Flexibility services will be absolutely essential to keeping Europe’s increasingly decentralised power system running smoothly and maintaining Europe’s position as a leader in the global green economy. A number of platforms are being developed across Europe to meet the needs of distribution and transmission networks but to further enable these innovative solutions an efficient and transparent set of market design rules is required.
In the run up to this event, Gael Glorieux sat down with Fergal McNamara, Chair of Eurelectric's Distribution & Market Facilitation Committee, to talk through how Eurelectric is contributing to the discussion on flexibility services and what make up the main takeaways of our latest report.
Carolina Vereda works for Endesa in the regulatory affairs department since 2013. She is engaged in different topics such as flexibility markets, aggregation models, DSO retribution, network development plans and customers.
Carolina is involved in many Brussels activities related to DSO business. In 2018, she was elected Chair of the WG Business Models and Networks Customers at Eurelectric and currently she is co-chairing the WG Regulation and Network Customers. She also takes part in the joint TF Demand Side Flexibility in charge of developing the scope of the upcoming NC on flexibility.
Before that and for 3 years, she worked for Eurelectric as Policy Adviser for DSO-related issues.
She holds an industrial engineering degree and in 2020 she was selected by World Energy Council as part of the Future Energy Leaders program.
Regulatory Affairs, Endesa
Dr Fergal McNamara is Manger of Regulation and Policy for ESB an integrated energy company based in Ireland and Chairman of the Eurelectric Distribution and Market Facilitation Committee and the Irish National Committee of the World Energy Council. Fergal has had many roles in ESB and in Government where he was Senior Energy Advisor in the Irish Government and Head of Capacity Markets at the UK Government.
Chair, Eurelectric Distribution & Market Facilitation Committee - Manager, Regulation & Policy, ESB
Director in the energy sector with deep experience in Consulting, Energy markets and Digital
16 years experience in the digital and energy sectors
Associate Director, Accenture
James Johnston is the CEO and Co-founder of Piclo, the UK’s leading online marketplace for local flexibility trading. Prior to Piclo, James spent 3 years researching microgrids at University of Strathclyde. James is also the founder of Solar Sketch, a design company for the solar industry and worked at international engineering firm Arup. James is a published author contributing chapters to Academic Press books on peer-to-peer energy and local flexibility trading.
CEO & Co-founder, Piclo
Knowledgeable of the energy markets throughout the value chain (generation, distribution grids and retail), mostly in regulation, energy policies, strategic marketing and energy planning
Studies and Competition, EDP
Utilities Managing Director (Digital Grid in EALA), Accenture
Stefan Dörig is Member of the Board and Chair of the Markets Committee in smartEn, and Head of Regulatory and Public Affairs at tiko Energy Solutions AG. He studied history, economics and Russian literature at the University of Zurich and launched his professional career 2007 at the Swiss Federal Office of Energy. Later, Stefan held a position as an energy economist in BKW, one of Switzerland’s major energy companies, and 2013-2017 he worked at the Mission of Switzerland to the European Union in Brussels, where he was in charge of the energy dossier. After his return to Switzerland, Stefan joined software-startup enersis, before entering tiko in spring 2020.
Board Member & Chair of smartEn Markets Committee and Head of Regulatory & Public Affairs tiko Energy Solutions AG
Louise has a Master’s Degree in Economics and her 16 years in energy regulation spans consumer retail, smart metering, wholesale, REMIT, enforcement and network issues. In her current role as Head of DSO and Whole System Coordination at OFGEM, the GB energy regulator, she focusses on developing flexibility markets and data transparency at distribution level and changing the regulatory environment to better incentivise distribution system operation activities that support the energy system to efficiently meet Net Zero goals. Louise is also the vice chair of CEER’s Distribution System Working Group and engages frequently in GB and European forums.
Louise Van Rensburg
Head of DSO & Whole System Coordination, OFGEM Vice Chair-CEER’s Distribution System Working Group
After graduating SUPELEC, a top-ranking French School of Engineering and Applied Science, I started as a BOP electrical engineer on West Burton B CCGT construction site (2011-2012) and worked for 5 years at ENEDIS Maintenance & Emergency Services Department, first as an operational manager and then as a project manager.
Since then, I'm part of ENEDIS Market Players and Mechanisms team, specialized on flexibility solutions both at European & French levels. I specialize on DSO flexibility markets and I am in charge of the first French project of market-based procurement of local flexibilities (call for tenders, contracts, MVS…).
Expert Flexibility, Enedis
Paul is active in public advocacy & EU affairs in Brussels since 2005. His experience in the energy policy filed covers grid integration of variable RES, R&D policy and related standardisation & engineering issues. As Eurelectric’s head of the Distribution & Market Facilitation unit, he and his team cover all aspects of regulatory frameworks for distribution grids including infrastructure investments, flexibility, tariffs & grid resilience.
Head of Distribution & Market Facilitation, Eurelectric