On 6 October, we organised a joint workshop with the Portuguese Representation to the EU, on energy sharing in the EU Electricity Market Design. The Electricity Market Design introduces a new innovative concept of energy sharing, which would allow consumers to share electricity between different premises.
During the briefing, we discussed the key role of energy sharing in boosting the resilience of the electric system, advancing renewables, and protecting the most vulnerable consumers. We also heard stories from companies on how energy sharing is being implemented on the ground.
Manuela Teixeria Pinto, Deputy Permanent Representative, COREPER I, kicked off the workshop, highlighting how energy sharing is something the Portuguese government wanted in the draft of the EU Electricity Market Design, emphasising how; “it is key for the resilience of the system, and to ensure a system that is equitable and affordable for all."
Our CEO Walburga Hemetsberger then spoke about the challenges we need to overcome in order to effectively implement energy sharing in the EU Electricity Market Design. She noted; “we need a solar powerhouse, including regulatory stability in the EU Electricity Market Design... Energy sharing will make it possible to share electricity, and strengthen solar's public support.”
Following this, our Policy Advisor, Jan Osenberg shared report insights on energy sharing from our EU Electricity Market Design paper, highlighting; “energy sharing fills an important gap between self-consumption and energy communities...we have to open the scheme to all consumers."
Afterwards, we heard stories on the ground from José Almeida, CEO of Greenvolt Comunidades, and Luis Hernandez, Head of Innovation Domain at E.On. The briefing concluded with a Q&A with attendees, with questions raised by EU Energy Attachés from Lithuania, Cyprus and Luxembourg.
We look forward to holding more workshops on energy sharing in the future!