DIGITAL ENERGY. Infrastructures, business models and the role of the consumer

Wednesday 18 October 2017 ore 18:00 - 20:15

European Parliament, Room ASP 3G2

Mercoledì 18 ottobre, I-Com ha organizzato la conferenza “DIGITAL ENERGY- Infrastructures, business models and the role of the consumer”. L’evento ha avuto luogo presso il Parlamento Europeo (sala ASP 3G2) dalle 18 alle 20 ed è stato ospitato dalla deputata europea Miapetra Kumpula-Natri.

La conferenza ha analizzato come lo sviluppo delle tecnologie ICT e la diffusione dei prodotti e dei servizi ICT sta progressivamente mutando il classico confine tra il settore ICT e quello energetico, la cosiddetta copertura.

Uno studio, condotto da I-Com, ha indagato gli aspetti inerenti alle piccole infrastrutture, ai nuovi modelli di business e alla partecipazione dei consumatori nel mercato energetico.

Lo studio è stato presentato e discusso al cospetto di rilevanti stakeholder, come associazioni dei consumatori, membri del Parlamento Europeo e della Commissione Europea e rappresentati delle grandi industrie.

Presentazione I-Com
Presentazione Melchiotti
Paper I-Com
Comunicato stampa

On Wednesday 18th October, I-Com organized the public conference “DIGITAL ENERGY- Infrastructures, business models and the role of the consumer”. The above-mentioned event took place at the European Parliament (room ASP 3G2) from 18:00 to 20:00 and it was hosted by the MEP Miapetra Kumpula- Natri.

The conference aimed at fostering the debate concerning the development of ICT technologies and the pervasive diffusion of ICT products and services that progressively transformed the classical boundaries between ICT and the energy sector, the so-called “convergence”.

A paper carried out by I-Com investigated smart infrastructures, new business models and the consumers’ participation in the energy market.

The paper was presented and discussed with some of the most relevant stakeholders invited to participate in the discussion, as consumers’ associations, industry representatives, European Commission officials and MEPs.

I-Com Presentation
Melchiotti Presentation
Paper I-Com
Press release

Speakers confirmed:


President, Italian Regulatory Authority for Electricity, Gas and Water


Guido Pier Paolo Bortoni (born in 1960) studied engineering in Pavia and he attended a postgraduate course at the MIP. After working in the US and in France, he started his professional experience  at the Italian Regulatory Authority for Electricity, Gas and Water, where, in 2007, he became DG of the market area. He collaborated with the Italian Ministry of Economics and he is a member of the Board of Directors of the ACER. Currently, he is the President of the Italian Regulatory Authority for Electricity, Gas and Water.

President, I-Com


Stefano is the president and principal policy analyst at I-Com, the Institute for Competitiveness, a think tank based in Rome and Brussels which he founded in 2005. He currently teaches political economy and economic policy at the Roma Tre University, in Rome. Stefano is a graduate of the Coripe Consortium for Research and Continuing Education in Economics (Piemonte, Italy), where he received a Masters Degree in Economics and the George Mason University (Virginia, USA) where he obtained his MA (Economics).

Stefano has served in key advisory or expert positions on a number of taskforces or scientific boards, including:

  • Director at the Observatory on Energy Policy of the Einaudi Foundation;
  • Expert Member of the Technical Secretariat for the Protection of Nature in the Italian Ministry of the Environment;
  • Expert Member of the Eurelectric Task Force on Investment;
  • Scientific Director of the La Scossa Association;
  • Board member of the European Foundation EYPROM;
  • Vice President of the Health City Institute.

He has authored numerous publications on economic themes, particularly with regard to policy and regulation of the energy market and infrastructural services and the governance of the institutions, and his opinions and analysis has featured in major Italian newspapers including Il Foglio, il Sole24 Ore, Huffington Post Italia and more. Stefano has also undertaken study and consultancy assignments for Italian and international public institutions, including the Senate of the Republic, the Department for EU policies, the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and the OECD, leading Italian and foreign companies and non-profit organizations.


Franco D’AMORE
Vice President and Director Energy Area, I-Com


He is Vice President and Director of Energy Area of the Institute for competitiveness, an independent Research Institute that he helped to establish in 2005 and that promotes themes and analysis on competitiveness with an innovative emphasis, within the European and international policy-economic framework . He is a member of the Scientific Committee of UNCEM – Unione Nazionale Comuni Comunità Enti Montani. He works or has worked as a consultant for public institutions and private authorities on issues of local development, innovation and European planning. He carried out numerous studies and research on energy and environmental issues, with a particular focus on sustainability of energy systems, renewable energy and energy efficiency, on policies for the containment of greenhouse gases emissions and energy innovation. To the study and analysis activities added an intense activity of implementing projects in the field of energy and environment, for both private and public authorities. Before dealing with energy he worked in the area of research of optical properties of matter for photonic applications. He graduated in physics at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” (1998). Later he earned a Master’s degree at the European School of advanced studies in material Science (University of Pavia – 2000) and a Master’s in Energy resources management (SAFE – 2004).

MEP, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, ITRE Committee


Miapetra Kumpula-Natri (born 19 May 1972)  is a Finnish politician and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Finland. She belongs to the Social Democratic Party, part of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats. She is a member of the ITRE Committee.

Head of EU Public Affairs and Regulation, Enel


Nicola is in charge of European Public Affairs and Regulation for Enel, working closely with European institutions and stakeholders on the transformation of energy markets. Before moving to Brussels he spent 10 years of his career in Latin America, where he acted as Area Manager for Mexico and Central America leading the growth of the company in the region through significant investments in renewable projects. Prior to joining Enel, Mr. Melchiotti worked for McKinsey as management consultant. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and Masters in Engineering from Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité (France) and Politecnico di Milano (Italy).

CEO and President, Acquirente Unico


Andrea Peruzy is CEO at Acquirente Unico. Previously, he has been member of the Board of Directors of  Banca  del  Mezzogiorno-MedioCredito  Centrale  SpA,  Cassa  di  Risparmio di Viterbo/Gruppo Banca Intesa,  Acea Spa, Credit  Agricole Asset Management Real Estate Italia  SpA, Istituto Poligrafico  e Zecca dello Stato SpA, Alenia Aeronautica SpA, Società Editrice L’Unità and CONSAP  SpA.  After studying Law at La Sapienza, he earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration and International Law at the New York University.

Alberto PONTI
Head of Strategy and Market Analysis, Terna 


Alberto Ponti is the Head of Strategy and Market Analysis at Terna SpA. Previously, he was the Head of European Utilities at Société Général in London and director at CITI. He studied at Bocconi University in Milan, where he has also been Professor of the Master’s courses in Green Management, Energy and Corporate Social Responsibility. In addition, he attended  several courses at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

H.E. Giovanni PUGLIESE
Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative of Italy to the Council of the EU, Permanent Representatives Committee I


Born on July 5th, 1962. 1987: Master in Political Sciences – University of Rome. Work experience: 2011-2015: Deputy Head of Mission at the Italian Embassy Berlin; 2009-2011: Director for Disarmament, Arms Control and non-proliferation – Foreign Ministry – Rome; 2006-2009: First Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Italy to the UN – New York; 2002-2006: First Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Italy to the European Union – Brussels; 1998-2002: Counsellor at the UN Desk – Foreign Ministry – Directorate General for Political Affairs – Rome; 1994-1998: First Secretary at the Permanent Mission of Italy to the International Organizations – Geneva; 1991-1994: First Secretary at the Italian Embassy in Beijing – China; 1988-1990: Second Secretary at the NATO Desk – Foreign Ministry – Directorate General for Political Affairs – Rome.

Director, Energy Policy, DG Energy, European Commission 


Megan Richards is Director of Energy Policy in DG Energy (ENER) of the European Commission since 1 April 2017. She has a bachelor of science, bachelor of laws and master of public administration degrees. She has worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Africa, the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, the government of Canada, and private law firms. In 1991, she joined the European Commission and has worked programs to support SMEs, research and innovation, including regulatory, legal, financial and contractual issues. From September 2006- April 2009 she was director of resource management in the Commission’s Joint Research Centre; from May 2009 was in the Commission’s DG CONNECT, holding positions of director of General Affairs, director of Converged Networks and Services, director Coordination, and acting Deputy Director General and Principal Adviser. From 2013-2014 she was EU Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.

MEP, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, ITRE Committee


Carlos Zorrinho (born 28 May 1959) is a Portuguese politician and university professor. He has undertaken the positions of Secretary of State and leader of the Socialist Party Parliamentary Group at the Portuguese Parliament. Currently, he is a Member of the European Parliament for the S&D group. He belongs to the ITRE Committee. From 2009 to 2011, he served as Secretary of State for Energy and Innovation, within the Ministry of Economy, Innovation and Development of the Portuguese Government.