Policy options for a reliable European electricity system – Perspectives from the EU, Germany and Sweden

A seminar organised by the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) and the German Academies of Sciences’ Project “Energy Systems of the Future” (ESYS).

Permanent Representation of Sweden to the EU, Square de Meeûs 30, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Monday, 19 February, 2018 17:00 - 19:45 CET

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About the Seminar

Electricity will play a crucial role for reaching the EU climate goals. To match the increasing electricity demand, the share of intermittent renewables will rise. This will create new challenges for the electricity supply system. Market regulations will need to offer incentives for reserve capacities, energy storage as well as demand response management. At the same time, the European electricity market is expanding, offering new possibilities to enhance delivery reliability and balancing the electricity load across borders.

We would like to discuss with you the following questions: What are the options of the EU to support its member states to foster European cooperation in the electricity sector and to create a stable and reliable electricity system? How effective are the mechanisms proposed by the European Commission in the Winter Package “Clean Energy for All Europeans”?

At the seminar, we will debate the challenges to maintain a secure and reliable electricity system while reaching high ambitions on renewable production, focussing in particular on the perspectives from Germany and Sweden.

About IVA and Crossroads for Electricity

In the light of the major changes taking place in the Swedish energy sector, IVA launched the Electricity Crossroads project in 2014 to serve as a gathering point for ideas on how Sweden can design policies to transform its energy system with focus on electricity. More than 100 experts from the academy and enterprises were involved in the project to provide the politicians with fundamental knowledge on alternatives in the electricity market. The project continuously delivered reports on different subjects, concluding with a report on security of supply in the electricity system, 2017.

About ESYS

The energy transition confronts Germany with enormous political, economic and technological challenges. With their joint initiative ”Energy Systems of the Future (ESYS)”, the German Academies of Sciences support the conversion of the energy supply system. The interdisciplinary project was launched in April 2013 by acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering (lead institution), the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities. More than 100 experts from academia and industrial research are involved in the project in an honorary capacity. Scholars from the technical and natural sciences, economics, law, and the social sciences collaborate in interdisciplinary Working Groups. After the first project stage, the initiative was extended by another three years until the end of February 2019. The Academies’ Project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. 


17:00 – Registration and refreshments

17:30 – Welcome 
Åsa Webber, Deputy Permanent Representative to the EU

Introduction to the EU legislative proposals “Clean Energy for All Europeans” (Winter Package)
Klaus-Dieter Borchardt, European Commission, DG Energy, Director Internal Energy Market

Developments and challenges in the electricity sector – German and Swedish perspectives
Karin Byman, Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA), Expert and Senior Project Manager Energy
Cyril Stephanos, acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering, Deputy Head of ESYS Project Office

Panel Discussion: How can the EU ensure the reliability in the electricity grids? Challenges and policy options
Klaus-Dieter Borchardt, European Commission, DG Energy, Director Internal Energy Market
Claas Friedrich Germelmann, Leibniz University of Hanover, Professor of Public Law and European Law; ESYS
Guillaume Gillet, Manager EU Business Unit, InnoEnergy
Birgitta Resvik, Academician at the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, Vice president Fortum

Moderated by Bo Diczfalusy, Energy Consultant, Senior Advisor, Former Head of Administration, Swedish Energycommission

19:45 – Reception


Contact information

Karin Byman
Director Climate, Resources and Energy
Phone +46 70-574 70 72

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