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Electricity Market Design - Fit for Net Zero - Live Broadcast ONLY

14:00 - 17:30 Brussels, Sparks

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We are now living through crucial times that will define the future of Europe’s energy market. The ongoing, gas-driven, energy crisis highlights the need to perfect the current electricity market design.

In particular, the ongoing crisis has revealed the need to consistently pass on the benefits of renewables’ – and other low-carbon technologies’ – lower generation costs
to consumers and urgently reduce Europe’s fossil fuel dependence.

To do that, what we need is an evolution, not a revolution of the system. A market-design fit for a net-zero power system shall build on the current internal EU energy market and its key features (cost-efficiency, cross-border exchanges, and competition between market players) while complementing it to: 

  • Enable consumers to benefit from cheaper clean and renewable energy 
  • Strengthen investment signals to power the necessary electrification rates 
  • Meet the evolving requirements of Europe’s power system for flexibility and decentralisation 

How to achieve it?

Eurelectric and its Knowledge Partner Compass Lexecon are currently working on a key study on how to future-proof Europe’s current electricity market design to reach net zero. We will unveil our key findings on 29 March at our in-person Market Design event in Brussels.

Don’t miss the chance to take part in one of the most topical debates of the year. Mark your calendar and be sure to check our introductory position paper on the topic!

Confirmed speakers


  • Developing an integrated, interconnected and properly functioning European energy market.
  • Ensuring rapid implementation of energy-efficiency and renewable-energy legislation, while assessing the need to review legislation where appropriate. 
  • Implementing the European Green Deal in the energy sector and supporting Member States towards their goals, notably with National Energy and Climate Plans.
  • Respecting the energy-efficiency-first principle, improving the energy performance of buildings and the rate of renovations.
  • Promoting clean energy and renewables through better interconnectivity and energy storage.
  • Scaling up investment in clean energy through the European Green Deal Investment Plan.
  • Supporting smart integration of the electricity, heating, transport and industry sectors.
  • Helping to meet the EU’s electricity interconnection target, enhancing cross-border and regional cooperation.
  • Diversifying sources of supply at competitive prices, maximising the potential of affordable liquefied natural gas
  • Contributing to the design of the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism and the review of the Energy Taxation Directive.
  • Further strengthening nuclear safety and safeguards, continuing nuclear decommissioning.
  • Make full use of the EU Treaties in adopting proposals on energy by co-decision and qualified majority voting.
  • Developing the Just Transition Fund to support those most affected by the ‘green transition’.
  • Empowering consumers at the heart of the EU’s energy system.

Kadri Simson

EU Commissioner for Energy

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Juan J. Alba joined Endesa in July 1997. He is currently in charge of regulatory affairs. 

Between 2000 and October 2004 he was the managing director of the European trading unit of Endesa, and was in charge of the Joint Venture with Morgan Stanley to develop this activity. Before 2000 he was in charge of regulatory affairs of the generation business at Endesa. Between 1986 and 1997 he was a researcher at the Instituto de Investigación Tecnológica (IIT) of Universidad Pontificia Comillas, in Madrid, where he worked on regulation, modelling electricity markets and application of computer techniques to power systems and equipments.

Juan J. Alba has been chairman of the Markets and Investments Committee of Eurelectric and is a member of the Management Committee of aelec (the association of the Spanish electricity industry), he has been member of the board of directors of EFET (the European Federation of Energy Traders), and co-chairman of its WG on financial regulation. He has been a member of the Supervisory Boards of Powernext (French Power Exchange) and Gielda Energii S.A. (Polish Power Exchange). He has a PhD in electrical engineering from Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid.  

Juan José Alba Rios

Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Endesa


Leonhard Birnbaum

Acting President of Eurelectric, Board Member, E.ON SE

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Sonya Twohig is the Secretary-General of ENTSO-E, the European Network of Transmission System Operator for Electricity, since 2022. Before her appointment as Secretary-General, she was Head of Operations Section at ENTSO-E Secretariat, in which she has supported the European TSOs in the implementation of EU Network Codes and Regulations and furthering Regional Coordination initiatives among TSOs. Prior to joining ENTSO-E, Sonya Twohig held several senior management positions in Markets, System Operations and Grid Development for the EirGrid Group.

Sonya Twohig

Secretary-General of ENTSO-E

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Fabien Roques is an Executive Vice President and leads the energy practice of Compass Lexecon in Europe. His expertise cuts across competition, state aid, market design and regulatory issues. Over the past 20 years, Fabien has worked on numerous assignments for clients, including utilities and project developers, financial investors, lawyers, as well as governments and regulators. Fabien is also an Associate Professor in Economics at the University Paris Dauphine and with the European University Institute / Florence School of Regulation.

Fabien Roques

Executive Vice President, Compass Lexecon

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Catharina Sikow-Magny joined the European Commission in 1997 and is currently the Director responsible for Green Transition and Energy System Integration in the Directorate General for Energy. Before that, she was the Head of Unit in charge of Consumers, Local Initiatives, Just Transition. Before that she was the Head of Unit responsible for Networks and Regional Initiatives. She has as well worked on international transport, trans-European network policy and financing, internalisation of external costs, and strategic policy research. 

Before joining the Commission, Catharina Sikow-Magny was a team leader and chief economist in the private sector in Finland. She has also worked for the United Nations Development Programme in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She holds a Master of Economics degree from the Aalto University, Finland


Catharina Sikow-Magny

Director of Green transition & energy system integration, European Commission

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David has 25 years’ experience in providing tailored communication services across Europe and beyond for national governments, EU institutions, the corporate sector, EU advocacy associations, international organisations and NGOs.

As a moderator, he regularly leads European- and international-level conferences and debates across a wide range of topics, including industrial, climate, environment, digital and health policy. In parallel, he also regularly chairs working groups, committees and stakeholder dialogues.

In parallel, David advises organisations on internal and external communications, as well as providing tailor-made training on facilitation, moderation, public speaking, presentations and negotiations.

David Rose

Director, LACS Training


Walburga is the Chief Executive Officer of SolarPower Europe. She is responsible for the overall performance of the association. Her previous experience includes her roles as Head of the EU Representation Office at VERBUND for nine years; Advisor of Financial and Capital Markets at The Association of German Public Banks and Association of Public Banks (VÖB / EAPB); Competition lawyer at Haarmann Hemmelrath; A Parliamentary Assistant to Austrian MEP and experience in the DG Competition Merger Control Task Force. Walburga has also been a Board Member of Hydrogen Europe. 

Walburga holds a degree in Law and Business Administration from Leopold-Franzens Universität Innsbruck. She speaks German, English, Dutch and French.

Walburga Hemetsberger

CEO, SolarPower Europe

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Kristian Ruby took over as Secretary General of Eurelectric, effective 1 January 2017. Prior to his appointment, he worked at WindEurope as part of the Executive Management team where, in his capacity as Chief Policy Officer, he was in charge of developing and implementing the political strategy of the association. Mr Ruby previously also held positions as assistant to the former European Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard and served, for a number of years, as a public servant in the Danish Ministries of Climate and Energy as well as Environment.

Kristian Ruby

Secretary General, Eurelectric

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The European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET)1 announces the appointment of Mark Copley as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with effect from 1 February 2021.
Commenting on the imminent appointment, Marcus Bokermann, Chair of the EFET Board said: “I am delighted to welcome Mark Copley as our CEO designate. I am confident Mark will efficiently and professionally support the work of the Board when he takes over from our current Secretary General, Jan van Aken, in due course. I look forward to working with Mark in his new role. I am confident he will successfully lead EFET through the challenges and opportunities presented to wholesale energy market participants by Europe’s transition to net zero carbon in coming years.”
Peter Styles, Executive Vice Chair of the EFET Board, added: “I would like to congratulate Mark on his appointment as our CEO. It should be noted that Mark came through a tough and competitive selection process over the course of 2020. The whole EFET Board and the Secretariat are looking forward to working with Mark in delivering on the EFET Mission.”
“EFET is an organisation I’ve always admired and I’m incredibly proud to have the opportunity to become CEO. I look forward to working with members and policy makers across Europe to ensure that well-functioning markets play a central role in driving decarbonisation and ensuring secure and affordable energy supplies” said Mark Copley.


1 The European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET) promotes competition, transparency and open access in the European energy sector. We build trust in power and gas markets across Europe, so that they may underpin a sustainable and secure energy supply and enable the transition to a carbon neutral economy. We currently represent more than 100 energy trading companies, active in over 27 European countries. For more information:

Mark Copley

Chief Executive Officer of EFET


Mr Zinglersen took office as Director of the EU Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) in January 2020.
Before joining ACER, he was the first Head of the global Clean Energy Ministerial Secretariat hosted at the International Energy Agency in Paris (IEA).

His background lies primarily in the Danish civil service, serving most recently as Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities, and Climate, responsible inter alia for the energy policy portfolio. He was also the Danish government’s head of the global climate negotiations, culminating in Denmark’s Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2012. He started his career in the Danish Foreign Service, having been posted in Brussels at the Danish Permanent Representation to the EU. For a number of years he taught Union law at the University of Copenhagen.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of Copenhagen and is a graduate of IESE Business School's Advanced Management Program and Harvard Kennedy School's Senior Managers in Government program.

He is married to Christina, a dentist, with whom he has four children, Frederik, Gustav, Maria and Alexander.

Christian Zinglersen

Director, ACER

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Guillaume de Goÿs is currently CEO of Aluminium Dunkerque, the largest primary aluminium smelter in the EU and one of the largest industrial consumers of electricity in France. He chairs the board of Aluminium Duffel, a rolling mill located in Belgium. He has held several management positions in France and abroad, as a senior executive and project manager for various global aluminium, graphite, and tyre companies.

He is also President of the French Association of Aluminium Producers and chairs the primary division of European Aluminium where he actively defends the interests of the profession and contributes to decarbonisation and the circular economy.

Guillaume de Goÿs

CEO of Aluminium Dunkerque


Daniel Liljeberg was born in 1974 and lives in Stockholm. He is marriedand has three children.

Economics and Business Administration Lund University
Positions and assignments

State Secretary, Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation

Head of Social Policy, Swedish Homeowners Association

Chief Economist, Christian Democrats
Parliamentary Secretariat

Responsible for issues of trade and commerce, SvenskDagligvaruhandel

Chief Economist/Chief of Staff , Christian Democrats
Parliamentary Secretariat

Chief Economist, Swedish Homeowners Association

Political Adviser, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs

Political Adviser, Ministry of Finance

Political Adviser, Christian Democrats
Parliamentary Secretariat
Positions and assignments (subheading)
Expert in the Mortgage Inquiry (Ju 2014:04)
Expert in the implementation of the EU directive on improper trademethods between companies in the agricultural and food productionchain (Ds 2019:19)
Expert in the 'white certifi cates’ inquiry on energy effi ciency (Dir.2021:82)
Expert in the inquiry on incentives for the expansion of wind power(Dir. 2022:27)

National military service, second lieutenant, Ystad’s Air DefenceRegiment

Daniel Liljeberg

State Secretary to Minister for Energy, Business and Industry, Ebba Busch

GOV Sweden

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