CT2 & CT1 – Energy System Integration Strategy - Webinar session
The aim of the joint session on energy system integration was to explore possible options for supporting sector integration in MS, specifically linked to the heating and electricity sectors; provide participants with a better understanding of how they can upscale sector integration in their MS; and receive guidance from the European Commission as well as information and case studies from ETRA, ETIP SNET, Voltalis and Stemy Energy. The session began with a couple of welcoming words by CT1 and CT2 leaders who then presented the outcomes of the questionnaire sent out beforehand to the participating Member States. Different definitions of sector integration were collected as well as relevant policies with linkages to sector integration.
The session followed with DG ENER presenting the “EU Strategy for Energy System Integration” that will be at the heart of Europe´s economic recovery post-COVID19. Energy system integration is the most cost-effective pathway to a deep decarbonisation of the energy system and helps to reduce emissions in sectors with limited abatement options (buildings, transport, industry, agriculture) and to accelerate the deployment of clean energy in the electricity sector by providing flexibility/storage.
A representative from ETIP SNET presented an overall EU perspective of sector integration and the work ETIP SNET is carrying out in this regard. Explaiing that in the future, we will see a more dominant approach of flexible generation, but also flexible loads plus a worldwide portfolio of flexibility means. ETRA presented their view on the integration of building, gas and electromobility.
Another input was provided by Voltalis, a European leader of demand control, by presenting their approach to smartly coordinate short power curtailments among millions of appliances. Stemy Energy presented their experiences in providing flexibility to small customers in Spain and UK who have different objectives concerning renewable electricity production in 2030, however, small customers are key players in the energy transition as they make up more than 50% of the demand in both countries.