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European Utility Week and POWERGEN Europe, the three-day event that spotlights every part of the energy ecosystem, is in Paris!

The extensive and diverse three-day Summit programme will deep dive into the trends and future direction of each aspect of the sector – from generation to grid to end-users.

This article was originally published in Smart Energy International 5-2019. Read the full digimag here or subscribe to receive a print copy here.

Visit the 850 exhibitors and the multiple country pavilions on the bustling exhibition floor to have an opportunity to see the latest technologies and solutions first hand, exchange ideas and share knowledge.

This unified event offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity for practitioners to be at the heart of Europe’s energy transition and join decision-makers and thought-leaders to plan the path to a zero-carbon economy.

European Utility Week and POWERGEN Europe director Paddy Young reveals: “With 2020 just around the corner and decarbonisation targets set through to 2050, the sector now has essentially one unified event for all levels of the energy transition.”

Here’s a snapshot of what to expect

The event will feature a Hub Session programme with free conference content delivered from Hubs on the exhibition floor. Key industry experts at the sharp end of the sector will share their views on current opportunities in energy storage, renewable integration, digitalisation, the role of hydrogen, grid edge technologies as well as the challenges arising from a changing power generation mix.

Hub Session programme topics being presented on the European Utility Week exhibition floor fall under the four headings of Energy Revolution, Digitalisation, Energy Markets and Initiate!. These topics are also mirrored during the Summit Programme but then with a more strategic outlook for each.

In Energy Revolution the grid edge topics and distributed energy resources are discussed including electrification of transport, smart and secure grids, energy storage and the use of hydrogen and biomethane. Among the Digitalisation topics are the powerful role of the digital twin, smart metering, cybersecurity and customers’ relationships with digitaloriented utilities.

Energy Markets is the Hub for energy traders and market analysts. The programme will feature sessions on gas market design, power price drivers, innovations in trading and monetising flexibility.

Initiate! is an exciting Hub diving into the latest tech and developments in the start-up and young talent space as well as including the more established professionals within the industry. Initiate! hosts its own Hub programme and Manifesto.


Opening Keynote, 12th November 2019

Energy in Europe: Where do we stand?

  • Is Europe truly in the leading seat when it comes to Energy? Compared to the rest of the world?
  • Does Europe need an energy platform to strengthen its position?
  • What are the challenges around an Integrated Business Model around Energy?
  • How to ensure a level playing field in Europe will reach its full potential compared to the rest of the world
  • Digital transformation of the Utility Industry

Speakers include:

  • Khalil Rouhana, Deputy Director-General – DG CONNECT
  • Philippe Monloubou, CEO – Enedis
  • Cedrik Neike, CEO Smart Infrastructure & Member of the Managing Board Siemens
  • Chris Peeters, CEO – ELIA Group
  • Thierry Trouvé, CEO – GRTgaz

Opening Keynote, 13th November 2019

Who owns the data?

  • The new [Maybe PSI] for data from the European Commission
  • Utilities explaining their views on data ownership
  • New players stirring the waters

Speakers include:

  • Christian Buchel, Chairman – EDSO for Smart Grids
  • Signe Horn Rosted, VP – Energinet
  • Julien Groues, GM AWS France
  • Ronnie Belmans, CEO – EnergyVille

Closing Keynote, 14th November 2019

The future role of gas in the European energy transition / Gas in a decarbonised Europe

With the advent of the Paris Agreement, Europe has agreed to deliver on the objective of limiting global temperature rise to 1,5%.

So, what then for the golden future of gas? Predicted just ten years ago to be the key energy for Europe, can gas enable decarbonisation and become part of the future European energy system? Or is gas just a bridge to a 100% renewable future?

This session will bring Europe’s leading energy players together to discuss the future role of gas in Europe to address questions such as:

  • Can we produce enough renewable and decarbonised gas to keep it competitive?
  • What is the role of sector coupling and P2G?
  • Is there an alternative to a multi-vector energy system given public support for gas in homes?
  • Can we deliver a future gas system based on hydrogen?
  • Gas infrastructure – is it fit for a decarbonised future?

Speakers include:

  • Philippe Sauquet, President of Eurogas and President Gas, Renewables & Power and President Strategy-Innovation – Total
  • Edouard Sauvage, CEO – GRDF
  • Hans Kreisel, Chairman – GEODE
  • Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, Secretary General – Hydrogen Europe SEI