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.

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7 November 2018

09:30 - 11:00 ǀ Decentralised Power ǀ Initiate
Moderated by Stanislas d'Herbemont -

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.

11:30 - 13:00 ǀ A Transition to Fair Energy ǀ Initiate

Moderated by Stanislas d'Herbemont -

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?

14:00 - 15:30 ǀ Decentralised Intelligence ǀ Initiate
Moderated by Stanislas d'Herbemont -

The last step on our journey is to explore the thematic of Decentralised Intelligence. In order to build our decentralized system, we need decision making and optimization 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 globalization encouraged for markets, thinking and decisions to be global rather than local. This trend is making it difficult to develop the means to the decentralized end, and leaves a larger and larger part of our communities on the side-lines. How to optimize 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?

14:00 - 17:30 ǀ The Local Paradigm ǀ Summit
One remaining challenge of the low carbon economy is how to get the customer on the train and the thirst for cleaner solutions seems to be greater at the local level. Customer empowerments vs centralised Grid: what's next?

8 November 2018

09:30 - 12:40 ǀ Towards a Decentralized Electricity System: How will that become a reality? ǀ Hub Sessions

11:30 - 13:00 ǀ Retail Market - Creating new revenue streams ǀ Summit

To keep up with the consumer needs, retailers need to bundle new products and services. But how do you bundle present and future products and how do you create new revenue streams? And how do you create long term value?

11:30 - 13:00 ǀ The digital citizen ǀ Summit

  • Panel Discussion: the digital citizen ǀ with:
    • Carsten Kestermann - Amazon Web Services (AWS)
    • Lorena Skiljan - The Blue Minds Company
    • Maëlle Guillou - Enercoop &
    • Milagros Rey Porto - Gas Natural Fenosa
    • Mirko Schäfer - Utrecht University
    • Roberto Zangrandi - EDSO

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