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Findings from European Utility Week’s Advisory Committee Member survey reveal that more consensus is required on the drivers needed to achieve a new energy future in Europe.

A total of 22 European Utility Week Advisory Committee Members – a consortium of energy experts and C-level utility executives from across Europe – took part in the questionnaire. The results highlight members’ views on the catalysts and barriers to a new energy future.

Ninety-five per cent of those questioned do not believe the industry has a common vision of what’s required to get to a new energy future. When asked to identify the technology that was likely to provide that breakthrough, 77 per cent agreed there was strong agreement that energy storage – large scale or domestic – would have the biggest impact. When it came to the barriers, 70 per cent believed that regulation and government policy was the biggest blocker to achieving a new energy future.

Commenting on the results, Advisory Committee Member Patrick Clerens, Secretary General for the European Association for Energy Storage (EASE), said: “These results are interesting not least because they point to the areas where more consensus is required as to how we achieve a new energy future, which for many of us means a sector that is low carbon, affordable and smart.

“There may not be one sole catalyst that unlocks this future for us, it may be a number of factors. But it’s crucial that we come together as an industry to talk about what that future looks like and how we get there.

“EUW provides a vital forum for this debate. I’m delighted that this year the event will introduce two new zones on the exhibition floor dedicated to the Energy Revolution Europe and Intelligent Buildings Europe, both with their own free to attend Hub Session programme. I’m very much looking forward to taking part and seeing where the conversation takes us.”

EUW 2016 will take place from 15 to 17 November in Barcelona. The Hub Session programme looks to offer practical content in the form of dynamic sessions and engaging Q&A’s across the following industry segments: storage; smart water and smart gas; big data and analytics; intelligent grid; smart metering, smart homes and end use; energy revolution Europe; and intelligent buildings Europe.

Energy storage will have largest impact on energy future

Findings from European Utility Week’s Advisory Committee Member survey reveal that more consensus is required on the drivers needed to achieve a new energy future in Europe.

A total of 22 European Utility Week Advisory Committee Members – a consortium of energy experts and C-level utility executives from across Europe – took part in the questionnaire. The results highlight members’ views on the catalysts and barriers to a new energy future.

Ninety-five per cent of those questioned do not believe the industry has a common vision of what’s required to get to a new energy future. When asked to identify the technology that was likely to provide that breakthrough, 77 per cent agreed there was strong agreement that energy storage – large scale or domestic – would have the biggest impact. When it came to the barriers, 70 per cent believed that regulation and government policy was the biggest blocker to achieving a new energy future.

Commenting on the results, Advisory Committee Member Patrick Clerens, Secretary General for the European Association for Energy Storage (EASE), said: “These results are interesting not least because they point to the areas where more consensus is required as to how we achieve a new energy future, which for many of us means a sector that is low carbon, affordable and smart.

“There may not be one sole catalyst that unlocks this future for us, it may be a number of factors. But it’s crucial that we come together as an industry to talk about what that future looks like and how we get there.

“EUW provides a vital forum for this debate. I’m delighted that this year the event will introduce two new zones on the exhibition floor dedicated to the Energy Revolution Europe and Intelligent Buildings Europe, both with their own free to attend Hub Session programme. I’m very much looking forward to taking part and seeing where the conversation takes us.”

EUW 2016 will take place from 15 to 17 November in Barcelona. The Hub Session programme looks to offer practical content in the form of dynamic sessions and engaging Q&A’s across the following industry segments: storage; smart water and smart gas; big data and analytics; intelligent grid; smart metering, smart homes and end use; energy revolution Europe; and intelligent buildings Europe.

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