According to a report recently published by Northeast Group, 2013 is to represent an explosive year for growth of smart metering in emerging markets and in particular within Central and Eastern Europe.

The number of smart meter deployments across 35 emerging market countries in 2013 will be more than double the number of deployments in 2012, and by 2022 the total market value from these nations should measure in excess of $56 billion.

A select number of nations in the report were singled out as being particularly promising growth markets over the next 1-3 years, including Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

With no other event of equal size dedicated purely to the smart energy in the CEE region, Smart Utilities Central and Eastern Europe 2013 is your best opportunity this year to keep up to speed with the latest developments in preparation for mass roll out.

We are happy to announce that the 7th edition of the event will be taking place on 14-15 May in Prague, Czech Republic.

This year’s agenda brings a mix of regulatory input, advice from the European Commission on investing in smart energy, practical experience and first hand results. Key speakers and topics this year include:

  • What telcos can do to enhance the utility customer offering
    There is much utilities can learn from the telco sector, especially where customer engagement is concerned. But, with the onset of smart metering, telcos are set to become valuable partners to the utilities.
    In this talk Simeon Lisec, from Telekom Slovenije will be discussing what telcos can teach the utility sector and how the two sectors can make the most of their working relations.
  • Tracking developments in the E.ON Hungary smart meter roll out programme
    Hungary stands on the verge of a large scale roll out of smart meters. Hear from two of the leading companies behind this movement: E.ON and Magyar Telekom.
    They will guide us through their successful partnership and what remains in their future plans for smart meter development.
  • The benefits of giving greater control to the customer
    Many utilities are waking up to the value of engaging with customers and giving them a sense of greater control where their energy usage is concerned. This can be done even in the absence of a smart metering network.
    Piotr Merkel from ENERGA Obslugai Sprzedaż in Poland will be sharing the results from a pioneering internet-based package which does just that. The results so far have been extremely beneficial to both customer and the utility and will certainly be worth hearing.
  • Developing a private and secure advanced meter infrastructure
    We all know that with smart meters comes increased risk of utility and customer account hacking. The Netherlands has more experience than any country in constructing sound legislation to combat this.
    We hear from Johan Rambi from the leading Dutch utility Alliander who tells us what efforts have been made to ensure security for both customer and utility.
  • Virtual power plants: a new asset for utilities
    As renewables become an increasingly significant feature of the generation landscape, there is a growing need to optimize this intermittent resource. Virtual power plants are a relatively new means by which to do this and which also have multiple added advantages.
    Ursula Krisper speaks on behalf of Elektro Ljubljana, one of the most pioneering utilities where it comes to using VPPs, to explain their benefits.

Take a look at the full programme and confirmed speakers here

Registration is now open!
If you want to find out more and share your ideas together with 200+ of your industry peers, secure your seat before 15 March and SAVE €500 on your fee!

I look forward to welcoming you in the beautiful city of Prague.

Ed Butler
Conference Producer
Synergy Events

P.S. Remember, attending this event will be your best chance of the year to network with the leading minds on smart energy from the region.