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[Workshop] EU Clean Energy Package and Mediterranean Electricity Market Integration

  • Starts: Apr 11, 2018
  • Ends: Apr 11, 2018
  • Location: Albert Borschette Congress Center, Rue Froissart 36, 1040 Brussels (Room 1D) Brussels, Belgium
  • By: CMI, European Commission-DG Energy
  • Rationale

     

    Clean Energy means any source of energy which does not emit any Greenhouse Gas (GHG) when used, Renewable Energy sources can be considered as such.

     

    Achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement requires a massive scaling-up of Renewable Energy Sources (RES), and regional energy market integration facilitates RES large-scale development. In November 2015, The Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI), launched the Mediterranean Forum on Electricity and Climate Change, a permanent discussion platform among countries, international organizations, regulators and electricity companies. The purpose of the Forum is to raise awareness about the benefits of Mediterranean energy market integration to support the transition to a low-carbon economy in Europe and in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) and to disseminate knowledge on the issues to be addressed to successfully achieve Mediterranean energy market integration. 

     

    The European Union (EU) also supports the objective of integrating Mediterranean energy markets through cooperation structures such as Med-TSO (the Association of Mediterranean Transmission System Operators) and MedReg (the Association of Mediterranean Energy Regulators).In its 2015 Energy Union strategy, the EU acknowledged that regional market integration is key to achieving its climate change objectives at minimum cost and that strongly interconnected networks are required to support increasing electricity trade and exchanges of energy services. To implement the Energy Union strategy, the European Commission adopted on 30 November 2016  the ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ (CE4ALL) Package, aimed at further completing the internal market for electricity and implementing the Energy Union. Although the Package primarily aims at the European internal energy market, it recognizes that the EU is not isolated and that the Package has repercussions for the neighboring countries. In particular, it may have important implications for the countries of the southern Mediterranean, given they are endowed with vast solar energy potential. This potential can be developed not only to serve their home markets but also to competitively supply European markets that have ambitious CO2 reduction objectives, in line with those of the Paris Agreement.

     

    On 17 May 2017, the CMI organized a workshop on the CE4ALL Package “EU ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ Package Explained to Mediterranean Countries”. The event was held as part of the Mediterranean Forum on Electricity and Climate Change in Malta in partnership with the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Commission. On 21 November 2017, the CMI held another workshop in Marseille this time on Mediterranean integration and the energy transition entitled “Towards Clean Energy for the Mediterranean: The Role of Regional Electricity Market Integration”.

     

    During those events, the southern Mediterranean countries expressed a desire for a better understanding of the opportunities offered by the Package, of the options to participate in the European RES market and of the underlying economics. It was suggested that a follow-up session on the EU CE4ALL Package be organized as part of the Forum, focusing on the market design aspects and the RES support mechanisms. Several participants also requested further information on the funding instruments available to southern countries for RES scale-up and the development of interconnectors to support energy market integration.

     

     

    The Workshop

    The Center for Mediterranean Integration organized for the second consecutive year the “EU Clean Energy Package and Mediterranean Electricity Market Integration”, workshop. This second edition took place on April 11, 2018, at the Albert Borschette Congress Center, Brussels, Belgium from 9:30 AM till 5:45 PM. It was held in partnership with the Directorate General of Energy at the European Commission which hosted also the event. “EU Clean Energy Package Explained to Mediterranean Countries”, workshop, 2018 edition, provided a concise presentation of the different documents comprising the CE4ALL Package, focusing on the proposed Renewable Energy Sources RES Directive and the proposal for a new electricity regulation.

     

     

    Objectives

    • Continuing to inform the Mediterranean countries on the EU ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ Package.
    • Improving the understanding of the EU ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ Package implications for the development of renewable energy in southern Mediterranean countries.
    • Enabling stakeholders in southern Mediterranean countries to assess the requirements for integrating into the Euro-Mediterranean energy market.

     

    Resources

    Agenda

     

    Presentations

    Video

    Watch the video recording of the workshop in English or French, on the European Commission’s website here.

     

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