09/24/2014, Berlin

Joint Press Release

Securing the European electricity supply together

Germany and France have intensified talks on the future electricity market design

Leading energy experts from France and Germany met in Berlin for discussions about how to secure the electricity supply in Europe. At the centre of the talks was the issue of what challenges are presented as as result of the politically desired change in the energy systems in both countries and from the expansion of renewable energies. The conference was organised by the German Energy Agency (dena), the Association of the French Electricity Industry, UFE (Union Française de l'Électicité) and the German Association of Energy and Water Industries, BDEW.

The participants, from politics and industry, agreed that solutions must be developed on a European level and that the German-French cooperation should play a key role. In particular market mechanisms were under consideration which could increase the security of the electricity supply in Europe. Further possible solutions were related to the synchronisation of the expansion of renewable energies with the expansion of the network, the market integration of renewable energies and controlling electricity consumption.

Robert Durdilly, President of the Union Française de l'Électricité, reminded those assembled that the issue of security of supply of electricity is one of Europe's key responsibilities: "A decisive factor is to coordinate the approaches of politics and of the industry, in order to meet this challenge. In this context, the cooperation between the UFE and its German partners contributes actively to this process, in order to find the right lever to increase security of supply."

Stephan Kohler, Chief Executive of dena stressed the pan-European perspective and named key criteria for future capacity mechanisms: "France and Germany can provide important impulses in the energy sector for the whole of Europe. We can only make progress if we find solutions on a European level. The market incentives for firm capacity must be considered on European scale. In addition, the incentives must be technology neutral and linked to upper limits for CO2 emissions."

Hildegard Mueller, Chairwoman of the General Executive Management Board, referred to the great need for action: "The reform of the electricity market design is not a national but a European challenge. Electricity does not stop at the national frontiers. For this reason, we are in talks with the French energy association and other European associations in order to develop cross-border solutions to ensuring security of supply. The basis for the discussions are concepts which have been developed in France and by BDEW. Both approaches are market oriented, transparent and EU compatible. Whilst France is introducing a mechanism before the end of this year, the decentralised capacity market proposed by us is still being discussed in Germany. The German government must tackle the challenges with the utmost urgency. The longer we wait, the more critical the situation regarding German power stations becomes."

Press contact:

UFE - UNION FRANCAISE DE L’ELECTRICITE, Anne Chenu, 3, rue du Quatre Septembre – 75 002 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0) 6 09 22 77 01 / 00 33 (1) 58 56 20 84, Email: anne.chenu@ufe-electricite.fr, Internet: www.ufe-electricite.fr

Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena), Dr. Philipp Prein, Chausseestraße 128 a, 10115 Berlin, Germany
Tel: +49 (0)30 72 61 65-641, Fax: +49 (0)30 72 61 65-699, Email: presse@dena.de, Internet: www.dena.de

German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW),Frank Brachvogel, Reinhardtstraße 32, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Tel: +49(0)30 300 199-1160, Fax: +49 (0)30 300 199-3190, Email: frank.brachvogel@bdew.de, Internet: www.bdew.de