Be sure to visit the Metering & Smart Energy International website on Tuesday to get a first preview of the most influential people in Europe’s smart grid sector.  This is your exclusive guide to the movers and shakers in the smart grid sector in Europe. As the smart grid develops and grows across the world, these are people who are driving this development by either the roles they play within their organisations, or within industry associations, through the technology they champion or through the policies they develop.

Our most influential include:

  • Ronnie Belmans, Professor, KU Leuven University
  • João Torres, Chief Executive Officer, EDP Distribuição
  • Manuel Sánchez Jiménez, Team Leader Smart Grids European Commission, Directorate General for Energy
  • Per-Olof Granström, Former Secretary General, European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids (EDSO)
  • Maher Chebbo, Vice President, Head of EMEA Energy & Natural Resources, SAP
  • Andreas Umbach, Chief Executive Officer, Landis & Gyr
  • David Ross Scott, Smart Metering Industry Relationship Manager, Scottish Power
  • Johannes Teyssen, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, E.ON
  • Livio Gallo, Head of the Global Infrastructure and Networks business line, Enel Distribuzione

Here is what some have to say about Europe’s power sector for 2015 –

Livio-GalloLivio Gallo, Head of Global Infrastructure and Networks Division, Enel

  • “Infrastructure convergence in the Smart Cities arena (i.e., leveraging on synergies among different infrastructures, including electricity, gas, transportation and telecommunication)”
  • “greater demand for infrastructures and services in emerging markets due to massive growth of middle class and urbanization”
  • “growing role of the grid operator due to the greater shift from conventional energy generation to distributed energy generation”

Joao-TorresJoão Torres, Chief Executive Officer, EDP Distribução

  • “Sustainable diversity of energy sources is key for safety of supply”
  • “Great pressure for deployment of innovative solutions especially for the electric grid”
  • “Large debate around regulation to address the many challenges in the energy sector”

The digital publication will be launched at the beginning of November 2014. Watch this space.