EUFORES 17th Inter-Parliamentary Meeting on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency - Chapter II

"Baltic Sea energy cooperation - stronger together on the way to a 100% RES energy system"

29 September 2017, Parliament of Estonia, Tallinn

Event Summary

The second chapter of the IPM17 focussed strongly on regional cooperation in the Baltic Sea region and the potential this holds regarding a 100% RES energy system. Speakers included Members of the European Parliament Claude Turmes (EUFORES President) and Theresa Griffin (EUFORES Vice-president) as well as Member of the Estonian Parliament and conference host Rainer Vakra. General input was given by policy makers, experts and industry representatives from various levels, such as Andreea-Petronela Tanasa (European Commission), Ando Leppiman (Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications), Pekka Lundmark (Fortum) and Peder Andreasen (DK Energienet). 

In a session on the overall perspective of renewables in the Baltics Christian Breyer (Lappeenranta University of Technology), Martin Kruus (4ENERGIA), Martin Neubert (DONG Energy), Michael Laho (Volter), Monika Morawiecka (Polish Electricity Association) and Hakan Wirten (WWF Sweden) discussed various scenarios, cooperation possibilities and best practice examples to increase the deployment of renewable energy sources in the Baltics and enable a sustainable energy transition in the region. 

The afternoon session was chaired by Estonian MP Kalle Palling and focussed on the connection between digitalisation and renewables. Presentations were given on ways to empower consumers (Josh Roberts,, smart grids as ways to optimise network management (Taavi Veskimägi, Elering), digital strategies towards 100% RES-Regions (Björn Spiegel, Arge Netz) and the correlation between digitalisation, energy storage and citizen’s engagement (Giorgia Concas, Solar Power Europe)

The conference finished with a panel debate on “The winter package – a dream or nightmare? Hard talk between Mps and MEPs”, including panellists from different Member States such as Member of the German Parliament Bärbel Höhn and Harry Jaskari, Member of the Finnish Parliament.  The discussion was moderated by Stuart Reigeluth (Revolve Media). 



Claude Turmes, European Parliament: "The importance of regional cooperation in the EU Energy Union"

Andreea-Petronela Tanasa, European Commission: "European Commission perspectives on  the development of offshore grids in the Baltic Sea Region" 

Pekka Lundmark, Fortum: "An integrated Baltic Sea power market" 

Peder Andreasen, DK Energienet: "Integrated infrastructure planning as a driver for the Baltic Sea market integration" 

Christian Breyer, Lappeenranta University: "The Baltic Region - the first region in the EU to become 100% RES" 

Martin Kruus, 4 ENERGIA : "Success stories in Estonia and a vision for the Baltic Region" 

Martin Neubert, Dong Energy: "Offshore wind in the Baltic Region"

Michael Laho, Volter: "Your own electricity from wood - Finnish biomass engines and CHP suppliers"

Monika Morawiecka, Polish Electricity Association: "The Polish energy market: Partner for a Baltic Sea cooperation"

Hakan Wirten, WWF Sweden: "The Baltic Sea: Baselines for a Green Powerhouse"

Josh Roberts, "Digitalisation: Harnessing citizens empowerment to provide benefits and services to the energy system"

Taavi Veskimägi, Elering: "Smart grids as a way to optimise network management and empower consumers"

Björn Spiegel, Arge Netz: "NEW 4.0 - The digital strategy torwards a 100% RES-region: and example from Northern Germany"

Giorgia Concas, Solar Power Europe: "When digital meets renewables, energy storage and citizens engagement" 


Pictures of the IPM17 Tallinn

For a larger selection of pictures taken at the IPM17 Tallinn, please visit the EUFORES Flickr Account. 

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