Program: US-German Expert Meeting in Texas

Please find below the program of the US-German expert meeting that took place on the 27th February 2018 in Austin, Texas.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

7:30 am Registration and networking breakfast

8:30 am Welcome and opening remarks: drivers, challenges and opportunities of the current changes in the market

Michaela Schobert, Director Consulting Services, German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S. Inc. (GACC South)

Dr. Falk Bömeke, Deputy Head of Division, International Energy Cooperation, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

Michael Treyger, Business Assistance Manager Office of the Texas Governor

Introduction to power systems in Germany and Texas

9:15 am ERCOT in 2018: Managing a Changing Grid

Bill Magness, President and CEO, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)

9:35 am The German Electricity System - An Overview

Dr. Arne Genz, Deputy Head of Division, National and European electricity grids and electricity grid planning, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

9:55 am Q&A / Open discussion

10:30 am Coffee break

System reliability and security of supply: German and Texan approach

10:50 am Ensuring system reliability and security of supply: the German approach

Florian König, Energy Policy Expert, Federal Network Agency (BNetzA)

11:10 am Beth Garza, Director, ERCOT Independent Market Monitor / Vice President, Potomac Economics

11:30 am Q&A / Open discussion

12:00 pm Lunch

Increasing system flexibility and integrating renewable energy sources into the grid: instruments and experiences in Texas and Germany

1:30 pm Sandip Sharma, Manager of Operations Planning, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)

1:50 pm Sam Newell, Principal, The Brattle Group

2:10 pm Texas Waves: Increasing system reliability in ERCOT by providing fast responding regulation service

Dr. Andrea Bianco, Director Storage Technology Solutions, E.ON Climate & Renewables North America

2:30 pm Ancillary services via demand response: Opportunities and challenges in Germany

Benedikt Deuchert, Project Manager Central & Western Europe, Entelios AG

2:50 pm Q&A / Open discussion

3:20 pm Coffee break

Transmission and distribution planning and investments in Texas and Germany

3:40 pm ERCOT Transmission Planning

Jeff Billo, Senior Manager of Transmission Planning, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)

4:00 pm Transmission Grid Development in Texas (an AEP/ETT perspective)

Kip Fox, President, Electric Transmission Texas, LLC (“ETT”), American Electric Power (AEP)

4:20 pm Transmission Grid Development & Investment Planning on EHV level at TenneT Germany

Michael Jesberger, Senior Manager, Asset Management, TenneT TSO

4:40 pm Distribution systems in Germany – smart investments, digital operation and an evolving role in the energy transition

Dr. Henning Schuster, Principal Consultant, E-Bridge

5:00 pm Q&A / Open discussion

5:30 pm Closing remarks and perspective on the long-term planning for the electricity sector

Dan Woodfin, Senior Director of System Operations, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)

Dr. Falk Bömeke, Deputy Head of Division, International Energy Cooperation, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

6:00 pm Networking reception

7:00 pm Dinner