Useful exchanges with ENTSO-E and ENTSOG

During the last IFIEC’s GA of December 2023, our experts had the opportunity to discuss informally the grid infrastructure challenges faced by energy-intensive industries in Europe with 2 important guest speakers: Sonya Twohig, secretary General of ENTSO-E (electricity) and Piotr Kuz, Director General of ENTSOG (gas). 

The discussion covered several issues such as grid reliability and stability, grid capacity and congestion, but also integration of renewables, energy storage, smart grid technologies as well as interconnection and cross-border cooperation, investment and funding …

This was a rich discussion that will be pursued in the near future. Addressing these grid infrastructure challenges requires, indeed, collaboration between all actors : energy providers, regulators, policymakers and, obviously, industrial stakeholders to create a resilient and adaptive energy grid that meets the evolving needs of energy-intensive industries in Europe.

Securing competitive low carbon energy for industry: short-term and long-term perspectives

European energy intensive industries are facing unprecedented challenges: Russian invasion of Ukraine, gas shortage, exceptionally high gas and electricity prices, additional intermittent renewables, increased role of grid operators, future of nuclear plants, ambitious - but often unilateral - climate policies... All those energy and climate related challenges have a direct influence on the environmental performance and socio-economic situation of the EU industry. They also often create competition distortions within Europe and competitive disadvantages compared to their competitors in the rest of the world: North and South America, Middle East, Australia, … This structural handicap seriously jeopardizes industrial activities and further development in Europe. The EU Commission recently proposed a revised Temporary Crisis Framework and Repower EU, as well as several new industrial Acts and an electricity market reform. Several Member States successfully introduced national emergency measures to protect their critical industrial sectors during the crisis.

During the last General assembly mid June 2023, experts from EU industry discussed with several keynote speakers from the EU Commission, DG CLIMA, ACER and Eurogas to actively contribute to effective solutions for maintaining competitive industrial sectors in Europe in a sustainable manner.