Our facilitated 1.5 day Forums, are by invitation only, and bring together 30 to 40 influential actors from Europe, the United States and Asia, in the business, academia and policy arenas, to examine the impact and identify potential solutions resulting from the latest energy challenges, new market entrants and emerging technologies. Optional field visits enable participants to see innovative technologies and meet with business leaders driving the energy transition.
The Energy Transition Forum entered its second stage – “ETF 2.0” in 2015, after its first 2.5-year phase under the responsibility of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. The 2.0 series launch took place in October 2015, and the first workshop was held in June 2016 in London. The “ETF 3.0” Series of four additional workshops officially launched in 2018 and has seen a mix of in-person and virtual events due to the Covid-19 Pandemic in 2020.
Our latest event is outlined below, with the titles and discussion topics from our historical workshops archived further down on the page.
ETF Chicago 2023:
39% Recurrent Participants
61% New Participants
ETF Chicago 2023
67% Participation from USA
33% Participation from Europe and RoW
In June, the ETF hosted its first ETF of 2023 in Chicago, U.S.A.
This year's ETF was attended by more senior participants than ever, including Senior Representatives and CEOs, Government and Regulatory Authorities from The White House and the US Department of Energy, Former Energy Ministers, FERC, NERC, OFGEM, US and European Utilities and Power & Gas companies, Nuclear Related companies, Renewables and Storage companies, Digital and Technology companies, Financial and Professional Services, Industries Associations, NGO's, and Academia.
The proceedings for the event started with a dinner hosted in The Langham Hotel on the 7th of June with a keynote speech by Ambassador Ivo Daalder, President of Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Former US Ambassador to NATO. Ambassador Daalder's speech addressed the selection of invited participants on the geopolitical implications of the energy, emphasising the war on Ukraine.
Keeping with the challenges of a geopolitical context on the energy transition, the introduction to the ETF nuclear discussion included an exclusive interview with Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The interview showed the role of the IAEA, the latest developments around nuclear in Ukraine and Iran, and the part of nuclear in decarbonising the electricity supply.
Peter F. Smith, CEO of Citizens Energy Corporation, provided the dinner speech on the evening of the 8th of June, which took place at the University Club of Chicago.
The ETF also had its first hybrid session, with Professor Bob Litterman, Founder of Kepos Capital; Board Member of Wildlife Fund, joining via Zoom to discuss the international carbon reduction scorecard.
Over the 1.5-day session, the ETF invited discussions on the following themes:
1. The rise of Nuclear Energy and its contribution to the need for decarbonised energy goals and the geopolitical challenges of a global nuclear landscape.
2. Large-scale renewables and the barriers and solutions to grid infrastructure development.
3. Policy and regulatory measures enacted and anticipated to support the generation and delivery of decarbonated electrons.
November 2022, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
1. The energy crisis and its effect on decarbonizing energy-intensive industries and transportation challenges.
2. The implications for the electricity systems in the UK, Europe, and the USA of decarbonizing heavy industry and transportation
3. Policy and regulatory measures to anticipate and accelerate the decarbonization of industry and transport in the USA, UK, and Europe
April 2022, Washington D.C., USA
1. What challenges does the energy transition create for today’s electricity grid and power markets?
2. What technology and digital solutions can help achieve tomorrow’s electricity grid and power markets?
3. What regulatory and policy measures will facilitate the key necessary changes in the power system?
November 2021, ETF's Private ZOOM Room
1. What are the important outcomes of the COP 26 in Glasgow?
2. How will the Energy Transition progress in the US and Europe?
3. What needs to happen in terms of Energy and Climate policies to achieve the 1.5 C maximum temperature rise target?
March 2021, Virtual Meeting
1. What will be the impact of the US re-joining COP 21 and advice on COP 26?
2. How to ensure that mitigation of climate change is compatible with economic growth?
3. Is there a fair and equitable way to distribute the cost of the Energy Transition?
November 2020, Virtual Meeting
1. The impact of the 2020 US Election on the Energy Transition and Climate Trajectory for the US and the Rest of the World
2. What should companies and governments do to address challenges and opportunities in our post-COVID world?
3. Who will be the ‘Winners and Losers’ in the Energy Transition post-COVID?
June 2020, Virtual Meeting
1. What will the impact of the COVID crisis be on the Energy Sector, Energy Markets, and CO2 reduction?
2. Will the Energy Transition be at risk?
3. Will the measures, taken by governments around the world to kick-start their economy, accelerate or hinder the energy transition?
November 2019, New York, USA
1. What are the developments and the ambitions for offshore wind in Europe, North America and Asia?
2. What is the way forward to decrease the footprint of the hard-to-abate industrial sectors?
3. What are the biggest barriers to investment in the energy transition?
June 2019, Paris France
1. Update on the implementation of the Paris Agreement
2. Modelling of realistic routes to achieve 1.5 & 2 degree celsius scenarios
3. What is the future of nuclear?
4. How do oil and gas companies navigate the energy transition?
5. Is decarbonization of road transport going faster than expected?
November 2018, Washington D.C.
1. Implications of the U.S. midterm-elections for energy and climate policy
2. Cybersecurity challenges and responses
3. The evolving role of natural gas in the energy transition
June 2018, Berlin, Germany
1. New business models resulting from the energy transition and increasingly competitive markets
2. Examining the lessons of the German “Energiewende” for power market transformation in the US and Europe
3. The challenges of preparing for a fully electrified, but decarbonized economy: Do’s and don’ts for utilities
October 2017, Silicon Valley, CA
1. The impacts of Information Technology, Data Management and Ownership, and the “Internet of Things” on the Energy System/ Supply Chain and Energy Markets.
2. Development of Energy Demand and the importance of Demand Side Management, including Demand Response.
3. A Deeper dive into Regulatory and Policy Measures to ensure a responsible transition to a secure, low carbon and affordable energy transition
June 2017, London, UK
1. Implications of COP21, COP22, and the US Elections on the Climate and Energy Agenda
2. Latest Energy and Climate Analysis and Recommendations to the July 2017 Meeting of the G-20 Heads of State in Germany
3. Pathways and Drivers of the Decarbonization of Transportation, including the Latest Developments in Technology and Business Models
4. Implications of the Decarbonization of Transportation for the Electricity Sector
October 2016, Washington, D.C.
1. Impact of energy transition on networks and centralized generation- and vice versa
2. Regulatory and policy measures to support an effective energy transition
3. Towards Utilities 2.0