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June 2016


ETP Smartgrids evolves towards the ETIP Smart Networks for Energy Transition

The ETP Smartgrids becomes the ETIP SNET (European Technology and Innovation Platform Smart Networks for Energy Transition) as of this month.

With the new SET Plan presented by the EC in 2015, the ETPs are now evolving towards ETIPs and will integrate in a single advisory environment the stakeholders which were involved in the EIIs (European Industry Initiatives) and EERA.

In the case of the ETP Smartgrids evolving towards the ETIP SNET, it reflects the increasing need to consider the smart electricity networks within the wider energy system, broadening the stakeholders to be involved beyond the traditional ones (Distribution and Transmission networks, technology vendors and ICT, research and academia) to storage, consumers and other connected energy carriers (gas, hydrogen, transport, etc.). The ETIP SNET will therefore become the new integrated advisory environment to reflect this evolution.

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Smartgrids essential towards making Europe World n°1 in renewables: 6th ETP Smartgrids General Assembly debates on remaining challenges

Repowering Europe Conference, one of the largest joint European event this year among the smartgrids and solar photovoltaic sectors, was organised on 18 and 19 May in Brussels. It gathered over 200 participants active in Smartgrids and Solar Photovoltaics over two days.

The second day event, the European Technology Platform on SmartGrids (ETP SG) celebrated its 6th General Assembly, which was inaugurated by Marie Donnelly, Director for Renewables, Research and Innovation, Energy Efficiency at the European Commission.

The debate centred on the barriers to overcome to allow smart grids deployment and, in particular, the required reform in the market design to allow integrate further variable renewables, such as photovoltaic energy. European Union objective, amongst others, is to turn into a Low Carbon energy economy and maintain its leadership in renewable energies; this will require a shift in the way the electricity networks are planned and operated.

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ETP SmartGrids latest publications already available!

The ETP SG is proud to announce the publication of its latest reports as result from the work of various working groups and task forces. Four new publications were presented on the occasion of the 6th General Assembly addressing various challenges which smart grids are facing :

  • "The Digital Energy System 4.0", which discusses use cases and opportunities of digitalization of the energy system.

  • "Progress and Challenges on Asset Management for Future Smart Grids" - ETP SG Working Group 1 report, which outlines the challenges that grid assets are facing.

  • "The need for a fundamental review of electricity networks reliability standards" - ETP SG Security And Resilience Task Force's white paper.

  • "National and Regional Smart Grids initiatives in Europe" - Cooperation opportunities among Europe's local platforms - 2nd Ed., where the SG initiatives present their activities and the key smart grids projects underway in their respective countries/regions.

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Innovative and sustainable grid projects awarded “Good Practice of the Year”

Three innovative projects that help advance the grid integration of renewable energy have received the “Good Practice of the Year” award from the Renewables Grid Initiative.

The winners, announced at the Energy Infrastructure Forum in Copenhagen on 23rd June, are: 'Early Involvement of Landowners' by, the 'Virtual Power Plant Next Pool' developed by Next Kraftwerke GmbH and 'Minimise Cable Impact on Marine Ecosystems' by Terna.

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Grid+Storage public consultation on its draft 10-years roadmap

The Grid+Storage consortium is glad to announce the publication of their draft research and innovation (R&I) roadmap 2016-2025, integrating for the first time energy storage issues into electricity network activities. You are welcome to provide your input to the public consultation until 5 July 2016.

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Additional electricity interconnectors between Iberian Peninsula and the rest of Europe bring benefits

A new study has assessed the costs and benefits of additional electricity interconnections to end the energy isolation of the Iberian Peninsula. It concludes that further electricity interconnectors between Spain and France will bring significant socio-economic benefits.

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Joint declaration on Energy Union proposals to unlock the benefits of demand-side flexibility and energy efficiency

15 organisations representing various actors from the EU energy sector, have signed a joint declaration in the context of the ongoing the discussion on the Energy Union.

They put forward seven recommendations to drive an interactive demand side in the energy markets, and unlock the benefits of a sustainable, decentralised and consumer-focused energy system.

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ETIPWind workshop, 3 June: Where should R&I funding go

On 3 June, ETIPWind hosted a first workshop where Europe’s wind energy community started defining the Strategic Research Agenda 2016.

More than 50 participants from over 15 countries identified four key areas: Grid systems, infrastructure and integration; Operation and maintenance; Industrialisation; Offshore balance of plant

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European Parliament adopts report "Delivering a new deal for energy consumers"

On 26 May, the European Parliament adopted the Griffin report on “Delivering a new deal for energy consumers” (see here). This report, exclusively focused on energy household consumers, highlights the importance to empower citizens to become active participants in the energy markets.

Find ESMIG’s reaction and Eurelectric reaction on the link below.

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Deployment of Clean & Renewable Energy will be a Technology Trend of 2016

IEEE released past March 2016 the technology predictions from their experts for the year 2016. According to these experts, newer and more efficient ways to consume energy using renewables sources as well as energy efficiency will be one main focus for 2016.

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Historical agreement on regional operational coordination

ENTSO-E published an agreement it has signed with 36 interconnected TSOs to roll out regional security coordination service providers (RSCSPs): ​European transmission system operators have to step up regional coordination to deliver to the internal energy market and accommodate increasing shares of renewables. The multilateral agreement signed in December 2015 specifies the five services that all RSCSPs will offer and how they will extend across Europe in the next two years.

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27-28 June, Brussels (Belgium). RESCHEDULED! InnoGrid2020+

28 June, London (UK). Brazilian Challenges & Opportunities in the Solar PV and Smart Grid Markets

29 June, Brussels (Belgium). CEN-CENELEC Workshop on "Standards for digital transformation"

30 June, Anglet (France). 3rd ENERGISE workshop on “Communications Infrastructure Strategies for Smart Grid Applications”

8-9 Sept 2016, University of Coimbra (Portugal). BEHAVE 2016

11-13 October 2016, Prague ( Czech Republic). IFAC Workshop on Control of Transmission and Distribution Smart Grids (CTDSG 2016)

18-20 October 2016, Amsterdam (The Netherlands). IEC 61850 Europe 2016

27-28 October 2016, University of Coimbra (Portugal). International Workshop on Optimization Challenges in the Evolution of Energy Networks to Smart Grids

29-30 November 2016, Amsterdam (The Netherlands). SmartSec Europe 2016

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