From left to right: Jos Delbeke, Aleksandras Spruogis, Dominique Ristori, Detlef Dauke, and Philip Lowe at the 'Scientific support to capacity markets and the integration of renewable energy' roundtable.© EU, 2013
Energy Transition from a European perspective - roundtable
In the context of the European Forum for Science and Industry, the JRC has organised the 'Energy Transition from a European perspective', a high-level roundtable discussion on how science can support the capacity markets and the integration of renewable energy.
With the increased use of renewable energy sources the electricity market is changing dramatically, creating new challenges for the grid infrastructure and energy markets. There is a growing need for more flexibility of energy generation, demand and storage, a fully functional internal energy market and market integration of renewables.
The roundtable focused on how renewables should best be integrated into the grid and the energy market, how the increased flexibility and adequacy needs can be provided at least cost, and what role regional cross-border initiatives could play.
The conference has led to a science-based understanding of the electricity system challenges, which will be used for formulating policy recommendations for the further transformation of the energy and infrastructure sector.
The conference was officially opened by the European Commission's Director-General for the JRC, Dominique Ristori, Philip Lowe, Director-General for Energy, and Jos Delbecke, Director-General for Climate Action. The opening panel also included Detlef Dauke, the director-general and head of the Energy Policy Department of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and Aleksandras Spruogis, the Vice-Minister of Energy for the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.