerabilities in the smart metering protocols and effectiveness of certification approaches, ENCS publicly launched its first set of SM security requirements for Oesterreichs Energy, guiding the whole of Austria towards a secure smart meter roll-out.

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From Legislation to Grid Evolution - What is Next for AMI?

The electricity meter market continues to accelerate its shift from basic to communicating meters as utilities head towards a data-driven future. Nearly two-thirds of the 1.6 billion meters shipping between 2018 and 2025 will be communicating, boosted by several large smart meter rollouts within EMEA and Asia Pacific regions.

A short-term peak will occur in 2020 before the market rebounds again through 2025, as a result of the various rollout cycles that affect the overall forecast (particularly where ahead of schedule, such as Japan and South Korea). In contrast, the North American market maintains a steady growth with no major rollouts expected in the next few years, whilst Latin America continues to show potential for growth.

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Danish TSO, DSOs to Launch a Flexibility Pilot

A Danish consortium including the TSO, DSOs, balancing responsible entities and the Danish Energy Association is planning to launch a flexibility market pilot later this year on the island of Lolland in the southern part of Zealand. The island is connected to the mainland with a transmission line that is short of capacity, and so the goal of the first phase of the project is to determine if generators can manage congestion using a flexibility trade mechanism, and the second phase will bring in large consumption entities. The problem is that the generation sources are connected to the distribution grid, while the congestion problems are in the transmission grid. "We want to create a market solution where the TSO's actions do not hamper the operations of the DSOs. It's quite an ambitious task but we are confident we will be ready to launch a pilot in the third or fourth quarter," says Michael Arentsen, chief consultant at the Danish Energy Association.

The first phase of the pilot will determine whether there is a business case and whether companies submit bids, using NOIS, the existing common balancing market for the Nordics, rather than setting up a bespoke platform. "The philosophy is to keep it as simple as possible," Arentsen says. Initially only wind generators are likely to bid in for 'down regulation', or to switch off, with a negative bid price meaning the TSO pays them not to generate. Those receiving them would lose their subsidies, but would already have been paid for their day-ahead power on the Nordpool trading system. Some of the newer turbines have a control system which allows them to partially shut down, which is a new grid connection requirement if they are over a certain size.

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Africa's Bumpy Route to Smart Meter Adoption

Smart meters are emerging as potential game changers, revitalising the entire electric industry. These meters are not only playing a vital role in improving customer service but also laying the foundation for sorely needed new and innovative African utility business models. Over the next few years, smart meters will continue to gather momentum as a viable tool in terms of transforming the way the utility industry operates. This tech-based solution empowers customers in terms of getting maximum benefits from new technologies, including solar PV, smart home technologies, and battery storage.

It is energy efficiency, billing transparency, compliance, and performance that will continue to be the key customer touchpoints used by manufacturers for profitable gains. According to Fact.MR, the global smart meters market was valued at nearly $10 billion in 2018 and is estimated to reflect growth at a CAGR of over 8% from 2018 to 2026. The increase in revenue generation within the market is a result of smart metering being considered as an enabler for utilities to achieve energy transition and digitisation goals. Active markets such as North America are expected to pass the 50% penetration level by 2024 owing to massive smart grid investments by governments, private investors, and public utility companies.

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Making Local Energy Markets Smarter

An EU-funded initiative is supporting knowledge sharing between regional and European power grid projects to help Europe reach its energy targets. One of these projects is looking at a new, smarter way of implementing local energy markets. One of Europe's main challenges is creating a low-carbon energy system that's efficient and secure. Our electricity networks in particular need to be upgraded to a system of highly efficient, flexible networks that match current production and consumption patterns and developments in technologies.

The EU-funded ERANet SmartGridPlus initiative is helping Europe make progress towards meeting its short-, medium- and long-term energy targets. It has been working to support deep knowledge sharing between regional and European smart grid projects. ERANet SmartGridPlus's support includes financing a number of transnational projects on applied research, piloting and demonstration in the field of smart grids. One of the projects financed by this initiative is called E-REGIO. E-REGIO aims to analyse, test and validate a new way of implementing local energy markets around energy storage units and flexible assets supervised by the local system operator (LSO). The concept's feasibility and business potential are being demonstrated in Sweden and Norway.

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EVs on the Grid - Challenges and Opportunities

Adam Pigott, engineering manager, Kinect Energy Group, discusses EV charging, its applications, challenges and opportunities for utilities. While electric vehicles (EVs) currently account for a very small fraction of the cars on the road, sales are rising and that trend will only accelerate as prices fall and range increases.

This will inevitably impact any business that has an employee or customer car park. Consequently organizations need to consider the impact of EV charging and future EV trends on their energy strategy. This is particularly the case for businesses who may need to install multiple charging or rapid charging infrastructure at their premises. Many businesses will be unaware that installing significant numbers of EV charging points is likely to have implications for their existing electricity supply, which may need upgrading to cope with the increased demand.

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WEBINAR

Gaining visibility of the Low Voltage Grid

It has become increasingly important to have more detailed information about the low voltage grid and electrical service to customers. This requires processing and managing large amounts of data. However, big data often focuses on the analytics back-end, AI, computer learning and visualisation. But, where does all this data come from? How does it get to the back-end? What about its vulnerability to cyber-attack, and is it actually enough to allow the promised insights to be gained?

Join the live webinar discussion where you will learn:

  • About the different components/building blocks that are required.
  • How to use the smart meter as a sensor, exploiting its ability to report on a wide range of supply parameters.
  • Selecting a smart meter that provides connectivity options to establish multiple communication paths back to central system.
  • The importance of securing the information created by smart meters and communicated to the central energy analytics tools
  • How to leverage an energy analytics tool to gain the necessary insight from the collected information.
  • About one utility’s implementation that is achieving this.

Join the live webinar discussion with Jon Wells, Vice President, Customer Solutions, NES and Jørgen Skov Rasmussen, Project Manager, Ravdex at the

Webinar broadcast, Thursday, 26 September 2019, 3:00 PM (CEST)

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PRESS RELEASES

Networked Energy Services Selected to Deliver OSGP Smart Grid Solution for Albania

Using Smart Meters to improve revenue generation and reduce energy distribution losses


San Jose, CA, 8 July 2019: Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid solution provider with the industry’s leading Energy Applications Platform (EAPTM), is delighted to announce it is participating with ACI to help OSHEE (Electricity Power Distribution System Operator) in Albania to utilize its smart meters, operational support services and analytics solutions in Tirana.

The project that OSHEE has announced, provides for “investments in the balance metering system and re-construction of ABC cable network”, as per Buletini Nr. 9 datë 04 Mars 2019, Agjencia e Prokurimit Publik.

The project will deploy smart meters to residential, business and light industry consumers in Tirana, in conjunction with an ongoing project to renew distribution cable infrastructure. NES will be providing its smart meter solution, its smart meter operational support system, Grid Operations, and its analytics solutions, Grid Navigator and Grid Flow. The smart grid solution will be deployed in cooperation with NES partner, ACI, an established energy services and infrastructure provider in Albania and supplier to OSHEE, who will perform installation services for the NES technology and the ABC cable network.

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2019 Power Nigeria Conference to Explore Digitalization in the Energy Sector

Lagos, Nigeria, August 16, 2019: The 8th edition of West Africa’s largest power and renewable energy event, Power Nigeria Exhibition & Conference is set to discuss numerous advantages that the digitalization of the power sector in Nigeria will generate.

The conference will present a rare opportunity for Nigerians to engage in constructive and interactive sessions with industry experts and decision makers from various organizations in the power and energy industry, while deliberating the impact of deploying innovative digital technologies. Discussions will also be centred round the different methods digitalization can be capitalized on as well as the role of technology is accelerating access to clean and sustainable energy in Nigeria. Workshops will also take placer regarding  the installation of an industrial solar system.

Commenting on the scheduled session focusing on digitalization, is Deep Karani, Exhibition Director of Power Nigeria; “I am positive that the Power Nigeria Conference and Exhibition will yield fruitful discourse and exchange of ideas that will examine the intersections between investment in human capital, natural resources, innovation and technology in Nigeria. Power Nigeria is thrilled to be offering strategic expertise as this is our own way of impacting the country with maximum knowledge.”

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Fundamentals of the Smart Grid 2019: London, UK, 27-29 August 2019

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POWERGEN ASIA: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 3-4 September 2019

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Asian Utility Week: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 3-4 September 2019

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Fundamentals of IEC 61850 2019: London, UK, 10-12 September 2019

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POWER WEEK AFRICA: Johannesburg, South Africa, 9-13 September 2019

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Smart grid Big Data 2019: Berlin, Germany, 17-19 September 2019

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Power Nigeria: Lagos, Nigeria, 24-26 September 2019

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GIS4SmartGrid 2019: Berlin, Germany, 24-26 September 2019

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Smart Grid Flexibility 2019: London, UK, 1-3 October 2019

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HOMER International Microgrid Conference: Cambridge, MA, 7-9 October 2019

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The 12th Energy Storage World Forum: Rome, Italy, 8-10 October 2019

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IEC 61850 Global 2019: London, UK, 14-18 October 2019

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Future of Utilities: Smart Energy 2019: London, UK, 16-17 October 2019

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Kuwait Smart Grid: Kuwait, UAE, 30-31, October 2019

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POWER & ENERGY AFRICA 2019: Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, 7-9 November 2019

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POWER WEEK ASIA: Singapore, 11-15 November 2019

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European Utility Week: Paris, France, 12-14 November 2019

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28th FORUM CROATIAN ENERGY ASSOCIATION _ WORLD ENERGY COUNCIL: Zagreb, Croatia, 15 November 2019

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Smart City Expo World Congress: Barcelona, Spain, 19-21 November 2019

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Developing Onshore Wind Farms Summit: Lille, France, 20-21 November 2019

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Digital Substations 2019: Berlin, Germany, 26-28 November 2019

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The Future Energy Show Thailand 2019: Bangkok, Thailand, 27-28 November 2019

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The 10th Annual European Power Distribution Systems Summit (EPD): Prague, Czech Republic, 27-29 November 2019

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2nd Edition Oman Sustainable Energy and Technology Summit: Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 09-10 December 2019

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Middle East Electricity, Dubai, UAE, 3-5 March 2020

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10th National Conference on Microgrids: Boston Massachusetts, 18-19 March 2020

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The Future Energy Show Vietnam 2020: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 24-25 March 2020

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Future of Utilities Summit 2020, London, UK, 24-25 March 2020

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Power & Electricity World Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa, 31 March - 1 April 2020

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SMARTGREENS 2020: Prague, Czech Republic, 2-4 May, 2020

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POWERGEN India: New Delhi, India, 5-7 May, 2020

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The Future Energy Show Philippines 2020: Manila, Philippines, 18-19 May 2020

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26
Jul2019
OSGP Newsletter // July 2019
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MEMBER NEWS

Networked Energy Services Announces 2019 Partner Awards

Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid solution provider with the industry’s leading Energy Applications Platform (EAPTM) announced the winners of its Partner Awards given to reflect contributions to developing smart grid capabilities around the globe. The awards ceremony was part of a wider NES Partner Event, which included a visit to the new NES production facility in Timisoara, announced earlier this year, presentations of various innovative deployments of NES technology in smart grid projects, and the roadmap for future NES smart grid solutions.

The partner event culminated in awards to those NES partners that have contributed to the smart energy transition in the smart grid through practical projects. Winners included:

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Vattenfall Will Unite another Energy Supplier Brand under One Name

Earlier, Vattenfall announced that Nuon will change its name to that of parent company Vattenfall. In line with this decision, Vattenfall will now unite another brand, Powerpeers, under one name. At the same time, the services offered by Powerpeers will be made available to all Vattenfall customers in the Netherlands.

Powerpeers is a scale-up providing a marketplace, bringing together users, energy producing consumers and local energy sources from within its network. It allows users to choose their individual energy mix from selected local energy sources or create community based propositions. The platform enables energy producing customers to share their energy with other users real-time, providing a unique level of transparency and traceability. It was launched three years ago and has received several international recognitions since. "We are proud to have started Powerpeers as an innovative solution enabling customers to actively participate in the transition to a more sustainable energy landscape," says Raymond van Eck, Managing Director Powerpeers Netherlands. "With customers increasingly connecting to each other and sharing renewable energy, we expect this transition to speed up".

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How Is The Sharing Economy Linked to Decentralized Energy Production? - Caruna Piloted a Finnish Energy Community in Karuna

The municipality of Karuna is currently testing how solar panels can distribute its surplus of electricity to its neighborhood. These experiments are performed in order to find new operating models that fulfill customer needs. Energy production is changing and, as a result, power generation will be dispersed from large power plants to smaller production plants, such as solar panel fields. In an energy community, the members of the community share the benefits of producing and procuring electricity with each other. Such energy communities already exist in Central Europe, for example, but such projects have not yet started in Finland.

"Energy communities exist for a long time in the energy industry already. Now we are testing things that are relevant to our customers and through practice we are finding smart operating models for the future. And what better place to prepare for tomorrow's electricity supply than at the place where Caruna's story started 100 years ago," says Markus Talka , Project Manager at Caruna's Innovation Project .

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Sinfra Chooses ONE Nordic as a Framework Contract Supplier for Smart Metering Services

One Nordic will continue to be the framework contract supplier for Sinfra, which makes procurement in district heating, electricity, gas and water supply. This means that Sinfra's 222 member companies will have access to ONE Nordic's smart service packages suitable for electricity, district heating, water and gas meters. The agreement makes it easier for small and medium-sized member companies who do not want to carry out their own, often time-consuming and complicated, LUF procurement of the services. The agreement will be beneficial for grid companies, for example, as they must replace all electricity meters fo rnew smart meters in the coming years.

'ONE Nordic is a provider of services in the field of measurement technology where we deliver smart packaged services. As a framework contractor for Sinfra, ONE Nordic wants to continue to contribute to the development of our scalable, cost-effective and quick-installed service packages in all fields (electricity, water, heating, cooling, gas) which can be integrated into all system and meter types. Because our service packages are scalable, they fit both small and medium-sized companies that handle a few meters, as well as large companies with hundreds of thousands of meters.' says Anders Malmberg, business area manager in measurement technology at ONE Nordic.

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Norlys: The Merger Has Been Approved

The merger between Eniig and SE has been approved by the Competition Council on Tuesday 25th of June. Therefore, Norlys will become the largest integrated energy and telecon group in Denmark. Norlys will have more than 700,000 members, apporximately 1.5 million cutomers and 2,500 employees. Norlys will, among other things, create more choices for the customers throug the continued work on expanding the fiber network.

With the approval of the competition authorities, Eniig and SE can start working on the creation Norlys. The ambitious goal is to create a group that, through economies of scale, and a strong capital base, will be able to handle future opportunities and challenges in a combined energy and telecommunications sector. Jens Erik Platz, current chairman of the board of directors of SE and future chairman of Norlys, is looking forward to uniting the two companies' forces for the benefit of both members, customers and employees.

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EDMI Selected as Smart Meter Provider to CLP Power Hong Kong to Realise Smart City Vision

EDMI Limited, a global smart metering solutions leader, today announced it has secured a contract with CLP Power Hong Kong (CLP Power), to be one of the business partners to provide smart meters as part of their smart meter rollout in Hong Kong. EDMI will provide both single and three phase smart meters to CLP Power. This agreement marks further expansion for EDMI as one of the leading smart metering solutions providers for Residential and Commercial and Industrial markets across Asia.

As a result of rapid population growth and urbanisation in the Asia-Pacific region, digitalisation is now key to provide connectivity and intelligent automation. The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region recognises this and plans to build Hong Kong into a world-class smart city. To support this vision, CLP Power will install smart meters for all of its customers and provide them with a range of digitalised services and solutions to encourage energy saving, and further improve supply reliability.

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Nexign & Giza Systems Agree to Accelerate African Telcos’ Digital Transformation

Nexign, a leading Business Support Systems (BSS) and Internet of Things (IoT) platform provider, announced on Wednesday it has signed a value-added reseller (VAR) agreement with a Cairo-based, leading systems integrator in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, Giza Systems.

According to the press statement, the partnership is designed to bolster the abilities of both companies and to deliver network solutions, to communications service providers (CSPs) across Africa. Together, Nexign and Giza Systems will work with organisations to accelerate their journey from CSPs to digital service providers (DSPs). Covering East and North Africa, Giza Systems will resell Nexign products and provide professional services, such as implementation and support, as well as core systems-integration services.

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MARKET NEWS

Navigant Research Identifies 24 New Smart Meter Projects Globally Since 4Q 2018

A new report from Navigant Research provides an analysis of global utility smart meter projects, tracking data related to global customer endpoints, meter manufacturers, advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) communications vendors, systems integrators, and meter data management (MDM) vendors.

The global smart meter market is evolving rapidly. In more mature markets, utilities are considering their options for second-generation AMI deployments that use new and advanced capabilities. For utilities just launching their AMI efforts, newer technologies and purchasing models are of growing interest. Navigant Research's Global AMI Tracker 2Q19 has identified 24 new projects globally since its last update in 4Q 2018. "In developed markets, new installations and second-generation upgrades continue, with a shift toward advanced capabilities and managed services models," says Michael Kelly, research analyst with Navigant Research. "Meanwhile, developing markets are advancing beyond the nascent stage, with an uptick in project announcements across Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East."

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DSOs Move to Centre Stage

One striking feature of the extraordinary transition we are currently seeing in the power industry is a significant increase in the importance of the DSO (distribution system operator). Distributed generation, electric vehicles, prosumers, smart grids, all connect to the DSO, which is emerging as a key agent of change and which in turn is having to evolve to take on a new role. Eurelectic estimates that the European electricity distribution grid is managed by around 2400 DSOs of different sizes and governance structures, and notes that as a "neutral market facilitator", the business model of DSOs is moving from "pipes-based" to "platform-based", while "more and more relevant topics for DSOs are popping up at EU level."

The transformation is redrawing boundaries and redefining relationships between customers and utilities, says Eurelectric. Customers will gain more control over their energy use and benefit from additional services. System operators need access to new tools to manage their grids more efficiently and integrate increasing amounts of variable renewables into the system. Interaction between intelligent appliances, smart grids and home platforms - mediated by or on behalf of customer - will usher in a new era, Eurelectric believes. The transformation of the business model from pipes to platform is needed to "meet the expectations of customers and to bring all market parties efficiently together." This requires current revenue models and tariff structures to be reviewed, and the adoption of new operating and planning techniques, tools and ICT systems, collectively referred to as "active distribution system management."

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Policy Support is Key for the Adoption of Smart Grid Technologies

GlobalData's latest report, Smart Grid Policy Handbook 2019 reveals that solar PV is the most popular technology to use net metering for grid connection and small wind is at a distant second in terms of capacity connected to the grid. The net metering market has grown significantly in the past five years, driven by simple installation procedures, favourable government policies and the affordability of rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV), according to GlobalData, a data and analytics company.

Harshavardhan Reddy Nagatham, power analyst at GlobalData, commented: "In countries with large solar potential and ambitious solar PV targets, rooftop solar is being looked at as a major means to achieve a significant portion of the solar or renewable power targets and net metering policies promote installations by making an installation not only reliable for backup but also profitable through the sale of surplus electricity to the grid." A number of countries already have net energy metering protocols and equipment in place. Countries including the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, India and South Africa have policies that support and subsidise the installation of net meters, as well as policies that mandate utilities to provide a fair tariff to net metered customers.

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EU Gets to Grips with Cyber Security

A decentralised grid is more vulnerable to cyber attacks due to the connection of multiple smart devices with much lower security measures than traditional large infrastructure assets. But while cyber attacks often take place across borders, policy responses are predominantly national. The EU is seeking to coordinate efforts and engineer a more holistic approach. The Cyber Security Act came into force at the end of June, creating a permanent mandate for the EU Agency for Cybersecurity and presenting new initiatives to further improve EU cyber resilience and response, such as implementing the directive on security of network and information systems (NIS) adopted in July 2016.

Member states have been asked to submit risk assessments to the Commission and cyber security agency by 15th July following a March recommendation on potential threats to the new 5G network. An EU-wide risk assessment is due by 1 October 2019. The EU's Smart Grid Task Force will publish a final report on cyber security in the smart grid environment in the Autumn, said a Commission spokesperson. This will be one of the inputs to the creation of a new network code on cyber security, which will take at least another year. In addition, a workshop will be held in the Autumn on certification for energy products. A joint Commission-industry initiative will also be launched to define a "duty of care" principle to reduce product and software vulnerabilities and promote a "security by design" approach for all connected devices.

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The Changing Landscape of Smart Metering

The smart electric meter market is evolving. While developed markets of North America and Western Europe continue to see a healthy spate of new deployments, there has also been an influx of second-generation upgrade projects.

Meanwhile, developing markets are finally advancing beyond the nascent stage, with an uptick in project announcements across Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East. In this article, we will discuss the state of the market and highlight some of the notable projects captured in Navigant Research's Global AMI Tracker.

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Smart Meters Enabling a New Era for Power and Utilities Industry

Power and utility landscape is undergoing a tectonic shift, as the demand for traditional metering systems is fading away and a massive shift toward digital technologies and smart meters is here to stay, writes Monalisa Rath, a business writer at market research firm Fact.MR

Smart meters have proved to be a boon to consumers who get the complete freedom of monitoring and regulating their power usage. Smart meters offer seamless two-way communication between consumers and their respective utilities, which helps the utilities with timely detection of blackouts and maintenance of service reliability. As all types of utility companies continue to march towards a data-driven paradigm, investments in new and smart technologies are on a roll. With the trend of digitisation taking hold in the power and utility space, sales of smart meters are set to witness a healthy leap in 2019 and beyond

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Smart City Spending Expected to Prioritise Energy & Infrastructure

Global marketing intelligence firm IDC’s Worldwide Semiannual Smart Cities Spending Guide, a comprehensive regional and global spending forecast for smart city initiatives for the period spanning 2019 and 2023, predicts more than 50% of all worldwide outlay on smart city projects will be directed towards energy resilience, infrastructure upgrades, intelligent transport projects and public safety initiatives driven by data analysis. Meanwhile the sectors projected to see the fastest growth in spending included connected vehicles, wearable technology in law enforcement and ‘digital twin’ technology, the digital replication of physical assets.

Serena Da Rold, Programme Manager of IDC’s Customer Insights and Analysis Group, said: “In the latest release of IDC’s Worldwide Smart Cities Spending Guide, we expanded the scope of our research to include smart ecosystems, added detail for digital evidence management and smart grids for electricity and gas, and expanded our cities dataset to include over 180 named cities. Although smart grid and smart meter investments still represent a large share of spending within smart cities, we see much stronger growth in other areas, related to intelligent transportation and data-driven public safety, as well as platform-related use cases and digital twin, which are increasingly implemented at the core of smart cities projects globally.”

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PRESS RELEASE

Networked Energy Services Selected to Deliver OSGP Smart Grid Solution for Albania

Using Smart Meters to improve revenue generation and reduce energy distribution losses

San Jose, CA, July 8, 2019: Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid solution provider with the industry’s leading Energy Applications Platform (EAPTM), is delighted to announce it is participating with ACI to help OSHEE (Electricity Power Distribution System Operator) in Albania to utilize its smart meters, operational support services and analytics solutions in Tirana.

The project that OSHEE has announced, provides for “investments in the balance metering system and re-construction of ABC cable network”, as per Buletini Nr. 9 datë 04 Mars 2019, Agjencia e Prokurimit Publik.

The project will deploy smart meters to residential, business and light industry consumers in Tirana, in conjunction with an ongoing project to renew distribution cable infrastructure. NES will be providing its smart meter solution, its smart meter operational support system, Grid Operations, and its analytics solutions, Grid Navigator and Grid Flow. The smart grid solution will be deployed in cooperation with NES partner, ACI, an established energy services and infrastructure provider in Albania and supplier to OSHEE, who will perform installation services for the NES technology and the ABC cable network.

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UPCOMING EVENTS 

Guangzhou International Solar Photovoltaic Exhibition: Guangzhou, China, 16-18 August 2019

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The 8th Asia-Pacific Biomass Energy Exhibition: Guangzhou, China, 16-18 August 2019

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POWERGEN ASIA: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 3-4 September 2019

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Asian Utility Week: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 3-4 September 2019

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Fundamentals of IEC 61850 2019: London, UK, 10-12 September 2019

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POWER WEEK AFRICA: Johannesburg, South Africa, 9-13 September 2019

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Smart grid Big Data 2019: Berlin, Germany, 17-19 September 2019

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Power Nigeria: Lagos, Nigeria, 24-26 September 2019

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GIS4SmartGrid 2019: Berlin, Germany, 24-26 September 2019

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Future of Utilities: Smart Energy 2019: London, UK, 16-17 October 2019

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IEC 61850 Global 2019: London, UK, 14-18 October 2019

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POWER & ENERGY AFRICA 2019: Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, 7-9 November 2019

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European Utility Week: Paris, France, 12-14 November 2019

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POWER WEEK ASIA: Singapore, 11-15 November 2019

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28th FORUM CROATIAN ENERGY ASSOCIATION _ WORLD ENERGY COUNCIL: Zagreb, Croatia, 15 November 2019

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Smart City Expo World Congress: Barcelona, Spain, 19-21 November 2019

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The 10th Annual European Power Distribution Systems Summit (EPD): Prague, Czech Republic, 27-29 November 2019

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2nd Edition Oman Sustainable Energy and Technology Summit: Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 09-10 December 2019

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Middle East Electricity, Dubai, UAE, 3-5 March 2020

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Future of Utilities Summit 2020, London, UK, 24-25 March 2020

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Power & Electricity World Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa, 31 March - 1 April 2020

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28
Jun2019
OSGP Newsletter // June 2019
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MEMBER NEWS

Special discount plan for OSGP Alliance Pavilion participation in European Utility Week 2019, Paris, 12-14 November

Following up on last years’ successes, OSGP Alliance will join the European Utility Week 2019 taking place in Paris, from 12-14 November 2019.

European Utility Week brings together thought leaders behind the world’s most successful utilities and solution providers. The exhibition floor is where visitors explore innovations and technologies helping to transform the utility landscape, where they do business and meet fellow utility leaders & professionals showcasing projects, intelligence and insights into future solutions. As one of 800 exhibitors, you get a great opportunity to showcase your brand and services and position your company as one of the leading companies in the global smart energy market!

Statistics for European Utility Week 2018: 12,000 visitors | 650 exhibitors | 550+ utilities & grid operators | 100+ Countries represented

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 exclusive pavilion partnership discounts and great promotion and branding opportunities.

Please contact secretariat@osgp.org for details on the sponsorship package options that best suit your requirements.


How to Provide Protection In-Depth for Your Smart Grid

Smart grids are a critical national resource, and like any other, are subject to cyber attack. To date, smart grid cybersecurity strategies have focused on the perimeter. What happens when an attack is successful, and a cybercriminal gets past the perimeter? This is when defence in depth is needed.

A smart grid is a DSO's (Distribution System Operator) largest investment and a national asset upon which mission critical and life-saving services rely. Government, business and residents rely on the service it provides every second of the day. It provides the energy supplier with their revenue, and through it, the DSO has access to highly privileged and sensitive customer information.

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Conlog Talks about Doing Business in Africa

Representatives from metering company Conlog speak on the need for robust, safe and secure smart metering technology that is appropriate for the African market. Responding to a question on the challenges of doing business in Africa, Gys Snyman, international commercial director at Conlog, compared the market growth and opportunities between Africa and first world countries.

Snyman adds that developed countries have delivered advanced technology to African regions. However, the challenge is that these regions are sometimes not ready to adopt the technology where the need is more on robust, safe and secure systems. Meanwhile, Sibusiso Skosana, commercial director for Southern Africa at Conlog, underlined the promising developments including the increased focus on electrification projects by governments.

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Schneider Electric Buys Stake in DER AI Developer

Schneider Electric has announced an investment in flexible energy management solutions company AutoGrid. The purchase establishes an innovation partnership for the two companies, focused on developing new artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning solutions for distributed energy resources (DER) for utilities as well as industrial and commercial companies.

Schneider Electric will use AutoGrid's Energy Internet and Flex solutions to add AI-based options for customers, which is envisioned to boost Schneider's microgrid and behind-the-meter offerings. The DER industry is set to be worth more than $50 million in the near future, and AutoGrid's solution allows utilities to connect with DERs like microgrids, such as those in use by industrial and commercial companies looking to inject renewables into their operations.

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E.ON Board Member Thomas König Presents New Study: E.ON Grids Will be Upgraded for 100 percent E-Mobility

E.ON's distribution grids in Germany will be able to support a complete switch to electric cars, according to a joint study by E.ON and Consentec. However, this will require the forward-looking investments in the conversion of the infrastructure to continue. The study has looked at various scenarios up to and including a 100 percent market share for electric cars. The calculations are based on the roughly 6.5 million conventional cars currently registered in all E.ON service areas. The study concludes that E.ON's grids in Germany are well equipped to allow a greater number of electric vehicles to be recharged - and to even support a complete electrification of passenger cars by 2045.

According to the study E.ON will need to invest a total of around ?2.5 billion over the next 25 years. Two-thirds of this will be spent on selective construction projects that will hardly be noticeable to the public, such as the renewal of local grid stations. One third of the investment will be needed for the construction of new power lines. E.ON already invests around ?1 billion annually in its German grids. Around a quarter of this sum is spent on connecting renewable energy sources to the grid.

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A Safer Electricity Network through a Joint Venture - Caruna and Posti Continue their Cooperation

In 2018, Caruna and Posti tested a new way of gathering information on the current state of the electricity grid. Mail carriers photographed and observed the condition of substations and switchboards along their distribution routes. Based on the results obtained during the pilote period, it is decided to further develop and expand the project. Carunas and Posti's collaboration is extended until the end of summer, and during this period information about 5,000 objects within the elecricity network of Caruna is collected.

"Based on the results of the pilot project, we have developed our service such that it corresponds to the electricity supply companies' needs. The quality of the information collected in the mobile application that is used, is guarenteed more. Our goal is to create a nationwide network where Posti's distributors and vehicles collect information about their environment." says Posti's Business Manager Tommi Pekkala.

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Caruna Tests Next-generation Grid Protection Technology in Finland

Finnish electricity distribution company Caruna is developing and testing a new grid protection technology in the Noormarkku network area in Pori, Western Finland. The goal is to achieve a major improvement in the reliability of electricity distribution.

The Noormarkku substation in the Pori region and the power grid it supplies are being used to test intelligent electricity protection technology based on contact voltage data from the network and centralized artificial intelligence. The goal of the new system is to automatically interpret and react to any irregularities that occur in the electricity grid and provide a real-time view of the grid's security status. This will help to speed up troubleshooting and avoid power outages altogether, and above all will ensure grid security.

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Artificial Intelligence Enters the Energy Sector

Tauron implements artificial intelligence (AI) more frequently in development projects. This implementation is especially visible in the area of electricity distribution, where AI based solutions are already working in the field of customer service, recognition of power line fauls and device diagnostics.

'We implemented the system of the virtual agent last year and are thereby the first energy compnay in Poland to do so. A virtual agent system supports the process of receiving and registering reports on power network failures. In addition, 991 emergency calls are received by virtual agents on line. This allows both income and registration of several hundred telephone calls simultaneously. In addition to the virtual agent, we also want to introduce other customer service tools based on artificial intelligence. First of all, it is a CRM system that automates and supports processes in the field of sales, marketing or customer service' says Jarosław Broda , vice president of the management board of Tauron for asset management and development.

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MARKET NEWS

Building the DSO of Tomorrowuilding the DSO of Tomorrow

The three D's - decarbonisation, democratisation and digitalisation - will drive fundamental changes to the way electricity grids are operated and the formerly passive DSOs look set to become the nucleus of the new system as envisaged in the EU's Clean Energy Package. Smart meters and digital platforms to exchange flexible services will transform demand management and allow the customer to become more engaged, providing services to help with the increasingly challenging task of balancing the grid as more distributed, intermittent renewable supply sources are connected.

Engerati interviewed some distribution experts at two key events recently, Utility Week Live and CIRED, to hear their views on the transformation of the DSO.

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Clean Energy for All: Council Adopts Remaining Files on Electricity Market and Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators

The EU has completed the overhaul of its energy policy framework, which provides the regulatory preconditions for the transition to clean energy and sets the EU on the path towards achieving its Paris Agreement commitments. The Council today adopted the four remaining files of the "Clean energy for all Europeans" package.

The new laws adopted today include a regulation and a directive on electricity which make the EU's electricity market more interconnected, flexible and consumer-centred. The regulation on risk-preparedness in the electricity sector will ensure the security of electricity supply in crisis situations. The package also includes an overhaul of the role and functioning of ACER, the Agency for the Cooperation of Electricity Regulators.

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Global Smart Meters Market on Track to Top $7bn

The global smart meters market is estimated to be worth $7.06 billion in 2023, increasing from $5.8 billion in 2018, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. The company’s latest report ‘Smart Meters, Update 2019 – Global Market Size, Competitive Landscape and Key Country Analysis to 2023’ reveals that this growth will be driven by evolving information and communications technology (ICT) standards, entry into new markets, replacement of outdated meters: both advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and traditional, new infrastructure development, and peak load and asset management.

Energy transition in countries, grid resilience enhancement, mandates, and infrastructure upgrades are the primary factors driving the deployment of smart meters. Despite the decline in installations, China will continue to be the largest market, with installation likely to reach an aggregate of 144 million over the forecast period.

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The Value of the Grid

Today, Eurelectric releases a landmark report on the “Value of the grid”. The report outlines the importance of distribution system operators (DSOs) in an increasingly decentralised, decarbonised and interactive energy system. Through the grid, individual and collective consumers are enabled to reap the financial value of selling self-generated electricity and participate in demand side response, in the most cost-efficient way. A comparison between the value of on-grid and off-grid connectivity shows that maintaining 99.99% of load served with the same quality would cost the individual customer about 10 times as much per kWh consumed than drawing power from the grid.

Examples from Ireland, Bulgaria, Spain and Norway show numerous ways in which the continuously evolving DSOs contribute to the energy transition, and the society as a whole. From keeping the lights on in case of ravaging storms, to job creation and enabling seamless electric transport, the grid is the linchpin of the future electricity system. The pledge to decarbonise Europe’s economy has set in motion a highly complex energy transition, which will rely heavily on DSOs’ transformation. Grid operators are key to reach the 60% electrification rates needed for a deep decarbonisation of our society. Furthermore, they are the main service that integrates over 90% of renewable generation and accommodates millions of electric vehicles, connected electric heat pumps and other grid edge technologies.

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InterFlex – Developing Models to Harness Flexibility in Europe

As the need for flexibility grows with the growing penetration of renewable energies and particularly at the distribution level with behind the meter solar PV and storage and electric vehicles (EVs), the need for market models to value and deliver that flexibility is likewise becoming more pressing.

Numerous initiatives are under way within Europe and elsewhere to build the technologies and models that are required, with a key one the Horizon 2020 supported InterFlex. As an evolution from the earlier Grid4EU project it reflects the complexities and effort that is involved. One of these is that at the distribution level the need for flexibility is very localised. InterFlex, now in its third and final year – the results due for presentation on 28 November – has been implementing technologies and solutions in real-world settings to investigate the ‘inter’actions between ‘flex’ibilities on a local scale.

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Smart Meters Enabling a New Era for Power and Utilities Industry

Power and utility landscape is undergoing a tectonic shift, as the demand for traditional metering systems is fading away and a massive shift toward digital technologies and smart meters is here to stay, writes Monalisa Rath, a business writer at market research firm Fact.MR.

Smart meters have proved to be a boon to consumers who get the complete freedom of monitoring and regulating their power usage. Smart meters offer seamless two-way communication between consumers and their respective utilities, which helps the utilities with timely detection of blackouts and maintenance of service reliability. As all types of utility companies continue to march towards a data-driven paradigm, investments in new and smart technologies are on a roll. With the trend of digitisation taking hold in the power and utility space, sales of smart meters are set to witness a healthy leap in 2019 and beyond.

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PRESS RELEASE 

Networked Energy Services Awarded Smart Metering Project with LINZ NETZ

LINZ NETZ extends its smart meter deployment with NES, strengthening the security of their deployment to meet Austria’s leading regulatory requirements

San Jose, CA, June 17, 2019:

Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid solution provider with the industry’s leading Energy Applications Platform (EAPTM), announced today that LINZ NETZ has selected NES to provide its next expansion of smart meter infrastructure. The order is for over 80,000 single and poly-phase smart meters and supporting communications infrastructure and software, with an optional extension of 60,000 meters, to be delivered over 4 years.

Part of the decision to select NES was its history of successful deployment of meters into LINZ NETZ; providing reliable smart meters to its consumers and achieving high communications SLAs using the OSGP standard for PLC communications. This means that LINZ NETZ can automatically gather metering information, update meter configuration and firmware, and monitor power quality parameters with confidence, over the wire, and without having to purchase separate communications services.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Powering Iraq: Baghdad, Iraq, 10-11 July 2019

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5th Annual Grid-Scale Energy Storage Conference: Albany, NY, US, 17-18 July 2019

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

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Guangzhou International Solar Photovoltaic Exhibition: Guangzhou, China, 16-18 August 2019

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POWERGEN ASIA: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 3-4 September 2019

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Asian Utility Week: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 3-4 September 2019

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POWER WEEK AFRICA: Johannesburg, South Africa, 9-13 September 2019

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Smart grid Big Data 2019: Berlin, Germany, 17-18 September 2019

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Power Nigeria: Lagos, Nigeria, 24-26 September 2019

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GIS4SmartGrid 2019: Berlin, Germany, 24-26 September 2019

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IEC 61850 Global 2019: London, UK, 14-18 October 2019

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Future of Utilities: Smart Energy: London, UK, 16-17 October 2019

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POWER & ENERGY AFRICA 2019: Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, 7-9 November 2019

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POWER WEEK ASIA: Singapore, 11-15 November 2019

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European Utility Week: Paris, France, 12-14 November 2019

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28th FORUM CROATIAN ENERGY ASSOCIATION _ WORLD ENERGY COUNCIL: Zagreb, Croatia, 15 November 2019

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Smart City Expo World Congress: Barcelona, Spain, 19-21 November 2019

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European Power Strategy & Systems Summit: Prague, Czech Republic, 27-29 November 2019

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Oman Sustainable Energy and Technology Summit: Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 09-10 December 2019

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Middle East Electricity, Dubai, UAE, 3-5 March 2020

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Power & Electricity World Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa, 31 March - 1 April 2020

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31
May2019
OSGP Newsletter // May 2019
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MEMBER NEWS


E.ON to Commission 2500 Digital Transformer Stations

E.ON plans to commission 2500 digital transformer stations in the service areas of its four German distribution grid operators - Avacon, Bayernwerk, E.DIS and Hansewerk - by the end of 2019. Starting this year, E.ON will solely install digital transformer stations in Germany. This way, the smart grid is quite naturally being integrated into E.ON's distribution grids.

With these transformer stations as the centrepiece of the smart grid, it is possible to monitor and control any situation in the power grid from the grid control centre. This helps to maintain a more balanced utilisation of the grid and, with increasing complexity, ensures continued security of supply. Until now, the current and voltage parameters required for safe grid operation could usually only be determined at the beginning of a power line, where there is usually a substation. Controlling current flow and voltage in the downstream system was physically impossible.

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DNV GL and Alliander Improve Dutch Power Grid Reliability by Implementing 1,000 Smart Cable Guard Systems

With 1,000 Smart Cable Guard systems implemented in its power grid, Dutch Distribution System Operator Alliander has confirmed its commitment to safeguarding the reliability of the power grid in the Netherlands. Smart Cable Guard is DNV GL's online monitoring tool which uses sensors to monitor and locate weak spots, intermittent faults and partial discharges in power cables, detecting and preventing faults and avoiding disruptive power outages.

Since May 2017, Alliander has been installing Smart Cable Guard across its medium voltage cable network. With DNV GL providing the hardware, support, monitoring services and analysis of the data from these sensors. Alliander has confirmed that it is hoping to have the cumulative number of 1,400 systems deployed this year. The grid operator is committed to running a reliable energy supply and therefore embraces innovations required for the digitisation of its networks and supporting customers as the energy market goes through a transition to clean, renewable energy sources.

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Largest Smart Electric Vehicle Charging Network Optimizes Use of Renewable Energy in Amsterdam

Vattenfall and the City of Amsterdam, together with grid owner Liander, the infrastructure competence center Elaad, and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, today launch Flexpower, the largest public smart charging network for electric vehicles in Amsterdam. This innovative solution enables faster charging, maximal use of renewable electricity and more efficient use of the electric grid in Amsterdam.

Operated by Vattenfall, a total of 456 charging stations with 912 charging points - a third of all charging stations for electric cars in the city - have been upgraded and connected in the Flexpower smart charging network. "Flexpower Amsterdam is a smart network of charging stations that enables faster charging of electric cars when the sun is shining, primarily using locally generated renewable electricity from households in the neighborhood. This lowers the need for investments in the electric grid and thus makes the solution a role model for many large cities in Europe," says Tomas Björnsson, Head of e-mobility at Vattenfall.

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ONE Nordic Wins Agreement Worth over One Billion in E.ON's Framework Contract Procurement

ONE Nordic AB won a prestigious four-year agreement on operation and maintenance, as well as minor renovations and extensions, of E.ON's local distribution networks in Kronoberg, Kalmar, and Blekinge. E.ON Energy Distribution has also chosen to extend the agreement with ONE Nordic regarding local network services in southern Skåne, northern Skåne and Örebro until 2020 and 2021. The agreements together are worth over 1 billion and are a confirmation of ONE Nordic's unique and strong position in the market  in Sweden.

'An important and decisive factor for E.ON Energy Distribution to award us the agreements was that we have shown that we are understanding E.ON's future goals and challenges. Our strategic focus on hard work on operational efficiency and SLA (service-level agreement) corresponds to E.ON's quality requirements in the procurement.' says ONE Nordics CEO Jonas Arvidsson.

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Smart Metering Taking Shape in Africa, Says Conlog

ESI Africa had a chat with Conlog to gauge the current landscape of metering in Africa and uncover the solutions the company offers. "The landscape of metering in Africa is quite interesting at the moment because there are several drivers on the African continent that are moving the sector into a more smarter space," noted Conlog's executive for marketing, Viven Perumal.

Perumal noted, "not only as people in 2019 find themselves without power you got a lot of political pressure, legal regulation that's driving the need for metering and cash collection. So it's more of a revenue management for the utility so that utilities can find themselves in a cash positive situation to actually provide the services that the African citizen needs."

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Tauron Creates a Network Including more than 150 Charging Stations

A project of Tauron, which is called OPERATOR II, creates a network with more than 150 charging stations for electric cars in Poland. This project also creates a complete system for managing electromobility. In addition of building its own dedicated charging station network, Tauron also prepares a comprehensive offer for its customers, from the design and construction of stations to infrastructure managmeent including payment systems.

'The energy industry is undergoing radical changes. One of the key processes is the use of electricity for transportation. At Tauron, specialists are working to meet the changing needs of our clients' says Filip Grzegorczyk , president of Tauron.

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OneCo Ready for AMS in Sweden

OneCo is delivering its first AMS services in Sweden. This one of the many things that OneCo presented at its stand on the Elfack trade show held in Gothenburg last month.

'After being active in the Norwegian market, where OneCo deliverd about 50% of the AMS meters, it is good to be active in the Swedish market, as this market has a great potential.' says Bjørn Vagle, Marketing Manager for AMS in OneCo. 'It has also been inspiring to meet both customers and other industry people during the fair days. On top of that, it was special to experience the interest that has been around OneCo's products and services,' continues Bjørn Vagle.

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MARKET NEWS

How to Provide Protection in Depth for Your Smart Grid

Smart grids are a critical national resource, and like any other, are subject to cyber attack. To date, smart grid cybersecurity strategies have focused on the perimeter. What happens when an attack is successful, and a cybercriminal gets past the perimeter? This is when defence in depth is needed.

A smart grid is a DSO's (Distribution System Operator) largest investment and a national asset upon which mission critical and life-saving services rely. Government, business and residents rely on the service it provides every second of the day. It provides the energy supplier with their revenue, and through it, the DSO has access to highly privileged and sensitive customer information. To achieve the social and economic benefits of a smart grid, sophisticated equipment has been deployed further into the less regulated and secured low-voltage grid. Whilst this meets the objectives for smart grid, it creates more points of entry that a cyber-criminal can exploit.

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Over 100 Million Smart Meters Adopt Head-End Software 'as a Service'

Over one-third of all communicating water and electricity meters installed in North America and Europe have adopted head-end software (HES) under some form of managed service contract, as of 2018 according to new research from IHS Markit. In comparison, just 20% of the installed base adopted meter data management (MDM) software under a managed service contract.

Meter-to-cash has historically driven initial AMI investments in both water and electricity meter markets; and after a decade of successful case-studies (especially in North America and Europe) the next generation of software and services is finally here. Vendors have always known that AMI data can do more than simply cut labor costs, but the business case and provable return on investment (ROI) has been complex despite the benefits a solution could produce.

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One Guide to Rule All Your Smart Metering Projects

African (and global) utilities are facing a 'death spiral' brought on by customer dissatisfaction, unsustainable business operations and escalating revenue losses. Each of these threats can be managed through metering projects and even more so when this tool is backed up by standards.

While smart metering can assist in addressing both the technical and non-technical utility challenges, we are seeing a sluggish adoption of the technology on the African continent. And thus as a continent, we continue to forfeit the benefits of this widely available technological solution. The question addressed herein is how smart metering standards can be used to address the design of metering rollout programmes.

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For more information, please have a look at the guide for application of standards for smart metering systems in Africa: Click here.

LEAFS: Market-Based Flexibility Control Can Trigger Problems in Low Voltage Grids

A consortium led by the Austrian Institute of Technology will soon publish results from the LEAFS (Integration of Loads and Electric Storage Systems into Advanced Flexibility Schemes for LV Networks) project to measure the impact of increased use of energy storage systems and load flexibility on low voltage power distribution grids.

The final report from LEAFS to be published this summer will present findings from a wide range of potential approaches to managing distributed energy resources and demand-response programmes. Technologies and operation strategies have been studied for the past three years where the local grid operator uses direct or indirect control of distributed flexibility, a central storage system and/or incentives to activate flexibilities from more than 100 customers in order to optimise the distribution grid infrastructure. The research has flagged a potential concern that market-based algorithms to activate flexibility might trigger congestion problems if customer load is switched on at the same time, AIT senior research engineer Johannes Kathan tells Engerati. 'It can cause significant higher power levels and in low voltage grid areas and equipment might be overloaded,' he says.

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Geode Launches Report on How DSOs Transform The Customer Experience

GEODE - the European association representing local energy distributors across Europe - today launches a new report on Distribution System Operators (DSOs) and the customer interface, proposing a new vision on "Distribution System Operators transforming the customer experience". In a time when the role of the DSO becomes increasingly important in a more complex and decentralised energy system, the DSO is still not always "at the forefront of the customer's mind" - on the contrary, the DSO often remains as the unseen actor.

At GEODE's annual Spring Seminar in Brussels, Customer Dialogue WG Chair Roland Tropper says 'GEODE members agree this needs to change, and our report focuses on how best to communicate with customers in a "customer centric" way and how the DSO can enhance its relationship with its electricity customers on all grid related issues'. He says 'There is already a big shift to more technical issues in the questions the customers have for us - ranging from how to connect to the grid, to how to install EV-charging infrastructure and solar panels, as well as questions about capacity requirements. The DSO has the expertise to answer these questions'

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The Grid of the Future Requires a Holistic Investment Approach

The electricity industry's business model has remained largely unaltered since its inception, with the greater part of our energy ecosystem supported by a centralized generation with large power grids. The reliability, operation and security of the grids was based on well-understood laws of physics and technologies and significant asset redundancy. Historically, this has worked and helped support electrification around the world. However, with the rapid emergence of renewable energy resources and new technology from energy storage to IoT-enabled flexibilities, the current business model and infrastructure are undergoing a paradigm shift. Generation and flexibility will be distributed across all grid layers from high-voltage transmission connected resources to low-voltage customers. Advances in energy, flexibility and system services market design are now giving way to more players and enabling the participation of a wider range of technologies.

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The Factors Behind Low Smart Meter Penetration in Africa

This article looks at the smart metering landscape with specific focus on adoption of the technology in Africa, why the region is lagging behind other regions and what needs to be done to accelerate adoption. A decade since the introduction of the first model of communicating meters, the global advanced metering industry remains strong and growing, according to market intelligence firm Navigant Research. The company forecast the global market to increase from approximately $8.8 billion in 2016 to over $10.7 billion in 2025.

The increase in revenue generation within the market is a result of smart metering being considered as an enabler for utilities to achieve energy transition and digitisation goals. Strong markets will include North America, which is expected to pass the 50% penetration level by 2024 owing to massive smart grid investments by governments and investors and public utility companies. Deployment in the Asia Pacific region is expected to be backed by massive rollouts in China whilst the European Union's 80% penetration target by 2020 will drive adoption in Europe.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

6th National Conference on Next Generation Demand Response: 12-13 June 2019

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Powering Iraq: Baghdad, Iraq, 10-11 July 2019

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5th Annual Grid-Scale Energy Storage Conference: Albany, NY, US, 17-18 July 2019

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

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Guanghou International Solar Photovoltaic Exhibition: Guangzhou, China, 16-18 August 2019

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POWERGEN ASIA: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 3-4 September 2019

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Asian Utility Week: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 3-4 September 2019

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POWER WEEK AFRICA: Johannesburg, South Africa, 9-13 September 2019

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Smart grid Big Data 2019: Berlin, Germany, 17-18 September 2019

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Power Nigeria: Lagos, Nigeria, 24-26 September 2019

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GIS4SmartGrid 2019: Berlin, Germany, 24-26 September 2019

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IEC 61850 Global 2019: London, UK, 14-18 October 2019

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POWER WEEK ASIA: Singapore, 11-15 November 2019

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European Utility Week: Paris, France, 12-14 November 2019

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28th FORUM CROATIAN ENERGY ASSOCIATION _ WORLD ENERGY COUNCIL: Zagreb, Croatia, 15 November 2019

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Smart City Expo World Congress: Barcelona, Spain, 19-21 November 2019

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The 10th Annual European Power Distribution Systems Summit: Prague, Czech Republic, 27-29 November 2019

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Oman Sustainable Energy and Technology Summit: Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 09-10 December 2019

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Middle East Electricity, Dubai, UAE, 3-5 March 2020

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25
Apr2019
OSGP Newsletter // April 2019
Newsletter Details


MEMBER NEWS

Interview Mark Ossel, Moderator and Panelist African Utility Week 2019

Mark Ossel, Board Member, Open Smart Grid Protocol Alliance (OSGP Alliance), will be moderating the session "Moving towards smarter grid solutions" (Wednesday, 15 May, 15:45-15:45) as well as joining the panel discussion "Understanding the effect of an open communication rate of smart metering across the content" (Wednesday, 15 May, 11:45-12:30) during the African Utility Week taking place in Cape Town, 14-16 May. African Utility Week is a 3-day trade exhibition and conference, gathering the largest group of power, energy and water professionals in the African market.

We asked Mark Ossel about his view on the important developments and opportunities related to smart metering, smart grid, interoperability, standardization, cyber security and other key areas impacting the African energy industry.

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EDMI Partners with Arm to Simplify Secure IoT Deployment

EDMI Limited, a global smart metering solutions leader, today announced a partnership with Arm to combine the best of breed smart metering solutions from EDMI with the power of Arm® MbedT OS (PSAT certified) and PelionT IoT platform. As a market leader in smart metering solutions, EDMI has deployed metering devices and its Energy Cloud software to millions of endpoints globally, enabling varied applications including end customer billing, meter data management, distribution network management with transformer monitoring and power quality measurement, demand response, distributed solar generation monitoring and loss management.

This partnership enables EDMI to cement its leadership in smart metering and diversify its solutions into other IoT verticals. 'We are thrilled to announce this partnership. Leveraging our heritage in smart metering, the partnership with Arm will bring added value to our customers, which includes scalable, secure and IoT-enabled smart metering solutions,' said Mr. How New Seng, Chief Executive Officer at EDMI.

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Verdo and Eniig Strengthen their Core Business

The two energy companies have entered into a conditional agreement that strengthens the strategic focus on the core business of both companies. Verdo buys the district heating company in Herning from Eniig, which, in turn, buys Verdos electricity grid in Randers, Hobro and Hillerød. The agreement is subject to approval by the Board of Representatives and relevant authorities.

In the energy industry, economies of scale and a strong capital base are important preconditions for a successful business model. Entering into partnerships and mergers is therefore a natural consequence, both in terms of maintaining the high delivery security and in supporting the green transition. Electricity and heat from renewable energy sources such as wind, sun, biomass and biogas will play an increasingly important role, and increasing use of electricity for eg heating and transport will increase the requirements for the electricity grid's capacity.

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Exploring Thüga Partners: What Does Electromobility Mean for Networks?

At what point does electromobility overwhelm the distribution networks? What should be done then? The cross-industry research project "Charging Infrastructure 2.0." Of Fraunhofer IEE seeks answers. Thüga is involved together with partner companies from Wiesbaden and Braunschweig.

By no means all distribution grids in Germany are designed to supply a larger number of electric cars with electricity. In many places, investments will therefore have to be made in the next few years, in new lines as well as in instruments for controlling charging processes. In the project "Charging Infrastructure 2.0" of the Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Economics and Energy Systems IEE, research institutes, network operators, energy suppliers, car manufacturers and suppliers are investigating how the grids can be prepared for electric mobility in the most economically sensible way. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy with a term of four years.

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Apator Selected for the delivery of meters in the Energi Tender

Apator's offer, with a total value of PLN 20.8 million, for the delivery of 1-phase and 3-phase electricity meters was selected for the tender of Energi Operator, reported Apator.

'The value of the offer is PLN 20.8 million and deliveries will be made within 12 months from the date of signing the contract. There is a possibility for extending the period, but not longer than 6 months' - reads the announcements. Apator is specialized in the area of switchgear, measurement equipment, and IT systems. The company has been listed on the WSE since 1997. In 2018, the company had PLN 828.69 million of consolidated revenues.

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Schneider Electric, Carlyle Group Team Up to Develop Critical Infrastructure Projects

French energy management company Schneider Electric has formed a joint venture (JV) with global investment firm Carlyle Group to develop new and innovative infrastructure projects. The JV, named AlphaStruxure, will focus on delivering digitally-enabled and efficient critical assets by combining Schneider Electric's smart energy management and automation solutions with Carlyle Infrastructure's investing and asset-operator expertise.

The collaboration is expected to create investment and energy-as-a-service opportunities and also offer efficient solutions to meet the needs of a rapidly changing energy landscape, Schneider Electric said. As part of this effort, Schneider Electric's capabilities in advanced connectivity and real-time insights will be applied to the current and future Carlyle infrastructure and microgrid investments.

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Görlitz Receives BSI certificate for sub-CA Operations and further Expands its Portfolio with Cloud and IoT Solutions

Görlitz AG is now officially authorized to utilize a Smart Metering Sub-CA. Thereby the company has completed its portfolio of smart metering solutions by making use of its own datacenter. Görlitz can now provide all its applications to its customers as Software as a Service (SaaS). At the same time, VIVAVIS solutions for infrastructure and infrastructural IoT topics will be integrated into the existing data center structure and gradually expanded.

'Now that the first certified smart meter gateways are available on the market, we can support utilities along the entire process chain. At the same time our datacenter is responsible for implementing business models in sub-metering, neighborhoods, capacity optimization and asset management. Due to the Internet of Things (IoT), the resources will be even more interconnected in the future.' Emphasizes Andreas Pfüller, general manager at Görlitz. 'In order to be able to offer our customers a full spectrum of products and services, we have bundled more than 150 years of know-how in the participating companies of the IDS Group in VIVAVIS. The solutions created because of this are interoperable, modular and scalable and available as cloud and mobile applications. This allows access to applications and data anytime, anywhere.'

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Prepaid Energy Helps for Energy Awareness

Working with 'prepaid energy' has a great potential for households who have troubles with paying their energy bills. It helps to get better insights in their energy costs while at the same time it prevents households to get into debts. On top of that, more self-reliance is experienced. These are the most important conclusions from a pilot project that was held last year among fifty households by Alliander, Stedin, Greenchoice, Vattenfall and the Energiebank

With the prepaid energy service, the parties involved in the energy sector want to make households more aware of their energy consumption and offer extra help to prevent new debts and of exclusion from electricity. In this way, households with a smaller wallet retain access to energy. Every year tens of thousands of households end up in debt due to overdue payments, some of which are also taken out of energy.

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PRESS RELEASE

Networked Energy Services Opens New Manufacturing Facility in Romania

San Jose, CA, April 25, 2019: Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid solution provider with the industry’s leading Energy Applications Platform (EAPTM), is delighted to announce a partnership with a new Electronics Contract Manufacturer to begin producing smart grid products in Timisoara, Romania.

NES selected the new Contract Electronics Manufacturer for a variety of strategic reasons including:  their experience producing smart grid products, and their ability to effectively manage the component shortages that have impacted all technology suppliers during the past year. The manufacturing facility in Romania was selected for its strategic location within Europe. This location enables us to effectively and quickly deliver smart meters to our utility customers in European countries and have access to a gateway for customers in other global markets including the Middle East and Africa.

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MARKET NEWS

Parliament Makes EU Electricity Market Cleaner and More Consumer-Friendly

New rules to create a Europe-wide market for electricity that is cleaner, more competitive and better able to cope with risks, were approved by Parliament.

MEPs adopted four new laws on the EU electricity market, agreed informally with EU ministers in late 2018, and hereby conclude the Clean Energy for All Europeans package. The agreement on the "Internal market for electricity" (Regulation) was approved with 544 votes to 76, and 40 abstentions. The agreement on "Common rules for the internal electricity market" (Directive) was approved with 551 votes to 72, and 37 abstentions.

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The Rapid Growth of Solar Integration into Grids: Learn from Germany

With the rapid electrification of Europe's energy system, the network operators are facing a challenge. The integration of more and varied electricity generation is putting a strain on the growth of grids. Erik Rakhou and Chris Collins contrast the struggles the Netherlands is experiencing with the smoother ride navigated by Germany where in the 12 years to 2015 solar PV capacity rose around 100-fold from 0.44 GW to 39.7 GW. Greater investment, of course, played its role. But the authors say a combination of curtailing excess generation while reinforcing networks as the system grew was Germany's way of maintain stability.

The path towards green electricity generation in Europe seems all but irreversible. Governments are implementing ambitious renewables growth targets, and financiers are facing increasing calls to support the growth of green energy technologies. At the same time, green technologies are getting steadily cheaper, with a number now approaching parity with more traditional forms of generation.

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Distribution System Operators Seek the Truth About Flexibility

Flexibility is crucial to decarbonise electricity systems in the most cost-effective way, but DSOs have to think carefully about how to account for and value flexible services offered by customers. This was one of the key takeaways from a meeting of 150 experts held by E.DSO in Brussels this week with prominent speakers giving examples of potential solutions and previous market failures to show the "Truth about Flexibility".

The European Commission is investing in smart grid projects to increase flexibility by incorporating individual sources such as electric cars, fridges, and heating units at a systemic level, said Mark van Stiphout, deputy head of unit at DG Energy. Vertical integration from end-user to system operator and even to power plant is important so the consumer feels involved, and there needs to be a baseline of behaviour to prove that flexibility was supplied beyond business-as-usual and a way to fairly compensate for it.

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Tackling Cybersecurity Challenges in Energy: Commission Adopts Recommendation on Cybersecurity in the Energy Sector

In our daily lives, we depend on the availability of energy. Without electricity, we cannot fill our cars with fuel, withdraw money, and use our credit cards or our mobile phones. The energy system is here to provide these basic services, and it is one of the most complex and largest infrastructures in Europe and the backbone of its economy.

This energy infrastructure has been undergoing very rapid changes in recent years in order to increase the share of renewable energy sources such as wind and sun, which are by nature more distributed and variable. Managing the networks to ensure a permanent match between consumption and production requires a continuously increasing degree of digitalisation. This increasing digitalisation has made the energy system smarter and now enables consumers to benefit more from innovative energy services. However, with an increasingly digitised energy system, and more and more home appliances connected to the grid, cybersecurity has become of paramount importance and a concern for all, with an increasing number of incidents in recent times.

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'Cybersecurity is the Single Most Critical Issue we Face' says EDP Distribuição boss

In 2017, under the leadership of director Aurélio Blanquet, EDP Distribuição joined the European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS). Now, Blanquet has been elected Chair of the ENCS Assembly Committee. Here, he talks about his new role and the state of cybersecurity across the European energy sector.

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A Toolbox for TSOs and DSOs to Make Use of New System and Grid Services

The European associations representing the distribution system operators (DSOs) - CEDEC, E.DSO for Smart Grids, Eurelectric and GEODE - as well as ENTSO-E, representing the transmission system operators (TSOs), launch a report on the development and integration of new flexibility services in the electricity system and market. These services could support system operators to manage congestions in their grids caused by increased electrification and shares of decentralised resources. Since the same resources can also be used by TSOs, the interaction between congestion management and balancing is discussed in the report. Therefore, TSOs and DSOs propose a vision in their common report "An integrated approach to Active System Management".

The TSO-DSO Data Management report from 2016 concluded that it is necessary for TSOs and DSOs to agree on mutual processes and data exchanges to guarantee the reliable, efficient and affordable operation of the electricity system and grid, and to secure non-discriminatory and efficient markets. Furthermore, the recently adopted Clean Energy Package (in Article 32.1 of the Electricity Directive) gives the possibility for DSOs to procure flexibility services, including for congestion management, in their service area.

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EPRI and E.DSO Sign MOU to Collaborate on R&D for Advanced Electric Grid Technologies

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the European Association of Distribution System Operators (E.DSO) will now collaborate on critical research, development, and innovation initiatives to modernize the electric power grid. The collaborative work included in this agreement will focus on:

  • Advanced distribution system planning
  • Data analytics and artificial intelligence
  • Communication and information network model management
  • Cyber security and resilience.

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DSOs as Key Actors in E-Mobility

Smart Energy International spoke to Dominique Lagarde, Director of the Enedis Electric Mobility Programme, about the role that DSOs can and should be playing in the global move to electrify transport. 'E-mobility is not just important in a smart city. Mobility refers to the daily movement of people and is therefore applicable within any smart territory development – be it rural or urban,' is the first comment Lagarde makes.

The team at Enedis believe that e-mobility is key to any development in which technology and data, with other utilities, combine in order to make the environment more liveable, greener, smarter and more inclusive. They believe DSOs are at the core of e-mobility development, as they connect the charging points to the grid – basic, yet important actions. The level of insight DSOs have into grid operations allows them to anticipate the need for grid development, to include the addition of electric vehicles and add charging points and they define many of the specifications for smart operations which directly impact the grid.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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

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African Utility Week 2019: Cape Town, South Africa, 14-16 May 2019

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Grid Asset Management 2019: London, UK, 14-16 May 2019

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

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Eurelectric Power Summit New Leaders: Florence, Italy, 20-21 May 2019

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6th National Conference on Next Generation Demand Response: 12-13 June 2019

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

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POWERGEN ASIA: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 3-5 September 2019

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Asian Utility Week: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 3-5 September 2019

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POWER WEEK AFRICA: Johannesburg, South Africa, 9-13 September 2019

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Power Nigeria: Lagos, Nigeria, 24-26 September 2019

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IEC 61850 Global 2019: London, UK, 14-18 October 2019

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POWER WEEK ASIA: Singapore, 11-15 November 2019

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European Utility Week: Paris, France, 12-14 November 2019

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28th FORUM CROATIAN ENERGY ASSOCIATION _ WORLD ENERGY COUNCIL: Zagreb, Croatia, 15 November 2019

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Middle East Electricity, Dubai, UAE, 3-5 March 2020

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SEAS-NVE buys Vordingborg Elnet

The energy and fiber network group SEAS-NVE has come to an agreement with Vordingborg Forsyning to acquire Vordingborg Elnet. The energy sector is in the middle of a transition, in which SEAS-NVE has made significant contributions to in the eastern part of Denmark. This has, among other things, largely been done through a number of acquisitions and mergers. Now Vordingborg Forsyning and SEAS-NVE hava agreed that Vordingborg Elnet is sold and merged with the network company Cerius later this year.

This transaction is a continuation of Vordingborg Forsyning's desire to sharpen its focus on the water, heating and waste water business.

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PSE, Enea Operator and Tauron Dystrybucja together Develop the Energy Network for over PLN 100 Million

Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne (PSE), Enea Operator and Tauron Dystrybucja have entered into an agreement on the coordination of the development of the transmission and distribution network. A new power station in the area of Zagan will be realised and the power grid in the region will be expanded. These investments will improve the energy security in the Voivodeships of Lubuskie, Dolnoslaskie and Wielkopolskie. The total value of the planned investments will exceed PLN 100 million.

The construction of the new power station and the associated expansion of the 220kv and 110kv voltage networks is essential for increasing the security and continuity of the transmission and supply of electricity for consumers connected to the distribution network of the above mentioned provinces.

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L&T Bags Major Power Contracts in Saudi Arabia and Dubai

The construction arm of India's Larsen and Toubro (L&T) has won contracts to build substations in Dubai and Saudi Arabia, with the latter described as a "major order" for the firm, a regulatory filing revealed. The power transmission and distribution business of L&T's construction arm secured an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract to build 115kV substations with "associated transmission lines and cable circuits" in the kingdom.

In the same filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange, the L&T unit said it won a separate order to deliver 132kV cable works for a substation in Dubai. The wins were part of a wider $298.7m (INR20.8bn) contract win announcement, with another unspecified extra-high voltage substation order from a "reputed" customer in Oman also revealed.

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Vattenfall Acquires Dutch Energy Software Services Company Senfal

Vattenfall has bought 100 percent of the shares of the Dutch company Senfal, thereby adding new services for industry demand side flexibility and renewable generation optimisation. Senfal is a Dutch start-up that offers innovative software services to large industrial customers, wind and solar farms as well as battery owners for unlocking value from flexibility.

'Senfal has gained a wealth of experience and shows innovative thinking in automated demand response and robotic power trading,' says Erik Suichies, head of Vattenfall's European wholesale customer business. 'Adding their competence and solutions will strengthen Vattenfall's position of being the preferred energy supplier for industrial customers and renewable operators in Northwestern Europe.'

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Giza Systems lands National Smart Meter Infrastructure Project

Following a fierce competition with leading international information technology companies, Giza Systems landed the rights to execute the National Project for Infrastructure, Applications and Smart Accounting Systems for six distributor companies of the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company. Giza Systems took part in the tender against Huawai, IBM and Ericsson, winning with the best technical and financial proposal.

'This project is considered on of the biggest undertakings serving the electricity sector, aiming to develop the infrastructure of the national network in Egypt. This will be achieved through the automation of the billing, payment, collection, and control systems as the nucleus of the smart electricity network in the country.' commented Mohamed Sedeek, Chief Operations Officer at Giza Systems.

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Caruna Aims to Spend more Time on Network Building Costs in order to Liberalize Customer Pricing

The electricity supply obligation imposed by the Electricity Market Act states that Finland must have a weather-proof electricity grid by the end of 2028. In practice, this means that power failure in the network must not last longer than 6 hours in cities, and not longer than 36 hours in rural areas. In order to meet this obligation, large-scale electricity grid investments are required from Finland's electricity distribution companies, such as Caruna.

In June 2018, we have left the Energy Agency with the so-called application for the extension of the deficit adjustment period. We are looking to extend the settlement period from the current four to eight years, because we want to divide the cost of network construction over a longer period of time so that we can smooth out the prices we aks to our customers.

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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 resides in cities, which is an increase of 30 per cent since 1950. The urban residents are forecasted to rise to 60 percent of the world population by 2030, adding 2.5 billion more people to urban areas by 2050. 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.

However, what is a smart city? It is an intelligent metropolitan that 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, secure and clean environment to its residents.

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Smart Grid Infrastructure Grows in Emerging Markets

According to the study, over the next five years, 50 emerging market countries will deploy 269 million advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) smart electricity meters. This AMI investment will total US$27.8 billion over the period 2019-2023. A further US$33.1 billion will be invested in additional smart grid infrastructure over the same period, including distribution, automation and battery storage, among other segments. Approximately half of these 50 countries have already begun large-scale AMI projects or have imminent plans.

The Northeast Group identifies growing markets in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, South Asia and Southeast Asia. At the start of 2019, there were 54.7 million smart meters installed across the 50 countries. With regulatory targets and other drivers, this number will grow to 323.6 million over the next five years. The majority of demand will come from the largest markets of China and India, but even discounting these countries, there will still be 109 million smart meters deployed over the next five years in the remaining 48 countries.

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Network Operators are in a Tight Spot because of Wind and Solar Energy

12 billion euros. That is the amount that Tennet wants to invest in the Netherlands in the coming 10 years. Tennet owns the Dutch high voltage network: billions will go the expansion of the electricity grid, among others on sea. 'This requires a roadmap and a clear schedule' according to chairman Manon van Beek.

Next to Tennet there are three large regional operators of the medium and low voltage grid: Alliander, Enexis and Stedion. And especially Alliander desires the same as Tennet. The company owns the gas and electricity grid in five provinces. In the coming years Alliander is going to invest 844 million and it whishes to have a bigger say in the process. 'We want to know at least five years in advance when and what needs to be done to the electricity networks', according to the annual report. 'The energy grid is becoming a huge puzzle' according to Ingrid Thijssen, chairman of the board.

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Flexiciency - a Market Place for Energy Services in Europe

New services such as flexibility are at the core of the delivery of a distributed, variable renewables, prosumer-based energy system. With the changes occurring primarily at the distribution level, the distribution system operator (DSO) is set to become the main provider and such services to be a key distinctor and the basis for their competition. The question, however, is how these might be best delivered, given the large numbers of players and datasets involved and the range of services that can be envisaged.

In order to investigate this issue, a major initiative named Flexiciency was launched in 2015 in Europe under the leadership of Enel Distribuzione drawing together DSOs, research centres, IT solution providers and other parties across 10 EU states. The project, which was supported from the EU's Horizon 2020 programme, included five national and two cross-border demonstrations. Now four years on, it has concluded. So what are some of the findings?

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Interview: The New Energy Package Will Transform DSO's in Europe

Smart Energy International editor, Claire Volkwyn was joined by Roberto Zangrandi, secretary general for the European distribution system operators association, EDSO. Zangrandi shared insights on the new energy package for Distribution System Operators (DSO's), exploring the impacts the new legislation will have on the continent's energy industry, including the requirement for a new DSO entity in Europe, and how this will level the distribution playing field.

What to expect from the Energy Package:

  • Smaller DSO's are to have near-equal footing with Transmission Network Operators in the determining of new network codes.
  • New approaches to profitability, and staying relevant in a prosumer market.
  • The digitalisation of distribution, the need for active service management within a two-way grid
  • E-mobility - clear rules and plans for charging points systems in development.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

METERINGChina 2019: Wuxi City, China, 1-4 April 2019

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International SAP Conference for Utilities: Milan, Italy, 02-04 April, 2019

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Renpower Madagascar: 3 April 2019, Antananarivo, Madagascar

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

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Energy Efficiency & Renewables: Sofia, Bulgaria, 16-18 April 2019

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9th National Conference on Microgrids: Boston, Massachusetts,17-18 April

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Oman Energy & Water Conference & Exhibition: Muscat, Oman, 22-24 April 2019

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

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

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African Utility Week 2019: Cape Town, South Africa, 14-16 May 2019

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Grid Asset Management 2019: London, UK, 14-16 May 2019

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DER Smart Grid Integration: London, UK, 14-16 May 2019

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

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Eurelectric Power Summit New Leaders: Florence, Italy, 20-21 May 2019

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6th National Conference on Next Generation Demand Response: 12-13 June 2019

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

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POWERGEN ASIA: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 3-5 September 2019

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Asian Utility Week: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 3-5 September 2019

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POWER WEEK AFRICA: Johannesburg, South Africa, 9-13 September 2019

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Power Nigeria: Lagos, Nigeria, 24-26 September 2019

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POWER WEEK ASIA: Singapore, 11-15 November 2019

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Open Marketplace Can Provide New, Improved Energy Services in the EU

An open European market, with standardised, accessible data regarding customer electricity consumption and generation will lead to the development of smart, innovative energy services in the EU.

The four-year EU Flexiciency project, with a budget of close to SEK 200 million, strives to prove that innovative energy services can be developed on an open European market, thus facilitating collaboration among stakeholders. Eighteen companies in ten countries have participated in the project, with Italy, France, Spain, Austria and Sweden having held a number of demos and market tests. Vattenfall has been responsible for the Swedish market test.

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Caruna Improves the Reliability of Electricity Distribution in Kauhajoki and Storå

Caruna is replacing the electricity grid by building it underground in order to protect the grid against electricity outages caused by the weather. The reliability of the electricity distribution grid will be improved for roughly 3.800 people and the entire project directly employs around 70 people.

The project started in June 2018 and is estimated to continue until September 2019. The demolition of the old existing electricity grid is scheduled to start at the end of 2019 or at the beginning 2020.

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Mitsubishi Electric Develops Visualization Technology for Use in Domestic Power Consumption Management

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced today that it has developed new technology that allows the estimated power consumption of individual home appliances to be extrapolated from the overall power consumption of each household. The new solution, the result of joint research with Tohoku Electric Power Co., Inc., makes use of Mitsubishi Electric's pioneering AI technology Maisart®* to estimate power consumption to a high degree of accuracy without the need to install new measuring instruments.

With this new technology, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation aims to spur the provision of new services using the power consumption data of electricity supply companies and to improve energy conservation awareness in homes. The solution has already been deployed in an energy-saving assist service under the Customer-Assisted Smarter Project that Tohoku Electric Power Co., Inc. commenced in July 2018.

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Submetering: Vattenfall Energy Solutions uses Intelligent Gateway "enQube" from Görlitz

Vattenfall will in the future use the 'enQube' intelligent gateway from Görlitz, which will thereby further expand its portfolio in the area of digital supply services for domistic use.

'The gateway from Görlitz provides the basis which enables our customers to provide fully automated and transparent heating and service charges'. says Michael Seidler, head of Digital Solutions at Vattenfall Energy Solutions. In Görlitz we have found a reliable partner that guarantees a high degree of data security and, in addition, is offering many opportunities for further development in the future.

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PLN 2 Billion to Increase the Reliability of Energy Supplies

More than PLN 2 billion has been invested by Tauron in their network infrastructure in 2018. The network at all voltage levels throughout the Tauron operating area has been improved which directly improves the reliability of the energy supply to the company's customers. Network automation was also important goal, allowing to accelerate the response time in crisis situations.

'Energy distribution is the first choice for investment. The main objective for the investments in this area is to increase the reliability of the electricity supply to our customers. Next to this, the investments create the possibility of connecting new entitities to the network.' says Jaroslaw Broda, vice president of the management board of Tauron.

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Schneider, Nozomi Networks Sign Global Partnership Agreement

Schneider Electric, a leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, has signed a global partnership agreement with Nozomi Networks, a leader in industrial cybersecurity and operational visibility.

Under the terms of the agreement, Schneider Electric will collaborate with Nozomi to provide customers in the industrial manufacturing and critical infrastructure segments advanced anomaly detection, vulnerability assessment and other cybersecurity solutions and services, helping them to control, prevent and mitigate risks to their operations and business performance, said a statement from the company.

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IoT Specialist Thüga SmartService Rolls out Smart City Wireless Networks

Thüga SmartService, a service provider for municipal utilities has started to set up a LoRaWAN network in Nuremberg and Braunschweig. The goal of this project is to network supply-related IoT applications in both cities and thereby take the first step towards the realisation of a smart city.

For this task, the energy service companies N-ERGIE and BS | ENERGY have selected Thüga SmartService as their IoT service provider. In Nuremberg, the first step is to use the LoRaWAN technology to read smart water meters more quickly. 'We looked at different technologies and found LoRaWAN the best. We are pleased to we have found a good and reliable partner in Thüga SmartService', says Dr. med. Jürgen Kroha, Managing Director of N-ERGIE.

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MARKET NEWS

 

European Distribution Utilities Expected to Spend $23.9B on Equipment & Services to Automate or Monitor Secondary Substations in Next Decade

A new report from Navigant Research analyzes the opportunity for networking equipment and communications services, as well as for automation and monitoring equipment, for secondary substations across Europe.

Across much of the continent, various market drivers are prompting distribution network operators (DNOs) to extend connectivity to secondary substations. This increased connectivity integrates the substations into SCADA systems and enables medium and low voltage (MV/LV) monitoring. In some cases, it also assists integration with distribution management systems (DMSs) and full-blown automation for self-healing. According to a new report from Navigant Research, led by aggressive investments in France, Italy, and Spain, European distribution utilities are expected to spend $23.9 billion on equipment and services to automate or monitor their secondary substations over the next decade.

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Success of Transition Depends on Distribution Grids

New tools and business models for power distribution system operators (DSO) will be critical for the success of the energy transition. This is the message of today's Eurelectric conference 'From pipes to platforms', calling on Member States and Regulators to speed up the development of fit-for-purpose DSOs when implementing the Clean Energy Package. This process will require clarification of a number of legislative provisions that have been left unclear and uncertain.

11 years from now, the European power sector will look very differently than it does today. By 2030, more than half of all electricity is expected to come from renewable assets and the recently agreed transport legislation will bring more than 40 million electric cars on road in the same period, according to European Commission estimates. At the same time, the amounts of connected electric heat pumps, batteries and other grid edge technologies are expected to rise steeply as well.

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Smart Utility Challenges Must Be Addressed in Pursuit of the Smart Cities Dream

All over the world, societies and industries rely on the supply of energy and water. For energy and particularly electricity, in the past two centuries this has come from industrial scale generation based on fossil fuels. As of the second decade of the new century, it has become a matter of urgency to address challenges never seen before, writes Therese Cory, a senior analyst at Beecham Research.

These challenges are as significant as they are numerous and encompass the following issues that must be addressed if smart utilities are to become a reality and play their part in the realization of the dream of smart cities and smart living. Key challenges today include:

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Smart Meter Woes Hold Back Digitalisation of EU Power Sector

Electric cars and rooftop solar panels are expected to hit mass markets in the coming years, all requiring smart meters installed in people's homes. But EU countries are slow at deploying them and industry voices are now calling on EU regulators to step in.

Smart meters are considered essential for the digitalisation of the electricity sector, allowing households to control their consumption and take part in the energy market, notably via electric cars or home batteries. "Smart metering is really important because it is the first step to get consumer engagement," said Joao Torres, the CEO of EDP Distribution, the Portuguese distribution system operator.

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The State of Digitalisation in Distribution Systems

Digitalisation in electric distribution systems is perhaps the most significant trend in the evolution of smart grids. Distribution systems have been undergoing the transition to the automation control paradigm since the beginning of the digital era in the late sixties. Nevertheless, the scope of work has been mostly limited to substations and mainlines because of the focus on engineering economics and reliability considerations.

In more recent years, the pace and scope of the digitalisation of the power system have grown, due to the confluence of favourable market developments and technology advancements. On one hand, demand and supply characteristics are changing, becoming more dynamic and uncertain, which in turn necessitates faster and better situational awareness, analytics, and controls.

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Cost and Not Technicality Wins for AMI

The buzzwords of connectivity and IoT have long dominated technology discussions for the utility industry, but strong progress for smart metering adoption has continued almost separate to those discussions. According to IHS Markit data, over 80% of the communicating meters to be shipped in 2019 will enable AMI solutions - yet this is only just beginning to be seen as a pioneer in adoption of IoT for utilities.

In reality, modern AMI solutions match perfectly with the fundamental definitions of IoT on the four pillars of connect, collect, compute and create (read more on that in our previous insight). Whilst over 700 million communicating meters are now installed worldwide, AMI adoption initially struggled against the challenge of vendors and utilities choosing the 'right' communication technology.

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UPCOMING EVENTS 

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

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

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

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

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METERINGChina 2019: Wuxi City, China, 1-4 April 2019

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International SAP Conference for Utilities: Milan, Italy, 02-04 April, 2019

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Renpower Madagascar: 3 April 2019, Antananarivo, Madagascar

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

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Energy Efficiency & Renewables: Sofia, Bulgaria, 16-18 April 2019

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9th National Conference on Microgrids: Boston, Massachusetts,17-18 April

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Oman Energy & Water Conference & Exhibition: Muscat, Oman, 22-24 April 2019

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

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

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African Utility Week 2019: Cape Town, South Africa, 14-16 May 2019

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Grid Asset Management 2019: London, UK, 14-16 May 2019

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

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Eurelectric Power Summit New Leaders: Florence, Italy, 20-21 May 2019

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

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POWERGEN ASIA: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 3-4 September 2019

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Asian Utility Week: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 3-4 September 2019

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POWER WEEK AFRICA: Johannesburg, South Africa, 9-13 September 2019

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POWER WEEK ASIA: Singapore, 11-15 November 2019

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Jan2019
OSGP Newsletter // January 2019
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Smart Grid for the Smart City 

For early adopters of technology, the path is usually the longest. Later adopters, although later to reap the benefits, are usually able to accelerate deployment and in some cases, leapfrog certain steps. Consider the energy sector and the early progression by utilities, mainly in the US and Europe, from smart meters to smart grids and now, towards smart cities and the many important lessons that have fed into later projects.

Now utilities in Poland, under way with smart grid and smart metering solutions, are looking towards a more comprehensive approach that will also address the needs of smart cities. “Poland presents some specific challenges as it was previously divided into three parts with different histories and in some of the old towns parts of the distribution grid date back to pre the first World War with developments between the two wars,” Darius Kurowski, VP of Professional Services at Networked Energy Services (NES) points out in an Engerati webinar.

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E.ON Invests in Finnish Platform Provider for E-mobility

E.ON's international electromobility network is growing. The company acquires a stake in Virta, a Finnish developer and supplier of IT systems for charging electric cars. A group of Finnish Energy companies led by Helen have grown Virta. Together with Helen E.ON holds now the majority.

Virta is one of the international technology leaders in both individual billing and control of charging processes. In particular the Finns want to provide an answer to increased fluctuations in the energy system caused by the growth of renewable energies via steering EV-charging (e.g., load management, vehicle-to-grid technologies). For this, the software platform optimizes the energy flow behind the charging stations, avoids energy peaks, reduces costs, and enables extra profits for auxiliary grid services for vehicle owners. This is particularly important for the conversion of public and commercial vehicle fleets to electric mobility.

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Smart Metering and Beyond: EDMI Celebrates 40 Years Since Formation

EDMI Limited, a global smart metering solutions leader, will celebrate 40 years of operation on 7th December 2018. Today, its customers include some of the world’s largest energy companies, including distribution network operators, utilities and service providers, across 100 countries with over 11 million metering points and systems deployed globally.

Born in Brisbane Australia, EDMI was originally established as “EDMQ” (Electronic Design and Manufacturing Queensland), in a small shed in 1978. It initially began life, not in metering, but as an engineering consultancy that delivered smart solutions for diverse projects such as irrigation systems, digital scoreboards, and consumer energy use monitors. It became EDMI (Electronic Design Manufacturing International) in 1982, and soon after found a niche in developing innovative solutions in the metering world.

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L&T Bags Major Power Contracts in Saudi Arabia and Dubai

The construction arm of India’s Larsen and Toubro (L&T) has won contracts to build substations in Dubai and Saudi Arabia, with the latter described as a “major order” for the firm, a regulatory filing revealed.

The power transmission and distribution business of L&T's construction arm secured an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract to build 115kV substations with “associated transmission lines and cable circuits” in the kingdom. In the same filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange, the L&T unit said it won a separate order to deliver 132kV cable works for a substation in Dubai.

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OneCo is chosen by Storaneset Borettslag

OneCo is chosen by the housing cooperation Storaneset Borettslag to facilitate the electricity bills. "We needed a flexible electric car charging system that could be used for both internal and external parking spaces. That OneCo could also offer a solution that included automatic billing of electricity use made the decision even easier."

Ole Marius Sandberg, board member of Storaneset Borettslag, is aware that the solution OneCo delivers is important as they had to choose the supplier of electric car chargers for their houses. "With the billing service that OneCo offers, it is not necessary to register the consumption for each single car park with a charge and then administer the invoice. This reduces the workload for everyone who is in the board of the company"

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AMI Laboratory is Key to New Technologies

At Tauron Distribution, a specialized AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure) laboratory has been set up. The purpose of this laboratory is to test AMI meters and to check the usability of new data measurements technologies. Based on the findings of this laboratory, the employees of Tauron are able to acquire the necessary competences that can be used in smart metering, internet of things, and smart home related projects.

The AMI Laboratory was created primarily to meet the need to acquire advanced knowledge in the field of technologies related to electricity measurements and transmission and processing of measurement data. ´The main purpose of the laboratory is to check the electricity meters supplied to energy companies in tender procedures and the varification of the meters in terms of required functionalities and safety.´ says Leszek Kosiorek.

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MARKET NEWS

Utilities are Projected to Spend nearly $100 Billion on Networking and Communications Equipment and Services over the Next Decade

Power utilities are faced with a fast-changing operating environment. Not only are competitive threats and operational challenges mounting, but customers are also demanding more from their utilities—as are regulators. Meanwhile, technological advances are making it easier and cheaper to deploy connectivity throughout a utility’s territory. According to a new report from Navigant Research, utilities are projected to spend nearly $100 billion on networking and communications equipment and services over the next decade.

“Sophisticated IT and analytics programs can leverage the data made available by connected devices to improve grid reliability, safety, resilience, and operational efficiency—all of which augment the utility’s return on the networking investment,” says Richelle Elberg, principal research analyst with Navigant Research. “Thus, investment in networking for a multitude of utility applications is accelerating even as the ways that utilities solve connectivity problems are diversifying.”

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ENCS and E.DSO Launch First-Ever Set of Security Requirements for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

ENCS, the European Network for Cyber Security, and E.DSO, the European Distribution System Operators’ Association for Smart Grids, have announced the launch of cyber-security requirements for electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. As the first in an upcoming series of security standards for smart grid components, these mark a huge step in securing the little-understood cyber risk of EV chargers.

The requirements, which are applicable throughout Europe, provide municipalities and distribution network operators with a practical set of considerations when procuring EV chargers and harmonise security standards across the continent. Integrating the expertise of key industry stakeholders, the new standards are already in use by the Dutch EV knowledge and innovation centre ElaadNL, after they initially approached ENCS to make and maintain the requirements.

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ESA, EDSO and ENTSO-E Announce Cooperation Agreement

How can satellite applications support the European power grid and its evolution? Answering this question is the goal of a new cooperation agreement, kicked off today, between the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO-E) and the European Distribution System Operators Association (EDSO). Their cooperation will be realized through the ESA Business Applications programme, which supports the development of new services that make use of data from space assets for the benefit of a wide range of communities – in this case the European power system operators.

Satellite applications can support power networks in many areas, including: asset management; two‐way communication between smart meters and grid operators; prediction of consumption or generation peaks; developing Internet of Things services for smart homes and electric vehicles; and the use of virtual power plants.

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Emerging Business Models for the Electric Vehicle Market

Electric vehicles (EVs) are here and growing rapidly in number. They require charging infrastructure and energy to charge, opening the way for new business models and revenue streams for utilities and others. While clearly the utilities are key players in terms of energy provision and needing to maintain the integrity of the grid, provision and ownership of charging infrastructure is an area open to innovators, particularly as in some jurisdictions – e.g. in Europe, as specified in the Clean Energy Package – utility ownership is restricted. So what are some of these? At the first Engerati Meet on EVs and the Grid, we caught up with both utilities and new entrants to explore what innovations these companies are bringing to the market.

Joachim Gruber, Staff CTO at the west German distribution system operator (DSO) Netze BW, says that services the company provides so far are on the installation and maintenance of charging infrastructures. “As a DSO we can’t offer services directly to the customer and so we are offering the services to the operators of charging infrastructure,” he says. But looking further ahead he continues that challenges will emerge in maintaining the stability of the grid as the numbers of EVs grow. “The numbers are still too small to have an impact and we don’t expect major issues to arise in the next two to three years, but we do have to be prepared for future.”

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Global Trends in Smart Metering

The smart metering industry is maturing. In 2016, utilities will invest $14.3 billion in smart meters for electricity and gas, pushing the total installed globally to 700 million. Though over half of them are in China, the rest of the world will install over 52 million meters this year alone – a 58% increase from 2015. As the technology cements its place within the utility sector, three trends have taken shape.

North America, once the leading market for investment in smart meters, has not held the top spot since 2013. Policy support has led China and then Europe to overtake the once booming North American market. This shift in where investments are being made will continue. In a rush to meet national and EU targets, European utilities will install 182 million smart meters over 2016–20, amounting to $37.8 billion of investment. Likewise in Japan, 55 million meters, costing $16.6 billion, will be installed from 2016 through 2020.

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Networking and Communications for Smart Grids and Utility Applications: A $100B Opportunity

Power utilities today are faced with a fast-changing operating environment. Not only are competitive threats and operational challenges mounting, but customers are demanding more of their utilities — as are regulators.

Meanwhile, technological advances are making it easier and cheaper to deploy connectivity throughout a utility’s territory. Sophisticated IT and analytics programs can now leverage the data made available by connected devices to improve grid reliability, safety, resilience and operational efficiency — all of which augment the utility’s return on the networking investment. Thus, investment in networking for a multitude of utility applications is accelerating — and the ways that utilities are solving the connectivity problem are diversifying.

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PRESS RELEASE 

Joint Letter to the ENVI Group on the EU 2050 Strategy

Monday, January 28th, 2019

In response to the EU 2050 decarbonisation Strategy “A Clean Planet for All”, the undersigned European business associations would like to contribute to the Resolution under discussion in the ENVI Committee of the European Parliament by highlighting the potential of demand-side flexibility, digitalisation and decentralised energy resources to enable the clean energy transition.

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UPCOMING EVENTS 

Energy Intrusion Detection: Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 29-31 January 2019

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ENEX Energy and Environment Exhibition 2019: Tokyo, Japan, 30 January - 1 February 2019

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Smart Energy Summit: Austin, Texas,18-20 February 2019

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

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Renpower Rwanda; Kigali, Rwanda, 28 February 2019

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

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

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

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

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METERINGChina 2019: Wuxi City, China, 1-4 April 2019

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International SAP Conference for Utilities: Milan, Italy, 02-04 April, 2019

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

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Energy Efficiency & Renewables: Sofia, Bulgaria, 16-18 April 2019

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9th National Conference on Microgrids: Boston, Massachusetts,17-18 April

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Oman Energy & Water Conference & Exhibition: Muscat, Oman, 22-24 April 2019

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

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

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African Utility Week 2019: Cape Town, South Africa, 14-16 May 2019

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

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

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POWERGEN ASIA: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 3-4 September 2019

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Asian Utility Week: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 3-4 September 2019

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28
Dec2018
OSGP Newsletter // December 2018
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VERTPOM Unites Energy and Telecoms for a Green Economy

VERTPOM is answering the call for a greener economy by deploying smart grid solutions that visibly reduce the impact on the environment. Take a look at their Multifluid Smart Grid Solution as an example of how to create a decarbonised, sustainable and digital territory focused on people, nature, green-tech and green industries.

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Managing the Smart Grid; Re-inventing the Wheel?

As Smart Grids evolve, they start to look more and more like distributed IT and telecommunications networks. Gone are the days where the Electricity Meter was simply a device to communicate consumption to generate bills – the latest generation of the Smart Meters are mini-computers, with IO and peripherals allowing them to connect to home devices, and on-board compute resource allowing monitoring, automation, control and analytics.

And the communications infrastructure is getting smarter with the latest generation of data concentrators providing very capable ruggedized compute platforms far into the field, with the ability to automate local energy brokering services.

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N1 Takes Over The Power Grid in Kibæk

N1 and Kibæk Elværk have entered into an agreement in which N1 will take over the electricity network of Kibæk Elværks. The deal was approved on the 1st of Novembef during an extraordinary general meeting in Kibæk. During this meeting a large majority in the Board of Representatives voted in favor of the merger.

The two grid companies have negotiated for some time about the possibility whether N1 could take over the power grid in Kibæk. The newly signed agreement entails that Kibæk Elværk hands over all rights and assets regarding the power grid in Kibæk to N1. According to the agreement, the network customers in Kibæk will have the same tariffs compared to other network customers of N1. Also, the new customers of NQ will receive a new electricity meter by the end of 2020.

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Danish Electricity Consumers are Most Satisfied with SEAS-NVE

Easy contact, good service and social corporate responsibility is what matters to customers according to EPSI's annual survey of customer satisfaction in the electrical industry. SEAS-NVE is the power company that scores the highest on customer satisfaction according to a whole new survey from the EPSI Rating Analysis firm. Out of 100 possible points, SEAS-NVE gets a score of 74 points. The high customer satisfaction is based on the customers' perception of SEAS-NVE as a company that is "strong on service and product quality". Especially the customer service and the ability to create an understandable electricity bill are reason why SEAS-NVE is scoring better compared to the rest of the industry.

According to market director of SEAS-NVE, Ole Christian Vestergaard, part of the explanation why SEAS-NVE is scoring so good is because SEAS-NVE is a customer-owned cooperation. Because of this, SEAS-NVE has a strong focus on delivering good products and services but also takes great social responsibility.

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E.ON Installs First Smart Meter in a German Household

Energy company E.ON has installed Germany’s first smart meter in a household, the company says in an e-mailed press statement. The introduction of smart meters in the country was several months behind schedule as licensing of the devices’ gateways took authorities much longer than expected due to security concerns. “With intelligent meters, our customers will gain a lot of comfort and additionally save a lot of money,” said E.ON Germany CEO Victoria Ossadnik. Ossadnik added that the smart meters will allow for a better integration of renewable energy sources in the German energy system.

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Caruna Entered into New Framework Agreements with TLT Group, Relacom Oy and Eltel Networks Oy

Caruna has entered into a 2-year framework agreement with three partners (TLT Group, Relacom Oy, Eltel Networks Oy). The agreement employs approximately 200 electricity grid professionals annually.

"We strive to secure a disturbance-free electricity distribution network and we always aim to quickly repair faults in Caruna's electricity network. We can rely on our partners to take care of this at any time of the day", says Kaj Storås , program manager at Caruna . Also work that customers have ordered, such as construction and connection of electrical connections, will be handled by our partners. The same applies to construction projects that are done in cooperation with the municipalities.

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MARKET NEWS

Utilities Will Rely on Advanced IT Systems for Distribution Management and Distributed Energy Resources Management

A new report from Navigant Research explores how advanced distribution management systems (ADMSs) and distributed energy resources management systems (DERMSs) are enabling the Energy Cloud transition. The global electric power industry is facing a fundamental shift from centralized generation toward a mix of distributed energy resources (DER) and smart grid solutions. This mix, known as the Energy Cloud, is challenging utilities, which must manage and control an ever more complex electrical grid. According to a new report from Navigant Research, electric utilities will rely on the integration of existing ADMSs and DERMSs to effectively manage changing business and network conditions.

“While dozens of solutions are being explored by utilities, ADMSs and DERMSs are emerging as consensus winners in the Energy Cloud future,” says Michael Kelly, research analyst with Navigant Research. “The global market for these management solutions is expected to grow across all markets as utilities look to improve operational efficiencies, reduce costs, and mitigate the disruptive impacts of DER.”

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2019 Smart Metering and Digitalisation Milestones

Utilities of all types are heading towards a data-driven future, and this continues to accelerate the immediate demand for communicating meters. As this digitalisation trend takes hold, the metering world is expected to hit some interesting milestones in 2019, according to IHS Markit.

In 2019:

  • Over 365 million electricity, gas and water meters will ship – that’s 1 million new units every day.
  • 46% of these will be communicating meters. Adoption is lowest in gas, but still reaches 25% of meters shipped.
  • Almost two-thirds of all communicating meters to ship in North America will have advanced metering infrastructure capabilities.

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How Microgrids Will Keep The Lights On

Conventional power grids provide reliable power - most of the time that is. Traditionally, energy grids have mainly been centralized, meaning that energy generation happens at one central point. Through the use of transmission and distribution lines, that energy is then delivered to the end customers. However, with the recent surge of renewable energy projects, driven by accelerated cost reductions, centralized energy production is becoming less and less attractive.

In Europe, traditional energy grids are having trouble dealing with all of the new renewable energy capacity that is being installed. Most growing solar energy markets still struggle to find grid connections for photovoltaic (PV) projects in time, often causing major delays for project developers. Another challenge with renewable energy sources is their inherent intermittency, which has proven to be a major barrier when integrating various types of energy sources on the same system. To cope with, and circumvent, these grid connection and intermittency issues, companies and utilities are working together to build robust, flexible power systems called microgrids.

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EU Deal on Electricity Market Rules to Benefit Both Consumers and Environment

The creation of a genuine EU electricity market to better integrate renewable energy was provisionally agreed between MEPs and EU member states on Tuesday. An overhaul of EU electricity market rules was informally agreed to tackle barriers to cross-border trade of electricity and create a real European electricity market where 70% of all electricity can cross EU borders freely. This will make it easier to integrate renewable energy in the electricity grid and hence support efforts to reach the EU’s binding goal of 32% renewables by 2030. In addition, it strives to make the EU’s electricity market more competitive and consumer-oriented.

Consumers will benefit substantially from the new rules, which include:

  • Switching - electricity providers must offer consumers the option to switch provider (with no fees) within a maximum period of three weeks (and 24 hours by 2026);
  • Smart meters - consumers will have the right to get smart meters to control their consumption, unless analysis in a given member state shows that the cost outweighs the benefits;
  • Price comparison: consumers will have access free-of-charge to an online price comparison tool;
  • Dynamic price contract: consumers will also be able to opt for a dynamic electricity price contract from energy companies with more than 200.000 clients.

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Outage Management: Use Your Transformer Voltage Analytics

Like all utility infrastructures, the electric grid is at risk of fraud. Prior to the advent of smart meters, power diversion from the line side of the revenue meter went undetected during billing reads and even by meter readers during their monthly inspections. Diverted loads are often hidden behind walls or buried below ground where they can continue, unseen and unabated, with no secondary voltage protection. Any type of short on the utility side of the meter has the potential to arc and continue to burn, since there are no breakers for auto shut-off.

These problems can be solved by adding voltage analytics to existing smart grid management systems. By exposing voltage anomalies strongly associated with diverted loads and other types of faulty connections, this analytics approach can also reduce a utility’s liability exposure to the risk of ratepayer injury or damage to their connected electrical equipment. It also can improve grid integrity and service quality through better transformer voltage and load management.

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What Next Smart Grid Development? Challenges and Opportunities

Most of the world’s electricity system was built when primary energy was relatively inexpensive. Grid reliability was assured by having excess generation capacity in the system with unidirectional electricity flow to consumers from centrally dispatched power plants. Investments in the electric system were made to meet increasing demand; not to fundamentally change the way the system works.

Moving to a smart grid infrastructure can help utilities to address some of the challenges that they are now striving to overcome. Here’s a quick summary of four of those trends with their challenges:

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ESA, EDSO and ENTSO-E Announce Cooperation Agreement

How can satellite applications support the European power grid and its evolution? Answering this question is the goal of a new cooperation agreement, kicked off today, between the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO-E) and the European Distribution System Operators Association (EDSO). Their cooperation will be realized through the ESA Business Applications programme, which supports the development of new services that make use of data from space assets for the benefit of a wide range of communities – in this case the European power system operators.

Satellite applications can support power networks in many areas, including: asset management; two‐way communication between smart meters and grid operators; prediction of consumption or generation peaks; developing Internet of Things services for smart homes and electric vehicles; and the use of virtual power plants.

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Emerging Business Models for the Electric Vehicle Market

Electric vehicles (EVs) are here and growing rapidly in number. They require charging infrastructure and energy to charge, opening the way for new business models and revenue streams for utilities and others. While clearly the utilities are key players in terms of energy provision and needing to maintain the integrity of the grid, provision and ownership of charging infrastructure is an area open to innovators, particularly as in some jurisdictions – e.g. in Europe, as specified in the Clean Energy Package – utility ownership is restricted.

So what are some of these? At the first Engerati Meet on EVs and the Grid, we caught up with both utilities and new entrants to explore what innovations these companies are bringing to the market. Joachim Gruber, Staff CTO at the west German distribution system operator (DSO) Netze BW, says that services the company provides so far are on the installation and maintenance of charging infrastructures. “As a DSO we can’t offer services directly to the customer and so we are offering the services to the operators of charging infrastructure,” he says. But looking further ahead he continues that challenges will emerge in maintaining the stability of the grid as the numbers of EVs grow.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

OSGP Alliance Members, please contact us at secretariat@osgp.org for special member discount registration possibilities!

 

8th Smart Communications & Technology Forum: Warsaw, Poland, 21 January 2019

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Energy Intrusion Detection: Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 29-31 January 2019

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ENEX Energy and Environment Exhibition 2019: Tokyo, Japan, 30 January - 1 February 2019

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

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Africa Energy Indaba: Johannesburg, South Africa, 9-20 February 2019

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Middle East Electricity: Dubai, UAE, 5-7 March 2019

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

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

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

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

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METERINGChina 2019: Wuxi City, China, 1-4 April 2019

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Energy Efficiency & Renewables: Sofia, Bulgaria, 16-18 April 2019

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9th National Conference on Microgrids: Boston, Massachusetts,17-18 April

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Oman Energy & Water Conference & Exhibition: Muscat, Oman, 22-24 April 2019

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

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

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African Utility Week 2019: Cape Town, South Africa, 14-16 May 2019

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

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

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POWERGEN ASIA: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 3-4 September 2019

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Asian Utility Week: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 3-4 September 2019

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Nov2018
OSGP Newsletter // November 2018
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Eltel’s Power Business in Finland Signs Two-Year Frame Agreement Worth EUR 13.6 Million

Eltel’s Power business in Finland has signed a two-year frame agreement with Caruna, a Finnish energy company, to ensure a reliable power distribution. The agreement is worth about EUR 13.6 million. The frame agreement is based on a geographical model where Eltel’s Power business is responsible for field services for Caruna’s end customers, distribution network fault repairs as well as maintenance and construction works in awarded municipalities.

The frame agreement is valid for two years from March 2019 until the end of March 2021. The agreement covers Espoo, Kirkkonummi and Kauniainen in the Helsinki area, Joensuu in Eastern Finland, South-Ostrobothnia and North-East Finland.

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Duke Energy Progress Proposes Rate Change for Building South Carolina's Smarter Energy Future

Work to modernize power plants and generate cleaner electricity, responsibly manage coal ash, improve reliability and continually enhance service is at the heart of a request by Duke Energy Progress to change customer rates in South Carolina. Duke Energy Progress serves about 169,000 customers in the northeastern part of South Carolina, including Darlington, Florence and Sumter counties.

Based on these investments, the filing today with the Public Service Commission of South Carolina (PSCSC) requests to increase revenues by about $59 million, for an overall average rate increase across all customer groups of 10.3 percent. "The electric power grid is the backbone of South Carolina's digital economy – not just today, but for decades to come," said Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe, Duke Energy's South Carolina president. "Customers want safe, reliable and increasingly clean electricity. They also want more options and control over how they use energy in their everyday lives. We're working hard to build a smart, secure and flexible electric infrastructure to better serve our customers and keep South Carolina competitive now and in the years ahead."

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Smart Grid Cybersecurity: Planning for Chaos

Cybersecurity efforts have, by and large, neglected the newly built “smart” infrastructures in power grids. Emil Gurevitch, Security Engineer and Hacker, explains why they will be targeted, and what utilities should do to plan for the inevitable cyberattacks. Smart grids will reduce emissions and create a wealth of savings for utilities, but the fast-paced adoption of new technology comes at the cost of increased risk of cyberattack.

Industrial control systems have been subject to such attacks, and significant effort has been put into securing them as a result. However, new, emerging technologies, such as smart meter infrastructures, have yet to be battle-tested, and utilities should expect them to inevitably have weaknesses. Despite this, they are installed into the grid in an effort to keep companies competitive in the race to the smart grid, prioritizing increased operational efficiency and new business opportunities over potential bad actors.

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SEAS-NVE Sees Opportunities in Ørsted's Danish Electricity Business

Ørsted has put its Danish electricity company for sale. This is an interesting opportunity for SEAS-NVE. The purchase of this electricity company by SEAS-NVE will be an advantage for all SEAS-NVE's shareholders and customers as the performance of the grid will improve while the costs will reduce. By doing so, we can ensure that important infrastructure remains on the hands of Danish consumers, while we can put even more momentum on the development of the energy system and the green change.

SEAS-NVE is a joint venture company. SEAS-NVE is owned by 390,851 people who live, operate companies or have a summer house in SEAS-NVE's supply area. An area covering most of West, East and South Zealand, Lolland, Falster and other islands. As a customer-owned company, it is the most important task to secure our shareholder's interests in energy and fiber networks

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MARKET NEWS

Smart Metering “Refresh” Market to Total $12.2 Billion Over Next Decade

Roughly 15 years has elapsed since the world’s first smart metering rollouts began, and those meters are now approaching the end of their useful lives. The world’s first smart meter replacement deployments, in which utilities will retire old models to install new, second-generation advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) are now set to begin. This is being called the smart meter “refresh' market and will total $12.2 billion over the next decade, according to a new study published this week by smart infrastructure market intelligence firm Northeast Group.

“The global smart meter refresh market has arrived. These second-generation rollouts will be concentrated initially in Italy, Scandinavia, the US and select other geographies,” according to Ben Gardner, president of Northeast Group. “Unlike in first-time smart meter rollouts, there will be a wide variance in terms of how much of the AMI system a utility chooses to replace. Some will replace primarily the meters, but other utilities will replace everything, and that really changes costs across the board.”

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Berg Insight Says 274 Million Smart Meters in Europe Must Be Made Secure by Design

According to a new report from the IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, the installed base of smart electricity and gas meters in Europe will grow by 22 percent in 2018 to reach 151.9 million.

Until 2023, the installed base is forecasted to increase by 80 percent to reach 273.7 million. Growth will be driven by nationwide rollouts of smart electricity and gas meters in France, Italy, the UK and several other countries. As a result, energy networks are quietly becoming massive IoT networks made up of connected smart meters and other smart grid devices. Like any data network, the smart grid is vulnerable for attacks. Berg Insight recognises a growing awareness among industry players and governments that smart grid security should be considered a top national interest.

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Vulnerable Consumer Empowerment in a Smart Meter World

The overarching aim of SMART-UP project was to understand the impact that tailored energy advice can have on the active use of a smart meter and in‐home display to manage energy consumption in vulnerable households. It did so by developing a training program for installers, social workers and other frontline workers in contact with vulnerable consumers that would enable them to inform their service users about the benefits of smart metering and to advise them on how to get the most out of their smart meter and IHD. By evaluating the impact of subsequent advice delivery, the project aimed to gather feedback on the ways in which different methods of delivering advice might act to address the specific needs of vulnerable consumers, empower them to engage with their smart meter, and become more energy efficient.

This Publication reports the project activities and illustrates how, despite encountering significant difficulties in recruiting sufficient numbers of households, the households engaged by SMART‐UP were likely to be vulnerable to energy poverty, digital exclusion, and to require additional support in being able to use, understand and make the most of their smart meter and IHD.

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Energy Sector Cybersecurity: The Other Capacity Gap

Anjos Nijk of the European Network of Cyber Security explains the importance of having more energy sector cybersecurity professionals. We are familiar with capacity gaps in the energy sector. What follows is a statement that I am sure most of our industry leaders would agree with: society needs energy, and demand will only grow. We need more power and to be smarter about how we use it to maintain the security of supply. Now replace the word ‘power’ with ‘energy sector cybersecurity resource’. Would as many people agree? They should, because it’s true.

This resource gap is very real, and it’s crucial we get to grips with it as our infrastructure becomes smarter and more connected. One part of this equation is the skills gap – the shortfall in energy sector cybersecurity professionals – which we have discussed before. However, aside from skills, we need to increase resources and be more intelligent about how we deploy them.

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Most Electricity Distribution Utilities Are Optimistic and Expect Earnings to Grow Beyond 2025, According to Research from Accenture

More than nine in 10 utilities executives (94 percent) believe that their electricity distribution business’ earnings growth will remain under severe pressure until approximately 2025. However, they’re far more optimistic about earnings growth potential in the subsequent years, driven by efficiency and improved network performance enabled by the latest digital technologies and new business opportunities, according to a new study from Accenture.

Part of Accenture’s Digitally Enabled Grid research program, now in its fifth year, the study is based on a survey of 150 utilities executives across more than 25 countries. After several years of disruption — driven by regulatory pressure, new technologies such as distributed generation, shifting consumer dynamics and weaker demand — the challenging environment will continue to stymie distributors’ earnings growth in the near term. The top reasons given for this were network capital investment levels falling below depreciation (cited by 16 percent of respondents), increasing targets for service reliability and performance regulation (13 percent), and energy demand erosion (13 percent).

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TSOs-DSOs to Continue Cooperation for Smarter Electricity Grids

The constructive cooperation of distribution system operators (DSOs) and transmission system operators (TSOs) continues: CEDEC, EDSO for Smart Grids, Eurelectric, GEODE and ENTSO-E signed today an updated Memorandum of Understanding. The first priority is to achieve a common vision on Active system management in order to integrate all distributed resources and new service providers in the electricity system and market, to ensure system security and to create value for the customer. Further collaboration areas will be decided at the beginning of 2019, taking into account the final Clean Energy Package.

DSOs and TSOs increasingly face similar challenges and share common interests: integration of large quantities of renewable energy sources, facilitation of flexibility services (including demand side response), roll-out of new communication equipment and software, increasing need for data, and the renewal of ageing grids.

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Data Analytics Transforms Utilities

Data analytics is not new to the electric utility industry. Utilities have always analyzed data to improve the operation of the electric grid and their processes. However, for the longest time, there was not much data to analyze. This is now changing with the advent of new sources of data:

  • Transmission data — Technologies such as phasor measurement units (PMUs) are bringing data at speeds of 30 times a second to 60 times a second.
  • Distribution data — Distribution automation device deployment is growing rapidly, bringing large amounts of data into the utility.
  • Meter (customer consumption) data — Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and smart meters are bringing in more than 35,000 data points per year based on 15-minute reading intervals per customer.

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PRESS RELEASES

Energy Intrusion Detection 2019 – 120+ utility Cybersecurity leaders and OT specialists to meet in Amsterdam and explore critical IDS developments in the wake of the NIS Directive

Smart Grid Forums’ recent research has revealed that grid operators and generators are now fully committed to the implementation of Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) as part of their efforts to protect critical systems from rapidly increasing cybersecurity threats.

The NIS directive has placed the onus on these companies to ensure better awareness of the traffic in and behaviour of their network and information systems. This process is made more complex by the convergence of OT and IT: as the operational environment is increasingly digitalised, it becomes more exposed to cyber threats which were previously limited to IT networks and devices.

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OSGP Alliance Announces EUW 2018 Smart Energy Awards

Vienna, Austria, November 16, 2018: The OSGP Alliance announced the 2018 Smart Energy Award winners at European Utility Week (EUW) last week in Vienna. 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.

This year’s awards were presented by Elly Kreijkes, OSGP Alliance Director and Hendrik Greyling, Board Member of the OSGP Alliance. “We are extremely proud of the successful projects that continue to be delivered based on OSGP, and we are especially impressed by this year’s award winners,” said Hendrik Greyling. “Their achievements are a great reflection on the vast capabilities and outstanding performance available from OSGP based networks.” The OSGP Alliance EUW 2018 Smart Grid Awards recognize excellence, innovation and creativity related to OSGP based projects, solutions and products in four categories.

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Networked Energy Services Announces New Offerings at European Utility Week in Vienna

NES announces new software and services solutions which improve security and operational efficiency and reduce time-to-deploy for Smart Grid solutions

San Jose, CA, November 1, 2018: 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 new innovative software solutions, Grid Watch and Grid Operations, and new complementary services offerings.

“We are committed to industry leading smart metering solutions, and we recognize that the industry should do more to make smart grids secure, by design rather than chance. This includes simplifying operations so the benefits of smart grid can be realized globally, and also simplifying deployment and upgrade of smart meters to address the world’s energy challenges”, says David Thomson, NES President and CEO. “NES is leading the industry by introducing new software and services solutions dedicated to this purpose”.

NES has already introduced two components of its Energy Applications family of grid solutions. Grid Navigator and Grid Flow are focused on improving the quality and depth of information available to analytics solutions and provide a unique spot-light on the performance of the low- voltage grid – the place where energy is consumed, and increasingly generated, stored and locally brokered.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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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Renewer Botswana - The 2nd Renewable Energy & Power Infrastructure Investors Conference: 6 December 2018, Gaborone, Botswana

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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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Energy Intrusion Detection: 29-31 January 2019, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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

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European Smart Grid Cyber Security: 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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9th National Conference on Microgrids: 17-18 April, Boston, Massachusetts

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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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African Utility Week 2019: 14-16 May 2019, Cape Town, South Africa

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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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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
Newsletter Details

MEMBER NEWS

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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