About The Conference

The Association of Power Exchanges (APEx) and the European Power Ex-change EPEX SPOT, are pleased to welcome you to the 2017 edition of the annual APEx conference, which will take place in Brussels, Belgium from 24 to 26 October.


Radisson Blu Royal Hotel
Congress center
Brussels, Belgium


Tuesday to Thursday
October 24-26, 2017

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The conference program includes varied sessions on topics which appeal to our global members. It will gather highly recognised speakers from the energy industry and hold discussions on the current strategically important issues.

APEx Conference represents a unique opportunity for you to meet and network with your counterparts of Power Exchanges worldwide.

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Extend your conversations and mingle during three receptions organized in some of the most exclusive venues of Brussels.

Discover the exceptional beauty and atmosphere of the city through various places at the edge of their typical architecture.

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Conference Schedule

This program may slightly change, according to possible adjustments.
  • Day 1

    Tuesday October 24th, 2017

  • Day 2 (joint APEx/GO15 session)

    Wednesday October 25th, 2017

  • 09:00am - 09:10am

  • 09:10am - 09:25am

  • 09:25am - 09:35am

  • 09:35am - 11:10am
    This panel will focus on the risks and balance of operating the electric grid to be both reliable and efficient. // Speaker: • John Bear, CEO, MISO • Hervé Laffaye, Deputy CEO, RTE • Miriam Maes, Chairman, Energy Transition Forum • John Reynolds, Managing Director at Agile Fractal Grid, Bearingpoint • Phil Sheppard, Head of Network Strategy, National Grid // Moderator: Audrey Zibelman, CEO, AEMO // Summarizer: Pascale Fonck, Chief Officer External Relations, Elia Group

  • 11:30am - 12:50pm
    This panel will focus on current and potential new methods operators use to incent transmission or generation investments to ensure reliability at least reasonable cost to the consumer. Discussion could also include criteria that should be included to drive fuel security and resilience. // Speakers: • Mohamed Y. Al-Hamad, Power Trade Senior Executive, GCC Interconnection Authority • Fabio Bulgarelli, Head of Regulatory Affairs, Terna S.p.A • Laurent Schmitt, Secretary General, ENTSO E • Sharon Segner, Vice President, LS Power Development // Moderator: Carl Monroe, COO, SPP // Summarizer: Hervé Laffaye, Deputy CEO, RTE

  • 1:50pm - 3:30pm
    This panel will explore the impact to a market when the geographical footprint increases from a system adequacy, lessons learned, challenges, and governance perspective. // Speakers: • Olivier Devolder, Head of Energy Group, N-SIDE • Florian Ermacora, Head of Internal Energy Market Unit – Wholesale markets Electricity & Gas, Directorate-General for Energy, EU Commission • Bente Hagem, Chair of the Board ENTSO-E, Stattnet SF • Fabien Roques, Senior Vice President, FTI Consulting / Compass Lexecon • Jonas Törnquist, Chief Operating Officer, EPEX SPOT SE // Moderator: Wolfram Vogel, Director of Public & Regulatory Affairs and Communications, EPEX SPOT // Summarizer: Ahmed Al-Ebrahim, Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA)

  • 3:50pm - 5:10pm
    This panel will focus on the Global Markets integration of Distributed Energy Resources // Speakers: • Steve Berberich, CEO, CAISO • Mirko Düsel, CEO Transmission Solutions, Siemens - Energy Management • Marcos Valenzuela, Director of the Market's Administration, CENACE // Moderator: Keith Casey, Vice President of Market and Infrastructure Development, CAISO // Summarizer: Scott Baker, Business Solutions Analyst, PJM

  • 5:10pm - 5:20pm

  • Day 3

    Thursday October 26th, 2017

  • 09:00am - 09:15am

  • 09:45am - 10:00am

  • 10:05am - 11:30am
    This panel will provide an overview, emerging issues, and outlook of renewables in different markets along with the operator’s role for aligning renewable policy frameworks. // Speakers: • Akhilesh Awasthy, Director (Market Operations), IEX India • Keith Casey, Vice President of Market and Infrastructure Development, CAISO • Cecilia Maya Ochoa, Chief Market Operations, XM • Rickard Nilsson, Manager Market Design, Nord pool // Moderator & Summarizer: Peter Geers, Executive General Manager (EGM) of Markets, AEMO

  • 11:40am - 11:55am

  • 11:55am - 1:40pm
    This panel will focus on the different governance, stakeholder processes, and business models throughout the industry with focus on their challenges, mechanisms to move initiatives forward, best practices, methods to satisfy customer needs, compensation, and providing stability. // Speakers: • Roberto Castro, Comisionado, CCEE • Timothy Horger, Director, Energy Market Operations, PJM • Pedro Mejía, CEO, OMIE • Juan Pérez, Director of Strategy, EPEXSPOT • Mohit Saigal, Global Director, Business Development, ABB // Moderator & Summarizer: Cecilia Maya Ochoa, Chief Market Operations, XM

  • 2:00pm - 3:15pm
    This panel will focus on the status of organized markets in Europe including developments, impacts from Brexit, political change in the United States, and more. // Speakers: • Todd Bessemer, Managing Director, Strategic Development, PJM • Hans-Arild Bredesen, CEO, Nord Pool Consulting • Silvio Brkic, CEO, Cropex • Kwok W. Cheung, Global Market Management Solutions Director, GE Power • Bert Den Ouden, Managing Director Energy & Sustainability, Berenschot • Branka Rakic, Principal Systems Architect, Open Systems International Inc. // Moderator: Rodney Doyle, Director of Markets, EirGrid // Summarizer: Lina Masiuliene, Director Serviced Markets, Nord Pool

  • 4:10pm - 4:20pm

* Meals are included in the conference fee.


Radisson Blu Royal Hotel
Congress Center
Brussels, Belgium

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