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October 18, 2016

Kick-off of the 5th International Electric Power Forum RUGRIDS-ELECTRO

The main event of the Russian electric-power industry, which got off to a roaring start today and will run through 19 October 2016, has once again gathered together international and Russian energy professionals and experts. Leading manufacturers of high-tech equipment, domestic and international control-system integrators, innovative companies and startups, members of the scientific community and representatives of the public authorities will discuss different paths towards the development of the electric-power industry and modernization of the grid complex under today’s modern conditions.

The overarching theme of RUGRIDS-ELECTRO 2016 is “Growth Infrastructure. Optimization. Opportunities.” The theme will allow for a determination of paths for development of the global and Russian electric-power systems, as well as the identification of solutions for the modernization and further integration of innovative solutions; the coordinating strategy for the improvement of energy efficiency has already been reviewed, and the key thrusts of import substitution and common energy policy have been identified.


Industry around the world is bracing for the coming shift in the industrial paradigm – from yesterday’s digitalization to tomorrow’s innovations, which will be based on breakthrough technological solutions. The electric-energy sector is no exception in this regard.

Worldwide, the  power industry is experiencing the changes associated with emerging trends in the generation, distribution and consumption of electric energy.

The new challenges are thrusting ambitious new tasks on energy infrastructure – the grid complex.

The organizers have come up with an exceedingly timely meeting agenda for forum participants and visitors. Over the course of two days, over 50 business events have been planned, including plenary sessions, discussions and debates, roundtables, official sessions, meetings, workshops, quests and seminars.

The cornerstone event of the forum’s business program will be the main plenary session “Electric Energy 4.0. At the Threshold of Global Technological Change.”

Participants and guests will be able to ask questions and get expert opinions from the international and Russian keynote speakers headlining the Forum’s business program – Alexei Texler, First Deputy Energy Minister of the Russian Federation, Alexander Morozov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, Oleg Budargin, General Director of Rosseti PJSC, Rae Kwon Chung, Winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, Director of the Department for the Environment and Sustainable Development at ESCAP, Former Advisor to the UN Secretary General on Climate Change, Evgeny Kaspersky, General Director of Kaspersky Laboratory JSC, Vladimir Knyaginin, Vice President of the Center for Strategic Research (Fund), Dominique Fache, Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Russian Technology Fund, Member of the Board of Directors at KEGOC JSC, Guillaume Bertier, Director of E-Car Sales at Renault Group, Anil Menon, Senior Vice President of Cisco in Charge of the Global Division for Smart and Connected Communities, Yanush Bialek, Director of the Skoltech Center for Energy Systems, Thorsteinn Ingi Sigfusson, President of Icelandic New Energy Ltd. (Iceland), Winner of the Global Energy Prize 2007, developer of methods for the use of geothermal energy, Michael Skelton, Production Director at CAMLIN Limited (Great Britain), and others. 

Main tracksof the program:

  • Smart energy
  • Innovations
  • Strategies
  • EnergyNet
  • ITDiagnostics


Throughout a space spanning more than 3,500 m2, over 100 exhibitors will be showcasing their competitive products, as well as their innovative advancements and solutions in the area of smart technology, power equipment, construction, engineering and IT. The exposition itself encompasses 5 thematic zones:

  • podium of innovations – the best innovative technological advancements determining the future development of the industry – all in one spot – and the tallying of results of a concurrent competition, whose winners will see the guaranteed implementation of their proposed innovations at facilities within the grid complex of Rosseti PJSC;
  • growth reserves – startup zone and a discussion platform for the Forum’s youth program for active interaction with both potential investors and future customers, as well as a platform to host the finals and official award ceremony for the winners of the “Energy Breakthrough” competition;
  • attestation commission – functional platform for the priority certification of equipment, technologies and systems for reliability and quality per Rosseti PJSC requirements;
  • business-contact exchange – networking platform for B2B meetings and negotiations at various levels;
  • smart city – smart technologies and solutions for the urban environment, designed to ensure the high, modern, environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient quality of life of city-dwellers.

Presenting their innovative advancements are exhibition partners and leaders in the electric-power industry: ENERGOMERA, ÀBB, Tavrida Electric, SAP, ZETO, GlobalElectroService, Prosoft Systems, Elecom, Skolkovo Foundation, 1C, Microsoft, Cisco, Siemens, SEL Kazakhstan, EDC Continuum, NPO Mir, Camlin, EMZ, Estralin, Prysmian Group, Polyplastic, Test Electro, and more. 


In 2016, the geography of RUGRIDS-ELECTRO has gotten a lot bigger. Taking part in the exhibition and forum are power companies and the leading energy experts from 18 world countries, including Russia, Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Great Britain, Iceland, Georgia, Kazakhstan, the United States, Singapore, Australia, Taiwan, Malaysia, South Korea, China and Japan. The guests and members of the main plenary session comprised a delegation from APEC. 




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