Archive 2016


Smart meter roll out gets final go ahead

Smart Meter Gateway

On 8 July 2016, the “Digitalisation of the Energiewende Act” cleared the final legislative hurdle in the German Federal Council (Bundesrat). The new law initiates the roll-out of smart meters and related infrastructure in Germany, and defines the future roles and tasks for all market participants.

The Act is based on the Third Energy Package introduced by the EU in 2009. The Directives of this Package requires all EU member states to equip at least 80% of consumers with intelligent metering systems by 2020, subject to a positive national commercial assessment of the roll-out. The key objective of the Act is to facilitate the implementation of smart meters and Smart Meter Gateways, which ensure the meter data security. The Act introduces specific and detailed requirements, both for the design of the smart meter devices and for the transmission of data. The overall goal is to open up the German energy market to digitalisation, while ensuring a high standard of data protection and ICT security.

Following the announcement, PPC and EnBW announced an extension of their collaboration in smart metering technology.


22.03.2016 – Broadband Powerline has a new home

PPC has moved into a new headquarters at Dudenstrasse 6, Mannheim 69167. We look forward to doing business with you from our new offices, and to welcoming our customers and partners to take advantage of our new demo centre and training facilities.


'Smart Meter Delay is a Worry': Energy and Utilities Alliance

Mike Foster Chief Executive of EUA comments: “The report suggests that the delay is in part due to technical problems with multiple occupancy and tall buildings, however our members have developed solutions to this, and these have been available for many months now.”


Smart City Mannheim featured by CNN

PPC's Smart City Mannheim project was the feature of CNN's Tomorrow Transformed channel, hosted by Richard Quest.


Integrating Renewables: Pfalzwerke launch research Project LISA

With the goal of integrating renewable energy and investment in the distribution network, Pfalzwerke have engaged in “Project LISA” – a roadmap for the integration of renewables with voltage-stabilising applications.

As network operators Pfalzwerke know the importance and the value of our energy infrastructure. Smart Grids are an important pillar of the success of the Energiewende for Pfalzwerke”, said René Chassein, Member of the Board of the Pfalzwerke at the project kick-off meeting.

Electricity networks play a key role in the redesign of the energy landscape. The development and the use of renewable energies are placing new demands on them. For network stability and security to be guaranteed in the future, networks must be modernised and expanded. PPC's BPL will be a fundamental part of the communications infrastructure for LISA.