Do we as electricity grid customers get the results of the project and what happens when the trial years are finished?
On “My pages” you can follow your consumption hour by hour. We also have an ambition to create a visualization platform where both production and load of the project can be followed in real time. At eon.se can you read about how the project progresses.
During the project period, we will collect full data on how the system works and our installations, in order to understand the effects on the technology under different circumstances. That is where our focus now, but we also have thoughts on how to develop the project further. For example, there are thoughts about adding steering functions to optimize electricity more. The future will determine how the project will be further developed, but certain is that E.ON will take full responsibility for the facilities which will be installed and will allow the wind turbine and solar cells to continue to produce renewable electricity for as long as possible.
Local energy systems is a limited-time project. What criteria must be met in order for it to become permanent?
As development projects often are conducted, all the details are not fully settled from the beginning, we hope that the lessons learned in the project will answer this question.
What does local electricity supply and renewable production mean?
Local energy supply means that electricity is produced locally at the site. Local production of electricity is carried out mainly with local resources, such as wind power, solar panels or heat power fueled by local residues, such as garbage. We would like to see electricity both produced and consumed locally. The production is made for the people who live and work in the area. In this way, we avoid transport of electricity over long distances and we create local benefits.
Renewable generation means that the electricity is produced by renewable resources. This can include the wind that makes the wind turbine to rotate. It may also be that the sun shines on the solar cells in a process that generates electricity or biogas used as fuel for a generator (biogas is retted biological waste and does not contribute to any new carbon dioxide emissions).
How does E.ON benefit from the project?
If we look forward in time, we believe us seeing that people are interested to get together and solve their energy needs with locally produced, preferably renewable, energy. This will happen on a larger scale of 10, 20, maybe 30 years. We see an opportunity in this, since we have a long and solid experience in building and operating facilities. But small micro grids have special conditions and require a different technique. To be able to offer this when demanded, we must learn to use the technology right.
It is also on our responsibility as a large company to drive the development of the energy system, create a market for new technologies, setting the pace in the energy transition and meet customers' and politicians' demands on community development. We need to rethink the ways we are investing in the electricity grid and to think effective and innovative and at the same time assist in the integration of renewable generation.
In what way is a new, local energy system better for me as electricity grid customer?
We believe that a local beneficial focus is always good for society and our ecosystem. We hope that we with this project will increase the integration of renewable generation and improve the possibilities to look at energy systems based on local needs and benefits. The aim of the project is to develop the energy system and the customer in the selected area has the opportunity to be a part of it, both to be involved and to increase your knowledge.
This project will not negatively affect your, supply of electricity or electricity quality. We will constantly to have a backup system and a possibility to go back to the previous mode and are very keen to continue to meet our delivery obligation.
Why has E.ON chosen our village?
We select areas in our electricity network where we can see that a local energy system could work today based on how the electricity grid is built. We are also looking at the types of customers who live in the area and which local advantages it could bring, for example in the form of partnerships or local fuels. Islands and coastal areas have been interesting in the selection of site as those are suitable from a wind perspective.
What does the schedule look like?
We started the investigations of possible sites in April 2015. We initially looked at a number of sites relating to technical design, area consumption patterns etc. By the end of 2015 we chose a location outside of Sundsvall as focus area for this pilot. In March 2016 we handed in a permit application to the municipality. The project became during 2016 part of a wider EU project with focus on Future grids. This meant that the schedule had to be much more stringent in order to fit into the other parts of the EU project. Because the permit was appelad at the site, called Åstön, E.ON decided to relocate the project. The new site has been assessed during the autumn 2016 and is a very good option for the project. The new place is called Simris and is a village located in Österlen, Scania in southern Sweden. The construction of the technical phase of the project is set to spring/summer of 2017.
Is a new energy system like this more expensive for me as electricity grid customer of E.ON?
No, it will remain the same price for you just as before, as well as for all E.ON-customers. You will of course be able to freely choose your electricity supplier also during and after the project. This project will not affect your cost if you don't actively choose to be part of the project, which we hope that you would like.
Are there any risks for me as a customer for this project? Can I stand without power?
No, delivery reliability is not affected because of the project. The main difference is that you know exactly where your electricity comes from. You will be able to get more information on your consumption patterns, which in turn gives you the ability to streamline your energy use.
Why does E.ON conduct tests in our area?
Of course, we have done the calculations to make sure that the system works, but to be really safe, we need to conduct tests on a large scale. In principle, you as customers will not notice any of the tests. Everything should work as usual. We want our customers to be positive towards contributing to the development of new energy systems, which is positive for the climate and develop our energy infrastructure. This creates opportunities for the customers who find it exciting to engage in their energy use.
Should we as customers pay for this?
You will not get any specific costs or even changes in the supply due to the project. The project is part of our development work and will be paid for by funds earmarked for development.