Eric Morel is a worldwide recognised expert of energy transition and digitalisation. In the past, he has served as VP Corporate Business Strategy and VP Global Smart Grids and Energy Efficiency at Schneider Electric as well as CEO of Ilevo, a telecommunication start-up. He is a founding member and a former Board member of the Gridwise Alliance, the main professional private/public association dedicated to Smart Energy.
Let’s take a moment to look at the energy markets: we have not yet found how to name accurately the level of disruption that affects them. Several disruptions are telescoping and overlapping: technological, topological, regulatory, societal. Facing and managing these ruptures without damage: that is the stake of the energy companies!
At first glance, the development of better energy efficiency generates the erosion of the activity of energy companies leading some of them to show that they highly contribute to a better efficiency while doing as little as possible. Forgive those who are shocked by such an assertion.
Once again, I propose to turn the spotlight on Switzerland. The country is undergoing regulatory change. The Swiss market is governed by the LApEl, the electricity supply law, the current version of which dates from 2007. A new version is planned in the wake of the vote in favor of the 2050 strategy, a frame Switzerland has set for guiding its energy transition.
In the residential market, the Smart Home has been for a long time, the miracle offer that will take off, the technological showcase of manufacturers and energy specialists. But for a long time too, these offers are struggling to break through, stumbling on the difficulty of offering a clearly perceived and attractive value and the technical difficulty of making these offers simple.