Program & Presentations

Please find below the program and presentations of the 2017 California-Germany Bilateral Energy Conference (CGBEC) that took place in Sacramento on October 19th and October 20th 2017.

A list of all speakers including biographies can be found here. All presentations can be found here.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

12:30 pm Registration

Master of Ceremony: Drew Bohan, Executive Director, California Energy Commission

1:30 pm California and Germany as Forerunners in the Global Energy Transition

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Robert B. Weisenmiller, Chair, California Energy Commission
Martin Schöpe, Head of Division, International Cooperation on Energy, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

1:50 pm Presentation and Q&A: Long-Term Planning for the Power Sector

Amory Lovins, CEO, Rocky Mountain Institute
Katharina Grave, Principle Issues of Electricity Division, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

3:00 pm Coffee break

3:30 pm The Energy Transition Here and There: Visionary Voices

Stephen Berberich, President and Chief Executive Officer, California Independent System Operator
Hal Harvey, CEO, Energy Innovation
Peter Hoffmann, Senior Manager System Operations, TenneT TSO
Felix Matthes, Research Coordinator, Energy and Climate Policy, Öko-Institut
Simon Müeller, Head of Unit System Integration of Renewables, International Energy Agency
Professor Mario Ragwitz, Deputy Head of Competence Center Energy Policy and Energy Markets, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI
Nancy Sutley, Chief Sustainability Officer, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Moderator: Antonella Battaglini, Founder and CEO, Renewables Grid Initiative

5:00 pm Voice from Asia: China's 2050 vision

Professor Wang Zhongying, Director, China National Renewable Energy Centre

5:30 pm Networking reception

Friday, October 20, 2017

7:30 am Breakfast

8:30 am Welcome back remarks

Janea A. Scott, Commissioner, California Energy Commission
Martin Schöpe, Head of Division, International Cooperation on Energy, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

8:50 am Panel 1: Vision Meets Reality: Integrating Renewable Power into the Transportation Sector and the Heating Sector

Hanno Butsch, Head of International Cooperation, (German) National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology
Christoph Jugel, Director of Energy Systems, Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena)
Ronald O. Nichols, President, Southern California Edison
Niklas Schirmer, Head of Energy, ubitricity
Dietrich Schmidt, Head of Power-Heat-Systems Department, Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology
Daniel Witt, Senior Manager, Business Development and Policy, Tesla
Moderator: Professor Daniel Sperling, Director, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis

10:30 am Break

11:00 am Panel 2: Vision Meets Reality: Consumers, Demand and the Network

Jan Aengenvoort, Head of Communication & Market Research, Next Kraftwerke
Jesse Bryson, Vice President and Head of Global Market Development , Advanced Microgrid Solutions
Jay Dickenson, Chief Consultant, California Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee
René Mono, Managing Director, 100 % Renewable Foundation
Moderator: Andrew McAllister, Commissioner, California Energy Commission

12:15 pm Closing Remarks

Robert B. Weisenmiller, Chair, California Energy Commission
Martin Schöpe, Head of Division, International Cooperation on Energy, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs (BMWi)

12:30 pm Finger food & networking

1:30 pm Event ends