Part 3 of our walk through the archives as we document the changes and milestones in the evolution of the smart energy sector over the past 25 years.
The story of Smart Energy International’s evolution mirrors that of the dynamic sector we seek to serve. Here’s a recap of some of the milestones from around the world between 2006 and 2010:
- The IEC 61850 communications protocol is recognised as a standard that will change the industry.
- San Diego Gas & Electric plans to install smart meters for all its1.3 electricity customers by 2010.
- Cutting-edge technologies have failed to produce the great AMR revolution – because someone in the process forgot the consumer.
- Metering is smartest when it delivers business value but utilities are not taking full advantage of the benefits of AMR.
- The Bayard Group buys Hunt Technologies and the Enermet Group OY, Finland, making it the largest metering group in the world
- Twitter launches
- The term Smart Grid is first defined, referring to the deeply integrated use of digital technology and communications within power grids, thanks to the evolution of the smart meter.
- Apple introduces the iPhone, marking the beginning of an increasingly large energy footprint of the digital economy and Google releases Google Docs
- Meter data management systems are the hot new application for utilities considering AMI.
- The Energy Independence and Security Act aims to increase US energy security, develop renewable energy production and improve vehicle fuel economy.
- The first 105-metre wind tower is installed in the US by Enel Green Power North America
- A worldwide financial crisis becomes the biggest economic downturn since the Great Depression. Oil prices reach a new high, over$145 per barrel.
- Tesla Motors starts production of the Roadster with less than 2,500 vehicles produced … but the EV landscape is changed forever.
- The first blockchain is created
- The Middle East is facing its own energy challenges and utilities are rapidly turning to smart energy technologies.
- Energy demand, cost, power quality and reliability in a digital society are some factors driving the development of a highly-automated, modernised power delivery system.
- The European Union’s Third Energy Package enters into force. It requires transmission ownership unbundling.
- ENTSO-E is established as the EU forum of 41 TSOs from 34 countries responsible for coordination between TSOs.
- The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is founded
- The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is passed, a major stimulus for smart energy. The US Smart Grid Interoperability Panel is formed to define and coordinate standards development for the emerging smart grid.
- New York City innovates with a new set of software tools for tracking and organising the installation of 850,000 AMI transmitters and 400,000 water meters
- Smart metering is introduced in Italy’s natural gas sector.
- Demand side management is identified in South Africa as an essential solution for reducing demand while generation capacity is increasing
- The Stuxnet virus, the first targeted, weaponised cyber-attack against an industrial control system, is uncovered, highlighting the potential future threat of malware on utility SCADA systems
- The German government publishes a key policy document outlining the Energiewende, the ongoing program to transition to a low-carbon system
- Ireland’s Commission for Energy Regulation sets up smart metering behavioural and technology trials
- France begins its smart meter rollout with a trial of 300,000 Linky meters in the cities of Tours and Lyon.
- Google and Microsoft offer apps for smart phones. There are already 4.7 billion mobile phone subscriptions- 2 out of every 3 people on the planet.
- Apple introduces the iPad.