Our second major theme is one I look forward to every year: European Utility Week. Our partnership with the team behind #EUW18 ensures we have access to a number of behind-the-scenes insights, and direct access to speakers and topics impacting the lives of our readers on a daily basis. In this section, we provide information not only on the day-to-day of the most important utility event in Europe, but we also speak to the likes of Laurent Schmitt, secretary general for ENTSO-E, the European Network for Transmission Service Operators (pg 54). We try (really hard) to understand what blockchain is and why it’s important for the utility sector (pg 48) in a conversation with Jo-Jo Hubbard, COO and co-founder of Electron and a speaker at #EUW18. When asked if blockchain is overhyped, Hubbard shares that it is – and then goes on to say: “What is not overhyped, because it’s not understood, is how this whole, huge industry could be transformed when you have market access to millions of assets and devices, instead of just 100s.”

The offices of the German Trade and Investment Agency share some updates on the Energiewende and the laws driving the transformation (pg 74). In addition to being one of the driving forces behind the uptake of renewable energy globally, Germany is the 2018 Country Partner for #EUW18.

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