Program & Presentations

Monday, May 14, 2018

9:00 am - 5:00 pm Introduction to the Energiewende and German energy policy

Welcome, introduction to the week’s program, presentation of participants

Martin Schöpe, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi); Raffaele Piria, adelphi

Overview of the German Energiewende

Martin Schöpe, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

Germany’s and Europe’s climate goals and policies

Mrs. Vera Rodenhoff, Head of Division International Environment and Energy and Urban Development, German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

A closer look at German energy policies

BMWi, various representatives

  • Energy efficiency policies, successes, and challenges
  • Power market 2.0, power system 2030: trends and tasks
  • Renewables deployment, auctions
  • Transportation and the energy transition
  • Long-term scenarios

Similarities and differences between the US and Germany

Raffaele Piria, adelphi (presentation); Andreas Jahn, RAP (presentation)

  • Power system governance / Role of EU / Setup of power markets

Grid Expansion and power exchange with Germany's neighbors

Nils Engelke, 50Hertz (presentation)

State and prospects for the German power system

Frank Peter, Agora Energiewende; Felix Matthes, Öko-Institut

  • Mobilizing flexibility resources in the power system
  • Integrating high shares of variable renewables in practice
  • Security of supply (capacity mechanism, strategic reserve, operational issues)
  • The role of coal and gas generation in the German energy transition
  • Grid expansion and power exchange with Germany’s neighbors

Exploring the common ground in US and German power system transitions

Moderation by Mike Hogan, RAP

Based on the previous input, this debate will facilitate mutual learning about shared challenges and opportunities on both sides of the Atlantic. Some guiding questions:

  • What are the drivers of power sector transition in the US and Germany?
  • How will supply costs and prices evolve?
  • How can the necessary investment flows be ensured?
  • How can high levels of supply security be maintained?
  • What is the future of coal generation?

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

9:00 – 12:00 am Examining the Power Sector Business

Are traditional utilities in a death spiral? A look at the US debate

Lauren McCloy, Office of Govornor Jay Inslee

The US speaker gives an overview on the US business and regulatory context.

Evolution of energy business models in the energy revolution

Tilman Schwencke, BDEW; Rainer Hinrichs-Rahlwes, BEE; Fabian Schmitz-Grethlein (VKU), Jörg Jasper (EnBW); Jan Aengenvoort, Next Kraftwerke; Jan Zacharias, Enelios; Felix Dembski, Sonnen GmbH

Open debate on future business models in the power sector

Moderation by Albrecht Tiedemann, RENAC

The speakers and participants discuss the future of utilities and other power sector firms, identifying similarities and differences between Germany and the US, and draw lessons learned from each region.

1:30 – 3:00 pm Looking at the Heat Sector

Energy transition in the heating sector

Uta Weiß, ifeu; Christian Richter, dena; Markus Witt, Vattenfall AB

Open debate

Moderation by Albrecht Tiedemann, RENAC

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

9:15 am– 12:30 pm Transportation: The Toughest Part of the Energiewende

Transition of the transport sector and the reality in Germany

Christian Hochfeld, Agora Verkehrswende

German politics and the car industry: reaction to Dieselgate and prospects

Peter Mock, International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) (presentation)

Urban Mobility – approaches and best practice in Berlin

Jörg Welke, Berliner Agentur für Elektromobilität eMO

Future transport systems: e-mobility, hydrogen and fuel cells

Jan Wegener, NOW GmbH (presentation)

Exploring the common ground in the US and German vehicle transitions

Moderation by Paula Ruoff, Verkehrsclub Deutschland

Based on the previous input, this debate facilitates mutual learning about shared challenges and opportunities on both sides of the Atlantic.

2:00 - 4:45 pm Civil Society, Public Acceptance, and Public Resistance in the Energy Transition

Energiewende as a result of civil society participation and protest

Raffaele Piria, adelphi (presentation)

Environmental NGOs between nature and climate protection

Peter Ahmels, Deutsche Umwelthilfe (presentation)

The view of consumers on the energy transition

Thomas Engelke, Federation of German Consumer Organisations (presentation)

Decentralized resources and community ownership of generation assets

René Mono, 100% Erneuerbar Stiftung (presentation)

Grid expansion: how to constructivly engage stakeholders for timely implementation

Theresa Schneider, Renewable Grid Initiative (presentation)

Thursday, May 17, 2018

9:00 - 10:30 am Closing Session

Frank Peter, Agora Energiewende

Debaters: US participants and German experts

The discussion can touch upon the following topics:

  • Drivers of the energy transition: similarities and differences
  • The current state of the energy transition
  • Challenges and opportunities ahead
  • Extent and limits of cross-party consensus in the two countries
  • Geopolitical implications of the energy transition
  • Potential collaboration in the energy policy field

10:30 - 11:00am Wrap up and feedback

2:00 - 4:30 pm Guided city tour on foot