18.05.2023 – 19.05.2023
RE-Source Southeast is the main event dedicated to corporate sourcing of renewable energy in Southeast Europe. It brings together industrial and corporate consumers, project developers, electricity traders and renewable power producers.
As the industry zooms in on decarbonisation paths that also offer affordable and secure energy supplies, RE-Source Southeast 2023 will bring together local and international developers, traders and corporate buyers to share good practices, discuss challenges and opportunities and outline future trends and developments.
Forum John Atanasov, Sofia Tech Park
Bruce Douglas, Eurelectric
Policies encouraging renewables have always lagged behind the market in SEE but the high energy prices and volatility on the market pushed policy makers to take swift action.
Greece is a clear leader, revising upwards its 2030 renewable energy target to 28 GW of new renewables plus 8 GW of energy storage.
Romania announced plans to lift the share of renewables in the power mix to 34%, in other words targeting 10 GW of new capacity by the end of the decade.
Bulgaria is still working out its long-term energy plans but a ‘silent’ revolution is taking place with a boom of self-consumption projects in the C&I sector and plenty of utility-scale projects in the pipeline, some of which are already starting to come online. The country added close to 400 MW new solar power projects in 2022 with a view of 700 MW more coming up this year.
Türkiye’s renewable electricity generation has nearly tripled in the last decade and the National Energy Plan for 2035 reveals an ambition to boost solar power capacity by five times and triple the wind power capacity.
The opening panel will gather representatives of the RES associations in Bulgaria, Greece, Romania and Türkiye to share their views on policy developments, planned new investments, incentives and challenges for corporate procurement of renewable energy in the region.
Moderator: Daniel Dang, Director Business Development at SolarPower Europe, RE-Source Platform
Despite raised green ambitions in the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, Bulgaria is yet to adopt key legislation to accelerate renewables development and grid-integration. This panel will explore the views of key policy makers on cutting red tape and supporting investments and corporate procurement of renewable energy.
Moderator: Nikola Gazdov, APSTE
Leading developers, original equipment manufacturers, EPC contractors and service providers will join us for this panel to discuss latest technological advances, supply chains, price trends and quality checks as well as lessons learned on how to ensure the best return on investment for RES projects. We will talk frankly about risks and how these can be mitigated. What the EU Green Deal Industrial Plan could mean for SEE markets and renewable energy buyers? How do we ensure quality and longevity of renewable energy assets?
Moderator: Arthur Claire, Head of Technology, Sinovoltaics
While self-consumption and on-site generation is still the prevailing choice for SEE corporates, the PPA market has the potential to catch up fast, as first deals have already been announced in Bulgaria, Greece and Romania and most recently in Serbia and North Macedonia too. Across Europe, high market prices tempted power producers to shift towards short-term PPAs and more active energy trading strategies with a rising focus on short-term hedges. Last year, over 160 corporate PPAs were signed in Europe for a total of 8.4 GW of renewable energy assets. Does the SEE region benefit from this trend and what PPA pricing & hedging strategies can be applied?
Experienced European traders and developers are coming to this panel to share key insights and strategic views on the SEE power market.
Moderator: Maria Popova, Director Carbon Neutrality and Renewable Electricity, European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET)
This panel will gather leading corporations and financial institutions to discuss the role of the EU’s Green Taxonomy and environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations in fueling renewable energy development in Southeastern Europe. What drives demand for renewable energy on the buyer’s side? How do developers and corporates structure a bankable PPA? Is there a secret recipe for success when securing financing for self-consumption projects?
Moderator: Rositsa Chopeva, CEO, xFigure Finance
The panel will gather companies from different industry sectors to discuss the challenges of implementing renewable energy solutions as a way to achieve climate neutrality and energy security at the same time. Different approaches will be presented – from steel production to sustainable tourism, and from on-site generation to corporate PPAs.We will discuss what drives corporate policies and targets for renewable energy and what is the difference of being ESG compliant, climate neutral, net zero or carbon negative.
Moderator: Stefano Miriello, Policy and Business Development Advisor, RE-Source Platform
Providing renewable energy at the lowest cost for customers requires integral planning of electricity networks and new market rules to incentivise investments in smart grid congestion management and distributed flexibility. The panelists here will discuss the role of digitalisation, smart grids and energy storage for grid stability and security in a RES dominated power mix. What regulatory changes are needed to incentivise and accelerate grid investments in SEE and how to take the most of different energy storage technologies.
Moderator: Mariyana Yaneva, Policy & Communications Director, APSTE
Heat, accounting for close to 50% of energy consumption in the industry, is the next big challenge in the corporate decarbonization journey, particularly for industrial users who use a lot of heat – often in the form of stream, and who have committed to ambitious decarbonization goals. Electrifying vehicle fleets has its own barriers and challenges.
This session will explore the potential of heat-pumps, hydrogen, EVs and other novel approaches to tackling “the other half” challenge, offering market intelligence, practical tips and real-life examples from pioneers in the fields.
Moderator: Annie Scanlan, Policy & Impact Director, RE-Source Platform
Founder and CEO - HEC Solar
Managing Director - Axpo Bulgaria
Portfolio Manager - ACT
Country Manager - Enery
Supervisory Board Member - ProCredit Bank Bulgaria
Head of Sales Northern Europe, UK and Ireland - Jinko Solar
Industry Lead Southeast Europe - Microsoft
Country Manager and Director Romania - Emergy
CTO - CyberGrid
CEO - Bulgarian Electricity System Operator (ESO)
Director Carbon Neutrality and Renewable Electricity - European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET)
Chief Operating and Financial Officer - CWP Europe
Chief Commercial Officer - Rezolv Energy
Associate Director - European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Partner - xFigureFinance
Manager Director - Synergon Energy
Chairperson - Bulgarian Wind Energy Association
Chairman - Energy and Water Regulatory Commission
Director Policy and Communications - Association for Production, Storage and Trading of Electricity
Board Member - Hellenic Association of Photovoltaic Companies (HELAPCO)
Business and Communications Director - Eurelectric
Market Lead for South Eastern Europe - Aurora Energy Research
Director Business Development - SolarPower Europe
Head of Technology - Sinovoltaics
Chairperson - Association for Production, Storage and Trading of Electricity
Head of Brussels Office - Mytilineos S.A.
CEO - National Electric Company
Chairman - Turkish Photovoltaic Industry Association (GENSED)
Policy and Business Development Advisor - RE-Source Platform
Market Analyst - SolarPower Europe
Member of Parliament
Member of Parliament
Dean, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration - Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski"
Chief Technology Officer - Smartenergy
Senior Sales Manager, EMEA - Fluence
Head of Energy Policy, Environment and Innovation - EVN Bulgaria
Policy & Impact Director - RE-Source Platform
Managing Director - WPD Bulgaria
Managing Director for Eastern Europe - Ovako, part of Nippon Steel Group
CEO - Independent Bulgarian Energy Exchange (IBEX)
Senior Engineer Energy Storage - DNV
Managing Director for Huawei Digital Power South Balkans - Photomate
Senior Banker - Public Sector Lending, Central and South East Europe Department, European Investment Bank (EIB)
Partner - Wolf Theiss
Deputy Director Business Development - Albena seaside resort
CEO - Entra Energy
Managing Partner - Renewable Energy Insurance Broker
Legal and Regulatory Manager - Cetin, part of PPF Group
Business Development Director - Smart Solar EU
Accomodation: Metropolitan Hotel Sofia Link to the hotel
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