DECC publishes Community Energy Strategy

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (“DECC“) today published a strategy paper focusing on the role that communities can play in helping to meet the UK’s energy and climate change challenges (the “Strategy“).  Recognising that much of DECC’s focus has been helping to deliver large national infrastructure projects, the Strategy acknowledges the importance of community led action and the role it can play in helping to tackle difficult energy issues, including the development of smart grids.

The Strategy focuses on a wide variety of community activities, including so called “D3” (demand reduction, demand side response and distributed generation) and includes examples of projects in which communities are helping to shape the development of smart grids. Read more of this post

Czech Data Protection Authority published its Position on Smart Metering

On 15 January 2014, the Czech Office for Personal Data Protection (the “ÚOOÚ“) issued its Position No. 1/2014 on Smart Metering and the Protection of Personal Data (the “Position“).

Despite a finding by the Ministry of Industry and Trade that a national deployment of smart meters would be uneconomical (September 2012), there has been a continued deployment of smarter metering systems in the Czech Republic.  The ÚOOÚ’s position is likely to be of interest to those active in the smart grid market in the Czech Republic and, given the common basis of much European data protection law, those operating in other jurisdictions in Europe and around the world. Read more of this post

French competition authority expresses concerns about government proposals on electricity Demand Side Response

On 13 January 2014, the French competition authority published an opinion on the subject of proposed secondary legislation setting out the rules for electricity Demand Side Response. The French competition authority was not convinced that a consumer surcharge to subsidise DSR would achieve the desired effect. It also made a number of recommendations to ensure fairness among DSR providers.

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Bird & Bird have published the third in a new series of market summaries focused on the Slovak Republic

This summary focuses upon:

  • The market today: including plans to roll-out electricity smart meters.
  • What to watch: including an overview of forthcoming smart meter trials.
  • The long-term picture: including the 2013 draft Slovak Power Industry Policy.

Click here to view –  SmartGrid Slovak Republik 01 2014