Postings tagged with: government

Usman Sindhu| Oct 04, 2014

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U.S. DOE privacy guidelines: Observations and suggestions

Maintaining consumer data privacy is a key smart grid concern. Recently, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a draft of a voluntary code of conduct for data privacy and smart grid. While this draft is a good start, and an important step in the right direction, there is room for improvement. Fortunately, there is time to make improvements. DOE is taking comments on this draft until Oct. 14. (Submit comments by e-mail.) It's significant that DOE's guidelines are voluntary; utilities and ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Sep 23, 2014


How regulators, legislators can help foster an integrated grid

Integrating more distributed power generation and energy storage can help make a grid more flexible, resilient, sustainable and environmentally friendly. But in the U.S., there's a catch -- so far, utilities here are effectively barred from owning generation and storage assets at the distribution level. Legislators and regulators, at the federal and state level, have an opportunity to craft policy solutions that would make these advanced strategies more feasible -- thus empowering utilities to ...

Chris King| Jul 03, 2014


American Energy Data Challenge: Enter by July 18

The U.S. Dept. of Energy is now holding the third Energy Data Challenge -- a contest to spur innovative ideas for putting energy data to practical use. $17,500 in prizes will be awarded to winning projects. The theme for this contest is open data by design. Projects may feature information design, graphic design, animation, 2D and 3D representation, or interactivity. They may enhance the value of energy data through better formatting, standardization, clarity, accessibility, etc. An example of t ...

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 ...

Chris King| May 22, 2014

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Germany's "Internet of Energy" vision

A new report from the German Ministry for Economics and Energy, Smart Energy Made in Germany (available in German), presents the results of five years of test projects in six model regions throughout the country. These tests involved key technologies and business models to comprise an "internet of energy" -- dubbed E-Energy. Siemens is proud to be one of many companies and universities involved in these projects. The report's bottom line: Smart grids, smart meters, and other types of ...

Chris King| Apr 01, 2014

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Apps for Energy Challenge: Help choose winners by April 4

When energy data is put to work, its value becomes obvious. One way to make energy data useful is to use it to power desktop or mobile applications that help people, organizations or utilities understand energy use or make better energy decisions. In the U.S., the current Apps for Energy Challenge has attracted dozens of entries by U.S. developers. Each of these apps are built using one or more of these "featured inputs" (publicly available U.S. energy datasets): Green Button Data Stan ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Mar 06, 2014

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Smart grid cybersecurity: Resources, evolving threats and leaders

Cybersecurity threats are a growing and ever-shifting challenge for utilities, consumers, and smart grid solution providers. Fortunately, new tools and resources are emerging to combat these threats, and leaders are emerging among solution providers. In February, the U.S. Dept. of Energy updated its Electricity Subsector Cybersecurity Capability Maturity Model (ES-C2M2), originally introduced in 2012 as part of a White House-led initiative. This model helps electric utilities and grid operators ...

Chris King| Nov 14, 2013

New guidelines should increase demand response in Europe

Last year the European Commission (part of the three-part EU government) published the 2012 Energy Efficiency Directive -- which set legally binding measures to step up Member States' efforts to use energy more efficiently at all stages, from production to distribution to consumption. Last week, the EC explained more about how to implement the EED, by issuing additional guidance on energy efficiency to Europe's Member States on energy efficiency. To date, demand response has been limited in Euro ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Oct 14, 2013


Ready for 2020? Meter data management helps utilities prepare

2020 is the target for meeting the EU's ambitious renewable energy goals -- and it's closer than you might think. Technology choices that European utilities make in the coming year, especially concerning meter data management, will help determine how well utilities can help achieve these goals. At European Utility Week this year, Aaron De Yonker (Vice President of Products at eMeter, a Siemens business) will discuss some versatile MDM options that can help utilities adapt their operations and bu ...

Colombia´s Progressive Smart Grid Approach

Since 2011 a group of private and public entities in Colombia related to the electrical industry have been aware of the need to create a strategic framework for the development of the smart grid. The promoters of this initiative are XM (Power System and Market Operator), CIDET (Electrical Sector Research Center), COCIER (Colombian branch of CIER), CNO (National Operation Council), CAC (Commercialization Advisor Committee) and CINTEL (Communications Research Center). This set of companies wanted ...