JRC European forum for science and industry

This report presents the main lines of arguments and discussions among the participants of a series of four Round Tables on Scientific Support to Energy Transition from a European Perspective hosted by the Joint Research Centre within its European Forum for Science and Industry between July and December 2013.

Participants from the electricity sector, industry, financial services, consumer organisations and European and Member States authorities held discussions on the key questions outlined below: Integration of renewables: How should renewable energy sources best be integrated into grid and market to make renewable electricity production more responsive to system needs? How and at what costs can the increased need for flexibility of generation and energy demand be provided?

Grid operations: Is the traditional focus of networks well placed to fully accommodate the on-going process of energy transition and to provide the security of supply in a least-cost approach? How to improve cross-border cooperation? What can be learned from existing initiatives of regional and bilateral cooperation between grid operators and regulators? Would common minimum standards for data quality from power plant operators help to create forecasts to optimise regional balancing power markets? Market design: In order to ensure the security of supply, what is the need of coordination in/between Member States for balancing, re-dispatch and storage? How to improve the convergence of renewables support schemes?

Which role could European regional markets play in coordinated scenario building in view of asset optimisation? Financing issues: What are the market-based tools able to create the right conditions for investment in generation, transmission and distribution? Which governance framework is needed to trigger more capital for investments? Which are the interactions between energy and financial markets to be taken into consideration in favour of lower electricity prices to consumers? The report intends to contribute to a better science-based understanding of the challenges for the electricity system created by intermittent energy sources and to lead to further analysis of the current energy challenges including political, economic and technological aspects.

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