2017 Programme Topics


Quality over quantity was again key in the 2017 Summit programme, with a main focus on the strategic themes causing shifts in the utility business. Designed with the objectives of our community in mind, this high-level knowledge sharing programme featured four key themes crucial for achieving a fully integrated and interconnected electricity system.

For more information on the Summit takeaways, check out the 2017 Post-Event Report

Staying ahead of the game!

It is no secret that utilities are currently dealing with immense challenges. European strategy and goals for 2030 and 2050 will enable the transition towards a low-carbon energy supply, however with this comes challenges. Emergent new players and distributed generation as well as changing demand patterns are all impacting business models tremendously. 

The Opening Keynote during the Summit, on day one of European Utility Week 2017, examined those key strategic themes causing shifts in the utility business model. It also featured those key enablers from the industry who have been appointed to help orchestrate this change and guide the industry forward. 

The Opening Keynote set the stage for what was to come during the strategic Summit across the 3-day programme. The Opening Keynote panel discussion, which took place after the Opening Keynote, was a true reflection of the choice of the “consumer”; how to empower people by understanding their energy choices and the shift of ownership in the value chain.

Official 2017 Opening Keynote Session details here


The global electricity system stands at a critical juncture in the midst of transition. Whether consumers become empowered to expedite this transition, or resist it, remains an open-ended question. I am excited to take part in the opening keynote of EUW17 to help explore industry perspectives on both transitions and the topic of consumers and prosumers.

Benjamin Sovacool, Professor of Energy Policy, University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom; Professor of Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University, Herning, Denmark



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Flexibility is the word for the Smart Grid, but in order to achieve it, solid rules and regulations are needed. The first session explores the Clean Energy package and the ways in which it influences the European and the Local energy market. The second focuses on ways to accelerate the transition of consumer to prosumer and define what is of value for the emerging new customer type. In the third session we focused on ways to finance and create new business in a clean world, and finally in the fourth session we concentrated on new technologies and how they improve the integration of renewables into the Intelligent Grid.

2017 Summit Session details here


As central players driving forward the energy transition process, DSOs must be in touch wit all those that really matter. EUW is definitely one of the best places to do it.

João Torres, CEO of EDP Distribuição and President of EDSO

The transformation of the old and semi-obsolete business models of mere electricity deliverance towards the new and exciting customer-friendly model is happening right now. We followed this transition by building, during the first session, the customer–utility partnership and learning some very valuable cross-industry lessons. During the second session, we focused on defining the most valuable asset in the retail market as well as finding out the sectors that will open up to electrification. The third session was devoted to new technologies but from a Business Executive’s perspective, while in the fourth session we played the survival game, defining the business models that will survive the dawning of the new Energy world. 

2017 Summit Session details here


Flexibility to allow the New Grid to be more Resilient and business models to grow

The traditional model of an infl exible energy system with unidirectional electricity fl ows from power stations to consumers, is giving way to a whole new paradigm: Thanks to digitalisation and new services, a consumer-driven market participation of distributed, flexible and decarbonised energy solutions is picking up speed. We are moving to a smart energy system where demand and supply fully interact.

Frauke Thies, Executive DirectorSmart Energy Demand Coalition, Belgium

The concept of Smart City is changing, as it is not just focused on providing more efficient services, but on transforming cities into digital platforms for innovative citizen services. Since Utilities play a crucial role in the transformation, our first session was a roadmap on leadership and business guidelines for Utilities within Smart Cities. E-mobility dominated our second session, while our third session focused more on regulations and new energy markets that will help the Smart Cities meet their carbon neutral ambitions. Our fourth and final session was completely devoted to the citizens of the Smart Cities, their rights, their responsibilities and above all their transformation to informed consumers.  

2017 Summit Session details here


Is E-mobility a challenge or an opportunity?

It’s time for the smart new Urban Solutions Providers! I look forward to the discussions at EUW how decarbonisation and digitization can help to meet Cities needs and which role Utilities can play, especially when it comes to e-mobility and how much an opportunity it really is.

Marie-Theres Thiell, CEO of Innogy Hungaria

The flow of data through smart devices and with the help of IoT, will transform the Energy Market in ways we can only imagine right now. This track aimed to push our imagination to the limits. In the first session we learned that Utilities are irrelevant, while in the second we toyed with the idea of data and explored the numerous ways by which data create value. The third session focused on forging new opportunities by creating new, data-driven businesses, and the fourth and final session speculated on data economy and the smooth digital transition for Utilities. 

2017 Summit Session details here


What are the key players in the Energy Sector doing right now with blockchain? And why does it matter?

First Energy Web Foundation members have realized the opportunity and decided to support the joint development out of different motivation. It matters because it will bring enormous effi ciency increases and promises to be the grid management solution for a 100% renewables driven world. There is no other technology available that has similar promises and no other event than EUW‘17 where so many of the key players are discussing the industry developments.

Ewald Hesse, CEO & Founder, GridSingularity


Electrifying format for the Keynote closing!

For the first time ever, the Closing Keynote during the Summit was open to everyone in 2017!

Taking place on the Energy Revolution Europe Hub on the exhibition floor, keynote speakers discussed electrification of the EV market in Europe, integrated smart charging home solutions and e-car sharing.

No business or sector can live off their past glories. New ideas and strategies are needed to give us an edge in our respective fields; this is where the involvement of young, dynamic and creative people is vital. The Closing Keynote was your key to hearing the latest solutions happening in the energy landscape by the most influential experts conversing with policy makers from the European Commission on climate change and those students eager to make their mark on the industry.


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For more information on the Hub Sessions takeaways, check out the 2017 Post-Event Report

    The European Commission is supporting, via Horizon 2020 – the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever – projects on Smart Grids and Energy Storage. Through innovation these projects have the potential to contribute to a successful, digitally-supported energy transition. To complement the work of each individual project, the European Commission has launched the BRIDGE initiative, to allow the ongoing Horizon 2020 Smart Grid and Energy Storage projects to contribute to creating a common view on cross-cutting issues they encounter that may be obstacles to innovation. 22 of these projects – and the BRIDGE initiative itself – were showcased during European Utility Week 2017.

Hub Sessions Programme - The BRIDGE Initiative

  The 2017 Energy Storage track focused on Policy and Regulations both on a Pan European (EU Commission) and Local (national) level, new technologies and applications, business cases and the Future of Energy Storage. From Lithium-ion to ammonia and from EVs to Decentralized Thermal, this track provided a spherical view of the Energy Storage sector, its potentials and its shortages.  

Hub Sessions Programme - Storage

  Focusing on a utility’s immune system, this track explored what policies, new tech and initiatives are underway, and how to implement them more efficiently and effectively. What collaboration and innovation efforts can we leverage to strengthen our distributed, shared risk management approach to enable and ensure the Utilities safety from a potential cyber-attack? 

“The EUW brings together thought leaders from within the cyber security and data protection community. A great event to get the latest insights and increase your organizational resilience.”

Sander Kruese, Privacy & Security Advisor, Alliander, Netherlands


Hub Sessions Programme - Grid Intelligence

  Digitalisation is speeding up the pace of innovation. Next to new technologies that get developed, projects get implemented faster than ever. In this session we looked at the most forward-thinking big data & analytics projects. What are the opportunities and the consequences of the new data economy? 

Hub Sessions Programme - Big Data & Analytics

  In the coming decades all Europeans will be have a smart meter installed in their home. Smart meter rollouts are complex and cumbersome projects. But what is the current and the potential impact of smart meters? How will we reach the energy efficiency targets and how can smart meters add new revenue streams? 

Hub Sessions Programme - Smart Metering

  This track was composed of 2 special sessions; one was the Global Smart Grid Forum, which is back by popular demand: A high-level panel discussion with expert from around the globe, looking at problematics from beyond Europe. In 2017, the focus was on the Adaptability to Change. The second Special Focus session was dedicated to the Partner Country of EUW17: the USA. Every year, EUW chooses a country to put under the spotlight, and in 2017 we shed light on the US Energy market and looked at the differences in comparison to Europe.  

The 2 special focus were:

Global Smart Grid Forum 
Session 33
       Partner Country in Focus: USA 
Session 34

Experts Panel Discussion on:

  • Adaptability to New Market Challenges.
  • Similarities and differences at the antipodes of the globe.

The Energy Market in the USA

This special session was devoted to the latest Utility developments in the USA.

We also looked at the key trends in the 2nd largest energy consumer in the world.

  To comply with the Paris Agreement, Europe will aim to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions from energy supply within decades. In this Gas programme, we highlighted the options to “green our gas”: reducing consumption using data from both the smart meter and heating boiler, introducing biomethane from new sustainable ways of cropping, and hydrogen from excess wind and solar electricity. Completing this angle, we addressed the system aspects: how will power, heat, and gas work together to deliver zero-emission energy in a reliable and affordable way? What are the pitfalls, and how can multiple benefits be achieved? 

“The Paris Agreement to keep global warming well below 2°C, and to even pursue 1.5°C, has major consequences for climate policy at all levels. It means the world will have to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to zero around 2050, and we will even have to deploy ways to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. For the energy system, the role of renewable electricity draws a lot of attention, and we will see high shares of wind and solar electricity. However, that brings new challenges too. In our view, gas may have an important role to play, but then we need a clear vision on a zero-emission future for gas. In the two hub sessions of EUW, we will explore those ingredients.”

Kees van der Leun, Director, Ecofys – a Navigant company

Hub Sessions Programme - The Future Role of Gas


It’s an exciting time for every one of us working in the energy field. The silent revolution from dirty fossil fuels to cleaner renewable energy is currently taking place across Europe, bringing with it huge opportunities and innovative solutions.  

European countries are working together to create a power grid that allows for more reliable power to be produced from renewables such as wind and solar energy. 

Energy Revolution Europe, co-located with European Utility Week, works with the entire landscape of energy experts to make sure we achieve the goals set by the European Commission: Creating a green, safe and flexible future. 

“We must change the way we have always operated. And we must acknowledge that this change cannot just be accommodated in the traditional system, nor can it do without.” 

Jeroen Bode, Director USEF  


Hub Sessions Programme - Energy Revolution Europe


Smart heat and Smart Living as key business opportunities for Utilities as well as Data Management 3.0 in buildings. The utilities still have the advantage of credibility with their customers over the new players, and they already use it to position themselves smartly on the market of energy services. 

For utilities to learn the latest on the hurdles the market still needs to overcome for the build sector to reach its full potential: the accessibility of financing and the maturity of the market. Parallel to the challenges, beyond energy efficiency, the new currency is comfort and quality of life for the occupants. Experts shared their views on this growing trend. 


Panellist: Empowering buildings to fulfil their role in the European Market

“The threat of climate change and the fast development of renewable energy alternatives accelerate the necessary transition towards a fossil free society.”

Jacqueline Cramer
Professor in Sustainable Innovation at Utrecht University
Chairman of the board of the Dutch ESCO Network. 
Ex Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment, Netherlands 



Hub Sessions Programme - Intelligent Buildings Europe


Initiate! at European Utility Week 2017  is a programme designed to help empower the energy industry. 

Forward thinking and partnerships are at the core of Initiate!. We are passionate about connecting the next generation of tech and talent to the professionals in the industry in order to bring about change, accelerate innovation and create meaningful impact. No more business as usual.

In the 2017 programme, attendees were challenged on both the social and technical developments ready to leave their mark on the energy transition with topics such as “Free Energy”, “Circular and Value Based Economics” and “Decentralised Power”. Sessions covered the impact of AI, AA and Robotics on the Utility Workforce of the future and how to keep, attract and stimulate the next generation smart energy leaders. Exciting formats to stimulate new connections and partnerships included The Roast, speed dating sessions for startups and recruitment sessions for students.

Speaker: A Free Energy System session

“To be ready for the future we explore different new infrastructures. From our perspective these new infrastructures have to be caring, include everybody and should adhere to our core values: affordable, sustainable, reliable and secure.”

Jan-Peter Doomernik
Senior Business Developer, Asset Management


Hub Sessions Programme - Initiate!


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