Commissioning Engineer

In international news, UK electricity distribution network operator, Western Power Distribution (WPD), has commissioned global telecoms and smart energy adviser Analysys Mason to conduct an assessment of deployed and planned smart grid initiatives in the UK and around the globe.

The energy advisor said in a statement that the key objective of the appraisal of smart grid telecoms solutions is to identify new and emerging telecoms technologies and/or best practices suitable for deployment in the utility environment.

Smart grid analysis

The outcomes from this appraisal will help identify technologies and best-practice processes to support smart grid telecoms within WPD. ‘Project NEXUS’, the name adopted by the project, will work in collaboration with key industry stakeholders throughout this appraisal, the smart energy firm said in a statement.

David Healey, partner and head of smart energy at Analysys Mason said: “[…] this project…will not only offer important guidelines for WPD, but will benefit the entire power distribution industry. Effective and efficient operational communication solutions are central to the UK energy industry’s triple challenge of security, equity and environmental sustainability.”

Working in Africa

Analysys Mason’s smart energy team has taken up an advocacy role internationally to promote the importance of telecoms and ICT as the central pillar for future power utility business and strategic planning.

Bram Moerman, CEO of Analysys Mason said: “We believe this project will provide an important set of tools for all key industry stakeholders that can be used as an efficient and effective methodology to achieve smart grid and sustainable energy ambitions.”

In May, the energy advisor partnered with South African consulting company EON Consulting and energy group Iberdrola, to advance the development and implementation of smart energy technologies and services in South Africa.

The firm added that this partnership will help deploy energy solutions that will benefit utility operators and consumers alike and enable South Africa to leapfrog the energy challenges it has faced in the past.

Bertha Dlamini CEO of EON Consulting explained: “Achieving transformation in the South Africa market requires the leveraging of global expertise in utility transformation and the use of smart energy technologies, coupled with strong local knowledge around the particular requirements of the South Africa market and its consumers.”

Global smart cities

Healey added in regard to the UK partnership: “From electrification of transport to national adoption of distributed generation, energy storage and real-time demand management, intelligent and dynamic power distribution networks will become the key enabler.

“Analysys Mason was selected by WPD because of our […] access to existing analysis, in addition to our ability to generate new research and analysis relating to smart grids.”