Presenter: Dr. Jeff Makholm, Boston, USA, leads the Natural Gas Practice at National Energy Research Associates (NERA), he is a world-known expert in the natural gas sector and pipeline regulation in particular, and has advised industry and governments in the US, Asia, and Europe. Makholm is also author of a recent book "The Political Economy of Pipelines", University of Chicago Press (2012).
Presenter: Dr. Klaus-Robert Kabelitz is Chief Economist of E.on Ruhrgas, one of the leading European players in natural gas, and in the energy field at large. Dr. Kabelitz has over 30 years of experience in the industry, and is an imminent specialist in German and European natural gas issues.
Discussant: Prof. Christian von Hirschhausen is Research Director at DIW Berlin, and Chair of the Workgroup for Infrastructure Policy (WIP) at Berlin University of Technology (WIP).
Moderator: Prof. Anne Neumann is Chair of Economic Policy at Potsdam University, and Research Professor at DIW Berlin.
Natural gas has turned from being a niche fuel to a major player in the European energy mix and beyond, and it expected to become a critical resource for succeeding the "Energiewende", i.e. the decarbonization process under way in Germany and in Europe. The objective of this DIW Berlin-OECD Lunchtime meeting is to discuss the future of natural gas and the related policies, i.e. pipeline development, import and trading, etc. From various angles: Are the German and European energy policies well positioned for the decarbonization via natural gas? What pipeline developments are required to support the low-carbon transformation? Will we observe similar issues as with electricity transmission lines? And what can be learned from other counties to foster the regulation of the natural gas sector?
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