Ed’s note: The year in numbers


Something a little different as we prepare for the holidays and a chance to put our feet up with a good book and a drink of some sort. We wanted to share some of the numbers which made up our year!

Money and the energy transition:

€70 billion: Enel says it will spend €70 billion expanding its wind and solar power generation over the next 10 years. The company aims to be the world’s largest renewable energy producer outside China.

€17.5 billion: On 9 December 2020, the European Parliament and Council reached a provisional agreement on setting up the Just Transition Fund to mitigate the social impact of greening the economy. The fund is worth €17.5 billion and is a key tool to support regions in the transition towards climate neutrality by 2050.

Smart meters:

  • Approximate total installed in the US: 9 million
  • Total installed in the United Kingdom in 2020: 1,588,000
  • Total installed in Ireland: 200,000
  • Total number of Linky meters installed per day in France: 30,000
  • Number of smart meters installed by TNB: 340,000
  • Largest smart meter tender: 2.35 million meters for EESL, India
  • Anticipated demand for smart meters in Europe in 2021: 34.8 million meters.

And in the news…

  • Amazon is to invest in 26 utility-scale wind and solar plants with a capacity of 3.4GW of electricity. Amazon’s renewables capacity will thus be 4GW making it the world’s largest corporate buyer of clean energy.
  • A power outage on 14 October 2020 in Mumbai has been blamed on a cyberattack.
  • The State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, parts of the Pentagon and a number of utility companies were compromised when hackers undermined software created by SolarWinds. SolarWinds provides outsourced network monitoring services.

Winners this year:

  • Global Young Entrepreneur Excellence Award 2020: Rahul Walawalkar, president, India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA)
  • Smart utility of the year: UK Power Networks
  • Smart city award winner (Australia/New Zealand): City of Parramatta
  • Smart city award winner (UK): Sunderland
  • World Smart City award winner: Beijing
  • Newsweek most responsible company (energy and utility category): Eversource

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I hope these little bites of information kept you amused, amazed and informed.

In case you have any reading suggestions for over the holiday period, please send them our way: editorial@smart-energy.com.

As we head into the last weeks of December 2020, we wish you and yours a peaceful, prosperous and ‘oh so healthy’ 2021.

Best wishes,
The entire team at Smart Energy International