Dr. Roland Roesch has been Acting Director at the Innovation and Technology Center (IITC) in the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) since November 2022. In this role, he oversees the agency's work on advising member countries on energy scenarios and planning, power sector transformation, renewable generation, cost and markets, technology status and innovation outlooks, and project development guidelines. Before becoming Acting Director, he served as IITC Deputy Director from 2018.
Roland joined IRENA in 2012 and has worked in multiple work programs since. For two years prior to joining IRENA, Roland had been Professor for Energy Economics at the University of Applied Science in Damstadt. Previously, he worked for 15 years in the oil and gas and utilities industries for Shell and E.ON, latterly as General Manager Power with Shell and as Head of Division, Project Leader, Project Executive and Technical Project Developer with E.ON. Previously, he worked as an Energy Market Consultant for Lahmeyer International and as a researcher in renewable energy. Roland has solid business experience in energy markets, energy economics and strategies, renewable integration management, energy project development and project financing.
12:35 pm - 01:00 pm
How to Speed Up Energy Transition
Having a look at the energy transition today, we know very well where we are. But in order to find out what is needed to achieve the targets, we need to have a clear picture of what a future system may look like. What is the amount of load, what are the different kinds of generation, and what are the system needs for granting a reliable energy supply. In this session, we will have a look at what the future transmission and distribution systems may look like. We really have to speed up our efforts if we are going to reach our targets! During the panel discussion, key industry stakeholders involved in shaping the energy industry of the future will share their opinions and ideas.
02:30 pm - 02:35 pm
Innovation, New Market Designs and Flexibility Needs to Integrate Large-Scale Renewables
Storage technologies are emerging as a key solution that will provide flexibility. Digital technologies are emerging with new applications, supporting a faster response and increased flexibility to integrate higher shares of variable renewables. Further great potential for increased flexibility lies in the demand response, but the question remains as to how to unlock and properly value it. New market designs and regulations are needed to incentivize flexibility from all assets. This session will provide examples of emerging innovative solutions to enable a large share of renewables to be integrated into power systems, and include a debate around the market design and regulatory innovations needed to scale up such solutions.