Program & Presentations

Please find below the program of the delegation trip of US power system operators to Berlin from September 25 - 28, 2017.

All presentations can be found here.

Monday, September 25, 2017

8:00 am Registration

8:30 am Welcome and introduction to Agenda and Delegation Trip

Mr. Berthold Breid, CEO RENAC, Renewables Academy (RENAC) AG

8:45 am Introduction of participants of delegation

9:30 am Welcome by the Director General from BMWi

Mr. Thorsten Herdan, Director General, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

9:45 am Introduction to the German Energiewende, the power system and the grid

Dr. Martin Schöpe, Head of Division International Energy Cooperation, BMWi
Mr. Max Rathmann, Deputy Head of Division General issues of electricity, power-sector integration, power plants, BMWi
Ms. Dr. Kristen Huttner, Deputy Head of Division National and European electricity grids and electricity grid planning, BMWi

  • Background and history, targets and status
  • Germany in the context of the European energy transition
  • Power system structure and actors
  • Market and system design: How to make the system more flexible while maintaining high level of supply security
  • Digitalization, smart energy system and cybersecurity
  • Grid development
  • Q&A, open discussion

10:45 am Coffee / tea break

11:30 am Role of the Regulator

Dr. Annegret Groebel, Head of Department “International Relations/Postal Regulation”, The Federal Network Agency (BnetzA)

  • Insights on grid regulation and policies in the context of the Energiewende
  • Balancing power markets
  • Key challenges towards grid infrastructure and cross-country grid planning
  • Power system operation and cybersecurity
  • Q&A, open discussion

12:30 pm Lunch break at BMWi

2:00 pm Electricity market design for the Energy Transition

Ms. Dr. Stephanie Ropenus, Senior Associate / Grids & Nordic Energy Cooperation, Agora Energiewende
Mr. Andreas Jahn, Senior Associate, The Regulatory Assistance Project

  • Key Challenges for the Energy Transition
  • Limitations of “energy-only” markets
  • Investments to ensure security of supply - new signals and incentives
  • Tariff design, fixed/stand-by charges
  • Virtual power plants to provide balancing power
  • How could “Energiewende markets” look like?
  • Q&A, open discussion

3:30 pm Presentation of delegation trip agenda for the week

Ms. Cecilia Strandberg, Project Director, Renewables Academy (RENAC) AG

6:30 pm Welcome reception at the U.S. Embassy

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

9:00 am Meeting and site visit: Transmission Grid Operator 50Hertz

Mr. Boris Schucht, CEO, 50Hertz
Mr. Dr. Dirk Biermann, CMO, 50Hertz
Mr. Gunter Scheibner, Head of System Operations, 50Hertz

  • Tasks of the transmission grid operator in the framework of the German Energiewende (historical and outlook)
  • Lessons learnt from the perspective of an TSO:
  1. Grid operation with large amount of weather dependent wind and PV
  2. Power system security
  3. Dispatch strategies for distributed generation
  4. Coordination of transmission and distribution grid operators
  5. Grid extension planning
  • Visit of the reserve control center

12:30 pm Lunch break

2:00 pm Meeting: Distribution Grid Operator (DSO)

Mr. Dr. Stefan Küppers, Managing Director, Westnetz
Mr. Dr. Stefan Richter, Vice President Regulatory Management & Grid Economics, innogy SE
Mr. Torsten Knop, Head of European Regulation Project, innogy SE

  • Role and Responsibilities of a distribution grid operator in the framework of the German Energiewende (historical and outlook)
  • Voltage control with wind farms and PV farms
  • Grid connection agreement for PV and wind farms (standards and grid code compliance testing procedure)
  • Coordination of distribution and transmission grid operators
  • Development of regulation in Germany
  • Opportunities and risks/changes from the company's perspective
  • New services under the sign of Energiewende

6:00 pm Optional: Guided city tour by foot

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

9:00 am Meeting with utility E.ON

Mr. Patrick Woodson, Chairman, E.ON North America
Mr. Kevin Gresham, Vice President Government Relations & External Affairs, E.ON North America
Mr. Clemens Carnap, Head of Project Quality Management, E.ON

  • Historical development of company strategy, products, market development
  • Medium and long-term EON business model changes in the framework of the German Energiewende
  • Q&A, open discussion

12:00 pm Lunch break

3:00 pm Site visit of Solarpark Finow (80MW) and PV Remote Control Centre

Mr. René Baumann
Mr. Ralf Fischbein

Thursday, September 28, 2017

9:00 am Germany's renewable power future - simulation for the year 2050

Mr. Dr. Malte Siefert, Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES)
Mr. Philipp Härtel, Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES)
Mr. Denis Mende, Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES)

  • Need for long term perspective
  • Simulation assumptions
  • Power flow animation results
  • Frequency and voltage stability
  • Q&A, open discussion

10:30 am Coffee / tea break

11:00 am Public acceptance of new grids for the Energy Transition

Ms. Antina Sander, Deputy Executive Director, Renewables Grid Initiative
Mr. Andrew Carryer, Project Manager, Renewables Grid Initiative

  • Transparency of planning
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • European cross-country grid planning
  • Best practice examples

12:45 pm Lunch break

2:00 pm Concluding workshop

Mr. Albrecht Tiedemann, Head of Wind Energy / Grid Integration / Energy Policy, Renewables Academy (RENAC) AG

4:00 pm End of official program