ENER - the European Network for Energy Economics Research

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ENER - the European Network for Energy Economics Research

Energy policies, traditionally national preserves, have become increasingly determined in international arenas, and nowhere more so than in the European Union. In view of these movements towards more international and more environmentally responsive energy policies, researchers from IEFE (Institute of Energy Economics, Bocconi University, Milan), IEPE (Institute of Energy Policy and Economics, University of Grenoble) and SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex) made a cooperation agreement in September 1985 to promote better communication among the groups and stimulate joint research activities. Since then the activities of the Network have been financially supported by the European Commissions Directorate General for Energy (DG XVII).

These three institutes formed the core of ENER which has since grown to include FhG/ISI (Fraunhofer Institute of Systems and Innovation Research, Karlsruhe) in 1988, CEEETA (Centre for the Economic Study of Energy, Transport and the Environment, Lisbon) in 1989 and GIEE (Inter University Group on Energy Studies, Madrid) in 1992. In 1995, the Systems Analysis Department of Risø National Laboratory, Roskilde, the Policy Study Unit of the Netherlands Energy Research Foundation (ECN), Petten, and the Study Centre on Technology, Energy and Environment (STEM) Antwerpen, joined the network as associate members.

Sixteen issues of the ENER Bulletin were published between 1986 and 1995. The topics cover a wide range of issues of energy policy and economics research.

ENER has organised 19 joint seminars, two each year. These are attended by researchers from each member institute, but also by experts from other EU member countries and representatives of energy supply industries, governments, the EU and the IEA.

Exchanges: Research and Staff

These activities take place both bilaterally and multilaterally, including:

_ Cooperation between SPRU and IEPE in coordinating the CEC-funded Cooperative Programme on Energy and Development (COPED).

_ The Methodology of the Energy Conservation Indicators carried out by FhG/ISI was discussed in detail with IEPE and SPRU.

_ Visits and information exchange between SPRU and IEPE on nuclear issues, and between SPRU and IEFE on power plant issues, 1987-90 and 1994.

_ Close collaboration between researchers from IEPE and IEFE on issues of electricity industry organisation in the EU in 1989-91.

_ Cooperation between FhG/ISI on the evaluation of recent energy demand projections in industrialised countries in 1991-92.

_ Participation of SPRU and FhG/ISI under the coordination of IEPE in the CEC-funded project Long-term Energy Trends and the Development of the POLES model, 1993-95.

_ Cooperation between GIEE, IEPE, FhG/ISI and IEFE in Central and Eastern European Energy Planning, 1992-95.

Joint Research and Consultancy Advice to the Commission

In the coming years the Network is seeking to build on its contacts and bilateral activities and offer joint consultancy and research services. It aims to increase its role in providing independent advice and analysis to the Commission and other European policy participants. As a first step towards this goal, Network members have formed the core of a consortium studying the obstacles to the participation of regional governments in the Internal Energy Market.

Addresses of full members:

CEEETA
Universidade Técnica de Lisboa
Rua Miguel Lúpi, 20
P-1200 Lisboa
Tel.: +351-1-/60 10 43

FhG/ISI
Breslauer Straße 48
D-76139 Karlsruhe
Tel.: +49-721/68 09-0

GIEE
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Ramiro de Maeztu 7
E-28040 Madrid
Tel.: +34-1/336 71 41

IEPE
Université des Sciences Sociales de Grenoble
B.P. 47 X Centre de Tri
F-38040 Grenoble CEDEX
Tel.: +33-76/42 45 84

IEFE
Università Commerciale L. Bocconi
Viale Filippetti 9
I-20122 Milano
Tel.: +39-2/5836-1

SPRU
University of Sussex
Mantell Building
Falmer, BN1 9RF
East Sussex, UK
Tel.: +44-273/68 67 58

(Source: ENER flyer, abridged and adapted by ITAS)