Smart power to revolutionise future use of electricity

Last update on Oct. 14, 2014.

There was a very good article in the Irish Times on Oct 14th, explaining how fundamental changes in the way we design  and operate our distribution system has the potential to revolutionise our use of energy.   The article is based on interviews with SGI members John Byrne of ESB Networks and David Lee of IBM and also has contributions from Mark McGranaghan of EPRI.

John Byrne explains how ESB is investing up to €10 billion in the five key areas of renewable and clean generation, connected home technology, smart metering, distributed generation and electricity, and a smart network.  "The aim ...

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Smart Grids will be enabled by new fibre broadband

Last update on March 7, 2014.

CER announced today March 7th that it has agreed with ESB on proposals to roll out  FTTB (fibre to the building) on the electrical distribution network.

The news over the past few months, that ESB was planning to roll out a major fibre infrastructure on the distribution system,  was widely welcomed by those in more rural areas of Ireland.  At last they have the prospect of 100MB broadband to put them on a par with their urban cousins (maybe more advanced in some cases).  ESB is doing this through the mechanism of a joint venture company with a major telecoms ...

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Service Oriented Smart Grids

Last update on Feb. 24, 2014.

I'm sure you have immediately twigged that I am borrowing from the ICT lexicon of SOA from 10 years ago.  But it can be useful sometimes to look at definitions from different standpoints.  Most smart grid definitions are something like the following: "an electricity network that can cost efficiently integrate the behaviour and actions of all users connected to it  in order to ensure economically efficient, sustainable power system with low losses and high levels of quality and security of supply and safety." This is perfectly understandable, provided you understand what it says!

Another way to look at the ...

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"You heard it here first – a British Minister calling for a European supergrid"

Last update on Feb. 24, 2014.

No, this is not a claim for an exclusive; this is a direct quote from Ed Davey last week, addressing the  Syndicat des Énergies Renouvelables (Ser) 15th Annual Symposium on Europe's role in tackling energy and climate change issues.

Davey explained that this was so that wind from Northern Europe can flow south and sun from Southern Europe can flow north. Of course it also ties into the prospect of wind from Ireland flowing East!

What was equally interesting was the insight the speech provided into the UK view of the EU Commission's proposals on 2030.  Davey spoke ...

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Can Ireland benefit from EU Ocean energy plans?

Last update on Feb. 24, 2014.

The European Commission has recently presented a new action plan  to facilitate the further development of the renewable ocean energy sector in Europe.  

At the end of 2012 the offshore wind energy sector consisted of nearly 5GW of installed capacity in 55 offshore farms in 10 European countries.   By 2020 total installed capacity is projected to reach 43GW, producing approximately 3% of the EU's total electricity consumption. The Commission believes that with technological improvements and additional public support for early stage development, the ocean energy sector may be able to develop to a similar scale as offshore wind over ...

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CER Smart Metering Publications

The CER recently published  two Consultation Papers on the National Smart Metering Programme (NSMP).

1. Steady State Model

2. Time of Use Tariffs

In the July Decision Paper (cer12008), CER outlined the high level requirements for the design and functionality of the National Smart Metering end to end technology solution including metering.

The CER is also consulting on Time of Use Tariffs. The paper seeks the views of the public and CER Stakeholders with regard to a time of use mandate for electricity tariffs, and also considers the issues and opportunities related to time of use tariffs in gas. This paper also sets out examples of how the mandate could be shaped.

Closing Date: 6th September 2013

Responses to Consultation Papers to smartmetering@cer.ie