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Smart Energy International Podcast
33 minutes | 16 days ago
Episode #12: Exploring Meters & More's evolution
In this episode, Claire Volkwyn speaks to Meters and More general manager, Carlo Maria Drago and Alessandro Lasciandare, technical expert and member of two of the Association’s working groups. The conversation includes the evolution of the Meters and More standard, explores the reasons for the Associations creation, the celebration of a major milestone and touches on the focus areas for 2021 and beyond. Meters and More is a leading, open solution for smart metering and other applications used in completed and on-going rollouts. It is supported by over 40 leading member organizations. Worldwide, over 40 million smart meters are operated using Meters & More technology.
37 minutes | 18 days ago
Episode #11: The SECC and the modern energy consumer
Do you know what it is that your customers think about energy consumption, smart home technology, or your service? In this episode, Patty Durand, CEO of the Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative answers questions about modern energy consumers following research launched late last year. The SECC works to learn the wants and needs of energy consumers in North America, encourages the collaborative sharing of best practices in consumer engagement among industry stakeholders, and educates the public about the benefits of smart energy and energy technology. Durand speaks to us about consumer engagement in general and specifically during this time of COVID-19.
38 minutes | a month ago
Episode #10: The secret of reliable smart meter communication and standards
In this podcast episode, industry experts from the PRIME Alliance and Arkossa Smart Solutions discuss the secrets of reliable smart meter communication and the importance of industry standards. The PRIME Alliance (PRIME = PoweRline Intelligent Metering Evolution) is focused on the development of a new open, public and non-proprietary telecom solution which will support not only smart metering functionalities but also progress towards the Smart Grid. Power line communications is the most suitable and natural technology to provide the needed telecoms performance, even in complex underground electricity grids. In this episode, we talk about the evolution to and from PRIME v1.4 and the improved reliability, robustness and frequency coverage that the new version delivers, as well as the interoperability brought to the table by PRIME+. In order to keep communication channels operating at optimal levels, PRIME Hybrid provide a combination of standardised PLC & RF/IoT solutions to increase robustness – how will this increased flexibility work to power the cities of the future along with the water, gas and power utilities of tomorrow? Christos Aslanidis (Senior Principal Engineer at Renesas Electronics Europe and Board member PRIME Alliance) and Victor Dominguez (Chief Executive Officer, Arkossa Smart Solutions) talk about their experiences with the creation of industry standards and pushing the boundaries of smart meter communication. This episode is brought to you in partnership with PRIME Alliance. Guests: Christos Aslanidis | Senior Principal Engineer at Renesas Electronics Europe | Board member PRIME Alliance Victor Dominguez | Chief Executive Officer | Arkossa Smart Solutions Host: Claire Volkwyn | Editor| Smart Energy International Music by NSAT
43 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode #9: Cybersecurity risk management and supply chains
In this podcast episode, we address the necessity of cybersecurity risk management, which is no longer just about protecting your operations. Managing third-party vendor cyber risk is fast becoming the defining cybersecurity challenge of our time. The increase in the number of suppliers we engage with as the digitalisation of the energy sector progresses means that enterprise networks are becoming increasingly vulnerable to the vulnerabilities of those partners. Put simply, the extended ecosystem is the threat. Your host Claire Volkwyn speaks with Jim Penrose, former NSA senior leader and COO of New York City-based cybersecurity firm BlueVoyant. They discuss supply chain risk and its greater implications, the interdependence between organisations and how risk and cybersecurity risk management are interconnected. Guest: Jim Penrose | Chief Operations Officer | BlueVoyant Host: Claire Volkwyn | Editor| Smart Energy International Music by NSAT
36 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode #8: In pursuit of carbon neutrality
In this podcast episode, we delve into the details of the latest World Energy Markets Observatory (WEMO), Capgemini’s annual thought leadership and research report that tracks the development and transformation of the energy markets around the world. The 2020 edition of this report is like no other as it’s based on insights from 2019 and 2020, which turned out to be two very different scenarios due to the pandemic. The key question that the report asks is: How can the energy sector balance the competing priorities of addressing the immediate challenge related to COVID-19 pandemic, and taking drastic steps against climate change at the same time? To answer this question, your host Claire Volkwyn is joined by experts and main contributors to the report, Philippe Vié, Energy & Utilities Sector Head at Capgemini, and Colette Lewiner, Senior Energy Advisor to the Capgemini Chairman. Together, they discuss the implications of the pandemic on the energy markets and practical ideas for how utilities, policymakers and private companies can embrace a strategy that builds short-term resiliency while improving long-term sustainability. This episode is brought to you in partnership with Capgemini. Download the 2020 edition of the World Energy Markets Observatory. Guests: Philippe Vié | Energy & Utilities Sector Head | Capgemini Colette Lewiner | Senior Energy Advisor to Capgemini Chairman | Capgemini Host: Claire Volkwyn | Editor| Smart Energy International
31 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode #7: How to implement the EU Clean Energy Package in the smart grid
In this episode, our guest experts from the OSGP Alliance share their insights on how to implement the EU Clean Energy Package in the smart grid. The EU Clean Energy Package is a key initiative in reducing the world’s reliance on fossil fuels and shape the strategy of European DSOs. The challenge is to invest in technology in the smart grid so that it becomes truly smart; providing the intelligence and capabilities that will be needed to drive towards the Clean Energy Package outcomes. These outcomes include increased energy efficiency, a minimum 32% renewable energy in the energy mix, a robust governance system and a redesigned energy market among other things. Claire Volkwyn, your host and editor of Smart Energy International, is joined by Mark Ossel, Board member, OSGP Alliance and Jon Wells, Chairman of the technical committee, OSGP Alliance to talk about how communication is vital to further these outcomes. This episode is brought to you in partnership with the OSGP Alliance and Networked Energy Services (NES). Guest: Mark Ossel |Board member | OSGP Alliance Jon Wells | Chairman of the technical committee | OSGP Alliance Host: Claire Volkwyn | Editor| Smart Energy International Music by NSAT Related content:Webinar recording: Protect, Detect and Respond: securing the smart grid Listen also to:#6: Accelerating smart metering with revolutionary IoT eSIM#5: Simply Electrifying – How electricity continues to transform the world#4: Digitalisation’s role in the utility of the future#3: What a ’new normal’ will look like for the power sector
27 minutes | 5 months ago
Accelerating smart metering with revolutionary IoT eSIM
The demand for smart meters is expected to grow by more than $8.5 billion in five years. To reach this number of installations, smart meter vendors need to take advantage of the latest industry breakthroughs to ensure 24/7 reliable connectivity. In this episode, Petri Ounila, Director of IoT Devices at Aidon and Francis D´Souza, VP Strategy & Marketing for Analytics and IoT Solutions at Thales discuss the latest industry breakthroughs in cellular connectivity. They focuss on how cellular innovations simplify daily operations for smart meter vendors, grid managers and DSOs. Most importantly, they will also share their experience with the new, revolutionary IoT eSIM.
41 minutes | 6 months ago
Simply Electrifying - How electricity continues to transform the world
In this episode, we speak to Dr. Craig Roach, a well-known American energy expert, founder of Boston Pacific Company (Inc.) and author of the book Simply Electrifying: The Technology that Transformed the World, from Benjamin Franklin to Elon Musk (Bella Books, 2017). Simply Electrifying is a book which covers the history of electricity from the perspective of the individuals that influenced its development and the amazing minds behind the technology we take for granted today. We asked Dr. Roach to highlight some of the key moments in the development of the energy sector and the stories behind the people involved. Having worked with regulators as well as electric utilities and investors for more than four decades himself, Dr. Roach will not only share lessons from the past but also focus on how he believes the story will continue to play out. Guest:Dr. Craig R. Roach | Author | Simply Electrifying: The Technology that Transformed the World, from Benjamin Franklin to Elon Musk Host:Claire Volkwyn | Editor| Smart Energy International Music by NSAT
37 minutes | 7 months ago
Digitalisation’s role in the utility of the future
Digitalisation is a key enabler to the utility of the future. Deeper insights into the network and improved efficiency, especially in a time of social distancing, is also providing utilities the ability to remotely control and monitor a multitude of devices. In this episode, Claire Volkwyn, editor of Smart Energy International, speaks with Mike Ballard, Vice President Industry Strategy at Oracle Utilities. They will discuss Oracle’s take on digitalisation, the impact of COVID-19 and why financial sustainability is so important for utilities in both developed and developing countries. This episode it brought to you in partnership with Oracle Utilities. Music by NSAT
43 minutes | 8 months ago
What a ’new normal’ will look like for the power sector
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the world has been widely covered and discussed. But as the world shifts to balancing economies versus health concerns, we turn our attention to the next phase of this changing landscape. In this episode of the Smart Energy International podcast, we wonder how is the power sector is going to be impacted by this pandemic in the long run. How is it going to affect operations? What are the implications for the utility workforce? Are security concerns valid? Guests:Philippe Vié | Global Energy, Utilities and Chemicals Sector Leader | CapgeminiThorsten Heller | CEO | GreenbirdJon Wells | Vice President of Customer Solutions | Networked Energy Services (NES)
46 minutes | 8 months ago
How has the energy sector changed in the last 10 years? Reflections from close observers
The past decade has been one of the most exciting in the history of electric power. Globally, the power and utility sectors have evolved at unprecedented speed. This is thanks to the emergence, and rapidly, the prominence of new technologies and innovation – from generation to the end consumer. We’ve also seen a major shift in how we view the sector, and its function in modern life. In this episode of the Smart Energy International podcast, we will reflect on the past decade and discuss how the sector has grown from four perspectives: generation, innovation, communication and the consumer. Join us as the editors from Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International, the event director of Enlit Europe and leader from Clarion Energy’s US office, share their experiences and insights, having walked the journey with the sector for the last ten years and more. Guests: Claire Volkwyn | Editor-at-large| Smart Energy International Kelvin Ross | Head of Content Strategy for Enlit Europe and the editor-in-chief for Power Engineering International and Smart Energy International Paddy Young |Event Director l Enlit Europe Teresa Hansen |Vice President, Content l Clarion Energy Host: Philip Gordon | Staff writer Smart Energy International
28 minutes | 9 months ago
COVID-19 - Utility crisis management
In this podcast, we examine the efforts of utilities from around the world to tackle the new realties of life during a pandemic. How are utilities keeping staff and customers safe? What role is technology playing during this time and what special measures have been put in place to ensure service continuity Speakers interviewed include: Rajesh Bansal, Senior Executive Vice President and Head of Network Operations | BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd (Delhi) Frank Thiel, Managing Director | Quezon Power Ltd Co. (Philippines) Hervé Champenois, Director of the Linky programme | Enedis Roberto Zangrandi, Secretary General | E.DSO – European Distribution System Operators Michele Ivancich, HR manager (Central Italy), Italgas Raymond G Sandoval, Director-Corporate Communications | PNM Resources Tim Epp, Senior Manager, Work & Asset Management | Snohomish County PUD Josh Langdon, Director of Grid Operations & Reliability | NV Energy Gary King, Chief Workforce Officer | SMUD Paul Tartaglia, SVP of Technology and Innovation | NYPA Your host: Claire Volkwyn, Editor, Smart Energy International Music by NSAT Visit us on smart-energy.com for quality news and insights into the global power and energy sectors
70 minutes | 10 months ago
EU Energy package for the future utility
Directive (EU) 2019/944 on common rules for the internal market for electricity, Directive 2012/27/EU and the Regulation (EU) 2019/943 on the internal market for electricity are all set to change the face of the EU energy markets. EU 2019/944 will determine the rules shaping a new common electricity market within the EU, encouraging member states to support cross-border trade in electricity, facilitate consumer participation, sustain investments in flexible energy generation — including storage and electro-mobility — and improve interconnections among different national energy systems.The provisions also require, among other things, electricity markets to be competitive and consumer-centred, while ensuring that electricity customers are free to purchase power from the supplier of their choice. Regulation (EU) 2019/943 aims to set the ground rules for the future common electricity market, describing how a fair cross-border exchange in electricity should be conducted, while also setting the basic rules to encourage free price formation and more flexible generation and demand. Central to the directive is the belief that it should "deliver appropriate investment incentives for generation, in particular for long-term investments in a decarbonised and sustainable electricity system, energy storage, energy efficiency and demand response to meet market needs." Listen to the webinar, and join us as we explore the energy transition in Europe and how these directives are enabling a new energy dynamic. Speakers 1. Roberto Zangrandi Secretary-General, E.DSO 2. Willem Strabbing, Managing Director, ESMIG 3. Laurent Schmitt, Secretary-General, ENTSO-E
63 minutes | 10 months ago
2019/2020 – review and forecast.
2019 has been a year of significant change and upheaval. The climate change movement has gained momentum, further galvanising changes to policy around the world and prompting cities all over the globe to commit to Net Zero goals by 2050 latest. At the same time, the United States has made its intention to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement known yet that country has also seen a significant commitment from leaders, cities and organisations to better, more efficient and climate-friendly energy usage and generation. Increasing focus has been placed on the electrification of transport and heating; while digitalisation projects have been started by utilities in just about every country in the world. At the same time, cybersecurity has become both a focus and a concern. The European Union’s new energy package has come into effect and the full implications of Brexit as still be understood. Join us as we discuss 2019 - a year in review and 2020 - predictions and trends. Our panel of expert shared their keen insights into: The most significant happenings of the yearUnexpected trends and 2019 predictions that never came true2020 predictions - the frontrunners and the outliersWe cast an eye over the year that was, and consider the possibilities for the year ahead. Speakers: Thorsten Heller, CEO, GreenbirdKevin O’Donovan, Technology evangelistJennifer Runyon, Content Director for DISTRIBUTECHAreti Ntaradimou, Content Director for Enlit Europe.
60 minutes | 10 months ago
Re-energising the utility talent pipeline
Modern society has been shaped by three major industrial revolutions. The steam engine, the age of science and mass production, and the rise of digital technology – sectoral transitions have accompanied by a transition in the type to skills needed to thrive. As we enter what is known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a time subject to disruptive technologies and trends such as IoT, robotics, virtual reality and AI – changing the way we live and work. Do a Google search for utilities+talent and the results speak to the challenge of developing, maintaining and harnessing talent in the changing utility environment. We spoke to utility companies and academia which are embracing the new dynamic, encouraging start-ups and young talent to challenge and disrupt the status quo and pursue a clean, secure and fair energy transition. During the webinar we will ask the following questions: What needs to be done to encourage and harness young talent in an energy company environment? How can start-ups and energy companies work together to enhance and support each other’s work from a cultural and next-generation mindset perspective? ·What are the new skills that are going to be required in the sector in the next decade and how do we go about ensuring these skills are available when we need them? ·Is regulation keeping pace with the speed of development? How do we ensure the next-generation talent chooses the energy sector? Join us as we explore the talent requirements of the next millennium and the utilities, companies and organisations spearheading the delivery of these critical skills for the future. Speakers: Dr. Tony Manninen, co-founder & CEO at game studio LudoCraft Marloes Wichink-Kruit. Human Capital Manager, InnoEnergy Pirjo Jantunen – Business Development Manager – Helen
13 minutes | a year ago
Trends in the European Energy Sector
Thorsten Heller, CEO of Greenbird discusses the hottest trends in the energy sector with Claire Volkwyn, Editor at Smart Energy International during European Utility Week and POWERGEN Europe. Four years ago, the landmark Paris Climate Change Agreement was reached. Fifty-five countries agreed to “combat climate change and to accelerate and intensify the actions and investments needed for a sustainable low carbon future.” Change is hard, and of course the agreement has had its own recent challenges, but it was interesting to see how these values were very much in focus at European Utility Week in Paris. In the opening keynote presentations, many of the speakers addressed the urgency for the Energy Transition, reflecting the industry’s awareness that change is not only here, it needs to accelerate. Today, there are numerous challenges for the sector. In the keynote panel discussion, participants identified many, including infrastructure issues, growing complexity, affordability, cooperation from players within the industry and the increasing volumes of data utilities and their employees are now managing. The city of Paris was a pioneer both of street lighting and new ideas; hence its nickname ‘The City of Light’. As the world’s energy community gathered in the city, will their discussions lead to the innovative ideas that will keep all our cities well lit and powered in a sustainable way for generations to come? This podcast originally aired on the Be Energized Podcast and was authorised to be hosted on our platform by Greenbird.
18 minutes | a year ago
Energy utility trends update from Asian Utility Week 2019
20,000 miles travelled, three speeches given, 11,000 attendees mingled with, dozens of interesting industry people met and a small dash of jetlag. In this episode we discuss the key trends in Asia with two key representatives from the Free Electrons Global Energy Startup Program and CLP, Elke Kornalijnslijper and Pubudu Abayasiri.Free Electronshttps://www.clpsec.com/ This podcast originally aired on the Be Energized Podcast and was authorised to be hosted on our platform by Greenbird.
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