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FSR talk: the future of electricity utilities

In the first online event of the series, the FSR Director, Jean-Michel Glachant will interview Ahmad Faruqui, Principal at Brattle Group in San Francisco.

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Dr. Faruqui has over 40 years of experience working on issues related to customer engagement, including rate design, load flexibility, distributed energy resources, demand forecasting, and electrification.

The topic of this debate is “The Future of Utilities”. Challenged by decentralized energy resources and storage, plus smarter consumption management via advanced digitalization, what businesses are to replace GrandMa “Integrated Utility’?

Ahmad will set the tune from the US. Clara Poletti (Italian regulator) will question Ahmad from the EU landscape. Stephen Littlechild (founding father of western retail competition) from a non-EU landscape (UK, Canada, New-Zealand, Australia). Swetha Bhagwat (Head of FSR Global) from the Indian and non-Western World.

A Q&A with the audience will take place after the interview. You may submit questions in advance in the registration form.

The event will take place on Zoom and it will be live-streamed on our social media channels.


Launching in September 2020, the #FSRTalks series will cover a wide range of topics to meet the changing needs of the energy sector and the interests of our audience, across cutting-edge research, regulatory debate, and policy dialogue.

Our hosts,  Jean-Michel GlachantIlaria ContiSwetha Baghwat, will conduct live interviews with experts from the wider network of the school to showcase and discuss a recent work (a book just published, interesting study, innovative project) in an interactive way.

More about our online series

The Florence School of Regulation is launching four new series that will take our online events to the next level, improving their accessibility and the quality of your experience: FSR talks, FSR insights, FSR conversations, and FSR debates.

From September 2020, every Wednesday 

All the events will be freely accessible upon registration. The events will take place on Zoom and on our social media channels. The recording and presentations will always be made available.

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Jean-Michel Glachant
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Ahmad Faruqui
Brattle Group
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Clara Poletti
Italian Regulator
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Swetha Bhagwat
FSR Global
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Stephen Littlechild


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