Conference programme

The 11th conference comes under the title of Energy vs. Covid-19

The conference will focus on issues related to the future of the European and Czech energy sector. There will be a discussion about the continued transformation of the energy sector, prepared legislation and support measures, but also about innovations and necessary investments across the entire sector. At the forefront of the discussion will be the changes related to trends in digitalisation, decentralisation and decarbonisation in the context of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The professional conference presenter will be Martin Herrmann, who became the honorary IEC president last year.


Block 1 How will Covid-19 change the European and Czech energy sector?

The introduction will aim to frame open issues in terms of the domestic energy sector within the European context. There will be discussions about current capacities and those required for the future (generation, transmission, transport, distribution), within the EU, and the Czech Republic, about the European Green Deal, about the implementation of the Winter Package and about the new business challenges. The outcome should be an attractive comparison of the Czech and foreign perspective of further developments in the energy and other sectors of business in terms of the EU’s ambitious climate targets.


Topics for discussion:

  • How will the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus affect businesses in the energy sector?
  • What investments in energy should be part of the state plan for restarting the economy after the Covid-19 pandemic?
  • Does it make sense to rely on the coordination of activities of individual countries in the energy sector by the EU after the experiences stemming from healthcare?
  • Is the European Green Deal an opportunity or a threat for the EU and the Czech Republic?
  • What is the schedule of technical and organisational changes in the energy sector which bring with them the transposition of the Winter Package?



MEP Evžen Tošenovský has confirmed his attendance as has Michael Wunnerlich, Executive Director of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW), who is head of its representation in Brussels. The participation, as speaker, has also been confirmed by Jiří Feist, Member of the Board of Directors of EP POWER EUROPE and Tomáš Varcop, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of innogy Česká republika and CEO of innogy Energie. The expected outcome is an attractive comparison of the Czech and German perspective of the developments in the energy and other sectors of business in terms of the EU’s ambitious climate targets and the impact of Covid-19.


Block 2 What will the new Energy Act bring?

The second session will bring more information about the form of the brand new Energy Act, which should update the conditions for business and execution of state administration within the branches of the energy sector. At about the time that the IEC is held, the act’s objective should be completed offering the IEC the opportunity to discuss its key provisions before the final version of the act is articulated. Finally, the Czech Coal Commission will also examine the gradual transformation of the domestic energy sector and we will see whether there will be an opportunity by the second half of 2020 to assess some of its outputs.


Topics for discussion:

  • How is a new modern norm drawn up for an open, decentralised and digital energy sector?
  • What are key stakeholders looking forward to and what, in turn, do they fear in the context of the new Energy Act?
  • How will the new act strengthen customer orientation so that the energy sector provides a service and not just supplies energy?
  • In what way will the new Energy Act support businesses, reduce administration and the influence of state administration?
  • How will the area of energy communities and multilateral business models be addressed?



The key parameters of the new norm will be presented by Minister of Industry and Trade Karel Havlíček, possibly represented by the Deputy Minister of Energy René Neděla. The participation, as speaker, has also been confirmed by Martin Durčák, Chairman of the Board of Directors of ČEPS.


Block 3 What investments in the energy sector have a future?

Currently, there is also another open issue of the update of the State Energy Policy as a follow-up to what form will finally be adopted of the national energy and climate plan. In this context, what is being offered for discussion within the third session is the procedure of the realisation of the National Action Plan for Smart Grids, National Action Plan for Clean Mobility or the situation concerning the preparation of the new tariff structure. The closing discussion of the conference will be devoted to new technologies and innovations. Inspirational business opportunities and examples from practice will be presented.


Topics for discussion:

  • How will the post-coronavirus period change the approach to energy customers?
  • Which plans and concepts in the energy sector will slow down and which, by contrast, will speed up the impact of the coronavirus pandemic?
  • In what other way should support programmes be devised that are aimed, for example, at the digitalisation or energy saving?
  • How will the introduction of smart meters continue, which are a condition for the creation of an active customer?
  • What new technologies should we be able to afford?



The opening speaker in this session will be Martin Záklasník, Chief Executive Officer of E.ON. The attendance has also been confirmed by Tomáš Hüner, Director of the operating company Smart Infrastructure as part of the Siemens conglomerate company, who is to talk with a selected customer on the topic of distributed energy management as well as on the development of hydrogen technologies. In this context, Jan Světlík, Chief Executive Officer of CYLINDERS HOLDING, will present the SMART app for virtual gas pipeline systems.