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Telco 2.0 Smart Grids Virtual Event: 30 March - 1 April


If you’re interested in opportunities in Smart Grids, do log in to this global virtual event on 30th March to 1st April at this link. It’s free.

Details and agenda below:


Traditional “broadcast” electrical, gas and thermal energy distribution networks are being upgraded into smart grids - vast interconnected arrays of smart meters, sensors, controls, micro-generators and domestic appliances. Smart grids will be one of the major components of a new, low-carbon economy. They offer the opportunity to generate, transmit and distribute energy in a far more efficient way, by fully exploiting the power of information and communications. Smart grids could also enable a host of new service capabilities in finance, home appliances, transport and the optimisation of micro-generation. Implementing such changes will be highly disruptive, mistakes costly. New business models will emerge, only a few will survive. The transition from today’s energy industry structure to new value networks is full of risk and cost as well as opportunity. Join us to find out how to make smart grids the place to make smart money.

Why is the Telco 2.0 Initiative hosting this virtual event?

Smart Grids bring together two worlds: energy and ICT, in a unique setting designed to identify how they can create new opportunities and drive innovation. This event will do more than explore how energy suppliers can become more efficient in the transmission and distribution of power. Telco 2.0 has built a rich understanding of how telecoms operators and IT players are meeting the challenges and opportunities brought by disruptive internet technologies. With this event, Telco 2.0 brings this understanding to the energy industry, along with insights into the implications for existing and new players.

Who should log-in to this virtual event?

  • Energy Industry - IT/Network Directors, Operations Directors, Strategic Planning teams, Customer Care, Business Development, Regulatory Affairs
  • Telecoms operators - IT/Network Directors, Operations Directors, Strategic Planning, Business Development, Regulatory Affairs
  • Manufacturers/Vendors - C-level execs, Product Managers, Marketing and Strategy teams
  • Software vendors/System Integrators - C-level execs, Project Directors, Marketing and Strategy teams
  • Government/regulatory agencies - Energy, utility, and telecoms
  • Financial community - Investors, analysts and commentators

What will you learn from the virtual event?

  • REDEFINE what ‘smart grids’ really mean
  • DISCOVER new ‘2-sided’ business model opportunities that smart grids will enable
  • EVALUATE the success of vendors and system developers and their projects
  • ANALYSE the impact current smart grid technology could have on future smart grid economics
  • EXPLORE the regulatory and policy approaches to ensuring smart grids deliver their full potential
  • UNDERSTAND the financial and environmental benefits of smart grid investment
  • MITIGATE against taking the wrong paths towards smart grid implementation


12:30 - 13:00 The Smart Grid value chain - myths and realities - Christine Hertzog, Author of Smart Grid Dictionary

  • What exactly is and is not a ‘Smart Grid’?
  • How will they work? Who’s involved?
  • Who are the leading players around the world?
  • What are the key differences in international markets?
  • What are the key trends and issues to look out for?

13:00 - 13:30 Why and how are governments around the world supporting Smart Grids to boost economic growth and enable innovation? - Lord Hunt, Minister of State for the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change

13:30 - 14:00 Disruptive opportunities for new entrants and existing players - Stuart Newstead, Associate, Telco 2.0 Initiative

Smart Grids will transform the electricity industry, ensuring transparency and significant opportunities for new entrants into the market with limited barriers to entry. New opportunities for existing players and new entrants: energy suppliers, telcos, automotive, white goods, finance, lifestyle brands and environmental enterprises:

  • The potential to sell power usage alongside consumer products is an exciting prospect for consumers and producers

  • Brokerage of demand response for peak curtailment or peak levelling: consumers exchanging control of non-essential devices in exchange for lower power costs

  • Finance, management and optimisation of domestic and small-scale micro-generation (renewables, combined heat and power)

14:00 - 15:30 Best Practice Case Studies

  • Smart Metering at British Gas (UK) - Peter Allison, Head of Smart Metering

  • Smart Grid Technology Centers at National Grid (USA) - TBC

  • Leading European/Asian example - TBC

15:30 - 16:30 Industry next steps - Panel discussion

  • How to meet 2020 commitments?

  • What are the milestones in 2010, 2012, and 2015?

  • What do we need to get right now?

  • Who could be the winners and who will miss out?

Senior execs from international Energy, IT, Telecoms, Government sectors (TBC)…

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