How to set the priorities in future CEE smart energy infrastructure investments is just one of the hot topics that will be discussed at the Smart Utilities Central & Eastern Europe conference in Prague from 15-16 May.

The majority of smart grid activity to-date has taken place in developed markets in North America, Western Europe and East Asia. However, there are a number of very attractive emerging market countries that have not received as much coverage and that have strong potential for the roll-out of smart metering and other smart grid projects. Elisabeth Brusse, conference director of the event, points out that many of these attractive emerging markets are located in the CEE region. Elisabeth refers to a recent study conducted by Northeast Group,which identifies several countries in the CEE region as part of in total 25 booming market economies that are predicted to represent the next wave of smart grid activity worldwide over the coming decade.

Top smart grid potential in the CEE
Elisabeth says that the report highlights the CEE countries Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia to be amongst the best-positioned to begin large-scale smart grid deployments within the next 1-3 years: “Modernising the electricity infrastructure will be increasingly important as these economies grow quickly over the next several years”. AMI will be the bulk of smart grid implementation, but there is also “strong potential” for distribution automation and home energy management technologies such as distributed generation, and EV supply equipment.

Hitting EU targets
CEE countries that are EU members are also facing the EU’s smart energy expectations for the area – opportunities that could be seized and exploited. As the EU 20/20/20 targets imply, the EU has to diminish carbon emissions by 20%, to improve energy efficiency by 20%, and to ensure that 20% of the energy consumption is provided by renewable sources. Identifying the changes that need to be made in the CEE region in order to meet the targets is of crucial importance to the member states. Elisabeth explains that “without the upgrade of the current energy infrastructure, the expected boost of the renewable energy market will come to a standstill, network security will be at risk and energy efficiency targets will not be met”.  Slawomir Noske, Chief Engineer R&D at Energa Operator, Poland, agrees with Elisabeth that in this sense, “defining the CEE smart grid roadmap will be key priority for the upcoming years”.

Setting the future roadmap at Smart Utilities
MrNoskeemphasizes the importance of regional events dedicated exclusively to the CEE area and explains how participating in Smart Utilities Central & Eastern Europe will “help us to set future strategies as well as connect with leading players in the industry”.  Pavel Cyrani, Chief Strategy Officer of CEZ, agrees that participating in this leading event will be “of great importance to define and discuss the next steps in approaching smart utility future”. Both Mr Noske and Mr Cyrani will give their opinions and insights as speakers during the upcoming Smart Utilities Central & Eastern Europe conference.

Event website: www.smartutilitieseurope.com/cee
Event dates: 15-16 May 2012  
Event location: Prague Marriott Hotel, Prague, Czech Republic

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