Creating a secure and undistorted European energy market

Date: 04 February 2014
Time: 9.00 - 18.00 CET    Venue: Steigenberger Grandhotel, Brussels

Bird & Bird & Creating a secure and undistorted European energy market

Does national intervention in energy markets, through renewables support mechanisms, capacity markets and other national policies, threaten the completion of the internal energy market in 2014, and threaten investment?  How can Member States intervene most constructively?

You are invited to Bird & Bird's one-day conference in Brussels on 4 February 2014, which will explore these issues from a practical legal and regulatory perspective. 

2014 is the target date for completion of the internal energy market.  Much has already been achieved.  At the same time, national intervention in electricity markets, for reasons of security of supply or renewables policies, risks distorting competitive markets, secure network operation and investment signals, and jeopardizing the 2020 objective.

On 5 November, the European Commission published a Communication on delivering the internal electricity market, together with accompanying guidance.

Our conference will provide an early opportunity to debate the issues highlighted by the Communication. 23 expert speakers from the European Commission, national regulators, energy companies, service providers and the academic world, as well as Bird & Bird, will discuss the practical legal and regulatory issues resulting from capacity markets and renewables support mechanisms, and the ways in which network security can be ensured, investment properly incentivised and market distortion minimised.

Please note this event is free of charge.

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Presentations Brussels seminar 040214 - session 1

Presentations Brussels seminar 040214 - session 2

Presentations Brussels seminar 040214 - session 3

Presentations Brussels seminar 040214 - session 4

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The programme

Coffee and registration
09.00 - 09.30

Welcome and introduction to the conference
Hermenegildo Altozano, Partner, Bird & Bird, Madrid

Setting the scene - the broader perspective
Johannes Kindler, Bird & Bird, Düsseldorf

Keynote address – Europe at the threshold of the internal energy market: what have we achieved, and what is yet to come?
09.45 - 10.15 
Philip Lowe, former Director General, DG Energy, European Commission, Brussels

After 3 years as Director-General of DG Energy, Philip Lowe will offer his personal perspective on the state of the IEM in 2014.

Presentation sessions

A series of presentations on key aspects of IEM integration and national intervention, followed by panel discussions and questions and answers.

Session 1 - Promoting integration of the IEM
10.15 - 12.00

A key message of the Commission's Communication is the development of common European policies and measures for the promotion of renewables.  Only one cross-border mechanism is currently in place (the Sweden/Norway joint renewables support scheme).  What steps are required in order to make further cooperation a reality?

Chair: Pierrette Gaasbeek, Bird & Bird LLP, The Hague

  • Cross-border cooperation mechanisms under the Renewables Directive and the Commission Communication – a national regulator's perspective.
    Reuben Aitken, Senior Manager, European Electricity Transmission policy, Ofgem
  • Assessment of the Sweden/Norway renewables support mechanism.
    Henrik Bjørnebye, Associate Professor, Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law
  • Integrating renewables into the German energy market.
    Stefan-Jörg Göbel, Managing Director, Statkraft Markets
 (There will be a short coffee break during the session)

Session 2 – The role of Demand Side Response 
12.00 - 13.00

The Commission believes that the volume of controllable load in the EU is equivalent to the generation capacity of two mid-sized Member States, and has the potential to reduce significantly the need for capacity markets.  What are the barriers to effective DSR participation?  Can DSR deliver network security?

Chair: Manfred Ungemach, Bird & Bird, Düsseldorf


  • The legal framework for DSR in Europe.
    Anne-Sophie Chamoy, Head of Legal & Regulatory, Energy Pool
  • Integrating DSR from the TSO perspective.
    Thomas Veyrenc, Director Markets Department, Réseau de Transport d'Électricité
  • Obstacles and chances of DSR from an industrial perspective.
    Martin Iffert, CEO, Trimet Aluminium

13:00 - 13.45

Keynote address – "Europe on the threshold of an internal energy market: the technical aspect. What has been achieved? What still needs to be achieved? How secure is the system?"
13.45 - 14.20
Konstantin Staschus, Secretary-General, ENTSO-E

Grid operators around Europe are responsible for ensuring security of supply in their national networks, and for cooperating at a European level to develop cross-border networks and markets. Konstantin Staschus, Secretary-General of ENTSO-E since March 2009, will assess the threats to network security and integration created by diverging national policies, and in the light of the day's discussions, whether we can expect the Commission's Communication to succeed in reversing the trend.

Session 3 - Minimising distortion of the IEM

A number of Member States have put in place or are proposing capacity mechanisms to guarantee investment in generation resources and ensure security of supply.  Are these mechanisms necessary, and if so, what can be done to minimise their distortion of energy markets? 

Chair: Peter Willis, Partner, Bird & Bird, London


  • Cross-border issues under the SEM capacity payments mechanism.
    Robin McCormick, General Manager SONI and General Manager SEMO
  • Minimising the impact of public intervention – inside the Commission's communication and guidance package.
    Tadhg O'Briain, DG Energy
  • Capacity mechanisms from the generator's perspective.
    Marcel Cailliau, Head of Regulatory Affairs Power BEE, GDF Suez
  • Tackling potential abuses of capacity mechanisms.
    Seabron Adamson, Charles River Associates
  • Modelling a capacity mechanism for the German market.
    Christoph Riechmann, Director, Frontier Economics

Coffee Break

Session 4 – Interconnectors
16.20 - 17.50

Greater interconnection allows generation capacity to be shared across borders, thereby reducing costs.  It promotes competitiveness and market integration. What are the opportunities, and what obstacles to interconnection remain?

Chair: Matthias Lang, Bird & Bird, Düsseldorf


  • A supplier's perspective on current and future obstacles to interconnectors delivering security and integration of the European internal energy market.
    Stephanie McGregor, General Manager Grid Systems UK, ABB
  • A merchant project developer’s perspective.
    Kevin Sara, CEO, Nur Energie
  • Interconnectors in the IEM - a TSO´s assessment of the technological, commercial and regulatory challenges.
    Lars Kyrberg, Corporate Counsel, TenneT TSO
  • The role of power exchanges in interconnecting energy markets.
    Wolfram Vogel, Director Public Affairs & Communications, EPEX SPOT

Closing remarks 

17.50 - 18.00
Peter Willis, Partner, Bird & Bird, London

18.00 - onwards

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Contact / Registration

Questions about these issues or the programme?

Please contact Peter Willis at or +44 (0)20 7415 6696
or Christian Kessel at or +49 (0)69 74222 6121.