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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 Lwww.horizon2020projects.com
Member of the Smart Grids European
Chairman ofWG3 Demand &
B R OW S Ewww.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