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IAEE International Conference 2018

Together with the Energy Academy Europe and the Benelux Association for Energy Economics, CEER has organised the 41st IAEE International Conference on energy economics. This conference took place in Groningen from 10-13 June 2018. Visit the website for more information:



EBF Conference 2017 – College Day: Energy in Transition

Date: Thursday October 5 th , 2017
Time: 13:00 – 17:45h
Location: Energy Academy Building (Zernike Campus), Main Lecture Hall 5159.0029

The energy industry finds itself at the beginning of a long journey of dramatic change. How can companies make the difficult transition towards more sustainable sources of energy without completely losing the value of these earlier investments? How can public policy be a factor in facilitating the transition and which innovation is needed to accelerate the process? These questions and potential answers were discussed at the College Day of the EBF Conference, a cooperation of EBF and Energy Academy Europe.

As society is increasingly demanding cleaner, more reliable and affordable energy, the energy industry finds itself at the beginning of a structural change. While the incumbent energy companies take up the challenge to develop new business models and try to keep up with the pace of change, new start-ups disrupt the status quo of the industry with innovative technologies.

In the Netherlands, six major electricity generating companies account for 25% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. As a result of public pressure, these companies are increasingly investing in sustainable energy solutions to reduce their negative footprint on the environment. However, having previously invested in a development of fossil fuel infrastructure, such decision is likely to have significant implications for the strategy of these companies. Therefore, you may wonder, how can incumbent energy companies adapt their business models without completely losing the value of their earlier investments; or how can public policy be a factor in facilitating innovation, which is needed to accelerate the energy transition?

Three experts from across different disciplines shared their view on the above topic. The list of speakers includes:

  • Machiel Mulder, Professor of Regulation of Energy Markets and Director, Centre for Energy Economics Research (CEER)
  • Arnold Mulder, Associate Director Sustainability Advisory
  • Ron Wit, Director Corporate Strategy at Eneco

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