Wednesday 4 June 2014

14:00 - 15:30

Room: Konrad-Adenaeur-Saal, Congress Centre, Ground Floor

Session is open to all registered delegates

This year’s panel topic develops the overall joint theme of the events, “Navigating the Power Transition”. The panel will take as its starting point the fact that the energy mix in Europe has changed significantly and is fully expected to edge increasingly towards renewables. The panel will be asked to expound their views on how the industry should adapt, what national and European governments can do to smooth the transition, what technologies will be needed to cope with the change and what shape the industry will take as a result of the re-alignments taking place.  Is the transition creating a crisis in the industry that will see some incumbents fail or an opportunity for a re-positioning that will produce new business opportunities?

  Moderator:  Mr. Karel Beckman, Editor-in-Chief, Energy Post, Netherlands



Mr. Helmut Moshammer,
Director of Product Development, Doosan Lentjes, Germany







Mr. John Easton,
Vice President of International Program, Edison Electric Institute (EEI), United States

John J. Easton, Jr., currently serves as Vice President of International Programs at the Edison Electric Institute (EEI). He oversees international member development and programs to benefit domestic members in international business. Prior to joining EEI in 1994, Mr. Easton served in three Presidential appointed positions at the U.S. Department of Energy, from 1989 to 1993: Assistant Secretary for Domestic and International Energy Policy, General Counsel, and Assistant Secretary for International Affairs and Energy Emergencies. He attended the University of Colorado (B.S., Accounting), and Georgetown University Law Center (J.D). Mr. Easton served in the U.S. Air Force, resigning with the rank of Captain. He was twice elected Attorney General of Vermont and served in that position from 1981 to 1985. In 1984, he was the Republican nominee for Governor. Prior to his election as Attorney General, Mr. Easton held positions as Director of the Division of Rate Setting for the Agency of Human Services, and Assistant Attorney General and Chief of Consumer Protection. He was also in private law practice in Stowe and Montpelier, Vermont and the Burlington, Vermont, law firm of Miller, Eggleston and Rosenberg, Ltd., and was Vice President of Syn Cronamics, Inc., a New Jersey-based international consulting firm.







Prof. Emmanouil Kakaras,
President, European Power Plant Suppliers Association (EPPSA),

Professor Emmanouil Kakaras is currently the President at European Power Plant Association (EPPSA). Prof. Kakaras gained his diploma in Mechanical Engineering at the National Technical University in Athens (NTUA), and then proceeded to get his PhD at the NTUA and at the Technical University Braunschweig in Germany. He continued his academic career in 1991 as a professor at the NTUA until 2012, when he left on a sabbatical leave. Since 1999, he has been the Director of the Centre of Research and Technology Hellas/Chemical Process and Energy Resources Institute (CERTH/CPERI). Next to his involvement in academia and research, Emmanouil Kakaras was professionally active as an advisor of the European Commission, he became Executive Director of the Hellenic Association of Independent Power Producers in 2010, and then, since 2012, he is appointed Vice President and  Head of Research & Development at Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe. He also has a keen interest in European affairs. He is currently a member of the Coal Advisory Group of the European Commission and of the Advisory Council of the Technology Platform on Zero Emission Power Plants and in January 2013 he accepted the role of President for EPPSA.



Mr. Jim Lightfoot,
Chief Operating Officer, Gas-CCGT, E.ON Generation GmbH, Germany

Jim Lightfoot is currently the Chief Operating Officer CCGT-Gas for E.ON Global Unit Generation. He has worked within the power industry since leaving University of Surrey in 1988. He joined the CEGB and spent the first 15 years of his career in Production and Engineering functions on a range of power stations (Nuclear, Coal, Oil and Gas). He was the Plant Manager of Kingsnorth, Grain and Taylors Lane power stations from 2000 - 2003. In 2003 he joined the Distribution business within E.ON UK integrating the East and West Midlands distribution businesses, where he became the Director of Operations and Asset Management. In 2007 Mr. Lightfoot then returned to the Generation business as Director of Operations and subsequently became both UK Country Director and FMC Global Director in 2009 taking up his new role as COO in January 2013.


Jonas Rooze
Associate, European Power, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Jonas Rooze is currently Lead in the European team at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Jonas analyses the implications of strong social, technological and policy changes for Europe’s power system - particularly surrounding the issue of renewables integration. Jonas built out the company’s power demand and policy analysis, keeping on top of the changing tides in both those areas. In his current role on the EMEA team, he looks across Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s research on wind, solar, bioenergy and energy smart technologies to analyse the impacts of the clean energy transition in Europe.

Jonas joined BNEF from the sustainable energy consultancy Carbon Descent where he advised UK local government on strategies for achieving carbon emissions reduction targets. Jonas holds a first-in-class MSc from Imperial College London in Sustainable Energy Futures and a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from Cambridge University..


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