Biographies of the speakers

Matthias Berninger
Matthias Berninger was born in Kassel on 31 January 1971. After taking his school-leaving exam in 1990 he studied chemistry and political sciences at the University of Kassel. In 1994 he passed the first state examination to qualify as a grammar school teacher.

Member of the political party Alliance 90/the Greens since 1990.
Member of the local Ahnatal council and of the Kassel district council from 1993 to 1994.
Member of Parliament of the German Bundestag, elected in 1994, re-elected in September 1998.
Appointment as Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture, January 2001.
President of the first German Forest Summit, 2001.
Head of the German delegation at the UNFF-Conference, New York, 2002.

Brenda Boardman
Brenda Boardman is head of the Lower Carbon Futures team at the Environmental Change Institute (ECI), Oxford. The Environmental Change Institute is Oxford University’s multidisciplinary centre for the organisation and promotion of research and teaching on the environ-ment. The ECI employs over 40 research and administrative staff distributed between 4 major research programmes, of which Lower Carbon Futures group (LCF) is the largest. LCF has 11 years of experience in the provision of information, analysis and evaluation of policy options to reduce the environmental impacts of energy use, particularly electricity

Brenda Boardman's main research focus is on energy efficiency and the way that energy is used in British homes, particularly by low income households, i.e. fuel poverty. She considers the economic, social and technical aspects of the subject and her work has a strong policy emphasis. Indeed, she has been a member of the DTI's Energy Advisory Panel and is widely viewed as one of the most experienced in her field. She was awarded an MBE in 1998 for her work on energy issues.

John Costyn
John Costyn is the head of the Envirnmental Action Plan Team at Ofgem, the Office of the Gas and Electricity Markets, which regulates the gas and electricity industries in Great Britain. Ofgem's aim is to bring choice and value to all gas and electricity customers by promoting competition and regulating monopolies. Ofgem is governed by an authority and its powers are provided for under the Gas Act 1986, the Electricity Act 1989 and the Utilities Act 2000.

The purpose of the Environmental Action Plan is to set out the guiding principles which will determine how Ofgem will approach environmental issues and Ofgem's priority areas for work with important environmental implications.

Mr Costyn has a background in Environmental Economics and Utility regulation in the United Kingdom and Australia.

Anne-Malorie Géron
Anne-Malorie Géron is Head of the Markets unit within Union of the Electricity Industry - EURELECTRIC, the Brussels-based association representing electricity companies in Europe.

EURELECTRIC is engaged in a continued dialogue with the decision makers on the Com-mission’s draft electricity and gas directive (see recent positions on the latest developments on the Commission’s proposal). EURELECTRIC is also a participant of the Florence Forum and is contributing actively to the debate on cross-border tarification and congestion management.

The Markets unit comprises four staff members. The unit is responsible for energy liberalisa-tion, external trade, procurement rules, trading and customer switching. The EURELECTRIC Markets Committee is chaired by Hans Ten Berge, Board member of ENECO (NL).

Anne-Malorie Géron graduated at the College of Europe in 1995. Her field of specialisation is EC Law, energy regulation and international trade. She worked as a lawyer within EURELECTRIC from 1998 to 2001. In 2002, she was promoted Head of the Markets unit.

John Green
Dr John Green is a Director of Green Electricity Marketplace and Manager of the Climate Change Strategy Unit at IT Power, a renewable energy consultancy based in the UK. With a PhD in renewable energy he has spent the last 12 years as a consultant, analyst and cam-paigner focusing on improving the opportunities for renewable energy projects in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Dr Green is currently involved in research and dissemination projects on electricity disclosure, tradable renewable energy certificates, green electricity labelling and green electricity marketing, which are supported by the European Commission, and capacity building projects for the Clean Development Mechanism.

Ed Holt
Ed Holt is President of Ed Holt & Associates, a renewable energy policy and green power marketing consulting firm located in Harpswell, Maine.

Ed is a close observer of utility green pricing programs and customer choice in liberalized electricity markets. He is the author of the Green Pricing Resource Guide and numerous other reports on green power. He has also conducted research on consumer information needs for choosing an electricity product, and was the author of an early article on the sub-ject, Disclosure and Certification: Truth and Labeling for Electric Power.

Prior to starting his own consulting business in 1996, Ed was a principal with The Regulatory Assistance Project, an organization devoted to providing educational support to utility regu-latory commissions. For 12 years before that, he worked for a municipal utility, Seattle City Light, planning and implementing customer energy efficiency programs.

Babette Lammerts
Babette Lammerts is working with the Energy Markets Department in the Ministry of Eco-nomic Affairs in The Netherlands.

Jochen Markard
Jochen Markard is a research fellow at CIRUS, the Centre for Innovation Research in the Utility Sector. CIRUS is part of the Swiss Federal Institute for Environmental Science and Technology (EAWAG).

Jochen Markard has a degree in electrical engineering as well as in energy economics. From 1998 to 1999 he was employed at the new business development center of MVV Energie AG, an electric utility located in Mannheim. In 1999 he joined CIRUS / EAWAG and has been involved in several projects on energy policy issues since then. Among those projects were two on electricity disclosure, sponsored by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy – a feasibility study (together with econcept AG, Zurich) and a consumer research project.

Currently, Jochen Markard is busy with his Ph.D. thesis on ecological innovations in the electricity sector.

Alex Polfliet
Alex Polfliet is working with the Cabinet of the Secretary of State for Energy an Sustainable Development in Belgium.

Dr Louise Rickard
Louise Rickard is a postdoctoral researcher in the Lower Carbon Futures team at the Envi-ronmental Change Institute (ECI), Oxford. The Environmental Change Institute is Oxford University’s multidisciplinary centre for the organisation and promotion of research and teaching on the environment. The ECI employs over 40 research and administrative staff distributed between 4 major research programmes, of which Lower Carbon Futures group (LCF) is the largest. LCF has 11 years of experience in the provision of information, analysis and evaluation of policy options to reduce the environmental impacts of energy use, particu-larly electricity.

Louise Rickard is principally involved with Electricity Disclosure. She is currently managing the project 4Celectrcity, funded by the EU Altener scheme. Other current work includes policy evaluation on renewable energy policy; and green electricity.

Herbert Ritter
Herbert Ritter studied electrical engineering and carried out a postgraduate study in envi-ronmental techniques. He works since 1997 as a project manager at the Austrian Energy Agency (E.V.A.) which is based in Vienna. The Austrian Energy Agency was established in 1977 as the national energy agency and is an important partner of the federal and provincial governments in its effort to attain energy policy objectives. E.V.A. employs a staff about 30 people including technical, economic, environmental and statistical experts.

Herbert Ritter is currently working on national and international projects dealing with market instruments supporting energy efficient technologies and renewable energy sources in liber-alized energy markets. His working area comprises following main topics:

  • Electrical appliances and energy efficient lighting systems (labelling, minimum stan-dards,…)

  • Modelling of electricity supply systems

  • Environmental impact studies

Oliver Schäfer
Oliver Schäfer is personal assistant to Mechtild Rothe, MEP, in Brussels. He is responsible for energy policy and related matters. As such he is following the legislative dossiers in this sector, specialised in renewable energy.

During the first two years in Brussels he was mainly focussed and involved in the discussion about the directive for the "Promotion of electricity from renewable energy sources". His ac-tivities include research, advise and amend on legislative proposals, as well as dealing with lobby groups and industry.

Christian Schönbauer
Christian Schönbauer is head of renewable energy department of Energy Control Austria GmbH, the regulator of Austrian electricity and gas market. He joined Energy Control in August 2001. Before (1998-2001) he was the coordinator of funding programs for greenhouse gas reduction investments within the Kommunalkredit Austria, a bank which manages the funding programs on behalf of the Austrian Ministry of Environment. From 1992 to 1998 Christian Schönbauer was head of Environmental Consultancy Department within Agiplan Planungsgesellschaft, an international consulting group.

Dr Alwin Sixma
Alwin Sixma is policy officer at Consumentenbond, the Dutch consumers’ organisation. Con-sumentenbond has some 630.000 members, which represents approximately 10% of the Dutch households. In absolute numbers the Consumentenbond is the largest consumers association of Europe.

Consumentenbond is an independent organisation. The Consumentenbond’s mission is to enable consumers to make easier and better choice, with respect to man and environment. Main campaigning areas are health and food, energy and the information society (e-commerce, Internet, telecoms, broadcasting) and public services.

The Consumer Policy Department organises campaigning and lobbying activities towards producers, product organisations and government nationally and internationally. Consumen-tenbond is an active member of BEUC; the Brussels based European lobbying organisation of consumers.

Sixma is active with issues in networkmarkets like telecoms, cable and energy. He is currently involved in the implementation of the telecoms directive (ONP) and the liberalisation of the energy market in the Netherlands.

Patricia D. Stanton
Patricia D. Stanton is Deputy Commissioner for the Massachusetts Division of Energy Re-sources in Boston, MA. The Division is responsible for representing the interests of energy consumers in proceedings before the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy. The Division also advises the Governor on matters of energy policy with special emphasis on issues of reliability, secu-rity, diversity and efficiency. The Division implements the Massachusetts Renewable Port-folio Standard for electricity and oversees an investment of over $125 million per year in ratepayer investments in energy efficiency projects. Prior to her current position, Ms. Stanton was the Assistant Commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection where she directed the Air Pollution Control, Industrial Waste Water, Solid Waste, Hazardous Waste and Toxic Use Reduction programs.

Christof Timpe
Christof Timpe is a coordinator of the Energy and Climate Division of Oeko-Institut in Germany. The Oeko-Institut (Institute for Applied Ecology) is a registered non-profit association with the objective to provide environmental research independent of government and industry. Its Energy and Climate Division comprises a research staff of 13 including engineers, economists, political analysts and sociologists. Mr. Timpe is working as a researcher for Oeko-Institut since 1993. He has specialized in instruments for environmental protection in liberalized energy markets. His activities include the operation of the German “ok-power” label for green electricity and the role of the German Issuing Body for the RECS (Renewable Energy Certificate System) group, a European initiative to establish a harmonized system for tradable certificates for electricity from renewable energy sources. Mr. Timpe is currently in-volved in a research project on electricity disclosure, which is sponsored by the European commission.



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