California-Germany Bilateral Energy Conference 2017

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First-of-Its-Kind Event

The 2017 California-Germany Bilateral Energy Conference will bring industry experts, think tanks, and policy makers from Germany and California together to discuss recent developments, deepen the understanding of long term trends and exchange experiences with policies designed to tackle them. Furthermore, the conference will foster dialogue, strengthen networks, and increase the motivation and inspiration of key stakeholders who have a leading role in the energy transition of their respective countries and regions.


California Department of Public Health
1500 Capitol Avenue (15th)
Sacramento, CA 95814

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2017 California -Germany Bilateral Energy Conference Day 1- October 19

12:30 p.m. Registration

  • Master of Ceremony: Drew Bohan, Chief Deputy Director, California Energy Commission

1:30 p.m. 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 p.m. Presentation and Q&A: Long-term Planning for the Power Sector

  • Amory Lovins, CEO, Rocky Mountain Institute
  • Katharina Grave, Division “Principle issues of electricity“, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

2:50 p.m. Coffee Break

3:15 p.m. The Energy Transition Here and There: Visionary voices

  • Stephen Berberich, President and Chief Executive Officer, CAISO
  • Hal Harvey, CEO, Energy Innovation
  • Peter Hoffmann, Senior Manager System Operations, TenneT TSO
  • Felix Matthes, Research Coordinator, Energy and Climate Policy,
  • Simon Müller, Head of Unit System Integration of Renewables, International Energy Agency
  • Prof. 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, CEO, Renewables Grid Initiative

5:00 p.m. Voice from Asia: China's 2050 vision

  • Prof. Wang Zhongying, Director, China National Renewable Energy Centre

5:30 p.m. Networking Reception – Cafeteria 15L

  • Location: 1116 15th St, Sacramento, CA 95814
2017 California -Germany Bilateral Energy Conference Day 2- October 20

7:30 a.m. Breakfast

8:30 a.m. Welcome Back Remarks

  • Janea Scott, Commissioner, California Energy Commission
  • Martin Schöpe, BMWi

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

  • Hanno Butsch, Head International Cooperation, (German) National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology
  • Andreas Kuhlmann, Chief Executive, German Energy Agency
  • 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: Prof. Dan Sperling, University of California, Davis

10:15 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. Panel 2: Vision Meets Reality: Consumers, Demand and the Network

  • Jan Aengenvoort, Head of Communication & Market Research, Next Kraftwerke
  • Jesse Bryson, Advanced Microgrid Solutions Vice President, Head of Global Market Development
  • 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 p.m. Closing Remarks

  • Robert B. Weisenmiller, California Energy Commission
  • Martin Schöpe, BMWi

12:30 p.m. Finger Food & Networking

1:30p.m. Event Ends


*Agenda will be updated periodically.