ICT for Sustainability - The Challenge of Making It Real

Pierre-Alain Graf 

Thursday, February 14










Electricity Networks and ICT – the Chain to Sustanaibility

The electricity system is undergoing fundamental changes: the (political) focus on reduction of carbon emissions leads to increased demands on energy efficiency, substitution of fossil fuels with electricity and replacement of traditional electricity production with renewables. As a result demand for electricity and thus for power transportation capacities is expected to increase. These developments make the electricity transmission and distribution infrastructure a critical element in the transition towards sustainability. Creating a regulatory environment with suitable economic incentives for making efficient use of the existing infrastructure and building new capacities is a major issue which needs to be resolved. Information technologies and the availability of data will play an increasingly important role, both in managing the electricity system as well as the consumption of electricity. This is especially true in determining the optimal allocation of capacities and resources and in defining the trade-off between better usage of the infrastructure in place versus the creation of new capacities. Thus the combination of electricity networks and ICT is an important link in the chain to sustainability.





Since 2009 CEO swissgrid ag
2006-2008 General Manager, Cisco Sytems
2004-2006 European Head of SME and Indirect Business, Colt Telecom
2000-2004 Managing Director Nordic, Colt Telecom
1997-2000 Corporate Development Director, Colt Telecom
1992-1997 Management positions, Credit Suisse


Personal Information

Pierre-Alain H. Graf has a degree in Law from the University of Basel and a second degree in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen. He completed a financial training course at the International Banking School in New York. Between 1992 and 1997 he held various management positions in IT at Credit Suisse. He then set up several national subsidiaries for Colt Telecom and worked abroad for a number of years. In 2006 he moved to Cisco Systems Switzerland, where he was General Manager until 2008. At the end of 2008 he took up his current position as CEO of swissgrid and since February 2009 he has been responsible for taking the national grid company into the next phase of electricity market liberalization.



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