Energy  |  Events  |  27.09.2012

A European Union for Renewable Energy

The Heinrich Böll Foundation commissioned a working group of experts from politics, industry, applied science and civil society who have produced the report ‘A European Union for Renewable Energy’. This report provides a collection of policy ideas for better grids and support schemes in Europe, that are conducive to an energy transition in Europe.

EVENT: Panel discussion and report launch

DATE: 27 September 2012, from 15:30 to 19:00

PLACE: Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the EU, Rue Belliard 60-62, 1040 Brussels


Europe is committed to substantially reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change. The European Commission’s Energy Roadmap 2050 explores routes towards a decarbonised energy system. A greater share of renewables will strengthen all of the EU’s major energy goals by increasing security of supply, fostering the competitiveness of the European economy and facilitating sustainability. In June 2012, the Commission outlined options for the EU’s renewable energy policy beyond 2020. The future of grids and the development of support and remuneration schemes are key factors for the transformation to a renewable energy-based system in Europe. We are now at a critical point in time to make the necessary investments and adjustments. 

How can grids be designed in a way that is compatible with a greater share of renewables? How can the grid planning process be improved to provide faster and more transparent ways of reaching an electricity system fully based on renewables? What kind of support is needed to enhance the transition to renewables in Europe? And how can a European alignment of support and remuneration schemes increase the share of renewables?


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15:30  Introduction and Presentation of Report ‘A European Union for Renewable Energy’

Johannes Jung, Director, Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the European Union

Bastian Hermisson, Director, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung EU Office

Sascha Müller-Kraenner, Partner, Ecologic Institute

16:15  Panel I Grids – How to improve European Grid Planning for 100% Renewables?

Moderator: Bastian Hermisson


Daniel Fürstenwerth, Senior Associate, Agora Energiewende

Catharina Sikow-Magny, Deputy Head of Unit Internal Market I: Networks and Regional Initiatives, European Commission DG Energy

Konstantin Staschus, Secretary General, European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E)

Paul Wilczek, Senior Regulatory Affairs Advisor - Grids and Internal Market, European Wind Energy Association (EWEA)

17:15  Coffee Break

17:30  Panel II Remuneration and Support Systems – How to Pool the Renewable Energy Potential in Europe? 

 Moderator: Silvia Brugger, Coordinator Climate and Energy Policy Programme, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung EU Office


Jasmin Battista, Member of Cabinet, Energy Commissioner Oettinger

Rainer Hinrichs-Rahlwes, President of the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC) and the European Renewable Energies Federation (EREF) 

Raffaele Piria, Programme Director, Smart Energy for Europe Platform (SEFEP)

18:45  Conclusions

Michaele Schreyer, Co-Chair of the Supervisory Board, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung

19:00  Networking Reception 

creative commons Janie Hernandez