Is the energy transition turning Europe into a live wire? This is the central question of the 3 day VERBUND conference in Fuschl. Numerous experts have dedicated themselves to this question and have delivered valuable insights and suggestions.
You will find a summary of the conference as well as a selection of photos on the VERBUND-blog:
In 2013 the energy conference posed the most controversial questions surrounding the energy transition to be discussed in a solution-orientated way. "Is more needed from the state or the market?", "Is the energy industry running out of money and ideas?", "How can one combine climate and environmental protection, security of supply and more affordable electricity prices?".
In the elegant atmosphere of the Fuschl Castle, more than 220 top-ranking representatives of the European energy industry discussed the current situation, the future, the opportunities and risks of the energy transition. According to Dr. Susanne Nies of EURELECTRIC, these are not ends in themselves, but are composed of numerous sub-goals: innovation, investments, political support, technological progress and last but not least social change.
Over the course of three eventful conference days nearly 50 top-class figures in society, politics and economics worked together with the participants on suggestions for solutions and propositions for a necessary close cooperation in all areas on a European level, which is so essential for the success of the energy transition.
"A European energy policy is essential! It is time to carve out the future (of energy) from 2020 to 2030. Furthermore, it is worth taking note of the fact that nearly all the forecasts made in 2008 regarding 2020 have not materialized" observed Prof. Dr. Marc-Oliver Bettzüge in his introductory keynote speech on the status quo of energy transition.
"The energy transition will only succeed if we succeed in also adapting the relative infrastructure to the requirements and not losing track of the costs in order to gain social acceptance, at the same time as the accelerated development of renewable energy plants from "sun and wind" takes place" says Norbert Breidenbach of Mainova AG. "In order to overcome the numerous existing barriers, there needs to be a wider turnover culture, a culture of participation, of innovative planning processes and services, of widespread understanding of energy efficiency and of a wider debate on sustainable lifestyles and values" says Prof. Dr. Manfred Fischedick of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy GmbH.
"E-mobility requires drivers to completely change their behaviour" according to ARBÖ General Secretary Lydia Ninz. The conference participants had the chance to test e-mobility during the conference: more than 10 of the newest and most modern e-vehicles were available to test drive in the state of Salzburg. Finally, those visitors who had signed up to go on the study tour to Kaprun on the last day of the conference, were able to see the energy transition: The Kaprun storage power plant can supply 10% of Austrian grid power at peak times.