Pocket Digestion: An Opportunity for cost-effective green energy production

Flanders traditionally has a considerable excess of manure, being one of the bigger environmental issues in the region. On a small area, millions of animals are breeded threatening the nutrient balance of the soil. The utilization of this waste product for the production of green energy production seems to be a very promising opportunity to help Flanders reach the greenhouse gas reduction targets set by the European Union – 20% reduction by 2020 compared with the 1990 emission.

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Mid-Term Generation Adequacy in Belgium

The Belgian energy landscape is going through a critical transition. As a consequence of the ever increasing share of renewables, conventional gas-fired power plants are becoming increasingly unprofitable. The announced closure of many CCGTs in combination with the approaching nuclear phase-out endangers security of supply. Indeed, over the next years it becomes increasingly questionable whether sufficient generation capacity will be available to cover electricity demand. This Sia Partners’ study details the decline in generation capacity over the coming years and forecasts the impact on security of supply over the period 2013-2016.

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Recent developments in the Dutch energy market

These past months, the energy sector in the Netherlands has been experiencing difficulties, and though the Dutch economic outlook is turning positive, large utilities are still in the middle of large cost-reduction operations: either bringing the number of employees down, and/or mothballing unprofitable power plants. Vattenfall and RWE both illustrate this.

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Power market coupling – “Europe’s most important IT system”

According to a recent Reuters communication, “Europe took a big step towards a single power market by unifying electricity trading across 15 countries and creating what has been called the continent’s most important IT system”. Indeed, the 4th of February 2014 can be considered as a landmark in the integration of the European power market as the coupling solution developed by European Power exchanges (PXs) & Transmission System Operators (TSOs) for the day-ahead market went into production. As Sia Partners is involved in this project and has been active in various market coupling initiatives since 2007 we want to inform you, as our relation, about this recent milestone.

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New business models for energy retailers

Innovations, new technologies, new entrants: As wireless changed the telecommunications industry, distributed generation and information technologies are poised to bring major disruptions to the utilities sector. Overcapacity and tariff pressures are putting conventional power generation under pressure, challenging the sector’s major players and questioning the viability of their current business models. These difficult market conditions explain the current transformation process of the energy market, towards a low-carbon and decentralized electricity generation. Energy retailers need to reinvent themselves, and start the transition towards new downstream business models, shifting from energy supplier to an information-driven energy service provider.

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EMIR regulation – recent Go Live of transaction reporting

 The 2008 financial crisis led the European Commission to improve the regulation, functioning, and transparency of financial and commodity trading. As a direct reaction to the crisis the ESMA (European Securities and Markets Authorities) proposed to regulate the derivatives market through enhanced market supervision. In this context EMIR, which stands for European Market Infrastructure Regulation, has been designed to improve the transparency of derivatives markets and reduce counterparty risk.

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Mild winter : an unexpected gift for Belgian households


The mild winter reduced the belgian’ households’ gas bills by up to 210€.  Mild temperatures were observed between December 2013 and March 2014 [1]. As a consequence, Sia Partners estimates that the households’ gas consumption during this period decreased by almost 15% compared to the previous winter. The benefit for the households would reach about 210€ compared to the energy bill for the same period last year.

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What part can the North Sea play to develop CCS ?

« Carbon Capture and Storage » (CCS) is a technology to extract carbon from industrial exhausts, transport it through pipelines, and store it in saline aquifers or depleted hydrocarbon fields. This technology thus allows for a quick and significant reduction of CO2 emissions.

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715 000 Belgian households face a risk of energy poverty


 There is currently no official definition of energy poverty and, hence, no specific indicator of the problem. Sia Partners estimates that 15% of Belgian households face a risk of energy poverty.



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Second edition of Shape Your Future in Energy

Given the success of last year first edition, Sia Partners and Elia have decided to renew their collaboration and to launch the second edition of Shape Your Future in Energy. The contest is open to all the students from Belgian universities of high schools.

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