The European Smart Metering Industry Group (ESMIG) has refreshed its executive team ahead of the next phase of moving towards the Third Energy Package, Europe’s 2020 energy and efficiency targets.  

President Frank Hyldmar of Elster is stepping down, following the end of his term, to be succeeded by former vice-president Maher Chebbo from SAP. Ralf Hoffmann from GÖRLITZ will take the vice-president role and remain chair of ESMIG’s communications technology group.

Mr Chebbo, the new president, commented on the association’s future goals: “ESMIG intends to simplify communication to the market and we will provide recommendations for best practices and cost-effective secured deployment solutions, such as shared and cloud-based services to achieve the aims of the Third Energy Package, Europe’s 2020 energy and efficiency targets, tangible consumer benefits and Europe’s energy independence.

“On this journey, ESMIG will continue to welcome metering solution providers, smart grids technology stakeholders, IT and telecommunications suppliers, home technology manufacturers, security solution actors and any value-added stakeholders.

He added: “ESMIG will continue to attract new members acting as a single trusted industry voice for Europe.”

The new chair of the Consumer Energy Management group, Patrick Caiger-Smith, said: ”We need to remember that consumers create much of our energy demand, and most of them have a limited understanding of how they can reduce demand by cutting or shifting it during the day.

“ESMIG’s Consumer Energy Management group is focusing on how to empower consumers by giving them access to information, advice and tools that will save them money and help to reduce stresses on the energy infrastructure.”

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