Regulatory Developments in the EU Impacting the Evolving Digital Utility

Tuesday, 20 February, 2018 | 12:45 - 13:15

On 30 November 2016 the European Commission presented a package of measures called the "Clean Energy for All Europeans" package. The proposals have tree main goals: putting energy efficiency first, achieving global leadership in renewable energies and providing a fair deal for consumers. This presentation will focus on this legislative package and show the possible impact on digital utility innovation. It will describe the legislative process, give details concerning stipulations that will trigger increased digitalization and make some recommendations concerning possible business models.

The following points will be examined:
  • The Commission's "Clean Energy for All Europeans" proposals
  • Stipulations concerning energy efficiency, smartness indicator of buildings, smart meters, dynamic pricing, renewables and auto-consumption, data management and the role of DSOs, the governance rules for the Energy Union, regulated processes and digitalization
  • Recommendations concerning new business models for distributed generation, smart homes, connected buildings, and smart cities

Utility Digitalization Expert
Dr. Kátrin Schweren
Founder and CEO, DKS Regulatory Intelligence GmbH
Head of Public Affairs, Swisscom Energy Solutions

Kátrin Schweren is founder and CEO of DKS Regulatory Intelligence GmbH, which provides monitoring services concerning EU electricity legislation as well as benchmarks of electricity legislation in Germany, France and Spain. She is also CEO of Dr. Schweren Consulting, which specializes in consulting companies in the field of electricity concerning regulatory and public affairs. In this capacity, Kátrin is Head of Public Affairs of Swisscom Energy Solutions, a joint venture of Swisscom and Repower, since its creation in 2012.

Prior to her current assignment, Kátrin worked as Head of Regulatory Affairs at Swissgrid, the Swiss TSO, in Frick. Before that she was a senior regulatory affairs manager at Swisscom in Berne and Swisscom's EU Affairs delegate, where she represented Swisscom to Swiss authorities as well as EU institutions. She was also involved in a number of merger and acquisition projects, where she was responsible for regulatory screening.

Kátrin started her professional career as a scientific officer at the European Parliament in Brussels. From there she moved on to BEUC (the European Association of the Consumers Organisations) in Brussels, where she defended consumers' interests before EU institutions regarding a range of subjects (telecoms, postal services, electricity, the introduction of the Euro, financial services).

Kátrin holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Fribourg (Switzerland, French-speaking section) and a degree from Fribourg and Barcelona (Spain). Kátrin has German and Swiss nationality, and is fluent in German, French, English and Spanish.