Ofgem commences work programme to bring reformed, smarter markets

The UK government has the objective of ensuring that all GB domestic gas and electricity consumers have smart meters by the end of this decade. 

On 31 July 2012, Ofgem announced that over the next 12 months it intends to enter a policy development phase in relation to four priority areas for reform in preparation for a “smarter” market. Under the proposed work programme, reformed market arrangements are to be put in place as soon as reasonably practicable (and in any event by 2020). 

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EU Commission launches request for information about electricity smart grid projects that may qualify for EU support

 On 20 July 2012, the European Commission launched a request for information regarding electricity smart grid projects that may qualify as Projects of Common Interest (PCIs) under the proposed EU Regulation on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure (COM/2011/658). The proposed legislation would allow PCIs to potentially benefit, amongst other things, from streamlined permit granting procedures as well as direct EU financial support.  The deadline for responses to the request is 30 September 2012.

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ENISA reports on Smart Grid Security

On 10 July 2012, the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) published a report on Smart Grid Security.  The report by this EU Agency contains 10 recommendations intended as useful and practical advice for members of both the public and private sector involved in smart grid definition and implementation. The target audience includes business leaders, security consultants, engineers and others.  

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