09:00 - 10:30 Plenary 3                                                                                           

Support mechanisms for financing smart grids

The development of smart grids is currently still in an exploratory stage and mainly based on model projects supported by public funds. For this purpose, cutting-edge technology is needed as much as a strong relationship between R & D, technology providers, implementing agents and institutions. What are the current approaches to funding the development of smart grids and what are the financial and market perspectives for the next decade? Is it possible to get citizens and users involved too?

Wolfgang Teubner, Managing Director, ICLEI European Secretariat


Financing priorities in the perspectives of the European Energy Startegy
Jana Viktoria Nysten, Policy Advisor, European Renewable Energy Federation (EREF) [presentation]

Using the EIB ELENA programme for the development of smart grids
Ilias Efthymiopoulos, General Director, Aegean Energy Agency, Greece [presentation]

Local renewables enabled by local energy markets
Clive Tomlinson, Managing Director, Net Trajectory Ltd, United Kingdom [abstract] [presentation]

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break                                                                                

11:00 - 12:30 Plenary 4

Rolling out smart grids as part of the green local economy agenda – finding viable investment options

The expansion of decentralised regional energy production from renewable sources represents a high potential to contribute to the local economy and to generate income through participatory investment models. Ultimately, increasing production and use of renewable energy will depend on an improved distribution network and storage capacity managed through smart grids at the same time. Altogether such concepts for regional energy production can build up a strong pillar of a local green economy. This session explored how the investments in such regional value chains can be triggered and managed.

Monika Zimmermann, Director Capacity Center, ICLEI World Secretariat

Introduction: Building to Grid - The potential of architecture for smart grids
Rolf C. Buschmann, Managing Director, EnEd GmbH – Clean Energy Solutions, Germany [presentation]

E-Energy Project Model City MannheimRobert Thomann, Innovation Manager, Corporate Department Technology & Innovation, MVV Energie AG, Germany [presentation]


Rolf C. Buschmann, Rolf C. Buschmann, Managing Director, EnEd GmbH – Clean Energy Solutions, Germany

Sven Stremke, Assistant Professor, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Ilias Efthymiopoulos, General Director, Aegean Energy Agency, Greece 

12:30-13:00 Closing Plenary                                                                             

Summary and outlook

This session gave an overview of the topics discussed during the conference. It focused on the needs of local governments and other key stakeholders involved to move forward in the roll-out of smart grids. To conclude the conference organisers and the host city bid farewell to participants.

Rian van Staden, Principal & Senior Consultant, Intelligent Renewables Energy, Germany

13:00 - 14:30 Lunch break         

14:30 - 16:30 Study tours

Sun, wind, water, wood: Freiburg's renewable energy mix at a glance

Participants of this tour found out where the local renewable energy sources are located, using a tram and walking tour to the eastern districts of Freiburg and the beautiful Dreisam valley. They learnt about how the forest provides tons of wood, changed into chips for the co-generation power-plant. They also had the chance to see how wind turbines generate energy on windy days. Besides, they observed one of the 35 micro-hydro power plants of the region. Participants also had the opportunity to climb onto the roof of the first German "solar stadium" and learn about the sustainability policy of the local football team SC Freiburg.

By Aiforia

Redevelopment of the neighbourhood Weingarten, Freiburg

Participants of this tour explored the district of Weingarten, a multi-cultural area that faces challenges as an economically disadvantaged area. During the tour you they had the chance to explore how urban redevelopment is a key aspect of the revitalisation of the area. They also observed Freiburg’s refurbished high-rise in Bugginger Straße 50, a unique example of passive house standard applied to a multi-family building; and they also learnt about modern techniques that create a feeling of environmental responsibility among inhabitants, and found ways to improve residential areas and public space.

By Innovation Academy e.V.