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Texas-Germany Bilateral Dialogue on Challenges and Opportunities in the Electricity Market on February, 27th in Austin, TX

The energy transition (“Energiewende”) is a core project and guiding vision of German policy. One of the main targets of the energy transformation is to achieve a share of at least 35% of the electricity consumed in Germany to be covered by renewables by 2020 combined with successful system integration with highest reliability worldwide and numerous actions to increase energy efficiency. With similar energy transition projects taking place in various places around the world, there are significant opportunities for mutual learning and for developing synergies with other countries and regions.

The event aimed to deepen Germany’s policy dialogue with the United States and especially with Texas as a leading state undergoing a transformative change in its electricity market in North America. Stakeholders such as energy policy makers and system operators had the opportunity to discuss common challenges, as well as exchange experiences and best practices with policies designed to address these issues. The bilateral dialogue consisted of a full day workshop followed by a networking reception, during which the participants had the opportunity to actively engage in the discussion.

The event was organized by the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc. (GACC South) together with adelphi consult on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

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Pictures of the event can be found here


Date & Venue 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Networking Breakfast: 7:30am

Panels: 8:30am - 5:30pm

Reception: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Omni Austin Hotel Downtown
700 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin, TX 78701


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Dr. Falk Bömeke, Deputy Head of Division, International Energy Cooperation, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

Presentation: Energiewende: Germany‘s energy system and the status of the energy transition

Bill Magness, President and CEO, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)

Presentation: ERCOT in 2018: Challenges & Opportunities

Dr. Arne Genz, Deputy Head of Division, National and European electricity grids and electricity grid planning, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

Presentation: The German ElectricitySystem - An Overview

Florian König, Energy Policy Expert, Federal Network Agency (BNetzA)

Presentation: Ensuring System Reliability and Security of Supply: the German Approach

Beth Garza, Director, ERCOT Independent Market Monitor / Vice President, Potomac Economics

Presentation: Ensuring Reliability in ERCOT

Sandip Sharma, Manager of Operations Planning, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)

Presentation: Renewable Integration and Adapting to the changing resource mix in ERCOT

Dr. Sam Newell, Principal, The Brattle Group

Presentation:System Flexibility and Renewable Energy Integration - Overview of Market Design Approaches

Dr. Andrea Bianco, Director Storage Technology Solutions, E.ON Climate & Renewables North America

Presentation: Texas Waves: Increasing system reliability in ERCOT by providing fast responding regulation service

Benedikt Deuchert, Project Manager Central & Western Europe, Entelios AG

Presentation: Ancillary services via demand response: Opportunities and challenges in Germany

Jeff Billo, Senior Manager of Transmission Planning, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)

Presentation: ERCOT Transmission Planning

Kip Fox, President, Electric Transmission Texas, LLC (“ETT”) / Managing Director, American Electric Power (AEP)

Presentation: Transmission Grid Development in Texas

Michael Jesberger, Senior Manager, Asset Management, TenneT TSO

Presentation: Transmission Grid Development & Investment Planning on EHV Level in Germany

Dr. Henning Schuster, Principal Consultant, E-Bridge Consulting GmbH

Presentation: Distribution systems in Germany –smart investments, digital operation and an evolving role in the energy system





Sonja (Sobota) Knight

Project Manager, Consulting Services

German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc.

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