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Is your organisation ready for the challenges of a deregulated power sector? How can it benefit from the commercial opportunities of the liberalised electricity market? How can you retain and possibly increase your market share in a fiercely competitive environment? How can you create an effective business strategy that would allow you to thrive in the liberalised European electricity market? If these are the questions you seek answers to, then you can't afford to miss this unique conference. Third Party Access in European Electricity will provide an excellent opportunity to hear from an international panel of leading industry experts and put your questions to key players in the European power sector.

Third Party Access in European Electricity conference will provide the ideal forum for keeping abreast of critical issues and latest developments in TPA. It will provide you with first-hand knowledge of how leading players in the European power sector are adapting TPA practices and how your company can benefit from it.

Third Party Access is organised and produced by SMi: we specialise in providing senior executives with timely, strategic and focused business information. SMi conferences are leading edge business events offering delegates the opportunity to meet senior industry and government figures and seek their advice and opinions.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Paul Garrett

Paul Garrett, Editor, Utility Week

9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS: LIBERALISATION AND PERIPHERALITY - A REGULATOR’S PERSPECTIVE

Douglas McIldoon

Douglas McIldoon, Director General, OFREG (UK

  • Does TPA matter on the edge of Europe?
  • The centre and the periphery - divergence or convergence?
  • The Directive’s relevance
  • TPA in a barren land
  • The relationship between regulation and competition
  • Harmonising outcomes - is the Directive enough?
  • 9:40 THE CHALLENGE OF ELECTRICITY TRADING IN THE EUROPEAN CONTEXT

    David de Casseres

    David de Casseres, Commercial Director, Viridian Power Resources (UK)

  • Facing reality - the fundamentals
  • Separating the ‘value drivers’ (energy, capacity and transportation)
  • Prospects for the ‘level playing field’
  • Managing the ‘value chain’
  • Effective contractual solutions
  • Electricity pricing in the short and long term Lessons learnt and challenges for the future
  • 10:20 NORWEGIAN MODEL OF ELECTRICITY LIBERALISATION

    Gunn Oland

    Gunn Oland, Managing Director, Oslo Energi (Norway)

  • Results of electricity deregulation in Norway
  • The impact of TPA regulations on power grids
  • A system operator - new tasks and duties in a competitive electricity market
  • Benefits of cash settlement contracts
  • Risks of fixed price/volume contracts
  • Prospects for the future
  • 11:00 Morning coffee

    11:20 ANATOMY OF POWER LIBERALISATION

    Egil G. Arntsen

    Egil G. Arntsen, Managing Director, Østfold Energi (Norway)

  • 8 years of practical experience for a medium/big size Norwegian power utility
  • Grid company (monopoly) - the ‘king pin’ of liberalisation
  • Re-regulation - certainly not de-regulation
  • Enhanced awareness for owners, Board and employees
  • Handling of 55 external suppliers into own grid area and own new customers outside
  • Structural changes - to buy or to be bought
  • 12:00 EC COMPETITION LAW AND ELECTRICITY LIBERALISATION

    Riccardo Celli

    Riccardo Celli, Managing Partner, Norton Rose Brussels (Belgium)

  • Application of competition law in energy sector
  • TPA and competition law principles
  • Importance of interconnections between member states
  • Merges and acquisitions in a liberalised electricity sector
  • Limitation of liberalisation: public service obligations
  • Stranded costs and applications of state aid rules
  • 12:40 Lunch

    13:40 THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPACT OF TPA

    Dr. Jayesh Parmar

    Dr. Jayesh Parmar, Partner, Ernst and Young (UK)

  • Update on progress
  • Models of Third Party Access
  • Development of market mechanisms
  • New entrants and factors for success
  • 14:20 LIBERALISATION OF THE PORTUGUESE POWER SECTOR

    Dr. Jorge Vasconcelos

    Dr. Jorge Vasconcelos, President, ERSE (Portugal)

  • Major regulation overhaul of 1996-97
  • Appointment of an independent regulator
  • Implementing new tariffs
  • Choosing the best solutions
  • TPA and how the Portuguese electricity sector can benefit from it
  • 15:00 CONSUMER ISSUES IN LIBERALISED ELECTRICITY MARKET

    Rodney Brooke

    Rodney Brooke, Chairman, National Electricity Consumers Council (UK)

  • Handling customers in a competitive environment
  • Meeting consumer expectations
  • Benefits of competition for consumers
  • Pricing policy as means of winning new customers
  • Likely future developments
  • 15:40 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 NEGOTIATION AND ACCESS FOR TPA IN EUROPE

    Dr. Christel Möller

    Dr. Christel Möller, Director General for Energy, Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (Germany)

  • Regulated Third Party Access in electricity markets
  • Negotiated Third Party Access in electricity markets
  • Raising the question of claiming validation
  • The impact of TPA on European power industry
  • Alternative methods of electricity transportation access
  • The key to future developments
  • 16:30 GERMANY’S DEVELOPMENT OF TPA

    Dr. Rolf Bierhoff

    Dr. Rolf Bierhoff, Member of the Board, RWE Energie (Germany)

  • Industry structure in Germany
  • Consumer power, industrial and domestic consumers and their strengths
  • Tax and other restrictive legislation
  • The current trading market and internal entrants
  • The structure for NTPA and single buyer models
  • Cross-border trade and the challenge to German incumbents
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    17:10 Informal networking drinks reception for delegates and speakers

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Benjamin Tait

    Benjamin Tait, Consultant, Prospex Research Ltd

    9:10 A SWEDISH PERSPECTIVE ON TPA IN EUROPEAN POWER INDUSTRY

    Håkan Heden

    Håkan Heden, Deputy Director General, Swedish National Energy Administration (Sweden)

  • Competition trends in Swedish electricity market
  • The opportunities for trading
  • Establishment of independent producers
  • Capacity development
  • Increasing price transparency
  • Best actions for best results
  • 9:40 HUNGARIAN ELECTRICITY COMPETING IN A LIBERALISED EUROPE

    András Vinkovits

    András Vinkovits, Deputy Director General of Energy Department, Ministry of Economic Affairs (Hungary)

  • Overview of the Hungarian power industry
  • The Business Model of Energy and the further steps
  • Liberalising electricity sector and harmonising its laws
  • Increasing efficiency through operational restructuring of the energy sector
  • TPA and Independent System Operator
  • Opportunities for foreign investments in the power industry
  • 10:20 ELECTRICITY DEREGULATION IN SPAIN

    Dr. Juan Jose Alba

    Dr. Juan Jose Alba, Deputy Director of Regulatory Affairs and Risk Management, Endesa (Spain)

  • Introducing a transparent wholesale electricity market
  • Improving operational efficiency to promote international expansion
  • Role of an independent system operator in the liberalised environment
  • Governmental attempts to smooth transition to a competitive environment: a solution to speed up liberalisation?
  • Impact of the compensation packages on the final price of electricity
  • TPA and how the Spanish electricity sector can benefit from it - prospects for the future
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 IMPLEMENTATION OF EU LIBERALISATION DIRECTIVES IN POLAND

    Slawomir Smoktunowicz

    Slawomir Smoktunowicz, Director of Corporate Strategy, Polish Power Grid Company PSE (Poland)

  • The Energy Law 1997 - creation of URE and introduction of market reforms
  • Transformation of electricity industry and development of market-led structure
  • Operating TPA and creating transparent price policy
  • Accommodation of existing contracts in the new competitive market
  • A two pronged approach to privatisation
  • Prospects of foreign participation in the power market
  • 12:00 THE ROLE OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC IN THE EUROPEAN POWER MARKET

    Miroslav Vrba

    Miroslav Vrba, Director of Strategic Planning, CEZ (The Czech Republic)

  • The new energy policy blueprint of March 1999: upset hopes for a swift move towards deregulation
  • Accelerating market reforms in tariffs, price regulation and privatisation
  • Temelin and Tusmice I - what’s in the future?
  • The benefits of foreign investments
  • TPA prospects in the Czech power industry
  • 12:40 Lunch

    13:40 ELECTRICITY DEREGULATION PROCESS IN ITALY

    Ing. Fabrizio Zenone and Prof. Giuseppe Gatti

    Ing. Fabrizio Zenone and Prof. Giuseppe Gatti, Corporate Strategic Development Director, FALCK Group and UNAPACE (Italy)

  • Governmental acceptance of EU liberalisation directive
  • Privatisation of the Italian electricity sector - what is the best way forward?
  • The opening of the Italian market
  • TPA and its impact on private operators
  • Transmission grid locked but trading, a reality
  • Future of the Italian electricity industry
  • 14:20 NEW MARKET PROPOSALS FOR ENGLAND AND WALES - IMPLICATIONS FOR NEW MARKET PROPOSALS FOR ENGLAND AND WALES - IMPLICATIONS FOR TRANSMISSION SYSTEM OPERATION

    Dr. Roger Urwin

    Dr. Roger Urwin, Managing Director Transmission, National Grid (UK)

  • New Market arrangements - key features
  • The balancing mechanism - maintaining security of supply
  • Implications for System Operation
  • Changes to Licensing and regulatory framework
  • 15:00 LIBERALISING POWER TRADE WHILE PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE CONSUMERS

    Per Johansen

    Per Johansen, Director of Finance, Elkraft (Denmark)

  • Introduction to the structure of the power sector
  • Key elements in the regulatory framework
  • The functions of the system operator
  • The roles of new players
  • Winners and losers
  • Future trends
  • 15:40 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 A FINNISH PERSPECTIVE ON TPA

    Asta Sihvonen-Punkka

    Asta Sihvonen-Punkka, Director, Electricity Market Authority (Finland)

  • Finnish model of electricity liberalisation
  • Opportunities and challenges within a free energy market
  • Regulated TPA versus Negotiated TPA
  • The consequences of choosing regulated TPA
  • The role and the tasks of the regulator in the Finnish market
  • Regulating cross-border trade
  • 16:30 THIRD PARTY ACCESS - THE FINAL OVERVIEW

    Dr. Martin Giesen

    Dr. Martin Giesen, Vice President, InterGen (UK)

  • Identifying, overcoming and eliminating barriers to intra- and inter-country trade
  • What is ‘available capacity’?
  • Dealing with ‘congestion’ on trans-border electricity lines
  • Transmission charges: postage stamp, entry/exit models
  • Identifying ways to avoid transmission charge ‘pancaking’
  • Future scenarios for a liberalised electricity market in Europe
  • 17:00 Chairman's closing remarks and close of conference

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