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New England - Germany Energy Transition Forum

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Harvard Law School

Cambridge, MA 02138

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The New England – Germany Energy Transition Forum will take place on Thursday, May 16th, 2019 at Harvard Law School by courtesy of the Environmental and Energy Law Program. Hosted by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) in partnership with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), the forum offers an opportunity for officials from government, industry and academia to discuss shared energy challenges, pursue urgent action on climate change mitigation, integrate lessons learned in Germany and New England and incorporate best practices. Industry leaders from both countries will discuss recent developments and challenges in the energy transition including the rapid increase of renewables, power sector decarbonization, heating sector innovation, clean transportation and offshore wind. The event is organized by adelphi and the German American Chamber of Commerce.


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8.30 am: Registration

9:00 am: Opening Remarks
Matthew Beaton, Massachussetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Thorsten Herdan, General Director at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Nicole Menzenbach, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Boston

9.30.am: Power sector decarbonisation: achievements so far, next steps and long term vision
Moderator: Ari Peskoe, Director Electricity Law Initiative, Harvard Law School | Environmental and Energy Law Program
Prof. Miranda Schreurs, Chair of Environmental and Climate Policy, Technical University of Munich University for Applied Sciences (tbc)
Dirk Biermann, Chief Markets & System Operations Officer, 50Hertz (German Transmission System Operator)
Gordon Van Welie, president and CEO of ISO New England
Jesse Jenkins, Postdoctoral Environmental Fellow, Harvard University

10.45 am: Coffee break

11.15 am: Innovation in the heating sector
Moderator: Michael Stoddard, Executive Director of Efficiency Maine
Thorsten Herdan, Director-General, Energy Policy, Heating and Efficiency, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)
Gerhard Stryi-Hipp, Head of Group »Smart Cities« at Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems
Don Chahbazpour, Director, Gas Utility of the Future, National Grid
One additional speaker from the Northeast to be confirmed

12.30 pm: Lunch

1.30 pm: Clean Transport of the Future
Thomas Raffeiner, CEO The Mobility House
Rainer Stock, VKU (German Association of Local Utilities)
Proposed speakers from the Northeast: TBD

2.45 pm: Offshore wind deployment – technical progress, power system integration and social acceptance
Moderator: Dietmar Rieg, President & CEO, German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. in New York
Frank Wester, Senior Manager Asset Management Offshore, Tennet
Bill White, Managing Director, EnBW North America Inc.

Proposed speakers from the Northeast:
James Bennet, Chief of the Office of Renewable Energy Programs, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)
Lars Thaaning Pedersen, CEO of Vineyard Wind

4 pm: Short coffee break

4.15 pm: State representatives roundtable
Proposed Moderator: David Litell, Principal, Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) and former Maine DPU commissioner
Judith Judson, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resource
Thorsten Herdan, General Director at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Additional representative from Northeast state TBD

5.15 – 6.15 pm: Networking Reception

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