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On the Road

Frankfurt 13-14 December 2017

Wolfgang delivers a keynote speech at the ‘5th Frankfurt Gas Forum’ in Frankfurt, on 13 December 2017: ‘Implications of a Global Gas Market for International, European and National Policies’.

Wolfgang qualifies the US sanctions against Nordstream 2 as well as the efforts of the EC to derail the Nordstream 2 project as ‘misplaced’. He recalls that the second gas revolution, namely the LNG-revolution, has created and continues to further develop a global gas market which renders concerns about political blackmail due to supply dependency obsolete. Read more

The emergence of a global gas market, with destination flexible LNG supply able to respond to price signals, liquid European hubs capable of sending price signals and ample unutilized LNG regasification capacity, has transformed previous bi-lateral physical dependencies into a functionality of price signals. Wolfgang further emphasizes the caveat of the IEA’s second ‘Global Gas Security Review 2017’, which points out that new interdependencies could lead to unexpected ‘shocks’ and that therefore diversity of supply sources, transport routes and sufficient interconnectivity are indispensable.
Event

The Hague, 23 November 2017

Wolfgang attends the Launch Presentation of the ‘World Energy Outlook 2017’ (WEO 2017) by the International Energy Agency (IEA) hosted by the Clingendael Institute in The Hague, on 23 November 2017.

The renowned “Clingendael Institute” (CIEP) headed by Prof. Coby van der Linde hosted the launch presentation of the WEO 2017 given by Tim Gould of the IEA. Read more

The WEO 2017 dedicates 3 special chapters to natural gas, ranging from projected respectable demand growth (as the only fossil fuel), the proliferation of LNG with exponential new diversifications and interdependencies and also the urgent matter of methane emissions where it demonstrates that a major part of methane emissions abatement would be an economical ‘win-win’.
Event

Brussels, 20 November 2017

Wolfgang attends the traditional ‘BDEW-Abend‘ under the theme: ‘Clean Energy 2.0: Die heiße Phase des Winterpakets’ in Brussels, on  20 November 2017.

The German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) hosted its traditional ‘Europe Event’ focusing on the EC’s ‘winter package’, i.e. security of supply and energy transition. High level guest speaker was Miguel Arias Canete, Read more Commissioner at the European Commission for Climate Protection and Energy. Besides EU wide renewables targets the intended introduction of emission standards for coal fired power plants was an intensively discussed subject.

On the Road

Berlin 14-15 November 2017

Wolfgang attends the ’23. Euroforum-Jahrestagung (Erd-)Gas 2017’ in Berlin, on 14-15 November 2017. Notably, Euroforum puts, for the first time, (Erd-)Gas in brackets, underpinning that natural gas is the only fossil fuel capable of becoming greener over time.

On day 2, Wolfgang serves as moderator of the day. Moreover, he delivers the key note speech: ’Status der Fortentwicklung des globalen Gasmarktes: Versorgungssicherheit – Interdependenzen – Geopolitik.

The gas market has gone ‚global‘ in that it avails now of destination flexible LNG responding to price signals (‘LNG revolution’).

Event

Cologne, 08 November 2017

Wolfgang attends the ‘ewi Energietagung 2017: ‚Digitalisierung in der Energiewirtschaft‘ in Cologne, on 08 November 2017.

The renowned ewi institute (Energiewirtschaftliches Institut an der Universität zu Köln) organized its annual symposium with a focus on digitalization in the energy space with a view to fill it with concrete examples of application. Read more

The presentation ranged from smart grids towards e-mobility. Noteworthy and a highlight were the three short presentations of 3 young scientists from ewi, i.a. attempting to quantify the peak capacity demand for charging stations.
Event

Brussels, 27 October 2017

Wolfgang attends the ‘Eurogas Annual Conference: Renewable gas: Balancing our energy’ in Brussels, on 27 October 2017.

The European Gas Industry Association Eurogas hosted its traditional Annual Conference. This time, the theme of the Conference was strongly focused on ‘renewable gas’. Read more

Importantly, Eurogas had invited stakeholders from outside the gas industry, e.g. from Greenpeace Energy, the European Biogas Association, the European Climate Foundation etc. with a view to foster dialogue beyond the gas industry. A laudable step away from having ‘gas people talk to gas people’ only and with stimulating, constructive discussions.
On the Road

Malmö 24-25 October 2017

Wolfgang speaks at the ‘Axpo Nordic Forum 2017’ in Malmö, on 24 October 2017: ‘From champion to ‘fossil of the day’ – A critical view of the German Energiewende.

The public perception of the German Energiewende as a role model is shifting towards a show case for costly mistakes to be avoided by others. Wolfgang recalls that Germany was declared “fossil of the day” in Marrakech in November 2016 on occasion of COP22. He presents Read more the excessive costs of the German Energiewende, in reality only a ‘Power-Wende’ and, nonetheless, failing to achieve any CO2 reductions at all. He describes various regulatory instruments rendering the German power market somewhat of a ‘centrally planned economy’ with lavish subsidies and compensations, stifling innovation and market-driven incentives. He qualifies the ‘all-electric’ approach as a fallacy in that it massively increases power demand, amplifying the effects of solar and wind power surplus production when there is no demand and, conversely, the unavailability of solar and wind power at times of ‘Kalte Dunkelflaute’. He demonstrates that gas would not only be needed as ‘back-up’ in case of ‘Kalte Dunkelflaute’, but also, at high load factors, to genuinely cover an increasing power short position. The back-up requirement could be significantly mitigated through the development of the P2G (power-to-gas) technology: it would allow storage of solar and wind power surplus in the gas grids and storages in large quantities and over long-periods of time, which batteries cannot deliver.