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fourth international Energy Policy Considerations – EPC IV conference, subtitled

Governing a Climate Energy Policy,

which will take place on Friday, March 11, 2016, in Ljubljana.

 

Presentation of the Energy Policy Considerations – EPC IV conference

 

A. EPC IV conference

The Energy Policy Considerations – EPC IV conference is organized by the Slovenian World Energy Council Member Committee and the Energy Industry Chamber of Slovenia with the support of the Ministry of Infrastructure of the Republic of Slovenia. This is the fourth conference in a series of Energy Policy Considerations – EPC IV conferences.

The fourth conference will also provide national professional associations with the opportunity to participate at the EPC IV conference and, furthermore, to contribute to the joint conclusions of the conference from a professional aspect and with expert opinions.

B. Subtitles of the three conferences under the auspices of EPC so far are as follows:

  • Present State and Development (September 26, 2013),
  • The Urgency of International Cooperation (May 19, 2014) and
  • National Energy Roadmaps to 2050 (April 24, 2015); within the EPC IV conference the following events were organized in 2015 as well:
    • Discussion with the representative of the German energy company E.ON SE, Dr. Stefan Ulreich, about the new strategy of this energy company, on May 28, 2015, and
    • Conference and round table discussion on security of supply and development of the European market with electricity – Security of Supply: A Pan-European Approach; The Opportunities and Requirements of Greater Cooperation across European Electricity Markets, with the participation, among others, of the following experts: C. Rolle, German World Energy Council Member Committee WEC Germany; M. Labatut, EURELECTRIC; C. Gence-Creux, ACER; M. Marinšek, ELES, d. o. o.; T. Štokelj, Holding Slovenske elektrarne (HSE); B. Kuzmič, Slovenian Energy Agency; U. Dolinšek, Ministry of Infrastructure of the Republic of Slovenia.

Detailed descriptions of previous Energy Policy Considerations conferences are available on the following website: http://energypolicyconsideration.eu/.

C. The main theme of the 2016 conference will be national energy and climate goals, whereas its subtitle:

Energy Policy Considerations – EPC IV – Governing a Climate Energy Policy

The response after the previous conferences in Slovenia and abroad has encouraged us to organize a new event under the main title Energy Policy Considerations – EPC IV – Governing a Climate Energy Policy.

The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21, which was held in Paris, set ambitious targets to be pursued by national energy policies. The impact of the COP 21 conclusions and commitments cannot be ignored by our national energy industry as well. Therefore, these must be also incorporated into the Energy Concept of Slovenia (ECS), which is in preparation.

This time we chose deliberately to highlight and review the COP 21 commitments and decide what needs to be done and changed in Slovenia. The national energy policy must also provide information on the transformation of energy sectors. Furthermore, the path towards achieving national goals must be defined with transparent and efficient incentive mechanisms. In order to do this:

  1. We need to establish a sustainable and environmental friendly national energy policy. This is impossible without projects in the field of energy, thus, project promoters need a predictable regulatory framework.
  2. Therefore, we need to outline how, with which projects and under what conditions national targets are achievable. Fragmentation and lack of connection between projects, which has been a regular occurrence in Slovenia, does not offer any advantages.
  3. We wish to encourage a discussion on how to connect, manage and fund these projects, and, above all, how to use and connect domestic expertise in order to prevent brain drain.

This conference is carefully targeted as it desires to highlight directions that need to be taken in order to achieve targets we have set. We are aware of the fact that insistence solely on the renewal of the energy policy cannot ensure success. Therefore, we support the efforts of the ministry, which intends to incorporate energy policy into key national strategies, as well as consider and define them among other national policies.

An open and in-depth dialog between domestic energy policy-makers is necessary and forms a basis for the unification of external viewpoints, as well as equal inclusion within the European Union’s Energy Policy.

D. Topics for discussion and participants at the EPC IV conference

Topics for discussion at the EPC IV conference:

  1. Governing a Climate Energy Policy
  2. New Market Design – Energy Transformation
  3. Energy Climate Projects – Fulfilling Energy Climate Goals

Participants:

  • Violeta Bulc, European Commission – Transport
  • Peter Gašperšič, Ministry of Infrastructure of the Republic of Slovenia
  • Martin Novšak, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia
  • Prof. Jean-Michel Glachant, Florence School of Regulation and Loyola de Palacio Chair at the European University Institute (EUI), Florence
  • Prof. Péter Kaderják, Regional Center for Energy Policy Research at the Corvinus University of Budapest
  • Prof. Anne Galkina, Oil and Gas Sector Development Department for Russia and the World, Energy Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Prof. Alojz Poredoš, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering; Council for Energy of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
  • Prof. Nevenka Hrovatin, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economics, Academic Unit for Economics
  • Danijel Levičar, Ministry of Infrastructure of the Republic of Slovenia
  • Duška Godina, Slovenian Energy Agency
  • Danijel Crnčec, Ministry of Infrastructure of the Republic of Slovenia
  • Einari Kisel, World Energy Council Secretariat
  • Stefan Ulreich, German World Energy Council Member Committee WEC Germany; E.ON SE
  • Romana Jordan, Jožef Stefan Institute; European Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER); Sustainable Energy Society
  • Zoran Kus, Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Slovenia
  • Hans Ten Berge, EURELECTRIC
  • Gian Carlo Scarsi, EURELECTRIC
  • Sibil Svilan, SID Bank, Slovenian Export and Development Bank, d. d.
  • Stojan Petrič, Kolektor Group, d. o. o.
  • Hinko Šolinc, Eco Fund, Slovenian Environmental Public Fund
  • Ivan Šmon, Elektro Gorenjska, d. d.
  • Blaž Košorok, Holding Slovenske elektrarne d.o.o.
  • Džordje Žebeljan, Holding Slovenskih elektrarn, d.o.o.
  • Bojan Luskovec, Elektro Gorenjska, d. d.
  • Krešimir Bakič, CIGRE – CIRED Association
  • Aleksander Mervar, ELES, d. o. o.
  • Matjaž Vodušek, Distribution System Operator – SODO, d. o. o.
  • Andraž Šavli, Borzen, d. o. o.
  • Marjan Eberlinc, Energy Industry Chamber of Slovenia
  • Franc Žlahtič, Slovenian World Energy Council Member Committee
  • Goran Novković, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia
  • Jože Torkar, Petrol d.d., Ljubljana
  • Urban Odar, Gospodarsko interesno združenje za distribucijo zemeljskega plina
  • Miran Fužir, Petrol Energetika, d.o.o.
  • Kristijan Plesnik, Metal Ravne, d.o.o.
  • Mateja Čuk, Odvetniška družba Rojs, Peljhan, Prelesnik & partnerji, o.p., d.o.o.

E. EPC IV conference program

Opening plenary session: 9.30–10.30

Topic and participants:

How does the European Commission implement and develop energy policies and what strategies for the achievement of energy climate commitments are being drafted at national level?

  • Violeta Bulc, European Commission – Transport
  • Peter Gašperšič, Ministry of Infrastructure of the Republic of Slovenia
  • Franc Žlahtič, Slovenian World Energy Council Member Committee
  • Marjan Eberlinc, Energy Industry Chamber of Slovenia
  • Martin Novšak, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia

Plenary session: Governing a Climate Energy Policy: 10.45–12.30

Topic and participants:

At the end of last year, the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21, which was held in Paris, set ambitious targets to be followed by national energy policies. Are these targets mere wishes of current politicians? Might this agreement change the world economy dramatically and stimulate new technological development? The European Union recognized the importance of the energy industry and, therefore, launched the Energy Union. Will this succeed in unifying the aspirations and goals of all European Union member states in a way which will retain the European Union’s role as a global power in future? Europe and Slovenia are energy interdependent. Whether we like it or not, security of supply is such an important matter because it could suddenly stop and change the course of our lives. Do we know and are we able to exploit our energy sources and potentials under sustainable conditions, whilst handle them appropriately? We all agree that we need a renewed national document which will determine the paths towards our commitments.

  • Einari Kisel, World Energy Council Secretariat
  • Prof. Jean-Michel Glachant, Florence School of Regulation and Loyola de Palacio Chair at the European University Institute (EUI), Florence
  • Prof. Péter Kaderják, Regional Center for Energy Policy Research at the Corvinus University of Budapest
  • Prof. Anne Galkina, Oil and Gas Sector Development Department for Russia and the World, Energy Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Zoran Kus, Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Slovenia
  • Danijel Levičar, Ministry of Infrastructure of the Republic of Slovenia
  • Duška Godina, Slovenian Energy Agency
  • Prof. Alojz Poredoš, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering; Council for Energy of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
  • Hans Ten Berge, EURELECTRIC

Panel: New Market Design – Energy Transformation: 13.00–14.30

Topic and participants:

Despite difficulties, the third package of energy legislation was adopted and it outlined advantages, limitations and shortcomings. Undoubtedly, if the European Union desires to act in unison, such a comprehensive and perhaps non-transparent legislation might be necessary upgraded at first glance. The energy landscape functions on a global scale, thus, impacts of energy markets require constant adaptation. We are talking about transformation of energy markets, companies and, above all, new services, which are associated with energy processes. Furthermore, the future of the energy industry is increasingly connected with digitalization, whereas some energy companies have already engaged in this process. It is likely, although not without sacrifices, that these have by now gained advantages in comparison with other companies who are yet to identify the necessity of such changes.

  • Stefan Ulreich, German World Energy Council Member Committee WEC Germany; E.ON SE
  • Gian Carlo Scarsi, EURELECTRIC
  • Romana Jordan, Jožef Stefan Institute; European Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER), Sustainable Energy Society
  • Bojan Luskovec, Elektro Gorenjska, d. d.
  • Blaž Košorok, Holding Slovenske elektrarne d.o.o. and Džordje Žebeljan, Holding Slovenskih elektrarn, d.o.o.
  • Andraž Šavli, Borzen, d. o. o.
  • Krešimir Bakič, CIGRE – CIRED Association
  • Aleksander Mervar, ELES, d. o. o.
  • Urban Odar, Gospodarsko interesno združenje za distribucijo zemeljskega plina
  • Mateja Čuk, Odvetniška družba Rojs, Peljhan, Prelesnik & partnerji, o.p., d.o.o.

Panel: Energy Climate Projects – Fulfilling Energy Climate Goals: 14.45–16.15

Topic and participants:

States have committed themselves to energy climate goals. In order to fulfill them, they design national energy policies, which form a legislative base. Project implementation and project operation risks can be reduced and managed only when the legislative framework is clearly defined for the life-time of these projects. These are not only projects in the most classic sense, but all energy industry projects. We are not living in a period of major projects; are we able to detect everything necessary for the construction of energy projects, which will receive financial and other incentives, charges and soft loans? This shows that we have a series of small non-related, non-connected projects, where the costs for management and funding do not justify their realization. Among all these there are exceptional examples of cooperation and management of border-crossing projects. These days, the European Commission presented again the possibilities to combine European Funds for Strategic Investments (EFSI) financing and European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds), either at project level or through financial instruments, such as the investment platform.

  • Sibil Svilan, SID Bank, Slovenian Export and Development Bank, d. d.
  • Hinko Šolinc, Eco Fund, Slovenian Environmental Public Fund
  • Nevenka Hrovatin, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economics, Academic Unit for Economics
  • Stojan Petrič, Kolektor Group, d. o. o.
  • Jože Špiler, GEN energija, d. o. o.
  • Ivan Šmon, Elektro Gorenjska, d. d.
  • Matjaž Vodušek, Distribution System Operator – SODO, d. o. o.
  • Jože Torkar, Petrol d.d., Ljubljana
  • Miran Fužir, Petrol Energetika, d.o.o. in Kristijan Plesnik, Metal Ravne, d.o.o.
  • Goran Novković, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia

Discussion and conclusions: 16.15–17.00

Participants are asked to prepare short presentations. Key speakers will be given a slot of between 15 and 20 minutes for discussion, whereas other participants a maximum of 7 minutes. All participants are requested to present up to 5 conclusions. The collected conclusions of the conference will be disseminated both to the general public and the Government of the Republic of Slovenia. Furthermore, the major part of the discussion shall also provide answers to written questions gathered during the conference.

The conference will be held in the Slovenian and English language. As at all EPC conferences, simultaneous interpreting from English into Slovene and vice-versa will be provided by the company Bok & Mal, d. o. o.