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Thu / 16.06. @ 11:30

In recent years increasing shares of variable renewable energy sources (RES) have changed the structure  of electricity markets especially in Western Europe remarkably. Due to this development, currently, the whole electricity system is at a crucial crossing. On the one hand, the way to a sustainable electricity system based mainly on RES could be paved in the next years. In this context we emphasize especially the considerable price decreases of PV which has brought this technology close to cost-effectiveness on household level.  On the other hand, there are forces which try to retain the old centralized fossil and nuclear-based generation planned economies, e.g. France and England.

The core objective of this work is to provide insights how to integrate even larger quantities of variable RES-E into the electricity system by using market-based principles and how, straightforward, a sustainable electricity system could work. This market-based approach should ensure that competitive forces rather governmental interferences shape the future of the energy system and that in principle no comprehensive capacity mechanisms are necessary.

Our major finding is that we suggest a market-based approach to ensure that competitive forces rather than governmental interferences as capacity mechanisms shape the future of the energy system. Most important is to include a broad portfolio of flexibility options to balance variations in residual load. The most important options are:

  • short-term and long-term storages – batteries, hydro storages, or chemical storages like hydrogen or methane;
  • technical demand-side management measures conducted by utilities like cycling, Load Management, e.g. of cooling systems)
  • Demand response due to price signals mainly from large customers to price  changes, time-of-use pricing  time-of-use pricing 
  • Transmission grid extention leadsin principle to flatter load and flatter generation profiles;
  • Smart grids: They allow variations in frequency (upwards and downwards regulation)  and switch of voltage levels and contribute in this context to a load balancing
  • More flexibility in the organization of the market is required;

In addition, to harvest the full potential of flexibilityoptions the links have to be extended to transport and heat Yet, currently the market does not yet provide the proper price signals to trigger these options because  today we have actually a very flat and low price curve over a year.

The major conclusions of this analysis are: The transition towards a competitive and sustainable future electricity system will be based on an approach of “new thinking” which is to accept a paradigm shift in the whole electricity system. This includes switching to a more flexible and smarter system allowing a greater scope for demand participation, storage options and other flexibility measures. Developing such a system implies also that no politically motivated capacity mechanisms are needed.

The evolution of such a creative system of integration of RES in Western Europe may also serve as a role model for electricity supply systems largely based on RES in other countries world-wide.

Prof. Reinhard Haas
Vienna University of Technology
Vienna, Austria

Reinhard Haas is university professor of Energy Economics at Vienna University of Technology in Austria. He teaches Energy Economics, Regulation and Competition in Energy markets, and Energy Modeling

His current research focus is on (i) evaluation and modelling of dissemination strategies for renewables; (ii) modelling paths towards sustainable energy systems; (iii) liberalisation vs regulation of energy markets; (iv) energy policy strategies.

He works in these fields since more than 15 years and has published various papers in reviewed international journals. Moreover, he has coordinated and coordinates projects for Austrian institutions as well as the European Commission and the International Energy Agency.

European water resources under multiple stressors - implications for water policies and societal development
Fri / 17.06. @ 08:30

Water resources globally are affected by a complex mixture of stressors resulting from a range of drivers, including urban and agricultural land use, hydropower generation and climate change. Understanding how stressors interfere and impact upon ecological status and ecosystem services is essential for developing effective River Basin Management Plans and shaping future environmental policy. This paper details the nature of these problems for Europe's water resources and the need to find solutions at a range of spatial scales. In terms of the latter, I explain aims and approaches of the EU-funded project MARS (Managing Aquatic ecosystems and water Resources under multiple Stress) and its conceptual and analytical framework that  provide knowledge, understanding and tools needed to address multiple stressors by water mangers and various sectoral developers.

Dr. Lidija Globevnik
TC Vode and University of Ljubljana, Faculty for Civil Engineering and Geodesy
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Dr. Lidija Globevnik basic expertize are river basin management, hydrology, river sediment transport processes and flood risk management. She participate in water management policy cycle in Slovenia and is a president of the Slovenian Water Managers Association. She develops communication methods and tools for work with stakeholders and public. Through the company TC VODE she works for European Environment Agency - European Topic Centre for Inland, Coastal and Marine Waters (ETC/ICM Waters). Here she participates in development of European water information system WISE (WISE:, FLIS programe (Forward Looking Information and Services) and prepares yearly European bathing water quality assessments. As a water resources scientist at the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geodesy of the University of Ljubljana she is participating in 7th FP project MARS (Managing Aquatic ecosystems and water resources under multiple stress).


Benchmarking the performance of cities across energy, water and environment systems
related metrics presents an opportunity to trigger policy learning, action, and cooperation to bring cities closer to sustainable development.