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Eera event 29 June 2023 - Brussels

Energy Systems Integration Conference: Research meets policy

The rapid changes in energy technology, markets and policy pose large challenges for industry and governments. Many uncertainties affect the increasingly integrated energy system. The knowledge institutions that constitute the EERA Joint Program on Energy Systems Integration aim to support decision makers in industry and government.

The aim of this conference is to create a dialogue between decision makers and researchers: what insights can research offer for today’s problems, what new knowledge do industry and government need, how can research best contribute and how should it be communicated? The conference program is designed to facilitate dialogue between policy makers, administrators and analysts supporting policy making, energy network operators, market parties, and researchers.

The conference will consist of three plenary sessions:

Modelling to support decision making

As the energy system becomes more integrated and more weather dependent, it becomes more complex. The fundamental changes that will be brought about by the energy transition cannot be understood without the help of computer models. However, as the complexity of these models also is increasing, the interpretation of their results becomes increasingly challenging. In this session, energy modelers and policy analysts will debate this paradox: energy transition policy increasingly needs the support of energy system models, but these models are increasingly difficult to understand for policy makers.

Electricity market design for the long term

What should an all-renewable electricity market design look like? What lessons can be drawn from the current crisis? What will be future challenges and solutions, e.g. with respect to security of supply, how can markets be integrated from the local prosumer to cross-border trades? How can consumers be protected and at the same time be stimulated to be flexible?

In this session, these questions will be addressed from the perspectives of science and public policy. The primary goal is to gain a better understanding of future market design, but an important secondary goal is to identify how research can support public policy and, vice versa, to identify the knowledge needs of policy makers.

Digitalisation and local electricity market design

Local electricity generation, storage and flexible consumption, as well as energy system integration between electricity and heat networks, create increasingly complex dynamics in the networks that serve prosumers. The goal is to integrate resources at the local level into the energy system at large as best possible. Electricity market design and smart network tariffs and congestion management should provide incentives for prosumers to behave in a system-friendly manner, but not all challenges can be solved with them. Improved forecasting and control methods are needed to maintain local energy networks within safe operational bounds. Digitalisation therefore is an essential feature of future smart, integrated distribution networks, but it also creates new challenges, e.g. with respect to privacy and digital security.


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29 Jun 2023


9:00 AM - 6:00 PM


Townhall Europe, 5 Square de Meeûs 1000 Bruxelles


Susanne Laumann