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Session 1 | Integrating High Levels of VRE: Can You Do It?

Introductory Remarks Anita M. George, Senior Director, World Bank Group

The Costs and Impacts of Intermittency: What Have We Learned? What do We Need?

Dr. Robert Gross, Senior Lecturer, Imperial College Director, Center for Energy Policy & Technology Policy Director, Energy Futures Lab


Operating Grids with High Levels of Variable Renewable Energy: Can You do It?

Peter Jørgensen, Vice President,, Denmark


Regulatory Reflections

Ronald Chauke, Head, Department of Electricity Regulatory Reform, NERSA, South Africa


How Project Design Can Help to Integrate VRE into Power Systems?

Achim Neumann, Senior Energy Economist, KfW Development Bank, Germany


Q&A and Remarks

Dr. Lawrence Jones, Vice President, Utility Innovations & Infrastructure Resilience, Alstom Grid North America, USA



Session 2 | TED-Style Talks: Operating and Planning High VRE Grids



Dr. Mark O'Malley, Founder & Director, Electricity Research Center, University College Dublin (UCD)

Is It Really Possible to Integrate High Levels of VRE at Moderate Incremental Cost? Simon Mueller, Energy Analyst, International Energy Agency (IEA)
Synthesis of Grid Impact Project Bandar Mutwali, Senior Engineer, King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (K.A.CARE), Saudi Arabia
Grid Integration Studies: What Type of Studies are Needed and When? Dr. Thomas Ackermann, CEO, Energynautics GmbH
Smart Grids Applications for VRE Integration Dr. Lawrence Jones, Vice President, Utility Innovations & Infrastructure Resilience, Alstom Grid North America, USA
Preparing for High Levels of VRE: Taking Advantage of Previous Experiences Ernesto Huber, Deputy Director of Operations, CDEC-SIC, Chile


Session 3 | Short Talks on Regulation and Policy



Ron Binz, Principal, Energy Policy Consulting Senior Policy Advisor, Center for the New Energy Economy, USA


Beyond Attracting Investment for Development of Renewables. What Else is Required to Achieve High Levels of Variable Renewable Integration?

Ivan Saavedra Dote, Chief, Division of Electricity, Comision Nacional de Energia (CNE), Chile


Why Regulation, Policies and Markets Need to Change in Order to Integrate High Levels of Variable Renewables into Power Systems?

Dr. Fereidoon P. Sioshansi, President, Menlo Energy Economics, USA


Why are Grid Codes / Interconnections Standards so Important?

Dr. Pham Quang Huy, Deputy General Director, Electricity Regulatory Authority of Vietnam (ERAV), Vietnam


Industry Recommendations to Achieve a Scaling Up of VRE While Maintaining System Reliability and Keeping Integration Costs as Low as Possible

Anne-Malorie Geron, Head of Energy Policy & Generation Unit, Eurelectric


Are Grid Codes and Forecasting Requirements a Barrier or a Sign of Commitment to VRE?

Carlos Gascó Travesedo, Energy Policy Senior Advisor, Prospective and Technology Division, IBERDROLA Renovables, Spain



Session 4 | Short Talks: Perspectives from Dynamic Markets with Ambitious VRE Targets

Moderator Dr. Marianne Fay, Chief Economist, Climate Change Group, World Bank Group

Are Integrations Issues Perceived as an Immediate Issue Related to Integration with Renewables?

Langiwe Hope Lungu, CEO, Energy Regulation Board, Zambia

Are Additional Interconnection, Transmission, and Flexible Generation Needs Linked to Renewables Included in Medium/Long-Term Power Expansion Strategies? Hu Xiaofeng, Engineer, China Renewable Energy Engineering Institute (CREEI), China
Can Emerging VRE Markets Leapfrog by Modernizing Electricity Grids? What are the Most Cost-Effective Technologies? Robert Towers, Economist, Sustainable Energy Team, Climate & Environment Department, Department for International Development (DFID), United Kingdom
Are Utilities Concerned about the Impact of Distributed Generation and Low Utilization Factors of Existing Assets and Generation Costs? Guillermo Zuñiga Martinez, Commissioner, Comisión Reguladora de Energía (CRE), México
Maximizing Economic Benefits of VRE. How Can We Increase Knowledge Sharing Among Regulators, Operators, and Utilities? Key Drivers, Questions, Concerns, Objectives Klas Heising Head, Technology Cooperation in the Energy Sector Project, GIZ, Germany

Concluding Remarks

Rohit Khanna ESMAP Program Manager, World Bank Group


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