Regulation Made Simple

Smart Regulation for Smart Grids: An EU Overview

20-06-2012 | Brussels

Organizer : Cullen International

This conference, co-organised by Cullen International and Eurelectric, is part of the official EU Sustainable Energy Week programme. It brought together EU decision makers, regulators, electricity companies, ICT providers and other related stakeholders to discuss Smart Grid regulatory developments, as well as highlighted innovative practices within member states in the context of the 2020 EU sustainable energy targets.

Regulators face the challenge of striking the right balance between stakeholders’ different needs so that consumers can enjoy the benefits of a more efficient and sustainable energy market. One of the critical elements that were discussed was the way in which decisions on regulatory models enable efficient Smart Grid implementation (such as cost-benefit analysis, price settlement schemes and Smart Grid incentives).

The presentations and other documentation are now available:



  • Miguel Toledano - Programme Manager Smart Energy, Cullen International (presentation)

Keynote Speeches:

  • Manuel Sanchez-Jimenez - Programme Manager Smart Grids, DG ENERGY, EU Commission (presentation)
  • Mercè Griera-i-Fisa - Project Officer, DG INFSO, EU Commission (presentation)

Introduction by Industry

Improving Europe’s energy networks is vital for a transition to a low-carbon economy. The collaboration between the electricity and the ICT industries will deliver synergies and increased know-how. Both sectors can benefit from the deployment of new technology and services.

  • Gunnar Lorenz - Head of Unit Networks, EURELECTRIC (presentation)
  • Klaus-Dieter Axt – Director Public Affairs, Digitaleurope (presentation)

Regulatory Framework Introduction

The transition to a Smart Grid will be delayed unless proper regulation balances the interests of the different stakeholders and enables new business models. The European energy framework can benefit from the alignment of national regulators to EU targets and the neutrality of unbundled transmission system operators.

Panel Discussion on National Developments

According to the energy Third Package, EU policy is to be combined with member states regulation for an efficient implementation adjusted to national realities. In terms of regulatory analysis and schemes, different perspectives are already being developed when discussing cost-benefit analysis, networks tariffs setting and potential smart grid incentives.

Moderator: Miguel Toledano – Programme Manager Smart Energy, Cullen International


  • Eleonora Bettenzoli – Head of Electricity & Gas Metering Regulation, AEEG, Italy (presentation)
  • Karsten Bourwieg - Head of Section, department for Energy Law, Unbundling & retail Market Funtioning, BNetzA, Germany
  • Bastian Fischer - Vice President Industry Strategy, Oracle (presentation)
  • Peter Hermans - Chief Architect/Programme Management, Stedin (presentation)

Showcase Examples

Some stakeholders are proposing concrete models for updating electricity grids and markets with efficient technology and new responsibilities. Public and private actors set trends for the 2012-2020 evolution. Best practice can be derived from the benchmarking of the EU’s sophisticated internal market.

  • Karsten Bourwieg - Head of Section, department for Energy Law, Unbundling & Retail Market Functioning, BNetzA (presentation) (Smart Grid Position Paper BNetzA DE - EN)
  • Francis Ghigny - Chairman, CWaPE, Belgium (presentation)


  • Hans Ten Berge - Secretary General, EURELECTRIC

To coincide with the event, Cullen International launched its new Smart Energy service, which provides monitoring and cross-country benchmarking of the rollout and regulation of smart grids and smart meters in Europe, together with coverage of other related topics.


Venue: Bibliothèque Solvay, Leopoldpark - 137 rue Belliard, 1000 Brussels (Near European Parliament, Metro : Maelbeek or Schuman)

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