A special report on the Smart Energy Age from European Energy Review, the premier independent European energy journal

*Exclusive findings, cutting-edge thinking
*Fully independent, no paid-for content, no nonsense
*Interviews with leading experts and visionaries

Why this report?

The transition to a smart and green energy future is a highly complex and multi-faceted development. It is being driven by a number of different factors, such as the decentralisation and greening of energy production, liberalisation and empowerment of consumers, advances in ICT, the introduction of new applications such as electric vehicles. The most important driver are probably policies and policymakers. They set the framework and decide the conditions under which market players can operate in this new market.

At this moment, the development of smart meters and smart grids is still at an early and very uncertain stage. There are many pilot projects being carried out, there is a lot of legislation to be sorted out, there are many uncertainties about what roles will be played by various actors (energy suppliers, utilities, network companies, service companies, new entrants) and how (large and small) consumers can get involved.

Over the past months, EER’s specialised reporters have fanned out across Europe and indeed the world to conduct interviews with a wide range of experts and stakeholders, with the aim of finding out:

  • how smart energy policies are currently working out
  • how smart energy policies may be expected to influence the energy field as they create opportunities and throw up obstacles for market players
  • how businesses and other stakeholders are positioning themselves in this complex new field, exploring new methods of producing and distributing energy, measuring energy use, finding ways to save energy
  • how consumers can be made to participate in the smart energy transition

The result is a very timely report that reveals where the smart energy transition may be headed and which approaches may be the most promising. It contains 15 in-depth interviews and feature articles with some of the brightest thinkers in the field.

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