Virtual Power Plant in Berlin: Energy security with Renewables

On 24-26 of November an international conference will be held in Berlin dedicated to energy security with renewables. The president of Virtual Power Plant Grzegorz Nowaczewski was asked by the organisers to make an introduction in the discussion during session “What will empower consumers?”

According to the Commission’s modelling, the economic pathway of decarbonizing the energy sector involves 27% of renewable in the European energy mix by 2030. The EU Commission has announced a set of documents that will outline its perspective on key policy choices for fall of 2016. The participants of the workshop will discuss whether and how proposals for the individual elements can fit into a consistent picture?

‘Among decision makers from ministries, parliament, energy companies and recognized scientists and policy advisors we want to discuss how the design of short-term power markets contributes to secure and efficient system operation realizing the synergies of the integrated European power system. We then explore the role of renewable remuneration mechanisms as complement to short-term price signals and EU ETS for economic delivery of the renewable objectives. Analogous we then want to discuss the role of EU ETS and other policies for strategic choices on investment In conventional technologies and the portfolio of flexibility options’

During the conference there will be 5 sessions:

  • Flexing the muscles: Is the power market robust for new technologies?
  • Dressing up: What policy will attract finance at low cost for renewables?
  • How to ensure renewables to contribute to energy security?
  • Can EU ETS provide pathway for fossils generation and flexibility options?
  • What will empower consumers?

Introduction to the last session will be done by Grzegorz Nowaczewski, president of VPPlant. ‘Local generation, digitalization or small scale storage are turning consumers into prosumers. Who will engage with the consumers – old or new retail companies – or third parties? What market design and regulation do they require – enhanced retail competition, third party access, or neutral regulated platforms? Can this be the starting point for unlocking flexibility from new devices, consumer response and multiple energy carriers and efficiency potentials in electricity and beyond – or will it result In uncertainty and reduce system integration? What can catalyze the development?’

Organisers of the conference are: German Institute for Economic Research, Florence School of Regulation and Institute for Research in Technology Madrid in cooperation with the IEA.