This FSR Insights event will host the editors of the forthcoming second edition of the “Capacity Mechanisms in the EU Energy Markets” book to discuss how and why the book is intended to serve as a point of reference for regulators and policy-makers on how to design optimal capacity mechanisms in Europe.
Since the first edition of the edited book “Capacity Mechanisms in the EU Energy Markets” (Oxford University Press, 2015), these mechanisms have become a fact of life in member states’ energy markets and one of the hottest topics in the broader European regulatory debate. Concerned about the security of electricity supply, national governments are implementing subsidy schemes to encourage investment in conventional power generation capacity alongside already heavily subsidized renewable energy sources.
With the increasingly connected European electricity markets, the introduction of a capacity mechanism in one country not only tends to distort its national market but also may have unforeseeable consequences for neighbouring electricity markets. As these mechanisms are adopted by member states with limited supra-national coordination, as well as consideration for the cross-border impact, they tend to cause severe market distortions and put the future of the European internal electricity market at risk.
The “Capacity Mechanisms in the EU Energy Markets” book will take stock of the experience so far about how capacity mechanisms work and what consequences they have for the European internal electricity market. In particular, it will:
Host and moderator
Lucila de Almeida | Florence School of Regulation (FSR) and NOVA School of Law
Speakers and book editors
Leigh Hancher | FSR and Tilburg University
Adrien de Hauteclocque | FSR and Court of Justice of European Union
Kaisa Huhta | University of Eastern Finland and Centre for Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Law
Małgorzata Sadowska | ACER (TBC)
Paolo Mastropietro | Comillas Pontifical University
Charles Verhaeghe | Compass Lexecon
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