12 Jun 2012
On June 28, Jeroen de Joode will defend his doctoral dissertation on the regulation of investment in gas infrastructure. He will give a brief introduction to his research at 12:00. The defense is scheduled for 12:30 to 13:30.
While the gas market has been liberalised, the gas infrastructure has largely remained in the regulated domain. However, not necessarily all gas infrastructure facilities – such as gas storage facilities, LNG import terminals and certain gas transmission pipelines – need to be regulated, as there may be scope for competition. In practice, the choice of regulation of gas infrastructure expansion varies among different types of gas infrastructure facilities and across EU Member States. Based on a review of economic literature and on a series of in-depth case studies, he explains these differences in choices of regulation from differences in policy objectives, differences in local circumstances and differences in the intrinsic characteristics of the infrastructure projects. An important conclusion is that there is potential for a larger role for competition in gas infrastructure expansion.
The day before, at 13:30 on June 27, a workshop is held on the same topic at Delft University of Technology. The workshop is organized by Next Generation Infrastructures, Delft University of Technology and the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), and presents the following confirmed speakers:
• Jeroen de Joode, researcher with ECN;
• Alberto Pototschnig, the director of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER);
• Wim Groenendijk, the head of the Regulatory and Public Affairs Department of Gasunie and a member of the Board of ENTSOG, the European network for Transmission operators for Gas;
• Machiel Mulder, the Deputy Chief Economist at Netherlands Competition Authority (NMa).
Both events are free of charge, but we do request you to sign up for the workshop by sending an e-mail to dr. ir. Laurens de Vries (email@example.com) before June 13.