Michael Villa

Executive Director at smartEn

Michael Villa is Executive Director of smartEn - Smart Energy Europe, the European business association integrating the decentralized solutions of the clean energy transition. He joined smartEn in 2018 when he led the advocacy efforts as Head of Policy. Before joining smartEn, he worked as a Senior Consultant to provide specific advocacy support to clients in the EU and the Middle East in the energy sector. He led the Secretariat of a cross-sectorial business organization, the European Alliance to Save Energy (EU-ASE), and supported Knauf Insulation as Public Affairs Adviser in Italy. Michael also worked in the European Parliament for a Cypriot MEP and at the Embassy of Italy in Copenhagen during the UN Climate Change Conference COP15. Michael has a master's degree from the Institute for European Studies in Brussels and a bachelor's degree from the Catholic University of Milan.

12:45 - 13:00 | Keynote Speech

Tuesday 13/9/2022

The role of flexible consumption in accelerating the cost-effective clean energy transition // EN


Europe is in an energy affordability crisis as well as a security-of-supply crisis. In this keynote talk, we’ll kick off the conference with a discussion on the impact of demand side flexibility—a largely untapped but reliable, climate-friendly, and cost-effective approach to a complex problem.

How can system operators ensure the development of effective markets and signals to take full advantage of demand-side flexibility potential?