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
Event Program

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


Check-In – 12 p.m.

Opening Remarks – 12:30 p.m.

Master of Ceremony
Drew Bohan, Executive Director, California Energy Commission

California Keynotes – 12:35 p.m.

Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis, California Lieutenant Governor
Honorable Toni G. Atkins, Senate President pro Tempore, California State Senate

Welcoming Remarks – 1:00 p.m.

Kevin L. Faulconer, Mayor, City of San Diego

Germany Keynote – 1:15 p.m.

Thorsten Herdan, Director-General Energy, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Panel 1 – 1:30 p.m.

Striving Toward a 100% Decarbonized, Reliable and Affordable Energy Supply: Drivers and Challenges of the Energy Transition

Investing in low-/zero-carbon, secure, reliable, and affordable energy technologies is key to achieving clean energy goals. 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. 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

Dr. Dirk Biermann
, Chief Markets and System Operations Officer, 50Hertz
Angela Galiteva, Founder and Board President, Renewables 100 Policy Institute, and Vice Chair, California Independent System Operator
Cody Hooven, Director and Chief Sustainability Officer, City of San Diego
Dr. Mario Ragwitz, Deputy of the Institute, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research
Caroline Winn, Chief Operating Officer, San Diego Gas & Electric

Break – 3:00 p.m.

Coffee and Refreshments

Panel 2 – 3:45 p.m.

Energy System Flexibility: The Role of Emerging Technologies, Policies, and Practices

Germany recently experienced renewable generation higher than the total power system load, with most those resources coming from wind and solar. California and other around the world will follow suit. Flexibility in time and location is the new key resource, in the power system and in view of decarbonizing transportation and heating. The session will discuss the role of emerging technologies, policies, and practices in achieving clean energy mandates and goals.

Moderator: Cliff Rechtschaffen, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission

Jochen Hauff
, Director of Corporate Strategy, BayWa r.e. Renewable Energy
Gregor Hintler, Head of Product USA, The Mobility House
Robert Piconi, Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer, Energy Vault
Dr. Niklas Schirmer, Head of New Business at Elli, Volkswagen Group Charging GmbH
Thomas Speidel, President, German Energy Storage Association

Closing Conference – 5:15 p.m.

Drew Bohan, Executive Director, California Energy Commission

Energy Storage North America
Welcoming Remarks & Joint ESNA-CGBEC Keynotes

Welcoming Remarks – 5:30 p.m.

Janice Lin, Founder and Co-Chair, Energy Storage North America; CEO Strategen

Keynotes – 6:00 p.m.

A Future Within Reach: Accelerating the Transition Through Global Collaboration

David Hochschild, Chair, California Energy Commission

A Future Within Reach: Insight Into Germany’s Energy Transition

Dr. Falk Bömeke, Director on Bilateral Energy Cooperation, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

ESNA-CGBEC Joint Networking Reception – 7:00 p.m.