Flexible Grid and Innovative Grid Management

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

11:30 am - 01:00 pm
ICM München
Room 13 A

As the recent Grid Action Plan has shown, the importance of grids has finally come to the forefront of discussions on European energy policy. The focus of this session is on grid innovations and the need for a sustainable electricity system that can adapt to the energy transition.

11:30 am - 11:35 amWelcome and Introduction

Luís Vale Cunha


11:35 am - 11:45 amImpact of Smart Electrification vs. Non-smart Electrification on the Power Grid

Adrian Gonzalez

Programme Officer- Innovation and End-use Sectors

IRENA International Renewable Energy Agency

11:45 am - 11:55 amHow to Take Advantage of the Technology Radar by E.DSO

Jan Kula

Business Development Expert

CEZ Distribuce, a. s.

11:55 am - 12:05 pmSpeech Title to be Confirmed

Speaker to be Announced

12:05 pm - 12:15 pmFostering the Uptake of Innovative Technologies to Support Grid Management

Prof. Dr. Jochen Kreusel


T&D Europe

12:15 pm - 12:25 pmHow Flexibility is Expected to Contribute to Future Grids

Torsten Knop

European Regulation


12:25 pm - 01:00 pmPanel Discussion

Torsten Knop, E.ON SE

European Regulation


Torsten Knop spent his whole career in the utility industry. After a brief period working for an industry association he joined the RWE Group (today E.ON) in 1999. Here he was mostly focused on public affairs issues concerning transmission and distribution grids. With the start of formal regulation in Germany in 2005 he moved to regulatory affairs and is currently responsible for European Regulation at E.ON SE. He is an economist by qualification.

Adrian Gonzalez, IRENA International Renewable Energy Agency

Programme Officer- Innovation and End-use Sectors


Adrian Gonzalez is a passionate energy transition professional, with background in electrical and industrial engineering, and holds an Executive MBA on the energy sector. He has become a power system expert by working +10 years in electricity transmission, firstly in the Spanish TSO, REE, and later for the European Network of the Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E), and several years as innovation and renewable energy consultant. Adrian works within the International Renewable Energy Agency, IRENA, as Programme Officer on Innovation and End-use sectors, where he contributes to promote accelerated deployment of renewable energy through systemic innovation.

Luís Vale Cunha, E.DSO and E-REDES

With relevant experience in the electricity sector, he has dedicated much of its activity to innovation, business development, technology and transformation, while actively contributing to the development of European energy policies and their practical translation into digital and smart grids and their contribution to a consumer and community-centred energy transition. He is currently Director of European Policies and Projects at E-REDES, the DSO in mainland Portugal, responsible for the coordination of European activities and funded projects. He is a board member of the EU DSO Entity, Vice-Chair of ETIP SNET, and an active member, since its foundation, of E.DSO (formerly EDSO for Smart Grids). He also actively participates in European forums and platforms related to the energy sector.

Jan Kula, CEZ Distribuce, a. s.

Business Development Expert

Czech Republic

Jan Kula is a Business Development Expert in CEZ Distribuce, a Distribution System Operator in the Czech Republic. He is responsible for reshaping company's strategy towards clean energy and Smart Grid Technologies. His expertise encompasses power engineering, EV charging stations infrastructure and Digitalization. Additionally, he serves as the vice-chair of the E.DSO Technology & Knowledge Sharing Committee and is a member of Eurelectric and the EU DSO Entity.

Prof. Dr. Jochen Kreusel, T&D Europe



Jochen Kreusel is Senior Vice President of Hitachi Energy, Zurich, and Global Head of Market Innovation. He studied electrical engineering at RWTH Aachen University (Germany), where he was also granted his doctorate. From 1994 to 2020 he worked with ABB, where he held managing positions in marketing and technology. Jochen Kreusel is President of T&D Europe and member of the Supervisory Committee of VDE Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies. He is member of several committees of the European Commission and the German government on aspects of the future development of power systems. Moreover, he is honorary professor at RWTH Aachen University, where he is teaching power economics in liberalized electricity markets.

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