EU Commission only selects two smart grid projects for first PCI list

On 14 October 2013 the European Commission released its first ‘projects of common interest‘ (‘PCI’) list. Of the 248 projects named, only two were smart grid projects.

What is the PCI list?

The PCI list, which will be updated every two years, represents those projects which the European Commission has decided should receive additional support as part of its on-going ambition to advance Europe’s energy market. The Commission’s press release explains that for a project to be eligible it must be capable of generating significant benefits for a minimum of two Member States and contribute to competition and market integration. It must also enhance the security of energy supplies for such Member States and be in line with Europe’s low carbon/reducing emissions objectives. Read more of this post

Bird & Bird attend ENA event

On 14 October 2013, the Energy Networks Association (“ENA“) held a seminar to highlight recent work on the so-called Transform model (“Transform“) and also the release of a report in April 2013 that provided an overview of updates to that model and of conclusions drawn. Transform was developed through the DECC/Ofgem Smart Grid Forum and is designed to assist DNOs in evaluating the benefits of smart grid investments, as opposed to taking a business as usual approach. Read more of this post

SmartGrid GB’s latest report on consumer opportunities is now available on-line

SmartGrid GB’s latest report Smart grid: a great consumer opportunity –  Ensuring smart grid delivers value to all consumers is now available.

The report was produced by SmartGrid GB in association with Engage Consulting Limited and follows just a few months after SmartGrid GB, with the assistance of Bird & Bird, published an initial report on Demand Side Response in the Capacity Market which touches on many related issues.

Whilst recognising that Britain is currently a world leader in smart grid development, the latest report acknowledges that engaging consumers is one of the most challenging propositions in the GB smart grid agenda.   Read more of this post

New initiative to support Smart Energy and Smart Cities in the UK

The Department for Business Innovation & Skills (“BIS“) announced today the launch of their new Smart Cities Forum, which aims to help UK cities take advantage of intelligent technology and data designed to enhance the quality of life in urban environments and improve energy efficiency, minimise environmental impacts and save money.  The forum will be chaired by Greg Clark, the minister for cities, and David Willetts, the minister for universities and science. The forum will also include scientists and representatives from cities and business sectors. Read more of this post

Draft Regulation on the Technical Minimum Requirements for the Use of Smart Measurement Systems Passes European Notification

A new article relating to the above has been posted on the German Energy Blog – click here for more information.

Bird & Bird advises the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change on national roll out of smart gas and electricity meters

Bird & Bird is pleased to announce that it has been advising the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on the procurement of a series of major contracts on behalf of industry worth £2.2bn as part of DECC’s Smart Metering Implementation Programme.

Providing for the roll out of 53m gas and electricity smart meters to homes and small businesses across Great Britain, the Smart Metering Implementation Programme is the most significant change in the British energy market since the conversion to North Sea gas in the 1970s. Most households in Britain will have smart meters installed by 2020.

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