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Session B3 2017-09-05T22:29:11+00:00


Energy Infrastructure: From bottleneck to backbone

Day: 13th September, 2017

Time: 10:00 – 11:30

Room: WIND

Short Description:

Increasingly energy experts are convinced that “classical baseload-power plants” are a thing of the past and flexible power plants will gradually replace them. Renewable power generation – especially solar photovoltaics – can generate electricity in small units near to corresponding loads resulting in the capacity of a single centralised conventional power plant distributed across several thousand locations. Another scenario is a hybrid system combining centralised and decentralised features.

Questions to be addressed by the session:

  1. Does a hybrid (centralised, decentralised) power supply system not run into the risk of disadvantaging parts of its customers, creating a divide among power consumers? And what would be crucial elements for both systems to co-exist and ensure fair treatment of all customers?
  2. How do you judge the two options of centralised versus decentralised power generation in terms of cost-efficiency, complexity of regulations required, energy security, and technical and institutional changes involved?
  3. Often decentralised systems are seen as a democratisation of energy supply. Could that be the real paradigm shift and a value in itself that is worth potential cost disadvantages? Or will we experience a run to small-scale own generation anyway once more enabling factors such as coupling with electric vehicles and renewable heating and cooling at ever lower cost are starting to materialise on a broad basis?

Session composition:

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. Thorsten Herdan, Director General, BMWi,

Moderator: Mr. Marcelino Madrigal Martínez, Commissioner, CRE


Other Panelists TBC

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