12 September 2018 from 7 pm – Opening ceremony
13 September 2018 from 9 am – International trade conference
13 September 2018 from 8 pm – Informal closing party
Former COO Retail of innogy SE and Honorary IEC President
Economic Editor and Presenter
Conference programme priorities:
Block 1 - Independent energy mix and pricing
Block 2 - Infrastructure management under new conditions
Block 3 - Conditions for developing energy storage systems
Chairman of the Board of Directors, ČEZ
Member of the Board of Directors since December 15, 2005. Chairman of the Board of Directors since September 15, 2011. Chief Executive Officer since September 15, 2011. Ing. Daniel Benes, MBA graduated from the Machinery faculty of the Mining school - Technical University in Ostrava.
In years 1993 - 1997 he worked as a sale manager in the company BOHEMIACOAL, later as a company managing director of HEDVIGA GROUP. Between 2000 – 2004 he was a company managing director of the TCHAS plant, which is the leading importer and fuel merchant in Czech Republic. In 2004 he acceded to the position of the Chief Procurement Officer of Procurement Department of the company CEZ, a. s. From 2006 he held the position of Chief Administration Officer. From May, 2006 he was Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors. Since September 2011, he has been the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors. At the same time he has been representing CEZ, a. s. in the company governed authorities.
He is Vice-President of the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic and the winner of the prestigious contest Manager of the Year 2014.
Member of the Board of Directors of EP POWER EUROPE
A graduate of the Czech Technical University, Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Prague. Jiří Fest holds the position of executive director for strategy at EP POWER EUROPE. He is a member of the Board of Directors and Supervisory Board of several companies, which are members of the EPH Group. He has previously occupied the positions of Director for Strategy in the ČEZ Group and Director of the Strategy Division and Central Power Dispatch at ČEPS.
Former Chief Operating Officer (COO) Retail of innogy SE and Honorary IEC President
Martin Herrmann graduated from Westfälische-Wilhelms-Universitat in Münster in Germany, where he acquired an academic title in the field of economics. Between 1994 and 2002 he worked for Commerzbank in various positions in Prague and in Frankfurt am Main, where his last job was as project manager and consultant to RWE during privatisation of the Czech gas industry. He worked for the RWE Concern from May 2002, when he became a member of the Board of Directors and Financial Director of Transgas. RWE Česká republika, a.s. assumed the controlling role in the RWE Group for the Czech Republic from RWE Transgas, a.s., where Martin Hermann worked in the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1 April 2007. He was also Chairman of the Board of Directors of RWE East, a division of the concern responsible for the activities of RWE in central and south-east Europe and Turkey. In April 2016 he was appointed a member of the Board of Directors with responsibility for trade in a new company, into which RWE AG separated trade, networks, infrastructure and renewable resources. This new company was named Innogy SE on 1 September 2016.
Director of Siemens Operating Company Smart Infrastructure
He graduated from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Brno University of Technology and holds a diploma from the International Institute of Certified Studies in Strategic Management.
In April 2019, Tomáš Hüner was appointed Director of Siemens Operating Company Smart Infrastructure that merged the Energy Management and Building Technologies divisions. He held the position of Minister of Industry and Trade from December 2017 to June 2018, during which time he interrupted his employment in the position of Director of the Energy Management Division for Siemens. Before he started working for Siemens in October 2015, he was Chairman of the Supervisory Board and Director of Energy Sources for Vršanská uhelna, a.s. Between 2006 and 2014 he was Chairman of the Supervisory Board for ČEPS, a. s., while simultaneously holding the position of Chairman of the Supervisory Board of OTE, a.s. between 2011 and 2014. As Deputy minister of Industry and Trade he directed creation of legislation and concepts in the field of power engineering and industry (2006-2011). He was chairman of the Board of Directors and Managing Director of Severomoravská energetika, a.s. from 1994 to 2002.
Chairman of the Board ERO
Mr. Outrata is a graduate of the Institute of Chemical Technology Prague. In his 30 years’ experience in the gas industry, he has held various career positions in Plynoprojekt and Transgas. He has also worked on the Supervisory Board of Severočeská Plynárenská, as a member of the Board of Directors of Plynoprojekt a.s., and as a member of the Board of Directors of Gas Infrastructure Europe (2006-2011) and as a member of the Board of ENTSOG (2009-2013). He has had years of experience in the field of conception of network construction, compressor stations and underground reservoirs, as well as in the area of gas trade and transportation. He has worked in many international teams. Since July 2016, he has been the Vice-chairman of the ERO for regulation, this year he has been appointed Chairman of the new Board of ERO.
Vystudovala právnickou fakultu Univerzity Karlovy a Institute of Continuing Education Faculty of Law Centre for European Studies, University of Cambridge.
V období 1999 až 2006 pracovala v oboru telekomunikací (švédská společnost TELE2), a to zejména na zavádění evropských liberalizačních předpisů. Od roku 2007 působí ve státní správě, kde postupně vystřídala pozici ředitelky odboru zahraničních investic v agentuře CzechInvest, následně byla jeho pověřenou generální ředitelkou a náměstkyní generálního ředitele. V období 2013/2014 byla náměstkyní ministra průmyslu a obchodu pro oblast evropských fondů. Od roku 2014 pracovala jako generální ředitelka Svazu obchodu a cestovního ruchu.
Managing Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cylinders Holding
Cylinders Holding is the biggest manufacturer of seamless steel cylinders, pressure vessels, high-pressure accumulators and grinding balls.
Jan Svetlik is a graduate of the University of Mining – Technical University of Ostrava. In 1994 he became director of what was then the VÍTKOVICE Lahvárna Company, which subsequently became an independent subsidiary of VÍTKOVICE HOLDING, a.s. This company won the tender for purchase of the entire machine engineering VÍTKOVICE group in a government tender in 2003.
místopředseda představenstva E.ON Energie
Absolvent elektrotechnické fakulty v Plzni se specializací na jadernou energetiku.
Za více než 30 let své praxe v energetice vystřídal různé kariérní pozice především ve společnosti Jihočeská energetika, v letech 2002-2004 zastával pozici obchodního ředitele.
V letech 2003 až 2005 byl místopředsedou představenstva MEAS, a. s. Od roku 2005 je členem představenstva Energetického centra České Budějovice. V letech 2014 a 2015 byl předsedou dozorčí rady společnosti Českomoravská distribuce s.r.o.
Member of the European Parliament
Evzen Tosenovsky graduated from the University of Mining in Ostrava. After graduating he worked as amathematician for the Vítkovice and PIKE Electronic companies.
In 1993 he became Mayor of the City of Ostrava, a position he retained until 2000, when he transferred to Regional President’s Office. He was Regional President for two terms of office, while simultaneously managing the council of the Association of Regions of the Czech Republic. Following the ODS party’s failure in the regional elections in 2008 he briefly returned to work for the Vítkovice Holding Company, when he became advisor to the Managing Director Jan Světlík. In 2009 he became a Euro Member of Parliament, where he is active as a member of the Committee for industry, research and power engineering.
prezident Gas Storage Europe (GSE)
Absolvent VUT v Brně. Titul MBA získal na Cass Business School v Londýně.
Před svou kariérou v oblasti plynárenství pracoval v oblasti korporátního financování, kde se věnoval především akvizicím českých společností. Pracoval také v investiční agentuře české vlády, v níž byl zodpovědný za vybudování první zámořské kanceláře.
Lubor Veleba je prezidentem nezávislého sdružení evropských provozovatelů podzemních zásobníků plynu Gas Storage Europe (GSE) a členem představenstva Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE).
The 9th conference entitled "Finance in Energy: Who’s paying?"
Block 1: Independent energy mix and pricing
Europe is betting its future on decentralised energy and support for renewable energy sources (RES). However, construction of these resources is slow in the Czech Republic; essentially the only new sources are photovoltaic panels on the roofs of people’s homes. Although our RES target for the year 2020 has already been met, it would be apposite to lay out the next steps towards achieving the 30% share required throughout Europe by 2030.
At the IEC in 2017 it was noted that we have no more than one or two years to decide how to proceed with nuclear energy and the approved State Energy Policy. A year has passed and the question of what proportion of secure energy supplies will be provided by large vs small sources has increased in urgency.
Topics for discussion:
Nuclear energy and the approved State Energy Policy – what now?
- What will the energy mix in 2030 and 2040 be in the Czech Republic and in neighbouring countries?
- Will the Czech Republic build more nuclear facilities in the near future?
- Which schemes should be used to support additional construction of supported sources of energy in the Czech Republic?
- What level support is needed to fulfil the potential RES targets of the EU and Czech Republic?
- Which targets and policies are postulated by the Czech National Climate Change and Energy Plan?
Block 2: Infrastructure management under new conditions
Increasingly integrated electricity markets are a reality. The European Commission is very interested in making similar reforms for the natural gas sector. New roles and conditions are being discussed relating to the implementation of the EC’s so-called Winter Package. Discussions on the need for energy capacity and related investment into infrastructure development have come to the fore.
Grants are available to develop regulated assets, but often they are not optimally used. The implementation of smart energy elements has slowed, as has the accomplishment of EU strategies by 2020. There is talk of poor government administration, complex conditions, unclear parameters defined by the EU, and companies submitting poorly drafted projects.
Topics for discussion:
Infrastructure development – how much energy capacity and related investment will be required?
- What will the infrastructure look like in 2030?
- How much investment is expected to be made into regulated infrastructures to fulfil the new conditions?
- Are other forms of financing needed besides via the regulatory framework? How should alternative financing be reflected in regulation?
- How would focused thematic programmes help to apply smart technology in infrastructure?
- What influences might rapid developments in alternative modes of transportation have on infrastructure operations?
Block 3: Conditions for developing energy storage systems
Energy storage is crucial for the transformation of the energy sector. Much has already been said about growing RES capacities, climate impacts and imbalanced energy consumption, but we are still waiting for a breakthrough that would allow us to get away from conventional energy. The low efficiency of available storage systems, high costs, and often the existence of legislative barriers are slowing progress.
Underground gas storage today, batteries tomorrow and hydrogen? Three different systems for storing energy that can theoretically be put to immediate use in the Czech Republic. What restricts them? Will they all survive? What are the anticipated scenarios for future developments in the field of energy storage?
Topics for discussion:
What is the future for the different energy storage systems that can currently be used in the Czech Republic?
- How can the future existence of gas storage be ensured in an extent necessary to safeguard the security of energy supplies and meet future energy demand?
- What should the amended energy law bring with regard to raid developments on the storage capacity market?
- Does the state want to support energy storage? If so, what future steps can it take?
- Are current legislative restrictions on injecting hydrogen into the gas network necessary?
- What are electricity and gas network operators’ opinions on the Power2Gas system?