We are currently building a programme with high-level speakers covering the most pressing issues from the energy and cogeneration world. Please, find below a preliminary outline.


   DAY 1
14:30 Welcome Coffee and Registration
15:00 Inauguration of Annual Conference
  • Marco Pezzaglia, Chair, COGEN Europe
  • Antonio Pérez, Chair, ACOGEN
  • Julio Artiñano, Chair, COGEN Spain
15:20 Keynote Speech
  • Klaus-Dieter Borchardt, Deputy Director-General, Directorate-General for Energy, European Commission (invited)
16:00 CEO Panel: Tomorrow’s Energy Perspectives

Europe’s energy sector faces radical change. The renewable revolution, fast-track innovation in technologies, including energy storage, CCS and hydrogen, decentralisation and flexibilisation of generation are drivers defining new frontiers for tomorrow’s energy system.

Political expectations are high for the energy transition as evidence of climate change is mounting. But challenges to move to a climate neutral economy are high too. How to decarbonise industry, heat and transport cost-effectively? How to meet the industry and citizens’ needs for affordable and secure energy, fostering growth in Europe and boosting European competitiveness and global leadership in clean technologies? What role will innovation play tomorrow? What are the barriers to get us there? A distinguished panel of Business leaders/CEOs from leading European companies will discuss emerging and disruptive trends shaping the energy system and what the future of energy and technology will look like.

Keynote Introduction:

  • Hans Korteweg, Managing Director, COGEN Europe


  • Carlos Lange, CEO, INNIO Jenbacher
  • Bertrand Schmitt, CEO, BDR Thermea
  • Jean-Marc Leroy, Senior Vice President - External Relations, ENGIE
  • Jorge Oliveira, Country Manager for Spain and Portugal, Solvay
  • Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency (invited)
17:15 Coffee break
17:45 EU Policy Unlocking the Business Case

EU policy is instrumental in making the energy transition an economic success for Europe. EU Member States are now preparing their 2030 energy and climate plans and long-term strategies in line with the recently adopted Clean Energy Package. In parallel, national and EU policymakers are also embarking onto a fundamental debate on the pathways to deeply decarbonise the EU economy beyond 2030. Key challenges to address include safeguarding industrial competitiveness, creating jobs and ensuring a just transition for all EU citizens. This session will explore the key issues at stake in implementing current policy up to 2030, while developing a predictable and growth-driven long-term climate and energy framework for both EU industry and citizens.

Keynote Introduction:

  • Paula Pinho, Head of Unit - Energy Policy Coordination, Directorate General for Energy, European Commission (invited)


  • James Watson, Secretary General, Eurogas
  • Frauke Thies, Executive Director, smartEn (invited)
  • Dries Acke, Director Energy Systems Programme, European Climate Foundation (invited)
  • Paula Pinho, Head of Unit - Energy Policy Coordination, Directorate General for Energy, European Commission (invited)
19:00 End of first conference day
20:00 Cocktail at Casino de Madrid
20:30 Awards
21:00 Gala Dinner
  DAY 2
09:00 Introductory remarks
  • Ruben Esteller, Deputy to the Director, elEconomista
09:15 Spanish Political & Regional Authorities 2030 Vision

Energy and climate policy in Spain is facing an update with a new parliament and government in place after the recent April 2019 elections. Proposals for a strategic energy transition and a climate change law are expected. The draft of the Spanish National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) which was presented to the European Commission, is one of the most ambitious and detailed national plans. It will lead to structural changes in the energy system with investments over 140 billion EUR in renewables and grid improvements for the period 2021-2030. The role of cogeneration has been questioned by the draft plan with a foreseen closure of 1/3 of current cogeneration capacity in Spain by 2030, the renewal of 1,200 MW of existing plants and no new plants being deployed. Each political party will share its views and position on cogeneration with regards to the upcoming policy developments.

Keynote Introduction:

  • Blanca Perea, Senior Managing Director, Leader Energy Practice Spain, FTI Consulting


  • Ruben Esteller, Deputy to the Director, elEconomista


  • Guillermo Mariscal, Deputy Speaker, People's Party
  • Patricia Blanquer, Deputy Speaker, Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party
  • Melisa Rodríguez, Deputy Speaker, Ciudadanos
  • Juantxo López de Uralde, Deputy Speaker, Podemos
  • Iván Espinosa de los Monteros, Deputy Speaker, Vox
  • Idoia Sagastizabal, Deputy Speaker, PNV
  • Laura Borrás, Deputy Speaker, JxCAT (PdCAT)
10:45 Coffee break
11:15 Spanish Institutions CHP vision to meet for the 2030 & 2050 EU objectives

The electricity sector is undergoing deep changes to be in line with the 2030 and 2050 strategy and achieve its targets. This will have implications for the development of electricity markets, system operation and regulation. The Spanish cogeneration sector accounts for 11% of total electricity generation in Spain. It is spread over 600 facilities, with more than 90% located in industry. They will face major challenges to adapt to the energy transition, such as integrating with renewables to guarantee security of supply and flexibility. The panel will gather the views from national experts on the market, operation, regulation and policies for cogeneration.

Keynote Introduction:

  • Juan Antonio Alonso, Member, COGEN Spain


  • Ruben Esteller, Deputy to the Director, elEconomista


  • Javier Rodríguez, General Manager, ACOGEN
  • Marta Margarit, Secretary General, SEDIGAS
  • Miguel Duvison, General Manager of Operations, REE
  • Santiago Muñoz, Deputy Director, Electrical Energy, CNMC
  • Joan Herrera, General Manager, IDEA
  • Yolanda Cuéllar, Director of Market Operations, OMIE
12:30 Cogeneration in Europe and beyond - Trends and Market Outlook

The cogeneration sector in Europe is diverse and dynamic with pockets of growth and positive outlooks identified in several countries and across specific segments. Developments in national policy frameworks and the ongoing debates on the countries’ long-term energy and climate strategies are also impacting the markets for cogeneration. Building on COGEN Europe’s annual Cogeneration Snapshot Survey and the first-hand experience of the cogeneration industry, this session will look at the trends in the cogeneration landscape and will discuss the market outlook for different segments and countries in both the EU and beyond.

Keynote Introduction:

  • Francisco Granados, Director General - Electric Regulation and Clean Energies /CRE - México


  • Jeremy Harrison, Principal Analyst, Delta-ee


  • Jesús Reyes, Head Sales & Origination Spain, Alpiq
  • Jorge Barcelona, Sales Manager - Gas Systems, MTU Iberian Propulsion and Energy, Rolls Royce Power Systems
  • Ana Peris, General Manager - Renewables, Naturgy
13:45 Conclusions and final remarks
14:15 Cocktail lunch
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