Global Ministerial Conference on System Integration of Renewables

Berlin, Germany: 1 October 2019

IEA Event, Topics, Renewables, Countries, Germany, Topics, System Integration of Renewables

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the International Energy Agency are jointly hosting a Global Ministerial Conference on System Integration of Renewables at BMWi Headquarters in Berlin, Germany, on Tuesday 1 October 2019.

The German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Mr Peter Altmaier, and IEA Executive Director, Dr Fatih Birol, will open the invitation-only event, which will feature Ministers, CEOs and senior executives of international organisations.

Wind and solar PV are rapidly transforming power mixes worldwide, requiring more system flexibility in order to be integrated in a secure and cost-effective manner. The IEA has been working on system integration of renewables for more than a decade. Drawing on this extensive experience and driven by significant and increasing country interest in the topic, the conference aims to share best practices and shift global narratives on system integration of renewables from 'challenges' to 'opportunities'. 



Doors open and refreshments


Opening Remarks

  • Mr Peter Altmaier, Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy
  • Dr Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency


"Showcasing Renewables‘ success stories – the opportunity of low cost wind and solar"

This session will draw on global best practice regarding the integration of renewables. Experiences over past decade and roadmaps put forward by governments provide evidence on how renewables can be a substantial part of the energy mix in a cost-effective manner. Moreover, system operation and market design developments have shown how rising shares of renewables can be accommodated while not compromising on system security. For ministers and industry leaders, this session will highlight the importance of embedding flexibility and system integration as a corner stone of robust energy policy which supports a prosperous low-carbon economy.

  • H.E. Mr Anders Ygeman, Minister for Energy and Digital Development, Sweden
  • H.E. Mr Sontirat Sontijirawong, Minister of Energy, Thailand
  • Mr Mohammed Ghazali, Secretary-General, Ministry of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development, Morocco
  • H.E. Mr Tomasz Dąbrowski, Vice-Minister of Energy, Poland
  • H.E. Mr Yohei Matsumoto, State Minister, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan
  • Mr Francesco La Camera, Director General, IRENA

Panel discussion followed by Q&A, moderated by Dr Fatih Birol


Coffee Break


"Electrification for accelerated decarbonisation and improved system flexibility"

Worldwide, a number of countries with high levels of renewable penetration are realizing the immense potential for electrification in furthering the decarbonisation of energy systems. In the coming years, electrification of sectors such as transport, industry, heating and cooling will provide the double benefit of increasing system flexibility while contributing of the competitiveness. At the same time it is essential to look at the energy spectrum and take benefits of adequate sector coupling, digitization, and progress in other sustainable fuels.

  • Mr Jérôme Pécresse, CEO, GE Renewable Energy
  • Prof Dr Florian Bieberbach, CEO, Stadtwerke München
  • Mr Mark Widmar, CEO, First Solar
  • Mr Claudio Facchin, President, Power Grids Division, ABB
  • Ms Barbara Frei, Executive Vice President Europe Operations, Schneider Electric
  • Prof Dr Armin Schnettler, Senior Vice President, Siemens AG Corporate Technology
  • Ms Manon van Beek, CEO, TenneT

Panel discussion followed by Q&A, moderated by Mr Andreas Feicht




"Innovation in policy, market design and regulation"

The afternoon panels will explore how despite a number of technical solutions to enable system integration of renewables being available, the policy framework and market design are lagging in many countries. The timely introduction of innovative policies and regulations will be key in order to meet the joint targets of energy security, energy access and decarbonisation.

This panel will focus on technology and regulatory innovation.

  • Dr Jürgen Reinert, CEO, SMA Solar Technology
  • Mr Morten Dyrholm, Group Senior Vice President, Vestas
  • Ms Maria Cristina Portugal, President of the Board, ERSE
  • Mr A K Saxena, Senior Director, Electricity and Fuels Division, TERI

Panel discussion followed by Q&A, moderated by Ms Mechthild Wörsdörfer


This panel will focus on system planning and market innovation.

  • Dr Gerhard Holtmeier, CEO, GASAG
  • Mr Thiago Barral, President, EPE
  • Mr Stefan Kapferer, Chairman of the General Executive Management Board, BDEW
  • Mr Xabier Viteri Solaun, CEO Renewable Energy Business, Iberdrola Group

Panel discussion followed by Q&A, moderated by Ms Mechthild Wörsdörfer


This panel will focus on policy initiatives to accelerate the clean energy transition

  • Mr Benoît Revaz, State Secretary and Director, Federal Office of Energy, Switzerland
  • Mr Michael Losch, Director General for Energy and Mining, Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism, Austria
  • Mr Marco Presutti, Director General, Electricity Resources Branch, Natural Resources, Canada
  • Mr Daniel Simmons, Assistant Secretary, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy, USA

Panel discussion moderated by Ms Mechthild Wörsdörfer


Closing remarks

  • Dr Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency
  • Mr Andreas Feicht, State Secretary for Energy


End of Meeting



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Invalidenstr. 48
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