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 [...]
CEEP report: Resilience of the Central European power sector in the time of transition

CEEP report: Resilience of the Central European power sector in the time of transition

On December 3, during the 6th Central European Day of Energy, CEEP released a report on the resilience of the Central European power sector in the time of transition, written by REKK. In the report, we focus on resilience in the context of coal phase-out and the rapid development of intermittent solar and wind energy sources. There is no question by now, that coal needs to be phased out, but there are still several options and solutions to fill in the gap in the power production capacity. When and how to replace coal in a cost-efficient way, while keeping system security levels high, remains a key question (not only) in the Central European energy sector transition. According to the 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. More than 14 GW of existing coal capacity is to be closed until 2030, which is around 10% of the total net generation capacity installed in Central Europe. Despite the high decrease in coal-based generation in Central Europe by 2030, coal to gas switch will happen only partly – a large share of the “missing” production is to be compensated by renewable producers. The estimated increase of intermittent RES capacity from 29 GW in 2022 to 71 GW in 2030 in Central Europe will require investments in adequate dispatchable and flexible generation, storage capacities, [...]
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 [...]
Central Europe Energy Partners’ (CEEP) position paper for public consultation on the review of the blocking statute  (Council Regulation (EC) No. 2271/96)

Central Europe Energy Partners’ (CEEP) position paper for public consultation on the review of the blocking statute (Council Regulation (EC) No. 2271/96)

We welcome the possibility to take part in the ongoing discussions and to comment on the review of the blocking statute. The EU should have effective tools to protect its interests and the EU operators against effects of the extra-territorial sanctions. Use of these tools, however, should be prudent as it may lead to escalation of conflict with a third country and may cause serious economic and political consequences. In this regard we are convinced that any firm counteraction to extra‑territorial sanctions has to be supported unanimously by the Council. The EU should act on the international scene in accordance with the Treaty on European Union, which underlines the role of the EU in building cooperation in the world, solutions driven approach and promoting free trade. Article 3 para 5 TEU states inter alia that the EU ‘shall contribute to peace, security, the sustainable development of the Earth, solidarity and mutual respect among peoples, free and fair trade’. Additionally, Article 21 para 1 reads ‘(t)he Union shall seek to develop relations and build partnerships with third countries, and international, regional or global organisations which share the principles referred to in the first subparagraph. It shall promote multilateral solutions to common problems, in particular in the framework of the United Nations’. The reform of blocking statute will not have a decisive effect on third countries' willingness to use extra-territorial sanctions, as this tool does not apply to the EU operators exclusively. At the same time there is no clear evidence, that the reform will successfully deter coercive actions. Therefore, the EU should focus on pursuing reform of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The WTO has provided a stable and predictable trading environment, [...]
Central Europe Energy Partners’ (CEEP) position paper for public consultation on the review of the blocking statute  (Council Regulation (EC) No. 2271/96)

CEEP’s response to the public consultation on the Platform on Sustainable Finance’s draft proposal for an extended taxonomy to support economic transition

The current "black and white" approach in the EU Taxonomy regulation needs to be adjusted, and more space for intermediate/transitional activities has to be made. The proposal made by the Platform is a step in right direction. However, the upcoming complementary delegated act on transitional activities (including gaseous fuels) should be adopted before any other initiatives regarding the intermediate/transitional activities are considered. The EU Taxonomy delegated acts should set the pathway to sustainable economy and reflect the current stage of technology and market development, rather than setting the finish line, which is fully compatible with the EU 2050 target, but cannot be achieved overnight. The EU Taxonomy designed as a positive incentive which highlights sustainable activities needs some time to prove its viability. Before any extension the EU economy should have a chance to learn how to work with currently designed rules, and then the EU will need to carefully assess what are benefits and costs of the extension. Read our feedback to the public [...]
CEEP publishes its annual report for 2020

CEEP publishes its annual report for 2020

The report offers a comprehensive look at our activities during 2020 with four key topics highlighted: fair transition, energy system integration and the role of hydrogen, EU emission trading system and offshore wind energy. 2020 was the first year of implementation of the European Green Deal agenda. From the perspective of the energy sector, it was a busy year with numerous public consultations and discussions as well as important decisions taken regarding 2030 emission reduction target and the EU funds. “The energy sector will get ready to deliver, but we have to be very cautious with social costs of this rapid change. Without a strong support from across all EU Member States and all parts of our societies, the EU will not be able to meet its goals, and the world could treat it as an excuse for climate inaction. In order to avoid this, we all have to make sure that the “leave no one behind” theme will guide all EU energy transition instruments. People, not only in Central Europe and Paris, are right to worry about the costs of climate change and energy transition. The best way to deal with these worries is to engage all different stakeholders and run a frank and open discussion about the best mechanisms which would make it easier to bear these costs in a fair way,” wrote Mr Leszek Jesień, Chairman of the Board of Directors at CEEP in a message included in the report. Download the CEEP’s 2020 annual [...]