Icons of the 2019 California-Germany Bilateral Energy Conference Participants

The California Germany Bilateral Energy Conference (CGBEC) is excited to announce that the 2019 event will be collocated with Energy Storage North America. The CGBEC will gather industry experts, think tanks, and policy makers from Germany and California to discuss recent policy and technology developments in the energy sector, and to deepen the understanding of long terms trends in energy.

With topics ranging from creating a climate-neutral energy sector to decarbonizing the transportation sector, the conference aims to foster dialogue strengthen networks, and inspire stakeholders who are leading the energy transition of their respective countries and regions.

The event will be held on November 5, 2019, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Hall B at the San Diego Convention Center, followed by a joint keynote session and reception of CGBEC and ESNA. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is now open.

Date and Time
November 5, 2019
12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Followed by a joint keynote session and reception of CGBEC and ESNA

San Diego Convention Center, Hall B
111 W Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101


12:00-12:30 Registration


12:30-1:15 Opening Session

  • Master of Ceremony
    • Drew Bohan, Executive Director, California Energy Commission
  • Welcome and Opening Remarks
    • Andreas Feicht, State Secretary, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
  • Opening Keynote
    • Kevin L. Faulconer, Mayor, City of San Diego
    • Toni G. Atkins, Senate pro Tempore, California State Senate

1:15-2:45 Striving toward a 100% decarbonised, reliable and affordable energy supply: Drivers and challenges of the Energy Transition

  • Moderated Panel

    Climate change, rapid technology developments, cost reductions, disruptive business models, air quality concerns, increasing public participation and the drive to universal access to energy are deeply modifying the energy systems in our states and globally. Taking into consideration the current state of the energy transition, what are the key actions that need to be taken in order to ensure enough investment is directed to low/zero carbon, secure, reliable and affordable energy technologies?

    Which energy policies support or hinder the strategic investments needed for the transition? How can we facilitate the infrastructural, social and cultural shifts needed to fully achieve a successful clean energy transition? Drawing from their experience and expertise, panelists will share their unique perspectives on what success looks like and how we can work together to achieve our clean energy goals.

  • Moderator: Jason Anderson, President, and CEO, Cleantech San Diego
  • Panel:
    • Mario Ragwitz, Deputy of the Institute, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research
    • Dr. Dirk Biermann, Chief Markets and System Operations Officer, 50Hertz
    • Jonathan Weisgall, Vice President for Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Berkshire Hathaway
    • Martha Guzman Aceves, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission

2:45-3:30 Coffee Break


3:30-5:00 Energy System Flexibility: The Role of Emerging Technologies, Policies and Practices

  • Moderated Panel

    Germany recently experienced the first hours with feed-in from renewable resources higher than the total power system load, most of which from wind and solar. California and other parts of the world will follow suit. At other times, wind and solar produce much less. Flexibility in time and location is the new key resource, both within the power system and in view of decarbonizing transportation and heating. How can innovative technologies and business models help ensure the flexibility required to reliably run an energy system based on clean and largely variable energy resources?

    In this discussion, leading energy experts will weigh in on the role of emerging technologies, policies and practices (energy storage, demand response, flexible generation, microgrids, distributed generation, long distance interconnections, energy efficiency, electrification, etc.) in achieving our clean energy mandates and goals.

  • Moderator: Cliff Rechtschaffen, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Panel:
    • Thomas Speidel, President, the German Storage Association (BVES)
    • Jochen Hauff, Director Corporate Strategy, BayWa r.e. Renewable Energy
    • Gregor Hintler, Head of Product USA, The Mobility House

5:00-5:15 Recap of afternoon panels


5:30-5:40 Joint Session in ESNA Keynote Hall

  • Janice Lin, ESNA 2019 Master of Ceremony
  • Drew Bohan, CGBEC Master of Ceremony

5:40-6:00 A Future Within Reach - Key Insight into Scalable Solutions

  • Eleni Kounalakis, California Lieutenant Governor

6:00-6:20 A Future Within Reach - Insight into Germany's Energy Transition

  • Andreas Feicht, State Secretary, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

6:20-6:40 A Future Within Reach - Accelerating the Transition through Global Collaboration

  • David Hochschild, Chair, California Energy Commission

6:40-6:45 Adjourn


7:00-9:00 Joint ESNA-CGBEC Networking Reception