Eurelectric boss: Rooftop solar will be as common as having a fridge

(11 Jun 2019) The emergence of small-scale renewable energy such as rooftop solar panels brings new challenges for consumers and energy utilities, says the newly-appointed president of Eurelectric.

Magnus Hall, President and CEO of Swedish energy company Vattenfall, took over the presidency of European power sector association Eurelectric from Francesco Starace, the boss of Italy’s Enel, on 20 May.

The formal hand-over took place during this year’s Power Summit hosted by Enel in Florence, where Hall presented the priorities of his two-year mandate.

Speaking to EURACTIV in Florence, Hall assured that his presidency will be “a perfect, seamless continuation of what has been done before.”

“And what we did in the previous presidency was to embrace the change, working quite a lot on what electrification can actually do and on being prepared for the transition,” he said.

His goal now is to continue that work and help create real policies around electrification.

Embracing change

Citizens’ involvement has a prominent place in Hall’s presidency’s programme. “With its concept of energy communities, the Clean Energy Package will make citizens participate more in the system,” he said, referring to the evolution of consumers into “prosumers”.

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