The German Energiewende, often dubbed as energy transition, pursues ambitious goals in terms of greenhouse gas emission reductions, renewable energy production and energy efficiency improvements. Moreover, it reduces Germany’s dependency on fossil fuel imports and therefore its exposure to price and supply risks. Against this background, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is pursuing international energy policy cooperations, with the goal of building trusting and lasting energy relationships with partner countries. The German American Chambers of Commerce (GACC) are supporting the BMWi in their aim to foster energy policy exchange with the US.
In June 2017, a select group of 15 energy stakeholders from New York State were invited to Germany for five days of exchange with their German counterparts. The US delegation was given the opportunity to learn more about German energy policies, meet relevant stakeholders and visit real-life manifestations of policy.
During this follow-up event, the New York participants will present key topics and take-aways from their delegation trip and define actionable recommendations for New York State’s energy policy.
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- Dietmar Rieg, President & CEO, German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
- Jim Gallagher, Executive Director, New York State Smart Grid Consortium
- Shaun Hoyte, Specialist, Targeted Demand Management, ConEdison
- David O’Brien, Director, Navigant Energy
- David Bomke, Assistant Vice President of Operations, The Fulcrum Group & Vice President, New York Energy Consumers Council, Inc. (NYECC)
- Philip Skalaski, Vice President of Engineering and Energy Services, The Durst Organization
- Ke Wei, Senior Policy Advisor for Energy, NYC Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency
- Mark Simon, Director, Alternate Fuel Programs, NYC Department of Transportation
- Zachary Suttile, Director, New York – Energy, Willdan Group, Inc.
- H.G. Chissell, Founder and CEO, Advanced Energy Group
- Paul Kuehn, Sales Director Distributed Energy, Direct Energy Business
- Michael Moomjy, Communications Coordinator, GRID Alternatives NY Tri-State