2nd of October 2019

Ivan Marten JIEEC2019

The development of smart grids will not only help meet energy and environmental targets, but also improve the economy’s competitiveness in many different ways and generate added value in highly diverse value chains, the president of Orkestra, Iván Martén, stated at the opening of the 16th IEEC Smart Grid congress.

The congress, organized by Orkestra, the Basque Energy Agency and Tecnalia, is a leading meeting point for firms, regulators and institutions working in the field of energy. For two days at the Euskalduna Palace in Bilbao, more than 200 professionals will discuss the technological, legal and economic aspects that will be subject to disruptions due to the development of these types of grids.

Arantxa Tapia, Councillor for Economic Development and Infrastructures, Basque Government, Alejandro Belaustegui, member of the Executive Committee of Tecnalia and Iván Marten, president of Orkestra, have opened this congress, which assembles numerous experts in the field of energy.

Smart Grids will have significant self-management capacity and a high level of automation, and will also strengthen the role of energy consumers, who will be the key players in these new energy systems

As Martén pointed out in his opening speech, "the energy transition implies changing the entire value chain in the energy sector". These grids, he added, "will have significant self-management capacity and a high level of automation, and will also strengthen the role of energy consumers, who will be the key players in these new energy systems".

The new energy paradigm will thus turn the consumer into an energy producer and will not only require that new technologies and processes be developed that guarantee a safe and reliable energy supply. It will also promote new actors, services and business models linked to the operation of smart energy systems and efficient management of energy consumption and the energy resources distributed. The traditional regulatory model will also need to be adapted.

Considering this scenario posed by smart grids, Martén has called on grid firms and other participants in the electricity system to make investment, production and operational decisions that facilitate compliance with the 2030 and 2050 targets and the energy and climate policies proposed within the context of the energy transition.

Thus, he added that, the grid remuneration scheme should encourage investment in innovation in new technologies and processes, without entailing excessive costs for the end consumer and guaranteeing efficient results from an energy and environmental point of view.

The Congress on Smart Power Grids was sponsored by ABB, Iberdrola, Aclara, Arteche, Ingeteam, Ormazabal, Schneider Electric, Siemens and ZIV.

Read Iván Marten's speech in Spanish:

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