08:45 - Registration opens

09:30 - 11:00 Plenary 1 - Conference opening

Renewable energy and smart grids in the European Energy Strategy

During the opening plenary participants were welcomed to Freiburg. The event's main focus was presented: the concept of smart grids. What are they and how do they fit into the vision of European and local energy and sustainable development?

Wolfgang Teubner, Managing Director, ICLEI European Secretariat

Welcome from host city
Dr. Dieter Salomon, Mayor, City of Freiburg, Germany

Opening Key Note: European perspectives for smart grid development from local to large-scale [presentation]
Per-Olof Granström, Secretary General, EDSO for Smart Grids (European Distribution System Operators)

Policy and thematic experts shared their views and knowledge on how to make smart grids a reality: Which are the key elements of smart-grid? What lessons have been learned in previous developments? What is the state-of-the-art in smart grid implementation?


Smart grid development in Europe and the role of local governments
Ádám Szolyák, Policy Officer, DG Energy, European Commission [presentation]

Needs and perspectives to accelerate the transition to renewable energy Christine Lins, Executive Secretary, Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) [presentation]

Smart grid model projects in Germany: Lessons learned and future developments   
Ludwig Karg, Head of E-Energy Ancillary Research, B.A.U.M. Consult GmbH, Germany [presentation]

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break                                                                                       

11:30 - 12:30 Plenary 2                                                                                         

Smart grid deployment: How to optimise renewable energy production and use through urban-rural-regional cooperation

This plenary explored how to optimise smart grid inter-connections in an urban area, ideally linking to other smart grids covering a whole region. The inter-connectivity and the use of local resources – for electricity, heating and cooling – will help to ensure energy security, stable prices and local jobs. It can also help to keep money in the local or regional economy, supporting local development.  How is this being dealt with today?

Maryke van Staden, Climate & Air Coordinator, ICLEI European Secretariat


EU policy problems - Smart Grids: local and regional perspectives
Jens Zvirgzdgrauds, Administrator, ENVE Commission, EU Committee of the Regions [abstract] [presentation]

The Basque Country´s strategy to support the development of smart grids
Txaber Lezamiz, Technology Development Manager, Basque Energy Agency (EVE), Spain [presentation]

Energy landscapes: A powerful concept for sustainable energy transition
Sven Stremke, Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture, Wageningen University, the Netherlands [presentation]

12:30 - 14:00 Lunch Break                                                                                     

Parallel sessions

The A stream of the parallel sessions focused on technology options, while the B stream dealt with regional renewable energy concepts and how they have been linked to local and regional pilot projects for the development of smart grids. Expert speakers presented on pressing issues. This was followed by a question and answer session.

14:00 - 15:30 Parallel sessions 1

A1 - Building a smart grid: First lessons from practical experiences

B1- Urban-regional cooperation for renewable energy

Selecting appropriate technologies to manage and operate smart grids is a key decision point. This requires an understanding of the energy supply and demand side, and outlining an intelligent smart grid management concept dealing with generators, grid(s), and consumers. What are the key areas to be addressed, and how can these be dealt with effectively from a technology perspective?

Ruud Schuthof, Director Strategic Services, ICLEI European Secretariat


EcoGrid EU Project - A prototype for European smart grids
Marianne Bechstein, Energy Economist, Research Group Energy & Communication (EnCT), Germany [abstract] [presentation]

Smart grids experiences in Europe
Hugo Niesing, Founder, Resourcefully, The Netherlands [abstract] [presentation

eTelligence: The E-Energy Lightouse project in the region Cuxhaven        
Michael Stadler, Project Manager, Business Technology Consulting (BTC) AG, Germany [abstract] [presentation]

Cities and towns need to cooperate with their surrounding regions to optimise the use of local renewable resources and expertise, as they will have to also draw on their surrounding resources to generate sufficient energy for their needs. This includes establishing wind parks, creating biomass partnerships from raw material to sustainable energy, or using roof space to generate solar energy. Such approaches require a common vision and close cooperation between multiple stakeholders and political decision makers. How is this being dealt with within existing projects? How can one develop a joint vision and strategy?

Carsten Rothballer, Climate Policy Officer, ICLEI European Secretariat


Analysis of renewable energy potentials in the region of Freiburg
Christian Neumann, Head of Project Development, Energy Agency Region Freiburg, Germany [abstract] [presentation]

From local needs to global approach – Smart energy and smart grids: the Aosta Valley experience in the Alpenergy Project     
Marcello Chiaberge, Aggregate Professor, Department of Electronic and Telecommunication (DET- LIM), Politecnico of Turin, Italy [abstract] [presentation]

15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break                                                                                       

16:00 - 17:30 Parallel sessions 2                                                                         

A2 – Decentralised energy production, centralised management and storage
B2 – Encouraging framework to support deployment - "Smart grids in practice"

Two of the big challenges for the optimal use of renewable energy are energy storage and the coordinated management of energy production facilities. This workshop looked into potential solutions for these challenges, combining decentralised production with centralised management and storage concepts.

Maryke van Staden, Climate & Air Coordinator, ICLEI European Secretariat


The importance of storage in future energy systems
Gerhard Stryi-Hipp, Head of Energy Policy, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Germany; and
President of the European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling [presentation]

Grid-scale storage   
Tjark Thien, Research Associate, Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drivers (ISEA), Germany [abstract] [presentation]

Intelligent  energy management within the Premio project            
Carolina Tranchita, Project Manager, European Institute for Energy Research (EIFER), Germany [abstract] [presentation]


How can smart grids be developed on a regional and local level and support the efficient use of renewable energy? This workshop explored first answers from model projects that have been implemented.  Achievements as well as obstacles issues that need further exploration will be addressed.  Topics will range from technical to financial and strategic challenges.

Wolfgang Teubner, Managing Director, ICLEI European Secretariat


Smart grids model region Salzburg
Norbert Dorfinger, Project Manager, Salzburg AG, Austria [abstract] [presentation]

The role of a rural region in the future energy system - Results from the Renewable Model Region Harz
Britta Zimmermann, Research Associate, Fraunhofer IWES, Germany [abstract] [presentation

The green industrial municipality "Smart City Kalundborg"
Claus Madsen, Vice President Planning, Development & Business, Kalundborg Municipality, Denmark [abstract] [presentation]

18:00 Evening reception hosted by the City of Freiburg                   

The host city Freiburg is pleased to invite all participants to take part in the cocktail reception held in the Kaisersaal.

Welcome by Dr. Dieter Wörner, Director of the Environmental Protection Agency of the City of Freiburg.