Towards Renewables - Germany as an example?

Wednesday, 18th April 2012

Germany is seen by many as an example of a country successfully making the shift from conventional to renewable energy. But is it? In this session participants will share their perspectives and will discuss the future of the European energy system.

Prof. Fritz Vahrenholt, CEO, RWE Innogy

RWE Innogy pools the renewable energy expertise and power plants of the RWE Group. The company plans, builds and operates facilities generating power from renewable energies. RWE Innogy aims to vigorously grow renewable energies in Europe.

Onshore and offshore wind power projects are a focus of the company's activities. However, RWE Innogy will also expand biomass and hydroelectric power. We are also pushing ahead with the development of new technologies for the future. In fact, we plan and operate biogas facilities, wave and tidal power plants as well as solar thermal power plants. In addition, we support innovative companies in their start-up and growth phase by providing short-term finance.


Mathias Kleinert, Vice Chairman, "Mit uns in BaW├╝ e.V."

Matthias Kleinert was the vice minister of the State Ministry and speaker of the government of the German State of Baden-W├╝rttemberg from June 1984 until 1987. From 1988 he was the head of the department of Public Relations Economic Policy at Daimler Benz. From 1995 until 2003 he was the head of the department of Policy and External Relations. From 2004 to 2008 he advised Daimler about SAFRI - the Southern Africa Initiative for the German economy. From 2004 until 2010 he was the head of the department Corporate Communications and External Affairs and from 2010 until 2011 representative of the Chief Executive Officer for Policy and External Relations Celesio. In August 2011 he founded the consulting company Buero Kleinert.


Nikolaus Krane, Member of the Board, Wirsol Solar

Niko oversees international financial products, large-scale project financing and international marketing. Prior to joining WIRSOL, Niko co-founded and was a Member of the Executive Board of Conergy, a leading international developer of renewable energy projects. Niko holds a Masters of Engineering degree from RWTH Aachen.

Andreas Kuhlmann, Head of Department of Strategy and Policy, BDEW German Association of Energy and Water Industries

Andreas Kuhlmann is head of the Department of Strategy and Policy at BDEW German Association of Energy and Water Industries in Berlin, Germany. Part of the Strategy and Policy Department are policy and economy. The physicist collected experiences in the different fields that from a strategic point of view are currently the most important topics for the energy and water industry. His policy work began in the Commission for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety of the European Parliament where he dealt intensively with climate protection issues and where he worked on the revision of the EU Water Framework Directive. He then held managements positions in the German Labour party, the Labour fraction in the German Parliament and a post as the head of the ministerial staff of the German Ministry for Labour and Social Issues. From 2007 until 2009 Kuhlmann worked at the German embassy in Stockholm.

17/18 April, 2012
Stuttgart, Germany

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