Knowledge-exchange between US and German power system operators

Delegation trip to Germany (June 25 - 28, 2018)

Some of the many common questions the United States and Europe face on the road towards a cleaner and more flexible power supply system are: How should we deal with higher penetration of renewables? What is the impact on the incumbent utilities? What will be the long-term role of coal and gas in the energy mix?

With the goal to better understand and navigate the newly emerging power systems, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) invited high level representatives from power grid operators and grid-related organizations in the US to participate in a in a transatlantic thought leader exchange taking place from June 25 - 28, 2018.

The trip is part of a broader scale effort to strengthen the energy cooperation between the US and Germany, encourage the exchange of ideas, and build energy transition policy expertise. This knowledge exchange aims to provide solutions for long-term strategic power system planning, improved market design that can increase power system flexibility and reliability and reduce costs, enhanced distribution and transmission planning, and better cross-regional operations coordination. It offers the opportunity for multi-stakeholders to identify, track, and enable new market and planning models and technologies for grid management and operation.

The trip was organized by the Renewables Academy (RENAC) AG in Berlin and supported by its local partner, the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest (GACC Midwest).

Please find below the program and presentations of the delegation trip of US Power System Operators to Berlin from June 25 - 28, 2017




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Monday, June 25, 2018

Introduction and Meeting with Government


08.30 am
Welcome and introduction to the week's program and to the energy dialogue program between Germany and USA
Mr Raffaele Piria, Senior Project Manager, adelphi
Mr. Albrecht Tiedemann, Head of Unit, Renewables Academy (RENAC) AG
09.00 am
Welcome by Director General Thorsten Herdan from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)
Mr. Thorsten Herdan, Director General, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)
09.30 am
Introduction to the German Energiewende, the power system and the grid
Dr. Falk Bömeke, Deputy Head of Division International Energy Cooperation, BMWi
Mr. Max Rathmann, Deputy Head of Division General issues of electricity, power-sector integration, power plants, BMWi
Dr. Arne Genz, Deputy Head of Division, National and European electricity grids and electricity grid planning, BMWi

Germany's energy system and the status of the energy transition
Electricity Grid Planning in Germany
10.30 am
Coffee / tea break
11.00 am
Electricity system design in Germany - understanding the current situation
Wholesale and retail markets for electricity in Germany/Europe
Key Challenges for the Energy Transition in the future
Q&A, moderated open discussion
Mr. Albrecht Tiedemann, Head of Unit, Renewables Academy (RENAC) AG
Dr. Fabian Joas, Senior Associate EU Electricity Market / Industrial Policy and the Energiewende, Agora Energiewende
Mr. Giorgio Corbetta, Advisor - EU Energy Policy Strategy, European Energy Exchange (EEX)
Mr. Andreas Jahn, Senior Associate, The Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP)
Electricity system in Germany
Key Challenges for the German Energy Transition and its Market Design
01.00 pm
Lunch break
02.30 pm
Role of the Regulator
Dr. Jan Peter Sasse, Division Economic Policy Issues, The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA)
The role of the Bundesnetzagentur for the energy sector in Germany
04.30 pm
Meeting with the U.S. Embassy
Mr. Dan Froats, Economic Counselor
Mr. Joel Wiegert, First Secretary
07.30 pm
Welcome Dinner

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Meetings and Site visits


09.30 amMeeting with the German Association of Local Utilities (VKU)
Mr. Rainer Stock, Head of Unit, VKU
DSOs as system managers of the energy transition
12.00 pm
Lunch break
01.15 pmMeeting with the German Energy Agency (dena)
Mr. Christoph Jugel, Director Energy Systems, dena
03.00 pmMeeting and site visit: Transmission Grid Operator (TSO) 50Hertz
Mr. Dr. Dirk Biermann, CMO, 50Hertz

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Meetings and Site visits


09.00 amMeeting with utility EnBW
Dr. Jörg Jasper, Group Expert Energy Economics & Policy, EnBW
09.45 amMeeting with DSO Netze BW
Mr. Bartholomäus Wasowicz, Head of Technology & Innovation, Netze BW GmbH
10.30 amCoffee / tea break
11.00 am
Meeting with utility Innogy SE
Dr. Stefan Richter, Vice President Regulatory Management & Grid Economics, Innogy SE
Mr. Stefan Petermann, Senior Expert Strategy Development, Strategy & Technology Renewables, Innogy SE
12.45 pm
Lunch break
03.00 pm
Site visit: Combined Power-to-Heat (P2H) / Power-to-Cool (P2C) at EUREF Campus
Mr. Andreas Jarfe

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Meetings and concluding workshop


08.30 amMeeting with the German Energy Storage Association (BVES)
Mr. Urban Windelen, Executive Director, BVES
Ms. Valeska Gottke, Senior Expert for Communications and Markets, BVES
11.00 amPublic acceptance of new grids for the Energy Transition
Ms. Theresa Schneider, Senior Manager Communications, Renewables Grid Initiative
Grid development: how to constructively engage stakeholders
01.00 pmLunch break
02.30 pmConcluding workshop
Mr. Albrecht Tiedemann, Head of Unit, Renewables Academy (RENAC) AG
04.00 pmEnd of the official program
04.30 pm
Guided city tour