Programme - emPOWER


The Energy Transition Summit – 18 February 2020, Brussels


13:30 | Registrations

14:00 | Opening session: Our common vision for the energy system


  • Antonella Battaglini | CEO, Renewables Grid Initiative

Opening remarks:

  • Cristian Bușoi | Chairman of ITRE committee, European Parliament

Keynote speech:

  • Bertrand Piccard | Initiator, Chairman and Pilot of the Solar Impulse Foundation

14:30 | 2020: state of play in the energy transition

This session brings together the leaders of energy companies, technology providers and consumers to debate where Europe stands on delivering the energy transition:


  • Giles Dickson | CEO, WindEurope

1st debate – Renewables and smart energy as drivers for Europe’s competitiveness

  • Rasmus Errboe | Senior Vice President Market Development Continental Europe, Ørsted
  • Marc Oman | Senior Lead, Energy & Infrastructure, Google
  • Vincent Minier | VP Global Energy Public Policy, Schneider Electric

2nd debate – Strengthening Europe’s industrial base to deliver on the energy transition

  • Raul Gil | Chairman, Energy Infrastructure Team, Europacable
  • Gunnar Groebler | Senior Vice President – Head of Business Area Wind, Vattenfall and Chairman of WindEurope
  • Leah Charpentier | Head of European Regulatory Affairs & Government Relations, First Solar

15:15 | Game changers of the new energy system

Which forces will be the ‘game changers’ of the new energy system? How will they interact with one another and the system to transform the status quo? This session will see industry leaders, innovators and start-ups take to the stage in turns for rapid ‘PechaKucha-style’ presentations, packing concrete information into dynamic sessions. Discussions will focus on the topics of:

  • Emerging prosumer business models;
  • Demand-Side Flexibility in industry and homes;
  • Innovative storage solutions;
  • Smart electrification of transport, heating and industry.


  • Frauke Thies | Executive Director, SmartEn


  • Anja van Niersen | Chairman of the board, Allego – Electric Vehicles as a cornerstone of a smart energy system
  • Richard Sarti | Director, Marketing and Sales, NODES – Leveraging decentralised flexibility on local markets
  • Florence Jacquemart | Innovative and low carbon solutions project leader, EDF – Innovative business models in a decentralising market
  • Rytis Kėvelaitis | Vice-Minister of Energy, Republic of Lithuania – Regulation to enable “game-changers” in energy system

15:45 | Coffee break

16:00 | A 100% renewables-based energy system – key features and challenges

In this moderated panel session, industry executives, policymakers and representatives from NGOs will come together to discuss the key features and challenges presented by a 100% renewables-based energy system. The session will focus specifically on:

  • Delivering on the Commission’s long-term decarbonisation strategy;
  • Renewables-based electrification as the key to efficiency and emissions reduction;
  • Priorities for Research & Innovation;
  • Industrial Strategy.


  • Walburga Hemetsberger | CEO, SolarPower Europe

Setting the scene:

  • Nicolas Gonzalez Casares | Member of the European Parliament


  • Philippe Kavafyan | CEO, MHI Vestas
  • Aristotelis Chantavas | Head of Europe, Enel Green Power
  • Anne-Sophie Chamoy | General Secretary Energy Pool
  • Jeremy Leggett | Founder and Director, SolarCentury

17:00 | Planning the transition to a net zero-carbon economy

In the 2021-27 funding period, the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) will give priority to integrated and optimised infrastructure planning. The panel will focus on what that means for renewables, grids and electrification:

  • Delivering on the National Energy and Climate Plans;
  • Upgrading grid infrastructures and addressing public opposition to grids
  • Managing an energy system with very high shares of variable renewables


  • Gerard Reid | Alexa Capital and Global Future Council on Advanced Energy Technologies at the World Economic Forum


  • Manon van Beek | CEO, TenneT
  • Paula Abreu Marques | Head of Unit for Renewables and CCS policy, DG Energy, European Commission
  • Andrew McDowell | Vice President, European Investment Bank
  • Stephan Singer | Senior Advisor Global Energy Policies, Climate Action Network (CAN) International

18:00 | Closing remarks

  • Kadri Simson | European Commissioner for Energy

18:15 | Cocktail reception

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