2013 Conference Topics


2013 Conference Topics

With a series of new conference tracks covering renewable integration and storage solutions, a new specialist track on grid security and a new feature on smart cities, European Utility Week 2013 delivered specialist content on all major value streams stretching from transmission to the end-user.

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Smart T&D Infrastructures
The structure of the electricity system is changing fast. Rapid deployment of renewable energy generation, the need for widespread decarbonisation and urgent requirements to update the aging electrical supply infrastructure present a significant and growing challenge to transmission and distribution system operators across Europe. Development trials are being wheeled out across Europe but these are all too often siloed operations and inhibit broader information sharing. All these factors instill the critical need as an industry to come together and discuss ideas.

Themes for 2013 included:

  • The changing T&D landscape
  • Commercial and industrial demand response
  • Future proof grid design
  • Grid control and outage management systems
  • Interconnection, congestion, ancillary services & capacity management
  • Network automation & standardisation

Smart Metering, ICT & Data Management
Smart Metering represents the launch pad from which the smart energy revolution can enter the domestic life of millions. It forms the keystone of communication between utilities and the consumer and underpinning this vital link is effective ICT and data management. There remain key questions that need to be addressed in this still nascent industry, including questions of interoperability and openness, security of critical infrastructures, safeguarding individual privacy and developing sound principles for the commercial use of personal data.

All these and more were covered in a number of tracks devoted to these issues, including:

  • Smart metering – where do we stand?
  • Smart meter 2.0 projects
  • ICT for dynamic asset management & operations
  • New technologies for data management
  • Communication architecture for smart grids
  • ICT for customer energy management

Smart Homes & End User Engagement
How to really engage with the customer is one of the single greatest challenges associated with transitioning to a smart energy economy. Learning how to incentivise consumers to engage with new billing solutions, invest in micro renewable generation capacity and adopt smart and green commodities such as electric vehicles will  signify a huge step forward in steering the world towards a carbon neutral future.

Building on firm case study results and high level analysis, key themes and topics for this session included:

  • New retail and marketing strategies
  • Behavioural trends and optimizing customer engagement
  • Activating greater levels of demand response
  • Latest case study analysis on dynamic pricing for small customers
  • Latest Smart Home deployments

NEW to 2013: Renewable Integration & Storage
Over the past decade we have seen an explosive growth of renewable energy markets. Supportive government policies, rising costs of conventional energy and new technology improvements have contributed to the dramatic growth levels. But, with the increase of renewables comes huge logistical and technical challenges in adapting
the existing infrastructure. European utilities in particular have to invest in the grids. Important and very costly measures need to be introduced as enablers to fulfilling the ambitious 2020 targets. Controlled curtailment of renewables, demand response measures, gas turbines for balancing purposes, stronger transmission capacity, interconnection, and energy storage solutions are all key factors which must be considered.

A dedicated track on “Renewable Integration & Storage” will provide you with an excellent opportunity to hear about the latest technology developments, policy updates and global project experiences. The interactive format of the sessions will allow you to play an active role in shaping the future of this exciting energy market.

Key themes and topics included:

  • The EU-wide grid infrastructure planning, strategy and targets for 2030
  • Combining renewable integration with commercially viable business models
  • Energy storage solutions and project experiences
  • Solar PV Solutions to enhance wider integration of solar PV in Europe
  • Effectively integrating large amounts of wind into current and future power grids
  • Contradictions, regulatory needs & recommendations going forward

Smart Cities
The smart city as an ideal and a work in progress is something which has exploded in popularity in recent years. From the minds of the best social scientists and product innovators has come a romantic vision of what city life can become which has been taken up with gusto by mass media channels. Amsterdam, a city which consistently ranks high in the league of best-performing global smart cities, plays host this year to the inauguration of the Smart City track within the European Utility Week  conference programme.

The innovation model of Smart City Amsterdam is one which closely reflects the psyche of Dutch citizens, with the importance being placed on popular engagement, grass-roots development and a general bottom-up approach. This is a philosophy matched by our own ideals in developing European Utility Week, in which the values and ideas of our customer base very much shapes the evolutionary development of the event. Working hand in hand with the Mayor of Amsterdam’s office, we are in the process of pulling together a programme which offers an holistic glimpse of what is represented in a smart city, from the Mayoral perspective, the consumer view point, the work being undertaken by some of the more innovative utilities and, of course, that of the product developers also. Keep checking the website as more details appear on the shape of the Smart City track and who you can expect to see presenting…

Smart Gas and Water Metering
Whilst the trend for smart metering first really took off in the electricity meter market, the adoption of smart meters within the gas and water meter market is now also fast gaining momentum. Smart water meter installation has been forecast to grow from 10.3 million units in 2011 to 29.9 million units by 2017 (Pike Research, 2012). Meanwhile, annual unit shipments of smart gas meters are anticipated to rise from 1.9 million smart gas meters in 2010 to 7.8 million by 2016. These impressive global growth figures are driven in large part by the ambitious targets set down in the EU 2020 targets, but the environment is not intended to be the only beneficiary of these changes. For consumers, access to more accurate and insightful data regarding their energy consumption will help them to handle their energy use and ultimately save money more effectively.

The smart gas and water metering track of European Utility Week offers a case-study based overview of latest developments taking place across Europe. Coordinated in partnership with industry experts, these programmes will bring together industry-leading experts to share their experiences, their visions for
future development and avail themselves to answer all your questions. Keep checking the website as more details appear on the shape of the Smart Gas and Water Metering track and who you can expect to see presenting…