Event: The Central European Day of Energy 2021

Event: The Central European Day of Energy 2021

The 6th edition of the Central European Day of Energy took place in Brussels on the 3rd of December 2021. The event devoted to the energy sector resilience in the time of transition gathered representatives from the European institutions, energy companies, NGOs and think thanks. The CEDE 2021 hosted Mme Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson, Jerzy Buzek, CEEP Honorary Member as keynote speakers, together with a number of energy experts from across the EU. The panellists discussed issues related to resilient, affordable and decarbonised electricity and the role of gaseous fuels in the energy system resilience. During the course of the event, CEEP also released a report on the resilience of the Central European power sector in the time of transition, written by REKK. The report focuses on resilience in the context of coal phase-out and the rapid development of intermittent solar and wind energy sources. The main takeaway was that according to modelling natural gas-based capacities will play a key role in providing flexibility in Central Europe in 2030. More natural gas will be needed in the power sector to provide the flexibility required in the future. However, altogether less natural gas-based power generation capacities will be required for that, than what we have in the system now. Our report is to be found here. Click here to find out more about the 6th edition of CEDE 2021. If you missed the CEDE 2021, you can rewatch it here. Check out also some photos [...]
Event: The 6th Central European Day of Energy: Energy sector resilience in the time of transition

Event: The 6th Central European Day of Energy: Energy sector resilience in the time of transition

We would like to invite you for the 6th Central European Day of Energy (CEDE) devoted to the topic of energy sector resilience in the time of transition. This year CEDE will take place on December 3rd in a hybrid form with the online audience. The  event will be live-streamed on the CEEP’s website and on our YouTube channel. The current energy crunch reminds us that the resilience of the European energy system is increasingly important as the EU energy system integrates more decentralised and intermittent renewable energy, and fossil fuels are gradually phased out. Energy security, as one of the five dimensions of the EU Energy Union, remains a priority, especially in the Central European region which has been seriously affected by supply disruptions in the past. The context of transition towards net-zero economy emphasizes new aspects of energy security, that can be accommodated in a wider framework of energy sector resilience. In addition to the issue of security of supply, resilience may include cybersecurity, resilience of supply chains (including critical raw materials and components), climate adaptation, electricity grid stability as well as the changes in climate and energy diplomacy. These topics are usually elaborated by different experts separately. In order to fully understand the complexity of the challenges we face we want to zoom out and discuss a wide spectrum of aspects of energy sector resilience across the whole value chain during a single event. CEEP will also present a report on resilience of the electricity sector in Central Europe in the time of transition, which will serve as a food for thought during the Central European Day of Energy. More information you [...]
CEEP appoints new Executive Director

CEEP appoints new Executive Director

The CEEP’s Board of Directors has appointed Jakub Groszkowski as its new Executive Director. Jakub Groszkowski will replace Mariusz Kawnik, who has joined the diplomatic service. Prior to joining CEEP, Jakub Groszkowski held various positions in media outlets, think-tanks and the energy sector in Warsaw and Brussels. Jakub Groszkowski started his career in Polish public-service radio. In 2009 he joined the Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW), where he covered issues related to the Central European region as an analyst, and subsequently as the head of Central Europe Department. In 2020, Jakub Groszkowski joined the Polish Oil and Gas Company (PGNiG) and worked at its Brussels office until April 2021. Jakub Groszkowski holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Warsaw, Poland. ‘At CEEP we are fully committed to the EU’s climate and energy goals and targets, and we are well aware that this ambitious policy of the EU requires engagement and cooperation of different stakeholders from all Member States. CEEP facilitates such collaboration among Central European energy companies, which want not only to follow, but also to shape all relevant EU regulations concerning energy and climate. CEEP will continue to enrich the EU debate with fact-based analyses and reports focused on Central Europe. With more than a decade-long experience in Brussels, CEEP is well prepared to play an active role in shaping the European Green Deal agenda together with other [...]

CEEP feedback on Offshore Renewable Energy Strategy

CEEP acknowledges a great potential of offshore renewable energy, particularly offshore wind, which can become an important element of the future EU energy system. This is why, we welcome the Commission’s initiative to draft the Offshore Renewable Energy Strategy. The deployment of RES onshore and offshore in Central and Eastern Europe would constitute a cornerstone of a swift transition towards a climate-neutral European economy. This strategy will play a vital role in supporting companies and Member States in their efforts to reshape their energy mix with an increased share of RES and other low emission sources. CEEP believes that an appropriate fine-tuning of the EU action in this sector will allow for both private and public entities to better prepare for the upcoming increase in utilisation of various low-emission energy sources and the energy sectors integration. Given the need to speed up the deployment of offshore RES in the region, particularly in the Baltic, Black and Adriatic Seas, CEEP believes that it is crucial for the strategy to provide clear view on how to shape the EU legislation in this sector for the upcoming decades. We encourage the Commission to develop these ideas in a two way approach. Firstly, there is clearly a need for stable legislation at the EU level which is a key element for investment decisions, but at the same time, some challenges will have to be addressed at regional or national level. The situation in the Baltic and Black Sea offshore sectors will differ significantly from the North Sea and the Mediterranean. Therefore, the new regulations should allow for flexibility to apply to regional or [...]
The Polish electricity network operator introduced a smart grid system – the Special Protection Scheme (SPS)

The Polish electricity network operator introduced a smart grid system – the Special Protection Scheme (SPS)

PSE (Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne) the Polish network operator introduced a innovative solution the SPS system, which automatically eliminates the overload on the transmission and distribution network 110 kV. The system is the first result of a project of Polish and Japanese companies: PSE, ENERGA-OPERATOR (EOP), Energa OZE (EOZ), Hitachi, Hitachi Chemical and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC). The cooperation was possible thanks to an agreement signed by the Polish Ministry of Energy and the Japanese New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) in 2017. The system covers north of Poland and increases the security of the electricity network by eliminating the overload occurring from the power generation of the northern wind parks and making recommendations to distributers on how to eliminate the overloads. The implementation of the SPS is the beginning of a cooperation of Polish and Japanese companies. The construction of a hybrid electricity storage unit (BESS) is underway, which will be connected to the Bystra wind park owned by ENERGA OZE. Both systems will help regulate the fluctuations in power generation, power reserves and frequency. PSE is one of the first companies in Europe to implement smart grids. SPS can significantly improve the functioning of the national electricity network facing wind power generation and therefore help increasing the share of renewable energy. The system will be monitored for one year until October 2020. During this time the effectiveness of the system will be measured also combined with the electricity storage unit. Source: [...]