What utilities can learn from Stadtwerkes

Published: Wed 16 Jul 2014
A blog entry by Isobel Chillman

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Isobel Chillman
Programme Delivery Manager

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European Utility Week showcases the expertise, the knowledge and the future plans of Europe’s largest utilities. 

But the views of the smaller, medium-sized and locally-owned utilities are no less valid. They form a pivotal role in some key national markets across Europe: Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the Nordics, for example. 

In a recent interview, Roland Stader (Director Energy Automation, Telecommunications & IT, German Stadtwerke Konstanz) commented: “The smaller Stadtwerkes are not purely capital driven, because they are mostly owned by municipalities. So they do have intentionally a long-term way of thought”.  

Particular needs require particular solutions and its worth exploring round to look at alternative operational and business models. 

So this year, the free-to-attend Case Study Programme includes a track entirely focused on the particular needs and insights from local and regional utilities. Confirmed presentations include:

  • Smart Metering in Lebanon: Making the Impossible Possible - Nadim Gerges, Head of procurement, National Electrical Utility Company, Lebanon
  • Estonia: The Challenges and Advantages of Relying on Partners - Mait Rahi, Head of Smart Metering program, Elektrilevi, Estonia
  • Addressing Smart Metering Installation Challenges - David Ross Scott, Smart Metering Industry Relationship Manager, ScottishPower, Scotland
  • German Challenges for Smart Meters for a Medium Sized DSO in the Context of Local Smart Microgrids - Roland Stader, Director Energy Automation, Telecommunications & IT, Stadtwerke Konstanz GmbH
  • Controlling and Monitoring the Distribution Network: Case Study Power Network 2030, Stettlen - Dr Oliver Krone, Head of Smart Grid Engineering, BKW, Switzerland


European Utility Week are also proud to work together with GEODE, the Association for local energy distributors in Europe, to further strengthen the connection with this part of the utility landscape.

Interested to hear what you can learn from local utilities? Book your free Visitor Pass for European Utility Week, including access to the Case Study Programme.

Written by Ed Butler, Content Director, European Utility Week