'Energy efficiency first': easier said than done?

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Date: 
15/11/2017 - 14:00 to 17:30
Venue: 
Le Bouche à Oreille, 11 Rue Félix Hap, 1040 Brussels.

As stated in a recently proposed directive (COM(2016) 761 final), “Energy efficiency first” is a key element of the Energy Union. The most recent Commission proposals include a 30 per cent binding energy efficiency target for 2030. Reaching this ambitious target in a cost effective manner, without economic distortions and while promoting competitiveness and growth, requires well-considered policies.

One of the most notable policy options contained in the energy efficiency framework is that Member States must ensure that energy suppliers and distributors increase their energy savings by 1.5% per year, implemented via dedicated energy efficiency obligation schemes and alternative measures. However, recent experience in some Member States raises the question of how to efficiently implement a system of energy efficiency obligations, but also of whether alternative and more efficient measures exist.

Given the strong interest and the considerable resources currently being channeled to this area, CERRE will hold an expert workshop on that important topic. The wide range of available policy measures will be considered at that occasion. Their efficacy will be assessed and discussed in light both of theoretical considerations and practical experience.

The workshop, which should provide for informative and enlightening discussions, will consider a number of questions, including:

  • What is the range of available energy efficiency policy measures and what is the experience across Member States with various measures?
  • Is it possible to characterise best practices from amongst these various measures?
  • What characterises a well-functioning system of dedicated energy efficiency obligations, including participation, coverage, design, trading and regulatory oversight?
  • How will various measures impact on private investment and business opportunities for EU companies, both for small, medium-sized and large enterprises?
  • How do various energy efficiency measures interact with measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?

This workshop will bring together a wide range of key actors from the energy sector, including operators, regulatory authorities, academic experts and representatives from consumer groups and the European institutions.

This event is reserved for CERRE members' representatives and a select number of invited guests.

13:30

Registration

14:00

Chairman's Welcome and Introduction 
 

Professor Bruno Liebhaberg

Director General,
CERRE

 

14:10

Introductory Presentation: Energy Efficiency: its history and what are the broad EU objectives and policy
 

Professor Nils-Henrik von der Fehr

Joint Academic Director, CERRE
Professor, University of Oslo

 
 

Professor Friðrik Már Baldursson

Research Fellow, CERRE 
Professor, Reykjavik University

 

14:45

Panel Discussion: How are Member States applying Article 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive?
 

Two case studies will examine:

• How (ex-ante and ex-post) the efficiency of policies is measured? 
• How co-ordinated are decarbonisation objectives with energy efficiency objectives?
 
16:00
Coffee Break
16:20
Panel Discussion
 

• How do market actors (obligated parties and end consumers) decide on which efficiency investments to pursue?

• How could the approach outlines in Article 7 be improved?
17:20
Conclusion and Closing Remarks
17:30
Cocktail Reception
 

Discussants:

Gilda Amorosi

Policy Advisor, Energy Efficiency and Generation,
EURELECTRIC

 

 

Ruud Berndsen*

Director, Regulatory Affairs,
Alliander

 

 

Garrett Blaney*

Commissioner,
CRU

 
 

Marine Cornelis

Secretary General,
NEON

 
 

Monika De Volder*

Senior Economic Officer, Team Leader, Energy,
BEUC

 
 

Bertrand Déprez

Vice President, EU Government Affairs,
Schneider Electric

 
 

Thierry Deschuyteneer*

Manager, Strategic & Prospective Studies, 
Fluxys

 
 

Pascale Fonck*

Chief Officer, EU Activities,
Elia

 

 

Monica Frassoni*

President of the Board,
European Alliance to Save Energy

 
 

Hélène Gassin*

Commissioner,
Commission de Régulation de l'Energie

 
 

Florian Gonzalez

Projects and Comminications Officer,
EDSO for Smart Grids

 

 

Rod Janssen

President of the Board,
Energy Efficiency in Industrial Processes

 
 

Adrian Joyce

Secretary General,
European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings

 

Lelde Kiela-Vilumsone

Policy Officer, 'Energy Efficiency' Unit,
DG Energy, European Commission

 
 
 

Clara Poletti*

Director, Markets Division,
AEEGSI

 
 

Clara Semal*

Manager, European Strategy, 
National Grid

 
 

Graeme Steele

Senior Advisor,
CERRE

 
 

Bernard Thomas

Special Advisor,
Dalkia

 

 

Carina Törnblom

DG Justice, European Commission

 

 

 

Athanasios Troupakis

Market Advisor,
ENTSO-E

 

 

Andrea Villa*

Head, European Regulation
Enel

 
 

* to be confirmed

 

 
 

Wednesday 15 November 2017, 14.00-17.30,
Le Bouche à Oreille, 11 Rue Félix Hap, 1040 Brussels.

CERRE members and nominated guests receive priority when registering. All other registrations are provisional until confirmed by email by CERRE. If you have any questions about your registration, or do not receive a confirmation email, please contact info@cerre.eu


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