As our colleagues in Europe start returning from their vacations, there is a flurry of activity around the upcoming European Utility Week. Speakers being confirmed, programmes updated and exhibition space selling out at an usually fast pace.
Spain is a good place to be hosting the upcoming European Utility Week; and Barcelona is an ideal location as it offers history, beauty, art and technology.
Juniper Research last year named Barcelona the ‘smartest city in the world,’ noting that the city "performed consistently well across all metrics and serves as an exciting model of success from which others can learn, bolstered by strong environmentally sustainable initiatives.”
The assessment was done across multiple platforms such as smart grids, smart traffic management, smart street lighting and technological capability and social cohesion.
Endesa, a local utility has invested several million euros in smart grid implementation and reached a milestone of seven million smart meter installed in February this year. They plan on spending in excess of 600 million euros by 2017 on smart grid rollouts.
Metering & Smart Energy International, along with our sister portal, Engerati will be at European Utility Week and certainly hope to see you there - after all, what could be better than attending Europe’s premier utility event in a smart city with some of the best tapas in the world?
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