The European Utility Week, the annual event connecting the smart utility community, has conducted a survey around what is expected for a new energy future, a sector that is low carbon, affordable and smart. A total of 22 European Utility Week Advisory Committee Members – a consortium of energy experts and utility executives from across Europe – took part in the questionnaire, and the results highlight members’ views on the catalysts and barriers to a new energy future.

Findings from the survey reveal that more consensus is required on the drivers needed to achieve a new energy future in Europe.

95% of those questioned do not believe the industry has a common vision of what’s required to get to a new energy future. When asked to identify the technology that was likely to provide that breakthrough, 77 % there was strong agreement that energy storage – large scale or domestic – would have the biggest impact. When it came to the barriers, 70% believed that regulation and government policy was the biggest blocker to achieving a new energy future.

EUW 2016 will take place from 15 to 17 November in Barcelona. As the premier business, innovation and information platform connecting the smart utility community, EUW focuses on regional and global developments in grid optimisation, renewables, energy storage, smart metering, smart cities, smart homes, energy services & efficiency, intelligent buildings, data management, analytics and IoT, cyber security, smart gas and smart water. The Hub Session programme looks to offer practical content in the form of dynamic sessions and engaging experts across those industry segments:

The event serves as an annual meeting point for the community and will be attended by 12,000 international visitors, 450 speakers and 600 exhibitors.

Innovation underlines every element of the show with a special focus on connecting people from all levels of the utility value chain from technology giants to start-ups and from senior-level experts to young talent.