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Towards Clean Energy for the Mediterranean: The Role of Regional Integration in the Electricity Markets

  • Starts: Nov 21, 2017
  • Ends: Nov 21, 2017
  • Location: Marseille, France
  • By: CMI
  • Context


    The Mediterranean region has a key role to play in the implementation of the Paris Agreement (AP) on Climate Change. To achieve the objectives of the Paris agreement, renewable energy must be mobilized on a large scale.


    However, a large-scale integration of renewable energy in the electricity systems is a major challenge for electricity companies, as electricity systems would have to increase their flexibility to accommodate an important rate of renewable energy. This flexibility could be achieved through regional integration, among others.


    This would reduce the carbon content of electricity systems without incurring significant structural costs, which may be necessary to increase flexibility.


    A Mediterranean integration of electricity systems would make it possible to connect countries of the Southern shore, which are rich in carbon-free energy resources, to countries on the Northern shore countries which are eager for carbon-free electricity and willing to pay for it, therefore facilitating the implementation of the Paris Agreement.




    This workshop is part of the Mediterranean Forum for Electricity and Climate Change and it falls in line with the "The EU package 'Clean energy for all Europeans' explained to the Mediterranean countries", a workshop previously organized by the Center for Mediterranean Integration in collaboration with the European Commission as well as the Maltese Presidency for the Council of the European Union, in Malta on the 17th of May 2017.


    The objective of this workshop is to contribute to the creation of a Mediterranean area for carbon-free energy and to enable the Sothern countries to reach their solar potential for their own benefit as well as that of the Northern countries.



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