Electricity and gas: Married forever or happy single?

The session will look at the increasingly decarbonised European energy mix and provide an overview of its possibilities and influences on the gas sector. Participants will discuss how unique features of both the electricity and gas systems can complement each otherand contribute to developing cost-efficient technological solutions.

We will look at the implications of electrification for the gas sector, identify potential roles and business opportunities for gas, as well as highlight cross-sector opportunities for its development. It will also elaborate on the role of electricity and gas grids as a powerful tool for the flexibility of the EU energy system and their contribution to a more decarbonised and sustainable European energy sector.

The event will feature an introduction based on the results of a CERRE research project on the impact of electrification of residential heating and road transport on the energy system in Europe, and specifically for gas and gas infrastructures.

The discussion will continue with a presentation of the main findings of the two joint reports carried on by EU distribution system operators (DSOs) in electricity and gas (CEDEC, EDSO, eurelectric, Eurogas, and GEODE) on how to exploit the full potential of flexibility in the European energy system enabling DSOs for operating grids in a cost-efficient way for the benefit of the society as a whole.