Event Stream

Official Opening Keynote

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 10:00 to 12:30

Event track:

Official Opening Keynote

Stream location:

Elicium 2


It is no secret that utilities are currently dealing with immense challenges. European strategy and goals for 2030 and 2050 will enable the transition towards a low carbon energy supply, however with this comes challenges. Emergent new players and distributed generation as well as changing demand patterns are all impacting business models tremendously. The Opening Keynote during the Summit, on day one of the event, will examine those key strategic themes causing shifts in the utility business model. It will also feature those key enablers from the industry who have been appointed to help orchestrate this change and guide the industry forward. The Opening Keynote will set the stage for what will come during the strategic Summit across the 3-day programme. The high level opening debate will be a true reflection of the choice of the “consumer”; how to empower people by understanding their energy choices and the shift of ownership in the value chain.

“The global electricity system stands at a critical juncture in the midst of transition. Whether consumers become empowered to expedite this transition, or resist it, remains an open-ended question. I am excited to take part in the opening keynote of EUW17 to help explore industry perspectives on both transitions and the topic of consumers and prosumers.”  Benjamin Sovacool, Professor of Energy Policy, University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom; Professor of Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University, Herning, Denmark

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