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  1. Regulatory sandboxes: experimenting with energy regulation

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    On 7 February, the names Eandis and Infrax will disappear to make way for the new company Fluvius. “Although the merger is in line with the economic logic and political momentum, that doesn’t make the challenges any smaller.” That is why the Director of Regulation & Strategy Donald Vanbeveren and our energy professor Leonardo Meeus have decided to supplement the chair's traditional one-on-one research with interactive workshops. The first workshop was about regulatory sandboxes – and Donald pronounced it “super!”

  2. “In energy, all European countries are allies”

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    The coming two years, the Austrian DSO, Netz Niederösterreich, takes part in the DSO Chair of the Vlerick Energy Centre. For Werner Hengst, Managing Director of Netz NÖ, the open dialogue he has experienced with European colleagues is both refreshing and necessary, because “in energy, all European countries are allies”.

  3. Did you say renewable gas?

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    By 2050, we need to keep the increase in the global average temperature below 2°C – and ideally below 1.5°C. In order to achieve this goal, the Holy Grail is to switch to electricity en masse. ‘And what about natural gas?’ asked the natural gas transporter Fluxys. “Gas is also renewable. Over the next five years, we want to explore how we can link the – underexplored – possibilities of gas to those of electricity.” And rightly so, because hardly anyone still believes that the future will be entirely electric in 2050.

  4. A Belgian Interfederal Energy Pact? Fortunately, there is Europe.

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    Within Vlerick's Prime Foundation Partnership with KPMG round-table meetings are being organised, discussing the Belgian energy policy. “We want to act as a sounding board for ideas to achieve the transition to a low-carbon energy system,” says Professor Leonardo Meeus. What started out as a discussion on the Belgian Interfederal Energy Pact evolved towards a broader European focus within the framework of the Energy Union Governance Regulation, stipulating that all member states must prepare a detailed national plan for 2021-2030 describing their ambitions and measures with regard to their energy and climate strategy. Professor Leonardo Meeus and Jorn De Neve (KPMG) share their thoughts.

  5. New programmes help energy companies to apply the EU Clean Energy Package

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    The European energy sector is undergoing a huge transition. The measures in the EU Clean Energy Package are also forcing the established electricity companies to reassess their position in the market. With the support of InnoEnergy and in collaboration with Florence School of Regulation, Vlerick Business School is therefore launching several new programmes which aim to provide these companies with insights into the new business opportunities offered by the rapidly changing European energy landscape, and into how they can help to shape the transition in this way.

  6. “With all energy players around the table”

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    The energy pact that all governments signed at the end of March finally creates a framework for the energy transition in our country. It also immediately increases the pressure on all energy players to enter into the debate. “In the new Prime Foundation Partnership, Vlerick and KPMG aim to act as the sounding board for the entire energy ecosystem, through workshops.” Jorn De Neve of KPMG and Professor Leonardo Meeus reflect on this pivotal moment.

  7. A new take on energy – more than one energy solution is needed

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    The energy market is changing rapidly. New models aim to encourage consumers and companies to use electricity and gas more sustainably. “But what we must not do is focus all our efforts on a single solution,” says Leonardo Meeus, energy markets expert.

  8. UK Power Networks Services and Vlerick Business School launch strategic partnership

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    UK Power Networks Services has joined forces with the Vlerick Energy Centre for a two-year partnership. They deliver world-class engineering, power systems operation, distributed energy resources and industry-leading consultancy for some of the most energy-reliant and complex organisations in the UK. According to Director Ian Smyth, this collaboration will enable them to implement best practice and continue to keep their clients ahead of their competition and ensure value for money in their investments. “It’s our mission to increase productivity, reduce carbon emissions and integrate new technologies for the benefit of our clients, and this partnership will ensure we achieve this.”

  9. “A month of entrepreneurship in Africa”

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    In May and June, students Fabrice Verhaert and Stijn Van der Putten spent a month in Mali where, together with GreenVentures, they installed solar energy-based mini grids or ‘FlexGrids’. What began with fine-tuning a financial plan led to an educational path of social, international and innovative enterpreneurship. Recognition soon followed, in the form of substantial European financing for FlexGrid on the one hand and the first Soudal Award for Social Entrepreneurship on the other.

  10. Innovation hub to support the future design of the energy sector

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    “The energy sector is facing a deep transformation, and the pace of these changes is surely no longer the one we were used to in the past. Today’s business environment is very volatile and many paradigms have shifted.”, says Ann-Christin Gerlach, Executive Assistant at Enel, Italy’s most important distributor of electricity. According to her, the most important move in this context is to embrace change and engage in an open dialogue with stakeholders. That’s why she decided to participate in the 4th edition of our Future Grid Managers programme.

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