2-Minute Briefings

  • Grid Security June 9, 2017 Our energy networks are vital infrastructure and their protection is no easy task. Ensuring stability in the grid and stable supply of power to customers is a key priority for Transmission Systems Operators (TSOs) and Distribution Systems Operators (DSOs). A blackout can have a severe knock-on effect that not only inconveniences many household customers, but ...
  • Smart Grid Security June 2, 2017 Since the grid was first implemented in the US residents have stolen energy through various methods such as bypassing meters, using strong permanent magnets to slow meters down and inverting meters for a few days so that they run backwards. Committing malicious disruptions to the grid is relatively easy. Many substations in the US and ...
  • The Natural Gas Sectors of Argentina and Brazil May 26, 2017 Argentina has a gas-intensive economy. Commercial users account for 3.7% of gas supplied and the residential sector for 21.6%. Argentina, with around 2.9 billion barrels of proven oil reserves, is a significant player in the Latin American oil market. TGS is South America’s largest pipeline company. It delivers about 61% of Argentina’s total natural gas ...
  • The Gas Meter Market in the US May 19, 2017 One peculiarity of the US regulatory system for weights and measures is that responsibilities are shared between the federal and state governments. The United States has created both public and non-profit standardisation bodies of international renown, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM). For the ...
  • Dealing with an ageing transmission and distribution infrastructure May 5, 2017 Most of the European and North American Electricity Transmission and Distribution networks we know today are a legacy of the post-war boom and build cycles. In the years since the end of the Second World War, the population has grown, and our collective energy consumption has outpaced even that growth. With all of these increases in ...
  • Under Investment in the US Energy Grid April 28, 2017 The power delivery system is largely based on technology developed in the 1950s or earlier and installed as much as 50 years ago. The strain on this aging system is beginning to show, particularly as consumers ask it to do things it was not designed to do. Energy transmission has been further complicated by efforts ...
  • Cascading Outages April 21, 2017 Short, localised outages occur on power systems fairly frequently. System-wide disturbances that affect many customers across a broad geographic area are rare, but they occur more frequently than a normal distribution of probabilities would predict. Electric power systems are robust and are capable of withstanding one or two contingency events, but they are fragile with ...
  • The Ukranian Transmission Network April 14, 2017 The transmission and distribution network that Ukraine inherited from the Soviet Union is inefficient and antiquated and a significant amount of power generated in Ukraine is wasted via line losses. In February 2001, Russia and Ukraine struck a deal to reconnect their energy grids, providing Ukraine with a more stable electric frequency and allowing Russia ...
  • World Bank review of HydroPower January 20, 2017 In the 1990s this has resulted in a succession of calls for a moratorium on World Bank funding and reparations for those affected by construction of large dams. Although it had been involved in the financing of a relatively small proportion of the large dams, the World Bank Group had become a major focus of criticism ...
  • Natural gas in Europe 2010 January 16, 2017 Western Europe produces 10% of the world’s natural gas, the bulk of it from the North Sea, and consumes 18% of the global total, importing via pipeline from Russia and North Africa and as LNG from countries further afield. The energy profiles of the various European countries vary widely. The UK, Netherlands and Norway are ...
  • A Historical look at Suzlon in India January 6, 2017 The below was originally published in 2010. The leading domestic company is Suzlon and is ranked sixth among world producers. In 2009, Suzlon had a 6.9% share of the global wind turbine market and in March 2010 had a 45% share of the domestic market. In May 2007, Suzlon acquired a 33.6% stake in German manufacturer REpower ...
  • Historical Data Series: Bhutan Hydropower December 23, 2016 Bhutan is almost entirely dependent on hydro power for its electricity. The total installed hydro capacity is 1,465 MW out of 1,490 MW. This capacity was only reached in 2007 at the end of the Ninth Five-Year Development Plan, at the start of which it was only 428 MW. The country is endowed with a large ...
  • Water Supplier Deregulation in England coming in April 2017 – and what it means for your business December 16, 2016 UtilityWise have performed a survey in October of this year targeting decision makers for companies of various sizes in the UK. This was done in light of the upcoming changes in the water market for consumers and businesses, whereby the market is set to become deregulated. End users will have free choice of supplier in ...
  • Historical government support for wind energy in Portugal – 2010 December 9, 2016 The following is a look back at the market for wind energy in 2010 and describes the outlooks and targets set at the time. The development of wind power in the past has been slow in Portugal, mainly due to lack of tariff support. At the end of 2001, new legislation and tariffs were announced and ...
  • Historical Overview of Indonesian Coal Producers December 2, 2016 In the development of Indonesian coal mining, the contractors pursue two different concepts. The one option as in the case of Kaltim Prima, involves all investment being borne by the mining firm using conventional methods with production conducted under its own management. The other approach adopted, for example by BHP Billiton/Arumin, provides for investment only ...
  • Energy Efficiency Products in the Transportation Sector – historical overview November 28, 2016 Numerous products are being developed to improve energy efficiency in the transportation sector. On top of micro-hybrid and other electric vehicles, there is also a market for more energy efficient engines and drive trains. Ecomotors Products: Engine (main) and other powertrain products Use: Transportation (all modes) and back-up power generation Established in the US in 2008 Ecomotors is developing ...
  • Historical experiences with wind energy – Spain November 18, 2016 Hurdles remain in the effort to make wind power even more successful in four main areas: variability, grid issues, centralised control centre, and meteorological prediction. Critics of wind power in Spain have pointed to the inherent variability of the energy source as one of the main stumbling blocks to integrating it into the existing system. In ...
  • China Energy Storage Technologies November 11, 2016 Pumped hydro China has over 50% of the world’s small hydro plants and generous subsidies for hydro projects. The world’s largest hydro pump storage project is located in Tianhuangping. Several pumped storage projects are in the pipeline or have been developed over the past three years, perhaps to balance planned intermittent renewable capacity. Although the number ...
  • Historical Overview of the Solar Industry in Germany November 4, 2016 From time to time we take you back to one of our past reports to present the state of an industry as it was viewed when it was written. This time, we look at the solar industry. Since 2003 Germany has experienced strong growth in Solar PV capacity, reaching 9,151 MW by 2009. Historically, 98% of ...
  • Key Companies in Major Natural Gas Importing Countries October 28, 2016 CNOOC The CNOOC is China’s largest producer of offshore crude oil and natural gas and one of the largest independent oil and gas exploration and production companies. In the first half of 2011 natural gas production increased by 23.5% to 208.2 bcf, compared to 168.6 bcf in the same period in 2010. The realised natural gas ...