Virtual Delegation trip

Bilateral Knowledge Exchange - Offshore Wind Deployment in the US & Germany

June 08-10, 2020


The United States are beginning offshore wind deployment from a favorable position, with the ability to take advantage of substantial technology learning, economies of scale and cost reductions achieved in Europe, and especially in Germany during the last two decades. German policy makers and energy players have a successful history of developing, installing, operating, and maintaining offshore wind projects. With 6.4 GW of grid-connected offshore wind capacity (27% of global capacity) Germany has established itself as leader in offshore wind development. While maritime spatial planning, deep waters, environmental concerns and grid connectivity have posed many challenges to Germany’s ambitious energy goals, technological innovation and constructive collaboration between the private sector and policy makers have made this successful transition possible.

With the goal to better understand and navigate a constantly evolving landscape of offshore wind farm needs, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) invited 26 high level US stakeholders involved in the offshore wind industry to participate in a virtual transatlantic knowledge exchange from June 8-10, 2020.

This virtual delegation trip is part of a broader scale effort to strengthen the energy cooperation between the US and Germany countries, encourage the exchange of ideas, and to promote energy transition policy expertise.

CONTACT

Cecilia Strandberg
Project Director
Tel: +49 (0)30 58 70870 42
Fax: +49 (0)30 58 70870 88
Email: strandberg[at]renac.de


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Monday, June 8, 2020

Berlin

09.00 amWelcome and introduction
  • Mr. Raffaele Piria, Senior Project Manager, adelphi
  • Mr. Dietmar Rieg, President & CEO, GACC NY, German American Chambers of Commerce
  • Ms. Cecilia Strandberg, Project Director & Moderator, Renewables Academy (RENAC) AG
 
09.45 amIntroduction to the international energy policy agenda
  • Dr. Falk Bömeke, Head of Division International Energy Cooperation, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)
 
10.00 amSession 1: Introduction to German Energiewende
  • Dr. Toni Glaser, Deputy Head of Division International Energy Cooperation, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)
 
10.30 am Virtual coffee / tea break

Time for networking and socializing with fellow participants

10.45 amSession 2: Offshore Wind Deployment in Germany – Facts and Policy Lessons
  • Mr. Raffaele Piria, Senior Project Manager, adelphi
 
11.00 amSession 3: Large-scale offshore wind expansion and hydrogen production
  • Dr. Matthias Deutsch, Senior Associate, Agora Energiewende
 
11.30 amModerated group discussion
  • Mr. Raffaele Piria, Senior Project Manager, adelphi
  • Mr. Simon Wolffram, Deputy Head of Division Offshore Wind Energy, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)
 
12.15 pmOutlook to day 2
  • Ms. Cecilia Strandberg, Project Director & Moderator, Renewables Academy (RENAC) AG
 
12.30 pmDiscussions in small groups between US-participants for group presentation on day 3
Zoom breakout rooms

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Berlin

09.00 amWelcome and introduction
  • Ms. Cecilia Strandberg, Project Director & Moderator, Renewables Academy (RENAC) AG
 
09.15 amSession 4: Pre-site development and auction regime for offshore wind
  • Mr. Florian König, Energy Policy Expert, The Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur - BNetzA)
 
09.35 amSession 5: Maritime spatial planning and licensing
  • Dr. Kai Trümpler, Head of the Spatial Planning Division, Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie - BSH)
 
09.55 am Moderated group discussion
  • Mr. Albrecht Tiedemann, Head of Division, Renewables Academy (RENAC) AG
 
10.15 amVirtual coffee / tea break

Time for networking and socializing with fellow participants

10.30 amSession 6: Offshore grid planning and operation
  • Dr. Dirk Biermann, Chief Markets & System Operations Officer (CMO), 50Hertz Transmission GmbH (Transmission System Operator)
 
10.50 amSession 7: Developing and operating an offshore wind farm in Germany
  • Mr. Enrico Schäfer, Head of Offshore Wind Operations Continental Europe, RWE
 
11.10 amSession 8: How offshore wind Generation affects the grid development
  • Mr. Hermann Gangl, Manager Engineering & Services Large Projects Offshore, TenneT (Transmission System Operator)
 
11.30 amModerated group discussion
  • Mr. Albrecht Tiedemann, Head of Division, Renewables Academy (RENAC) AG
 
12.15 pmOutlook to day 3
  • Ms. Cecilia Strandberg, Project Director & Moderator, Renewables Academy (RENAC) AG
 
12.30 pmDiscussions in small groups between US-participants for group presentation on day 3
Zoom breakout rooms

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Berlin

09.00 amWelcome and introduction
  • Ms. Cecilia Strandberg, Project Director & Moderator, Renewables Academy (RENAC) AG
 
09.15 amSession 9: Reviewing offshore wind energy development in Germany
  • Mr. Andreas Wagner, CEO, Foundation Offshore Wind Energy (Stiftung Offshore - Windenergie - SOW)
  • Ms. Johanna Kardel, Senior Manager Public & Regulatory Affairs, The Association of German Offshore Wind Farm Operators (Bundesverband der Windparkbetreiber Offshore - BWO)
 
10.00 amSession 10: Local value creation of offshore wind energy
  • Mr. Marc Itgen, Managing Director, Economic Development Agency at City of Cuxhaven (Agentur für Wirtschaftsförderung Cuxhaven - AfW)
 
10.30 am Virtual coffee / tea break

Time for networking and socializing with fellow participants

10.45 amSession 11: Presentations by US participants
11.15 amSession 12: Discussion with Mr. Thorsten Herdan
  • Mr. Thorsten Herdan, Director General - Energy, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)
  • Mr. Raffaele Piria, Senior Project Manager, adelphi
  • Mr. Albrecht Tiedemann, Head of Division, Renewables Academy (RENAC) AG
 
12.00 amFeedback round and evaluation of delegation trip
12.15 pmSummary and closing of virtual delegation tour

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