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H O R I Z O N 2 0 2 0 P R O J E C T S : P O R TA L

www.horizon2020projects.com

Maher Chebbo

Member of the Smart Grids European

Technology Platform

Chairman ofWG3 Demand &

Metering/Retail

B R OW S E

www.smartgrids.eu

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common across Europe, but a cloud solution

could be explored that can be used in any

country to aid in the development of electric

vehicle infrastructure. There is a H2020 project

led by ENEL with the participation of SAP, ERDF,

Vattenfall, Endesa, Verbund, Siemens, EDSO,

cyberGRID, Joule, VaasaETT, in total 18

members, selected by the Commission (called

‘FLEXICIENCY’), where a web store for all

services for energy efficiency can be delivered

via a SAP HANA Cloud Platform solution for the

whole of Europe.

Initiatives like these can help us move faster,

help to make innovative services available for

every country, and reduce the cost of the

deployment of the smart grid, as they would be

freely available on the cloud for everyone. This

platform could potentially be connecting 10,000

energy and technology players in Europe.

In terms of national rollouts, there are countries who are in the process

of doing this, those who have already rolled out the meters such as Italy

and Sweden; but there are still countries where the energy priorities are

placed elsewhere. In Germany for example, in the aftermath of the

Fukushima disaster, the political move towards the decommissioning of

nuclear reactors saw a different emphasis. We still hope that those

companies who are holding out on this initiative will change their

business case and change their figures.

Looking towards the coming year, what are your

priorities for the future?

The priorities for this year are to revisit the one-third of member states

who initially rejected smart metering on the basis of cost-benefit analysis,

to ensure that they are considering the full picture in respect to smart

grids, and to assist the Commission in this work.

Secondly, under the Energy Union initiative, work is underway to help

towards creating the conditions for a truly competitive energy retail market.

For that, we need to make sure that the retail businesses that are looking

after the consumer are ensuring that all measures available to improve

energy efficiency are in place. Energy efficiency is an important area. In

the targets that the Commission has fixed, such as under Europe 2020,

energy efficiency has not yet been explored enough. We need to create

the innovation environment for the retailers and third party service

providers to be really innovative and competitive in this area.

The third area is ensuring that we develop more shared or cloud services

in the European energy sector. For instance, if infrastructure for an electric

vehicle is being constructed, there are many areas that are presently

New technologies are

helping consumers to

make energy savings