CIRED Ljubljana Workshop 2018

Workshop 2018 on microgrids and local energy communities

Keynote speakers


Constantin Ginet, Head of Siemens Microgrid Department (Germany)

TitleTechnical challenges and innovative solutions for the operation of microgrids


Nikos Hatziargyriou, HEDNO and National Technical University of Athens (Greece)

TitleIntroduction of microgrids definitions and motivations 

Professor Nikos Hatziargyriou is since April 2015 Chairman and CEO of the Hellenic Distribution Network Operator (HEDNO). Since 1984 he is a faculty member at the Power Division of the Electrical and Computer Engineering School of the National Technical University of Athens. He is co-chair of the EU Technology and Innovation Platform on Smart Networks for Energy Transition. He is author of the book “Microgrids: Architectures and Control” and of more than 200 journal publications and 500 conference proceedings papers.


Raffael La Fauci, EWZ, Switzerland

TitleDrivers for the deployment of microgrids and pilot projects

Raffael La Fauci is the head of grid concepts at ewz, the electric utility of Zurich. He finished his MSc degree in Electrical Engineering at ETH Zurich in 2010 and his PhD also at ETH in 2015. After completion of his PhD degree, he was team leader of grid development at ewz and responsible for the strategic grid planning from low to high voltage for the distribution grid of Zurich and ewz grid in Grisons. Since October 2017, he is head of the department grid concepts and responsible for grid planning and innovation projects at ewz.


Klemen Potisek, State Secretary for Energy (Slovenia)

TitleSlovenia's Future Energy Transition & Challenges

Mr. Klemen Potisek educational background cover both technics and economy. After electro engineering study, he continued university study with economics and finance. Most of his professional career was in energy sector, first in Slovenia's largest energy provider Petrol and later with HSE Group (Slovenian largest electric power producer). Mr. Potisek acquired wide professional experience in corporate governance as a member of several supervisory boards, including energy sector. In May 2015, he was appointed as State Secretary responsible for energy at the Ministry of Infrastructure of the Republic of Slovenia where he is in charge of national energy and mining sectors.

Joao Torres
, EDP Distribuição (Portugal)

TitleNew roles of DSOs

João Torres is the CEO of EDP Distribuição (EDPD), the Portuguese Distribution System Operator serving more than 6 million customers. After serving two consecutive terms as Chairman, he remains dedicated to the common interests of the sector at European level acting as Vice-Chairman of EDSO for Smart Grids, which is the association representing distribution system operators (DSOs) in Europe, aiming at bringing smart grids from vision to reality. João Torres joined EDP in 1982. Before becoming CEO in 2006, he held management and executive positions in energy generation and distribution, human resources, healthcare services and training, including the creation of the EDP’s shared services company. In 2012, he also became a Board Member of EDP International. Under his leadership, EDPD has been conducting several initiatives to deploying the innovative grids of the future, notably through its awarded InovGrid project and the InovCity of Évora, demonstrating the technological, societal and economical value of the smart grids implementation.


Michèle Delville &
Céline Dizier

Event coordinators

Phone +32 (0)4 222 29 46