Recommendations for a smart metering success

The large-scale rollout of the smart meter in the Netherlands is just around the corner, starting in 2015. Many (European) countries have carried out pilot projects, while some have already completed the rollout. In this article, we draw the lessons learned from international smart metering projects and provide valuable recommendations to Dutch grid operators and market players for the large-scale rollout in the Netherlands.

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Dutch energy market highlights for Q4 2014

 

In this article, Sia Partners has selected the most relevant Dutch energy market news and developments of the fourth quarter of 2014 for you. 

 

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No time to waste, get your data under control

 

Non-competitive tasks in the domain of Energy Data Management ask for central orchestration to reduce costs for the sector as a whole. Subsequently, utilities can focus on their competitive activities, where disruptive technologies should be utilized as a lever for determining who is the best Utility 2.0 in class.

 

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The CIO to pave the way to Utility 2.0

 

Over the past decades the importance of information and the role of IT within organisations has exponentially increased. The “utility” CIO specifically faces challenges from a meter data perspective. In this article, Sia Partners focuses on the role of information management and explains its brand new CIO advisory offering.

 

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Outlook for the development of offshore wind power in the North Sea

Thanks to its hydrocarbon deposits, the North Sea occupied a key place in the global energy landscape since the first oil shock in 1973. Despite the drastic diminution of fossil reserves the region has managed to keep a strong position in that energy landscape through its renewable resources. Indeed, wind farms have multiplied in the North Sea since the 2000s and projects allowing electricity storage, such as “Power-to-Gas” (P2G), are emerging. Collaborations between the countries bordering the sea are being developed in order to optimize resource exploitation. Beyond the proliferation of projects, what is the real potential of the North Sea in the energetic transition? And how do bordering countries organize themselves to tap the resources?

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“No Blackout On Energy Poverty” – An Interview Of Pascale Taminiaux

 
 

Sia Partners had the opportunity to interview Pascale Taminiaux, who is in charge of the energy poverty projects at the King Baudouin Foundation. She spoke about the role of the Foundation regarding energy poverty and commented on the current situation in Belgium.

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Highlights of the developments on the Dutch Energy Market

 

In this article, Sia Partners has selected the most relevant Dutch energy market news and developments of the Q3 2014 for you. 

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A refreshing helicopter view on the Dutch energy market by Ferd Crone

 
 

This summer Sia Partners interviewed the mayor of Leeuwarden on economic theories, evaluation of the liberalization of the Dutch energy market and the role for the European Commission on energy policies. Ferd Crone is considered one of the main drivers behind the Dutch energy market liberalization. 

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Risk management vs. (group) profit optimization – what will prevail?

 
 

This quarter Sia Partners has investigated the risk management policies of several Dutch utilities. The key challenge we observed is that utilities want to increase financial group performance while exercising a professional risk management strategy.  This article reflects on this tension area from an organizational, process and system perspective. 

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Out with L-gas and in with H-gas in NWE

 
 

The Dutch gas production is limited to 42,5 BCM in 2014 and will drop down to 40 BCM in 2015 and 2016. These quantities will be sufficient to meet domestic demand, but a severe drop in export of gas towards neighboring countries is to be expected. In this article Sia Partners elaborates on the impact of this Dutch gas production decline at our neighbors.

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