State-Sponsored Smart Grid Pilot Projects Demonstrate Energy Savings Potential

On 17/18 January 2013 the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) hosted the “E-Energy – Smart Energy Made in Germany” final conference at which the results of six state-sponsored smart grid projects carried out in six pilot regions in Germany were being presented. According to the BMWi press release the results are promising, showing energy savings potential of up to 10% for private households.

In the past four years information and communications (ICT), energy and technology experts and scientists developed and tested ICT concepts that strive to optimise the electricity supply at all levels from generation to distribution while integrating the growing amount of green electricity generated in Germany. The teams in the six pilot regions used an interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral approach.

The six pilot projects (for more information on the individual projects please click here) showed that the electricity consumption of private households could be reduced by up to 10% using intelligent energy systems and proper incentives, BMWi said. The savings potential for commercial enterprises is even higher, according to BMWi.

The pilot projects were sponsored by BMWi and the Environment Ministry (BMU) with EUR 60 million in total. Another EUR 80 million were provided by industry sources.

Source: Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology

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