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How to build Smart Energy Regions?

Jul 04 2016
Jul 06 2016

This joint event organised by the Technology Region Karlsruhe and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) will discuss how regions and local communities could contribute to reaching ambitious and sustainable greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in the energy sector.

The event addresses representatives of the local and regional government level in different European regions, scientists and experts as well as representatives of the European Commission to discuss good practices and innovative concepts for smart energy solutions at local and regional level.

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Session 1: Scientific evidence to improve the effectiveness of sustainable energy policies and measures

Heinz Ossenbrink, European Commission, Joint Research Centre
Renewable energy deployment now and in the next years

Andreas Zucker, European Commission, Joint Research Centre
Self-consumption under different regulation schemes

Dogan Keles, Head of Energy markets and energy system analysis, Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT)
Impact of renewable energies on markets and future design of electricity markets

Phil Jones, Chair of Architectural Science, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University
Drivers and barriers for a zero carbon built environment

Ales Gnamus, European Commission, Joint Research Centre
What drives innovation? Economic development perspectives for cities and regions - Presentation of the Smart Specialisation Platform on Energy

Session 2: Local and regional strategies

Bertrand Zuindeau, Project Manager, Regional Council Hauts-de-France, France
The Third Industrial Revolution in Hauts-de-France : Current State and Perspectives

Jochen Ehlgötz, Executive Director, Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion, Germany
Innovation as a key to sustainable development – regional potentials and challenges

Astrid Madsen, Process Manager for Energy Transition, City of Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Innovative urban energy planning

Nikola Kibritev, Director of the Sustainable Development Department, Ruse Municipality, Bulgaria
Transforming cities for a smart, sustainable Europe – example from the lower Danube region

Furio Honsell, Mayor of Udine, Italy
Are smart cities healthy cities?

Jeremy Draper, Energy Manager, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Imagine 2050: A City Roadmap to a sustainable Zero Carbon City by 2050

Session 3: Optimisation of policies and measures to build Smart Energy Regions

Workshop 1: Smart Grids as backbone for Smart Energy Regions

Christoph Schlenzig, Member of the Board, Smart Grids-Plattform Baden-Württemberg e.V.
Energy infrastructure in transition – local and regional challenges

Dudley Stewart, General Secretary, Micro Electricity Generation Association, Ireland
Community ownership of renewable energy projects

Eloy Álvarez Pelegry, Director of the Department of Energy, Orkestra Basque Institute of Competitiveness
Policies and projects for smart grids and smart energy regions: the case of the Basque Country

Workshop 2: Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation

Magdalene Häberle, Head of ERDF Coordination Unit (European Regional Development Fund), Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing, Baden-Württemberg
Dialogue oriented instruments and subsidiarity in smart specialisation

Michail Gkoumas, Special Service for Strategy, Planning & Evaluation, Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism, Greece
Application of Entrepreneurial Discovery Process in the energy sector at regional level

Lothar Keck, CEO, fokus.energie e.V., Karlsruhe
Innovation platforms – from consultation to co-creation of policies

Workshop 3: Smart Cities and Communities

Orsola Irene Mautone, European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy
The European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities

Martin Sawillion, KEA Climate and Energy Agency Baden-Württemberg
Energy Efficient Cities and Communities: Economic development and climate protection

Agnese Presotto, responsible for the Environmental Management System in Udine, Italy
Udine smart city: project Infinite Solutions and other innovative urban actions

Jaroslav Klusák, Energy Manager, City of Litoměřice, Czech Republic
Smart energy strategies - possibilities and limitations of local authorities in different settings

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The JRC analyses the regional development of various renewable energy technologies, as well as the status and future trends of the energy market in the different EU regions. It also assesses renewable energy resources, regarding availability, logistics and economic performance at regional level. The JRC is also performing comparative regional-level cost-benefit and security analysis for a cost-effective, reliable and secure development of the power system with a high share of renewables.

The JRC also runs the Smart Specialisation Platform for Energy which supports the optimal and effective uptake of the Cohesion Policy Funds for energy, provides guidelines and scientific support for the creation of regional expert clusters to design, and evaluate and monitor the Sustainable Energy Action Plans of the Covenant of Mayors initiative. In addition, the JRC also assesses the integration of the Baltic States' electricity network into the Nordic market and the EU electricity market and gives scientific support to the EU Strategy for the Danube region.