Our Industry Expert Interview Series features exclusive interviews with leading industry experts who are part of European Utility Week 2013, either as speakers, sponsors or exhibitors. The event takes place from 15 – 17 October in Amsterdam.
Exclusive interview with Vincenzo Tartuferi, Director – Energy & Utility Division, and Fabrizio Fontanesi, Director of Consultancy – Energy & Utility Division, Engineering. Engineering is a silver sponsor at the upcoming European Utility Week.
Interview with Masaki Umejima, Deputy Chairman of Smart House and Building Committee, Japan Smart Community Alliance, JSCA Fellow, ECHONET Consortium. Mr Umejima is a speaker in the Smart Metering track the upcoming European Utility Week.
Interview with Christopher Rimmer, ENT Smart Programme Manager and speaker in the Smart Homes track during the upcoming European Utility Week at the Amsterdam RAI.
Exclusive interview with Ernest Hayden, Managing Principal, Critical Infrastructure Protection/Cyber Security, Verizon, US, speaker in the Smart T&D Infrastructures track at the upcoming European Utility Week
Exclusive interview with Jon Stretch, Executive Vice President, Landis+Gyr EMEA – Landis+Gyr returns to European Utility Week as a joint platinum sponsor with Toshiba.
Exclusive interview with Katsutoshi Toda, Chief Technology Executive, Toshiba Corporation. Once again Toshiba is a joint platinum sponsor with Landis+Gyr at European Utility Week 2013.
“A key challenge for Europe is to accelerate the investment requirements for grid infrastructure modernization”
Exclusive interview with Mark de Vere White, President Electricity for Itron, that returns to European Utility Week in Amsterdam as a gold sponsor.
A high share in renewables for power generation will require huge investments in R&D and new infrastructure, and the pace of evolution will depend on the evolution of the economic situation, and worldwide commitments to share the burden over all the players in an equitable way, says Hubert Lemmens, Chief Innovation Officer of Elia Group.
If authorities want to safeguard a certain level of reliability, then a market redesign is needed, but it crucial that regulatory interventions are kept to a minimum and that the mechanisms itself are as market based as possible, says Paul Giesbertz, Head of Infrastructure and Market Policies at Statkraft Markets B.V.
In the Netherlands we are facing a target of 17% renewable energy share in 2020. To meet this target, around 50% of our electricity should be from renewable energy sources (RES) in 2020. At this moment we have around 10%, so the challenge is already there to feed in five times more electricity from RES as today, while maintaining a secure system, says Oscar Tessensohn, Teamleader Markets, Customer & Markets Division at TenneT TSO BV.
To predict the renewable energy share in 2030 is really challenging, but it may be not as important as being clear that whatever the share, the electrical system should be prepared for a large penetration, says Jorge Tello Guijarro, head of Active Networks and Distributed Energy Resources Integration at Gas Natural Fenosa.
Exclusive interview with Oswaldo Kaschny, Electric Utilities Vice President for Infrastructure Business at Schneider Electric – gold sponsors at the upcoming European Utility Week.
Mass metering deployment is the next big thing in Europe, happening in the U.K. and France and potentially in Germany, according to Capgemini’s Perry Stoneman and Philippe David.
‘What we need is clear, concise and forceful legislation and regulation, and a wise regulator who knows how to divide ‘the cost pie’ to allow the DSO to invest in smart metering and smart grids’, says Andreas Umbach, president and CEO of Landis+Gyr.
‘In a ‘software world’ or a world where the power grid has started to become a large part of the ‘internet of things’, one cannot succeed without leveraging partners,’ believes Dr Jan Mrosik, CEO of Siemens’ Smart Grid Division.
“Will energy intensive industry stay in Europe if we get an electricity system that is far costlier than the rest of the world?” questions Mats Nilsson, economist of Vattenfall Strategic Analysis, Sweden.
‘The DSO, as an independent market facilitator and responsible for a secure grid, must remain in the lead for capturing and distributing data,’ says Steven Frère, Senior Technology Communications Specialist at Belgian utility Eandis.
“The main challenge for the industry – related to renewable energy integration – is to have a holistic view of the transformation of the energy system,” states Catarina Naucler, Nordic Smart Grid Development Lead at Fortum Distribution AB in Sweden.
‘Telcos together with their ecosystem partners need to educate their consumers about what is already there! This starts with better, more concrete advertising and showing the practical value and use of existing services,’ states Yves Caseau, Executive Vice President of France’s Bouygues Telecom.