The main conference will be held in Helsinki, on the 1st and 2nd of February 2017. A day prior the main conference, 31s January 2017, a limited number of conference delegates will have the unique opportunity to join an exclusive site visit to the UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery – The world´s first commercial scale wood-based biorefinery in Lappeenranta, Finland. This refinery started commercial production in January 2015 with an annual production capacity of 100.000 metric tons – or 120 million litres – of renewable diesel.
With the increasing share of renewable energy sources, electricity generation in many Member States is shifting from a system of relatively stable and continuous supply towards a system with more numerous and small-scale supply of variable sources. As a result, total electricity costs have increased while wholesale prices have decreased. This has raised new challenges for ensuring generation adequacy from conventional power plants.
The state aid guidelines state that Member States should primarily consider alternative ways of achieving generation adequacy. These would do not negatively affect the objective of phasing out environmentally-harmful subsidies, such as facilitating demand side management and increasing interconnection capacity.
The webinar discussed the direction in which electricity markets are evolving and the envisaged role of demand side flexibility in industry.
Oliver Koch, Deputy Head of Unit ‘Internal Market–Wholesale markets;electricity & gas’, DG Energy, European Commission
Stephen Woodhouse, Director, Pöyry Management Consulting
- On behalf of the Smart Energy Demand Coalition: Alicia Carrasco, Regulatory Affairs Director, Siemens Smart Grid
- Philipp Dolch, Senior Business Developer, Siemens
4. Broadening the cost-effective potentials for Demand Response: perspectives from the Paper sector
Nicola Rega, Climate Change and Energy Manager, CEPI
5. National perspectives on Industrial Demand Flexibility
The Clean Energy Package represents a crucial opportunity for setting the right framework for a clean energy system empowering consumers. An efficient energy transition will require a switch towards increased flexibility.
This policy debate brings together energy associations, service providers, industrial players and decision makers to confront concrete ideas on the new electricity market rules required to see the emergence of disruptive players and make the best use of innovative and distributed flexibility options.
Providing an early and robust response to this question will be critical for the EU to live up to its objective of ensuring a cost-efficient and sustainable transition towards a decarbonized power system.
Mr. Müller from the International Energy Agency will present the challenges and opportunities at stake from the perspective of an international institutional player, then Mr. Governatori will present the views of the new energy retailers in Europe notably regarding the level of market openness in Europe.
A panel discussion will include major actors involved in this transformation who will exchange and react to the questions from the audience.
Finally, Mr. Vertmann from the Estonian Permanent Representation will give an overview of the way the upcoming EU Council presidency will address the “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package negotiations, and notably the issues related to flexibility raised during the session.