RGIT Business Breakfast: New Grids for New Energy

10/11/2011

Matthias Kurth, Dr. Thomas Zielke

On the occasion of the visit of Matthias Kurth, President of the German Federal Network Agency, the Representative of German Industry and Trade (RGIT) hosted a breakfast discussion titled “On the Way to the Age of Renewables: Challenges for the Administration - Chances and Risks from the Perspective of Science and Business“. Mr. Kurth outlined Germany’s new energy policy and the challenges it presents: Germany has embarked on a course that represents perhaps the most radical shift in energy policy worldwide in recent years – the so-called “Energiewende”. Nuclear power will be phased out, and renewable energies will play an increasingly important role in energy production. The Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) now has the task of guaranteeing the security of energy supply in Germany, must establish the framework for necessary investments to modernize the grid without letting energy prices increase sharply.

Barbara Kenny of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Gilbert Bindewald of the U.S. Department of Energy contributed U.S. initiatives in energy research and workforce development and Douglas Todd of the Siemens Corporation provided an industry perspective on the challenges of energy policy in the U.S. and the role renewables can play.