The energy industry is in a phase of unprecedented disruption with decarbonisation, decentralisation and digitalisation, the so-called 3Ds, as key drivers.
More than ever, this requires utilities and technology providers to innovate and stay on top of their game to ensure flexibility, resilience and security in energy distribution. In this time of transformation for our industry, European Utility Week is an important stage to connect with key players and thought leaders from our sector.
There is plenty to take stock of, plenty to discuss. The 3Ds mean more renewables to be integrated, more data to be managed and changing consumer expectations, amongst other things. Europe is one of the fastest-growing AMI regions in the world but is fragmented in terms of regulation and the state of existing infrastructure. Therefore, there is no one single solution – this is a region in which utilities, countries even, have different starting points and different roads ahead.
Solutions to the 3Ds enabling flexibility, resilience and security each have their own intricacies. If we zoom in on flexibility, for example, we find it isn’t just about integrating energy from different sources into the grid. It is about open and interoperable platforms, evolving hardware, software and applications as well as efficient operations. Managed services for example, provide alternative operational models for utilities to help them master complexity in their daily business. One-time investments and waiting for the end of warranty periods certainly belongs to the past. Utilities adopting a mentality of “what’s next” are going to save in the long run.
With this in mind, we invite our customers and European Utility Week visitors to Experience What’s Next at our booth. Whether a utility is at the point of choosing the right technology or finding the best ways to leverage the data at the grid edge, our experts will be on hand to talk. With the European launch of our utility Internet of Things (IoT) platform Gridstream Connect, we leverage intelligence across distribution systems providing utilities with a basis for a multitude of new services and business models.
Our industry challenges are significant, but the solutions can be rolled out, tailored to national and regional specifics, and more importantly, in a way that can change with utilities’ needs and subsequently grow with their businesses. Much has been written on these issues, and rightly so given their gravity and complexity. But we invite our customers and partners to consider our current and future challenges as opportunities. Exemplified through a wide range of portfolio demos, customer project presentations, and hub sessions by Landis+Gyr experts we are looking forward to showcasing those opportunities at European Utility Week. Hope to see you there, too!
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Vice President Product Management EMEA, Landis+Gyr