European Utility Week 2016


European Utility Week`s conference programme features over 300 expert speakers and is designed to cater for utility industry professionals looking for strategic discussions on business models and the latest market news, as well as case studies and pilots highlighting innovative technologies and solutions. In close consultation with our Advisory Committee we are now working on new conference formats, truly interactive Hub Sessions, engaging networking opportunities, new launches and interactive technology demonstrations. While the programme is under development, we can share that the content will be divided into two formats:

Event Type:
Nov. 15-17, 2016
Fira Barcelona Gran Via
Barcelona , Spain

The Summit

The Summit is a knowledge-sharing platform with a focused business atmosphere designed to facilitate high-level knowledge sharing, networking and new business opportunities.

In a market confronted to the new disruptive cross-industry players, the Summit's fine-tuned content offering will include:

  • Market Design
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Business Models
  • Customer Centricity

The Summit brings together C-level experts and innovative thinkers within the utilities industry, offering the right platform to brainstorm and strategise about the industry's challenges ahead.

Keep an eye out for the preliminary programme outline by the end of March.

The Hub Sessions

For utility industry leaders, it is now critical to develop best practices and keep up with the latest technologies at the same time. As the pace of change is speeding up, the need to evolve has never been greater.

Following the success of last year's Hub Sessions on the exhibition floor, this programme will again offer a dynamic format and engaging Q&A's, allowing attendees to network in an exclusive topic-led setting. This creates the right environment to help utilities tackle the challenges they face in an ever changing environment.

The Hub Sessions are free to attend for all visitors and will include the following industry segments:

  • Data
  • Grid Optimisation
  • Storage
  • Smart Metering
  • Smart Homes & End User Engagement
  • Smart Water and Smart Gas

New for 2016, we're developing two specialised tracks on Energy Revolution Europe and Intelligent Buildings Europe.

At European Utility Week we are passionate about fulfilling our role to help the smart energy industry drive efficiencies in meeting sustainable development goals

As the premier business, innovation and information platform connecting the smart utility community, we focus 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 will be attended by 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.

Have a look at the end-to-end solutions and products on display showcased at this year's exhibition


  • Building Energy Management
  • Energy / Property Auditing
  • Energy Efficiency Solutions
  • EPC - Energy Performance Contracting
  • ESCO
  • M&V - Measurement and Verification
  • HVAC - Heating, ventilation and air conditioning


  • Cloud Technologies
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Analytics
  • Data Management
  • Mobile Workforce Management
  • SCADA / RTU systems
  • System Integrators


  • Application Providers
  • Chips / Semiconductors
  • Data Aggregators
  • Demand Response
  • Device Developers
  • E-Healthcare
  • Home Area Network
  • Home Automation
  • Home Control / Energy Management
  • Media / Entertainment integrated systems
  • Security Systems
  • Smart Appliances
  • Smart Plugs
  • Thermostat / HVAC control


  • AMI / AMR
  • Billing
  • CRM / CIS
  • Gas Metering
  • Meter Data Management
  • Meter Manufacturers / Components
  • Water Metering
  • Electricity Metering


  • Smart Water Solutions


  • Asset Management, GIS & Mapping
  • Batteries
  • Distribution Automation
  • Energy Storage Solutions & UPS
  • EV Solutions (Charging stations / Infrastructure)
  • Infrastructure Security
  • Load Management
  • Micro-generation / Distributed Energy
  • Monitoring & Control Systems
  • Outage Management
  • Renewables Integration
  • Smart Grid Solutions
  • Substation Automation
  • T&D Hardware / Equipment / Cables
  • Transmission Automation


  • M2M
  • Communication Infrastructure
  • Internet of Things


  • Bio Mass
  • Control systems
  • Hydro
  • Solar / concentrated Solar
  • Solutions Light
  • Wind


  • Consultants
  • Standards
  • Utilities
  • Financing/Investment
  • Smart Cities Solutions

Back at European Utility Week for the second year is the dedicated ESMIG Zone on the exhibition floor, showcasing solutions for smart metering, consumer energy management and safe and secure data transfer.

What is ESMIG?

ESMIG is the voice of European smart energy solution providers. Members provide products, information technology and services for multi-commodity metering, display and management of energy consumption and production at consumer premises.

ESMIG works closely with EU policy makers and other EU associations to make Europe’s energy and water systems cleaner, reliable, more efficient and the European consumer informed, empowered and engaged.

What will you learn visiting the area?

  • All you need to know about ESMIG and its activities
  • An interoperability demonstration for the full consumer management architecture
  • The latest innovations and industry developments in the smart metering, consumer energy management and energy data area
  • Information on EU regulations and market updates in smart energy
  • My Smart Energy: a campaign initiated by ESMIG and EDSO for energy consumers in Europe

Confirmed participants include:

Elster, ESMIG, ISKRAEMECO, Itron, Janz-Conthidra, Kampstrup A/S, Kisters AG, Landis+Gyr, Luna Elektrik Elektronik, MPARE, Sagemcom, SAP,Sierra Wireless, Telit Communications S.P.A, ZIV Aplicaciones y Technologia S.L

Why join the ESMIG Zone at European Utility Week as an exhibitor?

The ESMIG Zone ensures a good representation of its members and creates a hub for smart energy companies. This way, ESMIG members can benefit from discounted prices and shared services, such as a central lounge area, meeting room, strategic position, networking events and discounted conference passes.

How can your company get involved?

In order to be an ESMIG member, a company must:

  • Be registered and have a permanent, staffed office in a member state of the European Union (EU), the European Free Trade Area or a candidate country
  • Provide products, information technology and services solutions for electricity, gas, water or heat metering, data transfer or and security, display and/or management of energy consumption and generation at consumer premises

All the signs are there – grid optimization is big business!

European networks will require €600 billion of investment by 2020. Two thirds of this investment will take place in distribution grids. The DSO share of overall network investments is estimated to grow to almost 75% by 2035, and to 80% by 2050.*

*Eurelectric’s Power Distribution in Europe - Facts and Figures report

On the Intelligent Grid Zone at European Utility week you will find solutions for:

  • Asset Management, GIS & Mapping
  • Cloud Technologies
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Analytics
  • Data Management
  • Distribution Automation
  • Infrastructure Security
  • Load Management
  • Micro-generation / Distributed Energy   
  • Mobile Workforce Management
  • Monitoring & Control Systems
  • Outage Management
  • SCADA / RTU systems
  • Smart Grid Solutions
  • Substation Automation
  • System Integrators
  • T&D Hardware / Equipment / Cables
  • Transmission Automation

Confirmed exhibitors include:

  • Cargill Industrial Specialities
  • Fugro Roames
  • Guangxi Ramway Technology Development Co., Ltd.
  • iGrid T&D
  • IPS – Intelligent Process Solutions GmbH
  • Nokia
  • Shenzhen Clou Electronics Co., Ltd
  • Smart Green Labs
  • Tide

More exhibitors with solutions in this field, but not represented in the Intelligent Grid Zone can be found here

What will you learn visiting this area?

Besides getting up-to-date with the latest technologies in this field, presentations on the Intelligent Grid theatre will focus on:

  • Optimisation
  • Flexibility
  • Resilience
  • Interoperability

Bringing Utilities, ESCO’s, Financiers, Governments, Cities and Municipalities together, with the common goal of meeting climate change and policy commitments by improving energy efficiency. Adding commercial and industrial perspectives from companies aspiring to be green to the mix will provide the perfect ingredients for inspiring discussions.

Why Intelligent Buildings Europe is a special focus area at European Utility Week?

Buildings account for 46% of the EU’s overall energy consumption and for a staggering 36% of the EU’s greenhouse gases. Also around 20% of the energy consumed by Europe’s buildings is wasted, mainly due to inefficient maintenance, a lack of basic energy efficiency measures and poor energy efficiency behaviour by occupants. This waste represents a cost of approximately €270 billion every year, a figure that is set to increase to 53% by 2030 if no action is taken to curb it. 

The seriousness of this situation is supported by stringent regulation that applies across Europe. As a result of legislation, including the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), mandatory changes to country-level building codes are increasing the performance requirements that apply to new construction and major renovations of existing buildings and are pushing toward the delivery of nearly zero energy buildings by 2019 and 2021 for public and private buildings, respectively. 

These developments provide a great opportunity to mobilise energy efficiency in EU buildings, but also a continuing challenge for many EU countries to transpose and implement the Directive.

Utilities are taking the ESCO journey seriously, creating energy efficiency services as a profit-center separate from their main business model while leveraging existing relationships and brand identification. 

Participants of Intelligent Buildings Europe will come together to share best practices, discuss and source solutions and innovations. All with the ultimate goal of meeting these serious challenges. In doing so not only reducing financial waste but more importantly CO² emissions.  

Who you can expect on the programme:

The Energy Efficiency Unit of DG ENER, Perfesco, The Covenant of Mayors, Wien Energie, Joule Assets, BPIE, Enel, Deutsche Bank, Eu.Bac, Gas Natural Fenosa, Servizi Energia Ambiente (SEA), Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics, The Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA), Engie, The Investor Confidence Project (ICP) and more… Check the confirmed speakers here

Focus areas of the programme:

Regulations and the Promising Role of Buildings in Transforming the Energy Market

  • The 2016 review of the Energy Efficiency Directive, the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and the Smart Buildings Initiative, what effect will this have on the industry?  
  • Where do we stand in Europe and globally reaching set energy efficiency targets?
  • Regulation vs. reality, the role of regulation in the expansion of the market
  • Bridging the gap between theory and reality: How to tap into the full potential of the market?

Energy Management for Intelligent Buildings – Building Reliability

  • The complexity of interoperability, what role will data analytics play?
  • The up come of building automation systems, how to improve operational efficiencies? 
  • Building Information Modelling, a new tool for risk mitigation? 
  • “Knowledge is power”, the importance of M&V, monitoring strategies and security 
  • The effect of Demand Response programmes

Financing and Funding

  • Defining the perfect financial strategy? Why and when do you take investment?
  • Finding your way in the world of financing, what values do they bring to your project?
  • Cost-effective measures for reducing consumption
  • Utility financing models – successful financing partnerships around Europe

From Energy Efficiency to Value: What is the Customer Really Buying?

  • The uptake of “green”, what drives corporate businesses to increase energy efficiencies in their day-to-day business?  
  • An insight in the successful energy efficiency projects from an industrial, commercial and public space. 

Target audience

City Managers,  Project Managers,  Programme Managers,  Business Development Managers, Project Developers, Facility Managers, Energy Managers, Energy Service Managers, Customer Service Managers, Energy Solutions Managers, ICT Managers, Data Managers , Innovation Managers, Security Managers, Risk Managers, Asset Managers, Financial Managers and Policy Makers.


ESCOs, Utilities, European Bodies, Energy Agencies, Public  Administration, Large Energy Consumers, Real Estate Agencies, Banks, Financial Institutions and Consultancies.

Advisory Committee 

This programme is developed in consultation with our Intelligent Buildings Europe Advisory Committee Members:

  • Antonio Ciccarelli, CEO, SEA, Italy
  • Davide Cannarozzi, CFO, Enertika Group, Spain
  • Gitte Wad Thybo, Business Development Manager, Energimidt, Denmark
  • Jean Paul Krivine, Senior Advisor for Smart Energy, EDF and Board Member of Smart Building Alliance for Smart Cities, France
  • Jessica Stromback, Chairman, Joule Assets Europe AB, Belgium
  • Joan Vidal Rull, European Energy Solutions Development Leader, Honeywell Building Solutions, Spain
  • Oliver Rapf, Executive Director, BPIE, Belgium
  • Panama Bartholomy, Director, Investor Confidence Project Europe, Netherlands
  • Stephan Renner, Project Advisor, European Commission, Belgium
  • Volker Dragon, Chairman, European Association of Energy Service Companies, Switzerland

European Utility Week presents this year the launch of Energy Revolution Europe (ERE), adding a broader scope to energy storage and renewable integration with new topics such as renewable generation featured in the strategic conference programme as well as on the exhibition floor.

'Will renewables continue at the same pace? Will future energy trends be wholly determined by technology? Will it actually be the Energy Prosumer or the mysterious new market participants that will ultimately determine the direction of travel? Who knows, but if you come to Energy Revolution Europe, you will certainly see first-hand the innovative developments in new technology-enabled services, get to speak to some of the new market participants, and understand the drivers and motivations behind the wide.' 

Stephen Haw, Partner at Baringa

Talk Community - with Stephen Haw, Partner of Baringa Partners

Why Energy Revolution Europe is a special focus area at European Utility Week?

2020 was always a date far in the future, however the reality of the Renewable Energy Directive is looming fast. By this date the EU has to fulfil at least 20% of its total energy needs with renewables. This is to be achieved through the attainment of individual national targets. To turn up the pressure more, the new 2030 targets are agreed to rise to 27%. The urgency to hit these targets and the positive results of Cop 21 Paris will unleash exponential renewables growth.

What makes ERE different?

Located with European Utility Week, ERE represents a natural link with the existing focus on renewable integration and energy storage and will benefit from the existing utility visitors. There will also be a focus on innovation shedding light on the renewable energy sources of the future. ERE’s features include:

  • ERE focused discussions within the 3-day Summit
  • A 3-day research programme as part of the Hub Sessions in the centre of the exhibition floor.
  • Real-life project experience, highlighting & discussing innovative technologies and solutions
  • ERE to be featured in this year’s revamped Initiate! Programme, and represented amongst the 100 startups at the Initiate Hub
  • Initiate! Young Talent Programme
  • 50 service and solution providers will be exhibiting at a dedicated area on the exhibition floor

'Energy Revolution Europe is all about the new ways of Operation and Management of Electrical Systems, and its target is to optimize consumer service by providing new and smart services, by reducing power cost and by aiming towards environmental protection.'
Eirini Stavropoulou, Director of Islands Network Operation Department of the Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operation (HEDNO S.A.)

Talk Community - with Eirini Stavropoulo, Director of Islands Network Operation Department, HEDNO S.A.

Focus areas of the programme:

The road towards the revolution

  • The road so far
  • Level of integration of renewables in utilities
  • The views of the “others”: Regulators, Investors, I & C customers

Technology is just an enabler

  • Projects that focus on extracting value from technology enabled services regarding larger or smaller scale renewables
  • Flexible, reliable, fully dispatchable projects that demonstrate the “revolution” journey
  • Renewables and E.V., Virtual Power Plant, Full scale renewables

March of the prosumers

  • Innovative projects from the solution providers
  • What are the enabling solutions?
  • Level of integration of renewables (solar, hydropower, wind)
  • Motivations and drivers of the prosumers
  • Where do they see themselves in the grid

What the future holds

  • New business models: vehicle to grid, uber electricity and off grid
  • The utility debate: how can utilities lead the energy revolution by developing new relationships and leverage new technology
  • The role of IoT

Target audience: 

Regulation Director, Operations Director, Commercial Director, Head of Business Development, Head of Innovation, Partners, Regulators, Senior Managers, Policy Makers, Oil Industry Executives, Internet Company Executives, Aggregators, Analysts, Program Developers, Prosumers, Consumers, Investors, Finance Directors.


Utilities, Renewable Energy Producers, European Bodies, Energy Agencies, Banks, Multinationals, Solution Providers, Oil Industry, Internet Companies, Retailers, Startups.

Advisory Committee 

This programme is developed in consultation with our Energy Revolution Europe (NEW) Committee Members:

  • Alex Schoch, Director, Tesla Energy EU Sales & Operations, Netherlands 
  • Caroline Ledl, Head of Product Development, Wien Energie, Austria 
  • Eirini Stavropoulou, Director of islands network operation department, HEDNO, Greece
  • Erik Nygard, CEO, Limejump, United Kingdom 
  • Jan Schelling, Senior Technology Advisor, Statkraft, Norway
  • Michael Salomon, CEO and Founder, Clean Horizon, France 
  • Patrick Clerens, Secretary general, EASE, Belgium 
  • Per Sundell, Senior Business Developer, Vattenfal AB, Sweden 
  • Ruud Kempener, Technology Roadmap Analyst, IRENA, Germany 
  • Samuel Portebos, Analyst, Clean Horizon, France
  • Stephen Haw, Partner, Baringa, United Kingdom

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