Session 1:

CURRENT STATUS OF THE ENERGY COMMUNITY GOALS AND
THE ENERGY STRATEGIES OF THE CONTRACTING PARTIES

1  Slavtcho NEYKOV  (Director of Energy Community Secretariat, Austria)
   
“THE ENERGY COMMUNITY — REGIONAL STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENTS IN 2012 AND BEYOND”
2  Dietmar REICH  (Lawyer BEITEN BURKHARDT Brussels, Official Representative of INEA in EU, Belgium)
   
“EUROPEAN ENERGY LAW AND ITS IMPACT ON CROATIA — PROGRESS, PERSPECTIVES AND OPTIONS
    FOR INVESTMENTS”
3  Ante RAMLJAK  (Advisor to the First Deputy Vice Prime Minister and Economy Minister, Croatia)
  
“IMPLEMENTATION OF ENERGY PROJECTS — MODELS”

08:30 - 08:45

OPENING AND WELCOME

08:00 - 08:45

Registration

TUESDAY,  3 April 2012

MONDAY,  2 April 2012

18:00 - 19:30

Registration

19:30 - 21:00

Welcome Reception for Lecturers and Special Guests

11:15 - 13:00

Session 2:

CHARACTERISTICS OF COUNTRIES’ ENERGY SYSTEMS
AND THEIR INTERCONNECTIONS

Not only do power systems grids fulfil national needs, but also the needs of the whole region or even Europe. The implementation of renewables with their large degree of idle power and availability issues on the one hand and the electricity generation not always in the neighbourhood of the consumers on the other have to be taken into account on planning and designing national electricity grids. In this connection the development of smart grids poses a challenge.

1  Martin NOVSAK  (Director of GEN-energija - Slovenian Producer of Electricity, Slovenia)
   
“THE ROLE OF GEN ENERGIJA GROUP IN THE REGIONAL AND EUROPEAN CO-OPERATION”
2  Ljubica CVENIC  (Director Strategy, Investment Planning, Corporate Development of HEP - Croatian Electric
    Power Industry, Croatia)
   
“CROATIAN POWER SYSTEM CHARACTERISTICS AND CONNECTIONS TO THE REGION”
3  Zalan BACS / Tokai MAGDOLNA  (Deputy Chief Executive for Strategy / Business Development Head of MVM
    - Hungarian Electrical Works, Hungary)
   
“THE HUNGARIAN ELECTRICITY INDUSTRY AND THE ROLE OF HUNGARIAN POWER SYSTEM IN CENTRAL
    AND EASTERN EUROPE”

11:00 - 11:15

Coffee Break

14:15 - 16:15

Session 3:

COUNTRY SPECIFIC POTENTIALS REGARDING RENEWABLES

Not all variations of CO2-free technologies are available to all countries or are reasonably applicable. Every country in the region has to check their potential for CO2-free energy sources, including the possible application of nuclear energy.

1  Kristina CELIC  (Acting Director of Energy Sector, Ministry of Economy, Croatia)
   
“PROJECTIONS FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES”
2  Borislav GRUBOR  (Director Laboratory for Thermal Engineering and Energy, Vinca Institute of Nuclear
    Science, Serbia)
   
“POTENTIAL OF SERBIA IN USING WASTE MATERIAL AND BIOMASS FOR ENERGY PRODUCTION”
3  Marko MIJIC  (Advisor ELNOS Renewables, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
   
“GREEN POWER PLANT”
4  Leo PRELEC  (Director of HROTE - Croatian Energy Market Operator, Croatia)
   
“DEVELOPMENT OF ENERGY MARKETS AND RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES IN CROATIA”

16:30 - 18:30

Session 4:

TECHNICAL, FINANCIAL AND OTHER ASPECTS OF
CO
2-FREE ENERGY IMPLEMENTATION

Nuclear energy and renewables are possible solutions in order to achieve a long-term goal of reducing CO2 emissions while meeting growing demand for electricity and energy as well.

1  Dragan SAGOVNOVIC  (Director of Economics Institute, Serbia )
   
“POSITION AND THE ROLE OF ENERGY IN ECONOMY OF SERBIA”
2  Hrvoje SUCIC  (Loan Sector Advisor for RE and EE of HBOR - Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and
    Development, Croatia)
   
“FINANCING OF PROJECTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION: ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE
    ENERGY SOURCES”
3  Silvester JERSIC  (Technical Manager of HESS, Slovenia)
   
“CONSTRUCTION PROJECT: HPP CHAIN ON THE LOWER SAVA RIVER”

08:30 - 10:45

Session 5:

THE NUCLEAR OPTION

The context post-Fukushima creates new challenges but nuclear perspectives remain solid despite shaken public acceptance. Need for new capacities is unchanged to meet growing energy demand multiplied by 2 by 2050. Climate change remains a priority and greenhouse gas emissions to be cut by half by 2050. There is a need for an increased security of supply in a changing geopolitical environment. Fossil resources remain uncertain and volatile in prices. Nuclear remains one of the most competitive low-carbon energy and will remain an important option for many countries having role in sustainable energy mix.

1  Jonathan COBB  (Media Director of WNA - World Nuclear Association, United Kingdom)
   
“GLOBAL PROSPECTS FOR NUCLEAR ENERGY: MOVING ON AFTER FUKUSHIMA”
2  Darko KAVSEK  (Director Quality and Nuclear Oversight of NEK - Nuclear Power Plant Krsko, Slovenia)
   
“KRSKO NPP VERSUS STRESS TESTS”
3  Uwe STOLL  (Vice President Engineering Activities AREVA, Germany)
   
“AREVA’S POST–FUKUSHIMA INITIATIVES: SAFETY ALIANCE PROGRAM”
4  Tea BILIC-ZABRIC  (Director of INKO Consulting, Slovenia)
   
“NUCLEAR POWER PLANT IN THE COUNTRY (REGION) ENERGY MIX”
5  Igor JENCIC  (Director of Nuclear Training Centre at IJS, Slovenia)
    “PUBLIC OPINION ON NUCLEAR IN SLOVENIA”

WEDNESDAY,  4 April 2012

11:00 - 13:00

Session 6:

ENERGY PLANNING, KNOW-HOW TRANSFER, EDUCATION

In the region there are several degrees of implementation regarding energy planning. Some countries have valid Strategic Energy Plan, an education plan and are preparing new Strategic Energy Plan and some of them have already accepted their Energy Strategy and are working on its implementation. The objective is to give an overview and evaluation of the current status of the South-East Europe countries with special focus on regional experience exchange regarding energy planning and tailored energy strategies, as well as know-how transfer and education build up and conservation. The co-operation possibilities with synergy effects between the region`s countries should be discussed.

1  Michael HAISCHER  (Principal of Arthur D. Little, Germany)
   
“DEVELOPMENTS IN THE SOUTH–EAST EUROPEAN ENERGY MARKET — TRENDS, CHALLENGES,
    STRATEGIES”
2  Zdravko MUZEK  (General Manager of EKONERG, Croatia)
   
“ENERGY STRATEGY OF THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA”
3  Nedeljko PERIC  (Dean at FER - Faculty of Enelectrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb,
    Croatia)
  
“CHALLENGES IN CO2–FREE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES”

10:45 - 11:00

Coffee Break

The national strategy also enfolds the optimisation of construction and operation of power plants in the region based on resource advantages of single countries (example is the Scandinavian electricity market - the NORD pool), as well as regional energy projects with joint capital investments and social, economic, industry and staff partnerships with the aim of conducting large projects of benefit for all involved countries. Another aspect is the adequate connection of the electrical grids, as well as implementation of smart grids on local and regional levels.

The general objective of the Energy Community is to create a stable regulatory and market framework in order to:

*  Attract investment in power generation and networks in order to ensure stable and continuous energy supply that
 
  is essential for economic development and social stability;
*  Create an integrated energy market allowing for cross-border energy trade and integration with the EU market;
*  Enhance the security of supply;
*  Improve the environmental situation in relation with energy supply in the region;
*  Enhance competition at regional level and exploit economies of scale.

Lunch Time

Directive 2009/28/EC of the European parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2009 on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources, establishes a common framework for the production and promotion of energy from renewable sources.

16:15 - 16:30

Coffee Break

Implementation of nuclear option is limited by public opinion, high initial investment costs and associated investor risk. Renewable energy is favoured by the public and is expanding rapidly due to environmental, political and economical drivers. Diversifying energy supply and reducing dependence on imported fuels are the benefits of implementation of the renewables, but the obstacles are economy of scale, complex permission procedures, and grid issue (technical requirements for connecting renewable energy systems to the electricity grid).

13:00 - 14:15

08:45 - 11:00

Regarding the use of nuclear energy the prerequisites in South-East Europe are very diverse. Some countries are considering a possible increase of its application, while other countries will look at independence and affordability of their national energy supply in their energy policy planning, in some cases under consideration of the nuclear option.

The Energy Community extends the EU internal energy market to South East Europe and beyond on the ground of legally binding framework. It thereby provides a stable investment environment based on the rule of law, and ties the Contracting Parties together with the EU. Through its actions, The Energy Community contributes to security of supply in wider Europe.

For sustainable energy mix none of the options can be neglected in the future country’s energy planning.

1  Zoran STOSIC and Nikola CAVLINA  (Chair and Co-Chair of the Programme Committee)
2  Boris COTA  (Special Adviser to the President of the Republic of Croatia)

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