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VDE: Energy Transition Needs Specific Energy Information Network: LTE 450 MHz, Smart Meters, FTTH

The German energy transition needs a specific energy information network, the Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies (VDE) says, recommending a 450 MHz LTE wireless network, smart meters and fiber-optic communication to the home (FTTH).

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Key Points for New German Ordinances on Smart Meters

On 9 February 2015 the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) published key points for several ordinances on smart measurement systems for electricity.

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Government Approves IT Security Bill – IT Security Report Presented

Yesterday the government approved a bill for an IT Security Act (IT-Sicherheitsgesetz) aimed at counteracting the increasing number of cyber attacks and improve the IT security of public authorities and the private sector. The draft also contains new provisions for critical infrastructure, including in particular the energy sector.

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Critical Infrastructure: Ministerial Draft for IT Security Act To Improve IT Security Standards for Energy Sector

To counteract the increasing number of cyber attacks and improve the IT security of public authorities and the private sector, the Federal Ministry of the Interior has presented a ministerial draft for an IT Security Act (IT-Sicherheitsgesetz). The draft also contains new provisions for critical infrastructure, including in particular the energy sector.

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EnBW and Municipal Utility of Karlsruhe Team Up for Field Test of Smart Meters in Karlsruhe

The municipal utility of the city of Karlsruhe (Stadtwerke Karlsruhe) announced a cooperation with EnBW AG, one of the major national utilities, with regard to the testing of smart meters. A field test was planned in the city of Karlsruhe in autumn, Stadtwerke Karlsruhe said. After its evaluation in the second half of 2015, a larger field test shall be conducted.

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No Nationwide Roll-Out of Smart Meters Recommended According to Cost-Benefit Analysis

The German Federal Ministry of Economics (BMWi) has published a study analyzing the costs and benefits of a full roll-out of smart meters in Germany. It concludes that it is not advisable and not in the interest of German consumers to implement the EU targets which would require that at least 80 % of consumers shall be equipped with intelligent meter­ing systems by 2020.

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FH Münster: Smart Meters Potential Surveillance Devices

Smart meters are potentially capable of becoming a surveillance device, the University of Applied Science of Münster’s Laboratory for IT Security warns.

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Competition in Smart Metering Market

In the hope to get a sizeable share of the new smart metering business, telecommunications companies such as Deutsche Telekom are entering the smart metering market, competing with the utilities, Handelsblatt reports.

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Effect of Smart Meters Overestimated?

Smart meters cannot help reduce energy costs as much as anticipated, the magazine Spiegel writes. On the contrary, new studies showed that they can even drive up costs.

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Smart Meters Mandatory in New Buildings and after Major Renovations in 2010

Smart energy meters have become mandatory in new buildings and after major renovations in 2010. Continue reading ‘Smart Meters Mandatory in New Buildings and after Major Renovations in 2010’