These are turbulent times for European power industry professionals. A viable framework for investment in new generation and supporting infrastructure is vital if Europe’s 20-20-20 energy transition targets are to be achieved, yet market uncertainty and lack of coherence between national and European policy are blocking access to capital in Europe.
Last year we argued that more integration was needed in the industry and this will still be a key theme this year. But I believe the title of this year’s show, ‘Keeping Europe’s Power Flowing’, reflects the urgency that is needed to find solutions to the energy crisis Europe is facing.
Once again, POWER-GEN Europe is being staged alongside Renewable Energy World Europe, creating a joint forum addressing the key issues across the entire spectrum of the power generation industry. This is the first occasion that POWER-GEN Europe has been held in Vienna in its 21-year history, but it is proving a well-judged and popular choice. Austria straddles western and eastern Europe and the event in June offers a valuable opportunity to share experiences between electricity professionals from every part of the continent.
With advanced mobile devices, electronic data and social media, dominating the way in which we communicate, it is increasingly important that we take time out to meet as an industry face-to-face, to discuss the issues of the day, become acquainted with new technologies and techniques and build the business networks that will open doors to new commercial and personal opportunities. The three days of POWER-GEN Europe offers all this through its comprehensive strategic and technical conference sessions, its vast exhibition floor and its various networking events. Despite the challenging market condition in Europe, there will be more exhibiting companies than ever in Vienna and a conference programme of high quality presentations across some nine parallel tracks. Our opening keynote session offers high level government and industry speakers and our big plenary debate, led by HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur, will reveal the truth about the challenges Europe’s power industry faces and what the future may hold.
This Pre-Show Guide contains the entire conference programmes for both POWER-GEN Europe and Renewable Energy World Europe with all sessions open to registered delegates from both events.
You will also find details of the many other activities that form part of POWER-GEN Europe such as the technical tours, workshop and networking events, not to mention a list of the
exhibitors you will have the opportunity of meeting in Vienna, plus a handy tool to help plan your visit. Most importantly, you can find out all the ways to register to attend POWER-GEN
Europe on page 45-46 and how you can take advantage of the Early Bird discounts on offer.
Any additions or modifications to the programme will be reflected on the respective websites:
Our industry is undergoing a period of major and complex change. Emerging successfully from this transition will be those individuals and organisations that have embraced the change, developed and adopted new technologies and implemented visionary business strategies. Make sure you are in the vanguard of this change by joining us in Vienna this June when the industry gathers for POWER-GEN Europe 2013.
For more news on what this year’s show has in store watch out for future blogs which will announce this year’s keynote speakers and explore the issues to be tackled in the plenary debate