Aspen Institute Romania, with the support of Adevarul Holding, organized the Bucharest Forum Energy- Navigating Changing Currents: New Energy Policies and Business Trends in the Black Sea - Caspian region on May 23-24, 2013. Contributors and supporters included Maldon & Wat, the National Development Committee, GMF Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation and The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The conference follows the highly successful Bucharest Economic Forum held in the fall of 2012: "Equity for Long Term Growth and Stability in Romania and the Danube and the Greater Black Sea Region - Is a New Silk Road possible?".
Bucharest Forum Energy builds on a series of events covering energy security, energy efficiency and green energy the Aspen Institute Romania developed within the framework of its Energy and Environment Policy Program.
Bucharest Forum Energy's mission is twofold: to serve as an influential debate and reflection platform for Romanian business sector and political decision-makers in the energy sector; and to create a trans-regional (linking the Caspian, Adriatic and Black Seas) strategy and policy review platform in the energy field (for anchoring the Western gate of the New Silk Road). This allows us to explore in an integrated way critical areas like the optimum energy mix and trans-regional interconnections, energy infrastructure investments etc. We aim for a lively, non-partisan and inclusive debate that will bring together relevant Romanian, European and regional actors (both from the public and the private sector) from the Balkans and the countries bordering the Black Sea and Caspian Sea. These will include energy experts, national and European regulators, government representatives, relevant corporation and businesses - either in the generation or distribution sector, large scale consumers, suppliers, investment companies, beneficiaries, equipment providers and developers, specialized European media, European Commission and Parliament representatives.
Bucharest Forum Energy took place over two days and was a mix of conference and round table format conversations. Discussions covered a wide range of topics spanning from the future of energy sources exploration and production, trade, investment and cooperation at the Black Sea, the role of the new classics in the energy mix of Romania and the region, interconnections, physical but also legal and institutional, green economy and energy efficiency, management of the resources mix, local market trends and expectations in terms of the legal and regulatory framework for energy, corporate and public investments in the energy sector and realistic scenarios for the right energy mix for Romania.
Confirmed speakers included:
Constantin Niţă, Minister Delegate for Energy
Daniel Stein, Senior Advisor on Energy Resources, U.S. Department of State
Tudor Constantinescu, Principal Advisor, DG Energy, EC
Nicolae Havrileţ, President, ANRE
Luca D'Agnese, CEO, Enel Romania
Edward Chow, Senior Fellow, CSIS
Julian Popov, Minister of Environment and Water of Bulgaria
Dan Gheorghiu, Honorific Adviser on Energy to the Prime Minister
Neil Brown, Former senior adviser to Senator Lugar and one of the authors of the Lugar Report
Gheorghe Duţu, President, National Agency for Mineral Resources (ANRM)
Alexandros Petersen, Advisor to the European Energy Security Initiative (EESI), Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars*
Vasile Iuga, Country Managing Partner, PWC Romania
Diana Mangalagiu, Associate Professor, Smith School of Enterprise and Environment, University of Oxford; Expert, German Ministry for Environment, Coupling environmental and economic policies in Europe
Varujan Vosganian, Romanian Minister of Economy
Kristine Berzins, Independent Energy Consultant
Grzegorz Konieczny, CEO, Franklin Templeton Romania
Bogdan Chiriţoiu, President of the Romanian Competition Council
David Koranyi, Deputy Director, Atlantic Council Patriciu Eurasia Center
Adina Vălean, Member of the European Parliament
Adina Valean, MEP
Michael Sipos, International Independent Expert Energy - Finance, Associated Expert - ENERO -Center for Promotion of Clean and Renewable Energy
Iulian Iancu, Chairman of the Commission on Industry and Services of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies
Valeriu Alexandru Binig, Director, Energy & Resources Leader, Deloitte