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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Workshop: Engaged Customers Driving the Energy Transition, 16 June 2016

The development of renewables together with the digitalisation of the power system have made possible a paradigm change at the European system level. The growing need for flexibility makes customers the key enabler of the energy transition.  They are now playing a more and more active role in the energy market through smart network, smart home and new services, taking ownership of the way they use and consume their electricity.

The Energy Union, from its inception, has given the customer a central role. The forthcoming update of the energy legislation, the so-called ‘Winter Package’, will further develop the regulatory framework for active customers.

In this event, five European organisations representing key stakeholders of the electric system (ENTSO-E, EDSO for Smart Grids, CEER, SEDC and the IDEAS Platform),  join forces to support the active consumer paradigm and explore the various ways in which customers themselves can drive the energy transition.

The event will showcase innovative examples and recommendations on how the customers can engage, benefiting from the smarter energy markets. In particular, it will highlight:

  • The role of demand-side flexibility in achieving EU energy objectives. ◦The need for active customers to participate in all markets, including the balancing markets through enhanced cooperation between transmission and distribution levels;
  • Smart meters benefits in providing accurate and secure data on energy consumption, while enabling customers to make smart choices helping them to save money and energy;
  • Best practices on sharing experiences and conducting market monitoring, making sure that Europe’s energy markets are delivering the promised benefits to customers;
  • Challenges and opportunities of customer engagement in the use of new technologies such as smart homes, self-consumption and storage.

The ensuing debates will focus in particular on answering the following questions:

  • Why engage customers?
  • Based on examples, how to foster customer participation?
  • What are some of the key recommendations for policy makers?

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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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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



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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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30th European Electricity Regulatory Forum, 3-4 March 2016

The Electricity Regulatory Forum (Florence Forum) was set up to discuss the creation of the internal electricity market. It is currently addressing cross-border trade of electricity, in particular the tarification of cross-border electricity exchanges and the management of scarce interconnection capacity. Participants include national regulatory authorities, Member State governments, the European Commission, TSOs, electricity traders, consumers, network users, and power exchanges. Since 1998 the Forum has meet once or twice a year.

Energy Union will allow citizens to benefit from new technologies to reduce their energy bills, participate actively in the market, and afford protection to vulnerable consumers.

Speaking at the event held in London, Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, said reforming energy markets, improving access to information on energy prices and costs, and strengthening consumer power are all key areas for action.

In recent years, gas and electricity markets have undergone a transformation that has opened up markets and introduced greater competition. Some EU countries have seen a large number of consumers switching energy providers – Portugal held the EU record last year with one in four customers changing electricity supplier, while in Ireland, one in six customers changed gas suppliers.

However, many EU countries still need to reform and switching suppliers can be bureaucratic and time-consuming. Meanwhile, in some cases people are generating their own electricity but they are prevented from selling it back to the grid. At the same time, one in ten people in Europe cannot afford to heat or power their homes adequately which should not be the case in a modern, developed economy, Arias Cañete said. Some EU countries also regulate retail prices which can block new market entrants and choke competition, and there is currently insufficient use of smart technology devices – all challenges for the future Energy Union.

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European Utility Week 2015, 3-5 November 2015

European Utility Week is the annual landmark event for the entire Smart Utility market. With over 420 exhibitors, this 3-day event offers a notable multi-track Strategic Conference Programme as well as a free to visit 3-day Hub programme on the exhibition floor.

The Strategic Programme will cover 27 high level strategic sessions where over 350 utilities will share their business strategies. In addition to this there will be 31 dedicated Utility Project Hub Sessions focusing on technology innovation, free to attend and located throughout the exhibition, as well as the innovation huball networking events and live interviews at the Engerati studio, all related to the field of smart energy.

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ENTSO-E Annual Conference, 20 November 2015

The Agenda

A New Deal for the EU post-recession? What should it be based upon? What is the role of the resilient Energy Union? Commission President Juncker has presented ten ambitious priorities, in which a new boost for jobs, growth and investment figures on top. It focusses on better regulation and on large scale public-private investments into innovation and infrastructure across the EU.

What can be achieved by 2019?

ENTSO-E will reveal its recommendations on better regulation in energy, on market design and innovation, on security of supply, and on energy regions. In all of these, innovation on the one hand, and the citizen, on the other, play a central role. With the energy transition, new stakeholders and market players get on board and offer a wide range of opportunities for customers, enabling them to be present in all markets.

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Utility Week Energy Customer Conference, 21 January 2016

Increasing pressure from UK energy regulator Ofgem, in addition to public mistrust and a technology shift is driving energy utilities to drastically and swiftly improve their customer service and engagement standards.

Energy customers are beginning to take notice of smaller, greener and more mobile competitors resulting in a period of great change, with customer satisfaction on the whole at low ebb for the ‘Big 6’. Consumers are embracing their new power and influence and it is time to address this new environment and work together to drive a more efficient, sustainable and competitive energy market.

The 2nd Annual Utility Week Energy Customer Conference will address how all energy retailers and networks can improve engagement with consumers, and use award-winning best practice from both the energy markets and other sectors to drive their performance. On a strategic level, senior executives will share insight on social media,

Smart metering and new technologies, data insight, engagement, policy and increasing loyalty whilst improving basic customer service and the resulting satisfaction levels.

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