Cross border capacity:
not enough and underused
Energy Post Panel Discussion…
“Without rapid development of cross border capacity, technical and infrastructural, we will not achieve a net-zero economy by 2050”
Date: MAY 19, 2020 – lunchtime 12.30 to 13.45 CEST
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- As we work towards a net-zero economy, the electrification of Europe’s industry, heating and transport system ranks as our biggest energy challenge and will drive vastly increased demand for power
- Electrification is only worthwhile if power comes from low or no-carbon sources
- With solar and wind production distributed far and wide and demand (for example for industry in Germany) not always on its doorstep, cross border capacity (CBC) is crucial to avoid curtailment and/or under investment
- “Currently we are only using 50% of Cross Border Capacity on average” – DG Energy
Questions we will address
- How do renewable electricity generation requirements relate to cross border flow capacity and targets?
- Does cross border capacity increase flexibility in the system to bring greater efficiencies resulting in more competitive VAR.
- What is the significance of the 70% capacity regulation. Is it useful?
- Should we wait until we’re using what capacity we already have before investing in more?
- TRENDS: TYNDP from ENTSO-E – where are current investment plans leading us?
- Are MEMBER STATES responsible for the current under-usage?
- Are there alternatives to CBC to get low and zero-carbon power where it’s needed? For example, converting electricity to Hydrogen/Ammonia which might be transported less costly
- Equally, how can « non wires » technology change the game in X-border capacity by offering – in the short-term – very low cost solutions, while waiting for major (capex intensive) new infrastructure investment to come on line?
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Date: MAY 19, 2020
Time: 12.30 to 13.45 CEST
- 12:30 – Introduction by moderator
- 12:35 – Opening remarks, positions of 5 speakers
- 13:00 – Q and A
- 13:30 – Last words from panel
- 13:40 – Moderator’s summary
Meet the speakers
FLORIAN ERMACORA – European Commission, DG Energy – Head of Unit B.2 (Wholesale Markets, Electricity and Gas) – BRUSSELS
Since 1996, Dr. Ermacora has been working as an official for the European Commission.
From February 2010 to November 2012, Dr. Ermacora was the assistant to the Director General for Energy, Mr. Philip Lowe. From 2012 to 2014, he was Head of the Communication and Inter-institutional Relations Unit of the Directorate General for Energy. Since January 2015, he has been responsible for the Wholesale Electricity and Gas Division as Head of unit B.2
AURELIE BEAUVAIS – Policy Director and CEO ad interim, SolarPower Europe – BRUSSELS
Aurélie Beauvais is the Policy Director and CEO ad interim of SolarPower Europe, the European association representing companies and organisations active along the whole solar value chain.
SolarPower Europe is particularly committed to shaping the regulatory environment and enhancing business opportunities for solar power in Europe
ERIK RAKHOU (moderator) – alternate member ACER Board of Appeal and management consultant, Baringa Partners – UK/NETHERLANDS
Erik Rakhou is a management consultant in international energy market regulation and policy development, with nearly 20 years of experience in European markets in both commercial and regulatory roles at the national and EU level. Erik is appointed as alternate member of the Board of appeal of the European regulatory agency ACER (2016-2021)
MACHIEL MULDER – Independent Expert – NETHERLANDS
Machiel Mulder is Professor of Economics of Regulation of Energy Markets at Groningen University, The Netherlands. In addition, he is a Director at the Centre for Energy Economics Research (CEER), Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB), a board member at the Benelux Association for Energy Economics (BAEE), was General chairman at the 41st International IAEE Conference, Groningen, 2018 and is a member of the Carbonkiller Advisory Council
FREDERIC VASSORT – CEO, Ampacimon – BELGIUM
Frederic Vassort is the CEO of Ampacimon with over 25 years management experience in industrial, innovation-driven companies. Ampacimon is the leading provider of Dynamic Line Rating, which offers low cost solutions to maximize grids capacity. He has been leading Ampacimon for 7 years, following a career in the energy industry with Schlumberger (now Itron) and Engie in particular, in Europe and Asia
PAUL GIESBERTZ – Head Advisor Market Policies & Regulatory Affairs, Statkraft Markets – NETHERLANDS/GERMANY
Head Advisor Market Policies & Regulatory Affairs for Statkraft Markets. Author for the Dutch energy news service Energeia. Member of the EFET Board, EFET Electricity Committee, the ENTSO-E Advisory Council and the Steering Committee of RE-Source. Before joining Statkraft, he worked for the Dutch energy regulator, KEMA Consulting and for Sep, the former Dutch power pool and TSO. He holds a master degree in power engineering