Challenges for Natural Gas in the Context of the Energy Union

Date: 
07/03/2017 - 13:30 to 17:30
Venue: 
Le Bouche à Oreille, Rue Félix Hap 11, 1040 Brussels

The role of natural gas in Europe’s energy future is unclear - both with respect to market developments and policy design.

Gas, in theory, has a number of characteristics that make it well-placed to play an important role in the transition to a low-carbon economy: a lower carbon content than coal; the recent global growth in supply from unconventional sources; the possibility to act as a back-up to renewable energy sources and add to security of supply.

Yet in reality, the role of gas in the European energy mix has declined significantly in recent years. Low prices for both coal and carbon call into question the economic viability of gas-fired power plants. An uncertain future hampers infrastructure investment, with knock-on effects on transmission and storage business models.

It is unclear whether, and if so how, natural gas can retain its competitiveness; how it can contribute to security of supply and to what extent it will support the transition to a low-carbon energy economy in Europe.

CERRE will publish a new research paper to shed light on these issues and set out possible future paths for gas. The paper:

  • Discusses recent changes in the gas sector, as well as in gas and power markets, that may account for its recent decline
  • Analyses current energy regulations in Europe and whether they are suited to cope with the evolving challenges for investors and other market-actors in gas and power markets
  • Discusses where market design and regulation deserve special attention to reap full benefits of natural gas
  • Examines possible regulatory implications that may improve the EU gas sector and its ability to support European Union energy policy goals.

The findings and recommendations of the report will be presented and debated at this CERRE Executive Seminar, bringing together a range of senior industry representatives, policy-makers, regulators and experts.

This event is reserved for CERRE members' representatives and a limited number of non-members.

13:30

Registration

14:00

Chairman's welcome and introduction 
 

Professor Bruno Liebhaberg

Director General,
CERRE

 

14:05
Presentation of the findings of the CERRE report "Challenges for Natural Gas in the Context of the Energy Union"
 

Professor Chloé Le Coq

Associate Professor,
Stockholm School of Economics

 

 

Professor Dr Sebastian Schwenen

Chair for Economics of Energy Markets,
Technical University of Munich

 

14:25

Keynote speech
 

Professor Jonathan Stern

Distinguished Research Fellow & Founder,
Natural Gas Research Programme,
Oxford Institute for Energy 

 

14:45

Panel discussion - "Challenges for Natural Gas in the Context of the Energy Union"
15:45
Coffee break
16:10
Panel discussion (Continued)

17:15

Conclusions and future areas for CERRE research 

17:30

Cocktail reception
 

Discussants:

Walter Boltz

Independent Expert
 

 

 

Sylvie Denoble-Mayer

Vice President, Midstream, Gas Chain,
ENGIE

 

 

Thierry Deschuyteneer

Manager, Strategic & Prospective Studies,
Fluxys

 
 
 

Abel Enríquez

Manager, EU Regulatory Affairs,
Enagas

 

 

Yvonne Grösch

Head, Gas Transmission Systems 'Access,
International Affairs, Network Development' Unit,
Bundesnetzagentur

 
 

Céline Heidrecheid

Business Area Manager 'System Development',
ENTSOG

 
 
 

Thomas Howes

Deputy Head,
Economic Analysis & Financial Instruments Unit,
DG Energy, European Commission

 

 

Emily Leadbetter

Manager, Future of Gas Transmission Programme,
National Grid

 

 

Margot Loudon

Deputy Secretary General,
Eurogas

 

 

Marco Margheri

Executive Vice President, Institutional Affairs,
Edison

 

 

Nicola Melchiotti

Head, EU Public Affairs & Regulation,
Enel

 

 

Bernhard Painz

Head, Gas Department,
E-Control

 

 

Andrey Pestov

Director, Belgium Office,
Gazprom

 

 

Graeme Steele

Senior Advisor,
CERRE

 

 


* To be confirmed
 

 

 

Above you will find the slides used to present the CERRE report, along with the slides used by Professor Jonathan Stern during his keynote speech.

Tuesday 7 March 2017, 13.30-17.30,
Le Bouche à Oreille, Rue Félix Hap 11, 1040 Brussels

CERRE members and nominated guests receive priority when registering. All other registrations are provisional until confirmed by email by CERRE. If you have any questions about your registration, or do not receive a confirmation email, please contact info@cerre.eu


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