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

Date: 
23/02/2017 - 13:30 to 17:30
Venue: 
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.

Background

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.

13:30

Registration

14:00

Chairman's welcome and introduction 
 

Professor Bruno Liebhaberg

Director General,
CERRE

14:10

Presentation of the findings of the CERRE report
 

Professor Nils-Henrik von der Fehr

Joint Academic Director, CERRE
Professor, University of Oslo

 

14:40

Panel discussion
 

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

15:50
Coffee break
16:10
Panel discussion (continued)

17:20

Closing remarks

17:30

Cocktail reception
 

Discussants:

 Dr Stefan Arent 

 Deputy Head, International Coordination Energy,
 Bundesnetzagentur       

 

 

Professor Claude Crampes

Research Fellow, CERRE
Professor, Toulouse School of Economics

 

 

Pascale Fonck

Chief Officer, EU Activities,
Elia

 

 

Bente Hagem

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

 

 

Sven Kaiser

Deputy Director, Electricity Department,
E-Control

 
 

Maria Eugenia Leoz Martin-Casallo

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

 
 

Simone Mori

Executive Vice-President & Head of EU Affairs, 
Enel

 

 

    Juan Perez

    Director, Strategy, 
    EPEXSpot

     

     

      Mark Pickles

      Project Manager

      National Grid

     

     

    Clara Poletti

    Director, Markets Division,
    AEEGSI

     
     

    Graeme Steele

    Senior Advisor,
    CERRE

     

     

    Alain Taccoen

    Head, Regulation, Supply Division,
    EDF

     

     

    Jean Verseille

    Director, EU Affairs,
    RTE

     

     

       

    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


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