EEM 13


Integrating the full electricity market chains into the European Internal
Energy Market: challenges and opportunities

by Dr. Gianluigi Migliavacca

The 2050 roadmap published by the European Commission foresees slightly less than 50% of electricity production from Wind by 2050. Such a vast integration of Renewable Energy Sources requires concrete measures put in place to compensate the corresponding variability pattern which can significantly impact the whole electricity market chain of European countries, until real-time balancing. Reserve procurement is also strongly affected, since an adequate reserve level from conventional (dispatchable) generation has to be preserved. Costs could be reduced if this reserve is shared among EU countries (i.e. extending the market coupling towards real-time). However, this would require a stronger coordination between national markets and among the operation of the different TSOs. This would go in the direction of completing the integration of the Internal Energy Market, allowing full profit to be taken of complementary generation profiles in the different nations. At the same time, we assist to a progressive increase of penetration by Virtual Power Plants (distribution side): could they prove a viable resource within a trans-national balancing/reserve market? What about the integration of bulk storage into this "puzzle"? In this period, ENTSO-E is working on 15 network codes upon relevant Framework Guidelines from ACER, among which: CACM code (consultation recently concluded), network code on forward markets (from October 2012), network code on balancing (ACER published Framework Guidelines on 18th September 2012; ENTSO-E expects to be asked to develop a network code in late 2012). Finally, the recently started European research project eBADGE aims at proposing an optimal pan-European Intelligent Balancing mechanism, piloted on the borders of Austria, Italy and Slovenia, that is also able to integrate Virtual Power Plant Systems that can assist the management of the electricity transmission and distribution grids in an optimized, controlled and secure manner. This session will provide an overview of challenges and opportunities that could arise from full market integration, with a special focus on balancing and reserve procurement. The on-going regulatory development will be presented along with the architecture of the project eBADGE and the expected results.

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E-Price: trade-off reliability and costs

by Dr. A. Jokic

The operation of future power systems is severely influenced by the increased uncertainty of large amounts of renewable power production and increased liberalization enabling security, technical and economic operations to compete for ancillary services and grid capacities creating overlap in function and time horizon. Moreover, more parties, e.g. aggregated small producers/consumers and smart grids, have become active in the energy markets each searching for opportunities within the constraints posed by regulation. Still, at the global level of the power system, the cooperating TSOs (System Operators) together, but in each control area a single TSO, have to guarantee reliability at acceptable costs. At the same time market parties (BRP, balance responsible party and BSP, balance supplying party) try to optimize their profits utilizing the technical capabilities of their production/consumption and exploiting the common grid as much as possible while satisfying regulation. Their main concern is economy, not reliability. In this session we will present the results and discussions of the EU project E-Price on new operating guidelines focusing on ancillary services and grid constraints at global system level. The proposals are supported by thorough stability and control performance analysis in which the TSO mainly focusses on reliability and the BRPs mainly on economy. More ..

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Longer term energy outlooks

by Prof. M. Howells

Affordable access to essential services underpins development. Energy fuels such services. The 'energy-system' harnesses resource, transforms it to energy carriers that are used in appliances and machinery to provide those services. In order to provide services to current and future generations, the 'energy-system' itself needs to be sustainable. This 'energy system' may impact and interact with the economy, the environment (including other physical resource or commodity systems) and society. The effects of this impact and interaction should also be sustainably managed.
The energy decision maker is thus concerned with: (i) enabling appropriate, affordable and adequate service access; (ii) ensuring the energy-system can do so in a sustainable manner; and (iii) ensuring that the broader interactions between systems does not compromise the planet's sustained development.
Polarized and politicized views typically dominate the energy debate, at national, regional and global levels. This has made it increasingly difficult for energy decision makers to untangle the evidential basis for developing consistent decision-making frameworks.
In this session we explore regional and global energy futures over the medium to long term in the context of broader sustainable development. The session will explore, global, developed and developing country transitions.

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Important Dates

15 September 2012
Call for Papers

15 November 2012
30 November 2012
Abstract Submission

01 December 2012
15 December 2012
Abstract Notification

01 February 2013
15 February 2013
Full Paper Submission

15 March 2013
29 March 2013
Final Notification

18 April 2013
Early Registration Deadline

22 April 2013
Camera-ready Version Submission

10 May 2013
Conference Registration Deadline

27 - 31 May 2013

Paper Submission


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