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 CommissionMarcel 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 for decarbonisation means from their point of view

  • Transport&Environment (speaker tbc)

  • Julia Reinaud, Director Research Programme and Partnerships at i24c (tbc)

  • Oliver Rapf, Executive Director Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE)
  • Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO SolarPower Europe (tbc)
  • ENTSOG (speaker tbc)

Moderator: Gerald Kaendler, Director Asset Management at Amprion

11:30 – 12:20

Breakout sessions on sector coupling

In two rounds, participants join one of five sessions discussing legislative needs for:

  • E-mobility
  • Buildings
  • Heavy industry/cement /steel
  • Gas/hydrogen
  • Renewables
 

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 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?

  • Mark Higgins, COO and Board Director, Strategen
  • Luca Marchisio, Head of Strategy and Innovation, Terna
  • Jörg Spicker, Senior Strategic Advisor, Swissgrid

  • Alberto Pototschnig, Director of Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) (tbc)

Moderator: Antonella Battaglini, 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?

  • Ariel Brunner, Senior Head of Policy at BirdLife Europe

  • Alan Croes, Senior Manager Corporate Asset Owner at TenneT

  • Giles Dickson, CEO 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

Concluding remarks

Antonella Battaglini, CEO Renewables Grid Initiative

Registration