Scientific support to capacity markets and the integration of renewable energy

European policies are currently focused on improving the current economic climate and all resources are being mobilised to foster sustainable growth within the EU. In this context, it is crucial to take into account the implications of the energy policies on industry and consumers.

The integration of renewables and the completion of the internal energy market are two of the current energy priorities, but emerging challenges such as high energy prices have to be tackled to achieve these goals.

Bearing in mind this scenario, the roundtable discussion on support to capacity markets and integration of renewables intends to provide scientific advice for the next steps on the pathway towards the transformation of the energy sector.

The discussion, organised by the new European Forum for Science and Industry, will take place in the Charlemagne Building on 22 July and will count on the presence of high-level speakers from the EU institutions, the industry sector and the scientific sphere, among others.


Charlemagne Building 

Room Jenkins Rue de la Loi 170, 1049 Brussels


09.30 – 10.00 Registration & welcome

10.00 – 11.00 OPENING SESSION

  • Dominique Ristori, Director-General, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
  • Philip Lowe, Director-General, Directorate-General for Energy, European Commission
  • Jos Delbeke, Director-General, Directorate-General for Climate Action, European Commission
  • Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union
  • Detlef Dauke, Director-General for Energy Policy, German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology

11.00 – 12.30 SESSION I: Integrating renewables in the market

How should renewables best be integrated into grid and market to make renewable electricity production more responsive to system needs, more competitive and innovative?


  • Heinz Ossenbrink, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

Key Contributors:


  • Håkan Feuk, Vice-President for Policy and Regulatory Affairs, E.ON
  • Raimund Wunder, CEO of Volkswagen Kraftwerk GmbH


  • Michel Matheu, Director of the Corporate Strategy Division, EDF
  • Monique Goyens, Director General of BEUC
  • Michael Vassiliadis, President of Industry All and German union IG BCE

12.30 – 13.30 Networking lunch


  • Jerzy Buzek, Member of the European Parliament (tbc)

13.40 – 15.10 SESSION II: Addressing flexibility and adequacy needs with market based instruments

How can the increased need for flexibility of generation and energy demand,

generation adequacy, and storage be provided at the lowest possible cost?


  • Hans Schweickardt, Président du Conseil d’Administration, ALPIQ Holding AG

Key Contributors:


  • Tahir Kapetanovic, Power Grid Control, Austrian Power Grid (APG)
  • Ewald Woste, CEO of Thüga AG and President BDEW (German Association of Energy and Water Industries)


  • Jacek Kaminski, Cracow University of Technology
  • Flavio Cattaneo, CEO of Terna
  • Ulrich Bang, Dansk Energi

15.10 – 15.30 Coffee break

15.30 – 17.00 SESSION III: Role of Regional Initiatives

What potential do regional initiatives have for the expansion and progressive integration of regional cross-border energy markets with regard to modernisation and implementation of the grids and other energy infrastructure, market coupling, integration of renewable energies, and generation adequacy?


  • André Merlin, President of CIGRE

Key Contributors:


  • Daniel Dobbeni, President of Elia Systems and President of ENTSO-E


The European Forum for Science and Industry has been created at the initiative of the EC Joint Research Centre to strengthen dialogue and cooperation on the science needs of industry in key sectors for European competitiveness. The initiative was launched following the roundtable "Scientific Support to European Industrial Competitiveness", organised by the JRC on 15 February.