Pentalateral Energy Forum

NEWS ? 

 

January 2018 

Pentalateral Energy Forum – Second Pentalateral Generation Adequacy Assessment released

The Pentalateral Energy Forum is the framework for regional cooperation in Central Western Europe (AT-BE-DE-FR-LU-NL-CH) towards improved electricity market integration and security of supply. Today, the second edition of the Pentalateral Generation Adequacy Assessment was published by the Transmission System Operators (TSO) in the Pentalateral Energy Forum published (link naar ‘2nd PLEF GAA report’).

The Pentalateral Generation Adequacy Assessment is an investigation on electricity security of supply, taking a regional perspective (AT-BE-DE-FR-LU-NL-CH). In a common statement (link naar ‘TSO onepager GAA final’), the TSOs underline the importance of this collaboration at the regional level: it enables the development of state of the art methodologies for assessing security of supply and it complements the respective national studies and provides decision-makers with a more holistic view on potential capacity scarcities in the Penta region.

Ministries (link naar ‘PLEF GAA common statement ministries’) acknowledge that the results are in line with the European wide assessment, where France and Belgium are most prone to generation adequacy problems. As some of the steps are pioneering and experimental, the Ministries realise that the quantitative results should be interpreted with caution. They will further analyse the results of the study and discuss the next steps.

 



November 2017
 

Pentalateral Energy Forum & European Commission – Workshop on flexibility

The Penta SG3 on Flexibility and DG ENER of the European Commission organised a workshop on the 20th of November, to hear the views from the practical experiences of R&D&I projects on barriers to flexibility. The aim of the meeting was to learn from some key projects what they identify as barriers to deploying flexibility, and to see how ongoing projects, as wal as the projects called for in the Horizon2020 work programme, can help the Pentalateral Forum in its future work. 

“What can be learned from R&I projects on barriers to the deployment of flexibility in the electricity grid?”

Welcome & introduction

Introduction

Walter Schlegel (co-chair Penta SG3, Swiss ministry of energy)

Mark van Stiphout (European Commission, DG ENER)

Overview of ongoing R&I projects in Europe

TSO-DSO cooperation issues & solutions for distribution grid congestion management

Leonardo Meeus (Vlerick Business School)

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Presentation of projects (Part I)

SmartNet

 

RealValue

Gianluigi Migliavacca (RSE SpA)

Marco Rossi (RSE SpA)

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Rowena McCappin (Glen Dimplex Heating and Ventilation)

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Presentation of projects (Part II)

Integrid & Upgrid

Empower & Invade

Pedro Godinho Matos (EDP)

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Joseph Negreira (Smart Innovation Norway)

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Feedback, guided discussion & outlook to future work

Next steps in Horizon2020

Application and evaluation process for Horizon 2020

Mark van Stiphout (EC) 

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Robert Goodchild (INEA)

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Conclusions and next steps

 

 

 


 

June 2017 

Pentalateral Energy Forum – Penta Ministers agree to cooperate closely on management of power risks 

The Dutch Minister competent for Energy, H. Kamp, hosted on the 26th of June the meeting of the Ministers and representatives of the Pentalateral Energy Forum (Benelux, France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland), the European Commission and the Benelux secretariat. The Ministers convened 1) to validate the achieved regional milestones (link naar ‘Penta Support Group Milestones’), 2) to exchange views on future regional cooperation (link naar ‘Penta Ministerial 26 June’) and 3) to agree on a Memorandum of Understanding on emergency planning and crisis management in the power sector (link naar ‘Penta MoU on Emergency Planning and Crisis Management in the Power Sector’)

At the meeting, which took place prior to the Energy Council in Luxembourg,

- Ministers took note of progress made and concluded that there is a need for an updated work program on market integration, security of supply and flexibility. The ministers task the Directors General to work out in more detail the working program for the years to come and to take into account the guidance given today; 

- Ministers discussed the benefits and future role of the Penta cooperation. They concluded that the cooperation has brought clear benefits and that a bottom up approach and political guidance are key elements in the success. There remains a need for Penta cooperation in the energy transition and in the context of a new market design. Political guidance should remain part of the regional cooperation; 

- Ministers decided to sign a Memorandum of Understanding. On prevention and management of risk the Penta members decided to cooperate closely to improve the security of supply. 

Penta Support Groups Milestones 

Penta Ministerial 26 June 

Penta MoU on Emergency Planning and Crisis Management in the Power Sector  



March 2017
 

Pentalateral Energy Forum – Penta Directors General prepare Ministerial meeting 

On the 16th of March, the Dutch Director General for Energy S. Gaastra chaired a meeting of the Directors General of the Pentalateral Energy Forum to monitor whether the regional milestones defined by the Ministers in 2015 are within reach. They concluded (link naar ‘Penta DG conclusions 16 March’) that the analysis on cross-border participation in capacity mechanisms, the improvements to the common generation adequacy assessment, some shared principles concerning risk prepared and a best practice guide on demand side reponse (link naar Penta (EG2) DSR report’) are making good progress. 

Regarding other milestons, such as the roadmap for more integrated balancing and intra-day markets, they discussed about the remaining challenges in order to be able to deliver as well. 

Finally, Directors General exchanged on the ‘Clean Energy for All package’ and on the need to keep the definitions aligned of an institutionalised top down regional cooperation and a voluntary bottom up step by step Penta cooperation. 

Penta DGs Conclusions 16 March


 

June 2016 

Pentalateral Energy Forum accelerates the process to put regional cooperation into practice

The Luxembourg Presidency of the Benelux Union hosted on the 6th of June a meeting on regional energy cooperation with Director Generals for Energy from the Pentalateral Energy Forum (Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg,  Germany, France, Austria and Switzerland) in order to discuss the progress achieved so far and to decide on the next steps to further integrate electricity markets and to develop common approaches in guaranteeing the security of supply. Particular attention was paid to flexible market design. Link to Press Release

-       Penta Directors General Conclusions

-       Penta Technical Background Paper Demand Side Response

-       Penta Technical Background Paper Balancing

-       Penta Technical Background Paper Intraday



June 2015

Pentalateral Energy Success Story Continues/Pentalateral Energy Forum Celebrating 10 years anniversary

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- press release (8 June 2015)

- Second Political Declaration of the Pentalateral Energy Forum ( 8 June 2015)

- Joint Declaration for Regional Cooperation on Security of Electricity Supply in the Framework of  the Internal Energy Market (8 June 2015)

VIDEO:

- http://tvnewsroom.consilium.europa.eu/event/tte-council-energy-june-2015/signature-on-security-of-electricity-supply-pentalateral-energy-forum-polit

 


 WHAT ?

The Pentalateral Energy Forum is the framework for regional cooperation in Central Western Europe (BENELUX-DE-FR-AT-CH) towards improved electricity market integration and security of supply. The Ministers for Energy of the pentalateral countries meet regularly in order to discuss energy policy matters and give guidance to this regional cooperation. The initiative aims to give political backing to a process of regional integration towards a European energy market.This cooperation is formalized trough the Memorandum of Understanding of the Pentalateral Energy Forum, signed on the 6th of June 2007 in Luxembourg.

The added value of this regional cooperation between Ministries, Transmission System Operators (TSOs), the European Commission, Regulatory authorities and the Market Parties Platform, lies in its ability to move faster, to reach more specific recommendations and to act as a development center for new ideas. In the Political Declaration of the Pentalateral Energy Forum of 7 June 2014, the Ministers of Energy requested a first Publication of the Pentalateral Generation Adequacy Assessment ; which was delivered 11 March 2015. The Ministries and the TSO’s of the Pentalateral region each made a common statement on this occasion: 

-Common statement Ministries

-Common statement  TSO's

STRUCTURE ?

The Pentalateral Energy Forum is subdivided in so-called Support Groups, covering work on market integration (SG1) and on security of supply (SG2). Support Groups on legal obstacles (SG3) and on ETS (SG4) are currently on hold. Representatives from the ministries of energy, the Penta Coordinators, chair the Support Group meetings and coordinate within their country. Together with the Directors General for energy, they prepare the meetings of the ministers.

BENELUX ?

The Benelux General Secretariat facilitates this cooperation. It offers the neutral platform for cooperation of the Pentalateral Energy Forum and manages the daily functioning of this regional cooperation.

For more information regarding the Benelux General Secretariat:
Frederik Deloof - f.deloof@benelux.int +32 25 19 38 23

PRIORITIES ?

The priorities of the Pentalateral cooperation have been defined in the Memorandum of Understanding of the Pentalateral Energy Forum in 2007. Both on market integration and security of supply, an Annex of the MoU details the action plan. Link to MoU 2007

In 2013, ministers renewed the mandate, putting more emphasis on a regional approach to security of supply and short term market integration.  Link to Political Declaration 2013