2017 California-Germany Bilateral Energy Conference Speakers

Speaker Biography
Portrait of Amory Lovins

Amory Lovins

CEO, Rocky Mountain Institute

Physicist Amory Lovins, 68, FRSA, is cofounder and Chief Scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute (www.rmi.org); energy advisor to major firms and governments in 65+ countries for 40+ years; author of 31 books and 600 papers; and an integrative designer of superefficient buildings, factories, and vehicles.

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Portrait of  Andrea Kulhman

Andreas Kuhlman

Chief Executive, Germany

Among others, the graduate physicist has held positions at the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW), the German Embassy in Stockholm and the European Parliament, the German Parliament and the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs.

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Portrait of Andrew McAllister

Andrew McAllister

Commissioner, California Energy Commission

Andrew McAllister was appointed to the California Energy Commission by Gov. Edmund G. Brown in May 2012, and reappointed in January 2017. Commissioner McAllister has been working on clean energy deployment and policy for his entire 25-year career: beginning in the early 1990s in project engineering and development, evolving into program design and implementation, then moving into the policy arena.

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Portrait of  Dan Sperling

Dr. Dan Sperling

Professor, University of California, Davis

Dr. Daniel Sperling is Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science and Policy, and founding Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis (ITS-Davis). He holds the transportation seat on the California Air Resources Board and served as Chair of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies in 2015-16.

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Portrait of  Daniel Witt

Daniel Witt

Senior Manager, Business Development and Policy, Telsa







Portrait of  Dietrich

Dietrich Schmidt

Head of Power -Heat Systems Department, Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology







Portrait of Drew Bohan

Drew Bohan

Chief Deputy Director, California Energy Commission

Prior to joining the Energy Commission, Bohan served in a number of capacities in state government, including as Assistant Secretary for Policy for the California Environmental Protection Agency, Deputy Cabinet Secretary at the Governor’s Office, Executive Policy Officer for the Ocean Protection Council, and Chief Counsel for the Department of Conservation. Prior to joining state service, Bohan was Executive Director of Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, Chief Counsel to the House of Delegates in the Republic of Palau, and litigation attorney at Heller, Ehrman in San Francisco.

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Portrait of Felix Matthes

Dr. Felix Matthes

Research Coordinator, Energy and Climate Policy

Felix Matthes graduated as electrical engineer from Leipzig University of Technology in 1985 and received his doctoral degree in political sciences from Free University of Berlin in 1999. He has more than 25 years professional experience in research and consultancy, concentrating on energy and climate change issues. He has published numerous studies and publications on German and international energy policy, as well as on environment and climate policy.

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Portrait of  Hal Harvey

Hal Harvey

CEO, Energy Innovation

Hal Harvey is the CEO of Energy Innovation, a San Francisco-based energy and environmental policy firm. Since its inception in 2012, Energy Innovation has delivered high-quality research and analysis to policymakers around the world and across a range of jurisdictions to help inform their energy policy decisions. Previously, Hal was the founder and CEO of ClimateWorks Foundation, a network of foundations that promote policies to reduce the threat of climate change. From 2002-2008, he served as Environment Program Director at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. From 1991-2002, Hal served as founder and President of the Energy Foundation, a philanthropy supporting policy solutions that advance renewable energy and energy efficiency.

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Portrait of Hanno Butsch

Hanno Butsch

Head International Cooperation (German) National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology







Portrait of Jan Aengenvoort

Jan Aengenvoort

Head of Communications & Market Research, Next Kraftwerke

Jan Aengenvoort heads the Communications & Market Research Department for Next Kraftwerke as CCO. He provides information about the integration of renewable energies into existing grid structures and energy markets using Virtual Power Plants (VPPs) and short-term trading. He is an expert on the German VPP market and is looking to expand his knowledge of overseas energy markets.

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Portrait of Janea Scott

Janea Scott

Commissioner, California Energy Commission

Janea A. Scott was appointed to the California Energy Commission by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in February 2013 and reappointed in January 2016. She is the Energy Commission’s public member, and is the lead commissioner on transportation and western regional planning. Scott also leads adoption of recommendations by the Energy Commission’s SB 350 Barriers Study to expand access to the benefits of clean energy and transportation for low-income Californians, including those in disadvantaged communities—as well as small businesses in disadvantaged communities.

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Portrait of Jay Dickenson

Jay Dickenson

Chief Consultant, California Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee







Portrait of  Katherine Grave

Katherine Grave

Division "Principle issues of Electricity", German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)







Portrait of  Martin Schöpe

Martin Schöpe

Head of Division, International Cooperation on Energy, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BWWi)

Martin Schöpe has been working since 2003 in the field of Energy Policy. Until the end of 2013, his focus was on International Cooperation in the field of renewable energy, working at that time for the Federal Environment Ministry. He was engaged in preparing for the International Conference renewables 2004 and its various follow up tracks. For the Ministry he led the German initiative to establish the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) founded in January 2009 in Bonn.

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Portrait of  Mario Ragwitz

Mario Ragwitz

Professor, Deputy Head of Competence Center Energy Policy and Energy Markets, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI

Deputy head of the department Energy Policy and Energy Markets at the Fraunhofer-Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI). His current work focuses on developing and evaluating policies for renewable energy technologies and modelling energy systems with renewable sources. He has coordinated more than 40 research projects on renewable energy policy development at global, EU and national level and authored more than 50 peer reviewed scientific articles. He worked as a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Physics of Complex Systems and as a visiting researcher at the University of Texas at Austin and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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Portrait of  Nancy Sutley

Nancy Sutley

Chief Sustainability Officer, Los Angeles, Department of Water and Power







Portrait of  Niklas Schirmer

Niklas Schirmer

Head of Energy, Ubitricity

Heading ubitricity’s energy market activities with responsibility for business strategy and product management of ubitricity's B2B energy services. He is in charge of market operations of the ubitricity mobile metering and virtual power grid platform and is responsible for regulatory affairs. Prior to joining ubitricity in 2014, Niklas has worked for three years as a Senior Management Consultant at Berlin based Cleantech Advisory Apricum with a focus on strategic growth projects along the value chains of the solar and storage industry.

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Portrait of  Peter Hoffman

Peter Hoffman

Senior Manager System Operations, Tenne TSO

Mr. Hoffmann started his business carrier in 1994 within the E.ON Group with the focus on strategic development of the company with regards to CEE Region. Beginning as Project manager for the privatisation process in Hungary, he finished his international development as Member of the Board of West Bohemian distribution company ZCE in 2002 and director of Sales & Trading of E.ON Czech in 2004. During these times he lived 2 years in Hungary and 4 years in Czech Republic, where he built up relationships with several decision makers (e.g. Zbynek Boldis CEPS) and empathy for the CEE region.

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René Mono

Managing Director, 100% Renewable Foundation

Joined 100 Prozent Erneuerbar Stiftung in 2011 as its managing director and was appointed executive board member in 2015. In addition he is member of the board at Bündnis Bürgerenergie (BBEn) as well as Veolia Stiftung and project consultant with the independent think tank Stiftung Neue Verantwortung (SNV). After graduating in communication science, Dr. René Mono gained experience in public affairs working at German-Chilean chamber of commerce in Santiago de Chile, German–African Business Association in Hamburg and CNC AG in Munich. From 2004 until 2011 he worked for Ketchum Pleon in Berlin und Bruxelles, first as a communications consultant and eventually becoming member of the board and manager of global Energy-Practice. Dr. René Mono holds a Phd in Communications and has published numerous articles on, among others, citizen participation in the German Energiewende.

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Portrait of Robert B. Weinsenmiller

Robert B. Weinsenmiller

Chair, California Energy Commission

Chair Robert Weisenmiller was appointed as member and Chair to the California Energy Commission in January 2011 by Governor Jerry Brown and re-appointed in January 2015. He fills the Engineer/Scientist position on the five-member Commission where four of the five members by law are required to have professional training in specific areas - engineering or physical science, environmental protection, economics, and law. Commissioner Weisenmiller brings more than 30 years energy experience to the Commission including expertise in electricity and gas markets and California regulatory policies.

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Portrait of Ronald O. Nicholas

Ronald O. Nichols

President, Southern California Edison

Ronald O. (R.O.) Nichols is president of Southern California Edison (SCE). He is responsible for external affairs, compliance, power production and procurement, and other operations. He is a member of SCE’s board of directors. Nichols has more than 35 years of experience in the electric and water utility industry. He has been a strategic and operational advisor to utilities, state and local government, power suppliers and the financial community on complex energy and utility matters throughout the United States, particularly in the West.

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Portrait of Simon Müller

Simon Müller

Head of Unit System Integration of Renewables, International Energy Agency







Portrait of Wang Zhongying

Wang Zhongying

Professor, Director, China National Renewable Energy Centre