Poland joined the EU in 2004, being the 5th largest EU country in terms of population. Its electricity consumption remains below 3500 kWh per capita, the 3rd lowest electricity consumer in the EU. Nonetheless, the energy and electricity sectors are developing much faster than EU average, in line with the GDP growth of the country.

The Polish energy sector is very carbon intensive and the electricity emission factor exceeds 1kg CO2/kWh, which is more than double the EU average. Poland is however implementing the major acts of EU Energy Legislation and renewables are developing fast.

This webinar will present the main characteristics of the Polish energy sector, together with its challenges in major energy policy areas. The presentation will cover energy facts, scenarios and specifics of Poland in the context of EU Energy Policy.

Italy has already achieved most of its energy objectives for 2020, mainly due to the decreased energy consumption related to the economic crisis. Thus, the challenge remains to keep achieving these targets as the economy escapes recession. To do so, it has already committed to an even greater market penetration of renewables and more stringent energy efficiency measures. As part of the incentives, the public cost of energy per MWh is more than 20 times lower than the public cost to support renewables.

This Webinar reviews the past, present and future of the country from the energy point of view.

While UK met its 2020 interim target, there is some doubt regarding whether it will meet the overall 2020 target of 15% of energy consumption from renewables. For the time being it seems that the UK will have to make arrangements to count renewable energy produced and used in other member states to achieve its targets. Additionally, recent government decision to remove preliminary accreditation from the Feed-in-tariff, rejection of several renewable projects and Austrian legal action against development of the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant will have an effect on the countries energy future.

This webinar reviews the past, present and future of the country from the energy point of view.

Date: November 23, 2015
Time: 15h00-16h00 Central European Time (check your local time)

After the Fukushima accident, a national debate regarding French energy transition was launched. A policy goal of reducing nuclear electricity generation from 75% to 50% share of total generation was established. Since the year 2013, electricity consumption has stabilized in France, the share of renewable sources continues to grow and there is a high level of hydropower production. Thus, means of conventional thermal generation are rarely used. In addition, electricity generation and capacity continue to increase as the country remains a net energy exporter. This webinar analyses past, present and future of the country from an energetic point of view.

Date: November 16, 2015
Time: 15h00-16h00 Central European Time (check your local time)

Knowing the country’s potential in different technologies, such as wind and photovoltaic, the Spanish government promoted their installation through several incentives and subsidies since the beginning of the 2000s. When the economic crisis hit the EU all these incentives gradually disappeared due to the decrease on energy consumption, which also denoted the system overcapacity due to the lack of interconnections. Now as the country escapes from the economic recession, energy efficiency and renewables are starting to be part of the country’s future once again. This Webinar reviews the past, present and future of the country from the energetic point of view. 

Date: November 12, 2015
Time: 15h00-16h00 Central European Time (check your local time)

Germany is Europe’s biggest energy consumer. As a large and industrial country with moderate natural endowments, it sets an example of what can be done with a progressive energy policy. Germany leads the charge on renewables, has an ambitious energy efficiency policy, is committed to phasing out nuclear power generation and uses ETS revenues fully for the fight against climate change. However, the future of the German energy transition is rather uncertain. Are energy prices sustainable with the current high taxation rates? How to expand the high-voltage grid to integrate wind generation from the North? What will be the future role of coal and gas? In this discussion webinar, we will review the most important energy statistics for Germany, present a few highlights on its energy policy and conclude with a series of open discussion points.