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2nd General Assembly

"The SmartGrids Revolution" - make the earth move

8th -9th November 2007 Monastery Banz, Bad Staffelstein, Germany

1st Day: 8 November 2007

Opening Session Chair: Pier Nabuurs, CEO KEMA, The Netherlands

Welcome and brief introduction of the TP-AC Chairman Pier Nabuurs, CEO KEMA, The Netherlands - Recorded Video Message (26MB) Janez Potočnik, EU Commissioner for Science and Research - Dr. Udo Niehage, CEO Siemens AG, Germany - Premiere showing of the SmartGrids video (32MB)

12:00 Lunch Break and Visit to the Poster Exhibition
Chair: Rainer Bacher Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE), Switzerland
13:30 Scene Setting Overview Pier Nabuurs, CEO KEMA, The Netherlands

Networks Near the Edge A perspective from the SmartGrids Technology Platform John Scott, Technical Director OFGEM, United Kingdom

- Are Europe’s networks at the cliff edge, or the cutting edge? - The scale and range of the challenges for Transmission & Distribution - The need for innovation and fresh thinking - Some barriers and solutions to the deployment of innovation


Market, Regulation & Investment Samer Mansour, Managing Director Senior Relationship Banking, Rabobank International, Corporate Clients, The Netherlands

- An investor’s view of SmartGrids, their funding and risks - Perspective on the appetite for wider energy investment - New business models, including Virtual Power Plants - Regulatory frameworks, their impact on investment decisions and the scope for improvements


Technology, Research & Delivery Dr. Graham Alt, University Strathclyde, United Kingdom

- Overview of networks research in Europe & the UK - The value of industrial engagement and how best to structure it - Key success factors for achieving commercial deployment of innovation - Securing the right people, adequate funds, and Intellectual Property

14:50 Coffee Break and Visit to the Poster Exhibition

Customers, Energy & Participation Mike Messenger, Demand Response Program Manager, CEC, USA

- How customers think about energy and about networks - Do customers want a more active role and will they respond if offered the opportunities - How can ‘customer education’ be undertaken in these new areas - Key factors for successful customer involvement in technology


Society, Energy & Interactions Lise Mulpas, ELIA, Belgium

- How society responds to energy issues and energy networks - Electricity grids are largely ‘taken for granted’ by customers and by society in general; why is this and is it a satisfactory state of affairs - The challenge of gaining consents and permissions for development - How the energy industry can best build constructive external relationships

16:20 Panel with the afternoon speakers Moderator: Rainer Bacher, Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE), Switzerland
17:00 Visit to the Poster Exhibition End of the first day of the conference
20:00 Conference Dinner

2nd Day: 9 November 2007

Validating and finalising the Strategic Deployment Document (SDD) Chair: Duncan Botting, Head of Technology and Business Development, ABB, United Kingdom


Four Working Group Parallel Sessions Four parallel Workshops under the moderationof SamrtGrids Workgroup-Leaders. The aim will be to gather inputs and build consensus on the deployment approach.

- WG1: Network Assets Edmund Handschin, Professor University of Dortmund, Germany

- WG2: Network Operations Tahir Kapetanovic, Director Electricity, Energy-Control GmbH, Austria

- WG3: Demand and Metering Maher Chebbo, Vice President Utilities Industry, Europe Middle East and Africa SAP AG, Germany

- WG4: Generation and Storage Nikolas Hatziargyriou, Professor National Technical University of Athens, Greece

11:00 Coffee break and Visit to the Poster Exhibition
11:30 Short Presentations of Working Group considerations

Concluding Remarks

Pier Nabuurs, Chairman of the Technology Platform Chief Executive Officer KEMA, The Netherlands Duncan Botting, Head of Technology Business Development, ABB, United Kingdom

12:30 End of 2nd General Assembly
12:30 Lunch or Lunch Packages
13:00 Shuttle Buses to Nürnberg and München Airport



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