Conference "Green electricity for Europe's regions"

This event is organised in the framework of the IEE project "RES-e Regions" Regional and local action is essential to achieve the European targets in the field of renewable electricity production and use: not only are many initiatives for new green electricity installations started on local level but also some of the main obstacles can only be overcome regionally and locally. The conference will discuss how to increase the market development of electricity from renewables and how local governments take an active role and benefit from the positive economic development.

Date:3 March 2006
Venue: Stadthalle Wels, A-4600 Wels, Upper Austria/Austria
Conference fee:50 Euro (plus 10% VAT)
Conference language: English, German, Italian, Spanish
Organisation and conference office:O.Ö. Energiesparverband
Landstraße 45, 4020 Linz, Austria
Tel. +43/732/7720-14386
Fax +43/732/7720-14383
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Programme "Green electricity for Europe's regions"

3 March 2006


Opening and welcome

9.20The EU Directive on renewable electricity - targets & markets
Beatriz Yordi Aquirre, European Commission
9.40The EU potential for electricity from renewables to 2020
Mario Ragwitz, Fraunhofer ISI, Germany

Exemplary regional strategies

The successful green electricity strategy of Castilla y León
Tomás Villanueva Rodriguez, Consejero de Economia y Empleo, Junta de Castilla y León, Spain


Beyond hydropower - green electricity in Norrbotten
Kent Ögren, Chairman of the County Council Norrbotten, AER Member Region, Sweden

10.40Discussion/Coffee break
11.15Sustainable wind energy development in Wales
Andy Bull, Powys County Council, Wales/United Kingdom
11.35Green electricity for the Baltic States - status and perspectives
Dagnija Blumberga, Riga Technical University, Latvia
11.55Markets, strategies and results - green electricity in Upper Austria
Gerhard Dell, O.Ö. Energiesparverband, Austria
Federal Minister DI Josef Pröll, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Austria
12.35Discussion/Lunch break

Green electricity perspectives

Promotion instruments for electricity from renewables - international success stories
Reinhard Haas
, Technical University Vienna, Austria


Innovative solutions for grid and financing issues
Carlos Alberto Martins Pimenta, CEEETA, Portugal


Green electricity for Europe - desire and reality
Dörte Fouquet, European Renewable Energies Federation


Transition to renewable energy supply in India and China - a strategic necessity?
J. Nandakumar, Researcher, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, India


Discussion/Coffee break

Technology solutions and regional benefits
16.00Resurgence: Large PV projects in urban ares
Pieter Nuiten, W/E Consultants, the Netherlands
16.2040 MW solar thermal concentrator for a coal power plant in Australia
Rüdiger Wolf, Solar Heat & Power Europe, Germany
16.40Labelling biomass fuels - a quality system for power plants
Johnny Hesp, Essent Energy Trading, The Netherlands
17.00Small hydro power - the right balanca of economic and environmental requirements
Dietrich Borchardt, University of Kassel, Germany
17.20Innovative biogas plants in Upper Austria
Martin Schlerka, Biogest Umwelttechnik GmbH, Austria
17.40Discussion/Conference end

Chair: Agnès Ciccarone, AER - Assembly of European Regions This event is organised in the framework of the IEE project "RES-e Regions"