Geeks to the rescue? How can digital technologies transform the energy system?


Brussels, 7 December 2016: 14:30 – 16:00

The Square, Panoramic Hall - Coudenberg 3, 1000 Brussels.

Digital technologies such as smart grids, smart meters and smart homes raise new opportunities and challenges, for both markets and consumers. The main question on the table: how can digital technologies drive the move towards a more efficient, low-carbon energy system?

Today, subsidies based on political choices continue to heavily distort the energy market. Can digital technologies drive the transition to a more decentralised electricity system with the consumer at its centre, as suggested by the European Commission’s “Winter Package”? How can energy markets become more flexible and responsive to consumer demand? How can a smarter market improve the energy mix?



Supported by



Simon Bennett

Energy analyst, Economics and Investment Office of the International Energy Agency (IEA)

Anna Colucci

Head of Unit Retail markets; coal and oil, DG Energy, European Commission

Kaja Kallas

Member, European Parliament

Laurent Schmitt

Smart Grid Strategy Leader, GE Grid Solutions

Konstantin Staschus

Secretary General, European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E)

Uli Suedhoff

Director Business Development EMEA, GE Renewable Energy, Onshore Wind

Frauke Thies

Executive Director, Smart Energy Demand

Patrick Van Hove

Senior Expert - Smart grids and energy system integration, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD), European Commission

Frank Vermeulen

Co-founder, ECOYO