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Invitation by Chairman Rolands Irklis, Public Utilities Commission of Latvia

See you in Riga, Latvia #ERRAConf2019!

 


Conference Gala Program

ERRA Conference Gala dinner will be organized on September 23 at the
Culture Palace “Ziemelblazma”: http://ziemelblazma.riga.lv/en/about-us/

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Conference Testimonials of the
2018 ERRA Energy Investment and Regulation Conference (Antalya, Turkey)


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Registration Fee

  Early Bird
(until September 2)
Full Rate
(after September 2)
Non-Regulators, Industry Representatives EUR 800 + 21% VAT EUR 900 + 21% VAT
Government Agencies, Non-Member Regulators, Academia Representatives (1) EUR 500 + 21% VAT
ERRA Associate Members  (2) EUR 400 + 21% VAT
ERRA Full Members  (2)  WAIVED!
Spouse Fee (3)
EUR 50 + 21% VAT
  1. Reduced registration for participants from governmental agencies, non-member energy regulators and academia representatives.
  2. Up to 3 representatives of registered Full Members of ERRA! For additional representatives the reduced ERRA Associate Member rate will be applied. 
  3. Includes admission to Conference Dinner only!

Conference location

Riga

Latvia

Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & Spa Hotel
Address: Elizabetes 55, 1010 Riga, Latvia
Tel.: +371 6 777 2222
Web: https://www.radissonblu.com/en/latvijahotel-riga

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  • Accompanying Spouse Name:
  • Beside regular meal, we can ensure vegetarian food to participants.
    Please mark if you are vegеtarian. 
  • Optional program on Sunday, September 22, starting at 16:00.
    It features Riga Hydro Power Plant, largest artificial reservoir in Latvia with 6 hydro power units that generates 10-15% of total Latvian electric power (total installed capacity is 406 MW).

  • CANCELLATION POLICY AND REFUND

    Refunds of registration fees, less Euro 100 administrative charge, will be applied to written cancellation requests received before September 2, 2019. No refunds will be given for cancellation requests received after September 2, 2019. Name changes requested before September 2, 2019 are accepted at no charge. After September 2, 2019, name changes are accepted at a charge of Euro 50.  All refunds will be processed only after the conference closing date.


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September 22, 2019, Sunday

16:00       Site Visit to Riga Hydro Power Plant

  • web: https://www.latvenergo.lv/hpptour/hpp_riga.htm
08:30

Introductory Remarks

Irklis, Rolands

Chairman, Public Utilities Commission (PUC), Latvia; ERRA Presidium Member

Ots, Märt

Chairman, Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA);, Director General, Estonian Competition Authority, Estonia

08:40

Keynote Address

Bayraktar, Alparslan

Deputy Minister, Energy and Natural Resources Ministry of Turkey, Former Chairman, ERRA; Chairman, ERRA Strategic Advisory Board

09:00

Keynote Address

Ruby, Kristian

Secretary General, Eurelectric

SESSION I: BALTIC-NORDIC ELECTRICITY AND NATURAL GAS MARKET: ENERGY TRANSITION

09:20

Presentation: Baltic-Nordic Electricity Market

Sutter, Hando

CEO, Eesti Energia, Estonia

09:40

Panel Discussion: Baltic-Nordic Electricity Market

Junghans, Gatis

Member of the Board, Latvian transmission system operator AS “Augstsprieguma tīkls”, Latvia

Sutter, Hando

CEO, Eesti Energia, Estonia

Vadasz Nilsson, Anne

Director General Energy, Markets Inspectorate, Sweden

Žilienė, Inga

Chair, National Energy Regulatory Council (NERC), Lithuania

10:50

Q&A with the Audience

11:00

Coffee Break

11:30

Presentation: Baltic-Nordic Natural Gas Market

Irklis, Rolands

Chairman, Public Utilities Commission (PUC), Latvia; ERRA Presidium Member

11:50

Panel Discussion: Baltic-Nordic Natural Gas Market

Irklis, Rolands

Chairman, Public Utilities Commission (PUC), Latvia; ERRA Presidium Member

Ots, Märt

Chairman, Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA);, Director General, Estonian Competition Authority, Estonia

Partanen, Timo

Leading Specialist, Energiavirasto (Energy Authority), Finland

Ruolia, Vytautas

Commercial Director, TSO Amber Grid, Lithuania

12:50

Q&A with the Audience

13:00

Lunch

SESSION II – ENERGY TRANSITION AND DECENTRALISATION I.

14:00

Presentation: Energy Transition and Decentralisation I.

Woodhouse, Stephen

Chief Digital Officer, Pöyry PLC

14:20

Presentation of the Abstract Winner

14:35

Presentation: Flexibility in a high VRE system: policy and regulatory perspectives

Bredesen, Hans-Arild

CEO, Nord Pool Consulting

14:55

Presentation: Cyber Security of Critical Infrastructure in an Increasingly Digitized Energy Sector

House, Arthur H.

Connecticut Chief Cybersecurity Risk OfficerUSA

15:15

Q&A with the Audience

15:25

Coffee Break

15:45

Panel Discussion: Energy Transition and Decentralisation I.

The panel will discuss the topic of decentralization of the energy sector, the fact that the median size of the generating unit will decrease as an increasing amount of RES capacities connects to the distribution system. The discussions will then shift on the increased role of DSOs in providing flexibility and policy and regulatory measures that increase incentives for flexible response measures. Finally the discussion will focus on cyber security and the role of regulators and utilities in safeguarding critical infrastructure.

Bagdantseva, Svetlana

Head of Division, Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS), Russia

Malvault, Blandine

Advisor Wholesale Markets & Network Codes, Eurelectric

Mazzoni, Matteo

Senior Analyst, ICIS

16:45

Q&A with the Audience

16:50

Session Concludes

20:00

Conference Dinner

08:45

Guest Regulator: CRE, French Energy Regulatory Commission

SESSION III – ENERGY TRANSITION AND DECENTRALISATION II.

09:00

Presentation: Challenges of integrating additional VRES in the power systems

Pató, Zsuzsanna

Senior Associate, The Regulatory Assistance Project

09:20

Presentation: Regulation Enhancing Electrification: the Mini-Grid tariff framework in Nigeria

Akpeneye, Dafe C.

Commissioner, Legal, Licensing & Compliance, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Nigeria

09:40

Presentation: Empowering customers through innovative rooftop business models in Oman

Al Zakwani, Qais

Executive Director and Member of Authority, Authority for Electricity Regulation of Oman (AER), Oman

10:00

Q&A with the Audience

10:15

Coffee break

10:40

Panel Discussion

The panel will discuss the impact of the energy transition and electrification on future power systems. Specifically there will be discussion on TSO-DSO cooperation and prosumers role on the system.

Moderator

Wagner, Nick

President, Commissioner, NARUC, USA

Panel Members:

Boyd, David C.

Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs, Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), USA, Board Member, ERRA Strategic Advisory Board

Hänninen, Kenneth

Director, Energy Networks, Finnish Energy, Finland

Junghans, Gatis

Member of the Board, Latvian transmission system operator AS “Augstsprieguma tīkls”, Latvia

Ulutas, Haci Ali

Vice-President, Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA), Turkey

11:50

Q&A with the Audience

12:00

Lunch

SESSION IV – REDEFINING THE ROLE OF NATURAL GAS IN THE ENERGY TRANSITION

13:00

Presentation: Reducing the cost of decarbonizing the energy system through sector coupling

Piskor, Sara

Communication and Policy Manager, ENTSO-G

13:20

Presentation: New undertakings within Power-to-Gas technology and the question of industrial scale application

13:40

Presentation: Current and future LNG sector development dynamics

14:00

Q&A with the Audience

14:15

Coffee break

Panel Members:

Dvali, Nugzar

Deputy Head of Legal Department, Georgian Gas Transportation Company, Georgia

Kjellander, Paul

President, Idaho Public Utilities Commission, USA

14:40

Panel Discussion:

The question of the future of gas infrastructure – the problem of stranded assets, alternative use, potential investments and regulatory approach

Moderator:

Petrov, Konstantin

Managing Consultant, DNV GL - Energy, Germany

16:00

Q&A with the Audience

16:15

Conference Concluding Statement Announcement of the 2020 ERRA Conference Location

Melikidze, Maia

Commissioner, Georgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission, Georgia

Ots, Märt

Chairman, Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA);, Director General, Estonian Competition Authority, Estonia

Moderators, Speakers, Panelists

Akpeneye, Dafe C.

Commissioner, Legal, Licensing & Compliance, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Nigeria

Al Zakwani, Qais

Executive Director and Member of Authority, Authority for Electricity Regulation of Oman (AER), Oman

Bagdantseva, Svetlana

Head of Division, Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS), Russia

Bayraktar, Alparslan

Deputy Minister, Energy and Natural Resources Ministry of Turkey, Former Chairman, ERRA; Chairman, ERRA Strategic Advisory Board

Boyd, David C.

Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs, Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), USA, Board Member, ERRA Strategic Advisory Board

Bredesen, Hans-Arild

CEO, Nord Pool Consulting

Dvali, Nugzar

Deputy Head of Legal Department, Georgian Gas Transportation Company, Georgia

Hänninen, Kenneth

Director, Energy Networks, Finnish Energy, Finland

House, Arthur H.

Connecticut Chief Cybersecurity Risk OfficerUSA

Irklis, Rolands

Chairman, Public Utilities Commission (PUC), Latvia; ERRA Presidium Member

Junghans, Gatis

Member of the Board, Latvian transmission system operator AS “Augstsprieguma tīkls”, Latvia

Kjellander, Paul

President, Idaho Public Utilities Commission, USA

Malvault, Blandine

Advisor Wholesale Markets & Network Codes, Eurelectric

Mazzoni, Matteo

Senior Analyst, ICIS

Melikidze, Maia

Commissioner, Georgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission, Georgia

Ots, Märt

Chairman, Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA);, Director General, Estonian Competition Authority, Estonia

Partanen, Timo

Leading Specialist, Energiavirasto (Energy Authority), Finland

Pató, Zsuzsanna

Senior Associate, The Regulatory Assistance Project

Petrov, Konstantin

Managing Consultant, DNV GL - Energy, Germany

Piskor, Sara

Communication and Policy Manager, ENTSO-G

Ruby, Kristian

Secretary General, Eurelectric

Ruolia, Vytautas

Commercial Director, TSO Amber Grid, Lithuania

Sutter, Hando

CEO, Eesti Energia, Estonia

Ulutas, Haci Ali

Vice-President, Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA), Turkey

Vadasz Nilsson, Anne

Director General Energy, Markets Inspectorate, Sweden

Wagner, Nick

President, Commissioner, NARUC, USA

Woodhouse, Stephen

Chief Digital Officer, Pöyry PLC

Žilienė, Inga

Chair, National Energy Regulatory Council (NERC), Lithuania


2018 Conference Abstracts


 

 

Purpose

The purpose of the ERRA Energy Investment and Regulation Conference Abstracts is to present new and ongoing research in the energy sector, particularly related to energy regulation and development of energy markets and reflecting the topics discussed during the Conference.


Proposed Topics

The Candidates may choose among the following topics of the ERRA Conference:

  1. Energy Transition and Decentralisation

Electrification, the shift of energy consumption from transport to electricity through electric vehicles, will play an important role in this the energy transition. Additionally, the fact that RES have seen steeply-declining cost curves over the past decade implies their deployment – even without subsidy – is likely to continue in the future either through IPPs or behind-the meter generation. It is believed that this will reduce the average size of the generating units connected in the network, implying more and more generation will be connected on the distribution network. This consequently implies that DSOs will increasingly have to assume a role in providing flexibility in the market, to accommodate differences between consumption and demand in their networks. TSO-DSO cooperation in this regard will be very necessary. The submitted abstracts should adequately address the role of regulators in these important aspects.

  1. The Role of Natural Gas in the Energy Transition

Clean energy package has already been adopted by the European parliament as EU sets their vision for the share of renewables in the gross final energy consumption in 2030. It is believed that gas will play a very significant transitional role from the current energy mix to the full renewable energy mix since the gas is relatively cleaner. Biogas biofuels, renewable fuels from excess energy produced will be added to the mix, implying there will be opportunities for gas in this transitional phase.  The submitted abstracts should deal with the role of the regulators related to gas in the energy transition.

  1. Cyber Security

Today’s electric, gas, water, communications, and transportation system operations are increasingly dependent on integrated systems to manage complex resources. Indeed, the introduction of advanced technology and digital controls to create “smart” energy grids offers considerable benefits to utilities and consumers alike, promising efficiency gains in system operations and allowing for great consumer choice and investment in renewable energy sources. While many future investments in the energy sector will help accelerate the “energy transition” to create more decentralized, automated, and clean systems, they will also introduce vulnerabilities that can be exploited by cyberattacks. There is significant risk posed by increasingly digitized and integrated energy systems and there are challenges that utilities, regulators, and investors will all have to face in the coming years, with a particular focus on the costs and benefits of cybersecurity and how will these risks impact future investments needed as part of energy transition. Abstracts submitted under this topic should address these risks and the role of regulators in cyber security.


Time-line of the Conference Abstract Process

  • July 3, 2019: Deadline for the submission of the Abstracts
  • August 15, 2019: Publication of results
  • September 23-24, 2019: Presentation during the 18th ERRA Energy Investment and Regulation Conference and Poster Exhibition

Primary Group – Conference Presentations

Authors of best Abstracts are invited as presenters of the ERRA Investment and Regulation Conference. ERRA will provide full complimentary passes for the 2-day Conference to invited authors and ERRA will contribute to the travel and accommodation fees up to the maximum value of 1000 EUR/abstract. (Reminder: maximum 3 abstracts will be awarded for conference presentation purposes.)

Secondary Group – Poster Exhibition

ERRA will organize a Poster Exhibition in the Conference Foyer Area presenting research, findings and developments from primary and secondary abstracts. Posters should be descriptive, including visual aids like charts, tables, graphics, photos, etc. The poster should speak for itself and should not include lengthy texts or extensive explanations. Authors should be present in the Poster Exhibition area and be available for questions during times indicated in the Conference Program. ERRA is responsible for any cost related to the printing of the posters. Examples from previous year can be found here >>>.


For detailed information on the Submission Process, Evaluation Criteria and Format Requirements, please refer to the documents below:

 

Be a sponsor!

Registration for sponsors is now open!

The ERRA Energy Investment and Regulation Conference provides access to an international group of regulators, utilities, network companies and other stakeholders in the field of energy.

Sponsorship is an easy and affordable way to promote your company and its achievements to a targeted professional audience while supporting the continued development in the field of energy regulation and ERRA. If ERRA’s vision, mission and values are in alignment with yours, we encourage you to contact us to explore the possibilities of becoming a conference sponsor or supporter. Contact the ERRA Secretariat: gro.t1563447731enarr1563447731e@tai1563447731rater1563447731ces1563447731

Deadline for applying as a sponsor: September 5, 2019


Benefits to conference sponsors:

  • complimentary registrations
  • company logo on conference website and all related promotional materials
  • reference among ERRA’s social media partners
  • display table
  • acknowledgement in opening and closing remarks
  • speaking opportunity
  • logo on sponsored company supply item

Sponsorship categories are grouped in the following way:

  • Platinum level sponsors in value of 30,000 EUR;
  • Golden level sponsors in value of 15,000 EUR;
  • Silver level sponsors in value of 7,500 EUR;
  • Conference supply sponsors in value of 5,000 EUR
    • Photographs during the Conference
    • Conference brochure
    • Conference badge holder
  • Conference supply sponsors in value of 3,000 EUR
    • Notepad and pen
    • Speaker gift
  • Conference general sponsors in value of 3,000 EUR

NEW:

  • Academia Patronage: Raise your company’s social responsibility by sponsoring students’ or young researchers’ participation: up from 3 delegates in value of 3,000 EUR (or more)

Academia Patronage

Sponsorship of participation of minimum 3 postgraduate students or young researchers in the Conference in the value of 3000 EUR (1000 EUR/person). Sponsorship covers registration fee only, excluding travel and accommodation costs. Students and researchers could be selected by the Patron (in this case they should certify officially their studies) or suggested by ERRA. Selecting this opportunity, your company will be displayed as a Patron on the Conference website, printed brochure, and other printed conference materials, separated from Conference sponsors.  ERRA will have the option to ask selected student(s) to write a short blog post (approximately 500 words about the conference upon completion or during the event). Details of the patronage can be subject to individual discussion. Please contact ERRA Secretariat for further information.

For more information please refer to >>> Sponsorship opportunities

Nr. Country First Name Last Name Organization Job Title
1LithuaniaVilmaAdamavičiūtėNational Energy Regulatory Council (NERC)Director of Law Department
2AzerbaijanSamirAkhundovAzerbaijan Energy Regulatory Agency (AERA)Chairman of the Board
3Saudi ArabiaAbdulrahman AliAl-MuhannaElectricity & Cogeneration Regulatory Authority (ECRA)Governor
4Saudi ArabiaAbdulrhamanAlmohizaiElectricity & Cogeneration Regulatory Authority (ECRA)Director General, Licensing & Legal Affairs
5RussiaSvetlanaBagdantsevaFederal Antimonopoly ServiceHead of Division
6Bosnia and HerzegovinaJasminBešoRegulatory Commission for Energy in Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FERK)Commissioner
7United States (US)DavidBoydMidcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO)Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs
8TurkeyAhmetDoganEnergy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA)Energy Expert
9GeorgiaNugzarDvaliGeorgian Gas Transportation Company (GGTC)Deputy Head of Legal Department
10LithuaniaJurgaGrudzinskaitė-GainovskėNational Energy Regulatory Council (NERC)Director of Gas and Electricity Department
11United States (US)ErinHammelNational Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Director, International Programs
12FinlandKennethHänninenFinnish EnergyDirector
13LatviaRolandsIrklisPublic Utilities Comission (PUC)Chairman
14TurkeyAbdul CebbarKaraogluEnergy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA)Energy Expert
15United States (US)PaulKjellanderNational Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC); Idaho Public Utilities Commission (IPUC) Second Vice President, NARUC; President, IPUC
16ArmeniaGayaneKolyanPublic Services Regulatory Commission (PSRC)Head of Economic Division of Development and Monitoring Department
17TurkeyMehmetKürkçüEnergy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA)Head of Group for Foreign Relations
18LatviaLijaMakarePublic Utilities Comission (PUC)Head of International Relations
19LithuaniaJonasMakauskasNational Energy Regulatory Council of the Republic of LithuaniaDeputy Chair
20BelgiumBlandineMalvaultEurelectricAdvisor Wholesale Markets
21GermanyMatteoMazzoniICISSenior Analyst
22CameroonPhilippeMbeleElectricity Sector Regulatory Agency (ARSEL)Sud Director of Tariff Controls
23GeorgiaMaiaMelikidzeGeorgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission (GNERC)Commissioner
24LatviaKristapsMuzikantsGeton Energy SIACEO
25TurkeyMustafaOktarEnergy Market Regulatory Authotiry (EMRA)Energy Expert
26EstoniaMärtOtsEstonian Competition AuthorityDirector General
27FinlandTimoPartanenEnergy Authority FinlandLeading Specialist
28HungaryZsuzsannaPatóRegulatory Assistance Project (RAP)Senior Associate
29Bosnia and HerzegovinaNikolaPejicState Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC)Commissioner
30BelgiumSaraPiskorENTSOG AISBLCommunication & Policy Manager
31Bosnia and HerzegovinaSanelaPokrajčićRegulatory Commission for Energy in Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FERK)President
32AlbaniaEltonRadheshiAlbanian Energy Regulatory Authority (ERE)Head of International Unit
33BelgiumKristianRubyEurelectricSecretary General
34LithuaniaVytautasRuoliaAB Amber GridCommercial Director
35GeorgiaGeorgiShengeliaGeorgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission (GNERC)Deputy Director of International Relations' Department
36Bosnia and HerzegovinaMileSrdanovicRegulatory Commission for Energy in Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FERK)Commissioner
37EstoniaHandoSutterEesti Energia ASChairman of the Management Board
38BhutanSamdrupThinleyBhutan Electricity Authority (BEA)Chief Executive Officer
39Bosnia and HerzegovinaMiloradTusevljakState Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC)Commissioner
40EstoniaMaarjaUulitsEstonian Competition AuthorityHead of External and Public Relations Department
41SwedenAnneVadasz NilssonSwedish Energy Markets Inspectorate (Ei)/ Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER)Director General, Ei/ Vice President, CEER
42United States (US)NickWagnerNational Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC); Iowa Utilities Board (IUB)President, NARUC; Board Member, IUB
43PolandMalgorzataWesolowskaEnergy Regulatory Office (ERO)Head of Unit
44United States (US)GregWhiteNational Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Executive Director
45United Kingdom (UK)StephenWoodhousePöyry Management ConsultingDirector
46Bosnia and HerzegovinaSuadZeljkovicState Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC)Chairman
47LithuaniaIngaŽilienėNational Energy Regulatory Council (NERC)Chair

Venue/ Accommodation

Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & Spa Hotel
Address: Elizabetes 55, 1010 Riga, Latvia
Tel.: +371 6 777 2222
Web: https://www.radissonblu.com/en/latvijahotel-riga

Kindly note that accommodation is not included in the registration fee. Negotiated rate for the participants at the conference venue is 115 EUR / person/ night (incl. super breakfast buffet, fast wireless internet access, free usage of fitness area at the conceptually unique ESPA Riga Spa facilities and VAT). Room reservations and payment should be settled directly with the hotel. Reservation form will be provided with confirmation letter.

Guests will have to book their rooms by July 20, 2019. After that date, reservations will be accepted on space available basis. Reservation link: https://bit.ly/2YhU3kB


Visa

The list of countries whose citizens may enter Latvia without visa can be found here. In case visa is needed, please verify visa requirements by contacting the Latvian Embassy in your country (list of diplomatic missions). List of third countries, where a Schengen state issues visas on behalf of Latvia is available on this page.

In case you need an entry visa, please immediately contact the ERRA Secretariat! To prepare a visa invitation letter for you, please send us your passport copy.

Conference location

Riga

Latvia

Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & Spa Hotel
Address: Elizabetes 55, 1010 Riga, Latvia
Tel.: +371 6 777 2222
Web: https://www.radissonblu.com/en/latvijahotel-riga

Host

Hosted by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) Latvia

Sponsors

Conference Supply Sponsors

 

Media Supporter