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In brief

The fifth and final part of our Client Briefing series shows what is and has to be done to make the digitalization of the energy sector a success story.

“Energy system integration” is one of the key issues when looking at Europe’s future, whereby digitalization is one of the key elements. Digitalizing the energy sector aims to bridge the gap between different sources of energy production as well as between production, storage, transport and consumption. “Smart Grids” shall pave the way of the energy transition. Especially the distribution network is facing a change from “one-way” (only in the direction of the final customer) to “two-way” (in the direction of the final customer and from the final customer back to the network). At the same time, “Smart Meter” not only measure the consumption, but start to control the whole network. Another area of use is the digitalization of the transport sector, e.g. with the introduction of app-controlled charging of electric vehicles; realtime traffic management and by autonomous driving.

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This is part 5 of a five-part Client Briefing series:

Part 1: Germany: COVID-19 – Update Energy Law – Renewable Energies 

Part 2: Germany: COVID-19 – Update Energy Law – Hydrogen

Part 3: Germany: COVID-19 – Update Energy Law – E-mobility

Part 4: Germany: COVID-19 – Update Energy Law – Electricity Storage


Claire Dietz-Polte ist Counsel bei Baker & McKenzie Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten und Steuerberatern mbB


Holger Engelkamp is a Counsel in Baker McKenzie’s Corporate Practice Group and co-heads the German Energy & Infrastructure team. Prior to joining the Firm, he worked for international law firms in Berlin and Toronto. Holger completed a six-month secondment in 2012 / 2013 to one of the world's largest investor-owned power and gas companies, advising in connection with the merger of its gas unit with its energy trading business.


Vivien Vacha is a Senior Associate in Baker McKenzie's Berlin office and member of the Energy & Infrastructure team. Prior to joining the Firm, Vivien practiced in another international law firm's Banking & Finance department from 2015 to 2018, advising clients in energy and infrastructure related finance transactions. From 2009 to 2015, besides her legal studies and her legal clerkship, she worked as a research assistant for another international law firm's M&A/corporate department with a focus on energy and infrastructure law.