The Role of the Digital Sector in the Energy Transition

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

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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 Executive 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.




Chairman's welcome and introduction 

Professor Bruno Liebhaberg

Director General,



Keynote Speech

Mechthild Wörsdörfer

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


Panel 1  - Technical challenges and 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.

Coffee break


Panel 2 - 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. 

Areas for future research and conclusions
Cocktail reception


Eleonora Bettenzoli

Head, Efficiency in Final Energy Consumption,



Patrick Caiger-Smith

Green Energy Options (geo)



Alix Chambris

Director, EU Public Affairs,


Thierry Deschuyteneer

Manager, Strategic & Prospective Studies,



Franco Fumiatti

Senior Regulatory Analyst, European Affairs,



Eddy Hartog

Head of Unit Smart Mobility and Living,
DG Connect, European Commission



Yannick Jacquemart

Director, Research & Development Division,



Bart Janssen

Manager, HelloData,



Guillaume Lebrun

Director, Technology Policy,



Margot Pinault,

Policy Officer, Energy Efficiency, 
DG Energy, European Commission



Martin Salamon

Seconded National Expert,



Manuel Sánchez-Jiménez

Team Leader, Smart Grids,
DG Energy, European Commission



Peter Schell

Vice President, Regulatory Affairs,



Laurent Schmitt

Secretary-General, D&I Acting Manager,



Willem Strabbing

Managing Director,
European Smart Metering Industry Group



Alexandre de Streel

Joint Academic Director, CERRE
Professor, University of Namur



Frauke Thies

Executive Director,
Smart Energy Demand Coalition



Carina Törnblom

DG Justice and Consumers, European Commission




Paul de Wit

Vice Chair, Distribution Customers,



Roberto Zangrandi

Secretary General,
EDSO for Smart Grids


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