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HYDROPOWER DAY: The added value of the hydropower sector as a catalyst and enabler in the clean and safe energy transition under the energy crisis

The BRUSSELS HYDROPOWER DAY 2023 will take place next 25 April 2023. It aims to provide a platform for decision makers in the European Commission and Parliament, who are working on relevant policy files concerning hydropower. The purpose is to discuss opportunities and barriers affecting hydropower deployment in the framework of the energy transition within the energy crisis and the market as well as regulation conditions.

Why attend?

  • Find out more about the added value of hydropower and energy storage in the energy transition, within the energy crisis and regulation conditions 
  • Learn about best practice in hydropower deployment with examples of market design, flexibility and biodiversity requirements
  • Join the discussion about cooperation with other ETIPs/sectors within the SET Plan on approaches to ensure energy system integration and a flexible safe energy supply.
  • Be informed about the next steps of ETIP HYDROPOWER towards “Unifying the voices of hydro­power in Europe”. 


08:30 – 09:15: Registration
09:15 – 9:30: Welcome and opening

Speaker: Hélène Chraye, Head of Unit, DG RTD

09:30 – 10:10: Keynote speeches: Hydropower in Europe and worldwide 

09:30 – 09:50: Keynote 1: The potential for hydropower in the context of current EU policies

Speaker: Mathilde Lallemand-Dupuy, Policy Officer, European Commission, DG ENER

09:50 – 10:10: Keynote 2: The important role of hydropower development in the European safe energy transition

Speaker: Raquel Marques Mendes, Head of European Affairs at EDP

10:10 – 10:30: Coffee break

10:30 – 12:00: Session 1: The added value of hydropower and energy storage in the energy transition and within the energy crisis

10:30 – 10:45: Presentation 1: The importance of flexibility contribution of hydropower

Speaker: Ghislain Weisrock, Special Advisor for European Affairs and Power System, France Hydro Electricité

10:45 – 11:00: Presentation 2: The benefits of hydropower for local communities: A case study

Speaker: Sera Lazaridou, Senior Partner, Hydroexigiantiki Consulting Engineers Greece

11:00 – 11:15: Presentation 3: Fifteen new storage increase projects in Switzerland negotiated at the roundtable with civil society

Speaker: Peter Lustenberger, Senior Expert Asset Management, Hydroenergie & Biomasse, AXPO Power Switzerland

11:15 – 12:00: Open Panel discussion: Keynote speakers and session 1 speakers are invited to the panel.

12:00 – 13:15: Lunch Break

13:15 – 14:45: Session 2: Best practice examples to tackle economic, environmental and societal challenges with hydropower 

13:15 – 13:30: Presentation 1: Best practice example on Market design

Speaker: Maryse Francois, CEO, MFX Consulting

13:30 – 13:45: Presentation 2: Do we know how fish want to swim at hydropower plants?

Speaker: Jeffrey Tuhtan, Associate Professor of Environmental Sensing Technologies, Tallinn University of Technology

13:45 – 14:00: Presentation 3: Hydropower Sustainability Standard for hydropower development

Speaker: Eddie Rich, CEO, IHA

14:00 – 14:45: Open Panel Discussion with the audience,: 

• Diar Isid, Policy Officer, European Commission, DG ENV
• Olivier Tricca, Power Engineer, European Investment Bank
• Benjamin Graff, Open Innovation Manager, CNR

14:45 – 15:00: Coffee break

15:00 – 16:00: Session 3: Synergies and collaboration with ETIP’s and EERA for integrated use of renewables in view of safe electricity supply

15:00 – 15:15 Short statement of initiatives and project examples:

                • Presenting ASPIRE, the Alliance of Secure, indigenous & Predictable Renewable Electricity

Statement: Donagh Cagney, Policy Director, Ocean Europe

                • Hydropower as a catalyst and facilitator for the clean, safe and independent energy transition in Europe (HYDROPOWER EUROPE, IHA, IEA Hydropower and EERA Hydro; recommendations for the SET Plan revision)

Statement: Liv Randi Hultgreen, Executive Director, FME HydroCen – NTNU

                • Concrete actions to contribute to the revision of the Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan from the ETIPs’ perspective (ETIP Forum)

Statement: Maria Laura Trifiletti, Project Manager, ZABALA

                • XFLEX Hydro project: Integration of hydropower and batteries

Statement: Jean-Louis Drommi, Electricity Expert, EDF

15:15 – 16:00: Open Panel Discussion with the audience, speakers and guest panelist: Thomas Schleker, Policy Officer, European Commission, DG RTD

16:00 – 16:15: ETIP Hydropower ’Unifying the voices of hydropower in Europe’ the next steps

16:15 – 16:30: Final conclusions and outlook 


REGISTRATION : https://etip-hydropower.eu/events/hydropower-day/


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