December 11-12

“How to reconcile regional energy markets with green transition?“

Venue: Nordic Hotel Forum, Viru Väljak 3, Tallinn
Moderator: Johan Vetlesen, Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Norway
Tentative programme

Monday, December 11

Market design and investments


Registration, tea and coffee


Welcome notes

Keit Kasemets, State Secretary, Estonian Ministry of Climate

Maria Gratschew, director, Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Estonia


Keynote session “How to reconcile markets with green transition?”

“Implementing the European Green Deal in the Nordics and the Baltics. RePowerEU as a tool for transition.”, Hans van Steen, DG ENER, EU Commission

“New net-zero outlook. Global and regional challenges in green transition. The role of the Nordics and Baltics.”, Tanguy de Bienassis, International Energy Agency (IEA). Virtual presentation

“The global outlook for renewable energy. The challenge of managing intermittency”, Luis Janeiro, Programme Officer – Team Lead End-use Sectors, IRENA

“Financing perspectives on new market design and energy transition”, Mark Lane, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Quick Q&A


Refreshment break


Electricity market deep dive.

Contracts for difference (CfD), regional financing disparities and new instruments to accelerate transition.

“What change will the EU´s electricity market reform bring to the energy industry?”, Kristin Rasdal, Industry Policy Advisor, Renewables Norway/Nordenergi

“Views from the regulator on new electricity market design”, Rota Snuka, Latvian regulator (NRA)

“Deployment and financing clean energy in Finland”, Maarit Uusitalo, Head of Unit Market Solutions, Fingrid

“Challenges for project developer”, Rene Tammist, Board member, Utilitas

“The vision, challenges and opportunities of the development of the green, RES-based energy system”, Liutauras Varanavicius, Litgrid

Panel discussion




Topical session energy efficiency and renewable energy.

New EU legislation is being adopted in Fit for 55. What are the implications for the Nordics and the Baltics? Countries are in the phase of updating their plans.

“EED and RED directives in Fit for 55. What is new? Are they realistic? What investments are needed?”, Hans van Steen, Principal Adviser, DG ENER

“Overall view on the Nordic Baltic region on promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy.”, Ilkka Hannula, IEA. Virtual presentation

“How will Nordic and Baltic countries respond to the “Energy Efficiency First” principle and what are the plans in renewable energy. Country cases.”

◾Case of Estonia, Rein Vaks, Head of Energy Department, Ministry of Climate

◾Case of Denmark, Rasmus Tengvad, Danish Energy Agency

“Implementing energy efficiency in Finland - the role of Motiva”, Ulla Suomi, Director, Motiva, Finland.


Mingle with snacks

Tuesday, December 12

Innovations and new markets

9:00 - 9:30

Registration, tea and coffee


Topical session on innovation and learning curves and local impacts.

“Impact of learning curves on future costs in new markets”, Magnus Killingland, Det Norske Veritas (DNV)

“Production is there. Storage is the challenge.”, Mario Vee, Zero Terrain

“Energy policy on the local level. Planning and implementing energy actions with local authorities”, Skuli Gunnar Arnason, EIMUR, Iceland

“The potential for regional Nordic and Baltic co-operation.”, Ole A Ødegård, advisor responsible for Joint Baltic-Nordic energy research programme, Nordic Energy Research  


Refreshment break 


The session of “How”.

Topical session on decarbonization and hydrogen. New EU legislation is being adopted in Fit for 55. When will Europe have a common market for hydrogen?

“How could the rules for the hydrogen market for the future interplay with the electricity and gas market legislation?”, Catherine Banet, Professor, University of Oslo, Norway

“How to develop regional markets for hydrogen stepwise? The role of businesses and the role of the public sector.”, Pawel Seremak, Vatgas/Nordic Hydrogen Partnership

“Why and how to communicate the benefits of hydrogen?”, Aivars Starikovs, Latvian Hydrogen Association/Hydrogen Europe, Latvia

“Reshaping Natural Gas Transmission for Hydrogen Integration”, Aleksejs Batrakovs, Conexus, Latvia

“When could hydrogen contribute to energy security and flexibility for consumers and for the energy system?”, Stefania Gardardottir, SINTEF Norway


Concluding remarks