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,
President of the first German Forest Summit, 2001.
Head of the German delegation at the UNFF-Conference,
New York, 2002.
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
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 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
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
Mr Costyn has a background in Environmental
Economics and Utility regulation in the United Kingdom
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
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 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 is working with the Energy Markets
Department in the Ministry of Eco-nomic Affairs in The
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
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 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 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 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
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
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 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.