Power pioneer reflects on EU market development

Market coupling needs policy co-ordination to work, says den Ouden

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Bert den Ouden

Bert den Ouden's career has been closely intertwined with the development of European power trading. It began at Dutch environmental consultancy CE Delft in the 1980s – a time when much of Europe's energy infrastructure was controlled by government-owned monopolies. By 1989, he was recruited to work in the energy department of the country's Ministry of Economic Affairs, where in 1996 he helped to produce the government's third white paper on energy, which included a blueprint for liberalisation.