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.
Chief Operating Officer - Commercial, E.ON
Global market design leader and Energy, Utilities and Resources leader, PwC Australia
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.
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.
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 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.