Enedis, One Planet Summit partner

Grids of the future and the future of grids

Enedis is organising an international round table, next 11 December to examine how electricity grid innovation can reconcile, firstly:

  • the provision of innovative and inclusive support for the energy transition by harnessing the digital revolution that is making electricity grids an interface for smart cities and active consumers;
  • And, secondly, optimisation of investment costs so that they are real industrial projects, and a source of jobs and added value for citizens and regions.


Grids of the future and the future of grids

A global issue, at the crossroads of the “smart” regions of tomorrow where citizens lifestyles are being reinvented and that Enedis is supporting concretely and collectively.


The debates will be hosted by Hughes Belin.

Journalist specialised in energy and climate issues




Ahmed Badr
Executive Director RCREEE, Regional center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency



Dario Chello

President of Medener, Mediterranean Association of the national agencies for energy conservation and Director of ENEA Office (Brussels)



Shermine Dajani

Presidente of PanMed Energy Ltd. (Jordan)

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Michel Derdevet

Secretary General and member of the Board of Enedis

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Amadou Hott

Vice-president of African Development Bank

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Jean Jouzel

Climatologist, former vice-President of GIEC scientific group, 2012 Vetlesen Prize



Bernard Lassus

President International Alliance G3-PLC
Senior Executive Director of the Linky program (french smart meter)

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Myriam Maestroni

Founder and President of Economie d’Energie ; president of the Foundation E5T

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Dr.-Ing. Anil Mengi

Director Strategic Positioning and Innovations, Devolo AG. (Allemagne)

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Philippe Monloubou

President of the Management board of Enedis

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Claire Perry

British Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry



Andris Piebalgs

member of the Forum Expert Network, former European Commissioner for Energy and Development

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Reji Kumar Pillai

Président Indian Smart Grids forum

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Abdou Sy

CEO of ENCO, energy service company (Senegal)




David Turk

Acting Director for the Directorate of Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks at the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s)






The number of seats for this event is limited. As such, attendance is by invitation only. Contact :


The French/English bilingual round table will take place on Monday 11 December at 15.00.


Espace Grenelle d’Enedis

127 ter Boulevard de Grenelle

75015 Paris


The Espace Grenelle Enedis

This round table will be followed by a visit of the Espace Grenelle Enedis, an exhibition area which includes a life-size house, devoted specifically to the innovate tools of the smart grid contributing to new domestic habits. A cocktail will conclude our event.




By acting concretely and collectively, by developing innovation and by contributing to social and territorial cohesion in favour of increased solidarity, the activities of Enedis, a public service enterprise and manager of the electricity distribution grid in France, lie squarely in line with the 3 objectives of the One Planet Summit of which it is a partner:

1. Act concretely and collectively
2. Innovate
3. Show solidarity


Addressing the problems caused by climate change affecting our planet is a major issue for everyone. The energy sector is playing a fundamental role!


The energy transition, essential for combating climate change, means that society needs to deal with issues that are technological (the deployment of new means of production, massive renovation of building stock, the invention of new local energy models), societal (acceptability of a change in life styles) and economic (activation of financing circuits and use of savings). Electricity distribution grids are at the crossroads of this transition since they are having to manage several complex issues:

  • provide support for the decentralisation of the means of production brought about by renewable energy;
  • oversee this new complexity due to the intermittent nature of certain renewable energy sources and the emergence of new uses (electric vehicles);
  • ensure solidarity between areas, between countries and between regions;
  • guarantee equal access by all to energy services.

The challenge is twofold: on the one hand investment of hundreds of billions of euros must be secured by 2030 and, in the current context, every euro will have to be invested with the greatest concern for efficiency for taxpayers; on the other hand, climate change which affects all sectors of society and requires coordinated intervention. Therefore, the challenge is to better manage financial scarcity and the challenges of the energy transition. Energy innovation, in a context of digital revolution, is one of the ways that can be used to tackle this two-fold challenge, in particular through the deployment of technological tools that will fulfil some essential functions for the grids which need to become even smarter if they are to manage the multiple complexities of the energy transition. In this regard, it will be interesting to examine how the CPL technological innovation, based on the G3 PLC protocol (Power Line Communication), the fruit of joint work between industrialists and European researchers and of which France and Enedis were pioneers, is a simple and economic technology for creating the robust and reliable communication networks which are essential for the grid of tomorrow.


Enedis, through its president Philippe Monloubou, has run the association “Think Smartgrids” since October 2015 which brings together all the actors of the French industrial sector of smart electricity grids.

Enedis’ work is set firmly within the framework of the French Climate Plan and the “Make our planet great again” initiative, as well as in line with the UN’s sustainable development goals. It involves taking measures to improve the daily lives of everyone in France, is endeavouring to achieve carbon neutrality and its activities will allow France to become a leader of the green economy.


One of its flagship programmes, Linky, the communicating meter, enables customers to become more aware of how they use electricity and to adapt their consumption accordingly: a study by the CNRS has shown that energy savings of 13 to 20% are possible. Enedis is also working in favour of electric transport both for its customers (7 million recharging points by 2030 able to recharge 4.5 million vehicles) and for its workforce (it has the second largest electric-vehicle company fleet in France).



Supporting a speeding-up of the deployment of renewable energies is also Enedis’ ambition since currently 90% of REs are connected to its distribution network (excluding hydraulic dams). The company has set itself a target of connecting 22 GW of wind and 18 GW of solar energy by 2023. This deployment of REs means that Enedis needs to focus on research and innovation. That is why the smartgrid technologies resulting from many French and European demonstrators in partnerships with universities and startups, are essential for operating grids whose flows are increasingly unpredictable.


Its research policy also includes analysing the impacts of climate change on sizing and managing its grids that takes into account the experience gained from the latest major climate events. The ambition in this respect is to be as adaptable as possible to future extreme weather events.

Finally, Enedis, present at the COP23 will also be represented at the climate summit in Paris in December.



Enedis’ solutions for the climate


Connecting renewable energies to the grid thanks to smart grids and developing electric mobility.

These solutions also facilitate control of electricity demand and thereby mitigate consumption peaks which often require the use of fossil-fuel production.


Our solutions for the climate