06
Jun
2019
Debates Seminars and Round-table Conferences
Bruxelles
from 09:00 to 11:30
This event is public
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Closures of Coal and Nuclear Capacities in North West Continental Europe: Maintaining generation adequacy after 2022 Ifri Energy Breakfast Roundtable

The electricity system in North-West continental Europe is highly-interconnected and political decisions to adjust the national generation mixes have direct implications on neighboring countries. The electricity system in North-West continental Europe is highly-interconnected and political decisions to adjust the national generation mixes have direct implications on neighboring countries. 

In the medium term, there are concerns over a potential power deficit: Belgium is expected to close all its nuclear reactors between 2022 and 2025, Germany should complete its nuclear exit plan by end 2022 and is currently working out the details of its coal exit strategy, France committed to phasing out its remaining coal capacity by 2022 while also closing 14 nuclear reactors by 2035, and the Netherlands’ official target is to fully exit coal by 2029, with the two oldest Dutch coal-fired plants to be shut down by 2024. However, countries often count on their neighbours to meet peak demand periods.

Can national plans and ambitions be fulfilled while maintaining the highest level of security of electricity supply? What measures need to be taken at EU, regional, national and private sector level to ensure security of electricity supplies from 2022 onwards?

Ifri's Energy Breakfast will discuss the implications of national electricity plans for the electricity balance in North-West continental Europe in the medium-term.

09:00-10:30 Introduction & moderation: Carole Mathieu, Head of European Energy & Climate Policies, Ifri 

  • The generation adequacy challenge: what lies ahead in the 2020s? Andreas Ehrenmann, Chief Analyst, Tractebel, Engie 
  • Belgium’s electricity strategy and the new capacity mechanism, Nancy Mahieu, Director General, Belgian Ministry of Energy
  • The PPE and the future of power generation in France, Marc Bussieras, Head of Corporate Strategy Division, EDF
  • Capacity closures and mid-term adequacy assessments, Thomas Veyrenc, Strategy Director, RTE
  • Germany’s nuclear and coal phase out strategies, André PoschmannHead of European Electricity Policy and Market Integration, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)
  • Shifts in electricity mixes and trade in the Netherlands and Germany, Timm Kraegenow, Head of EU affairs, Tennet 
  • What implications for the EU electricity market design?  Oliver Koch, Deputy Head of Unit, Internal Market, DG Energy, European Commission

10:30-11:30 Discussion with the speakers and participants

 

Address: 
Conseil Central de l'Economie, 20 avenue d’Auderghem, Brussels, Belgium (Metro Schuman)
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For registration request (upon confirmation), please contact Cécile De Cordier : decordier@ifri.org

 

 

Keywords
electricity markets Energy Security Energy transition Belgium European Union France Germany the Netherlands