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from 09:00 to 14:30
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A New EU Framework for a Well-Functioning and Low-Carbon Electricity System Seminar

After years of debates around the structural failures of the EU electricity markets, time has come to agree on potential remedies. With the adoption of the Clean Energy Package, a new legislative framework will govern electricity exchanges for the next decade. In parallel, the EU is about to upgrade its vision for a fully decarbonised economy by 2050, and Member States are also adjusting their energy transition policies to grasp the full potential of technological innovation, while preserving social acceptability and economic competitiveness.

  • Can the EU electricity market trigger a rapid coal phase out and deliver the right investment signals? 

  • How to promote the massive integration of renewables while maintaining system stability? 

  • How to strike the right balance between EU harmonization and the creation of an innovation-friendly environment? 

Ifri’s Centre for Energy is gathering key public and private decision-makers, stakeholders and experts of the EU electricity system to openly discuss these questions.


Registration & coffee


Opening Statements

  • Marc-Antoine Eyl-Mazzega, Director, Ifri Centre for Energy
  • Brune Poirson, France, Secretary of State for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition


How to reconcile carbon pricing and the electricity market design? Moderator: Carole Mathieu, Head of EU Energy & Climate Policies, Ifri Centre for Energy

  • Do we need a carbon price floor? Birgitta Westgren, Director for Climate Policy, Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy 
  • Confronting views from power producers:
    • Simon Erik Ollus, Vice-President, Trading and Asset Optimisation, Fortum
    • Michel Matheu, Head of EU strategy, EDF 
  • Potential effects of a multi-member state carbon price floor for the power sector, Fabien Roques, Dauphine University, Chaire European Electricity Markets


Coffee break

11:00- 12:00

Will the new EU electricity market design regulation bring a fully-functioning system for the 2020s? Moderator: Olivier Appert, Senior Adviser, Ifri Centre for Energy

  • How to ensure full coordination and grid reliability at the regional and EU level? Susanne Nies, Manager Strategy and Communication, ENTSO-E
  • Does the electricity market design need target models? Jean-François Conil-Lacoste, CEO, EPEX SPOT
  • What role of local energy communities? Dirk Vansintjan, President, REScoop 
  • How to optimise interconnection capacities and cross-border trade? Antoine Guillou, Networks and Markets Adviser, UFE

The way forward: Florian Ermacora, Head of Unit, Wholesale Electricity and Gas MarketsDG Energy


How are electric mobility and battery storage going to transform the EU electricity system? Moderator: Marc-Antoine Eyl-Mazzega, Director, Ifri Centre for Energy

  • EVs: a burden or an opportunity for the electricity grid? Emmanuel Brutin, Head of European Affairs, National Grid
  • How fast charging infrastructures can be deployed in the EU? Axel Volkery, Clean Transport Policy Coordinator, DG MOVE, European Commission​ 
  • What innovative role battery storage? Carine Donetti-Mezière, Regulation and Markets Adviser, RTE
  • How can the EU become a leader in the battery industry? Bo Normark, Thematic Leader Smartgrids and Storage, InnoEnergy


Closing RemarksOlivier Grabette, Executive Vice-President, RTE


Networking lunch




Hilton Bruxelles Grand Place, Carrefour de l'Europe 3, 1000 Brussels
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For more information, please contact Cécile De Cordier: decordier@ifri.org

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