Summit Topics

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, will examine those key strategic themes causing shifts in the utility business model. It will also feature those key enablers from the industry who have been appointed to help orchestrate this change and guide the industry forward. 

The Opening Keynote will set the stage for what will come during the strategic Summit across the 3-day programme. The Opening Keynote panel discussion taking place after the Opening Keynote will be 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.

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Reserve your seat now for the Official Opening Keynote at European Utility Week on the 3rd of October 2017, in Amsterdam!


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


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 focus on ways to finance and create new business in a clean world and finally in the fourth session we concentrate in new technologies and the how they improve the integration of renewables into the Intelligent Grid.

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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

You should attend this track if:

You wish to hear firsthand from the strategists of the Energy Sector – that include but not limit to Senior Utility Executives, European Commission Policy Officers, Local Regulators, Aggregators and Academics – how the new smart and green Energy Grid will evolve and be financed.

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 follow 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 shall focus 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 is devoted to new technologies but from a Business Executive’s perspective, while in the fourth session we shall play the survival game, defining the business models that will survive the dawning of the new Energy world. 

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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

You should attend this track if:

You wish to hear by Senior Level Experts – that include but not limit to Senior Business Executives, Blockchain Enthusiasts, Senior Level Smart Metering Experts and Prosumer Associations – how Retail as we know it will become obsolete and transform itself to a customer friendly service providing Market.

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 is a roadmap on leadership and business guidelines for Utilities within Smart Cities. E-mobility will dominate our second session, while during our third session focuses more on regulations and new energy markets that will help the Smart Cities meet their carbon neutral ambitions. Our fourth and final session is completely devoted to the citizens of the Smart Cities, their rights, their responsibilities and above all their transformation to informed consumers.  

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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

You should attend this track if:

You wish to hear from – among others – City Leaders, Decision Makers, City Energy Managers and Senior Utility Executives the format of the Future Smart Cities and the strategic decisions that will lead there.   

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 aims to push our imagination to the limits. In the first session we learn that Utilities are irrelevant, while in the second we toy with the idea of data and explore the numerous ways by which data create value. The third session focuses on forging new opportunities by creating new, data driven businesses and the fourth and final session speculates on data economy and the smooth digital transition for Utilities. 

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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


You should attend this track if:

You wish to take a glimpse into the future of the energy sector. Listen to Senior Utility Executives, IT Architects, Data Analysts and Digital Transformation Officers among others, the impact of data and they are going to shake the Energy Industry to the core.     

Electrifying format for the Keynote closing!

This will be the first time ever that the Closing Keynote during the Summit will be open to everyone!

Taking place on the Energy Revolution Europe Hub on the exhibition floor, keynote speakers will discuss 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 will be 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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