Postings tagged with: europe

Chris King| Oct 19, 2015

Rethinking Utility Tariffs for Distributed Energy Resources

As distributed energy resources (DER) continue to proliferate, and at an accelerating pace, we are seeing regulators and utilities adopting new concepts in designing rates – for example in Hawaii and in Europe. A key element of this is a new focus on the rates associated with the distribution of electricity, the wires portion of the business. These rates recover the cost of building and maintaining the wires – plus all the associated equipment, such as substations, devices connected to stabiliz ...

Chris King| Aug 05, 2015

Utilities of the Future: British Gas Refocusing on Customers

Much has been said about the "utility of the future." British Gas is joining other European majors such as E.ON and RWE and not just talking the talk but walking the walk.In its earnings announcement last week, Centrica (British Gas's parent) said it was cutting back investment in its oil and gas division and focusing on being a customer-facing business. This was the headline finding from its corporate strategic review.Like E.ON and RWE, British Gas is turning toward what it calls its ...

Curtis James| May 26, 2015

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Where could an engineering career take you?

Earlier this month, an annual celebration took place called Europe Day. I must admit that before working with Siemens and with the Curiosity Project I had never heard of it (something tells me I'm not alone in this). Nevertheless the whole thing got me thinking about how being in Europe affects Siemens and how it affects engineers throughout the UK.   The thing is 21st century engineers that are ready and able to deal with the world’s challenges are not solely needed by the UK – they’re needed ...

Chris King| Mar 19, 2015


This week: Solar eclipse will challenge European power systems

Solar eclipses have historically been exciting and mysterious events; the proliferation of solar energy production adds a new twist. On Friday, March 20, a total solar eclipse will pass over Atlantic, cast a huge shadow over Europe, and shut down as much as 34 gigawatts (GW) of solar electricity production. This should create some excitement for power system operators. According to ENTSO-E (the European transmission operators association), this eclipse "will pose a serious challenge to the ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Nov 07, 2014

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European Utility Week 2014: Amsterdam, Nov. 4-6

Europe is one of the world's most complex and dynamic energy markets. Each European nation faces unique energy issues and market conditions. This year's European Utility Week conference and trade show highlighted a variety of innovative approaches to smart grids, energy regulation, renewable and distributed resources, demand response, reliability and more. As a diamond sponsor of EUW14, Siemens experts and Siemens customers delivered over a dozen keynote speeches and technology presentations. Th ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Nov 04, 2014

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Smart meter data detective work in Denmark

Utilities can learn a great deal from smart meter data. Analytics software is a powerful tool to turn data into value. In Denmark, even before deploying analytics for their installation of the Siemens EnergyIP smart grid platform, the utility NRGi has moved beyond their initial goal of enabling meter-to-cash benefits. In the last year, NRGi has also started using smart meter data to diagnose and resolve outages and other grid stress. "We chose flexible smart meters because we wanted optio ...

Chris King| Jun 26, 2014


Smart meters in Europe: Strong progress

This month the European Commission released its report on the status of smart meter deployment in the European Union. The 2012 EU Energy Efficiency Directive required Member States to deploy intelligent metering systems for the long-term benefit of consumers. Also, by September 2012 Member States had to complete a cost-benefit analysis. Over two-thirds of Member States showed a positive CBA. Most of these countries are now committed to (or have already completed) smart meter rollouts. For electr ...

Sheila Oliva| Mar 26, 2014

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Siemens Wind Power Stands Strong at EWEA 2014

The launch of the new uprated Siemens D3 wind turbine, televised interviews on Windpower Monthly TV, and the fun and educational Siemens Wind Challenge are among the highlights of the activities the Wind Power Division carried out at EWEA 2014. The European Wind Industry Association’s annual exhibition and conference took place in Barcelona, Spain between March 10-13, 2014. Uprated D3 platform wind turbineSupported by the ‘Watts up!’ tagline, the launch of the uprated 3.2 megawatt (MW) direct dr ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Mar 04, 2014

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2014 European Smart Metering Awards cover wide range of solutions

This year's European Smart Metering Awards addressed a wide range of innovative solutions to smart metering challenges: data analytics, consumer engagement, home energy monitoring, cybersecurity and more. Siemens won the Smart Metering Technology of the Year award, for cost-effective solutions to provide meter connectivity across long distances. British Gas was named Utility of the Year for their strong focus on customer involvement via an opt-in model, and success in conveying to consumers the ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Feb 12, 2014

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Smarter grids for more renewable energy in Europe: Siemens workshop at E-world 2014

The growth in renewable generation is one of the greatest challenges to power distribution networks -- and it takes a smart grid to handle this well. While European energy policymakers wrestle with harmonizing the continent's complex regulatory patchwork, the technology to put more renewable energy onto Europe's power networks marches forward. In a recent Electric Light & Power article, top Siemens executives noted: "Substation automation is integral to building a more intelligent grid ...