Barcelona, Spain, 15-17 November 2016 – From 15 till 17 November the European Utility Week was organised in Barcelona. With a staggering amount of attendees, the European Utility Week kicked off remarkably and left all mayor players in the field of the Smart Energy Industry ready to mingle and extend their network. The GSGF drink organized at the EnergyVille booth was an excellent opportunity for members to meet and exchange ideas.
As the premier business, innovation and information platform connecting the smart utility community, the European Utility Week focuses on regional and global developments in Grid Optimisation, Renewables, Energy Storage, Smart Metering, Smart Cities, Smart Homes, Energy Services & Efficiency, Intelligent Buildings, Data Management, Analytics and IoT, Cyber Security, Smart Gas and Smart Water.
The event serves as an annual meeting point for the community and was attended by more than 12.000 international visitors, 450 speakers and 600 exhibitors. Innovation underlines every element of the show with a special focus on connecting people from all levels of the utility value chain from technology giants to start-ups and from senior-level experts to young talent.
On the inaugural day the event commenced with a welcome address from Conference Director, Paddy Young, who explained that the utility sector has seen major changes in its value proposition, from bold rebranding to IPOs. He said: “The industry is now equipping itself for the energy revolution. European Utility Week is committed to working closely with the sector, not only to stay relevant as a platform for best practice but to act as a catalyst for growth, collaboration and innovation.”
Following this argumentation, several GSGF-members presented their view during the conference. Our Chair Ronnie Belmans introduced his ideas on ‘the Energy System we want’ during the first afternoon of the Summit. During his presentation he tackled the difficulties and solutions in implementing European Policies and functioned as a panel member of the debate on European policies and regulations. Alongside the presentations and the exhibition, a GSGF morning drink was also organised at the EnergyVille booth on the opening day of the European Utility Week. The drink was an excellent opportunity for GSGF members to meet and exchange ideas.
The conference concluded with a closing keynote session hosted by an expert panel – Philipp Offenberg, Policy Analyst at European Political Strategic Center (EPSC), European Commission, Tomas Gallego Arjiz, REE Financial Director, and Philippe Monloubou, CEO of Enedis and President of Think Smart Grids Association – who gave their views on the challenges and realities of financing the infrastructure needed to support the new energy future.
Collaboration is also set to continue at next year’s EUW. The European Utility Week will be travelling to the Smart City of Amsterdam from 3 till 5 October 2017. As this year’s European Utility turned out be a highly interesting platform, feel free to add 3 till 5 October 2017 in your agendas and join us for next year’s European Utility Week!
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