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Global Ministerial Conference on System Integration of Renewables

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Wind and solar energy are rapidly transforming power systems worldwide. How big is the opportunity for countries to reshape their energy mix? How should they go about doing it?

To address these critical questions, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the International Energy Agency are holding a Global Ministerial Conference on System Integration of Renewables in Berlin on 1 October 2019.

Peter Altmaier, the German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, and Dr Fatih Birol, the IEA’s Executive Director, will open the conference, which will feature ministers including Claude Turmes, Luxembourg’s Minister of Energy and Spatial Planning; Anders Ygeman, the Swedish Minister for Energy and Digital Development; and Sontirat Sontijirawong, the Thai Minister of Energy. Chief Executive Officers of major companies, leaders of international organisations, and senior government officials will also attend the event.

The spectacular rise of wind and solar requires more power system flexibility in order to integrate them in a secure and cost-effective manner. The IEA has been working on renewables system integration for more than a decade. Driven by strong and increasing interest in the subject from countries, the conference aims to find common views on which market design measures and policies are key enablers for further integration of renewables.

Countries will shed light on how they have successfully accelerated renewables integration previously and on their future ambitions. Industry leaders will share their visions for sustainable, cost-effective and secure power systems as well as explaining how they plan to contribute to countries’ transitions. Looking beyond wind and solar, the conference also aims to discuss other innovative technologies, the potential of digitisation and efforts in sector coupling.

The full agenda can be found on the IEA’s website.

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