EDSO promotes innovation projects and young talent at European Utility Week

This year EDSO for Smart Grids (EDSO), the European sector association representing electricity distribution system operators (DSOs) steps up its efforts to highlighting DSOs’ venturing into innovative projects. As part of this endeavour, EDSO has partnered with European Utility Week, the premier business, innovation and information platform for the smart utility community.

 The EDSO partnership with European Utility Week, which takes place from the 15-17 November 2016 in Barcelona, is twofold.  EDSO will work with the newly developed European Utility Week Initiate! Programme to engage bright minds of the future that have the potential to transform the utility industry for the better. The Initiate! programme is dedicated to facilitating this change and encouraging growth within the utility industry through innovation, passion and diversification.

 ‘The energy landscape is changing very fast. DSOs need to include in their toolbox the most innovative instruments to manage active networks under the new circumstances. With the “Initiate!” Programme, we believe there is a real chance for DSOs and energy stakeholders to exchange ideas on what needs to be done to tackle these challenges and boost strong and long lasting innovation in the electricity sector. We very much welcome this initiative and encourage all DSOs to participate’ says Ana Aguado, Secretary General of EDSO.

 Unique to European Utility Week is the Hub Session programme taking place on the exhibition floor where visitors can attend presentations, panels and discussions for free. EDSO will also be involved in coordinating a Hub Session as part of the Intelligent Grid programme highlighting innovative projects. In this Hub Session, the twin projects evolvDSO, DREAM, IDE4L and INCREASE co-funded by the European Commission’s FP7 programme will present their vision on how to reduce the innovation gap for active network management. The session will be presented by Roberto Zangrandi, Special Advisor, EDSO for Smart Grids.

 Paddy Young, Director, European Utility Week commented: “Having worked very hard and in close collaboration with the sector to develop the Hub Session programme, we are delighted to have even closer involvement of such an influential player like EDSO. Not only are they very clear about the importance of innovation but they also see the importance of including young talent to develop the smart energy sector. We are very happy with this partnership and their help in further developing our programmes during European Utility Week.”

 European Utility Week is an industry event, hosting over 600 international exhibitors and attended by 12,000 international smart utility stakeholders. The three-day event provides a platform to continually improve and challenge all aspects of the smart energy industry and drive efficiencies in meeting sustainable development goals.