Programme

Speaker details will follow. For programmes and speakers of previous events, please go to previous events details. 

Monday 12 March

  • 14:00 - 16:30 Preconference I - Introduction to Energy Attribute Certificate (EAC) standards

    This workshop, which will introduce you to the internationally recognised EAC standards, will help you build your knowledge of the terminology, rules and regulations related to these standards. The session will review the European GO system and the European Energy Certificate System (EECS) Standard, the U.S. REC system and the International REC Standard (I-REC Standard) as well as various national developments.

    Target audience
    All those interested in developing the renewable electricity market. Past participants have included executives from companies wishing to purchase certificates directly and therefore intending to open accounts as well as people from companies wishing to expand the sustainability options they offer their clients. Representatives of electricity utilities have also shown an interest in this workshop, as it will improve their understanding of the mechanisms behind the delivery of various electricity products to their customers.

    Please register for the Preconference separately. The fee for the Preconference is €325,-. A maximum of 30 people can register.

    • Speakers:

      Münzer, Alexandra, Managing Director, Greenfact

      Alexandra Münzer holds a doctoral degree in applied physics from the Technical University of Munich (TUM).

      Alexandra is the managing director of Greenfact, which provides a market intelligence and data analysis platform for the green certificates market with a unique focus on Guarantees of Origin in Europe. 

      Raadal, Hanne Lerche, PhD, Senior research scientist, Ostfoldforskning

      PhD and Research Manager at Ostfold Research, a Norwegian research institute within the field environmental protection, based on the Life Cycle Assessment methodology. Hanne Lerche Raadal has worked with environmental documentation and carbon accounting of products, processes and companies over the last 15 years, mainly based on the Life Cycle Assessment methodology. Ostfold Research was one of the project partners in the RE-DISS II project in which Hanne was responsible for providing environmental indicators data for the Residual Mixes. In 2013, she finalised the PhD thesis “Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from electricity generation systems. Tracking and claiming in environmental reporting”.

  • 14:00 - 16:30 Preconference II - Legal workshop

    As in previous years we will organise a legal workshop which is intended for energy traders, in-house counsel, corporate environmental compliance experts, corporate energy procurement experts, renewable energy producers interested in corporate PPA support and funders. An introduction to the relevant tracking systems, national legal frameworks, and purchase and trade agreements will be provided to enable participants with limited knowledge of this sector to participate.

    • Speaker:

      Gunst, Andreas, Partner, DLA Piper

      Andreas Gunst is an experienced energy lawyer. His practice area covers the entire energy value chain and has advised governments and other parties at the negotiating table in Paris at the UNFCCC in 2015. He is DLA Piper's resident climate change expert and recently spoke at COP22 in Marrakech. In addition to being a Partner in DLA Piper's Finance and Projects team, Andreas advises clients on energy regulation and is leading DLA Piper's advice to the market on the impact Brexit may have on the energy sector and climate change. 

  • 20:00 - 22:00 Meet & Greet sponsored by Statkraft

    The Meet & Greet is sponsored by Statkraft

     

Tuesday 13 March

  • 10:00 - 12:00 Opening session 1 - The value of consumer action worldwide

    Electricity markets are changing; around the world  policies are shifting, which has the potential to put consumers in a stronger position. Consumers are taking on this responsibility, encouraging new legislation, but also taking action into their own hands. Consumers are making their voice heard when purchasing electricity: they are choosing the electricity product that is right for them. This conscious effort is changing the fundamentals of the electricity market. It is forcing a historically top-down industry to respond to bottom-up influences in the market. This is not about stimulating or supporting the production of electricity; it is about increasing the freedom to demand products that consumers actually want. Recognising consumer choice ensures that we – as stakeholders, governments and citizens – value the demands of consumers. In this session we will hear from representatives of leading international organisations, who will present activities that put choice and responsibility for renewable procurement in the hands of consumers. Join us and learn more about how increasing numbers of stakeholders are starting to truly value consumer action and choice worldwide.

    Moderator:

    Braslawsky, Jared, Secretary General, RECS International

    As Deputy Secretary-General of RECS International Jared primarily focuses on the consumer driven market for renewable electricity in Europe and abroad. He is a leading expert in the European market for guarantees of origin and other international electricity tracking mechanisms. Jared works on behalf of the electricity end-user and is currently focused on scope 2 carbon accounting and the claims that can be made by electricity purchasers.

     

    • Speakers:

      Faria, Pedro, Technical Director, CDP

      Amelung,Torsten, Senior Vice President, Trading & Customers, Statkraft Markets

      Torsten Amelung has been Managing Director of Statkraft Markets GmbH, which is a 100% subsidiary of the Norwegian Statkraft AS and is responsible for Statkraft's operations in Continental Europe. Torsten Amelung has been working in the energy sector for 18 years: he was CFO of Stadtwerke Kiel AG, Managing Director of TXU Deutschland GmbH and Head of Strategy of RAG. Torsten Amelung has graduated from Cologne University. His majors were economics and business administration. He has a PhD in Economics and has been teaching as lecturer at the University of Cologne since 1995.

      http://www.torstenamelung.de/2.php

  • 12:00 - 13:15 Networking Lunch

    Sponsored by Fortum Heat & Oy

  • 13:15 - 14:45 Parallel 2a - Certificates beyond electricity: gas, hydrogen and heat

    Certificate markets for electricity have proven their value over the last 15 years. With standardised systems available in the US, Europe and internationally, significant knowledge has been built up and there have been improvements in not only the standards but also in the infrastructure required to ensure a robust market. Stakeholders and end-users, looking to build on these successes, are now intending to go beyond electricity and use certificates to guarantee the origin of gas, hydrogen and even heat. With increased sustainability regulations at the national level as well as stricter voluntary procurement standards at the consumer level, these systems are gaining significant support. This session will review the most developed standards and offer insight into what the future of these markets may bring.

    • Speaker:

      Schumacher, Jens, Head of German Desk , STX Commodities

  • 13:15 - 14:45 Parallel 2b - Europe after 2020 and the role of consumers

    The developments and changes in the revised Renewable Energy Directive (REDII) are bound to make a significant impact on the renewable electricity market in Europe in the years ahead. From seemingly simple requirements, such as national GO systems adhering to European standards, to more complicated requirements around ‘supported’ technologies, many stakeholders are looking at the implications of the REDII and analysing how these will affect their daily work. In this session we will look ahead to the kind of Europe we can expect to see in two years’ time through the eyes of electricity consumers. Our key concern here is: will Europe fulfil its promise of putting the consumer in the driver’s seat?

    Moderator:

    Van Evercooren, Dirk, President, AIB

    Born in 1966

    Holds a Master degree in Economic Science

    Since 1 February 2002: Director Markets at VREG, the electricity and gas markets regulator in the Flanders region of Belgium. Areas of expertise include: energy regulation, functioning of retail markets for electricity and gas, renewable energy, markets for green certificates and guarantees of origin, smart metering,…

    He is active within CEER, the Council of European Energy Regulators as Member of the Customer and Retail Markets Working Group and Chair of the Customer Empowerment Task Force.

    In May 2014, he was elected as President of the Association of Issuing Bodies (AIB is an international non-for-profit organization. The purpose is to develop, use and promote a standardised system: the European Energy Certificate System - "EECS". In order to further facilitate the international exchange between of energy certificates, the AIB operates an inter-registry data communications Hub).

    • Speakers:

      Van der Linde, Sim, Project Director Renewable Energy, Royal DSM

      Sim van der Linde is Project Director Renewable Energy at Royal DSM. He has been
      with the company since 1986 with responsibilities for laboratory operations, natural
      gas business, business intelligence, business development, secretary-general of a
      branch organization, purchase optimization, diverse projects and sourcing of
      energy prior to assuming his current role.

      Miller, Vanessa, Renewable Energy Strategist, Microsoft

      Renewable Energy Strategist at Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure and Operations, Vanessa works on energy strategy, renewable energy procurement and investment. 10 years+ of experience in unlocking capital for renewable energy and environment projects in EMEA and emerging markets. Experience across the public and private sectors.  Former senior adviser on climate finance and negotiations at the French Ministry of Finance. French and Indian national, graduate of Sciences-Po Paris and the ENA - Ecole Nationale d'Administration.

  • 14:45 - 15:15 Coffee break

    Held in the Opal rooms

  • 15:15 - 16:15 Parallel 3a - The influence of blockchain on global RE markets

    Blockchain is on the verge of being the ultimate market disruptor. While it is likely to affect virtually every industry, its impacts on the electricity industry, in particular, are unique. The electricity industry, as it has been designed, has disaggregated generation points, untold numbers of consumption points and cannot be tracked through the distribution net alone. During this session we will do our best to break through the hype and look at developments that have taken place in the last year. This provides an opportunity to see where we are right now and where we can expect to see the biggest changes in the near future.

    • Speakers:

      Laven, Max, Policy Officer, CertiQ

      Gerber, Ben, Executive Director, Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System, Inc.

      Benjamin L. Gerber is the Executive Director of the Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System (M-RETS), a web-based system used by power generators, utilities, marketers, and qualified reporting entities in fifteen states and the Canadian province of Manitoba.  M-RETS tracks Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and facilitates REC transactions by issuing a unique, traceable digital certificate for every megawatt-hour (MWh) of renewable energy generated by registered units or imported into its system.  M-RETS users retire RECs to comply with state policy or to serve the voluntary market and to ensure that RECs are not double-counted.

      Prior to his appointment as Executive Director of M-RETS, Gerber served as Director of Energy and Labor/Management Policy at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. He joined that organization in January 2012, representing the Chamber’s energy interests at both the Legislature and the Public Utilities Commission. Prior to that, he was an oil and gas attorney and handled Fredrikson & Byron’s government relations operation in North Dakota, focusing on mining, energy and tax legislation. His Minnesota experience includes time spent at a Minneapolis government relations office, and public policy and legal work for National Wind, LLC, a large-scale community wind developer.

      He also owned an asphalt maintenance company while attending college at the University of Michigan where he graduated with a degree in political science in 2005. He graduated from William Mitchell College of law cum laude in 2010 and is admitted to the Minnesota State Bar. 

  • 15:15 - 16:15 Parallel 3b - Developing markets where national support is lacking

    According to some estimates, the United Nations spends more than 500 million dollars annually on diesel fuel to power generators and thus support its missions around the world. While the penetration of renewables in the areas where the UN is active with these missions is unknown, it is speculated that this is less than 1% of the total electricity demand. The ability to implement energy attribute certificates in regions around the world has the potential to transform such markets. By supporting local use of renewables through the UN, development banks, NGOs and various diplomatic missions, it will be possible to leverage these organisations to support local development of renewables. What’s more, stakeholders are researching – while ensuring best practice – how the traditional market for renewables can play a role. Join this session and learn more about these exciting developments which are being led by large, well-known organisations. These markets may be small by global standards, but they are critically important to the UN and other organisations in terms of their potential positive impact.

    Moderator:

    Weckend, Stephanie (invited), Programme Officer, IRENA

  • 16:30 - 17:30 Keynote Session 4 - Consumer product choice and the global movement towards cap-and-trade

    Increasingly legislation is supporting consumer product choice in the electricity market. At the same time we see developments in cap-and-trade systems around the world. While these systems clearly affect producers, questions have been raised as to the role of consumer product choice in markets. A consumer-led approach will remain a key aspect in the transition to a low-carbon future, but the effects and impacts of these markets will be changed by the introduction of cap-and-trade. In this session we ask a keynote speaker about the increasing influence of cap-and-trade around the world and the role of consumers in these markets.

    Moderator:

    Braslawsky, Jared, Secretary General, RECS International

    As Deputy Secretary-General of RECS International Jared primarily focuses on the consumer driven market for renewable electricity in Europe and abroad. He is a leading expert in the European market for guarantees of origin and other international electricity tracking mechanisms. Jared works on behalf of the electricity end-user and is currently focused on scope 2 carbon accounting and the claims that can be made by electricity purchasers.

     

  • 17:30 - 18:30 Drinks

  • 19:30 - 23:30 Dinner party sponsored by ECOHZ

    The dinner party is sponsored by Ecohz

     

     

Wednesday 14 March

  • 09:00 - 10:00 Parallel 5a - The role of international standards

    International standards play a significant role in attribute tracking markets. These standards make it easier to choose renewable electricity. National governments play an important role in introducing these standards and often these standards increase the success of national policy goals by simplifying the understanding of the system for consumers, stakeholders and market players. This allows for a simple linkage with international markets and standards while ensuring that local rules and regulations are in place. The use of international standards increases revenue to local renewables producers and has been shown to increase the use of the national market. This session will showcase the various standards and the way in which they are affecting renewables procurement in Europe and internationally.

    Moderator:

    Niermeijer, Peter, Chairman of the Board, International REC Standard

    Peter Niermeijer has been active in the field of renewable energy for more than 25 years now. He worked for private consultancies and EnergieNed, the Association of Energy Companies in the Netherlands. He is the originator of a the first certificate system known as the Green Label System, which has been operational in the Netherlands since January 1998. Peter Niermeijer is both the founder and the secretary general of RECS International. Based on the experiences with green certificates, Peter Niermeijer was also involved in developing certificate systems for biofuel and biogas. The international aspects in particular were examined.

    • Speaker:

      de la Cruz, Maria, Director, Latin America, International REC Standard

  • 09:00 - 10:00 Parallel 5b - Market developments: volumes and prices

    This session has become a staple of the REC Market Meeting. Volumes, prices, trades, demand and trends – everything the traders and originators among us need to prepare for the year ahead. In these markets we are used to double-digit growth. Every year we see increased demand, more complex product definitions and increased interest from stakeholders and policy makers. This should not be a surprise, as we are talking about renewable electricity, consumers and choice in the electricity market. At this session we will discuss global developments as well as the growing trends in these markets.

  • 10:15 - 11:15 Parallel 6a - Developments in Chinese attribute tracking systems

    In 2015 the International REC Standard authorised an issuer to register and produce Energy Attribute Certificates (EAC) on behalf of state-owned production devices. A short-time later there was significant interest among national stakeholders to ensure a reliable and robust Chinese-led attribute tracking system. In mid-2017 the Chinese REC system was launched on a voluntary basis with the intention to make it partially mandatory by 2018. The developments in China have a direct impact on end-users, suppliers and producers of renewable electricity in that country. With the aim of sharing knowledge on these issues, this session will focus on the Chinese REC system and its relationship to international standards.

    • Speakers:

      Güngör, Merve, Liaison Coordinator for Turkey and East Asia, Ekoenergy

      Merve's focus is on promoting renewable energy, in particular by encouraging the use of EKOenergy labelled electricity. In 2017 she spent several months in China, studying the existing renewable energy market and meeting market players. Her earlier experience includes traineeships in United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Subregional Office (ESCAP-ENEA), and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). Merve did her master's program in Zhejiang University, Hangzhou.

       

      Haiyan, Qin, Director , China General Certification (CGC)

      Guoxin, Xu, Director , National Renewable Energy Information Management Center

  • 10:15 - 11:15 Parallel 6b - Renewable PPAs in project financing

    Renewable Power Purchase Agreements (RPPAs) are long-term agreements between purchasers  and producers of electricity. This concept, while common since the start of market liberalisation, has taken a new turn over the last four years that has fundamentally changed the prospects for renewable financing. With the advent of corporate and cooperative purchasers as counterparts to renewable producers, the industry has seen huge growth in the use of RPPAs for project financing. Corporate off-takers are finding that these long-term agreements also require a long-term solution for clarity regarding attribute ownership of the electricity produced. This requires corporate off-takers to use and support attribute tracking systems as an electricity ‘book-keeping’ instrument. However, it is already possible in some cases for these instruments to become the foundation of many of the contracts. Join us and learn about the theory – and the reality – of these innovative PPA structures.

    • Speaker:

      Valanko, Rasmus, Director for Climate & Energy, WBCSD

  • 11:15 - 11:45 Coffee break

    Held in Opal rooms

  • 11:45 - 13:00 Keynote session 7 - Listening to the needs of consumers

    Valuing consumer action is one thing but, if we truly value consumer choice, we need to be open to criticism and ideas about how we can improve the market. The REC Market Meeting is for stakeholders who are interested in renewable electricity markets. These are people who want to see increased market growth and increased revenue for renewable electricity producers. They want stable markets, stable policies and the opportunity to increase the impact of consumers on renewable electricity markets. We do it for ourselves and our shared future, but also because we believe in a future where electricity markets are guided not just by top-down policy, but also by bottom-up initiatives which put consumers first. With this in mind, and the Paris agreement as the backdrop, let’s listen to these consumers, their needs and their expectations. How can we improve over the next year to ensure that they are satisfied? How can we, as stakeholders, work together for more reliable, robust and efficient renewable electricity markets?

    Moderator:

    Braslawsky, Jared, Secretary General, RECS International

    As Deputy Secretary-General of RECS International Jared primarily focuses on the consumer driven market for renewable electricity in Europe and abroad. He is a leading expert in the European market for guarantees of origin and other international electricity tracking mechanisms. Jared works on behalf of the electricity end-user and is currently focused on scope 2 carbon accounting and the claims that can be made by electricity purchasers.

     

  • 13:00 - 14:15 Networking lunch

    Sponsored by Fortum Heat & Oy