A net-zero carbon future, end to fuel-poverty, sustainability, security and resilience are some of the major challenges facing utilities in the 2020s, all within strictly regulated industries. The high level global challenges associated with mitigating climate change are driving very demanding obligations within the utility sector. As a result, the sector is going through a paradigm shift in the way that networks are controlled and monitored as their systems migrate towards an integral smart grid.
All stakeholders are expanding and adapting their operational telecoms systems, using all sorts of technologies including wireless technology, and increasingly integrated into their operational processes in a shared network and services environment. This comes with a plethora of requirements and challenges, among others:
– growing and evolving rapidly to deploy massive numbers of devices
– ensuring cyber security and resilience for more digitalised critical infrastructure
– operational flexibility to adapt to changing regulations and market needs
The European Utilities Telecom Council (EUTC) addresses these challenges by bringing industry experts together from across Europe, enabling them to share knowledge and stay up to date in this rapidly changing field. The EUTC works in partnership with the relevant stakeholders that actively seek its opinions in important issues such as spectrum allocation and development of the future energy grid. EUTC plays a significant part in shaping the future of standards development, technology ecosystem and key EU policies in order to allow the utility sector to procure cost effective, robust products and services for OT networks. This is achieved through interaction directly with the utility community, vendor supply chain and regulators at national and EU level.
Andreas Breuer CHAIR
Sergio Ramos VICE CHAIR
Jos Brakband TREASURER