Smart Grids Market Summary – France

Bird & Bird continues its series of smart grids market summaries, this time focusing on France. The summary looks at:

  • The market today: including plans to replace 35 million traditional electricity meters with smart meters over the next 6 years.
  • Looking ahead: including plans to reform current regulations and develop a skilled labour pool to aid the development of smart grids.
  • What to watch: including aiming to create 10,000 new jobs in the smart grids sector by 2020.

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Smart Grids Market Summary – Sweden

Bird & Bird have published a further summary in its series on smart grids. This summary focuses upon:

  • The market today: including the establishment of a Coordination Council for Smart Grids and the almost complete installation of smart meters in Swedish households.
  • What to watch: including an electricity market in transformation and the development of a political framework for smart grids.
  • Looking ahead: including infrastructure development and the Coordination Council’s report.

Smart Grids Market Summary – Sweden

Smart Grids Market Summary – The Netherlands

Bird & Bird have published a new market summary in its ongoing series. This summary focuses upon:

  • The market today: the development and implementation of Smarter Grids, including 31 ongoing smart grid projects.
  • What to watch: including reducing CO2 emissions and the roll-out of smart meters.
  • The long-term picture: including developing one integrated smart grid by 2030.

Smart Grids Market Summary – The Netherlands

Article by Adam Gillert published on LexisNexis’ World of IP and IT Law

An article by Bird & Bird Senior Associate Adam Gillert focusing on smart grids in Britain has been published on LexisNexis’ World of IP and IT Law (WIPIT) blog. WIPIT is a blog for curious intellectual property and information technology lawyers with a nose for business, innovation and technology. Adam’s article gives a general introduction to smart grids including many of the benefits, opportunities and challenges they present. To read the article, please click here.

Smart Grid Market Summary – Spain

Bird & Bird have published a further market summary in its new series. This summary focuses upon:

  • The market today: including plans for the development and implementation of Smarter Grids.
  • What to watch: including anticipated investment in Smart Grids in Spain over the next decade.
  • The long-term picture: including the projected timeline for the installation of Smart Meters.

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JRC publish updated inventory of smart grid and metering projects in Europe

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre has published an updated inventory of smart grid and metering projects in Europe for 2014.

The inventory identifies 459 projects launched from 2002 onwards, amounting to over €3 billion in investments. Interactive visualisation tools allow users to generate customised graphs, charts and maps.

The JRC have also published a 153 page report, which addresses topics such as:

  • an overview of projects in Europe (including project maturity, scale, geographical distribution and budget range)
  • sources of funding
  • details of who is investing and of multinational collaboration
  • projects started in 2013-2014
  • progress of smart meter deployment
  • insight into smart customer projects.

The inventory and associated report are sure to prove a useful resource for those interested in smart grid projects in EU states (plus Switzerland and Norway). For example, the report shows that 42 smart grid projects started in 2013 with a total investment of around €415 million.

For further detail see Smart Grid Projects Outlook 2014. Readers may also be interested in Bird & Bird’s on-going series of EU and other smart grid market summaries.

Smart Grid Market Summary – India

Bird & Bird have published the fourth in its series of market summaries.

This summary focuses upon:

  • The market today: including India’s roadmap for implementing smart grids.
  • What to watch: including details of smart meter roll out plans.
  • The long-term picture: including key challenges facing the Indian energy sector.

Click here to view – Smart Grid India Summary

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

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

Smart Grid Market Summary – European Union

Bird & Bird have published the second in a new series of market summaries focused on the EU.

This summary focuses upon:

  • The market today: including drivers of the EU’s commitment to smart grids.
  • What to watch: including an overview of smart grid projects within the EU.
  • The long-term picture: including the continued importance of policy choices by individual member states.

Click here to view – Smart Grid EU Summary

Month in review: June 2013

June saw a number of related, and often highly publicised, developments around capacity markets and renewables that will encourage those advocating smart grids to redouble efforts to persuade stakeholders that smart grids should be kept at the top of the energy agenda.

These developments come at a time when Britain has to navigate the difficulties of a more intermittent power supply and tackle the capacity, carbon and flexibility challenges that it is likely to face in the future. Read more of this post

Ofgem seeks views on DNO business plans for RIIO-ED1

Ofgem is currently seeking stakeholder views on electricity distribution companies’ (DNOs) business plans for the next electricity distribution price control (RIIO-ED1) to help inform its assessment of those plans. DNOs have already submitted those plans to Ofgem and published them on their own websites.

RIIO-ED1 is the first price control review for the electricity distribution sector to be conducted under the new RIIO model (Revenue = Incentives + Innovation + Outputs). It will set the outputs which DNOs need to deliver, and the revenues which they will receive, for an eight-year period beginning on 1 April 2013. For further background see the related blog article: Ofgem publishes Strategy Decision for RIIO-ED1 (March 4, 2013).

Any DNOs that are deemed by Ofgem to have very high-quality business plans will be “fast-tracked”, which means that their price control will be agreed around nine months ahead of the other DNOs and over a year ahead of implementation.

Key questions highlighted in the consultation include the extent to which respondents believe that DNOs have adequately considered the potential efficiency gains from the adoption of smart solutions, including demand side response (DSR) and other aspects of the business plans that are likely to be of interest to those with a focus on smarter grids. Read more of this post

Smart Grid Market Summary – Czech Republic

Bird & Bird have published the first in a new series of market summaries.

This summary focuses upon:

  • The market today: including the challenge advocates of smart meters face in that market given the existing district ripple load control technology.
  • What to watch: key decision points that may play a significant role in determining the medium to long-term evolution of a Czech smart grid.
  • The long-term picture: including the emphasis on nuclear generation as a replacement for fossil fuels.

Click to here view the English-language version.
Click here to view the Czech-language version.

FSR Energy Encyclopaedia published

The Florence School of Regulation (FSR) unveiled an online Energy Encyclopaedia this week.  The Encyclopaedia has over 50 entries covering the following topics:

  • Electricity;
  • Gas;
  • Grids;
  • Energy Policy;
  • Climate Change;
  • Security of Supply;
  • Renewables; and
  • Regulation.

We believe that our readers, including those who may have a limited background in energy regulation, will find this an excellent source of useful and high quality information.