EU shouldn’t miss the digital train

29.06.2016

On 27 and 28 June 2016, the 5th annual conference on innovation in electricity networks, InnoGrid2020+, took place in Brussels, Belgium. The event was jointly promoted by the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO-E) and the European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids (EDSO). This year’s main focus was lying on “Digital Energy”. Two members of the European Commision were amongst the speakers: Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President and Commissioner for Energy Union, and Günther Oettinger, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society.

Bente Hagem, Chair of the Board of ENTSO-E, opened the conference appealing to the European Comission to “anchor innovation in its upcoming legislative proposal”. Both system operators’ associations, ENTSO-E and EDSO, emphasised the necessity of an innovation push in the European power system combining the efforts of EU and national authorities, of private and public institutions. Regulators should encourage transmission system operators (TSOs) to become innovation leaders.

The second day of the event was dedicated to the desirable entry of the European energy grid sector into the digital era. Peder Andreasen, President of ENTSO-E, sees the “booming of data production” as an opportunity: “Big data will help us optimise the use of our networks, generation and consumption. This is good for the environment and good for the economy.” ENTSO-E and EDSO jointly kept focussing on the importance of the digital revolution for the TSOs. Christian Buchel, EDSO Vice-Chairperson, clearly pointed out: “Europe has not yet missed the digital revolution in the energy grid sector. But time is running.”

> See ENTSO-E press release day 1 (html)

> See ENTSO-E press release day 2 (html)

Picture: Jean-Michel Clajot
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