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Making power grids fit for the transition will create 500,000 jobs

Last update on Jan. 15, 2021.

Making power grids fit for the transition will create 500,000 jobs

Distribution grids are the backbone of the digital and energy transition, as they ensure a continuous and reliable electricity flow, integrate the majority of renewable energy sources and enable the creation of new services for consumers. But to be fit-for-purpose in an increasingly decarbonised, decentralised and digitalised power system, there is an urgent need to ramp up investments in Europe’s distribution grids.

European distribution grids will need investments of €375-425 billion until 2030. That is the main conclusion of a landmark study conducted by the industry bodies Eurelectric and E.DSO. A first of its kind, the study which ...

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Catch Up - Connecting the Dots: Distribution Grid investment to Power the Energy Transition

Last update on Jan. 15, 2021.

Catch Up - Connecting the Dots: Distribution Grid investment to Power the Energy Transition

We're sorry you weren't able to attend our digital event. The recording will be made available on our website shortly. https://www.eurelectric.org/events/

Key messages are the following:

  • European distribution grids will need investments of €375-425 billion until 2030 to be to be fit-for-purpose in an increasingly decarbonised, decentralised and digitalised power system.
  • Modernisation, renewables integration and electrification are key investment drivers. The infrastructure is aging: 50 % of the grids are likely to be over 40 years old by the end of the decade. Moreover, expansions and replacements will be needed to integrate renewables, 70% of ...

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Business Supports and Grants

Last update on Oct. 15, 2020.

Business Supports and Grants

SEAI Energy Awards

2020 finalists announced

Twenty-four applicants across eight categories have been shortlisted for the 2020 SEAI Energy Awards. The annual awards recognise and reward excellence in sustainable energy in large and small business, communities, research, buildings, renewables and the public sector. We will announce the Winners in the coming weeks at a very special online broadcast event. Some of our finalists include Danone Wexford, SOLA Energy Solutions, Glasport Bio, Ervia Business Services, Energia and Astellas.

Meet all our finalists.

€28 million to support 39 community energy projects

SEAI Community Energy Grant Scheme

Minister for Environment, Climate and Communications ...

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IEA Technology Collaboration - Call now open

Last update on Oct. 15, 2020.

IEA Technology Collaboration - Call now open

The SEAI IEA TCP Task Appointment Call is open for applications.

Successful applicants to the call will participate in a research network that has 6,000 academics, researchers, policy makers and industry representatives, from nearly 300 public and private organisations, located in 55 countries from across the globe. The collaborations are focused on identifying optimal pathways for future energy systems and on developing new and improved technologies, processes and policies to deliver these.

The Call is open to public and private sector organisations based in Ireland (including Irish subsidiaries of overseas companies). Applications will be accepted from Companies, Research Performing ...

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Utility Regulator welcomes north south electricity interconnector planning decision

Last update on Sept. 21, 2020.

Utility Regulator welcomes north south electricity interconnector planning decision

The Utility Regulator has welcomed today’s decision by Infrastructure Minister, Nichola Mallon, to grant full planning permission to the north-south electricity interconnector.

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Accenture named a leader in IDC’s first assessment on blockchain services

Last update on Aug. 25, 2020.

Accenture named a leader in IDC’s first assessment on blockchain services

Accenture has been positioned as a Leader in blockchain capabilities by the IDC MarketScape.

The report IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Blockchain Services 2020 Vendor Assessment is the first IDC MarketScape assessment of vendors providing professional services supporting blockchain technologies.

Each of the 12 companies included in the report has a standalone blockchain practice or business unit and is actively working with clients to build blockchain implementations that have been deployed outside of a test environment.

Among Accenture’s notable strengths cited in the report are:

  • A comprehensive and well-articulated strategy that puts blockchain into a larger context across multiple industries, including ...

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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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