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TSOs and DSOs facing together the Energy Transition Challenge  

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On 26th-27th June, the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) and the European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids (EDSO) organised together the 6th edition of InnoGrid2020+ Conference in Brussels, which focused on the arising network of networks where power grids and transport, telecom and IT, digital and physical link up in an unprecedented manner in order to face the European energy transition.

“Within this century of digital, European distribution grids have to catch up and speed up. Then, TSOs (Transmission System Operators) and DSOs (Distribution System Operators) can reach together the challenge of  the energy transition and become leaders within the European Union”, explained Christian Buchel, Vice-Chair of EDSO for Smart Grids.

Unavoidably, the conference debated about “Clean Energy for all Europeans” package of the European Commission, which contains several legislative proposals and has three main goals: putting energy efficiency first, achieving global leadership in renewable energies and providing a fair deal for consumers.

In this regarding, the TSOs and DSOs agreed the importance of “putting the consumers at the centre of the new energy system” as pointed out Peder Andreasen, President of ENTSO.

Building trust and consumer confidence, as key point to empower consumers, was also debated. “Transparency, flexibility and participation is needed to build trust” concluded Stew Horne, Head of Energy Regulation of Citizens Advice during the panel session Prosumer empowerment and active system management.

Vice-President of the European Commission for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič, MEP Kaja Kallas, EC Digital Single Market Deputy Head of Cabinet Kamila Kloc, ACER Director Alberto Pototschnig, Jean-Michel Glachant from the FSR, Michael Walsh from Smart Wires, EDSO Chair João Torres and ENTSO-E President Peder Andreasen: these are some of the over 30 high level speakers who participatrf in the 2017 edition of the InnoGrid2020+ conference.

Those panellists debated also about regulations, the role of data hubs and the EU rules related to cybersecurity and privacy, as well as, the hard and soft technologies that can enable a smart and sustainable energy system.IMG_6730

In this sense, Maroš Šefčovič stated that “smart is not just about new technologies, it’s about combining technologies”.

 

Participants could also discover the over 20 R&D projects with EU added value that presented their work and results at the conference and networking exhibition, such as NOBEL GRID.

NOBEL GRID showed its main innovations and smart energy solutions on the smart grids, thanks to its partner Finnova. “Smart Energy gives people more control over the way citizens and private sector use energy so NOBEL GRID works on smart energy solutions that provides better quality of life, promoting active participation of final consumers and fostering European competitiveness in the sector”, explained Lola Alacreu coordinator of NOBEL GRID.

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