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Connecting the dots: Distribution grid investment to power the energy transition

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Join us on 14 January for the launch of this one of a kind study on investment needs in distribution grids – a joint undertaking by Eurelectric and EDSO (for smart grids)
For some time now there has been little to no analysis of investment drivers and estimated investment volumes in distribution grids at EU level, this study explores this gap and in particular tackles the following questions:

  • What investment volumes are we talking about and where do they predominately need to take place?
  • What are the main investment drivers other than the integration of renewables, such as electrification in transport but also digitalisation and resilience?
  • What are the overall societal benefits compared to the costs of these investments?
  • Finally, what are the changes in policy that we need for these investments to happen?

The study will be discussed and debated by our expertise panel made up of  representatives from the DSO industry, EU policy makers and the financial sector.

Confirmed speakers


  • Developing an integrated, interconnected and properly functioning European energy market.
  • Ensuring rapid implementation of energy-efficiency and renewable-energy legislation, while assessing the need to review legislation where appropriate. 
  • Implementing the European Green Deal in the energy sector and supporting Member States towards their goals, notably with National Energy and Climate Plans.
  • Respecting the energy-efficiency-first principle, improving the energy performance of buildings and the rate of renovations.
  • Promoting clean energy and renewables through better interconnectivity and energy storage.
  • Scaling up investment in clean energy through the European Green Deal Investment Plan.
  • Supporting smart integration of the electricity, heating, transport and industry sectors.
  • Helping to meet the EU’s electricity interconnection target, enhancing cross-border and regional cooperation.
  • Diversifying sources of supply at competitive prices, maximising the potential of affordable liquefied natural gas
  • Contributing to the design of the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism and the review of the Energy Taxation Directive.
  • Further strengthening nuclear safety and safeguards, continuing nuclear decommissioning.
  • Make full use of the EU Treaties in adopting proposals on energy by co-decision and qualified majority voting.
  • Developing the Just Transition Fund to support those most affected by the ‘green transition’.
  • Empowering consumers at the heart of the EU’s energy system.

Kadri Simson

EU Commissioner for Energy

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Leonhard Birnbaum

Acting President of Eurelectric, Chairman of the Board and CEO of E.ON SE

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Dr. Annegret Groebel was appointed Vice Chair of the International Confederation of Energy Regulators (ICER) in June 2020. She was elected President of the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) in January 2019, having previously served as CEER Vice President since 2012. She was reelected for a second term in July 2021. She is a member of the Board of Regulators of the EU Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER). She is also actively involved in the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) and in the European Regulators Group for Postal Services (ERGP) as well as IRG Rail. She is a member of the the OECD’s Network of Economic Regulators (NER Bureau), a working group of the OECD looking at cross-sectoral governance issues of economic regulators.

Dr. Groebel is Head of Department “International Relations/Postal Regulation” of the Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway (BNetzA) and has served in different posts for the German regulator since 1997.

Dr. Groebel lectures on different subjects in economics, finance, social policy, trade policy and regulatory frameworks at different universities and vocational training academies in Germany, Italy and in Switzerland. She has authored publications in the field of telecommunications and energy regulation.

Annegreth Groebel

CEER President

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Christian Buchel

Chairman of E.DSO

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Kristian Ruby took over as Secretary General of Eurelectric, effective 1 January 2017. Prior to his appointment, he worked at WindEurope as part of the Executive Management team where, in his capacity as Chief Policy Officer, he was in charge of developing and implementing the political strategy of the association. Mr Ruby previously also held positions as assistant to the former European Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard and served, for a number of years, as a public servant in the Danish Ministries of Climate and Energy as well as Environment.

Kristian Ruby

Secretary General, Eurelectric

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Pat O'Doherty

Eurelectric President-Chief Executive, ESB


Knud Pedersen

Chair of Eurelectric Dist & Market Facilitation Committee

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Manuel Baritaud

Manuel Baritaud

Senior Economist

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