The Role of the Digital Sector in the Energy Transition

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Date: 
13/06/2017 -
13:30 to 18:00
Venue: 
Le Bouche à Oreille, Rue Félix Hap 11, 1040 Bruxelles

Engaging consumers in the Energy Transition is a key objective of European policy-makers, regulators and the energy industry as a whole. However, engaging consumers in energy markets has traditionally been difficult and policies to enable it have met with mixed success.

To advance this discussion, this CERRE Seminar will consider the practical steps needed to achieve this important part of the energy transition, focusing particularly on the role the digital sector can play.

The deployment of smart meters, the collection of data, the development of connected devices and the Internet of Things mean that the digital and energy sectors will interact more than ever before. The seminar will begin with a discussion of the technical challenges and opportunities for collaboration, and will feature the presentation of a number of possible technical solutions.

This seminar will also bring the digital and energy sectors together with policy-makers and regulators to discuss policy and regulatory questions that must be addressed to enable the energy sector to benefit fully from the potential of digitisation.

13:30

Registration

14:00

Chairman's welcome and introduction 
 

Professor Bruno Liebhaberg

Director General,
CERRE

 

14:10

Keynote Speech
 

Mechthild Wörsdörfer*

Director, 'Renewables, Research and Innovation, Energy Efficiency'
DG Energy, European commission
 

14:30

Panel 1  - Technical Challenges and practical solutions
 

This panel discussion will look at the technical challenges that will arise in connecting millions of smart meters with energy service providers, processing information in ‘almost real-time’, and how these new interactions should be managed and regulated.

16:00
Coffee break

16:20

Panel 2 - The policy and regulatory implications
 

This panel discussion will consider the broader policy and regulatory questions, including how European policy in the energy and digital sectors may contribute to (or hinder) these developments, whether differing solutions are inevitable across EU member states and what role regulators in both sectors might play. 

17:40
Areas for future research and conclusions
18:00
Cocktail reception
 

Discussants: 

Eleonora Bettenzoli

Head, Efficiency in Final Energy Consumption,
AEEGSI

 

 

Patrick Caiger-Smith

Founder,
Green Energy Options (geo)

 

 

Alix Chambris*

Head, EU Public Affairs,
Danfoss

 
 

Christian D'Cunha*

Advisor,
Office of the European Data Protection Supervisor

 

 

Thierry Deschuyteneer

Manager, Strategic & Prospective Studies,
Fluxys

 

 

Yannick Jacquemart

Director, Research & Development Division,
RTE

 

 

Bart Janssen

Manager, HelloData,
Alliander

 

 

Guillaume Lebrun

Director, Technology Policy,
Qualcomm

 

 

Vincenzo Lobianco

Chief Technology and Innovation Officer,
AGCOM

 

 

Martin Salamon

Seconded National Expert,
BEUC

 

 

Manuel Sánchez-Jiménez

Team Leader, Smart Grids,
DG Energy, European Commission

 

 

Peter Schell

Vice President, Regulatory Affairs,
REstore

 

 

Willem Strabbing,

Managing Director,
European Smart Metering Industry Group

 

 

Mark van Stiphout

Deputy Head of Unit, ‘Research and Innovation’,
DG Energy, European Commission

 

 

Frauke Thies

Executive Director,
Smart Energy Demand Coalition

 

 

Carina Törnblom,

DG Justice and Consumers, European Commission

 

 

 

Roberto Zangrandi

Secretary General,
EDSO for Smart Grids

 

 

TBC*

Google

 

 

 

TBC*

Microsoft

 

 

 

* To be confirmed

   
  More discussants from both the digital and energy sector will be added to this list in the days to come.

Tuesday 13 June 2017, 13.30-18.00,
Le Bouche à Oreille, Rue Félix Hap 11, 1040 Bruxelles

CERRE members and nominated guests receive priority when registering. All other registrations are provisional until confirmed by email by CERRE. If you have any questions about your registration, or do not receive a confirmation email, please contact info@cerre.eu


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