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22 March 2016 11:30 - 14:00h

The EU's energy transition at a cross-road

Where do we stand? How to transition cost-effectively to 2030?

The lunch event had initially been designed to launch two new studies by Agora Energiewende but was cancelled due to the horrifying attacks which took place in Brussels that day. Our deep sympathy is with the victims.

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The first study addresses the status quo of the European energy transition. Based on recent statistical data, it identifies major developments in the European energy mix and in greenhouse gas emissions by way of accessible charts and graphs. This serves as background for highlighting key political challenges in the years to come such as enhancing energy system flexibility and dealing with inflexible baseload capacity.

The second study develops a consistent mix of measures (the “power-market pentagon”) that will allow for a cost-efficient transition to an approximate share of 50 percent renewable electricity in the power system by 2030. Its main focus is on interactions between EU power market design, EU emissions trading, national coal phase-out initiatives, renewable energy investments, and measures for safeguarding system adequacy.

The papers will be presented by Patrick Graichen and Mara Marthe Kleiner, Agora Energiewende, and commented by experts from the UK-based think tank Sandbag and the International Energy Agency (IEA). This will be followed by a panel discussion and a Q&A session.

The detailed agenda may be downloaded from the media section below.

Event details

The EU's energy transition at a cross-road

Representation of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia to the European Union
Room: Room Macke-Ernst
Rue Montoyer 47
1000 Brussels

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