The connectivity challenge for future energy networks

Across the world, companies involved in the generation and distribution of electricity face major transformational challenges due to the combined effect of

  • stringent carbon emission reduction targets
  • changing electricity demand landscape due to the electrification of transport, and
  • the overriding national priorities of ensuring stable and resilient energy supplies

This makes the implementation of smart (energy) grids an imperative. In turn, this involves a transition from traditional transmission and distribution models with electricity passing one way from a small number of generators to consumer premises to a more complex ‘mesh-like’ network with a much greater number and diversity of generation points, including renewable sources which are by nature intermittent and a 2-way flow of energy across the network.

The availability of a fit for purpose communications infrastructure goes hand in hand with the implementation of the smart grid because of the significantly greater need for monitoring, control and automation and the associated increase in data volumes to be transported.

This webinar brings together electricity companies in Europe as well as experts involved in the provision of connectivity services for utilities to explore:

  • challenges and drivers facing energy companies over the next 5 years and how these impact on the connectivity and spectrum requirements
  • emerging connectivity solutions such as pLTE and open access: good examples in Europe and beyond
  • review of next steps for the UK



10:00 – 10:05

Welcome introductions and scene setting



Jo O’Riordan, techUK /

Raj Sivalingam, WHP Telecoms

10:05 – 10:50

PANEL 1: Challenges and drivers facing the energy industry 

  • policy and demand
  • how this might impact on the emerging requirements for their communications / connectivity provision, and
  • their current thinking and activities (ranging from initial studies / investigations, market testing and trials to ITTs
  • Jo Carter, National Grid (recorded presentation)
  • Marta Solaz Hernandez, Iberdrola
  • Paddy Mulvey, Electricity Supply Board of Ireland


Chair: Adrian Grilli

10:50 – 11:35

PANEL 2: The ‘Technology Spot’: Survey of relevant technology developments and solutions


  • Gosta Kallner, 450 Alliance
  • Noel Kirkaldy, Nokia

Chair: Julian Stafford, EUTC  

11:35 – 12:00

Final round up: open discussion

  • next steps for UK 


Jo O’Riordan, techUK /

Raj Sivalingam, WHP Telecoms


Joining details for this online event will be sent to those registered close to the date of the event. 

  • Sophie James

    Sophie James

    Broadband Stakeholder Group, Central Government, Communications Infrastructure, Financial Services
    T 020 7331 2038
  • Jo O'Riordan

    Jo O'Riordan

    Head of Spectrum Policy and Telecoms
    T 020 7331 2191

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