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Third Energy Package – and the implications for the GB Electricity Supply Industry


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The price and availability of energy is a hot topic. Find out what the EU is doing about the cost and security of our energy supplies.

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11 February 2014 - 18:30-20:30


Birmingham, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the Power Systems & Equipment TPN. Contact Mike Kay for more information.

About this event

The “Third Package” is an important piece of EU legislation on European gas and electricity markets.  It consists of three Regulations and two Directives and came into force on 3 September 2009.

One of the key aims of the Third Package was to further liberalise and integrate European energy markets. Its core provisions include ownership unbundling of Transmission System Operators (TSOs) so that they are independent of generation, production and supply interests; the establishment of an Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) and two new bodies for the cooperation of TSOs, namely the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) and Gas (ENTSO-G); alignment of the minimum powers and duties of national regulators; and the development of European network and market codes.

Given that Great Britain already has a liberalised and unbundled market with a strong independent regulator, it would be tempting to assume that the Third Package would be easy to implement in Great Britain.  But this is not necessarily the case.

This evening lecture will explain the political drivers behind the third package, and what it means for Great Britain, but with a particular focus on the European Network Codes that ENTSO-e have developed.  These are far reaching and impose new electricity network requirements which affect all electricity customers in the EU, right down to domestic customers.  The lecture will explain the likely impact of these new Codes on customers in GB.


Sue Harrison is Head of European Energy Markets in the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change.  She has led for the UK the negotiations in Brussels of all the European Union (EU) Directives and Regulations on the Internal Market in Electricity and Gas and related EU instruments. She is responsible for all matters related to the internal energy market, including the Third Package network codes, and has a key role in the UK-Ireland renewables trading project and the North Seas Countries’ Offshore Grid Initiative.   Sue has also worked in the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Consumer Affairs Division and was for many years the Head of the DTI’s Translation Service.

Mike Kay MA MSc CEng FIET is currently the Networks strategy and Technical support director of Electricity North west. He joined Norweb (Electricity North West’s forerunner) as a student apprentice in 1978 and since then he has worked in various aspects within the company ranging from policy roles to the detailed design of 132kV systems and equipment, and managing a regional direct labour force and the regulatory interface. Mike has chaired the Electricity Networks Association’s Engineering Committee, which at that time was the body responsible for all collective technical policies of the electricity distribution companies. He presently chairs the Distribution Code Review Panel of Great Britain and sits on the Grid Code Review Panel.  He served on the DTI/Ofgem Distributed Generation Technical Steering Group, and on its successor Distribution Working Group, and is now taking the lead for Electricity North West in workstreams of the DECC/Ofgem Smart Grid Forum.  He represents Electricity North West in several other industry forums. 


6:00pm - 6:30pm Registration and refreshment
6:30pm - 7:30pm The third energy package - and its implication on the GB supply industry
7:30pm - 8:00pm Q&A
8:00pm - 8:30pm End and networking


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