Merit Consulting House, as a member of the consortium of MERLON Horizon 2020 project, is participating in the following joint event :
“Workshop on Local Energy Communities - Exploring Research, Technologies and Regulations for their Implementation in Europe”
The event is to be held in Brussels, on the 15th of May at VLEVA Auditorium.
European policy-makers and leading companies of the energy sector are participating this all-day event.
Four Horizon 2020 projects that are currently conducting research activities on the implementation of energy communities and the exploitation of smart energy systems will be featured: COMPILE, MERLON, MUSEGRIDS & STORY .
The keynote speech of Jan Steinkohl from DG Energy of the European Commission will introduce the involvement of the projects in BRIDGE, a European Commission initiative which unites Horizon 2020 Smart Grid and Energy Storage Projects to create a structured view of the cross-cutting issues encountered in the demonstration projects.
Afterwards, a panel discussion will tackle the main points needed for the establishment of successful energy islands, focusing on innovation, integration between sectors and technologies, and regulation. Speakers include Torsten Knop, Head of European Regulation/Projects of Innogy, Leen Peeters, Managing Director of Th!nk E, Jure Ratej, Head of Research of ETREL, Tomas Kosicky, Head of Electrical Engineering at CellCube and Stanislas d'Hebermont, Project Manager of REScoop.
In the afternoon, the discussion on energy communities will involve all the participants, giving the opportunity to stakeholders and policy-makers of the energy sector to debate around different topics:
1) innovative technologies;
2) impact of Clean Energy for All Europeans package;
3) potential replicability of local energy communities around Europe;
4) business cases needed in the different member states.
Full programme is available here