Digitalisation: Are We Getting All the Value?

Tuesday, 20 February, 2018 | 11:00 - 12:30

Key points to be discussed:
  • Driving cost savings, efficiencies and operational excellence
  • Technology: Modernization of the grid, equipment and systems
  • Processes: Changes in the operation of the grid, use of equipment and available information
  • Results: Improvement of quality, reduction of operating costs and optimization of return per delivered kWh
  • (R)evolution: Cultural changes in utilities, manufacturers and vendors

Utility Digitalization Expert
Aitor Amezua
Distribution Automation Business Unit Development Manager
ZIV Aplicaciones y Tecnología

Aitor Amezua, M.Eng. in Telecommunication from the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao, has been working in the energy sector since 1992, always with a high component of innovation. Aitor has held several positions, among them, Customer Technical Assistance Engineer at Iberdrola Distribution, Energy Systems Manager at Millennium Energy, and Technical Manager of the power electronics and AMI business units at Ormazabal. In 2017 he joins ZIV and is now the Distribution Automation Business Unit Development Manager. Aitor is an active member in the electric power community participating in many working groups, among them: WG SmartGridsµGrids of T&D Europe, WG SmartGrids of AFBEL, WG4 Digitisation of the electricity system and Customer participation of the ETIP SNET, UNE CTN217, IEC SC8B Decentralized Electrical Energy Systems and has also been member of the Experts Group 1 dealing with interoperability of the SmartGrids Task Force of the European Commission.

Utility Digitalization Expert
Dr. Maher Chebbo
Chief Commercial Officer, Power Digital Solutions, General Electric
Chairman, Smart Energy Group, DigitalEurope
Member, EU Executive Committee Energy

Co-founder of the European Commission SmartGrids initiative in 2005, President of ESMIG Association (European Smart Energy Services Industry Group - Brussels), Chairman of DigitalEurope Smart Energy group and member of EU Executive Committee Energy, Member of the REEEP (Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership - Vienna), Member of the Executive board of ARMINES (Ecoles des Mines de Paris - Energy 50 Research Labs). He ranked 5th among the Top 40 most influential people in SmartGrids in Europe (Metering Int. Magazine), "Influencer" status on Social Networks (LinkedIn) with 80 000+ followers, Nominated as Top 8 Elites in European Smart Energy. Maher is Chief Commercial Officer Globally for Power Digital Solutions at General Electric since May 1st 2017. He is Leading the Power Digital Transformation within Electricity Value Networks transforming GE Industrial Customers to become full Industrial Digital customers, leveraging his 30 years of Digital experience in the market. Before joining GE, Maher spent 21 years at SAP (1996 to 2017) where he co-founded its Corporate In-Venturing Unit (SAP INSPIRE) in 2003 and where he held various responsibilities as a Regional EMEA Industries Head (Energy and various Industries like Telecom, Services, Engineering & Construction and Transportation) and Director of Innovation. As an entrepreneur, Maher co-founded a German Solar micro-generation startup and advised 2 start-ups focusing on Demand Response & Energy Efficiency and Drone technology.

Utility Digitalization Expert
Mark McGranaghan
Vice President, Distribution and Energy Utilization
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Mark McGranaghan has over 35 years of experience in power system analysis and design. He is Vice President of Power Delivery and Utilization for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He leads the teams responsible for EPRI's research to develop technologies, systems and practices in support of the Integrated Grid. Mark has helped EPRI restructure the distribution research program, coordinate EPRI research in the smart grid area with government and industry efforts, create the smart grid demonstration initiative, and increase the technical strength of the EPRI research team. He is also presently focused on expanding the EPRI international technical team and research coordination. Prior to joining EPRI, McGranaghan was Vice President at Electrotek Concepts and Manager at McGraw-Edison/Cooper Power in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. Mark has Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering and Master of Science, Electrical Engineering degrees from the University of Toledo and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He is an IEEE Fellow and a recent recipient of the Charles Steinmetz award for contribution to IEEE standards. He was a member of the NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Panel Governing Board and he is the Vice-Chairman of the CIRED U.S. National Committee.

Utility Digitalization Expert
Willem Strabbing
Managing Director
European Smart Meter Industry Group (ESMIG)

In his current position, Mr. Strabbing is responsible for the ESMIG organisation, its strategy and the representation of ESMIG in Brussels. Before joining ESMIG, he was manager of the unit Intelligent Networks and Communication of KEMA Consulting. Mr. Strabbing has more than 25 years' experience in advanced computer applications related to process automation. The development European strategies related to the implementation of Smart Meters and Consumer Energy Management Systems on both political and technical level currently are the main focus of Mr. Strabbing's work. He is involved in various discussions with stakeholders in Europe regarding these issues. Mr Strabbing represents ESMIG in the steering committees of the Smart Grid Coordination Group and the Smart Grid Task Force and he is chair of the Smart Meters Coordination Group of CEN/CENELEC/ETSI.

Utility Digitalization Expert
Dr. Luis del Rio
Virtual Testing Lab Manager
Ormazabal - Velatia Group

Luis graduated in Electrical Engineering, BSc (Eng), from the Technical Engineering School of Bilbao in 2001 and received an MSc in Simulation Technologies, in 2004, from CIMNE and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. He also received an MSc in Electric Systems and an MPM in 2006 and 2008 respectively from the University of the Basque Country. In 2014 he completed his PhD in Industrial Engineering at the University of the Basque Country with a thesis about a New Product Development Strategy to boost Product Innovation. Luis is a certified PSE by NAFEMS and since 2001 has run or supervised more than 1000 simulation studies to address different design challenges (mechanical, fluid dynamics and electromagnetic). He also contributes to several working groups in CIGRE with the aim of standardizing virtual experimentation as an alternative, or complement, to physical testing.