Power Sector Transformation – Participants
Monday, 10 November 2014 / 14:00-15:30
Keynote: Simon Müller, IEA
Simon Müller is responsible for IEA work on the Grid- and System Integration of Renewables (GIVAR) programme. He served as the analytical and managerial lead of the last GIVAR phase, a two-year project assessing the technical and economic implications of large scale wind and solar grid integration. In addition to a cost-benefit analysis of different flexibility options, the project assessed the current market design in a wide range of system contexts. He is also a principal author of the IEA publication Deploying Renewables 2011 – Best and Future Policy Practice, which provides a comparative assessment of the impact and cost-effectiveness of RE support policies. Before joining the IEA, Mr. Mueller worked for a technical cooperation project in the Mediterranean and the German Government. He holds a M.Sc. in Physics from the University of Bremen.
Moderator: Rainer Hinrichs-Rahlwes, EREF
Rainer Hinrichs-Rahlwes is a Vice-of the European Renewable Energies Federation. He is representing the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE), the national umbrella organisation of the renewable energy sector, where he has been a Board Member for eight years, and also the spokesperson for European and International Affairs. Rainer has been EREF’s President for the last four years. From June 2012, he also served as the President of the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC), the European umbrella organisation of the renewables sector, until its dissolution. Apart from his activities for EREF and BEE, Rainer is active in networks (REN21, WREC/WREN) and cooperating with institutions (IRENA, IEA) dealing with policies for a renewables based energy system. As a freelance senior renewable energy expert he is providing expertise for policy development for renewable energies in Germany, in Europe and worldwide. From November 1998 to December 2005, Rainer was a Director General in the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), in charge of renewable energies, climate protection and various other dossiers. As a representative of BMU, he was one of the two chairmen of the International Steering Committee preparing the first IREC, the renewables2004 in Bonn. Until he left the ministry he served as BMU’s representative and as a founding co-chair and later a member of the Bureau of the Global Policy Network, known as REN21 today.
Jose-Luis Garcia, Greenpeace
Physics graduate, with Astrophysics speciality, from Complutense University of Madrid. He worked at the Plataforma Solar de Almería (CIEMAT, Spanish Government), starting up the Solar furnace project. Since 1991 he works for Greenpeace Spain, where he was Climate and Energy campaigner and Clean Energy Project campaigner. In 2011 he was appointed to set up and lead the Research and Advocacy unit and since 2012 he also leads the Climate and Energy unit. He set up and coordinated projects such as Greenpeace Solar, Solar School Network, Choose Clean Energy and Energy Revolution. He lead the edition of the studies Renewables 2050, Renewables 100% and Energy 3.0. He was a member of Greenpeace delegation to conferences of the parties to the UNFCCC (Kyoto, 1997; Marrakesh, 2001). He is a member of the Consultative Council on Electricity of the Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (former National Energy Commission), and of the National Climate Council and its Permanent Commission. Founder trustee and vicepresident of the Renewables Foundation (Fundación Renovables).
V. Subramanian, IREF
Retired officer of the Indian Administrative Service. Till his retirement in June, 2008 as the Secretary to the Government in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, he occupied various positions in the Government of West Bengal and the Government of India. Subramanian was instrumental in the creation of the External Commercial Borrowings Division in the Ministry of Finance in the 80’s and structured many innovative financial deals for Indian Public Sector Enterprises. He was Adviser to the Government of Mozambique for three years (1990-1993). He was also the Secretary to the State Government in the Departments of Power and Labour. As Additional Secretary and Financial Adviser in the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism (2000-2005) he was closely involved in policy formulation on Aviation and Tourism. He was on the Boards of Air India, Indian Airlines, Airports Authority of India, Helicopters Corporation of India, Indian Tourism Development Corporation and a host of other PSEs. He was also the Member-Secretary of the High level Committee to recommend a roadmap or the growth of aviation in India. As Secretary in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, he undertook path breaking initiatives that resulted in more than doubling the grid connected renewable power generation capacity in less than three years. He was also the Business Development Adviser to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, till recently. Presently, he is the Chairman of the Indian Wind Energy Association. He is a founder – member and the Mentor of the Indian Renewable Energy Federation. He is a Director on the boards of leading Public and Private Sector Companies. He is also a freelance consultant and speaker on renewable energy.
Helen Tarnoy, Aldwych International
Helen is joint founder of Aldwych International, along with Mark Fitzpatrick. Helen co-led the arrangement of the original financing for the company and its re-financing in February 2009. Following the acquisition of stakes in CEC, the private Zambian transmission business, and the 600MW Kelvin power plant in Johannesburg, Aldwych completed the development, financing and construction of the 90MW Rabai IPP in Kenya, which went into commercial operation in May 2010 Helen joined The AES Corporation in 1997 as Senior Project Director and led the successful development of the USD 400m Songo-Songo gas-to-power project in Tanzania, as well as working on the acquisition by AES of the Kelvin power plant and of the Ebute 260MW barge-mounted gas-fired power plant in Nigeria. In 2002, she was appointed CEO of AES-Sonel, the national power company of Cameroon, with responsibility for a budget of around USD 150m, 500,000 customers and a workforce of 4000 people. In the two years 2002-2004, electricity production and sales increased by 14% and 17% respectively, distribution losses fell from 34% to 26% and total cash collections rose from 87% to 104%. In late 2003, under Helen’s leadership, the company successfully completed the non-recourse USD 69m project financing of a much-needed new 85MW thermal power plant. Helen is a graduate of Oxford University with a BA and an MA in Modern Languages.
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