The digitalization of the energy industry has led to a convergence of operational and informational technologies across metering infrastructures worldwide. This OT/IT convergence brings with it all the benefits of the connected, IoT era such as personal energy management insights, automated energy management and grid transparency. However it has also resulted in increasingly complex OT/IT ecosystems creating with new areas of vulnerability and increasing exposure to attacks.
For decades Germany has played a pioneering role in transforming the way energy is generated, distributed and consumed in Central Europe. Thus it should come as no surprise that a major utility company in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg is leading the trend to increased digitization in the energy market.
Grid digitization offers utilities the chance to redefine their business models by improving their internal operations and the services they deliver to end consumers.
Landis+Gyr, a global leader in energy management solutions, has taken part in the 2016 edition of the InnoGrid2020+ conference co-organized by the European Distribution System Operators organization for Smart Grids (EDSO for smart grids) and the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) which took place in Brussels on 27- 28 June. Innogrid2020+ is the annual premium event in the electricity sector where over 300 policy makers, representatives from the industry, research and development and other energy associations engage in a debate about the future of the power system. This year’s discussions evolved around digitization and its impact on the energy sector.
The adoption of distribution intelligence will help utilities reap the benefits of their smart grid investments.
Landis+Gyr is working with Nordic grid operators to deploy smart meters and smart grid technologies to enhance power distribution quality.