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Accelerating the clean energy transition

European Utility Week

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The European Utility Week is a platform for achieving a fully integrated and interconnected electricity system and market in Europe. It hosts the environment for all key players in the smart energy ecosystem to come together and discuss European strategy to achieve a smooth transition towards a low carbon energy supply.

The 3-day programme explores four key areas in European energy: Digitalisation, Decarbonisation, Energy Markets and Innovation.

Also for this year's edition, is contributing to the program:

Decentralised Power

7 November 2018 ǀ

Power to the people has taken on an alternative meaning. The desire to implement a decentralised power system is being accomplished and these systems facilitate bottom-up innovation. The transition to Energy Democracy is irrevocable, promoting constant innovation and enabling local ownership. Goodbye gatekeepers - Hello internet of energy. There is no longer a world that has clearly defined roles from source to end user. Instead, power will be decentralised, and power will be given to the people.

A Transition to Fair Energy

7 November 2018 ǀ

The Transition to Fair Energy is a deep dive into the issue of data management and energy structures. The new technologies and regulations make energy data more available, more precise and more personal. But maybe more important, those energy data are at the heart of a large number of tools of the future. The control over those personal data are allowing emergence of new forms of energy markets and services: blockchain, peer-to-peer trading, aggregation and explicit demand response. Gaining and retaining the trust of the citizens becomes then a key role for the energy stakeholders. How to provide a fair access and to protect this trust? Who has this trust today?

Distributed Human Intelligence

7 November 2018 ǀ

The last step on our journey is to explore the thematic of Decentralised Intelligence. In order to build our decentralised system, we need decision making and optimisation at the local level. May it be about financing, balancing, planning or sourcing the energy of our communities, the decisions need to be taken by the citizens for the citizens. However, we are running into the systemic barriers of our highly integrated world, where the globalisation encouraged for markets, thinking and decisions to be global rather than local.

This trend is making it difficult to develop the means to the decentralised end, and leaves a larger and larger part of our communities on the side-lines. How to optimise the decisions at the local level in a way both fair and efficient?

What kind of incentives and tools need to be implemented? And how to change the mindset?

Panel Discussion: New Grid Structure: Connected cells?

7 November 2018 ǀ

The power system of the future: decentralized system based on mini-grids and self-consumption or a global super grid?

How would it actually work with both a very local focus but still very coordinated on a higher level?

Panel Discussion with:

  • Anders Dalgaard, Head of Department Market Analysis and Design - Energinet
  • Antoine Jourdain, COO - Enedis
  • Christof Wittwer, Head of Department Intersectoral Energy Systems and Grid Integration - Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems
  • Dirk Vansintjan, President -
  • Petra Püchner, Commissioner for Europe of the Minister of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing Baden-Württemberg & Head of Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum - Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum

Towards a Decentralized Electricity System: How will that become a reality?

8 November 2018 ǀ

Decarbonisation of the electricity system is driving the use of renewable energy sources, which are by nature more decentralised than traditional generation. On the one hand, new locally managed grids will be required to face challenges locally between local generation and consumption. On the other hand, traditional grids will still be required to transport and then distribute electricity stemming e.g. from wind generation from Northern Europe to the consumption centres in other parts of Europe. As distributed energy resources (DER) increase, our electricity system will become more and more decentralised and millions of DER will need to be coordinated. A more active involvement of single consumers/prosumers in smart homes through demand response and energy storage or regrouped in communities become the second term in the new equation. Microgrids, as an actively integrated, controllable energy system consisting of physically interconnected DER, will support this decentralization. Microgrids are considered as an opportunity, for instance to facilitate the integration of renewables or to enable prosumer empowerment and its energy competitiveness.

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