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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?


14:00 - Registration and coffee

14:30 - Can a smarter gift make a cooler climate?

Moderator: Ross Melzer, Director, Science|Business

15:15 - How can a smarter market drive the energy mic?

Moderator: Maryline Fiaschi, Managing Director, Science|Business

16:00 - Conclusions


Geeks to the rescue? How can digital technologies transform the energy system?, 7 December, Brussels

Simon Bennett
Energy analyst, International Energy Agency (IEA)
Anna Colucci
Head of Unit, Directorate-General for Energy, European Commission
Kaja Kallas
Member, European Parliament
Laurent Schmitt
Smart Grid Strategy Leader, Grid Solutions, General Electric
Konstantin Staschus
Secretary General, ENTSO-E
Uli Suedhoff
Director Business Development EMEA, GE Renewable Energy, Onshore Wind
Frauke Thies
Executive Director, Smart Energy Demand Coalition
Patrick Van Hove
Senior Expert - Smart Energy System, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission
Frank Vermeulen
Co-Founder, ECOYO