DNV KEMA Surveys Smart Grid Demonstration Projects Around the World
ARNHEM, THE NETHERLANDS, Nov 05, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --
Energy consulting and testing & certification company DNV KEMA
Energy & Sustainability was hired by Netbeheer Nederland -- the
Association of Energy Network Operators in the Netherlands -- to
study smart grid demonstration projects around the world, with a
focus on technical, policy, regulatory and social aspects. The points
learned from this study will help inform network operators involved
in current and future smart grid projects in the Netherlands.
The study focused on the differences between
continents. For instance, in the US, smart grids are mainly used to
make variable energy rates possible and to reduce peaks in
electricity use. In Europe, the emphasis is on energy efficiency and
reducing CO2 emissions, whereas in some parts of Asia the priority is
on improving the reliability of the energy network.
Smart grids can be used to counter peaks in energy
consumption because they can be used with pricing incentives.
However, a rates incentive alone is often insufficient to reduce
demand. Consumer involvement is also necessary to achieve this.
Energy displays and smart phone applications in particular increase
consumers' awareness of their energy consumption. A strong argument
for many people is that they enable financial savings with this. At
the same time, many consumers are not yet aware of the opportunities
that smart grids offer. It is important that this changes in order to
gain sufficient support for this new technology. The acceptance of
end users ultimately determines the success of a smart grid.
Preconditions for energy transition
Smart grids are an important
precondition to making the energy transition possible. Dutch network
operators invest approximately 1.5 billion euros annually in the
replacement and expansion of their grids. The Netbeheer Nederland
report 'Networks for the future' showed that between 20 and 70
billion euros extra must be invested before 2050 in order to adapt
and 'smarten' the energy grids. It is imperative that these
investments be practical. An earlier cost-benefit analysis showed
that smart grids are profitable, due to consumer behavioural
adaptation in response to variable energy rates as well as to cost
savings in the construction of the energy grid.
Before the network operators can decide to make such
sizeable investments, it is important that they first gain
smaller-scale experience with the different aspects of a smart grid.
To that end, the network operators started a number of test sites,
where these aspects are tested for feasibility in practice. The
experiences are shared among the network operators and with other
stakeholders, with the aim of using this knowledge to make the right
choices for the future. Now the results of the DNV KEMA study can be
used for this purpose as well. Click here for the full study.
About Netbeheer Nederland
Netbeheer Nederland (the Association of
Energy Network Operators in the Netherlands) is the branch
organisation for all electricity and gas network operators. The
network operators have two main tasks: they manage the physical grid
infrastructure and they facilitate the functioning of the market.
About DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability
DNV KEMA Energy &
Sustainability, with more than 2,300 experts in over 30 countries
around the world, is committed to driving the global transition
toward a safe, reliable, efficient, and clean energy future. With a
heritage of nearly 150 years, we specialize in providing world-class,
innovative solutions in the fields of business & technical
consultancy, testing, inspections & certification, risk management,
and verification. As an objective and impartial knowledge-based
company, we advise and support organizations along the energy value
chain: producers, suppliers & end-users of energy, equipment
manufacturers, as well as government bodies, corporations and
non-governmental organizations. DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability is
part of DNV, a global provider of services for managing risk with
more than 10,000 employees in over 100 countries. For more
information on DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability, visit
SOURCE: DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability
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