The connectivity challenge for future energy networks

Summary by Raj Sivalingam, event Chair  

Companies involved in the generation and distribution of electricity are facing the interrelated and increasingly urgent challenges of accommodating the increasing and changing demand for electricity while leading the charge on climate change and decarbonisation and ensuring secure and resilient supplies. This is resulting in dramatic transformations in the electricity generation and distribution landscape. From a one directional distribution network delivering power from a small number of (large) generators to consumers to a more complex ‘mesh like’ network involving an ever increasing and diverse set of (low carbon and renewable) generators embedded within the distribution network.  

This inherent complexity of the network brings with it a heightened need for automation, control, and monitoring. This in turn brings with it a need for more widespread and up to date telecommunications across the distribution network.  

In this scenario involving the two fast changing and interdependent sectors of electricity and telecommunications whilst creating mutual understanding and active collaboration between the industrial players, policy makers and regulators across the sectors is vital. 

This webinar brought together over seventy electricity sector and telecoms representatives from across Europe as well as policy makers and regulators 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 private LTE  
  • review of next steps for the UK  

Links/information kindly shared by delegates during the session: 

Slides from the event can be downloaded via the links below.


  • Jo O'Riordan

    Jo O'Riordan

    Head of Spectrum Policy and Telecoms
    T 020 7331 2191
Panel 1 Chair Adrian Grilli (pdf)Panel 1 Speaker 1 Jo Carter (pdf)Panel 1 Speaker 2 Paddy Mulvey, Electricity Supply Board of... (pdf)Panel 1 Speaker 3 Marta Solaz Hernandez (pdf)Panel 2 Speaker 1 Gosta Kallner (pdf)Panel 2 Speaker 2 Noel Kirkaldy, Nokia (pdf)SLIDES TheConnectivityChallenge FutureEnergyNetworks 21Ju... (pdf)

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