programme

Programme

  • Day 1

    25 May 2021

  • Day 2

    26 May 2021

  • Day 3

    27 May 2021

  • Day 4

    28 May 2021

09:30-11:00

Opening session

11:00-12:45

From here to 2030 – how do we get fit for 55?

The EU is set to increase its GHG emission reduction target to at least 55% by 2030. With less than ten years to go, the electricity industry will need to invest significantly in clean power generation and transition-enabling solutions to facilitate cost-effective decarbonisation. This will also contribute to the sustainable development of the EU economy with competitively priced clean electricity.

The next decade will be crucial to ensure that European society reaps the benefits of decarbonised electricity. The electrification rate figures in the Impact Assessment for the 2030 Climate Target Plan are disappointing. The appropriate policy framework should be in place as quickly as possible to accelerate the electrification and decarbonisation of end-use sectors.  

The session will address the following questions:

  • What are the main business, policy and technology challenges for this electric decade?
  • How do we ensure regulatory frameworks support the energy transition in the power sector?
  • How do we ensure investments are aligned with decarbonisation goals?
13:30 - 14:00

Press conference

14:00-14:45

EU ETS reform - one step at a time

EU ETS is one of the key instruments to meet the 2030 and 2050 climate goals.  This session will look at are the key elements of concern for the power sector going forward:

- Strengthening the EU ETS - what is really needed for industry and energy sectors
- Extension of the trading scheme to other sectors such as maritime, road transport, heating etc
- How could the revenues be best spent to tackle the climate urgency
- Carbon pricing and trading in an international setting

15.15-16:00

24/7 Carbon-free energy - accelerating grid decarbonisation through corporate energy procurement strategies

Corporate sourcing of decarbonised energy may not necessarily coincide with a reduction in CO2 emissions. In order to fully decarbonise electricity consumption, consumption needs to be matched with generation of carbon-free electricity on a 24/7 basis, until, or unless the grid has zero carbon intensity.

  • Is the regulatory framework suitable to encourage corporates on that path?
  • What are the decarbonised flexibility options to reach 24/7 carbon-free energy?
  • What data are needed? How do you ensure increased transparency?
16:15-17:15

Private roundtable on Digital Utilities - from good to great through human acceleration(invitation only)

Tackling the energy transition by “being digital” as opposed to just “doing digital” will not only help us to thrive in the new energy world but also to capture true long-term value. Being digital demands that you deploy technology at speed and innovate at scale. But to be truly successful in building digital and innovation foundations in the very DNA of an organisation requires the involvement and empowerment of people. This roundtable will draw experience from digital leaders on:

  • Putting humans at the centre of digital strategies
  • Developing experiences that matter for customers and employees alike
  • Capabilities to accelerate your digital transformation

 

Sponsored by

Part of the DIGITOPIA series

09:30-11:30

Grid Infrastructure: A new era of cooperation of system operators and the entire power sector

Distribution grids are a critical enabler of the digital and energy transition. They ensure a continuous and reliable electricity flow, integrate the majority of renewable energy sources and enable the creation of new services for consumers. However, with the energy transition now accelerating they must be fit for purpose to meet tomorrow’s challenges and opportunities.

Join us to find out:

  • How DSOs are moving towards an increasingly decentralised and digitalised management of the grid
  • How can we ensure supply continuity and cost-effectiveness to final customers?
  • How should policy makers best align the current regulatory framework?
  • What will be the new institutional setting with the EU DSO Entity coming on scene?
  • How can cost-efficient investments be fit-for-purpose in an increasingly decarbonised power system?

Hosted by

12:00-12:30

Ana Aguado scholarship award ceremony

14:00-14:45

Market design for investments

This sub-session will present the findings of a study carried out on EU Wholesale Market Design. The panellists will discuss the possible solutions and how market design can support the target of 55% CO2 reduction

15:15-16:00

X, Y, Z - how to adapt to the generation shift and the new digital, social customer?

In the next 10 years, in most European countries, the population demographics of energy company customers is going to shift towards a younger, more digital, more social group. The industry has been too slow at recognising this shift and with the emergence of renewable generation, storage, EVs and new market entrants there is an increasing risk that legacy organisations, channels and business models will appear, and even become, redundant to this new, and growing customer base.

Sponsored by

Part of the 15 pledges to customers series

16:15-17:15

Private roundtable on E-mobility - smart EV charging management platforms and solutions (invitation only)

In a world with exponential growth of electric vehicles (EV) companies start to strongly consider ways to optimise grid utilisation. The grids are the carrier of decarbonisation and also the enabler of electric mobility. Connecting EVs to the grid can unlock a set of value propositions for vehicle owners, utilities and more. The private executive roundtable discussion will look at the value of flexibility as well as specific project use cases. There is abundance of technologies and solutions fit to enable a new market opportunity spurring from EV charging.

Part of the eVision series

09:30-11:30

Sector integration - common future, shared challenges, new synergies

The European Union is preparing the ground for a more circular and interconnected energy system, ready to bring together sustainable activities, valuable technologies and agile grids. This ongoing shift requires to break the silo-minded approach. Following this movement, the European Commission released its holistic strategy for an integrated energy system tackling, for the first time, all the different components of the energy system with electricity at its core.

Join the discussion to know more about the energy system of tomorrow.

Sponsored by

14:00-14:45

Grid flexibility - Enabler of a clean energy future

Decarbonisation of heat, transport and industry is possible through electrification and increased use of renewables in the power sector. The related increase in demand will place new pressures on grid flexibility, characterised by the arrival of new flexibility needs coupled with the departure of traditional providers of flexibility.

  • Who are the potential flexibility buyers ?
  • What are the concrete challenges to enhance the potential of flexibility?
  • What are the numerous developments regarding flexibility procurement, notably for newly electrified industries?
15:15-16:00

Hydrogen: the matchmaker of the energy system?

Hydrogen is the simplest chemical element on Earth but provides important opportunities to reach the EU’s climate goals. When the direct use of electrons is not feasible of efficient, hydrogen can be used as an energy carrier or as a feedstock in a range of applications in different sectors of the economy: transportation, power, industry, and buildings.

Join our panel and engage with us on how best to support the deployment of renewable and low-carbon hydrogen at EU level, from an economic and legislative perspectives. Three key aspects will be discussed into more details:

  • Sector coupling – How hydrogen can support the integration of variable renewable energy sources into the system, as a decarbonised energy carrier for the hard-to-electrify sectors and the storage solutions it can provide.
  • Electrolysis – The electricity industry can offer many services to support hydrogen development in Europe, especially with the electrolysis of water to produce clean hydrogen.
  • European Clean Hydrogen Alliance – Understand the activities and deliverables of this Alliance, structured along the various end-uses of hydrogen.
16:15-17:15

Private Roundtable: The European Hydropower Investment Gap (invitation only)

According to the European Commission 2030 target plan impact assessment hydropower generation needs to grow by 10% and pumped hydropower storage capacity needs to grow by 40% to reach the 2030 climate targets. The investments into hydropower, outlined in the national energy and climate plans (NECPs), will not be enough to reach the required levels. What policies at national and EU level are in place to fill this investment gap?

We will challenge the roundtable participants around two questions:

  1. How can the EU ensure investments into hydropower, needed for the energy transition?
  2. How can the member states ensure enough investment in hydropower is taking place? 
09.30-11.00

Filling the investment gap - Building bridges between power sector , financial players and public investors

The Green Deal and more ambitious decarbonisation targets will require larger investment needs for large scale direct electrification and decarbonisation of the power sector in the next decade. Reaching these investment levels will require the involvement of all traditional actors such as power companies, governments, consumers, but also a better activation of private and institutional investors. The power sector stands at the forefront of the decarbonisation challenge and has the opportunity to play a key role in increasing sustainable investment flow.

Join this session to learn:

  • How can the mismatch between the available capital and the investment levels needed in the electricity sector be solved?
  • What “fit for investment” framework does the power sector need to deliver on 2030 targets and speed up the flow of investments?
  • How to ensure consistency between public, corporate and private investments?

Hosted by

14.00 - 14:45

Digitalisation in the DSO of the Future - Threats and Opportunities

The DSO obviously plays a critical role in the energy transition.  There will be tremendous infrastructure development requirements associated with electrification goals and integrating local resources will be critical to optimise these investments and meet overall system flexibility requirements.  Digitilisation is the key to efficient investment and management of this future infrastructure.  Advanced metering, widespread sensors, communication infrastructure, data management, advanced analytics and artificial intelligence will all be critical to this future grid. 

  • What are the critical challenges in realising this vision?
  • What communication infrastructure will facilitate this digitalisation?
  • What technologies are needed? 
  • How will we make sure this infrastructure is implemented taking cyber security requirements into account?

 

Sponsored by

Part of the Connecting the dots series

15:15-16:00

Ultra-fast charging – how to deploy charging infrastructure networks across Europe

This session will feature the perspectives of utilities, charging point operators and leading infrastructure manufacturers for a discussion on the opportunities from electrifying road transport.  Join this session to learn more about:

- The prospects of major charging hubs across the TEN-T network

- The business case of operating megawatts of charging capacity

- What’s in it for the medium and high voltage electricity networks?

Part of the eVision series

12:30-13:30

Private roundtable on Offshore: The New Frontier (invitation only)

Offshore wind is now a mature and large-scale technology with a high-capacity factor and falling costs. Europe is a leader in offshore wind development. A whopping 25-fold increase in EU’s offshore wind capacity is expected by mid-century. That means benefiting from 300 GW of offshore wind, up from today’s 12 GW.  Eurelectric would like to engage with you and discuss on how best to support the deployment of renewable and low-carbon hydrogen at EU level, from an economic and legislative perspective.

16:00-16:15

Concluding remarks

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