S3PEnergy: Smart Mediterraneo. Best practices, innovation and pilot projects in smart grid development in the Mediterranean region
23 Jun 2016 - 24 Jun 2016
OtherS3P EnergyS3 Thematic Platform
The European Commission, Joint Research Centre Institute for Energy and Transport organized a workshop on best practices, innovation and pilot projects in smart grid development in the Mediterranean region. This workshop was organised in the framework of the Smart Specialisation Platform for Energy (S3PEnergy) and aimed at building synergies among the regions of the Mediterranean Sea to exchange experiences and best practice in the field of smart grids.
Regional authorities, companies, universities and research centres met and exchanged knowledge on Smart Specialisation, energy and cohesion policy, novel funding opportunities and challenges and opportunities coming from the new regulation of the retail market. This workshop served as the occasion for interactions between local and international stakeholders with the aim to reinforce links between their projects, needs and expertise along with the perspectives of Smart Specialisations including activities in smart grids technologies.
The main conclusion of the event was that the smart grids sector faces several challenges and obstacles such as need of more targeted interregional cooperation and higher engagement of private sector. Future scenarios, initiatives and interventions in this field should capitalise on existent evidence and results facilitated for instance in the frameworks of the 459 projects carried out across Europe (See for instance Smart Grids Outlook Report of JRC). The need to address smart grids according to regional specific contexts (e.g. Mediterranean) would provide more efficient results.
SESSION 3 - Best practices from pilot projects in smart grid development.
Moderator: Domenico Laforgia (Director of Department of Economic Development, Education, Training and Employment, Apulia Region)