EM-Power Europe Utility Knowledge Exchange

Side Event | June 20, 2024 | ICM München

The EM-Power Europe Utility Knowledge Exchange sessions are boardroom style discussion sessions without audience, exclusively organized for utilities (transmission and distribution system operators, renewable energy providers, retailers and aggregators).

They provide an excellent opportunity to openly share challenges, ideas and solutions and network with peers from other (international) utilities.

The event is held in English.

In 2023 C-level utility stakeholders as well senior-level technical experts like Directors, Vice Presidents, Heads of Department, Heads of Innovation, Heads of Cybersecurity and Network Planning Policy Managers from Alliander, Anell, Cuerva, Elvia, ENEDIS, Energia, E.ON, E-REDES, ESB, Göthenburg Energi, Hedno, Iberdrola, Oesterreichs Energie, SODO, SSEN Transmission, SWM Infrastuktur, TenneT, TransnetBW and others joined the sessions.

Our expert interview with Elly Kreijkes about the contents of this side event can be found here.

Participation

In order to allow for in-depth discussions and optimize the exchange of information the number of participants per session is limited to 15. Participation is on a first come first serve basis and free of charge for qualifying participants.

Program 2024

There will be 2 concurrent sessions, taking place in parallel, covering 4 topics all together. In between, from 3.00pm-3.30pm, there will be the opportunity to network with the other participants..

Concurrent session 1

1:00pm–3:00pm: Mitigating Cybersecurity Risks to the Electricity Grid: Preparing for New Cybersecurity Threats and Regulations

Session Host: Maarten Hoeve, Director Technology, ENCS

The cybersecurity risks that utilities face are rapidly changing. The increasing digitalization of the energy systems means that there are more systems for hackers to attack, and that a successful attack can have a larger impact on our energy supply. The increasing decentralization means that strong cybersecurity no longer just depends on producers, TSOs, and DSOs. Incident in operators of DERs and electric vehicle charging can potentially also disrupt the electricity system. At the same time, geopolitical developments create an increased interest in threat actors to affect European energy supplies.

To address these changing risks, the European Commission has launched a series of new legislations in the past years. The main critical infrastructure legislation, the NIS directive, has been updated to cover many more parties. A network code for cybersecurity is under development to address the specific risks to the electricity sector. And the EU is trying to set security requirements for all products with digital elements through the Cyber Resilience Act.

Learn how other utilities are responding to these new cybersecurity risks, and how they are preparing for upcoming legislation in this Utility Knowledge Exchange session.

3:30pm–5:30pm: Data Interoperability Requirements Implied by the Upcoming Network Codes on Demand Response

Session Host: Georg Hartner, Member of Expert Group Data Interoperability, EU DSO Entity

Empowering Utilities: Navigating Data Interoperability for Demand Response Success

This session addresses the essential steps in implementing Data Interoperability Requirements Implied by the Upcoming Network Code on Demand Response. In the ever-evolving energy landscape, your role is pivotal, and this session is crafted to provide actionable insights for a seamless transition with a key focus on:

  • Interface standardization for mass-produced flexible devices
  • A common European energy data space to facilitate the utilisation of distributed flexibility
  • Implications to further EU energy data interoperability implementing acts
  • How to increase competition in the demand response hardware, services and platform markets
  • Sharing of energy between active consumers and energy communities

Concurrent session 2

1:00pm–3:00pm: Digital Transformation and Investment Needs for DSOs

Session Host: Carmen Gimeno, Secretary General, GEODE

Digitalization is the best ally to guarantee a resilient network capable of facing the new paradigms in generation and demand. The changing energy system and the new challenges coming along have a strong particular impact on networks, that have to make significant improvements to their digital and data capabilities in order to ensure efficiency operation of their grids – with more renewable generation connected to our grids and significant increase of electrical transport and heating loads – while ensuring security supply for consumers, which requires more focus on flexibility.

Join this session and learn how digitalisation can help network planning, developing DER integration, enabling demand response and energy sharing schemes and much more. Share best practices on how digital technologies are improving the management of your grid.

3:30pm–5:30pm: Congestion and Capacity Management

Session Host: Frank Jacobs, Business Director Congestion & Capacity Mgmt. Asset management, grid operations, IT/OT integration

To meet the Paris Agreement to halve emissions by 2030, major investments in our energy system are being implemented. There is a steep rise of renewables and electrification, and rising customer demands in the power grid. Today’s power grids are not ready for these changes at the pace now demanded.

This round table for transmission and distribution system operators and renewable energy suppliers will focus on the key challenges, solutions and learning experiences to tackle the challenges of the energy transition. During the discussions we will address which short-term actions could be done to create business value today, and which longer term investments are needed to meet tomorrow’s demand.

More information and registration

If you wish to join this unique setting for an in-depth dialogue to examine novel approaches in optimizing the smart grid, enhancing flexibility and integrating prosumers, please contact Elly Kreijkes for session program, discussion topics and registration details.

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