Association Webinars: The Future of Gas in Europe and the Outlook for the Coming Winter



Natural gas, mostly imported, has been a mainstay of the European Union's energy sector for decades. With stringent de-carbonization goals set to be reached already by 2040 and even more demanding goals foreseen for 2050, how will the European Union's patterns of natural gas supply and demand evolve? How will demand and supply of renewable gases (biomethane, synthetic methane and green hydrogen) develop? In a de-carbonized future, what role can be construed for the existing (natural) gas infrastructure and what new kinds of infrastructure would be needed? What evolution can one expect of gas system development instruments, regulations, and investment frameworks, in support of a cost-efficient transition to a decarbonized gas future in a competitive market environment, to the benefit of the consumer? What risks and barriers can one expect on the road to 2050?

The webinar is organized by Slovenian Association for Energy Economics (SAEE), an affiliate of the IAEE. SAEE is organized as a part of Energy Industry Chamber of Slovenia. The Association is since 2015 led by Sarah Jezernik Konovšek. Mrs. Jezernik holds a Master's Degree in International Economics from the University of Maribor. She is Deputy General Manager of Plinovodi, the gas Transmission System Operator in Slovenia.


Ana Vucina Vršnak is the Executive Director of Energy Industry Chamber of Slovenia (EICS). She is the author of the publication Energy in Slovenia - An Overview of the state of the energy industry, its course, and its challenges. The publication is available in Slovenian and English language with an aim of promoting energy dialogue at all levels.

She holds a Master’s Degree in International Economics from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. She has extensive experience in media, working in the past as a correspondent from Brussels

The EICS (EZS in Slovenian) is a member of four international organizations: the Eurelectric, the European forum for energy Business Information eXchange – ebIX, the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE), and the World Energy Council (WEC). Ana is also the author of the EICS's analysis of Slovenian energy investments in various green transition projects and heads the Group for Energy Transition and European Funds at the Energy Industry Chamber of Slovenia.


Dennis Hesseling, Head of Infrastructure, Gas and Retail Department, joined Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) in 2012. He is responsible for the Agency’s energy infrastructure (electricity and gas), gas network codes and market monitoring, and energy retail activities. Before joining ACER, he worked as Head of Unit in the Competition Department in ACM, responsible for merger control and antitrust enforcement in the Dutch energy, telecommunications and media sectors. Before that, he worked in its Energy Regulation department from 2002 on, mainly on gas. From 2000 he worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company in Brussels. Mr. Hesseling holds a PhD in Mathematics and received additional training at business school IMD. He trained energy regulators, competition authorities and political parties in Europe, Asia and Africa.

Götz Lincke is holding for about ten years the position of managing director of PRISMA European Capacity Platform GmbH. With almost twenty years of experience in the energy sector and a passion for innovation, he is currently committed in his role as MD to the strategic and operational development of PRISMA, currently the leading platform for gas capacity trading in Europe.

Before joining PRISMA, Götz was the Head of Market Regulations at Alpiq Trading AG/Switzerland and prior this Vice President Market Regulation at E.ON AG/Düsseldorf. He also worked for Centrica plc and for Duke Energy Intl. in the UK.

Götz holds a PhD from London University/England, a Master in European Energy from Dundee University/Scotland and an undergraduate degree from the University of Göttingen/Germany. Götz is married with four children.


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