IBA SEERIL Biennial Conference 2014 Berlin: Adapting Transmission Grids to the Structural Changes of the Energy Mix

We had an excellent session on adapting transmission grids to the structural changes of the energy mix at the IBA Biennial Conference of the Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law (SEERIL).

The conference’s theme was “Natural resources and infrastructure in transition – navigating the course ahead” and took  place between 27 and 30 April 2014 in Berlin. The full programme is available here.

Together with Vivek Bakshi (Dentons, Toronto), I had the great pleasure of co-chairing the session “Adapting transmission grids to the structural changes of the energy mix” on 29 April 2014. The session took place against the background of a quickly and materially changing energy generation mix. The development affects what kind of transmission capacity is necessary and shall be available in the future, both for gas and electricity. The changes require a revised regulatory framework. And they come at a price, requiring substantial financial and other resources. The session looked at aspects from the gas and the electricity side, nationally, in Europe and elsewhere.

Speakers were

  • Marc Baltus, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, Dusseldorf
  • Sebastian Gras, Policy Officer European Commission, DG Energy, Unit B1 Internal Market I: Networks & Regional Initiatives, Brussels
  • Frank Peter Hansen, Head of Corporate Regulation, TenneT TSO GmbH, Bayreuth
  • Robert Lane, CMS Cameron McKenna, London
  • Ulrich Ronnacker, Head of Legal and Regulatory Affairs Department, Open Grid Europe GmbH, Essen
  • Friedrich Rosenstock, General Manager, Fluxys Deutschland GmbH, Brussels/Düsseldorf

Source: International Bar Association

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