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North West Regional Energy Strategy

Last update on July 8, 2020.

North West Regional Energy Strategy

The North West Strategic Growth Partnership - set up in 2016 under the North South Ministerial Council – has developed a draft North West Regional Energy Strategy and Roadmap. Derry City and Strabane District Council and Donegal County Councils jointly developed the strategy as part of their Climate Action plans, and aim to drive reductions in energy use throughout the region, encourage the growth of renewable energy, and a reduction in carbon emissions.

The joint council authority are keen to work with others in developing a collaborative approach to their plans to decarbonise the North West, and last year organised several stakeholder ...

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Engerati Explains: Prospective Fault Level Monitoring

Last update on March 16, 2020.

Engerati Explains: Prospective Fault Level Monitoring

As the DNOs manage the transition to a flexible, smart grid, one key operational parameter is fault level. While modelling software may generate a prospective value, is it reliable enough to underpin investment and safety decisions? Since 2011, SP Energy Networks and signal processing specialist Outram Research have collaborated to develop two fault level meters: an award-winning portable device that uses normal disturbance to calculate the fault level, and now a Real Time Fault Level Monitor that gives read outs in seconds and can monitor network capacity in real time. In our special report, Outram Research explains its technology and ...

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15 years later: US reviews energy transmission incentives

Last update on March 16, 2020.

15 years later: US reviews energy transmission incentives

As US lawmakers debate the first major energy policy legislation since the Energy Act of 2005, leading expert Rob Gramlich of US consultancy Grid Strategies presents a webinar on advanced transmission technology incentives and how to optimise the grid.

The inevitable shift towards renewable energy has prompted a fresh focus on incentives to expand and optimise the US transmission grid, as wind and solar resources tend to be located far from population centres.

Transmission costs will make up an increasing share of customers’ bills while generation costs decline, as congestion increases and grid operators have to redispatch more expensive sources ...

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Smart Cities – AKA Connected Communities

Last update on March 16, 2020.

Smart Cities – AKA Connected Communities

What exactly makes a smart city? Andrew Palmer, Consulting Director at CGI UK, argues that 5G is not the measure of one. Instead, he believes it is the interconnectivity between citizens, devices and buildings, allied to infrastructure and ecosystems which support a coherent vision.

When applied to complex environments such as cities, enterprises or utilities, the term ‘smart’ does not begin to describe the level of interoperability, connectedness, control and two-way interaction envisaged. I would suggest that the word ‘connected’ as opposed to ‘smart’ should be used. For example, we have ‘connected communities’ instead of ‘smart cities.’ One of the ...

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Verbund testing different AI technologies for both generation and retail use cases

Last update on March 16, 2020.

Verbund testing different AI technologies for both generation and retail use cases

Austria´s leading utility Verbund has created a new digital execution department to help different business units with digitalisation projects.  

The team is already examining which technologies are the best fit for various challenges in Verbund’s operations, from its more than 100 power plants to the retail supply group. Verbund has a demonstration power plant in Rabenstein, Styria under the Digital Hydropower Plant 4.0 project in conjunction with the European power plant association, the Graz University of Technology and with technology partners.  

It has a diving robot that can inspect the turbine and a digital twin to help ...

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