On 10 October 2019, the Institute for Mining and Energy Law of Ruhr University Bochum (IBE Bochum) held its 3rd Expert Discussion in Brussels on the law of the Energy Union. Matthias Lang discussed the Clean Energy for all Europeans Package and its impact on the transition towards a cleaner and digitalised energy system.
After its initiation in 2016, the Brussels Expert Discussion of the Institute for Mining and Energy Law (Institut für Berg- und Energierecht) of Ruhr University Bochum took place in Brussels for the third time. The participating experts discuss pressing questions of European Energy Law, in dialogue with the European Commission.
The event was organized by Prof. Dr. Johann-Christian Pielow of Ruhr University Bochum. Key presentations included:
Matthias’ presentation focused on the Clean Energy Package and its impact on the energy transition. Digitalisation is in the development of becoming one of the main forces to form the future of the energy sector and it already influences the European legal framework. The electricity market is undergoing a change towards more interconnectivity via smart meters, smart grids and data management with energy efficiency as one of the key aspects of the Energy Union. A focus of the energy transition lies on the energy performance of buildings. With the Clean Energy for all Europeans Package, the European Union has implemented a legal basis for smart buildings. In addition, the renewable self-consumer will play a vital role with regard to integrating renewables and new technology into the electricity system. He will indirectly contribute to the digitalisation of the energy sector through storing and selling self-generated energy using peer-to-peer trading.