11th year - Energy vs. Covid-19
9 September 2020 from 7 pm – Opening ceremony
10 September 2020 from 9 am – International trade conference
10 September 2020 from 7 pm – Informal closing party
Former COO Retail of innogy SE and Honorary IEC President
Economic Editor and Presenter
Conference programme priorities:
Session No. 1 How will Covid-19 change the European and Czech energy sector?
Session No. 2 What will the new Energy Act bring?
Session No. 3 What investments in the energy sector have a future?
Invited to the discussion:
Chairman of the Board of Directors, ČEPS
Member of the Supervisory Board since November 2, 2018. As a graduate of the University of Mining in Ostrava, he started his career in controlling and project management at Aral Austria, Aral AG, Aral Poland, and Aral ČR. After Aral ČR was sold off, he eventually left his role as a member of the Board of Directors and CEO in the corporation to join the UNIPETROL Group. He was in charge of the rebranding of the Benzina gas stations in the Czech Republic. Later on, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the UNIPETROL Group’s parent company, having been responsible for development and energy assets, capital investment projects, HSSE and management, and refinery production. At the same time, he was a member of the Board of Directors of HC VERVA Litvínov or a managing director in charge of energy assets and development at UNIPETROL RPA. He was elected as member of the ČEPS, a.s., Board of Directors effective November 1, 2018, and has been the Chair of the ČEPS, a.s., Board of Directors since January 11, 2019. He was elected as Chair of the ČEPS Invest, a.s., Supervisory Board on January 29, 2019.
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.
Director of Strategy, ČEZ
Dávid Hajmán graduated from the Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering, Department of Mathematical Engineering, then from CERGE-EI and the University of California San Diego. From 1999 to 2012, he worked at McKinsey & Company as a Partner, focusing on energy and heavy industry. From 2012 to 2015, he was the director of the project office department at ČEZ, a.s., from 2014 to 2016, he was the CEO of ČEZ Prodej, s.r.o., and since 2016, he has been the Director of Strategy at ČEZ, a.s.
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Industry and Trade and Minister of Transport
He graduated from the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague and from the PIBS at the Manchester Metropolitan University. He completed his doctoral studies at the Faculty of Business Administration of the University of Economics in Prague and was habilitated and obtained the Doc. title at the Faculty of Finance and Accounting. Since the turn of the millennium, he has been defending the interests of entrepreneurs, especially in the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Crafts of the Czech Republic. He has been a member of a number of advisory bodies of the government and ministries; since 2014 he has been a member of the Government Council for Research, Development and Innovation and since 2018 he has been its Vice-Chairman. In April 2019, he was nominated by Prime Minister for a post of Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs and Minister of Industry and Trade.
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.
Executive Director of the Czech Gas Association
Lenka Kovačovská graduated from the Faculty of International Relations of the University of Economics in Prague majoring in International Relations. She launched her professional career in Czech Transmission System operator, ČEPS, plc. in 2007 where she worked as a Senior Specialist of Strategy, and participated in various development projects at national and regional/EU levels. From 2014 to 2015 she led the position of Head of Strategy and International Energy Cooperation in the Ministry of Industry and Trade. From 2015 to 2017 she was Deputy Minister in charge of energy.
Member of the ERO Board
Mrs Krčová graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Management of the Czech University of Life Sciences and also from the Brno International Business School (B.I.B.S.). In the 1997 she started her work on the Ministry of Industry and Trade on the position of the Ministerial Council for regulation in the energy field. Since the 2001 she worked at the Energy Regulatory Office (ERO). Between 2002 and 2003 she hold a position of the head of analyses department. Between 2003 and 2009 she worked as the director of strategy division, she was responsible for economic regulation in energy sector and preparation of regulation reports and legal regulations in the secondary legislation.
Since 2011, Mrs Krčová after nomination to the function of the Vice-chairwoman for regulation, she was responsible for publishing final decisions, regulatory reporting for licence holders and legislation within ERO Energy law competences. Between 2015 and 2017, she worked as a Vice-chairwoman for the European issues and strategy. She was in charge of ERO international activities and she also took part on preparation of common processes for implementation of the new European energy legislation and on coordination with the Agency for the Cooperation of European Regulators (ACER). In 2019 Mrs Krčová has been concerned with municipality energetics and its decentralization at the Prague 7 Municipality. On August 1, 2019 she was nominated to the ERO Board.
Member of the ERO Board
Mr. Kusý graduated from the University of West Bohemia in Plzeň (ZČU FEL). After graduation, Mr Kusý has started to work at the ERO as a regulation specialist in the electricity division, in power supply and network department. He was mostly concerned about technical and economic analyses, renewable sources of energy and quality of electricity supply. Later as the director of statistics division between 2011 and 2013 he created new statistics electricity system and was responsible for publication of reports on the operation of the electricity grid and of the gas system. In year 2014, Mr Kusý held position of the director of analytical-statistical division, where he was responsible for complete data support for regulation in electricity, gas and heat industry. In 2015, he went over to the function of director of statistics and quality monitoring division. On this position, he was the head of implementation of new statistics for heat system. On August 1, 2019 he was nominated to the ERO Board.
Deputy Minister, Ministry of Industry and Trade
Rene Nedela graduated from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Control and Instrumentation of the Czech Technical University. He also graduated at the Masaryk Institute of Advanced Studies in the field of Business and Industrial Engineering in Industry. He also graduated from the Florence School of Regulation - Annual Training Course on the Regulation of Energy Utilities (Certificate of Attendance). Since 2011, he worked in the Energy Regulatory Office in several positions, starting from the Energy Regulatory Specialist, Head of Strategy and Advisory Department and Heat Department Director up to the Director of the Regulatory Section. At the same time, he lectured technical subjects at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the CTU and, later on, at the Technical University of Prague. He has been active in various governmental and non-governmental working groups on energy and water.
Head of Strategy, NET4GAS, s.r.o.
Michal Slabý graduated from the Czech Technical University in Prague. He has been active in the energy sector since 1999. He started his career at RWE Transgas, a.s., where he was in charge of commodity trading, specifically trading with Norwegian gas producers. He also held various managerial positions in the sales and strategic departments of the E.ON Group in the Czech Republic and Germany, as well as at the MND Group, where he was responsible for gas trading and sales of storage capacities. He has been working at NET4GAS, s.r.o., which is the gas transmission system operator in the Czech Republic, since 2016, currently managing the strategy department.
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.
Member of the Board of Directors, E.ON Distribuce
He graduated from the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, Department of Electrical Power Engineering. He has been working in the E.ON Czech Group since 2009. During this time, he held a number of management positions and led major national and international projects. He also gained work experience at E.ON Metering in Germany. Since 2020, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of E.ON Distribuce. In this position, he is responsible for strategy, network development, IT and security. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Local Energies, a subsidiary of E.ON Distribuce, and vice-chairman of the Supervisory Board of E.ON Telco.
Chairman of the Board of Directors, OTE
Ales Tomec graduated from Czech Technical University, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, in the field of electric machines. After the graduation he joined the foreign trade company Škodaexport. In 1983, he started his career in the energy sector, specifically at the dispatch centre of the former state enterprise České energetické závody, where he later held positions throughout all the major departments. In 1991, he transferred to the joint of CzechSlovak Energy Dispatching and in May 1994, became the Director of the Central Dispatching. From 22 February 1996 to 29 January 1998, he was a member of the Board of Directors of ČEZ, a. s. as well as the Executive Director of the Transmission System Division and Deputy Managing Director. In November 2001 he was appointed CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of ČEPS, a.s. Between 2001–2006 he also served on statutory bodies of Operátor trhu s elektřinou, a.s. (Electricity Market Operator). In 2002–2006 he headed Hydro power plants of ČEZ, a. s. Until May 2015, he was the Country Sector Lead of Division’s Fossil Power Generation, Renewables, Fossil and Transmission at Siemens. On 2 June 2015 he became member of the Board of Directors of OTE and was elected its Chairman.
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.
Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of innogy Česká republika and CEO of innogy Energie
Tomáš Varcop graduated from the Brno University of Technology, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. He then went on to work at TATRA TRUCKS a.s. in the Research and Development department. In 1993, he completed an MBA program at the University of Pittsburgh, J.M. Katz Graduate School of Business specialising in Strategic Management. After completing his MBA, he became Senior Manager at Accenture, where he worked from 1993-2002. In 2003-2007, he worked as the Division Director of Trade and Sales and a member of the Board of Directors at Západoslovenska energetika, a.s., in Bratislava. Then, from 2008-2012, Mr. Varcop ascended to the position of Chief Commercial Officer and Member of the Board of RWE Transgas, a.s. In 2014, he became the CEO of innogy Energie, s.r.o., where he still holds this position. At the same time, since 2019, he has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of innogy Česká republika.
Managing Director of ŠKO-ENERGO
The entire professional career of Jaromír Vorel is closely connected with the energy and chemical industries both in the Czech Republic and abroad. Prior to joining ŠKO-ENERGO, he served as the Director of the Energy Services Unit at Unipetrol RPA and managed the operation of large industrial gas production plants in Central and Eastern Europe at Air Products.
He graduated from the Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.
Member of the Management Board, Director of the Representation to the European Union of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW)
Member of the Management Board of the BDEW since spring 2009 and Managing Director of the Association’s Representation to the European Union in Brussels
He studied at the Universities of Freiburg and Athens. With doctoral degree in archaeology he started his professional career in 1987 with the European Commission in Brussels.From 1989 to 1990, he was in charge of European Community issues in the Ministry of Science of Saarland in Saarbrücken. From 1991 to 1995, he was Deputy Head of the Saarland EC liaison office in Brussels. In 1995, he switched to the Federation of the German Industry (BDI). As Deputy Head of the BDI Representation to the EU, he was especially responsible for fundamental industrial policy issues and for the process of the EU enlargement. From 1999, he was Head of the VDEW Representation to the EU in Brussels and from 2005 to 2007, Deputy General Executive Manager of VDEW. From autumn 2007 to spring 2009, he was Deputy General Executive Manager of BDEW.
CEO at E.ON in the Czech Republic
Martin Záklasník studied economy at universities in Prague and Vienna. He was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of the energy company E.ON at the end of 2016. Before that he worked as the vice-president for B2B marketing and sale to big customers at T-Mobile in Prague and he also worked in T-Systems for nearly six years. Before 2008, he held various senior management positions in the Czech Republic as well as abroad.
Director of the Climate Change Department of the Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic
Pavel Zamyslicky graduated in Economics and Management of Power Engineering (Ing.), and in Business Management and Economics (PhD.) at the Prague Czech Technical University’s Faculty of Electrical Engineering. Between 2004 and 2005 he worked as an economic expert for the Czech Environmental Information Agency (CENIA). From 2005 to 2007, he acted as a governmental expert for emission trading within the Climate Change Department of the Czech Ministry of Environment. In 2007, he became a Director of the Energy and Climate Protection Department at the same ministry. Since 2006 he was actively involved in international climate negotiations under the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol. He is a leading negotiator for the Czech Republic for both international and European agendas associated with the climate policy.
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.