Day: 13th September, 2017
Time: 15:00 – 16:30
Islands face unique energy challenges: their geographical isolation means that power grids are stand-alone, many of which are heavily dependent on imported fossil fuels. This puts a significant strain on a country’s public finances, leaving the nation highly exposed to oil price and supply volatility. Island residents often pay some of the highest electricity prices in the world. Seasonal peak hours for heating (water) and cooling (AC) place enormous pressure on the grid; land transport consumes precious fuel needed for maritime activities. Moreover diesel generators release carbon dioxide and particulate emissions which reduce air quality and the effect the health of local residents.
Questions to be addressed by the session:
- The transition to high shares of renewable energy seems a logical choice for islands given the unique energy challenges they face. What are the crucial bottlenecks that need to be overcome?
- By when do you think islands globally will be able to transition their power supply to renewables? And what does it require to achieve this?
- What examples are there in the LAC region, where islands have benefitted from renewables e.g. through decreased energy costs? How large were this decreases and what further effects (positive or negative) have been seen together with a transition to renewables (e.g. trade balance etc.)?
The keynote speaker gives a 15 min overview of the thematic context of this session. In the remaining time, the panelist’s respond to the questions posed by the moderator as well as discussion points from the audience.
Keynote: Mr. Al Binger, Interim Director, CREEE
Moderator: Mr. Arthouros Zevros, REN 21
- Jules Kortenhorst, CEO, Rocky Mountain Institute
- Medardo Torres Constante, Director for Latinoamerica, Global Hydro
- Harald Neitzel, General Director, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)
- Vahan Gevorigian, Senior Engineer, NREL
Other Panelists TBC