Program EPC 4

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?

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

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


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 and consumes. 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   predstavitev  ppt  audio
  • Gian Carlo Scarsi, EURELECTRIC   predstavitev  ppt  audio
  • Romana Jordan, Jožef Stefan Institute; European Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER), Sustainable Energy Society   predstavitev  ppt  audio
  • Bojan Luskovec, Elektro Gorenjska, d. d.   predstavitev  ppt  audio
  • Blaž Košorok, Holding Slovenske elektrarne d.o.o. and Džordje Žebeljan, Holding Slovenskih elektrarn, d.o.o.   predstavitev  ppt  audio
  • Andraž Šavli, Borzen, d. o. o.   predstavitev  ppt  audio
  • Mateja Čuk, Odvetniška družba Rojs, Peljhan, Prelesnik & partnerji, o.p., d.o.o.   predstavitev  ppt  audio
  • Krešimir Bakič, CIGRE – CIRED Association   predstavitev  ppt  audio
  • Aleksander Mervar, ELES, 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.

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

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.