Sessions - WindEurope Annual Event 2024

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Planning future wind and grid infrastructure

When: Wednesday, 20 March 2024, 14:00 - 15:15
Where: Auditorium 1
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Session description

Wind energy has rapidly expanded over the past decades and now accounts for 19% of Europe's electricity supply. But the necessary upgrade and expansion of grid infrastructure has not followed the same pace, leading to congestion and curtailments. This session will explore how the planning of energy infrastructure - generation assets, gas and electricity grids - could be optimised to avoid future congestion and ensure that Europeans get the most out of their homegrown clean electricity.

Session chair

Lindsay McQuade

Director of Energy, EMEA, Amazon Web Services

Part 1 - Building out the grids

Philipp Nimmermann

State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection, Germany

Johan Soderstrom

Executive Vice President, Head of Regions EMEA, Hitachi Energy

Rebecca Sedler

Managing Director - Interconnectors, National Grid

Matilda Afzelius

CEO Nordics, RES

Part 2 - Towards more integrated planning

Catharina Sikow-Magny

Director, European Commission

Stefan Kapferer

Chairman of the Management Board, 50Hertz

Pieter van Aartsen

Board Member, GIE

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