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NEON: 92,335 energy-related disputes handled in 2015

Members of NEON handled together 92,335 energy-related disputes in 2015, 27.43% more than the previous year, announced today Lewis Shand Smith, President of the National Energy Ombudsmen Network, during a policy session on New Market, New Consumers, New Challenges organised in the framework of the European Sustainable Energy Week 2016.

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Sustainable Energy Week Europe, 13-17 June 2016

The EU Sustainable Energy Week will be held on 13-17 June 2016 in Brussels (Belgium).

The EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) is a month-long series of activities across Europe promoting secure, clean and efficient energy. It connects policymakers, stakeholders and citizens to achieve climate and energy goals for the Energy Union. Launched in 2006, EUSEW is organised by European Commission.

The Policy Conference will be organised by the European Commission and energy stakeholders debate new policy developments, best practices and sustainable energy ideas, while networking events forge alliances. Awards for outstanding projects begin the week.

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InnoGrid2020+ ‘Digital Energy’ conference, 27-28 June 2016

EC Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, Commissioner Günther Oettinger, MEP Claude Turmes, Tesla’s Mateo Jaramillo, ACER’s Alberto Pototschnig, CEER’s Marie-Pierre Fauconnier, Jean-Michel Glachant from the FSR, Prof. Leigh Hancher, the SEDC’s Frauke Thies, EDSO’s João Torres, ENTSO-E’s Peder Andreasen: these are only a few of the over 30 high level speakers who will be participating in the 5th edition of the InnoGrid2020+ conference.

Register now to the not-to-be-missed EU event on innovation in electricity networks. This year’s conference will address ‘Digital Energy’: Is the power system of the future an evolution or a revolution? What do smart grids imply in terms of technological innovation? How to make use of big data analytics in energy? How can regulation facilitate innovation in the new power system? and many other key questions will be discussed.

Over 20 R&D projects with EU added value will present their work & results at the conference and networking exhibition. Watch the projects’ videos and descriptions to have a glimpse at the European power system of the future.

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The event is co-organised by EDSO for Smart Grids and ENTSO-E, along with partners Florence School of Regulation and The Netherlands Presidency of the Council of the EU, and sponsors Landis+Gyr and Ampacimon.

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Innovative DSOs are needed in a Decentralised Energy System

Today, the four Brussels-based associations representing DSOs (CEDEC, EDSO for Smart Grids, EURELECTRIC and GEODE) highlighted that investment in smart grid technology will allow DSOs to become central platforms for the energy transition by connecting responsive consumers, renewables and flexibility sources. To encourage the development of innovative DSOs, the four trade associations reaffirmed the importance of a sound remuneration framework, better economic regulation and an adequate return on invested capital. Continue Reading →

BEUC: A focus on consumers

This year’s sustainable energy week (EUSEW) focuses on consumers. And rightly so, since 2016 is the year when the EU’s Energy Union strategy should materialise into concrete legislative proposals.
The week will be an excellent networking opportunity to discuss consumer needs and expectations in the future energy market. If you want to find out how consumers can benefit from policies like eco-design, come and speak to us at EUSEW!

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The conference is intended to present and discuss the implementation of feedback services to end-users, based on the results of the EMPOWERING project. Feedback services based on smart metering data have been provided to 344.000 customers in Europe. The participating utilities will present the underlying concepts, technological solutions and real-life experiences of their services to energy end-users.

What are the facilitating and limiting factors for a widespread adoption of energy consumption information services as a mainstream practice? What were the experiences of utilities in implementing these services? What are the results in terms of energy savings? And what are the recent European policy developments for metering and billing services and changes in the European electricity market design?

The conference targets energy utilities and associations, consumer groups and other stakeholders, metering service providers, policy makers, regulators and the scientific community.


09h15 Registration
09h30 Welcome
SESSION 1: The informative billing services
09h45 Recent Policy Initiatives by the European Commission
Mr Manuel SANCHEZ JIMENEZ, Policy Officer, European Commission – DG ENERGY
10h00 Support for Policy Implementation through IEE and H2020
Mr Vincent Berrutto, Head of Unit, European Commission – EASME
10h15 The EMPOWERING project overview – approach, concepts and results
Mr Stoyan Danov, CIMNE, project coordinator
10h45 Q&A
11h00 Coffee
SESSION 2: Energy utilities’ experiences with feedback to customers
11h30 EMPOWERING in Austria
Mr Andreas Günter Wancura, Linz Strom
11h45 EMPOWERING in Spain
Mr Joan M. Grande, Grup El Gas
12h00 EMPOWERING in Italy
Mr Federico Boni Castagnetti, IREN
12h15 EMPOWERING in France
Mrs Chella Denizot, GEG
12h30 DISCUSSION: The practical challenges for utilities to implement smart metering services
13h00 Lunch
SESSION 3: The market adoption of the energy informative services
14h00 Crossing borders | Flanders’ LINEAR pilot project: Demand Response for Families
Mr Matthias Strobbe, postdoctoral researcher, iMinds – Ghent University, INTEC
14h20 The Regulator’s View
Mr Dirk Van Evercooren, Director Markets, Flemish Regulator of the Electricity and Gas Market (VREG)
14h40 The Consumer Perspective
Mrs Monika Štajnarová, Senior Economic Officer, BEUC
15h00 Q&A
15h15 Concluding remarks
15h30 Networking Reception



Rue du Trône 62
1050 Bruxelles



SMARTGREENS 2016 | 5th International Conference on Smart Cities and Green ICT Systems, 23-25 April 2016

The purpose of the 5th International Conference on Smart Cities and Green ICT Systems (SMARTGREENS) is to bring together researchers, designers, developers and practitioners interested in the advances and applications in the field of Smart Cities, Green Information and Communication Technologies, Sustainability, Energy Aware Systems and Technologies.

Conference Chair

Markus Helfert, Dublin City University, Ireland

Program Co-Chairs

Cornel Klein, Siemens AG, Germany Brian Donnellan, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland

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