EU Winter Package Unpacked Conference

10 May 2017

09.00 - 18.00

Hilton Brussels Grand Place, Carrefour de l'Europe 3, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

How will European power markets change as a result of the European Commission's energy market design proposals? What are the practical implications for market participants, grid operators, market operators, funders and consumers?

On 30 November, the European Commission published its "winter package" of proposals for a new EU electricity market design. The new electricity market design package, part of the Commission's wider "Clean energy for all Europeans" package, is intended to integrate and enhance markets in all timeframes, and will set out common rules from long-term investments in capacity to real-time balancing. The proposals are expected to create a level playing field for all types of participants and to reinforce cross-border market integration and cooperation.

You are invited to Bird & Bird's one-day conference in Brussels on Wednesday 10 May 2017, which will explore these issues from a practical legal and regulatory perspective. Our expert speakers, from EU institutions, national regulators, energy market participants and private practice, will assess the proposals and the steps that will be needed in order to implement them.

Please see our one-page guide to EU electricity winter package.

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The programme

09:00 - 09:30

  • Coffee and registration

09:30 - 09:35

  • Welcome and introduction

09:35 - 10:00

  • Keynote address Introducing the market design package
    • Klaus-Dieter Borchardt, Director, Directorate B – Internal energy market, DG ENERGY, European Commission

10:00 - 11:15

Session 1: Securing long-term capacity without distorting the market

A key objective of the Commission is to reform electricity capacity mechanisms (CRMs) which it sees as potentially causing a significant distortion of competition. The winter package permits Member States to introduce or maintain CRMs, but only as a last resort, following a coordinated capacity assessment and subject to harmonised rules that require cross-border participation.

Chair: Kristina Forsbacka, Senior European Counsel, Bird & Bird, Stockholm

  • The Commission's state aid sector inquiry – conclusions on design choices
    • Christof Schoser, Deputy Head of Unit COMP.B2, European Commission
  • Ensuring cross-border participation in CRMs – the French model
    • Thomas Veyrenc, Director of Markets and Regulatory Affairs, RTE
  • How to ensure energy-only markets can be adapted to deliver capacity adequacy?
    • Stephen Woodhouse, Director, Pöyry Management Consulting

11:05 - 11:25

  • Tea/coffee break

11:25 - 12:40

Session 2: Planning for a renewable and decentralised future

The draft Electricity Regulation proposed further measures to ensure that all market participants can participate on an equal basis. What impact will these measures have? Do they strike the right balance?

Chair: Sophie Dingenen, Partner, Bird & Bird

  • Limiting priority dispatch/access for renewables – what impact will that have on existing renewables?
    • Alexandre Roesch, Policy Director, SolarPower Europe
  • Implementing the winter package in a market where 75% of demand is to be met by non-synchronous renewables
    • Robin McCormick, Director of Operations, Planning & Innovation, EirGrid plc
  • Making all participants balance responsible – what will be the impact, and how can small market participants limit their exposure?
    • Daniel Fraile, Senior Analyst- Grids and Markets, WindEurope

12:40 - 13:20

  • Lunch

13:20 - 13:50

Session 3: An unnecessary layer of complexity, or a vital piece of the jigsaw?

  • The role of Regional Operational Centres
    • Joachim Vanzetta, Director System Operation, Amprion GmbH;
    • Chairman, System Operation Committee, ENTSO-E

13:50 - 15:05

Session 4: Reforming short-term markets

A key element of the Commission's package is the improvement of short-term markets (day-ahead, intraday and balancing), to ensure that they send the right investment signals and that they allow all market participants to take part. Has the Commission got it right? Will market prices provide the right incentives?

Chair: Peter Willis, Partner, Bird & Bird

  • Harmonising short-term markets – day-ahead and intraday products, gate closure and cross-border trade
    • Wolfram Vogel, Director of Public and Regulatory Affairs and Communications, EPEX Spot
  • The intermittency challenge requires market improvements but not market redesign
    • Paul Giesbertz, Head Advisor Market Policies & Regulatory Affairs, Statkraft Markets B.V.
  • Introducing scarcity pricing – ensuring that balancing and imbalance prices reflect the value of energy
    • Alain Marien, Commission de Régulation de l'Électricité et du Gaz
  • Piloting cross-border balancing – experience from the TERRE project
    • Inés de la Barreda Ruiz de Assín, Regulatory Affairs Department, Réd Eléctrica de España

15:05 - 16:20

Session 5: Unlocking the contribution of distributed generation, demand response and storage

The Commission sees distributed generation, demand response and storage as playing a vital part in enhancing system flexibility against a background of increasing inflexible renewable generation. What role can these smaller-scale measures have – what are the obstacles to greater involvement? Do they create new business opportunities?

Chair: Paloma Belascoain, Associate, Bird & Bird

  • What is needed to permit full participation by DR aggregators?
    • Anne-Sophie Chamoy, Head of Legal and Regulatory, Energy Pool
  • Will the winter package facilitate the creation of integrated local energy markets and active participation by prosumers?
    • Josh Roberts, Advocacy Officers, REScoop
  • Storage – how should it be regulated
    • Francesco Gattiglio, EU Affairs Manager, Eurobat
  • Distributed Energy Resources in the electricity systems of the future
    • Rodolfo Martínez Campillo, Head of Infrastructure Regulation, Iberdrola

16:20 - 16:40

  • Tea/coffee break


Session 6: Grid 4.0 – toward digitalised and decentralised grids

A new energy market design will present new technical challenges. A faster-moving, decentralised and more varied market will require the transmission of increasing quantities of data among market participants. At the same time, grids are increasingly at risk of cyber-attack. What legal and regulatory issues will this new world create, and what new risks for market participants?

Chair: Matthias Lang, Partner, Bird & Bird

  • Cybersecurity and the protection of critical infrastructure
    • David Willacy, Global Head Digital Risk, National Grid
  • Protection of personal and business data – reality and perception
  • Regulating a distributed system – does the current regime work in a digital energy market?
    • Malte Abel, Head of Antitrust and Energy Law, RWE AG
  • Remunerating participants for the new roles


  • Closing remarks


  • Drinks reception