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Energy Security in Germany and in Europe - Different Sectors, Similar Issues

11th Conference on Applied Infrastructure Research (INFRADAY)

9 October 2014, starting 1 pm

TU Berlin Main Building (Strasse des 17. Juni 135)

In times of the energiewende, “incentive regulation”, and the Ukraine-Russia crisis, the topic of “energy security” is as important as hardly ever before:

  • For instance, in the case of a supply disruption of Russian gas exports, South East Europe would be heavily affected, while the short- and longer-term effects on Germany and continental Europe are controversially discussed;
  • what are appropriate instruments for supply security in electricity supply in Germany, and the neighboring countries? Are capacity instruments needed, and if yes then when, where, how?
  • what contribution to energy security in distribution networks (electricity and natural gas) did “incentive regulation” make so far, and what perspectives are there for future regulatory periods in Germany and other EU countries?

In addition to sector-specific consideration, one must also take into account transversal topics: what role do other objectives of energy and climate policy such as climate protection, energy efficiency, or economic prices, still play? What combinations of “market” and “regulation” are needed to provide energy security, essentially a public good? And what is the appropriate level to introduce energy and climate policy instruments to supply it: Germany, and/or Europe?

The Infraday 2014 addresses issues of “energy security” in different sectors (natural gas, electricity, distribution networks) from the perspective of research, policy, and industry. In addition to keynote speeches and presentations, there is also plenty of time for individual exchange of ideas.

Speakers and presentations (selection):

  • Brendan Devlin (European Commission, Advisor to Commissioner Oettinger): Energy Security for Europe – The Challenges Ahead
  • Enno Harks (BP Germany, Deputy Director External Affairs): An “Old” Topic – Lessons from Energy Security Considerations in Oil Markets
  • Carmen Rodríguez (ENTSO-G Brussels): Risk Assessment for Winter 2014-15 
  • Steven A. Gabriel (University of Maryland, USA): The Global LNG Market – An Option for Europe?
  • Thomas Triebs (ifo Institut) and Michael G. Pollit (University of Cambridge): Ownership and competition: Finding Performance Breaks for UK Power Plants
  • Jean-Marc Behringer (BNetzA): Investment: Impact on revenues and costs of the energy distribution companies (tbc)
  • Harald Hecking (EWI Cologne): An Embargo of Russian Gas and Security of Supply in Europe
  • Walter Schlegel (BFE Switzerland): Trilateral pump storage optimization for energy security in Switzerland, Austria and Germany
  • Matthias Janssen (Frontier Economics): Proposal for a new market design and more supply security in Europe


Participation is free of charge; registrations will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis. For questions please contact Roman Mendelevitch (TU Berlin) or Judith Paper (DIW Berlin) via: .

 

Please find the full program here (PDF, 198,3 KB).

 

Please find below the presentation of the speakers. If a presentation is not listed here, please contact the speaker directly. Due to confidentiality reasons we could not make it public.

Keynote Session:

Brendan Devlin (European Commission, Special Advisor to Commissioner Oettinger): Energy Security for Europe – The Challenges Ahead (PDF, 2,7 MB)

Enno Harks (BP Germany, Deputy Director External Affairs): An “Old” Topic? – Lessons from Energy Security Considerations in Oil Markets (PDF, 1,2 MB)

 

Natural Gas

Carmen Rodríguez (ENTSO-G Brussels): Risk Assessment for Winter 2014-15 (PDF, 1,3 MB)

Kirsten Westphal (SWP Berlin): Geopolitics Prevailing? Assessing Short- and Long-Term Implications for Russian-Ukrainian and EU Energy Relations (PDF, 102,4 KB)

Steven A. Gabriel (University of Maryland, USA): The Global LNG Market – An Option for Europe? (PDF, 3,4 MB)

Harald Hecking (EWI Cologne): An Embargo of Russian Gas and Security of Supply in Europe (PDF, 1,9 MB)

Franziska Holz (DIW Berlin)/ Philipp M. Richter (DIW Berlin)/ Christian von Hischhausen (TU Berlin): The Role of Gazprom in European Natural Gas Supplies (PDF, 963,1 KB)

 

Efficiency

Jean-Marc Behringer (BNetzA): Investment: Impact on Revenues and Costs of the Energy Distribution Companies

Ferdinand Pavel (DIW Econ)/ Astrid Cullmann / Maria Nieswand (DIW Berlin): Incentive Regulation and Investment Behavior. Evidence from the German Electricity Distribution Sector (PDF, 539,1 KB)

Thomas Triebs (ifo Institute)/ Michael G. Pollit (University of Cambridge): Ownership and Competition: Finding Performance Breaks for UK Power Plants (PDF, 420,5 KB)

Heike Wetzel / Sebastian Nick (EWI Cologne): The Hidden Cost of Investment: The Impact of Adjustment Costs on Firm Performance Measurement and Regulation (PDF, 329,9 KB)

 

Electricity

Walter Schlegel (BFE Switzerland): Trilateral Pump Storage Optimization for Energy Security in Switzerland, Austria and Germany (PDF, 1,4 MB)

Matthias Janssen (Frontier Economics): Capability of an Energy-only Market and Impact Assessment of Capacity Mechanisms (PDF, 363,1 KB)

Niels Ehlers (50Hertz): Flow-based Market Coupling for Supply Security in Germany and Beyond

Sebastian Schwenen et al. (DIW Berlin): Regional Coordination of Electricity Markets: The Case of Continental Europe (PDF, 420,5 KB)

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