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Launch event of ENTSO-E and Solar Power Europe joint report on preparing the EU grid for future solar eclipses

Date: 15/07/2015 -  

​​15 July 2015 – 12:00 to 13.30 – ENTSO-E premises, Brussels

On 20 March the European electricity system passed with flying colours an unprecedented stress test. No one had experienced before the effects on the grid of a near to total solar eclipse taking place on a mostly sunny weekday morning with 90 gigawatts of solar power installed and highly concentrated in some regions. This was not just a Europe’s first. It was a world’s first. What remains to be done to successfully manage upcoming eclipses with close to an increasing number of PV connected to the system?

On 15 July, as the European Commission is launching its Summer Package on energy, ENTSO-E and SolarPower Europe released a joint report on lessons learnt on 20 March 2015 but also looking forward to 2021, 2026 and beyond.

For ENTSO-E and SolarPower Europe meticulous preparation and cooperation across the electricity value chain will continue to be crucial. But implementation of network codes, stronger regional security coordination, more and more system services provided by prosumers, photovoltaics (PV) generators, and link up between distribution and transmission need to be set in place.


12.00WelcomeSusanne Nies
Corporate Affairs Manager - ENTSO-E
12.10The European Commission perspective

Paula Abreu Marques

Head of Unit Renewables & CCS policy at DG Energy European Commission

12.30Solar generation and system servicesFrauke Thies
Chief Policy Officer - SolarPower Europe
12.50​Assessing March 20th

​Carlos Castel Conesa
System Operations Advisor - ENTSO-E


Preparing 2021 and 2026

Susanne Nies
Corporate Affairs Manager - ENTSO-E
13.10Q&A and conclusionSusanne Nies
Corporate Affairs Manager - ENTSO-E
​Followed by lunch​  

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