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Gas

Ilaria Conti

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16.11.2018

Sector coupling and sector integration

FSR Topic of the Month Upgrading the EU gas market: the ultimate challenge? by Ilaria Conti (FSR) Sector coupling and sector integration[1] It is now […] read more

Gas

Ilaria Conti

Upgrading the EU gas market: the ultimate challenge?

by Ilaria Conti (FSR)   Target number one: “decarbonisation” The latest European Gas Regulatory Forum, which took place in Madrid on 16-17 October 2018, stood […] read more

Electricity

Nicolo Rossetto

The digital frontier: between communities and resorts

FSR Topic of the Month  Digitalisation: Beyond the Buzzword by Nicolò Rossetto (FSR) The digital frontier: between communities and resorts The speed and spread of […] read more

Electricity

Nicolo Rossetto

Topic of the Month

19.10.2018

Digitalisation as two changes in markets

FSR Topic of the Month Digitalisation: beyond the buzzword by Nicolò Rossetto (FSR) Digitalisation as two changes in markets Digitalisation is not just a set […] read more

Electricity

Nicolo Rossetto

Topic of the Month

11.10.2018

Digitalisation as two changes in infrastructures

FSR Topic of the Month  Digitalisation: Beyond the Buzzword by Nicolò Rossetto (FSR) Digitalisation as two changes in infrastructures Digitalisation has been a key buzzword […] read more

Energy Innovation

Miguel Vazquez

Convergence of telco and power systems, and the formation of knowledge networks

FSR Topic of the Month REGULATION IN TIMES OF INNOVATION: REGULATING THE UNKNOWN by Miguel Vazquez (Head of FSR Energy Innovation Area) Modernization of the electricity grid may […] read more

Energy Innovation

Miguel Vazquez

Topic of the Month

18.09.2018

The role of market design in the (non-)choice of the technology for Energy Storage Systems

FSR Topic of the Month REGULATION IN TIMES OF INNOVATION: REGULATING THE UNKNOWN by Miguel Vazquez (Head of FSR Energy Innovation Area) Some years ago, I was discussing […] read more

Energy Innovation

Miguel Vazquez

Complexity and the Design of Institutions

FSR Topic of the Month Regulation in times of innovation: How to regulate the unknown? by Miguel Vazquez (Head of FSR Energy Innovation Area)   1. Complexity […] read more

Energy Union Law

Tanase

Topic of the Month

26.07.2018

Implementation Challenges: Private agreements

FSR Topic of the Month: Network Codes & Guidelines. A legal perspective. by Lavinia-Petronela Tanase (FSR)   Week 3: Implementation challenges. Private agreements Last week, the blog […] read more

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Vincent Rious

The need for more flexibility but not in the harmonisation process

- Renewables

Written by Vincent Rious

The EU climate goals require a massive introduction of intermittent RES, which itself requires a flexible enough power system. If new sources of flexibility such as demand response are now considered, one already available is pumped hydro storage and hydropower with dams.

To develop a new energy market design, it would be beneficial that a new legislative package deals with the best possible valuation of flexibility at the national and European scales. Declarations by EU officials seem to go in this direction (see an extract about this topic from our open debate on hydropower at the European parliament).

More generally, Energy Union and the new legislative package have been promoted as the end of silo thinking between the different pillars of the European energy policy, in particular between competition, sustainability and security of supply.

It would then be logical that rights to use hydropower are taken into account in the end of silo thinking. But, if nothing changes regarding the rights to use hydropower, some investors will have to pay for these rights, others not. For an economist, this seems like a competition distortion, a field where one could expect the EC and DG Comp to intervene European-wide and not only to boost competition on some national markets.