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SET Plan 2016 – Central European Energy Conference X

30.11.2016 08:00 - 02.12.2016 17:00
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Dátum:
30.11.2016 - 02.12.2016
Organizátor:
Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic, Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information and the Research Centre of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association in cooperation with the European Commission, Ministry of Economy of SR and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of SR
Miesto konania:
DoubleTree by Hilton, Bratislava
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The SET Plan conference 2016 conjoined with the 10th annual Central European Energy Conference (CEEC X) will be part of the Official Program of the Slovak Presidency in the EU Council in the second half of 2016 (SK PRES 2016). The conference will be held under auspices of the Government of the Slovak Republic and Vice President of the European Commission for Energy Union Mr. Maroš Šefčovič.

The SET Plan 2016/CEEC X conference will examine achievements in the implementation of the Energy Union with a special focus on the role of its R&I dimension. The conference will discuss the Integrated Energy Union Strategy for Research, Innovation and Competitiveness that is expected to be presented by the European Commission during SK PRES 2016, including its three main strands: Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan), Strategic Transport Research and Innovation Agenda and Global Competitiveness. In addition, the conference will assess progress in achieving the goals set within the other four priority dimensions of the Energy Union, including security of supply, creation of integrated energy market, improving energy efficiency and reduction of emissions. The conference will pay special attention to evaluation of the role of Central European member states, including their contribution to the implementation of the goals of the Energy Union and the Integrated SET-Plan.

Structure:

8 main panels on priority dimensions of the Energy Union
6 parallel specific thematic workshops (Dinner Sessions – DS)
2 poster sessions and interactive exhibitions
3 side events
Possible site visits

Main topics:

Energy Union: headway and challenges
Integrated Strategy for Research and Innovation
World Energy Outlook 2016
Efficient energy and smart cities
Emerging Central European gas market
Regional market-coupling in electricity
Harmonization of regulatory framework
Renewable energy

DS

International competitiveness of European energy technologies
Financial instruments and investment in R&I
Transport decarbonisation
Smart cities
Nuclear safety and energy security
Market design in electricity

PROGRAMME

Day 0: Wednesday, 30 November 2016
Arrival & Registration

09:00-12:00 Side event I. Workshop organized by the Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform (part of the SET Plan Industrial Initiative)

13:00-17:00 Side event I. – afternoon session – European Nuclear Cogeneration Industrial Initiative (NC2I) Embassy,

The objective of the European Nuclear Cogeneration Industrial Initiative (NC2I) is to demonstrate an innovative and competitive energy solution for the low-carbon cogeneration of heat and electricity based on nuclear energy.

The “NC2I Information session” following the sixth SNETP General Assembly during the SET Plan conference aims to provide the update on latest progresses in the technical field and strategic interactions with international counterparts. All SNETP members representatives are invited to the session.

10:00-17:00 Side event II. Networking4Innovation Matchmaking (N4I) Ballroom,

Energy Networking4Innovation is organized in form of pre-scheduled bilateral talks in the field of smart energy & energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy-related R&D, policy making, governance. Furthermore, you can explore the Horizon 2020 funding opportunities for energy sector in 2017 or participate in the DanubeINCO.NET Clustering Workshop focused on energy use of biomass

10:00-11:30 Side event III. Funding innovative low-carbon energy demonstration projects: the NER 300 program Astoria,

The workshop will provide an overview of the current state of the NER 300 program. Experiences of three funded projects will be shared with the audience. A panel debate and a Q&A session on challenges and opportunities identified will conclude the workshop. The main topics of the side event are:

• Introduction to the NER 300 program: goal, structure and state-of-play

• Presentations of three selected projects: state-of-play

• Panel discussion: key findings and experiences of the NER 300 program, expectations of the Innovation Fund

12:30-17:00 Side event IV. Strategic Energy Technologies Information System (SETIS) Waldorf,

A half-day workshop organized by the European Commission Joint Research Centre (DG JRC) will provide an opportunity to present the recent findings and inputs of SETIS to the State of the Energy Union report and its added value for the overall progress of EU innovation in the energy sector. Other DG JRC activities aiming at promoting the integrated SET-Plan objectives and contributing to the implementation of the research, innovation and competitiveness agenda of the Energy Union will be presented during the event.

17:00-19:00 Registration for SET Plan 2016 – Central European Energy conference

19:00 Gala dinner in Ballroom
Welcome and opening by Peter Plavčan, Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic

Day 1: Thursday, 1 December 2016
Ballroom

09:00-09:10 Welcome
Dušan Chrenek, Head, Representation of the European Commission in Slovakia
Alexander Duleba, Director, Research Centre of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association

09:10-09:25 Official Opening

Robert Fico, Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic

09:25-09:45 Key note speech by Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission for the Energy Union

09:45-11:20 Panel I. Energy Union: headway and challenges
The first high level policy panel will examine the face of affairs of the Energy Union almost two years after its launch in February 2015. Vice President of the European Commission for the Energy Union Mr. Maroš Šefčovič together with representatives of the governments of the Trio Presidency (Netherlands – Slovakia – Malta) and the Visegrad 4 will evaluate the progress of the Energy Union project from both the European Commission´s and the member states’ perspectives. High level panellists will address the following main questions: what is the actual state of affairs of the Energy Union? How is it seen from the perspective of the European Commission and the member states? What are the major achievements and also challenges that should be addressed in order move forward with the project?

Chair Pavol Demeš, Member of the Board of Directors, Slovak Foreign Policy Association
Member states’ perspectives:
Peter Žiga, Minister of Economy of the Slovak Republic
Jan Mládek, Minister of Trade and Industry of the Czech Republic (tbc)
Konrad Mizzi, Minister for Energy and Health of Malta (tbc)
Michał Kurtyka, Undersecretary of State, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Energy of Poland

Commentary: Regions and cities perspective, Markku Markkula, President of the European Committee of the Regions Q&A

11:20-11:40 Coffee-break

11:40-12:00 Key note speech
by Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, European Commission

Press conference (12:00) Embassy, Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission for the Energy Union, Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for R&I, Peter Žiga, Slovak Minister of Economy

12:00-13:30 Panel II. Integrated Strategy for Research and Innovation
The panel proceedings will aim at discussing the Integrated Energy Union Strategy for Research, Innovation and Competitiveness, which the European Commission is expected to present during SK PRESS as part of the 2016 State of the Energy Union. In addition to the Strategic Energy Technology Plan presented in 2015 (C(2015) 6317 final), the Integrated Strategy will also include transport research and innovation, and global competitiveness. Leading experts from the European Commission and member states, including representatives from businesses and academia, will be invited to discuss the Integrated Strategy as one of the key dimensions of the Energy Union. They will be invited to discuss the achievements of the Integrated SET Plan since the adoption in 2015 as well as to discuss building blocks of the Integrated Strategy on both the EU and member states level. In addition to the main panel there will be follow up discussions on every key segment of the Integrated Strategy structured into parallel workshops held in form of Dinner Sessions.

Chair Patrick Child, Deputy Director General, Directorate General for Research & Innovation, European Commission
Speakers: Charlina Vitcheva, Deputy Director General, Joint Research Center, European Commission,

Marianne Haug, Member and former chair of the H2020 Advisory Group on Energy,

Zuzana Nehajová, Advisor on Innovation and Smart Industry to the Minister of Economy of the Slovak Republic

John Loughhead, Chief Scientific Advisor, Department of Energy & Climate Change, United Kingdom (tbc)

Hervé Bernard, Chair, European Energy Research Alliance – EERA,

Torbjorn Digernes, Chair of the EUA-EPUE: European Platform of Universities in Energy Research & Education Discussion

13:30-15:00 Lunch, Poster session I

15:00-17:00 Panel III. World Energy Outlook 2016
The presentation of the International Energy Agency flagship WEO report is a traditional part of the CEEC conference. Rising dependency on energy import, fierce competition for natural resources from emerging economies, insufficient electricity and gas interconnections, low investment and necessity to fight climate changes are certainly among the energy challenges that Europe has to face in the coming decades. Leading representative of the IEA will be invited to present the WEO 2016 with a special focus on the security of energy supply to the EU and in particular to the region of Central and South-Eastern Europe. Representatives of business and expert community from the EU member countries will be invited to share their perspectives on the long term development trends in world energy with focus on both the EU supply security and its competiveness in global economy.

Chair: Ingrid Brocková, Director General, Economic Cooperation Section, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of SR

15:00-15:40 Key note presentation by Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency

Speakers: Mechthild Wörsdörfer, Director, Directorate A – Energy Policy, DG ENER, European Commission
Branislav Strýček, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, and Market and Regulatory Director, Slovenské elektrárne
Vera Silva, Program Manager, Electricity Markets & Systems, EDF R&D Division
Marek Senkovič, Chief Economic Advisor to the CEO of SLOVNAFT, Member of the MOL Group
Linda Doman, Senior International Energy Analyst, Energy Information Administration at the US Department of Energy
Q&A

17:00-17:30 Coffee break
Media room: Press conference by Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency

17:30-19:30 Parallel workshops on Integrated R&I Strategy
Waldorf I. DS I. International competitiveness of European energy technologies

Chair Péter Kaderják, Director, Regional Center for Energy Policy Research, Budapest

Speakers Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, Secretary General, Hydrogen Europe, Ondrej Studenec, Secretary, Subcommittee for Energy Policy, National Union of Employers of Slovakia, Natalie Samovich, Managing Director, ENERCOUTIM, Lisbon, Alexander František Zvrškovec, President, Dividend Group, Bratislava

Commentary Martin Vlachynský, Analyst, Institute of Economic and Social Studies – INESS, Bratislava

Q&A

Waldorf II. DS II. Financial instruments and investment in R&I

Chair Ľudovít Ódor, Member, Council for Budget Responsibility of the Slovak Republic

Speakers Alena Sabelová, Director General, Investments Management Section, Office of the Vice Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic for Investments and Informatization, Anneli Pauli, Conseiller Hors Classe for Innovation and Competitiveness, DG Climate Action, European Commission, Allesandro Boschi, Head, Renewable Energy, European Investment Bank, Juraj Wagner, Science and Research Analyst, Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic

Q&A

Paris DS III. Transport decarbonization

Chair Clara de la Torre, Director, Directorate H – Transport, Directorate General for Research and Innovation, European Commission

Speakers Peter Badík, Co-founder, GreenWay Infrastructure, Bratislava, Andrea Ricci, Chair, Transport Advisory Group ISINNOVA, Dina Bacovsky, Member of the Supporting Team, European Technology Platform Bioenergy (ETIP Bioenergy)

Commentary Jos Dings, Executive Director, Transport & Environment, Brussels

Q&A

Ballroom DS IV. Smart cities

Chair Francesco Grillo, Advisor to the Italian Minister for Education, Universities and Research, Visiting Scholar at St Antony’s College of Oxford University Speakers, Bernadett Koteles-Degrendele, Smart cities Project Coordinator, Eurocities, Beata Jaczewska, Former Deputy Minister of Environment, Poland, Juraj Hošták, Smart City Coordinator for CSE Region, InnovEYtion Center, Zuzana Hudeková, Expert, Slovak Union of Towns and Cities

Commentary Andriy Kyrchiv, Executive Director, Ukrainian Association of Energy Efficient Cities Katarína Hazuchová, Independent Environmental Analyst, Bratislava

Q&A

Astoria DS V. Nuclear safety and energy security

Chair Břetislav Dančák, Dean, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Brno

Speakers Marta Žiaková, Chair, Nuclear Regulatory Authority of the Slovak Republic Marc Deffrennes, Analyst, Nuclear Energy Agency, OECD, Václav Bartuška, Special Envoy of the Czech Republic for Energy Security, Michael Kuske, Deputy Head of Unit D.3, DG Energy, European Commission, Takuya Hattori, Senior Advisor, Japan Atomic Industrial Forum

Commentary Peter Líška, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, VÚJE

Q&A

Conrad DS VI. Electricity market design

Chair Lívia Vašáková, Economic Counsellor, Representation of the European Commission in Slovakia

Speakers Oliver Koch, Deputy Head of Unit, DG ENER Unit B2, European Commission, Branislav Strýček, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, and Market and Regulatory Director, Slovenské elektrárne, Márius Hričovský, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, Stredoslovenská energetika, Maciej Burny, Director, Department for International Affairs, Polska Grupa Energetyczna SA, Andrej Hanzel, Managing Director, Center for Research and Development

Commentary Konstantin Staschus, Secretary-General, ENTSO-E Q&A

19:30 Dinner

Day 2: Friday, 2 December 2016

9:00-11:00 Panel IV. Renewable energy
The Panel will discuss the implementation of the key actions under the Integrated SET-Plan with focus on renewable energy. Throughout 2015 the representatives of the Commission, Member States, Associated Countries part of the SET Plan, and relevant stakeholders have been working on translating the key actions into agreements on strategic targets and priorities in each of the action areas, as well as on implementation plans that will aim to deliver the agreed targets and priorities. The aim of the panel is to discuss the state of play in the area of renewable energy and the way forward.

Chair: András Siegler, Director, Directorate G – Energy, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission (tbc)

Speakers: Diego Pavía, Chief Executive Officer, KIC InnoEnergy

Konstantin Staschus, Secretary-General, ENTSO-E (tbc)

Eicke R. Weber, President, Association of European Renewable Energy Research Centers – EUREC; Director, Fraunhofer ISE, Freiburg

Rowena McCappin, Project Director, Glen Dimplex

Igor Kočiš, CEO, GA Drilling, Bratislava
Q&A

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-13:30 Panel V (parallel). Efficient energy and smart cities
Waldorf The Panel will discuss the implementation of the key actions under the Integrated SET-Plan with focus on energy efficiency. Also, what are the lessons learned by the member states from implementing the targets of the 2020 Framework in the field of energy efficiency and R&I? What should be done in order to meet the ambitious targets of the 2030 Framework? In addition to the above questions, the panel discussion will focus on review of the directive on energy efficiency that is expected to be discussed in the EU Council during the SK PRES 2016.

Chair: Marie Donnelly, Director, Directorate C – Renewables, R&I, Energy Efficiency, DG ENER, European Commission (tbc)

Speakers: Ivo Nesrovnal, Mayor of Bratislava

Brigitte Bach, Coordinator, Joint Program Smart Cities, Austrian Institute of Technology

Claire Roumet, Executive Director, Energy Cities

João Torres, Chief Executive Officer, EDP Distribuição (EDPD)

Peter Robl, Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Slovak Green Building Council
Q&A

11:30-13:30 Panel VI (parallel). Market integration I: Harmonization of regulatory framework
The panel discussion will examine prospects for strengthening the role of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) in harmonizing regulatory frameworks of the member states, which is a fundamental precondition for the creation of a fully integrated energy market within the EU. Another central question that will be raised for the panel discussion will be the Electricity market design package that is expected to be discussed during SK PRES 2016, including a review of the directives on energy efficiency and support for renewable sources of energy. In addition to the topics central to the EU level the panel proceedings will also reflect on the experiences of the Central European member states in regional integration of energy markets.

Chair: Ján Klepáč, Executive Director, Slovak Gas and Oil Association

Speakers: Alberto Pototschnig, Director, Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER), Ljubljana

Maciej Bando, President, Energy Regulatory Office, Poland

Richard Ružička, Director, Natural Gas Regulation, Regulatory Office for Network Industries, Slovak Republic

Péter Kaderják, Director, Regional Center for Energy Policy Research, Budapest

Henrich Krejčí, Head, Energy Law and Regulatory Affairs, Slovenský plynárenský priemysel, as (SPP)
Q&A

13:30-14:30 Lunch, Poster session II

Embassy Ukraine and the Energy Union: exploring potential for cooperation with Slovakia and the Visegrad Four

A workshop presentation of the research findings produced by project CBC01014, supported by the Norwegian Financial Mechanism and co-funded from the Slovak state budget

Alexander Duleba, Director, Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association

Michael Gonchar, President, Center for Global Studies Strategy XXI, Kyiv

Karel Hirman, Member, Strategic Advisory Group for Support of Ukrainian Reforms, Kyiv

Aleksey Yizhak, Senior Researcher, Ukrainian National Institute for Strategic Studies, Kyiv – Dnipro

14:30-16:30 Panel VII (parallel). Market integration II: Emerging Central European gas market
Ballroom Representatives of gas transmission companies and experts from energy ministries of the member states and Energy Community Secretariat, will be invited to comment on the major challenges the EU and the member states in Central and South Eastern Europe are confronted with in the field of security of gas supplies, including development of the strategic gas transmission infrastructure. The panellists will be invited to discuss the review of the EU directive on security of gas supply and also the decision on transparency of intergovernmental agreements that are expected to be debated during SK PRES 2016. Special attention will be paid to the implementation of the “Road Map towards the regional gas market among Visegrad 4 countries” adopted by Prime Ministers of the Visegrad Group in Warsaw on 16 June 2013. What are the key challenges in carrying out the regional integration of national gas markets of the V4 countries?

Chair: Pavol Hamžík, Ambassador-at-Large for Energy Security, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic (tbc)

Speakers: Peter Fischer, Deputy Director General for Energy & Climate Policy and Export Control, Federal Foreign Office, Berlin

Janez Kopač, Director, Energy Community Secretariat, Vienna

Milan Sedláček, Director for commercial and regulatory affairs, Eustream, Bratislava

Tomáš Mareček, Chairman of the Board of Directors, eustream, a.s. (tbc)

Michael Kehr, Director, Business Development, NET4GAS, Prague

Piotr Kus, Director of the Brussels Office, OGP Gaz-System SA

Ielyzaveta Badanova, Deputy Head, Legal Department, NJSC Naftogaz Ukraine
Q&A

14:30-16:30 Panel VIII (parallel). Market integration III: Regional market-coupling in electricity
The panel discussion will assess lessons learned from the functioning of the market-coupling in electricity between the Czech Republic, Slovakia (2009), Hungary (2012), and Romania (2014) that created the basis for building a regional electricity market in Central and South-Eastern Europe. What are the experiences with functioning of the market-coupling from the point of view of operators of the transmission networks (ETSOs) and market operators (MOs)? What is the perspective of other countries from the region in joining the integrated CZ-SK-HU-RO electricity market? What are main obstacles for expanding a regional electricity market? What are prospects for market-coupling of regional markets in electricity within the EU?

Chair: Matteo del Fante, Vice President, ENTSO-E; CEO, Terna SpA, Rome

Speakers: Michal Cabala, Chairman of the Board, OKTE, a.s.

Eryk Kłossowski, President and CEO, PSE S.A., Konstancin-Jeziorna

Zbyněk Boldiš, Member of the Board, ČEPS, Prague

Vsevolod Kovalchuk, Acting Director, NPC Ukrenergo, Kyiv

Manfred Pils, Head, Unit Market Management, Austrian Power Grid AG, Vienna
Q&A

16:30-17:30 Concluding and closing session

Chairman: Dominique Ristori, Director General, Directorate-General for Energy, European Commission
Closing keynote speech by Peter Plavčan, Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic

Jerzy Buzek, Chair, Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, European Parliament

Alexander Duleba, Director, Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association

17:30 The end of the conference, Cocktail

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