Thursday, 25 June 2015

Panel 1

Direct Marketing and Auctions: Renewable Energy Law (EEG) 2014 - Fit for the Future!

Renewable energies currently cover almost 28% of the gross demand for electricity. However, this growth has come at a high price. In the last year alone, German electricity customers had to raise an EEG subsidy amounting to EUR 24 billion. And despite this, there is still a long way to go to meet the Federal Government’s expansion target of 80% renewable energies in the gross demand for electricity. With the amendment to the EEG in 2014, elementary changes were made to bring this target closer. The hitherto voluntary direct marketing of electricity from renewable energy plants is now obligatory for new plants. Furthermore, from 2017, the level of the subsidy will be determined on a competitive basis in the form of auctions. Initial experience with auctions will be gained by means of a pilot project for ground-mounted PV farms.

  • Do auctions increase the cost efficiency of the EEG subsidy?
  • Has the EEG 2014 given the Energiewende renewed impetus?
  • What impact do the changes have on the stakeholders in the energy industry?

Dr. Guido Wustlich, Head of Unit III B 2, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Berlin
Sven Becker, CEO, Trianel GmbH, Aachen
Dr. Armin Sandhövel, CIO Infrastructure Equity, Allianz Global Investors GmbH, Frankfurt a. M .
Oliver Hummel, Executive Board, Naturstrom AG, Düsseldorf
Dr. Werner Brinker, Chairman of the Executive Board, EWE Aktiengesellschaft, Oldenburg

Franz Lamprecht, Editor-in-Chief et, etv Energieverlag GmbH, Essen
Panel 2

Focus on Energy Networks: Increasing Complexity and Regulatory Frameworks

Do current regulations set the right incentives for all network operators? In light of the changed structure of the energy industry, the debate surrounding it increased in intensity, with a particular focus on investment conditions. The expansion of the network associated with the Energiewende is also leading to a technological revolution in the energy networks. In this respect the system is undergoing comprehensive restructuring, which includes redefining and reallocating roles and responsibilities. Security of supply and system stability are becoming a network-level and inter-sectoral issue that requires further coordination. Furthermore, the challenges for the energy network operators are becoming increasingly complex due to technical innovations, with the need to manage growing data flows within the network and on both a transmission and distribution network level.

  • Differentiated regulation - the answer to complex challenges?
  • What new roles and responsibilities are being created by the restructuring of the system?
  • Is intelligent energy data management the key to the market?

Dr. Ronald Heinze, Geschäftsführer,/CEO Stadtwerke Rhede GmbH, Rhede (invited)
Dr. Urban Keussen, Chairman of the Management Board, TenneT TSO GmbH, Bayreuth
Dr. Egon Leo Westphal, Member of the Executive Board, Bayernwerk AG, Regensburg
Achim Zerres, Head of Energy Regulation Department, Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railways, Bonn

Henning Krumrey, Editor-in-chief and Head of Berlin Office, WirtschaftsWoche, Berlin
Panel 3

Digitalisation of the Energy Industry: Big data, New Risks and Smart Business Processes

As part of the Energiewende, the fixed system and process boundaries of the municipal utilities and network operators are breaking down. The previous, narrowly defined markets with barriers to entry created by high essential investments are falling. Networks of a range of new market participants and a number of service providers are developing. This is resulting in new business processes based on data and information. Moreover, the industry itself is using this energy information network or the measurement systems to develop its own entirely new form of digital network, with the creation of data connections to renewable energy plants, direct marketers and customer systems. The question is how to shape these new processes. In this context, stringent IT security requirements are necessary, for example, as the network makes our systems more fragile and vulnerable. It is precisely these new business processes which could be subject to attack by hackers.

  • Is the energy industry prepared for the application of big data technologies?
  • What opportunities are there for the digitalisation of processes and business models?
  • IT security as a new aspect of security of supply: do we need another form of crisis prevention?

Dr. Michael Fiedeldey, Technical Managing Director, NRM Netzdienste Rhein-Main GmbH, Frankfurt a. M.
Marek Dan Hornschild, Chief Operating Officer, Grundgrün Energie GmbH, Berlin
Dr. Evangelos Ouzounis, Unit Head, ENISA - European Union Agency for Network and Information Security, Heraklion/Greece
Dr. Jonas Danzeisen, CEO, Venios GmbH, Frankfurt a.M.
Dr. Ralf Levacher, Technical Managing Director, Stadtwerke Saarlouis, Saarlouis

Christian Spanik, Moderator and TV journalist, Netproducer GmbH, Unterföhring
Panel 4

Heating Market Potential within Existing Stock – how will Germany Heat in the Future

Up until now during the Energiewende, politicians and the public have almost exclusively concerned themselves with the electricity sector. Moreover, the financial expense triggered by the electricity reform policy also exceeds that for a possible heating reform many times over. This must come as a surprise however as, amongst other things, the objectives of the Energiewende concept go over and above this, explicitly addressing heating and transport. This is even more relevant since the heating sector is considerably larger than the electricity sector on both the primary energy side and on the final-use energy side in terms of volume. The public generally pay more for heating and hot water than for electricity, and investment in an Energiewende in the heating sector would be directly reflected in the German carbon footprint. There are still many more ‘low-hanging fruits’ to be harvested in the heating sector, if the sector were paid more attention.

  • Heating reform in Germany: where are we and where do we want to be?
  • Are we losing existing building stock on the way to low-energy buildings?
  • What are energy providers doing for climate protection in the heating market?

Thorsten Herdan, Head of Energy Policy - Heating and Efficiency, German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Berlin
Attorney at law, Elmar Esser, Managing Director, ZVSHK Zentralverband Sanitär Heizung Klima, Sankt Augustin
Dr. Jörg Teupen, Executive Board, Stadtwerke Kiel AG, Kiel
Dr. Karl Peter Hoffmann, CEO, Stadtwerke Sindelfingen GmbH, Sindelfingen

Joffrey Streit, Radio and television presenter, Kulmbach
Panel 5

Procurement, Sales, and Trade - how Much More Regulation Can the Market Take?

The dynamic redesign of the energy industry is fundamentally changing the supply to end customers, who are increasingly becoming "prosumers". Additional regulatory policies are regularly searching for answers to the associated complexity. In some circumstances, the market can offer better solutions with regard to acceptance of the Energiewende, security of supply and flexibility. However, even the prices are still currently only partly determined by the market. Within the Energiewende, the supply, trading and distribution levels of the value chain have the important task of ensuring customers are "on board". They need to show that competition will ensure that the products accepted by the customers perform well in the market - at the price that the customer is prepared to pay. The restructuring of the markets is a challenge for both added value levels which will only succeed if creative products can be developed in a competitive environment.

  • Between competition and regulation: what role do energy distributors and energy traders play in the Energiewende?
  • Setting the right course: how important are service providers and collaborative ventures?
  • Regulating flexibilities and big data: what comes after commodity trading?

Dr. Steffen Frischat, CEO, ENTEGA Energieeffizienz GmbH und Co. KG, Darmstadt
Dr. Annegret Groebel, Head of Department, Bundesnetzagentur für Elektrizität, Gas, Telekommunikation, Post und Eisenbahnen, Bonn und Vice-President of the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER), Belgium/Brussels
Dr. Susan Hennersdorf, Executive Vice President Sales, Marketing and Operations, EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG, Stuttgart
Markus Hilkenbach, CEO,Stadtwerke Coesfeld GmbH, Coesfeld
Jan Lengerke, Member oft he Board and Chief Product Officer, Verivox GmbH, Heidelberg

Ursula Heller, Journalist and television presenter, Berlin

Coffee break in the exhibition


Flexible, Digital, Increasingly Decentralised: Paradigm Shift in Electrification

Joe Kaeser, CEO, Siemens AG, Munich

Confrontation and Compromise: How Can We Resolve Conflicts over the Use of Land?

Podium discussion

The Energiewende poses both a challenge and an opportunity for rural areas. As the expansion of renewable energies continues, the importance of the potentially available plots of land also increases. Plots of land for photovoltaics, wind, biomass or the expansion of the network compete directly with agricultural management and conservation needs. In addition to these various specific user interests, conflicts increasingly occur with regard to air traffic safety, for example, but also the distance from residential areas. Resolving these conflicts requires the development of suitable investment, compensation and participation models.

  • How can conflicts of interest be resolved?
  • Can the financial participation of citizens increase acceptance?
  • How resilient are the processes and compromises involved in public participation?

Christian Pegel, Minister for Energy, Infrastructure and Regional Development, Mecklenburg-Western Pommerania, Ministry for Energy, Infrastructure and Regional Development, Schwerin
Dr. Hans-Jürgen Brick, Member of the Board, Amprion GmbH, Dortmund
Jörg Müller, CEO, ENERTRAG Aktiengesellschaft, Dauerthal
Prof. Dr. Beate Jessel, President, German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, Bonn
Gunda Röstel, Managing Director, Stadtentwässerung Dresden GmbH, Dresden

Ursula Heller, Journalist and television presenter, Berlin

Research and Innovation as Key Elements to Germany’s Sustainability

Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka, German Federal Minister of Education and Research, Berlin,

Holger Steltzner, Editor, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Frankfurt am Main

Start-ups - New Ideas and Business Models for the Energy Industry

Dr. Martin Schumacher, Member of the Board of Directors, ABB AG, Mannheim
Jan Hanken, CEO, idatase GmbH, Frankfurt a.M.
Dr. George Hanna, CEO, Quinous GmbH, Berlin
Marco Peise, CEO, Sunride, Berlin

Lunch break in the exhibition


The Contribution of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) to the Energiewende


In the majority of medium-sized and larger towns in Germany, a well-developed heating network of combined heat and power (CHP) plants supplies numerous customers with heat. By simultaneously generating electricity and heat, CHP plants are highly efficient, and they therefore make a significant contribution to increasing efficiency and reducing emissions. This is of particular advantage in urban areas. An increasing number of CHP/heating network systems are also being made more flexible by incorporating thermal stores and power-to-heat (P2H) modules. This allows them to react to the infeed of electricity from fluctuating renewable energy sources. Flexible CHP systems can support generation by renewable energies and ensure security of supply. Due to the massive drop in spot electricity market prices in the last two years, it is not currently possible to operate the majority of CHP plants economically. The coalition agreement promised to amend the CHP Law (KWK-G) in 2014 in order to reach the target of 25% of energy production by 2020. However, this amendment to the KWK-G is still outstanding.

  • What form should a goal-oriented amendment of the KWK-G take?
  • How does CHP contribute to an efficient overall system?
  • CHP heating network storage: does the system increase climate protection and efficiency in towns and cities?

Thomas Bareiß, Member of the German Parliament, Energy Policy Coordinator of the CDU/CSU-Parliamentary Group, Berlin
Garrelt Duin, Minister for Economics, Energy, Industry and Commerce of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia , Dusseldorf
Cord Müller, CEO, Stadtwerke Aalen GmbH, Aalen
Udo Wichert, Spokesman of the Management Board, STEAG Fernwärme GmbH, Essen und AGFW-President

Christian Spanik, Moderator and TV journalist, Netproducer GmbH, Unterföhring

Energy Efficiency: Markets and Business Models


Creating added value by means of new products and services is an opportunity for the sales and marketing departments of energy companies. However, in this context, energy efficiency on the demand-side can only be realised by the customers. The National Action Plan on Energy Efficiency (NAPE) provides political impetus, but it is first and foremost the market participants who are demanding the transformation. Energy providers are becoming energy service providers, who are venturing beyond commodity trading into energy management. Support is provided by partnerships within established networks and project-related collaborative ventures. The equipment and plant industry is a traditional partner of the energy industry. The conventional market roles of trade, industry and energy companies are changing. New players are pushing their way into the market. Contracting, increasing decentralisation and customer generation are creating new forms of cooperation and more competition.

  • How will energy efficiency become a model of success?
  • How do business models function in the private and business customer segment?
  • Smart homes, the Internet of Things, demand response: which customer requirements and market roles are emerging?

Andreas Franke-Ewald, Partner Power & Utilities, Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft, Düsseldorf
Rada Rodriguez, CEO, Schneider Electric GmbH, Ratingen
Dr. Marie-Luise Wolff-Hertwig, Chairwoman of the Board, HEAG Südhessische Energie AG (HSE), Darmstadt

Henning Krumrey, Editor-in-chief and Head of Berlin Office, WirtschaftsWoche, Berlin

Big Data - an Opportunity for the Energy and Water Industries?


  • Energy and data streams are merging! How can we shape this process?
  • How will data influence us, our systems, and processes?
  • What new insights can be gained, and what new sources of revenue can be tapped?

Prof. Dr. Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, University of Oxford, Great Britain

Closing Address

Hildegard Müller, Chairwoman of the General Executive Management Board