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What Australia and Germany can learn from each other

In this series of short videos, Mark Coughlin sits down with Dr. Karsten Wildberger, Chief Operating Officer - Commercial, E.ON, one of the world's largest investor-owned electric utility service providers in Germany to share learnings between our two nations’ energy markets.

To set the scene, Karsten explains there are four foundational elements that the German policy debate is based on.

  1. CO2 agenda - Conviction and consensus from the population that the energy world of the future has to be green, clean and sustainable
  2. Affordability – An ongoing debate on affordability and competitiveness, supporting Germany’s energy intensive industries 
  3. Safety and reliability – dealing with volatility and system safety, moving to renewable energies, stabilising the system and independence
  4. Public debate and acceptance – a very public debate on Germany’s energy market eg a shift away from nuclear as a result of its citizens no longer accepting nuclear power
     
Karsten Wildburger
Dr. Karsten Wildberger

Chief Operating Officer - Commercial, E.ON

Mark Coughlin
Mark Coughlin

Global market design leader and Energy, Utilities and Resources leader, PwC Australia

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What Australia and Germany can learn from each other

There has been a deliberate effort from Australian and German governments to work closer together on energy technology and energy markets. Karsten shares his thoughts on what Germany can learn from Australia’s positive attitude and ideas for Australia in using technology to be at the forefront of a new energy system.


Teaching people about the energy market and giving consumers control

With energy prices having increased 20-30% in Australia and growing complexity in our energy market, Karsten shares his thoughts on programs E.ON have that have helped consumers to understand the market and take back some control including producing their own energy.

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Working with industrial businesses to create energy efficient solutions

E.ON has a focus on industrial companies and large business customers, as well as cities which is an enormous growth market. Karsten shares insights on E.ON’s business model that services this part of the German market and the technology and commercial innovation used to address customer needs.


Reliability, technology and the customer

Reliability is a key concern in Australia’s market and especially during summer as demand peaks. Karsten discusses how Germany keeps the lights on including investment into the distribution grid (or internet of the energy system), new business models, innovating and developing new products, and thinking differently by putting customers at the heart of solutions.

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“The biggest thing for 2018, in Europe, is the debate about CO2. A good price mechanism will be important to go into the next chapter. Also linking different sectors; not just the electricity sector, like the heat sector, and the mobility sector. The combination of investment in grids remains an important part. And then being open to technologies – there are wonderful, new technologies, highly efficient technologies that can be adopted especially in an increasingly decentralised world”.

Dr. Karsten Wildberger
Chief Operating Officer - Commercial, E.ON
 

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