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Generation adequacy, capacity mechanisms and the internal market in electricity

Stakeholder Forum of 8 March 2013

A Stakeholder Forum on generation adequacy, capacity mechanisms and the internal market in electricity was held on 8 March 2013 as a follow up to the consultation on the same topic launched on 15 November 2012.

Heinz Hilbrecht, former Director of Directorate B in DG ENER chaired the forum with contributions from the IEA, the German Ministry of Economy, ENTSO-E, Clingendael, Eurlelectric and IFIEC as well as the Commission. There were almost two hundred attendees, from Member State administrations, national regulatory authorities, industry and academia.

The feedback at the Forum gave stakeholders the opportunity to reinforce the messages in their responses to public consultation. Discussion took place over three sessions: making the market work; assessing generation adequacy in the internal market; and towards a European Framework for capacity mechanisms.

Consultation period

From  15/11/2012  to  07/02/2013 

Policy field(s)

Gas, electricity

Target group(s)

Public authorities, Member States authorities, private organisations, industry associations, SMEs, Consultancies, other relevant stakeholders and Citizens (inside and outside of the European Union).

Objective of the consultation

This Consultation paper is being published in the context of the Commission Communication on the Internal Energy market. One key message of that Communication is the importance of allowing the market to work and ensuring that any interventions are well designed and effective.  

The economic crisis and the need to transform our system have increased the importance of questions about how and when investments will be made based on market prices in the academic and policy discussion. Some in the energy industry say they cannot justify making investments as a result of low prices and reduced running hours.

However, careful study is needed before concluding that the market will not deliver generation adequacy and security of supply. Even in extremely critical times during the last number of winters the market has functioned well, and ENTSO-E studies suggest that generation adequacy will be secured to beyond 2020.

In this consultation we ask whether and how we can work better together to ensure a more coordinated approach to assessing generation adequacy and security in the internal electricity market. We ask also for views on different types of capacity mechanism and more detailed criteria, based on the principles of necessity and proportionality, which capacity mechanisms and other interventions should meet.

How to submit your contribution

Information for organisations

You are invited to comment on the questions raised in the Consultation paper pdf - 161 KB [161 KB] by attaching your contribution to the email address corresponding to your type of organisation

Please, submit your response to this public consultation by 7 February 2013 at the latest.

Received contributions will be published on the Internet. It is important to read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with. Non-registered organisation responses will be published separately.

If you do not want your submission to be made public, please indicate it accordingly in your submission.

Contact details

Questions regarding the consultation can be addressed to the below contact details.

Responsible service : ENER.B.2

E-mail : ener-generation-adequacy

Postal address :

European Commission
DG Energy - ENER.B.2
'Internal Market II: Wholesale markets; electricity & gas'
Rue De Mot 24-26

B-1049 Bruxelles

Number of responses received to this consultation
  •   2 Citizens
  • 14 Public Authorities
  • 64 Registered Organizations
  • 52 Non-Registered Organizations