The IEEE Summit: Towards Secure Green Energy

Tuesday, 10th November, 2015. 09:30 -17:30
The Hotel, Boulevard de Waterloo, 38, 1000 Brussels


Event moderated by Jacki Davis

Registration & Welcome Coffee
Welcome & Opening Remarks:

Marko Delimar – Chair of IEEE European Public Policy Initiative

Keynote Speech followed by Q&A:

Karl Falkenberg – Senior Adviser for Sustainable Development, European Political Strategy Centre

Networking Coffee Break
Panel I: Enabling the energy transition: When will green become the new normal?

Growing awareness of possible future scarcity in energy sources and the dependency on foreign primary energy sources has led to a turnaround in the energy policy in Europe, transitioning towards a more renewable energy supply. Recent events such as the Fukushima incident have accelerated this process. As a result, renewable energy sources are forming a considerable portion of the current energy supply, an evolution which is expected to continue over time. The growth was initially driven by ambitious targets on the one hand, and a wide set of support measures promoting the introduction of renewable energy sources on the other. The renewable energy sector has seen a strong growth of the last decades, with a leading role for the European industry, also on a global level. The levelized cost of energy sources of the different energy sources has dropped considerably, with many of them becoming competitive.

Key discussion points

  • How long should we keep supporting green energy which is becoming increasingly competitive, and what are the appropriate means to do so (local vs EU-wide, CO2 tax, subsidies, priority access…)?
  • What is the overall objective of future incentive schemes?
  • How can we incentivize further increasing levels of renewables with decreasing whole-sale market prices (marginal cost = 0) for increasing the penetration of renewables?
  • Should there become a shift of incentives towards renewables enablers (grid, storage…)?

Panel Members:

Hans ten Berge  Secretary General, Union of the Electricity Industry (EURELECTRIC) 

Marie Donnelly – Director, Renewables, Research and Innovation, Energy Efficiency Directorate-General for Energy, European Commission

Tomas Gomez San Roman Electrical Engineering Professor, Comillas University, Spain

James Luger – Senior Manager Sustainable development, Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem), UK and Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER)

Networking Buffet Lunch
Panel II: How reliable is reliable enough?

Electricity system reliability has traditionally been guaranteed by planning the network with a high level of redundancy in both conventional generation and network capacity and by operating the system with relatively large security margins. In this way, end-customers in most of Europe have historically enjoyed a supply reliability close to 100%. However, the advent of renewable energy sources, whose weather-dependent production is variable and in part unpredictable, might change this paradigm. The question therefore arises as to what extent it is possible for a renewables-rich system to guarantee the same level of reliability of supply as before, and so what reliability level end-customers should expect.

Key discussion points

  • Can a renewables-based system have the same reliability level as a “conventional” one. Is it about technical/technology aspects, cost, or both?
  • Should the cost and value of reliability be made clearer to end-customers?
  • Should we move towards a differentiated-reliability system?
  • How reliable is the Smart Grid?

Panel Members:

Samuele Furfari Policy Co-ordinator & Adviser to the Director General, Directorate – General for Energy, European Commission

Goran Strbac – Professor of Electrical Energy Systems, Imperial College London

Frauke Thies – Executive Director, Smart Energy Demand Coalition (Sedc)

Jean Verseille – Deputy CEO, Réseau de Transport d’Électricité (RTE), France

Networking Coffee Break
Panel III: Green, yes! Reliable, yes! But who pays?

The energy “trilemma” is a well-known cornerstone of any energy policy; energy needs to be reliable, sustainable and cost-effective. While it is clear that managing 2 out 3 of these policy pillars is rather straightforward to implement, the balance between them is very hard to manage. In this session, the costs effects of aiming towards a green and reliable energy system are discussed. Most importantly, how the end user will be charged for reaching our ideal future energy system? The cost of energy has a consequence on the competitiveness in difference countries. Moving towards a more green society or a more reliable society might benefit different regions. On a global level, the EU competitiveness is key. How can we create an EU energy policy that enhances our world-wide position.

Key discussion points

  • Where lies the balance between self-regulating liberalized markets and strongly regulated energy?
  • It is easy to say that we will go for the energy trilemma, but how much can we increase the cost of energy at the expense of the other two aspects?
  • To what extend can we allow the price of energy to vary in a single EU market?
  • How can we reach a common and consistent energy policy in the loosely connected European energy policy climate?

Panel Members:

Mukund Bhagwat – Member, IFIEC Working Parties Electricity, Climate Change and Efficiency

Giles Dickson – Chief Executive Officer, European Wind Energy Association (EWEA)

Sylvain Lhôte – Vice President Government Affairs, Alcoa

Nikos Hatziargyriou – CEO, Distribution Network Operator (DSO), Greece

Dirk Van Evercooren – President, Association of Issuing Bodies (AIB)


Pierluigi Mancarella – Chair, Working Group on Energy, IEEE European Public Policy Initiative

Closing remarksJacki Davis 

Networking Cocktail 27th Floor

Please join us for a networking cocktail and marvellous views over Brussels, in the foyer vista on 27th floor