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Our Industry Expert Interview Series features exclusive interviews with leading industry experts who are part of European Utility Week 2013, either as speakers, sponsors or exhibitors. The event takes place from 15 - 17 October in Amsterdam.

Vincenzo Tartuferi

Smart meter and smart grid not 'one single product' nor 'one single player'

Exclusive interview with Vincenzo Tartuferi, Director – Energy & Utility Division, and Fabrizio Fontanesi, Director of Consultancy – Energy & Utility Division, Engineering.  Engineering is a silver sponsor at the upcoming European Utility Week.

Masaki Umejima

Smart community – Japan’s national strategy on energy saving and demand control

Interview with Masaki Umejima, Deputy Chairman of Smart House and Building Committee, Japan Smart Community Alliance, JSCA Fellow, ECHONET Consortium. Mr Umejima is a speaker in the Smart Metering track the upcoming European Utility Week.

Christopher Rimmer

The smart home will need continuing innovating

Interview with Christopher Rimmer, ENT Smart Programme Manager and speaker in the Smart Homes track during the upcoming European Utility Week at the Amsterdam RAI.

Ernest Hayden

Security a concern for microgrids

Exclusive interview with Ernest Hayden, Managing Principal, Critical Infrastructure Protection/Cyber Security, Verizon, US, speaker in the Smart T&D Infrastructures track at the upcoming European Utility Week

Jon Stretch new

Landis+Gyr – a leader in smart metering project
implementations globally

Exclusive interview with Jon Stretch, Executive Vice President, Landis+Gyr EMEA – Landis+Gyr returns to European Utility Week as a joint platinum sponsor with Toshiba.

Katsutoshi Toda

Toshiba – a very good year in terms of partnerships and
projects

Exclusive interview with Katsutoshi Toda, Chief Technology Executive, Toshiba Corporation. Once again Toshiba is a joint platinum sponsor with Landis+Gyr at European Utility Week 2013.

Mark de Vere White

“A key challenge for Europe is to accelerate the investment requirements for grid infrastructure modernization”

Exclusive interview with Mark de Vere White, President Electricity for Itron, that returns to European Utility Week in Amsterdam as a gold sponsor.

Hubert Lemmens

Clear roadmaps with incentives are needed for industry
developments

A high share in renewables for power generation will require huge investments in R&D and new infrastructure, and the pace of evolution will depend on the evolution of the economic situation, and worldwide commitments to share the burden over all the players in an equitable way, says Hubert Lemmens, Chief Innovation Officer of Elia Group.

Paul Giesbertz

Market regulatory interventions should be kept to a
minimum

If authorities want to safeguard a certain level of reliability, then a market redesign is needed, but it crucial that regulatory interventions are kept to a minimum and that the mechanisms itself are as market based as possible, says Paul Giesbertz, Head of Infrastructure and Market Policies at Statkraft Markets B.V.

Oscar Tessensohn

Renewables challenges for a TSO

In the Netherlands we are facing a target of 17% renewable energy share in 2020. To meet this target, around 50% of our electricity should be from renewable energy sources (RES) in 2020. At this moment we have around 10%, so the challenge is already there to feed in five times more electricity from RES as today, while maintaining a secure system, says Oscar Tessensohn, Teamleader Markets, Customer & Markets Division at TenneT TSO BV.

Jorge Tello Guijarro

Renewables challenges for a DSO

To predict the renewable energy share in 2030 is really challenging, but it may be not as important as being clear that whatever the share, the electrical system should be prepared for a large penetration, says Jorge Tello Guijarro, head of Active Networks and Distributed Energy Resources Integration at Gas Natural Fenosa.

Oswaldo Kaschny

Schneider Electric – smarter grids call for smarter
interactions
 

Exclusive interview with Oswaldo Kaschny, Electric Utilities Vice President for Infrastructure Business at Schneider Electric - gold sponsors at the upcoming European Utility Week.

Perry Stoneman

Mass metering deployment is the next big thing in Europe for 2014

Mass metering deployment is the next big thing in Europe, happening in the U.K. and France and potentially in Germany, according to Capgemini’s Perry Stoneman and Philippe David.

Andreas Umbach new

Clear legislation needed for smart grids in Europe

'What we need is clear, concise and forceful legislation and regulation, and a wise regulator who knows how to divide ‘the cost pie’ to allow the DSO to invest in smart metering and smart grids', says Andreas Umbach, president and CEO of Landis+Gyr.

Jan Mrosik

The future of energy management through the eyes of
Siemens

'In a ‘software world’ or a world where the power grid has started to become a large part of the 'internet of things', one cannot succeed without leveraging partners,' believes Dr Jan Mrosik, CEO of Siemens’ Smart Grid Division.

Mats Nilsson

Thoughts on electric pricing in Europe

“Will energy intensive industry stay in Europe if we get an electricity system that is far costlier than the rest of the world?” questions Mats Nilsson, economist of Vattenfall Strategic Analysis, Sweden.

Steven Frere

The DSO – the data custodian

'The DSO, as an independent market facilitator and responsible for a secure grid, must remain in the lead for capturing and distributing data,' says Steven Frère, Senior Technology Communications Specialist at Belgian utility Eandis.

Catarina Naucler

A holistic view is key

“The main challenge for the industry – related to renewable energy integration – is to have a holistic view of the transformation of the energy system,” states Catarina Naucler, Nordic Smart Grid Development Lead at Fortum Distribution AB in Sweden.

Yves Caseau

What's in smart homes for telcos?

'Telcos together with their ecosystem partners need to educate their consumers about what is already there! This starts with better, more concrete advertising and showing the practical value and use of existing services,' states Yves Caseau, Executive Vice President of France’s Bouygues Telecom.