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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Past Events

Find out about some of the previous events held by Durham Energy Institute:

Workshop: Regulation for Security of Electricity Supply 2.0 in the EU


Given the importance of reliable power supply, ‘security of supply’ (SoS) has always been an important issue in the power sector. Traditional ‘security of electricity supply’ policies were national and looked at aspects such as sufficient network capacity and generation capacity. Moreover, SoS policies tend to focus in practice on ‘solving’ the last power outages. This workshop is part of the SESAME research programme a FP7 project supported by the European Commission, aiming at the development of tools and a regulatory framework for the security of the European power grid against natural, accidental and malicious threats.

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New threats to security of supply

Currently, there are, however, new developments which force us to rethink SoS: we fear new threats (malicious attacks), we see the large scale effects of natural disasters (e.g. tsunami), while the power system changes through the development of smart grids and the increase in renewable generation at the transmission and distribution levels. All this happens in a context of the national systems getting more strongly connected: physically, economically and regulatory (harmonisation of regulation).

Security of power supply policy 2.0

How do these new developments and circumstances affect SoS policy? That is the central topic of this workshop. How would an effective SoS policy look that deals adequately with ‘new’ threats such as natural disasters, malicious attacks and systemic changes, and fits in the multilevel and multi-country environment of the EU and its member states? To what type of regulation would this lead?

Recommendations for policy

As this workshop focuses on the policy framework and regulation for SoS 2.0 in the EU, its main audience would be all persons and actors involved with these issues. These would include EU and national policy makers, regulators, TSOs, industry, and academics.