Call for Papers
15 Sep 2010
Abstract Submission
15 Nov 2010
Abstract Notification
01 Dec 2010
Full Paper Submission
01 Feb 2011
Final Notification
15 Mar 2011
Early Regist. Deadline
11 Apr 2011
25-27 May 2011

Special Sessions
The Economics of Smart Grid
Chair: Dirk Van Hertem, K.U. Leuven

Smart grids are a hotly debated topic in the power and energy sector, but in the end there needs to be a business case. Smart grids have different facets depending on the market participant and on the regulatory framework in which they are deployed. This session will discuss some of the ways smart grids can be economic, e.g. through the aggregrated use of resourses, coordination using decentralized actors or using the optimal local mix of energy sources. The session will conclude with the view of the transmission system operator.

  • Daan Six, VITO (Belgium), Aggregators in smart grids and the ADDRESS FP7 project
  • Sebastian Lehnhoff, University of Oldenburg (Germany), Coordination and Organization of Decentralized Actors in Future Smart Grids - Challenges and Solutions
  • Pierluigi Mancarella, University of Manchester (UK), Multi-generation economics
  • Bernd Klöckl, APG & ENTSO-E (Austria), Smart grid economics from the TSO point of view
  • General debate: all presenters.

The Development of the European Power Grid
Chair: Wladysław Mielczarski, Technical University of Lodz, Poland

The development of the European power grid and international power lines is a crucial measure for the implementation of the European energy policy. The European power interconnected system allows for the realization of three main goals of the European policy: increase of security of supply, enhancement of electricity market operation and accommodation of energy produced by renewable resources. The first step done by the European Union in 2006 included the selection of power transmuting lines and the nomination of some of them as the European priority projects and projects of the European interest. European Energy Coordinators (M. Monti. M. Adamowitz and W. Mielczarski) designated in September 2007 have been supervising the development of the main projects identifying and removing the barriers.

The subsequent step is the publication of Green Paper on 17 November 2010, in which European Commission indicates a need for the further development of power transmission system including long distance lines (Electricity Highways) and direct current lines as the supplementation to the existing system of alternating current. Engineers, economists and researchers face large challenges in the introduction of new ideas to system operation as well as the line construction and the implementation of the common market rules.

The panelists J-A. Vinois, DG Energy, European Commission; R. Belmans, Katholieke Universteit Leuven; T. Kapetanonic, E-Control; D. Sabolic, Croatian TSO will discuss the development of the common European power grid.

The Dissemination Session of the European FP7 Project REALISEGRID
Chair: Gianluigi Migliavacca, RSE S.p.A., Italy


The session presents the final results of the European research project REALISEGRID. This project, encompassing the period September 2008 till May 2011, was co-financed by the European Commission (DG-ENERGY) and aimed at pursuing a threefold target:
  • analyze the most promising technologies able to improve the reliability, capacity and flexibility of the transmission network, together with the possibility of more effectively integrating them into the transmission planning procedures;
  • study the impact of different regulatory and socio-economic scenarios on the energy exchanges in Europe in a long term perspective (up to 2030);
  • Implement a set of methodologies and tools to assess the benefits deriving from the expansion of the transmission grid towards the extension of current planning criteria.

  • Overview of the project (Gianluigi Migliavacca, RSE)
  • MARKAL-TIMES modelling of long term scenarios for generation and load up to 2030 (Maurizio Gargiulo, E4SMA)
  • Current approaches to the planning of the transmission infrastructures in Europe: issues and criticalities (Gianluca Fulli, EC JRC)
  • A new approach to analyze transmission investments based on investment signals (Klemens Reich, APG)
  • A new cost-benefit analysis approach to prioritize pan-European grid investments (Gianluigi Migliavacca, RSE)
  • TSO remuneration policies as a driver for a more efficient investment policies (Matteo Urbani, OME)
  • Approval procedures and consensus for building transmission lines: obstacles and solutions (Ana Ciupuliga, TUDelft)
  • General debate: what is the best investment policy to achieve the goals of RES integration, IEM creation and security of supply? How could the typical lag between generation and transmission evolution be reduced? (All presenters)

Preconference Workshop
Investment and Trading in Electricity Markets
Organizer: Jorge de Sousa

This one day training course in Investment and Trading in Electricity Markets gives the participants the opportunity to understand the main features of liberalized electricity markets and the challenges faced by market participants in their short term trading strategies and in their long term investment decisions. The course includes a module of practice where participants are organized in teams, each representing a power company, that compete in a simulated market environment making investment and trading decisions interactively.

This preconference workshop is not a part of the EEM Conference and requires a separate registration and payment. For all details please visit:

A brochure on the Workshop can be downloaded here.

Time & Place:
24 May 2011, 12:00 - 19:00
Venice Room at the Regent Esplanade Hotel (Conference Venue).

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