Brussels

Workshop - "The need for a Climate Neutral Integrated System Package for Energy - The role of grids in enabling an interconnected, distributed, renewables-based European energy system"

Expanding the grid to connect renewable energy sources (RES) to consumers and to facilitate the use of RES across Europe is an essential and efficient way to decarbonise the economy. However, a RES based energy system will need more than grids to provide the required system flexibility. In our workshop, we want to investigate what elements are needed, with a focus on sector coupling, flexibility options and how to better use infrastructure.

Significant changes are needed to successfully manage and efficiently achieve the energy transition. New flexibility options need to be developed to control frequency and voltage and new technologies are needed to provide long-term energy storage, among others.

A new European legislative package is required to address these needs.

During this workshop, we want to investigate what are key elements of a forward looking "Climate Neutral Integrated System Legislative Package". The day will be made up of key-note speeches, panel discussions, break out sessions and a Best Practice Fair. In particular we will discuss:

• Sector coupling and integration:

It is a fundamental building block of a fully decarbonised future – with electrification playing the most important role. How can a legislative package provide clear rules while leaving flexibility to foster and integrate new technologies when they become available?

• Needed flexibility options and seasonal storage:

What type of flexibility and seasonal storage options do we need today and tomorrow? How do we deliver them?

• Better use of energy infrastructure:

How do we optimise the use and build-up of our energy infrastructure? What are the legislative conditions that enable optimal use of existing infrastructure and support collaborative planning within a system approach?

Agenda

10:00 – 10.30

Coffee and registration

10.30 – 11:00

Welcome

Antonella Battaglini, CEO Renewables Grid Initiative

Keynotes

Guido Bortoni, DG Energy, European Commission
Marcel Galjee, Director Energy and New Business, Nouryon

11:00 – 11:30

Sector coupling and integration: how to deliver decarbonisation across the board

Sector coupling is a fundamental building block of a fully decarbonised future - with electrification playing the most important role. How can a legislative package provide clear rules while leaving flexibility to foster and integrate new technologies when they become available?

Representatives from different sectors describe what sector coupling and integration means from their point of view

  • Geert de Cock, Electricity and Energy Manager, Transport & Environment

  • Oliver Rapf, Executive Director, Buildings Performance Institute Europe, BPIE

  • Mercè Labordena, Senior Policy Advisor, SolarPower Europe

  • Anne Boorsma, Director System Development, ENTSOG

  • Ian Williamson, Chairman, European Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association

  • Vincent Thouvenin, Director of European Affairs, RTE France

Moderator: Gerald Kaendler, Director Asset Management at Amprion

11:30 – 12:20

Breakout sessions on sector coupling and integration

Participants join one of six sessions discussing legislative needs for:

  • E-mobility
  • Buildings/energy efficiency
  • Gas
  • Hydrogen
  • Renewables
  • Electricity transmission
 

12:20 – 12:40

Guided tour of best practice fair 

Moderation:

  • Johanna Meier
  • Liam Innis
  • Stephanie Bätjer
    (Communication Team, Renewables Grid Initiative)
Coffee/refreshments provided


12:40 – 13:40


Lunch break with option to visit Best Practice Fair


13:40 – 14:00

Report back from sector coupling and integration breakout sessions

14:00 – 15:15

Needed flexibility options

What type of flexibility options do we need today and tomorrow, and how do we deliver them?

Opening presentation "The need for flexibility in a climate neutral electric system," - Luca Marchisio, Head of Strategy and Innovation, Terna

Panel:

  • Mark Higgins, COO and Board Director, Strategen

  • Luca Marchisio, Head of Strategy and Innovation, Terna

  • Jörg Spicker, Senior Strategic Advisor, Swissgrid

  • Christine Materazzi-Wagner, Acting Chair of Electricity Working Group, Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER)

  • John Lowry, Project Director EU-SysFlex, EirGrid

Moderator: Antina Sander, Deputy CEO, Renewables Grid Initiative


15:15 – 15:45


Coffee break with option to visit best practice fair

15:45 – 17:00

Better use of energy infrastructure

How do we optimise the use and build-up of our energy infrastructure? What are the legislative conditions that enable optimal use of existing infrastructure and support collaborative planning within a system approach?

  • Bruna Campos , EU Marine and Fisheries Policy Officer, BirdLife Europe

  • Alan Croes, Senior Manager Corporate Asset Owner, TenneT

  • Daniel Fraile, Head of Market Intelligence, WindEurope

  • Riccardo Vailati, Officer at Autorità di Regolazione per Energia Reti e Ambiente (ARERA)

  • Roland Roesch, Deputy Director of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Innovation and Techology Centre

Moderator: Antonella Battaglini, CEO Renewables Grid Initiative

17:00 - 17:15


Outlook and concluding remarks

Antonella Battaglini, CEO Renewables Grid Initiative

Registration

Contact

Stephanie Bätjer
Manager – Communication

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t: +49 30 76771945 30
stephanie@renewables-grid.eu