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The official language of the Electrification Europe Summit is English.
To view Breakout Session descriptions and speakers, click on the Track name.


The official language of the Electrification Europe Summit is English.
To view Breakout Session descriptions and speakers, click on the Track name.


October 16

  8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  9:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Opening Keynote – A Shared Vision for Electrification

End-use electrification is a vital component of the decarbonization of the energy system. How will we accomplish this efficiently and economically, while assisting and enabling global energy transitions?

Welcome Remarks

  • Michael W. Howard
    President and CEO
    Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
  • Bernard Salha
    Chief Technical Officer - Head of EDF Research and Development
Moderator: Benoit Laclau, Global Energy Leader, EY


  • Jean-Bernard Lévy
    Chairman and CEO, EDF
  • Pedro Pizarro
    President and CEO, Edison International
  • Fatih Birol
    Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA)
  • Jeff Lyash
    President and CEO, Tennessee Valley Authority
10:45 AM – 11:15 AM
Morning Break
11:15 AM – 12:45 PM
Breakout Sessions

Track A: Frontiers of E-Mobility

Session 1A: Driving Electric Vehicle Adoption

We are on the cusp of a historic transition within the transportation sector. How do we go far enough and fast enough to meet ambitious targets?

Moderator: Clément Le Roy, Wavestone


  • Ruth Cox, Prospect Silicon Valley
  • Yannick Duport, EDF
  • Dan Bowermaster, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
  • Cécile Goubet, Avere

Track B: Decarbonizing Buildings and Industry

Session 1B: Heating the Buildings of the Future

Building space and water heating is critical to meeting decarbonization goals. How do we develop and deploy — at scale — the right technologies for the customer and the grid?

Moderator: Jean-Christope Visier, CSTB (Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment)


  • Thibaut Abergel, International Energy Agency (IEA)
  • Tadj Oreszczyn, University College London (UCL)
  • Thierry Franck de Preaumont, Syndicat National du Chauffage Urbain et de la Climatisation Urbaine (SNCU)
  • Bart Aspeslagh, Daikin
  • Jean-Christophe Clément, Dalkia Smart Building

Track C: Policy and Finance

Session 1C: Regulatory Approaches to Electrification

A discussion of regulatory and policy options to achieve decarbonization objectives while delivering customer and societal benefits.

Moderator: François Leveque, Mines Paris Tech


  • Pantelis Capros, National Technical University of Athens
  • David Newbery, Cambridge University
  • Dominique Bureau, French Economic Council for Sustainable Development (CEDD)

Track D: Innovations in Electrification

Session 1D: Preparing the Grid for Electrification

Widespread electrification — accompanied by dramatic increases in variable renewable generation — create unique opportunities and challenges for energy storage, customer flexibility, and other approaches to meet these twin challenges.

Moderator: Jean-Michel Gheeraerdts, John Cockerill


  • Cristina Gómez, ENTSOE-E
  • Michael Lippert, Saft
  • Jon Ferris, Electron
  • Swati V. Daji, Duke Energy Corp.
12:45 PM – 2:00 PM
  2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Breakout Sessions

Track A: Frontiers of E-Mobility

Session 2A: Electrifying the Fleet

Buses, trucks, and heavy equipment are a crucial aspect of fleet electrification. While technology advances are driving new applications, how do we support fleets in rapid and cost-effective transition to electric technologies?

Moderator: Brian Wolff, Edison Electric Institute


  • Hallie Liao, Shenzhen Bus Group
  • Thierry Lassus, ABB
  • Marco Landi, UK RI Innovate UK / Projet V2GO

Track B: Decarbonizing Buildings and Industry

Session 2B: Smarter Homes, Buildings, and Cities

Connected residential and commercial buildings can deliver carbon reductions — along with greater comfort and valuable flexibility for the grid.

Moderator: Maria Brucoli, EDF Energy


  • Ben Clarin, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
  • Sébastien Meunier, ABB
  • Jean-Eric Fournier, COVIVIO
  • Carmen Munoz-Dormoy, Citelum
  • Miguel López-Botet, General Electric

Track C: Policy and Finance

Session 2C: Developing the Infrastructure for Electrification

What is the role of regulators and policymakers in spurring the development of the infrastructure (grid or customer) to support a more highly electrified society?

Moderator: Mark Gabriel, WAPA


  • Annegret Groebel, BNetzA and CEER
  • Chantal Degand, EDF
  • Frances Warburton, Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (OFGEM)
  • Aurélien Schuller, Carbone 4

Track D: Innovations in Electrification

Session 2D: Innovations in Hydrogen and Synthetic Fuels

Hydrogen and synthetic fuels could play a necessary role in decarbonizing many industries, transportation, and even buildings. What are the technical, economic and policy advances required to enable the hydrogen and synthetic fuel pathways for decarbonized electricity?

Moderator: Mark Duvall, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)


  • Nils Aldag, Sunfire
  • Christelle Rouille, Hynamics
  • Bengt Peter Gustav Blennow, Haldor Topsoe
  3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Afternoon Break
  4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Plenary Panel Session – Regulatory and Policy Frameworks for Electrification

What are the policy and regulatory actions that will remove barriers to adoption and enable the innovative solutions that will be necessary to meet accelerated timeframes for decarbonization of end-use?


  • Kristian Ruby
    Secretary General, Eurelectric
  • Thomas Kuhn
    President, Edison Electric Institute
  • Jean-François Carenco
    President, French Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE)
  • Alexandre Perra
    Group Sr. EVP of Innovation, Strategy, and Corporate Responsibility, EDF
  • Dan Sperling
    Automotive Related Member, California Air Resources Board
  5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Afternoon Roundtable – Global Energy Transitions and Societal Imperatives

The Paris Agreements defined ambitious but necessary targets to decarbonize the economy. How do we meet these objectives at the lowest cost and greatest benefit to our customers and their communities?

Moderator: Paula Gold-Williams President and CEO, CPS Energy


  • Philippe Monloubou
    Chairman, Enedis
  • Kim Yin Wong
    CEO and Director, Singapore Power Group
  • Jacques Mulbert
    President, ABB France
  • Enrico Viale
    Head of North America, Enel


October 17

  8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Breakout Sessions

Track A: Frontiers of E-Mobility

Session 3A: The EV Infrastructure Challenge

How do we build a smart, flexible, and cost-effective EV infrastructure — everywhere and for everyone? Smart charging, vehicle-to-grid and other emerging technologies. What will drive a 2050 future of a highly electrified transportation sector?

Moderator: Paul Da Cruz, ATOS


  • Dominique Lagarde, Enedis
  • Juliette Antoine-Simon, Izivia
  • Vincent Schachter, Enel X
  • Thomas Dreumont, Groupe Renault

Track B: Decarbonizing Buildings and Industry

Session 3B: Decarbonizing Industry

Industrial processes — manufacturing, chemicals, plastics, agriculture — represent major challenges and opportunities. What technology breakthroughs are needed in this critical sector?

Moderator: Christelle Vives, EDF


  • Roland Héquet, John Cockerill
  • Veronika Wilk, Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT)
  • Hervé Lavelaine, ArcelorMittal
  • Cédric Philibert, International Energy Agency (IEA)

Track C: Policy and Finance

Session 3C: Financing the Electrified Economy

How local and national markets and financial actors can drive the transition to a more electrified economy.

Moderator: Clémence Alasseur, EDF


  • Pascal Charriau, Enerdata
  • Emilie Alberola, EcoAct
  • Sébastien Soleille, BNP Paribas
  • Christine Goubet-Milhaud, French Electricity Union (UFE)

Track D: Innovations in Electrification

Session 3D: Pitch Panels - The Future of Electrification Technology

Startup pitches on Mobility, Agriculture, Storage, and Grid Modernization to explore examples of technologies, which if executed at scale, could dramatically change how we look at electrification and decarbonization.

Moderator: Mark McGranaghan, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Startup Companies presenting


Food and Smart Home

Storage and Grid Modernization

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Morning Break
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Plenary Panel Session – The Role of Technology and R&D

How will innovation drive technology and products that enable cost-effective and efficient electrification outcomes for both near- and long-term societal needs?

Moderator: Bernard Salha, Chief Technical Officer - Head of EDF Research and Development

  • Christel Heydemann
    President & Member of the Executive Committee
    Schneider Electric France
  • Stéphane Cueille
    Chief Technology Officer, Safran
  • Diego Pavia
    Chief Executive Officer, KIC InnoEnergy
  • Christophe Périllat
    Chief Operating Officer, Valéo
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Closing Panel Session and Keynote – The Economics of Electrification

Understanding the economics of electrification is critical to achieving the rapid, affordable deployment of electric technologies throughout society.

Moderator: Anne Houtman, Former Principal Advisor on Energy, European Commission

  • Claude Crampes
    Emeritus Professor, Toulouse School of Economics
  • William D. Magwood, IV
    Director-General, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency
  • Dan Ford
    Managing Director, Equity Research, UBS Securities, Inc.
  • Douglas Segars
    Managing Director, Moody’s Investors Services
Invitation to Electrification 2020 Conference
  • Swati V. Daji
    Senior VP: Customer Solutions, Duke Energy Corp.