Smart Energy Systems Week Austria 2017, 16.-19. Mai 2017, Messe Congress Graz

Foreword

Boris Papousek and Werner Ressi, Energie Graz

For Energie Graz, new business models and service innovations are essential building blocks for growth, strengthened market positioning and for contributing to the energy transition.

In the course of the heat energy transition in Graz, the “Heat Supply Graz 2020/2030” working group set itself the goal of producing fewer emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases. Together with the City of Graz, the Province of Styria, Energie Steiermark and Holding Graz, we are working on the medium-term objective of raising the percentage of renewable energy in the secure district heating supply to 50%. Projects such as waste heat utilisation from Sappi, the Helios solar storage power plant and the innovative energy model for the new Reininghaus district are making significant steps in this direction.

A key focus is the use of renewable energy forms and the opportunities these offer for storage, focused on urban areas. Regional value creation is particularly important to us in this respect. This is why our “natural electricity” comes from regionally produced hydropower and photovoltaics. In addition, the “solar investor model” offers all customers opportunities to participate in our PV systems.

We very much appreciate that this year we are able to host the prestigious and newly designed Smart Energy Systems Week Austria, and are looking forward to exciting presentations, interactive workshops and inspiring discussions!

Boris Papousek and Werner Ressi, Energie Graz (c) Foto Fischer
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Boris Papousek and Werner Ressi
Managing Directors, Energie Graz
Austria