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On the Road

Nicosia 21 November 2016

Wolfgang speaks at the PRIO Cyprus Center’s Conference on ‘The Future of East-Mediterranian Gas’ in Nicosia, on 21 November 2016: "Energy Security in the wider global context”.

The PRIO Cyprus Center, in collaboration with the Atlantic Council, the Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung and Istituto Affari Internazionali and Strata Insight, was organizing the fourth of its international conference series on energy in the Eastern Mediterranean. Wolfgang addressed predominantly global natural gas market issues, Read moree.g.: Whilst natural gas is on its way to become a globally traded commodity, with implications for global price spreads (as opposed to prices in separate regions) as well as a revised view on security of supply, the promising discoveries in the Eastern Mediterranian pose a challenge and an opportunity for Cyprus and the Eastern-Mediterranean countries at large. In the context of battling climate change, the deployment of natural gas in the Cypriot domestic market poses a great opportunity.


The Hague 17 November 2016

Wolfgang attends the Launch Presentation of the ‘World Energy Outlook 2016’ (WEO 2016) by the International Energy Agency (IEA) hosted by the Clingendael Institute in The Hague, on 17 April 2016.

The renowned “Clingendael Institute” (CIEP) headed by Prof. Coby van der Linde hosted the launch presentation of the WEO 2016 given by Tim Gould of the IEA. Read moreThe WEO 2016 puts special focus on the proliferation and cost degression of renewables and the future share of fossil fuels in the fuel mix.


Cologne 15 November 2016

Wolfgang attends the ‘ewi Energietagung 2016: Energiemarkt 2025: Trends, Perspektiven, Strukturbrüche’ in Cologne, on 15 November 2016.

The renowned ewi institute (Energiewirtschaftliches Institut an der Universität zu Köln) – see also under Affiliations – organized its annual symposium with a strong focus on energy transition and whether Germany was on the right track. Read moreProf. Dr. Marc Oliver Bettzüge pointed out that the German measures since inception of the EEG (German renewables feed-in law) in 2000 were structurally not achieving decarbonization. Policymakers were ‘picking winners’ and subsidizing them instead of setting market incentives/disincentives, not least a price on carbon, to achieve emissions reductions in the economically most efficient way.   


Brussels 14 November 2016

Wolfgang attends the ‘BDEW-Abend‘ under the theme: ‘Digitales Europa: Auf dem Weg in die smarte Energiewelt von morgen’ in Brussels, on 14 November 2016.

The German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) hosted its traditional “Europe Event” focusing on issues around security of supply and energy transition. High level guest speaker was Prof. Klaus-Dieter Borchardt Read more, director at the European Commission, Section ‘Internal Energy Market”. His presentation of the most recent security of supply directive for gas was critically discussed, not least since there appeared greater need for security of supply regulations in the electricity space due to the frequent need for grid stabilization as a consequence of intermittent renewables influx.

On the Road

Berlin 3-4 November 2016

Wolfgang chairs the panel ‘Piped Gas vs. LNG’ on day 2 of the “European gas transmission conference” in Berlin, on 4 November 2016: "Money talks …What premium NBP over Henry Hub to have U.S. LNG compete with pipe gas?

He discusses the price spread necessary between NBP and Henry Hub Read moreto allow U.S. LNG exporters to cover their long-run marginal costs and make a margin. He further assesses the price spread required to recoup short-run marginal costs.

On the Road

Berlin 3-4 November 2016

Wolfgang speaks at the ‘European gas transmission conference’ in Berlin, on 3 November 2016: "State of the Nation: The European Gas Market – Prospects post COP21 & Implications for Infrastructure Investments”.

He recaps highlights as well as incidents and missed opportunities in the European gas market since 2000 and discusses whether COP21 means the ‘sudden death’ for all fossil fuels including gas. Read moreHe makes the case for gas as the ‘low hanging fruit’ for immediate and material CO2 emissions reductions without subsidies and promotes the concept of gas becoming part of a holistic energy system.


Brussels 27 October 2016

Wolfgang attends the ‘Eurogas Annual Conference’ and participates in the panel ‘The role of gas in a holistic energy system‘ in Brussels, on 27 October 2016.

The European Gas Industry Association Eurogas hosted its traditional Annual Conference. Gas Value Chain was invited since having joined Eurogas previously as the first in the new category of ‘liaising members’. Read moreThis time, the Conference had  a strong focus on the role of gas in the future energy mix of an increasingly decarbonizing world. Wolfgang contributed in a panel ‘The role of gas in a holistic energy system’.