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European Utilities and the Energy Democratization Conundrum

By Jean-François Segalotto

A month ago, Roberta Bigliani and I travelled to Amsterdam for our annual whirlwind European Utility Week tour. This year #EUW17 attracted over 12,000 international visitors, over 500 utilities, 56 utility delegations, 550 conference speakers and 600 exhibitors to share and discuss how the utility industry is transforming and embracing innovation all around. After three full days of meetings with utilities, digital disrupters and technology partners on and off the rich exhibition floor, here are a few key takeaways from the IDC Energy Insights' EMEA analyst team on #EUW17:


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Blockchain: What's in It for Utilities beyond the Hype

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The intersection of Blockchain and the energy industry looks like a great place to be today. A technology that promises to bring order and automation in a distributed world could be the perfect match for a system (the energy system) and an industry (utilities) that are slowly but relentlessly decentralizing. Almost like a marriage made in heaven.


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Harmonization and the Bumpy Road to an EU-wide Energy Pact

By Jean-François Segalotto

While from different geographic perspectives and on different scales, Eurelectric's Annual Convention & Conference and ENGIE’s Forum Energia are known for their contribution to the energy sector's debate on the future course of the industry and its policymaking implications. This month I had the pleasure to attend both conferences – the two-day pan-European event, hosted by BDEW (the German Association of Energy and Water Industries) in Berlin, Germany, and the half-day Italian event, hosted in Milan by the Italian arm of the French utility.


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On March 23 and 24, 2015, IDC Energy Insights hosted its third Pan-European Utilities Executive Summit at the Landgoed Duin & Kruidberg, in the vicinity of Haarlem, Netherlands. The exquisite late-19th century country estate provided the ideal backdrop for delegates at the invitation-only event to discuss the Summit's theme: "Redesigning Utilities for the 'New Normal'". This year's conference and networking platform saw around 40 utility executives openly share the experiences, challenges and expectations of 24 leading utilities from 13 European countries. As it is now tradition, one of the missions of the Summit was to blend the IT people and the business people, to facilitate the convergence of these two worlds. This goal was again met and a delegate distribution skewing slightly towards the lines of business (63%) rather than IT (37%) provided for some well-grounded industry insights.
As a privileged observer at the event, and after letting ideas settle for a few weeks, here are my personal take-aways from the main conference stream:


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The European Utility Week 2014: Sharing a Few Thoughts

By Jean-François Segalotto

Three weeks ago I had the great pleasure of attending my first European Utility Week in Amsterdam. Just shy of 9,200 registered attendees and with some 440 paper presentations and 370 exhibitors, the event has not only been stimulating from a content and turnout perspective, but most importantly another valuable moment for the industry to debate issues and discuss innovation. After three full days of meetings with vendors, utilities and new-entrant innovators, two parallel and diverse conference programs and a rich exhibition floor, here is a number of topics from the event that I would like to share as my personal "hot list":


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My Key Takeaways from the ZigBee Smart Homes Day

By Jean-François Segalotto

Last week I attended the ZigBee Smart Homes Day, an event organized by the ZigBee Alliance, supported by Green Peak and hosted by Telecom Italia (a member of Italy’s Energy@Home Association) at its “Future Centre” located in the heart of Venice. The event featured a well-balanced pool of speakers, from telecom operators, utilities, platform operators, technology providers and industry associations, each giving the widest possible view of enablers, obstacles and approaches to the development of the smart homes market as a key building block of the Internet of Things (IoT).


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This blog elaborates on the major findings of a recently published IDC Energy Insights document: Business Strategy: A Unified Customer Experience Through Customer-Preferred Channels is Key for Utility Retailers' Success (August 2014, Doc #EIOS07W).



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