California-Germany Bilateral Energy Conference 2018

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Second Annual Event

The California Energy Commission and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is partnering with the California Air Resources Board and the California Public Utilities Commission for the 2018 California-Germany Bilateral Conference. The conference will gather industry experts, think tanks, and policy makers from Germany and California to discuss recent developments and deepen the understanding of long-term trends in energy. With topics ranging from creating a climate-neutral energy sector to decarbonizing the transportation sector, the conference hopes to foster dialogue, strengthen networks, and inspire stakeholders who are leading the energy transition of their respective countries and regions.

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September 11, 2018
Check-In - 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Conference - 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Networking - 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


The Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission Street
San Francisco, California


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Check-In and Refreshments - 12 p.m.

Welcoming Remarks - 1 p.m.

Drew Bohan, Executive Director, California Energy Commission (Confirmed)

Opening Remarks - 1:05 p.m.

Thomas Bareiß, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany, BMWi (Confirmed)

A Climate Neutral Energy Sector: Utopian Vision or Achievable Goal - 1:20 p.m.

Climate neutrality is achievable in the energy sector thanks to technological progress and cost reductions in renewables, the increased experience with energy efficiency, and the potentials of digitalization. These speeches outline the challenges and opportunities in achieving climate neutrality in the energy sector.

Michael Picker, President, California Public Utilities Commission (Confirmed)

Prof. Dr. Miranda Schreurs, Chair of Environmental and Climate Policy, Technical University of Munich (Confirmed)

How Climate Change Affects California’s Energy System - 1:45 p.m.

California is dealing with the impacts of climate change, including increased fires, droughts, and heat waves. Climate change affects how the state’s energy systems operate and future plans. This session will discuss the research and strategies needed to protect communities, infrastructure, services, and the natural environment.

Robert B. Weisenmiller, Chair, California Energy Commission (Confirmed)

Power Sector Transition: Achievements, Challenges, and Vision - 2:00 p.m.

Germany and California demonstrate how climate change goals and the rapid deployment of renewables can go hand in hand with economic leadership and prosperity. This session is an opportunity to discuss experiences and challenges to help develop a shared vision for a carbon neutral power sector.

Moderator: Michael Schäfer, Director Climate and Energy, WWF Germany (Confirmed)


  • Sonia Aggarwal, Vice President, Energy Innovation (Confirmed)
  • Caroline Choi, Senior Vice President, Southern California Edison (Confirmed)
  • Dr. Simone Peter, President, German Renewable Energy Federation (Confirmed)
  • Andreas Kuhlmann, CEO, DENA - German Energy Agency (Confirmed)


Decarbonizing Energy Use in the Transportation Sector - 3:40 p.m.

Decarbonizing passenger and freight transportation is critical to achieving climate change goals, improving air quality, and reducing health impacts, especially in disadvantaged communities. The keynote will provide an overview on visions, options, and barriers for decarbonizing energy use in the transportation sector. The panelists will discuss the challenges involved, including how electrification impacts the power sector.

Keynote: Drew Kodjak, Executive Director, The International Council on Clean Transportation (Confirmed)

Moderator: Janea A. Scott, Commissioner, California Energy Commission (Confirmed)


  • Christian Hochfeld, Executive Director, Agora Verkehrswende (Confirmed)
  • Susan Bransen, Executive Director, California Transportation Commission (Confirmed)
  • Dr. Carla Peterman, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission (Confirmed)
  • Andreas Klugescheid, Head of Steering Government, External Affairs, and Sustainability Communications, BMW (Confirmed)
  • Ryan Popple, President and CEO, Proterra (Confirmed)

Closing Keynote - 5:00 p.m.

Mary D. Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board (Confirmed)

Closing Remarks - 5:15 p.m.

Robert B. Weisenmiller, Chair, California Energy Commission (Confirmed)

Dr. Martin Schöpe Head of Division, International Cooperation on Energy, BMWi (Confirmed)

Finger Foods, Refreshments, and Networking - 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

With some words by special guests Bertrand Piccard, Inspioneer and Solar Pilot, and Amory Lovins, Co-founder, Rocky Mountain Institute on "How Big is the Energy Efficiency Resource"


*Agenda will be updated periodically.