Plenary sessions

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Opening and plenary session 1: Energy in Emerging and Developing Speakers

The conference was opened by Machiel Mulder (general conference chairman; slides), Nienke Homan (Executive of the Province of Groningen; slides), Gertjan Lankhorst (chairman New Energy Coalition, Groningen; slides) and David Knapp (president of the IAEE).

Emerging and developing countries face the challenge of securing energy supply with rapidly growing demand, new environmental targets, and limited access to international capital markets. It also brings important opportunities: energy access provides important health and environmental benefits, and regions might be rich in renewable energy resources.

Chair:
Noë van Hulst, Ambassador of the Netherlands to the OECD and Chairman of the Governing board of the IEA. (slides)

Speakers:
Timur Gül, Senior Energy Analyst on the World Energy Outlook Team, International Energy Agency (IEA), Paris, France (slides)

Zhang Xiliang, Professor of Management Science and Engineering, Director Institute for Energy, Environment & Economy, Beijing, China (slides)

Chandra Bhushan, Deputy Director General of Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), New Delhi, India (slides)

Plenary session 2: Electricity market design

In a liberalized market, companies set production and investment levels in a decentralized manner based on market prices. For an efficient, competitive and resilient energy system, market design is paramount. In this session we discuss whether current markets provide correct signals for short-run flexibility and long-term investments, based on available empirical evidence and simulations. How can market failures be eliminated while minimizing regulatory failures?

Chair:
Bert Willems, Tilburg University, The Netherlands (opening slidesdiscussion slides)

Speakers:
William W. Hogan, Raymond Plank Professor of Global Energy Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA (slides)

Andreas Ehrenmann, chief analyst, Center of Expertise in Economic Modelling and Studies, ENGIE, Paris, France (slides)

Clara Poletti, head of the Regulation Department, The Regulatory Authority for Electricity Gas and Water, Milan, Italy (slides)

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Conference proceedings

All conference proceedings such as presentations, papers and abstracts, can be found in the online conference proceedings database of the IAEE.

Dual plenary session 1: Long-term Energy Scenarios

It is no surprise that energy and climate scenarios are a topic of particularly controversial debate, both with respect to the institutional framework (who develops what kind of scenarios, in which context, etc.), and – off course – with respect to the results. The objective of this session is to contribute to the debate with a discussion of both aspects of scenario making.

Chair:
Christian von Hirschhausen, Technical University Berlin, Germany (slides)

Speakers:
Ruud Egging, Norwegian Institute of Technology, Trondheim, Norway (slides)

Christian Beyer, Lappeenranta University, Finland (slides)

Christophe Bonnery, Enedis, France

Dual plenary session 2: Understanding Individual and Collective Consumer Behavior

Traditional (energy) economics considers decision makers as ‘optimizers’ who always make rational choices. By using insights from (social) psychology, behavioral economics provides an extensive body of evidence contradicting the notion of the homo economicus. This dual plenary session discusses the behavior of energy consumers / prosumers and small firms, both at the individual  (e.g. bounded rationality, mental accounting, green biases) and aggregate level (e.g. peer pressure, collective behavior).

Chair:
Reinhard Madlener, RWTH Aachen, Germany (slides)

Speakers:
Anna Alberini, Dept. of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Maryland, USA (slides)

Marilyn Brown, School of Public Policy, Georgia Tech, USA (slides)

Kristina Rodig, Haed of Global Customer and Market Insights, E.ON, Essen, Germany


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Dual plenary session 3: Future of Natural Gas Markets

The future of natural gas markets will be subject to several major challenges on both supply and demand side. Europe will become more dependent on imports from Russia, but how will this affect the competition and security of supply in the European gas market? What is the role of increasing demand for gas in China on global gas markets? And what will be the impact of the increasing shares of renewable energy on the demand for gas?

Chair:
Machiel Mulder, University of Groningen, The Netherlands (slides)

Speakers:
Hill Huntington, Executive Director Energy Modelling Forum, Stanford University, USA (slides)

Knut Einar Rosendahl, Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway (slides)

Ying Fan, Director of Beihang Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, Beijing, China (slides)

Dual plenary session 4: Energy Challenges in Transport

There are two main energy challenges in road transport: the reduction of carbon emissions and the reducation of local air pollutants in cities. For car transport, alternatives are being developed (electricity, hydrogen, biofuels) but these are expensive and rely mostly on massive green electricity production. For freight transport and for aviation, the options are even more difficult.

Chair:
Anna Creti, Ecole polytechnique and University of Paris, France (slides)

Speakers:
Stef Proost, Professor of Economics, Centre for Energy, Transport and Environment, University of Leuven, Belgium (slides)

Mats Greaker, Head of Research, Statistics Norway, Oslo, Norway (slides)

Yannick Perez, Université Paris-Sud XI / Ecole Superieur d’Electricite, Paris, France (slides)

Plenary Closing Session 3: Climate Policy

Climate policy requires carbon pricing to properly price the missing market for emissions that cause global warming. Yet putting a proper price on carbon around the world through either price or quantity instruments is still in its infancy. Apart from carbon permit trading, like the EU Trading System (ETS), also other instruments, like energy taxes or standards could be used to price carbon.

Chair:
Herman Vollebergh, Tilburg University/PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, The Netherlands (slides)

Speakers:
Carolyn Fischer, Senior Fellow, Resources of the Future, Washington DC, USA (slides)

Ian Parry, Principal Environmental Fiscal Policy Expert, IMF, Washington DC, USA (slides)

Michael Grubb, Professor of Energy and Climate Change, University College London, United Kingdom (slides)