Smart grid strategy launched in Denmark


Martin Lidegaard,
Minister of Climate,
Energy and Building,
Copenhagen, Denmark — (METERING.COM) — April 8, 2013 – The Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Building last week presented the country’s smart grid strategy, under which all households in the country will be supplied with smart metering by 2020.

This marks a major step towards the establishment of an intelligent energy system that will provide opportunities for consumers to manage their energy consumption, states the ministry press release.

Under the strategy, from February 2013 onwards all households are being supplied with hourly reading meters. These will be combined with variable rates and data hubs to enable consumers to  adjust their consumption according to when electricity is cheapest and to make it easier to switch supplier.

“We have set the direction for the development of an intelligent energy system,” said climate, energy and building minister Martin Lidegaard.  “It will make the green transition cheaper, provide savings on electricity bills and create new products for the benefit of consumers.”

Currently approximately half of customers, accounting for about three-quarters of consumption, have remotely read meters installed.

The basis for the strategy is that by 2020 half of Denmark’s electricity consumption is expected to come from wind energy. This wind energy will increasingly need to be used, e.g. in heat pumps and electric cars, when it is produced.

The strategy also envisions the introduction of storage for wind and increasing production of solar energy, and covers the district heating and gas systems.

Key participants in implementing the strategy include Denmark’s transmission system operator and the industry body, the Danish Energy Association (Dansk Energi), which will be responsible for developing the hourly settlement and variable tariff models among others.

In terms of timelines these models will be introduced by 2015, from when both the wholesale and retail markets will be ready to handle demand response.

For the current year a key goal for the Ministry is to build a broadly participative partnership with the energy sector to take forward the smart grid agenda and to ensure that Denmark’s leadership in the sector is maintained.