Innovation Award

Call for Contributions:
New Leadership from New technologies,
New Businesses, New Entrepreneurs


Contributions can develop a single vision/scenario or adopt a comparative approach among a number of scenarios. They can also present specific case studies and deduce general conclusions from them. A comprehensive approach to all the segments of the electricity business (upstream, midstream, downstream and even behind the meter) will be highly valued. Proposals based on qualitative as well as quantitative approaches are welcome. Contributions that include an economic assessment of the proposed business models are especially appreciated.

The contributions should ideally tackle one or more of the following main topics (non-exhaustive list):
  • New businesses
    • Presentation of case studies where non-energy companies are entering the electricity sector and analysis of the rationale for them to do so;
    • Exploration of the regulatory issues raised by the development of new business models in the electricity sector and assessment of the implications for customers;
    • Assessment of how energy regulation can hinder or foster the emergence of new business models;
    • Discussion of the implications of market design changes for the feasibility and profitability of new business models in electricity;
    • Analysis of the impact of fundamental choices in energy policy on current and future business models in the various segments of the electricity supply chain (generation, transmission & distribution, supply).
  • New technologies
    • Description of how new technologies can open (or already opened) the way to new services and business models in the electricity sector;
    • Examination of the developments occurring or that will occur behind the meter and their implications for energy retailers and grid companies;
  • New entrepreneurs
    • Description of how new entrants and incumbents are reacting to the trends of decarbonisation, decentralisation and digitalisation;
    • Investigation of the possible synergies that new entrants and incumbents can develop and exploit for mutual benefit;

All participants are encouraged to develop and present a set of assumptions that underpin their vision as well as concrete business model proposals. A description of the evolution from today’s dominant models to the model proposed in the contribution as well as an analysis of the key drivers for this evolution (e.g. technological, regulatory) are much appreciated.


All stakeholders are encouraged to submit contributions: companies from the electricity sector or other sectors, non-profit organisations, business and sectorial associations, think-tanks, academics, students and individuals.


The project is divided into two main phases.

1st Phase: Submit by 15 February 2019 an abstract of maximum 3,000 characters to Eurelectric – Florence School of Regulation, for consistency check with the guidelines provided in this call for contribution and pre-selection. The abstract should explain the main idea behind the contribution and its rationale. Details related to the methodology adopted for the contribution should be provided as well.

2nd Phase: Pre-selected applicants will be contacted by 4 March 2019 and invited to develop the abstract into a short written text of about 15,000 characters (footnotes and references included), to be submitted by 15 April 2019. The final submission should consist of the core ideas and data, avoiding any lengthy introduction of rather well-known facts and issues.

The Eurelectric – Florence School of Regulation team may engage with the participants during the development of their contributions between Phase 1 and Phase 2.



A high level qualified jury, including Eurelectric industry members and representatives from the Florence School of Regulation, will assess the contributions and select the most relevant, complete, comprehensive and innovative visions, independently from these organisations’ current views.

Awards: the author(s) of the best contribution
  • Will be invited to discuss their ideas with a representative of the Florence School of Regulation during the Eurelectric Annual Power Summit that is going to take place on 20-21 May 2019 in Florence (Italy);
  • Will be granted a prize of €5000;
  • Will be granted a free online course of their choice at FSR of a value of approximately €1000;
  • Will also have the possibility to publish their contribution on an online publication edited by the Florence School of Regulation and Eurelectric;
  • May be interviewed and the videos published on the Eurelectric and Florence School of Regulation website/social networks.

To send your contributions and for any question:
Mara Radulescu