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Weather risk management in its third decade – enabling new energy business models

The Weather and Energy team of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions invited energy industry experts to discuss the latest trends in European weather risk management. Now in its 7th year, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions' Annual Weather and Energy Conference had evolved to become one of the leading industry events in Europe.

Big data and more sophisticated analytic tools are available in growing numbers – what does this mean for the weather risk management space? Demand for wind hedging is picking up. And what about the end consumers? Are utilities transforming their businesses effectively to meet their needs? These are just some of the topics we will address at our gathering this year.

Summary of the agenda of the main conference day - 7th of June


Registration and coffee


Welcome address

  • Stuart Brown, Head Origination Weather & Energy EMEA and APAC, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions
  • Juerg Trueb, Head of Environmental & Commodity Markets, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions


Keynote speech

European utilities and the energy market: what now? Where are the opportunities for investors?

  • Simon Wilde, Senior Managing Director, Macquarie Capital, London


Big data, new analytics and the Internet of Things: How will they produce the weather products of the future?

Our ability to process information, visualize and understand it is growing fast. And the modelling and data that drive weather measuring and forecasting are changing with lightning speed. This session will explore how that could lead to much bigger, better and more widely useable weather risk hedge products.

  • Mark Stephens Row, Sales Engineer, The Weather Company; Dr. Martin Fengler, CEO, Meteomatics
  • Stephen Doherty, CEO, Speedwell Weather & WeatherXchange


Coffee & networking break


European utilities: replacing the business model of the past

  • Dr. Thierry Bros, Senior Research Fellow, the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies




Keynote speech

Solar Impulse: managing weather risks on a pioneering project. Solar Impulse completed the first Round-the-World solar flight last year without a drop of fuel, proving that clean technologies can do what we once thought was impossible. Swiss Re Corporate Solutions was an official partner and sole insurance provider of this pioneering adventure.

  • Bertrand Piccard, Initiator, Chairman and Pilot of Solar Impulse
  • Gregory Blatt, Head of Marketing and Communications, Managing Director, Solar Impulse


Prosumers, smart infrastructure and customer service in the new utility model

The energy utility as we know it is a thing of the past. Europe's largest ones are restructuring, and a common theme is the need for product innovation and getting closer to the customer. Meanwhile, with solar energy on rooftops and smart meters in the home, customers aren't what they used to be. This session will navigate us through this changing landscape with the help of people who are in the thick of it in today's energy world.

Moderated by Dr. Jayesh Parmar, Partner Energy & Resources, Baringa Partners

  • Patrick Schneckenburger, Vice President – Customer Solutions, E.ON SE
  • Jennifer Salmon, Senior Energy Trader, Hudson Energy
  • Simon Anderson, Chief Strategy Officer, geo


Coffee & networking break


Hedging wind risk: new products and practices

The wind energy industry is hitting new strides every year, and moving rapidly away from subsidized prices to market prices. Globally, wind assets are maturing and changing ownership, and windpower is a traded commodity. The need for hedging products is growing, and this panel will explore the ways wind risk management products are evolving to meet that need.

  • Dr. Konstantin Lenz, Country Manager Germany, Nasdaq OMX
  • Guy Auger, CEO, Greensolver
  • Uli Suedhoff, Renewables Business Development Leader, GE Renewables


Setting up a weather shop - what are the pitfalls?  (Session 7)

We close the day with a roundtable discussion featuring the experiences of firms that have created in-house centers of competence in hedging weather. As new entrants to weather hedging do the same, what should they be alert for?

  • Sébastien Bertrand, Head of Weather & Energy business, Engie
  • Muammer Cider, Origination Team Leader, Enerjisa


Closing remarks

  • Juerg Trueb, Head of Environmental & Commodity Markets, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions


Depart for social program


Post-conference dinner on top of Reichstag at the Kaefer Dachgarten restaurant.

Please note the fact that due to tightened security measures at the German Bundestag, we will require the surname, first name and date of birth of all attending guests. We will pass this information on to the police and security services. Please also note that admittance shall be granted with valid photo ID (passport, no driving liscense) only.


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