European Distribution Systems – Ready for Smart Grids?

The smarter E Podcast Episode 113 | November 03, 2022 | Language: English

Already today, the power grids in Europe are overloaded, at least at times. The challenge of keeping the grids stable is growing with the increasing expansion of renewable energies, electromobility, and power-to-heat. The technological solutions are available, but so far they are often used too hesitantly - this became clear at the EM-Power Conference 2022 in May. What is the reason for this? How can we accelerate the transformation of the grids into smart grids? What role does the European market play in this? We asked Carmen Gimeno of GEODE, the European Association of Independent Electricity and Gas Distributors.


  • 1.38: About the current challenges of the energy industry during the global crisis
  • 5.39: How are the distribution networks in Europe structured and organized?
  • 10.36: Heat pumps, electric cars and decentralized PV systems: They all need to be integrated into the distribution grids. Are the grids up to this task?
  • 17.04: What is holding back the implementation of smart grids? Is it a lack of regulations (at European or national level?), outdated structures or a lack of investment?

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About Carmen Gimeno and GEODE

Carmen Gimeno is the Secretary General of GEODE, the European association representing the interests of 1200 private and public energy companies for both electricity and gas in 15 European countries. She is also a Managing Partner at Verdia Legal in Barcelona, where she has been working since 1995. Her expertise in energy law is built upon over 20 years of experience in this field.Ms Gimeno holds a Law degree from the University of Barcelona (1992). In 1993, she became a Member of the Bar Association of Barcelona.

Founded in 1991 GEODE is made up of European independent distribution companies of gas and electricity. The association serves a population of 100 million people. GEODE defends the interest of the local distributors in front of energy authorities on national and international level and allows the exchange of expertise, the share of data and competence.

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