Nordic-Baltic Energy Conference 2018: programme

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Time: 27.-28. September 2018
Venue: Hilton Hotel, Tallinn
Conference language: English
Organizers: The Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Tallinn and the Senior Energy Committee under NCM, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication of Estonia


  • Thursday, 27 September

    Moderator: tbc

    Welcome notes


    • Christer Haglund, Director, Nordic Council of Minister´s Office in Estonia
    • Ando Leppiman, Director General, Energy Department, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication, Estonia
    • Johan Vetlesen, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Petroleum and Energy/Nordic Council of Ministers Energy Committee

    Policy session. Key notes on implementation of the Clean Energy for all Europeans package


    Here, we will get global and European views on the overall implementation of the Clean Energy for all Europeans package. What regional progress has been made and do we see a turning point? We will also get views on the technology dimension, how it plays into the electricity market design and which energy technology scenarios we can foresee.

    • An overview of the final governance regulation. What does the Commission expect from the EU member states and how will the iterative process with member states take place?
      Leonardo Zannier, Energy Policy coordination team, DG ENER
    • How could the new governance system in the EU’s energy policies for 2030 change the world energy outlook as seen from the IEA? How does the IEA consider the progress and outlook in the Nordic and Baltic countries?
      Peter Zeniewski, Energy Analyst, World Energy Outlook, International Energy Agency
    • The Energy Union: achievements and 2025 prospects.
      Jean Arnold Vinois, Jacques Delors Institute and former Director in DG ENER

    Coffee break 


    Interaction between governance and technology

    • The power of digitalization in the new policy framework. How will new technologies influence future consumers? The role of TSOs in new market design.
      Karl Kivinurm, Strategy Manager, Elering
    • Where is the European region going? What are the scenarios and the major technology drivers? What are the impacts from governance or markets?
      Daniel Becker, Director, Navigant







    Nordic and Baltic countries’ implementation of energy union and governance policies. Country cases.


    EU members will be in the middle of the drafting of these plans, which will be finalized by January 2019. Some countries may have already submitted drafts for consultation. We will get good examples and a better understanding of where the countries are in the process. This will be an exchange of good practice between Nordic and Baltic countries both at the government administrative level and at the business level.

    • The case of Denmark.
      Morten Boje Blarke, Danish Energy Agency
    • The case of Estonia.
      Madis Laaniste, Head of Strategic Planning, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications.
    • The case of Sweden.
      Emma Thornberg, Head of Section, Ministry of Energy
    • The case of Lithuania.
      Tomas Lukosevicius, Head of International Cooperation and Planning Division, Ministry of Energy of Lithuania Ministry of Energy of Lithuania

    Coffee break



    Business reactions and viewpoints on implementation of new governance regulation


    • Viewpoints from the electricity industry.
      Knut Kroepelien, Eurelectric/Energi Norge
    • What can electromobility contribute towards the 2030 goals?
      Raul Potisepp, Elektritransport LLC, Estonia
    • The Baltic Sea - a favourable place for offshore wind power?
      Martin Kruus, Estonian Wind Energy Association
    • Opportunities in the region for new products on the demand side.
      Ragnar Ottosen, Nordic Commodities




    Reception / Buffet 


  • Friday, 28 September 

    Moderator: Hans Jørgen Koch, Director, Nordic Energy Research

    Specific challenges in the various dimensions of the EU Energy Union and governance


    In this part we will have interventions illustrating the complexity and wide scope of all the dimensions covered by the governance and energy union processes. These dimensions cover energy security, renewables, energy efficiency, market design and RD&D. This will facilitate a good overview of all the aspects of the EU Energy Union and its dimensions.

    • The fundamental challenges of energy security. Synchronization and desynchronization.
      Juozas Abaravicius, project manager, Litgrid
    • The challenge of interaction between governance and the renewables directive. How should it be read?
      Leonardo Zannier, DG ENER, EU Commission
    • What are the challenges of energy efficiency in a liberalized market?
      Andrej Apanuks, Director of the Department of Sustainable Energy Policy, Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia
    • The regional challenges in market integration and market design, and interdependence with other dimensions.
      Ove Flataker, Director of independent regulator (NRA), Norway
    • How does innovation support energy transition in Finland
      Jarmo Heinonen, Director, Bioeconomy and Cleantech, Innovation Funding Agency, Finland

    Coffee and refreshments






    Initiatives and policy responses in regional research cooperation and of local authorities towards 2030


    • Lessons from Nordic energy technology efforts. Best practices and better cooperation with the Baltics. Reflections on regional cooperation and opportunities.
      Hans Jørgen Koch, Director, Nordic Energy Research
    • Lessons to be learnt and policy responses at the local level. Examples from a Baltic city.
      Raimond Tamm, Vice Mayor of Tartu, Estonia


    • Concluding remarks on behalf of the Nordic energy cooperation.
      Johan Vetlesen, Nordic Council of Ministers Senior Officials Committee for Energy

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