How will digitalisation transform the energy system?

Recording of the session is now available!

Digitalisation in the energy sector is a key topic in the context of the development of long-term climate and energy strategies at national and at EU level. Transition policies in Europe have to make the most of new digital solutions. The event will address crucial questions like access to data, system flexibility and demand response. The focus on energy efficiency gains of digitalisation is relevant. Energy efficiency is the bedrock for any pathway to 2050, as it is a key enabler of a fair, fast and attractive energy transition.

The conference will start with presentations of the IEA work on digitalisation and of the Fraunhofer ISI research on the impact of digitalisation on energy use. The second part of the session is dedicated to a panel debate with key stakeholders who identified digitalisation policies as key in their field of activity. Panel speakers will identify key elements for a successful digitalisation of the energy system, opportunities for new business models and threads from an inappropriate political framework in Europe.



The session is organised by the Coalition for Energy Savings in co-operation with Fraunhofer ISI, International Energy Agency, European Energy Retailers, SolarPower Europe

The Coalition for Energy Savings
The Coalition for Energy Savings strives to make energy efficiency and savings the first consideration of energy policies and the driving force towards a secure, sustainable and competitive European Union. Its membership unites businesses, professionals, local authorities, trade unions, cooperatives, consumer and civil society organisations in pursuit of this goal.  As basis for its internal reflection, the Coalition for Energy Savings has commissioned Fraunhofer ISI to assess three 2050 energy savings scenarios.
The Coalition for Energy Savings: 2050 Energy Efficiency Vision

Fraunhofer ISI
In January 2019, Fraunhofer ISI published cutting-edge results of a study on 2050 Energy Savings Scenarios investigating the impact of new societal trends on Final Energy Demand. The study results show the crucial role of digitalisation in the energy transition. It can considerably increase or decrease final energy demand, depending on the policies put in place.
Fraunhofer ISI study on Energy Savings Scenarios 2050

International Energy Agency
IEA has put digitalisation within the energy sector high on its agenda as a significant opportunity to transform end-use and systems efficiency. The IEA is tracking emerging trends in using digital technology not only in terms of improved energy performance within specific sectors and across multiple end-uses, but also in the wider energy system context (e.g., local grid expansion requirements, optimising demand and supply transactions, etc.).
IEA publication Digitalisation and Energy 2017
and thematic events  on Modernising Energy Efficiency through Digitalisation: Webinar (January 2019) and Workshop (March 2019)

SolarPower Europe: When Solar Policy went Digital and Digitalisation & Solar

smartEn: Smart Energy in Practice

European Energy Retailers (EER) on access to energy data

AIE: Building an electric future together



The conference is moderated by Andrea Voigt, Director General of EPEE and member of the steering committee of The Coalition for Energy Savings

- Welcome by Adrian Joyce, Secretary General of EuroACE and Chairman of The Coalition for Energy Savings
- Prof. Wolfgang Eichhammer, Head of Competence Center Energy Policy and Energy Markets,Fraunhofer ISI: 2050 Energy Savings Scenarios (focus on digitalisation)
- Kathleen Gaffney, International Energy Agency: Modernising Energy Efficiency through Digitalisation

Stakeholder panel

  • Almut Bonhage, Coalition for Energy Savings
  • Leah Charpentier, First Solar
  • Giorgia Concas, Secretary General, AIE
  • Michele Governatori, President, European Energy Retailers, EER
  • Frauke Thies, Executive Director, smartEn

Wrapping up by Adrian Joyce



Wolfgang Eichhammer
Head of Competence Center Energy Policy and Energy Markets
Fraunhofer ISI
Kathleen Gaffney
Senior Programme Manager
International Energy Agency
Andrea Voigt
Director General
EPEE/The Coalition for Energy Savings
Adrian Joyce
Secretary General
EuroACE/The Coalition for Energy Savings
Almut Bonhage
Communications and project manager
The Coalition for Energy Savings
Leah Charpentier
Head of European Regulatory Affairs & Government Relations
First Solar
Giorgia Concas
Secretary General
European Association of Electrical Contractors (AIE)
Michele Governatori
European Energy Retailers
Executive Director