Empower a smarter grid with connected flexibility

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Demand-response and future energy markets

The electricity value chain - from generation through transmission and distribution to consumption - is in the midst of a changing environment like never before. Renewables are replacing conventional generation and base load. Consumption peaks getting steeper. Between power generation and consumption, we have an aging grid and an investment lag over years. Is the traditional way of building grid capacity for highest load peaks still the way forward, or can new technology solve the challenge faster, cheaper and more secure?

November 29, 2018


Historically electric energy has been produced centrally and distributed to meet the demand at the end customers. This one-way flow of energy is being challenged today by the combination of climate goals, regulations, new energy technologies and changing consumption behaviours.

Fixed conventional generation is being replaced by occasional generation from renewables. Prices for new energy technologies like solar PVs drop and enable decentralized implementations. These changes in generation patterns challenges the stability of supply to the grid and require huge investments to maintain balance and distribution reliability.

On the consumption side new innovations like EVs represent other load patterns than our aging distribution grid originally was designed for. As demanding assets connected to the grid challenge distribution, connected assets can also represent a flexibility source if they are willing to change their consumption when needed. For grid operators, flexibility is key and new flexibility at the end customers can be an attractive alternative to costly grid investments. Private houses, commercial buildings and spaces, EVs and local small-scale production of electricity are examples of potential flexibility sources. New ways of exchanging such flexibility between a buyer and a seller are expected to arise.

Microsoft and partners leverage Azure as Cloud platform both to connect flexible assets, predict and simulate bottlenecks in the grid and through artificial intelligence enable an unique insight decision support and action.

Two-way flow of energy, continuously feedback loops and a changing customer role, it’s a new era of the utility industry!

›› Agenda

08:30-09:00 Registration and Welcome Breakfast
09:00-09:20 Introductions
09:20-09:45 Microsoft in Power & Utilities
09:45-10:45 Customer Case Study: Hafslund - Enable digital agility and innovation
10:45-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:30 Customer Case Studies: The Agder Energi flexibility pilot and the NODES marketplace
12:30-13:30 Hot Lunch
13:30-14:30 Partner Case Study: Allego - an intelligent EV charging platform. Enables energy flexibility?
14:30-15:15 Partner Case Study (Taqtile): Capturing knowledge and unleashing human potential
15:15-16:00 Digital Twins / IoT roadmap - digitally model the real world
16:00-17:00 Roundtable discussions, Wrap-Up & Evaluation
17:00-18:00 Social Meet & Greet

›› Who should attend

Distribution System Operators (DSO) and/or power grid companies; Chief Digital Officers; Head of Grid operations; Retail and/or Flexibility Providing companies; Chief Digital Officers; Business Development Managers; Product Development

›› Featured speakers

Marc Diks
CIO, Allego

Rune Hogga
CEO, NODES - an Agder Energi & NordPool company

Per Christian Honningsvaag
Business Strategy Director – Power & Utilities Industry, Microsoft

Bert Van Hoof
Group Program Manager - Azure IoT, Microsoft

Ståle Heitmann
CTO – Hafslund

John Mathieu
Managing Director, Taqtile Europe

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