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ElectraLink is hosting the second Engagement Day of 2019 on 5 November. We are looking forward to welcoming our colleagues from across the utilities market.

November’s Engagement Day is titled ‘ElectraLink Host: Central Solutions for a Fast Evolving Utilities Industry’ and it is shaping up to be a compelling day, with involvement from across the broad spectrum of the energy industry, water sector and beyond.

The day will include keynote speeches and panels from external speakers and discussion on various subjects, such as:

  • emerging developments in governance for the transformation of our energy networks;
  • how data can help build our future networks to better benefit the consumer;
  • preparing governance for the future of the retail energy market; and
  • using existing architecture to address future challenges across the energy system, including the Central Switching Service.

Find bios from our panelists and keynote speakers below.

This will be a great opportunity to engage with industry experts from the utilities sector. You will also hear the latest from ElectraLink and have your voice heard on some of the key issues of the day.

The event will run from 10:00-16:00, with registration and breakfast opening at 9:00. To view the full agenda please click here.

The event will be hosted in London at Central Hall Westminster, opposite Westminster Abbey and less than 5 minutes’ walk from St James’s Park and Westminster Underground stations. Click here for directions to the venue.

Tickets are free and are scooped up quickly so get yours now at this link.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for Engagement Day updates and reminders: @ElectraLink

We can’t wait to see you on 5 November!

keynote speaker

Stewart Reid, Head of Future Networks, SSEN

Stewart has worked in the electricity industry since 1983 and has been involved in managing electricity networks across the UK, in a range of roles including operations management, planning, policy, project management and asset management in the fields of IT and Power Engineering. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and a Chartered Engineer.

Stewart is now the Head of Future Networks within Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) with the remit of adapting the business to deal with the challenges of decarbonisation and introducing better ways of managing the electricity network, translating these new ideas into business as usual and managing the transition to Distribution System Operator (DSO) in a digitised world.

Key elements of Stewart’s current role include the development and deployment of new technical and market-based solutions utilising the principles of flexibility as an alternative to traditional asset-based network development.

Other areas of involvement include network monitoring, active network management, robotics, analytics, modelling, frequency responsive demand, embedded energy storage and activities associated with preparations for the large-scale electrification of transport and heat.

Stewart also chairs the Energy Networks Association’s (ENA) Low Carbon Technologies Group and WS3 of the ENA’s Open Networks project.

He is a member of the ENA Electricity Networks Futures Group and a member of the BEIS/Ofgem-Smart Systems Forum.

Keynote speaker

Kaija Valdmaa, Project Manager, Elering AS

Kaija Valdmaa is managing the Estfeed data exchange platform in Elering, the electricity and gas transmission system operator (TSO) in Estonia. Estfeed’s primary aim is to connect applications and data sources and provide legal and secure access to private energy metering data for third parties.

Before Estfeed, Kaija managed the Greentech sector in Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol and PAKRi Science and Industrial Park  from 2014 to 2016, and worked with greentech start-ups and growth companies on business and export development issues. From 2011 to 2014, she worked in Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) as a junior research fellow on topics related to the greentech sector and science, technology and innovation (STI) policy.

Kaija is also the Co-Founder and Member of the Board in Cleantech ForEST, a cleantech network organisation that aims to accelerate Estonian green innovation and develop a supporting ecosystem. Kaija is currently finalizing her PhD studies in TalTech.