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How can gas help transform the European power market? – 19 October 2016 – LIVE PANEL DEBATE

October 4, 2016 -

Debate “How can gas help transform the European power market?” on Wednesday 19 October at 12pm CET – watch LIVE Streaming here

The big energy package this autumn will take on the gargantuan task of overhauling European electricity markets to make them fit for the 21st century. Power markets must be restructured – and better connected – so that that they provide a secure energy system with an ever-rising share of variable renewables. The electricity supply must also remain affordable. Policymakers need to start thinking in terms of system, not generation adequacy. National governments have to think about security of electricity supply in a national, regional and European manner..

How secure are electricity supplies today? How gas can help enhance security of electricity supply?? How can it work with “Energy Efficiency First”- one of the pillars of the Energy Union? How does consumer empowerment, on the demand as well as supply side (e.g. prosumers, self-consumption) change the power market and the role gas will play in the future? Can gas help keep the energy transition affordable? How do we make best use of existing infrastructure and what needs might result from this changing role of gas?

What does the EU, Member States, market players and consumers need to do in the power market redesign and updated security of electricity supply directive to prepare for the future? What would be the optimal contribution of gas and which policy framework would deliver it?

The Panellists

Mechthild Wörsdörfer

EC Director for Energy Policy

Ms Wörsdörfer has been appointed Director for Energy policy, Directorate in charge of general strategy and monitoring of energy policy, international relations and economic analysis in Directorate General for Energy of the European Commission (as 1st January 2014). Prior to her appointment she was Head of Unit A1 (Energy Policy & Monitoring of electricity, gas, coal and oil markets) responsible for the follow-up of the Communication 2030 framework for energy and climate policies, the Report on energy prices and costs, the Energy Roadmap 2050, the publishing of the quarterly reports on gas and electricity markets, the preparation of the work programme and the annual management plan as well as the coordination of infringements procedures in the DG.

Prior to joining DG Energy Ms Wörsdörfer pursued a long career in the DG Enterprise & Industry. As Head of Unit E4 (SME policy development) she was dealing with the coordination and development of SME policy for growth and jobs, the preparation and monitoring of the communication on the “Small Business Act” for Europe. From 2009 – 2010 she held in addition the position of Acting Director in Directorate E (Promotion of SME’s Competitiveness). From 1999 – 2004, she worked in the Cabinet of Commissioner Erkki Liikanen, responsible for Enterprise Policy and Information Society.


Jerzy Buzek MEP

EPP Group, Chair of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)

BuzekMEPJerzy Buzek has been a member of the European Parliament since 13 June 2004 and was President of the European Parliament from July 2009 to January 2012. He was elected with the biggest majority of any EP President since the first direct elections in 1979. He is the first EP President from one of the EU’s 2004 enlargement Member States. During his mandate, he presided over the transition from the Nice to the Lisbon Treaty, playing a key-role in the finalisation of the ratification process. He has also been very active on the energy front, launching together with Jacques Delors the initiative of a European Energy Community aimed at strengthening legal certainty and energy cooperation within and outside the EU. From 1997 to 2001, Jerzy Buzek was Prime Minister of Poland, introducing sweeping reforms in pensions, healthcare, local and regional administration, education and the mining sectors. During his government Poland acceded to NATO and made key-steps towards EU membership.


François-Régis Mouton

GasNaturally Chairman, Vice President Oil & Gas Advocacy, TOTAL

François-Régis Mouton has been serving as GasNaturally chairman since its creation in 2012. Prior to his current position in Paris as vice president of Oil & Gas Advocacy, Mr. Mouton held various positions in the oil and gas sector. He was appointed senior advisor at the World Bank Group in the Oil, Gas & Mining Policy Division from 2005 to 2007, where he successfully launched the public-private “Global Gas Flaring Reduction” partnership in the Middle East. From 2007 to 2010 he served as joint venture manager and communication/ sustainable development manager for “Pazflor”, the largest project then operated by TOTAL, and from 2010 to 2015 he was based in Brussels as delegate for European affairs. Mr. Mouton holds a diploma and master’s degree in engineering.


Manuel Baritaud

Senior Analyst, Gas, Coal and Power Markets Division, International Energy Agency

manuel-baritaudManuel Baritaud is Senior Energy Analyst in the Gas Coal and Power Markets Division, where he leads the Agency’s work on electricity markets and policy developments, with a special focus on market design, supply security issues, as well as the implications of climate policy for electricity systems. Before joining the IEA, Manuel worked in the private sector as an economist in the Corporate Strategy Department at AREVA. Before that, he was in charge of the regulation of transmission and distribution network tariffs at the French Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE). Manuel is an economist and an engineer. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Paris School of Mines and a Masters degree from the University of Paris, Dauphine.

Moderated by leading Environment / Energy journalist Sonja van Renssen.