Conference Preview

After three successful ETCSEE conferences in Budapest and Bucharest, the leading event on Energy Trading in Central & South Eastern Europe will return to the city of Prague that has been hosting the event several times already.

The capital of the Czech Republic, with its historic UNESCO world heritage city center, will again be the ideal décor for the event. ETCSEE 2017 is scheduled to take place on 14-15 June 2017 at the Prague Marriott Hotel.

ETCSEE 2017 will feature over 50 top expert speakers representing Traders, Regulators, Exchanges and Large Energy Consumers and focus on the implications of the EU power market reform for the Central and Eastern European power markets, the opportunities in the region for gas and power traders and the consequences of political tension in South Eastern Europe.

In the Key-note session, special attention will this year be given to the process of profound transformation for the Central and South Eastern European energy sector. There are still strong differences in the national energy production mixes across the region. With a European push for more renewable energy, what will be the future of the regional energy mix?

The following speakers will join the keynote session:

•         Florian Ermacora, Head of Wholesale Markets; electricity and gas, DG Energy, European Commission
•         Janez Kopač, Director, Energy Community Secretariat

Furthermore, speakers like David Linton (CEO, Updata) will present their short and long term market outlooks in our Energy price drivers session.

The changing regional energy mix will ultimately increase volatility in the markets and calls for some drastic reforms for the regional energy trading industry. Flexibility will be key for a common European Energy market. The trend is that we move to a new intelligent way of trading. New players are entering the trader markets, cross border legislative and regulatory barriers are being removed, connectivity is being increased and a new way of thinking is required. In our power track we will discuss the topic of flexible capacity and short term markets on the first day and on regional developments and changes of patterns of production on the second day. Some of the confirmed speakers are:

•         Jan Ondřich, Analyst
•         Joszef Balogh, Business Developer, AXPO
•         Jan Fousek, Managing Director, Solar Global and representative of the Solar Association
•         Ciprian Glodeanu, President, Romanian Photovoltaic Industry Association (RPIA).
•         David Kucera, CEO, PXE
•         Jasmina Thrulj, Energy market expert, Energy Community 
•         Yana Dimitrova, Executive director, Energo-pro Trading EAD

The gas track focusses on similar topics of flexibility and short term markets and also will feature many regional developments. Some of the confirmed speakers are:

•         Gottfried Steiner, CEO, Central European Gas Hub
•         Matthew Monteverde, VP Commodity Markets, Argus 
•         Zuzana Princova, Gas Market Specialist, IPA advisory
•         Milan Sedláček, Head of EU affairs and strategy, Eustream
•         Zbynek Pokorny, Head of sales, RWE Gas Storage

For the first time this year, we will also organize a special session with the latest updates on the topic of regulation and the effects it has on your organization. The session will be chaired by;

•         Gábor Szörényi, General Secretary, ERRA

A second special session will be about Disruptive innovation and IT trends in transaction and execution and as in previous years the event will also feature extensive networking opportunities with an Energy Traders’ Party.