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This issue highlights the shifting business model of utilities in the United States after over 130 years of relative stability. This article discusses the implications of increased distributed generation and future of the utilities grid.
In the energy efficiency section, we discuss the recent benchmark paper published by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) on smart meters for smart grids. nuances details how the rollout is taking place in Germany and the implications this has for current and future data protection regulations. Also discussed in this article is the roll the UK has played in their earlier start on the installation of smart meters for smart grids, as well as their approach to data protection.
In the finance section, nuances reports on Ecuador, the first country to establish a state-run “Sistema de Dinero Electrónico,” or electronic money system (EMS). This digital currency has been compared to Kenya’s M-Pesa, as reported in the nuances December 2014 newsletter, a money transfer service that recently expanded to Europe by way of Romania.
The transportation section covers National Express’, a UK rail franchise and bus company, acquisition of a 12-year contract for the above-ground train in Nuremburg. This contract is the first of its size to not be given to German national rail company, the Deutsche Bahn.