Electricity Regions: The future of the European Internal Electricity Market?

23/02/2017 - 13:30 to 17:30
Thon Hotel EU, Rue de la Loi 75, 1040 Brussels

The Energy Union Package sets out to deliver a well-functioning, unified, continent-wide Internal Electricity Market (IEM). However, given the complex reality of Europe’s energy landscape, mixing diversity and interconnection, a regional approach has emerged in efforts to further develop the IEM. Yet this approach is not without problems and controversy.

In response, and also taking account of recent developments arising from the Commission's Winter Package, CERRE will publish on 23 February a new report examining this regional approach, and assessing whether a model for regional development is desirable and can be made to work. The report will also deliver key recommendations that will provide guidance to policy-makers as they navigate between competing stakeholder interests.

These key recommendations will be presented on 23 February at this CERRE Executive Seminar, where they will be debated and discussed by a range of senior industry representatives, policy-makers, regulators and experts.


While the Energy Union Package sets out to deliver a unified Internal Electricity Market, the reality of Europe’s energy landscape is complex. Different geographic areas and groupings of markets present different characteristics - in terms of generation sources, interconnections, existing cooperation structures and, indeed, political willingness to expand upon that cooperation.

Given this varied landscape, it is unsurprising that recent proposals for the reform of the IEM have taken on a more regional, rather than one-size-fits-all, approach. Yet while there is some consensus that this regional approach is required, it raises significant, often contentious questions:

  • At the most basic level, should market reforms be radical or more evolutionary?
  • What are the options in terms of identifying a regional footprint across the IEM?
  • Is it possible to determine what are the ‘right’ regions?
  • What is the most efficient governance model to manage these regions?
  • What will the implications of these decisions and governance models be for the market, the system operators and regulators?

In an effort to provide guidance on these questions, CERRE has launched an extensive research project, combining an analysis of regional developments over recent years and up to the present day, with an examination of the current IEM paradigm and its voluntary regional dimension.

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




Chairman's welcome and introduction 

Professor Bruno Liebhaberg

Director General,


Presentation of the findings of the CERRE report

Professor Nils-Henrik von der Fehr

Joint Academic Director, CERRE
Professor, University of Oslo



Panel discussion

Discussion of CERRE report recommendations & how the regional issue will develop in light of the European Commission's Winter Package.

Coffee break
Panel discussion (continued)


Closing remarks


Cocktail reception


 Dr Stefan Arent 

 Deputy Head, International Coordination Energy,



Professor Claude Crampes

Research Fellow, CERRE
Professor, Toulouse School of Economics



Pascale Fonck

Chief Officer, EU Activities,



Bente Hagem

Executive Vice President, Statnett, 
Chair of the Board, ENTSO-E



Sven Kaiser

Deputy Director, Electricity Department,


Maria Eugenia Leoz Martin-Casallo

Policy Officer, Internal Market Unit,
DG Energy, European Commission


Simone Mori

Executive Vice-President & Head of EU Affairs, 



    Juan Perez

    Director, Strategy, 



      Mark Pickles

      Project Manager

      National Grid



    Clara Poletti

    Director, Markets Division,


    Graeme Steele

    Senior Advisor,



    Alain Taccoen

    Head, Regulation, Supply Division,



    Jean Verseille

    Director, EU Affairs,




    Above you will find the slides used by Professor Nils-Henrik von der Fehr to present the findings of the CERRE report. 

    Thursday 23 February 2017, 13.30-17.30,
    Thon Hotel EU, Rue de la Loi 75, 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