Adapting To Change: How is the European Electricity sector Facing the Challenge
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by Giorgio Dodero| IPG Industrial Project Group

The main topic today under discussion all around the world is how to manage the integration of renewables into the generation mix and the future role of fossil plants within this context. The managers of electrical industry, but also the leaders of the European Governments have been surprised from the unexpected increase of the renewables and of their impact into the electricity sector. On this topic the ACI, the Active Communications International, organized on 11th and 12th September 2013 in Cologne the Conference European New Build Power Plants 2013, where I took part to a panel also including the senior manager of PricewaterhouseCoopers Reinhard Rumler and the Secretary General of Eurocoal Brian Ricketts.

On this regard it is important to remember that in Italy on 16th June from 1 to 3 p.m. the electricity price moved to zero. Also in Germany we have observed several days, in which power generation from renewables provided 100% of the load for hours. Similarly, negative (!) prices at the power exchange have been observed. Technical as well as regulatory solutions are so urgently required. Due to this situation (similar also in the other EU countries) the EU electricity systems could move to instability phases creating a negative impact also on the economics of the EU countries. [...]

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