Brussels, Belgium

Conference - "emPOWER - The Energy Transition Summit"

emPOWER – the Energy Transition Summit will showcase innovative solutions to help deliver the European Green Deal and highlight the key policy measures needed to drive the necessary investments. The event will be followed by a cocktail reception.

Up until now, the energy transition has borne many fruits. The aim of the emPOWER conference session is to take stock of the energy transition’s successes until now, examine the 'game changers' of the new energy system',  discuss the key features and challenges of a fully renewables-based system and identify concrete steps and processes necessary for ensuring a successful transition to a net zero-carbon economy.



Welcome of participants


Opening session: our common vision for the energy system

Frauke Thies, Executive Director - SmartEn
Antonella Battaglini, CEO - Renewables Grid Initiative
Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO - SolarPower Europe
Giles Dickson, CEO - WindEurope


2020: State of play in the energy transition

This session brings together the leaders of energy companies, technology providers and consumers to debate where Europe stands on delivering the energy transition:

1st debate – Renewables and smart energy as drivers for Europe’s competitiveness 

2nd debate – Strengthening Europe’s industrial base to deliver on the energy transition


  • Giles Dickson | CEO, WindEurope


  • Rasmus Errboe | Senior Vice President Market Development Continental Europe,  Ørsted
  • Raul Gil | Chairman, Europacable
  • Gunnar Groebler | Senior Vice President – Head of Business Area Wind, Vattenfall and Chairman of WindEurope

PechaKucha: Game changers of the new energy system

Which forces will be the ‘game changers’ of the new energy system? How will they interact with one another and the system to transform the status quo? This session will see industry leaders, innovators and start-ups take to the stage in turns for rapid ‘PechaKucha-style’ presentations, packing concrete information into dynamic sessions. Discussions will focus on the topics of:

  • Emerging prosumer business models;
  • Demand-Side Flexibility in industry and homes;
  • Innovative storage solutions;
  • Smart electrification of transport, heating and industry.


Coffee break


A 100% renewables-based energy system – key features and challenges*

In this moderated panel session, industry executives, policymakers and representatives from NGOs will come together to discuss the key features and challenges presented by a 100% renewables-based energy system. The session will focus specifically on:

  • Delivering on the Commission’s long-term decarbonisation strategy;
  • Renewables-based electrification as the key to efficiency and emissions reduction;
  • Priorities for Research & Innovation.


  • Philip Kavafyan | CEO – MHI Vestas 


Planning the transition to a net zero-carbon economy*

In the 2021-27 funding period, the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) will give priority to integrated and optimised infrastructure planning. The panel will focus on what that means for renewables, grids and electrification:

  • Delivering on the National Energy and Climate Plans;
  • Upgrading grid infrastructures and addressing public opposition to grids
  • Managing an energy system with very high shares of variable renewables


  • Gerard Reid | Alexa Capital and Global Future Council on Advanced Energy Technologies at the World Economic Forum


  • Manon van Beek | CEO – TenneT

Wrap-up and call to action

What support do we need in our joint mission to decarbonise the energy system? What are our policy priorities? Which are the steps necessary to enable the energy transition?

18:15 Cocktail reception



Stephanie Bätjer
Senior Manager – Communication

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