Europe Interconnected: EU's Ageing Electricity Networks and Renewable Energy

7 Nov 2011 11:30
7 Nov 2011 14:00

The Institute for European Studies, in cooperation with the Institute for European Enviromental Policy, kindly invites you to attend the upcoming policy forum on 7 November 2011 with:

  • Prof. Dr. Sebastian Oberthür, Academic Director of the Institute for European Studies (Chair)
  • Jesse Scott, Energy and Climate Programme Director of demosEUROPA - Centre for European Strategy
  • Mark Johnston, Senior Policy Adviser WWF European Policy Office
  • Tom Howes, Deputy Head of Unit Renewables and CCS policy, DG Energy, European Commission

The production of renewable energy has created a vibrant market in Europe. This development clearly represents a success for EU climate and energy policies. To ensure this becomes an enduring success story, further measures will likely be required to facilitate access to the European electricity market by renewables. One of the main challenges in this respect is the structure of the European power transmission system, which has not been designed to enable large-scale use of renewables, but still reflects the carbon and nuclear era.

The need for adaptation of the electricity grid is widely recognised and high on the political agenda. In October 2011, Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Energy, presented a new regulation aiming to pave the way for renewables through a profound and transnational adaptation of the power transmission infrastructure in Europe to accommodate the needs of the large-scale use of these new technologies. If the regulation is adopted in its proposed form, detailed guidelines, rules and schedules will prioritise those measures most needed to integrate renewable electricity generation and the single market.

Against this background, the speakers at the IES Environmental Policy Forum will discuss the rationale behind this initiative to adapt the power transmission network to the needs of the 21st century, and will address the following questions:

  • What is the added value and the promise of the project?
  • What timelines are needed to comply with the targets of European climate policy?
  • What could constrain its realisation?
  • How will costs be allocated?


Participation is free of charge and open to all but, due to space limitations, registration is required. To register, please send an e-mail to

The programme starts at 11:30 with a lunch reception, followed by the presentation at 12:00. Please note, this policy forum will exceptionally start 30 minutes earlier than usual.

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