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Grids of the future and future of the grids
- Andris PIEBALGS, Senior Fellow Florence School of Regulation and Member of the Global Agenda Council on Decarbonizing Energy, Former European Commissioner
- Michel DERDEVET, Secretary General and Member of the Board of Enedis
Intervention from the European Commission:
- Anna COLUCCI, Head of Unit for Retail markets, coal and oil at DG Energy
Building on the Energy Union Framework Strategy, the Clean Energy for all Europeans Package presented last November is drawing the path towards a clean energy transition. This transition places the distribution system at the heart of the measures aimed at efficiently absorbing locally-produced energy, notably from renewable energy sources. Indeed, 90% of renewable energy sources connect to the distribution grid, close to actual consumers. By becoming “smart”, the distribution networks are also becoming part of the digital interface of the future “smart” cities that will reshape the lifestyle of EU citizens and energy consumers. The stakes are high for Europe, for our economy, industries, ecology and technologies, but also European society as a whole.
This dinner-debate presented a vision of energy transition that would benefit EU energy consumers and was an occasion to discuss the opportunities behind this process from the point of view of distribution system operators and more particularly through the eyes of Enedis, which manages the public electricity distribution network for 95% of continental France.