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John Harris, Landis+Gyr vice president and head of the company’s governmental affairs and public relations warns that the Europe’s energy infrastructure, particularly in the distribution network, is not keeping up as the percentage of energy gotten from renewable is increasing in significant numbers.
E.ON and Opower have introduced the Saving Energy Toolkit designed to give customers an analysis of their household’s energy use and cost. Consumers can also compare their consumption to other customers with homes of a similar size and type and see how they match up to the most energy efficient homes in their local area.
EDF Energy has purchased 1000 Panasonic FZ-G1Toughpad tablets for its UK smart meter rollout. The Windows 8 tablets will be used by field operatives to receive and send job information during the smart meter installation. The UK Government has mandated that 53 million meters in 30 million homes in England, Wales, and Scotland be replaced with smart meters by 2020.
The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) is planning to spend $160 million annually over the next three to five years on infrastructure to improve their grid. Delegates from the African utility are participating in the two-week Smart Grid Research and Information Exchange hosted by Zpryme to help identify smart grid and metering architecture designs and deployment challenges. Other participating organizations include Austin Energy, Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative, ERCOT, the Texas Public Utilities Commission, and SMART Modular Technologies.
Centrica Energy’s has announced the completion of the final stage in the 75-turbine Lincs offshore wind farm project. Commissioning of the 270MW wind farm marked the culmination of more than three years construction. Lincs has achieved more than 99 percent availability in the final performance testing phase.
Orga Systems has announced its participation in the SMART EM project. The company, which provides software for real-time charging and billing solutions, will partner with energy supplier Westfalen Weser Netz (formerly E.ON Westfalen Weser) and the University of Paderborn’s Software Quality Lab (s-lab) among others.
The University of Cyprus, in conjunction with Corinex Communications, has opened a broadband over power line (BPL) Competence Centre within its newly established Research Centre for Sustainable Energy. The facility is equipped with state-of-the-art Corinex BPL-to-the-meter technology and will test and validate BPL communications performance on lage and medium voltage lines as well as samples from leading meter vendors.
At the recent 15th Renewable Energy Finance Forum, UK Energy Minister Michael Fallon reflected on how far and how fast the renewables industry had come in the last decade and a half. Fallon notes, “When this conference started there was no offshore wind farms or Renewables Obligation. We now have over 14.8 GW of renewables on the grid, and 2011 saw 9.4 percent of overall electricity generation from renewables, the most we’ve ever generated. And so as the renewables sector has grown up so must the incentive system, which government provides, mature.”
Wales’ oldest wind farm, Rhyd-y-Groes on Anglesey, has been generating electricity for more than two decades. Now the venerable site is getting a face lift of sorts. E.ON reports it is considering repowering the wind farm. In the 20-plus years since the site became operational, wind technology had advanced exponentially, so it is now possible to generate more energy using fewer turbines.
Fortum has assigned an agreement with DCNS and AW-Energy to develop a 1.5 MW wave power demonstration project. The project will use AW-Energy’s WaveRoller technology. Fortum will be responsible for the project development and will own the demonstration park. DCNS is charged with managing the site development and construction work.
In the last two years, the number of jobs in the clean energy sector has grown 24 percent in Massachusetts, according to a report by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). In total, about 80,000 people were employed in green jobs within the state in 2013. These jobs come from all over the clean energy sector, including alternative transportation, clean technologies, carbon management and, of course, renewable energy.
A new agreement between Silver Spring Networks and Metrix will leverage the Silver Spring networking platform to deliver smart metering-as-a-service to retail energy providers. Their first collaboration will be for lines company Counties Power, which serves more than 37,000 customers in New Zealand’s North Island.
Prior to Energy Secretary Ed Davey’s party conference, the advocacy group Which? issued a statement claiming new research shows “a huge variation in standing charges in consumers’ energy bills. “A standing charge is a fixed amount applied to your gas and electricity bill daily or annually. Our investigation looked at the range of gas, electricity and dual fuel deals on offer for a specific customer in one region of the country, so we could accurately compare all the tariffs and standing charges available to that customer. We found more than 109 different tariffs that included some 75 different standing charges.”