SESSAProject reference: 502479
Funded under: FP6-POLICIES
Sustainable Energy Specific Support Assessment (SESSA)
Total cost:EUR 523 123
EU contribution:EUR 472 000
Topic(s):POLICIES-3.2 - The development of tools, indicators and operational parameters for assessing sustainable transport and energy systems performance
Call for proposal:FP6-2002-SSP-1
Funding scheme:SSA - Specific Support Action
SESSA consists in creating and managing a scientific energy technology regulation forum. It aims at contributing to an economically feasible, socially acceptable and environmentally friendly electricity policy in the EU. SESSA involves high-level decision-makers. Committed contributors to the forum(37 in total) include 7 regulatory authorities, 7 transmission system operators, 3 associations of energy consumers, and six large European electricity companies.
SESSA groups about 20 first-ranked scholars who are also experienced with policy assessment and expertise. To nurture the forum, the leadingSESSA research institutions will address the following issues:
(i) refining market design, especially power exchanges and balancing markets
(ii) addressing market power and industry restructuring for sustainability and for the European consumers benefits
(iii) ensuring success of EU electricity enlargement to candidate countries
(iv) harmonising effective regulation, in particular concerning subsidies for renewable energies and cross-border exchanges
(v) investing for sustainability, especially in terms of RTD programmes and security of supply.
For all those issues, SESSA will benchmark national experiences, will identify best practices in EU and abroad and will draw guidelines for their implementation. In doing so, SESSA will deliver a contribution to the 2006 special review on electricity liberalisation as decided in the Copenhagen summit.