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Abstract: The electricity sector is facing unprecedented changes which are impacting the entire value chain. Europe is amid one of its major legislative processes of the last decades to bring about the ‘Ener-gy Union’ that is due to make energy more secure, affordable and sustainable, and to empower custom-ers to become central to the transformation. There is growing acknowledge of the key roles Distribution System Operators will play in leading the change towards a more decarbonized, decentralized and digit-ized sector. EDP Distribuição, Portugal’s mainland DSO serving more than 6 million customers, is among the most innovative companies when it comes to building the digital and smarter grids of the fu-ture and to help in setting out directions. The Workshop will address some of the major issues for the sector and the way the company is pushing forward and walking the talk.

Biosketch: Varun Sivaram is the Philip D. Reed Fellow for Science and Technology at the Council on Foreign Relations. He teaches “Clean Energy Innovation” at Georgetown University, is a Fellow at Co-lumbia University’s Center for Global Energy Policy, and serves on Stanford University’s energy and environment boards. He has advised both the mayor of Los Angeles and the governor of New York on energy policy and was formerly a consultant at McKinsey & Co. He holds a PhD in condensed matter physics from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and undergraduate degrees in physics and international relations from Stanford University. PV Magazine has called him the “Hamilton of the solar industry,” and Forbes Magazine named him one of its 30 under 30 in 2017.

Date(s) - May 29, 2018
11:00 am - 12:00 pm


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