We are honored to present this report on the fifth annual KPMG Global Power & Utilities Conference held in Madrid, Spain on 28-29 October 2015.
With 210 delegates from 32 countries in attendance, this leading global forum once again brought together executives from across the industry, including power producers, developers, investors, regulators and other key industry stakeholders. The conference featured industry- leading speakers from around the world who shared their knowledge and insights about current challenges facing the global power sector, including security of supply, carbon-emission standards and affordability.
The Conference was opened by John M. Scott, Deputy Chairman of KPMG International, Chair of KPMG´s EMA region, and Chairman of KPMG in Spain. He discussed volatility in today’s energy marketplace, the need for industry transformation, and the opportunities this transformation can provide to energy companies.
Keynote speakers included José Manuel Barroso, former President of the European Commission and former Prime Minister of Portugal, as well as José Manuel Soria, Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism of Spain. The two leaders shared their views with the audience about the evolution of the energy sector over the past few years in Europe and Spain respectively.
On the second day of the conference, Simon Upton, Environment Director at OECD, delivered a candid and informed address about the challenges related to climate-change policies. To conclude the Conference, Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action, gave a wide-ranging speech on the energy priorities of the European Union in the years ahead.
During the Conference, six issues-focused plenary sessions included a number of senior executives and industry leaders who shared their thoughts about global environmental challenges; global supply challenges; innovation and technology; rethinking regulation in power & gas; successful business models for renewables; and current trends in energy financing.
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