08 Nov 2013
Brussels (BE)

Scientific support to the energy mix

In the context of the European Forum for Science and Industry, the JRC organises a series of Round Table discussions on Energy Transition from a European Perspective. In this framework the JRC prepares a Round Table on "Scientific support to the energy mix" on 8 November 2013.

Scientific support is crucial regarding the energy mix. The quality of data collection and information sharing on energy generation needs to be improved to better understand existing and expected trends, and to ensure the reliability and to increase the flexibility of supply. This is vital for passing from a centralised to a more decentralised and flexible system. There is need to prepare at national & European level taking into account that major national energy decisions have a possible impact on other Member States, while fully respecting national choices of energy mix.

Two thematic sessions will discuss:

  • Flexibility as a driver for a more market based energy mix
    • Low whole sale prices (due to an overall generation overcapacity) can i.a. drive highly flexible, low-carbon gas power plants out of the market and make them unavailable to efficiently balance intermittent RES.
    • In order to ensure reliability of supply, what is the need of coordination in/between Member States for balancing, re-dispatch, reserves in the event of generation deficits or more generally as regards generation adequacy assessments or e.g. loss of load expectations? Which incentives are needed for a more flexible demand?
    • In order to increase the flexibility of supply, what is the need of coordination in/between Member States for active/re-active power with reference to the capacity to integrate RES? What would be a prioritized set of least-cost measures for Member State' systems following the principle of energetic subsidiarity?
  • Requirements and instruments for operations of generation from a regional/cross-border perspective
    • How to improve the convergence of RES support schemes?
    • How to achieve transparency/symmetry of information between generation, grids, and consumer?
    • Which role should European regional markets play in coordinated scenario building in view of asset optimisation and to avoid stranded investments as well as lock-in effects?

Stakeholders from European and Member State authorities, energy utilities, transmission and distribution system operators, industry, financial services and consumers are invited to participate in this Round Table hosted in the framework of the JRC European Forum for Science and Industry. The Round Table should underpin the science-based understanding of the challenges to the electricity system created by intermittent energy sources. It is to use this understanding as a basis for formulating policy recommendations on how to tackle these challenges in the most efficient way.

 

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Session I – Flexibility as a driver for a more market based energy mix

 

Session II – Requirements and instruments for operations of generation from a regional/cross-border perspective

 

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